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Best Camping Grills Review

Do you miss the joy of sharing roasted meat, grilled fish while camping in the woods, ballgames, or fishing trip? Think of a whole weekend of partying with your friends along the beach, eating what you enjoy most prepared to your liking! Many occasions call for the best camping grills. It is the ruggedness, the versatility and the ease of using portable camping grills that make them indispensable for outdoor cooking.  So to pump excitement in the next road trip, here are portable grills to carry along:

Best Camping Grills Review

Coleman Propane Grill | RoadTrip LXE Portable Gas Grill

For versatile camp cooking, Coleman RoadTrip LXE provides you with a two-burner, plus independent heat control. Besides, it employs the Swaptop interchangeable cooktops, thus you can change between grill and griddle grates anytime. That provides higher adaptability in your cooking.

Its cast-iron grilling area measures 285 square inches and served by 20,000BTUs of heat. That provides enough space to cook for 3 to 4people. With its instant push-button ignition; you don’t need any lighter or matchstick.

From a portable propane bottle, it can deliver an hour of cooking on the high heat level. Do you need more cooking time? Then simply buy an adaptor valve, and a connection tube to hook it up to a 20lb gas tank.

Even thou it weighs 44lbs; it easily collapses and feels light to transport to a car trunk using the large handle. Moreover, it locks to assume a compact state that is convenient to transport. Since it employs lift and lock system, setting it up is trouble-free and takes only seconds. Once you have set it up, the sliding side tables double as your food preparation area. But when space is limited, simply slide them in.

To fit different camp setups, the grill is available in three different colors.


  • Simple and reliable push-button ignition
  • Supports versatile cooking options
  • Quick to set up
  • Spacious side preparation shelves
  • Good grip handle
  • Incorporates a drip tray


  • You have to incur additional expense to secure the Coleman pot support and griddle

Blackstone Table Top Griddle Outdoor Cooking

For a flat cooking surface that suits a medium-sized family, the 17 inch Blackstone Table Top Grill is hard to beat. Besides it gives you longer cooking hours from a 1lb propane bottle; 2 hours in medium heat setting. You can’t afford to miss evenly cooked burgers and pancakes on your road trip? This is the grill to carry along.

It gives you a heavy-duty stainless steel griddle surface that measures 15.25 in x 17in. With a cooking area of 260squre inches, you can happily cook 16 burgers at a go. Such a large cooking surface is served by 12000 BTUs of heat. The heat intensity and the spacious area allow you to cook a variety of food at once.

Worried of uneven heating? The Blackstone Table Top Grill uses the H shaped, stainless steel burner. That spreads out heat evenly across the entire heavy-duty cooking surface. Its ignition mechanism is an electric igniter; sure startup.

Once seasoned, it provides easy cleanup. A simple wiping off with a paper towel is all you will require. Besides it also incorporates the easy to remove stainless steel grease catcher. Once you are done with cooking, turn the top upside down and fit it on the body. Its 21lbs weight won’t stress you during transportation.


  • Sturdy powder-coated steel housing
  • Sleek and stable design
  • takes up small space


  • After while the coating wears out and the griddle rust when left in the outdoor weather

Smoke Hollow 205 Stainless Steel TableTop Propane Gas Grill

Two features make this a truly portable grill; rugged stainless steel body and the locking hood. For the man accustomed to road trips nothing matters like a grill that is compact, portable and has a rugged body. The Smoke Hollow 205 is built to withstand the accidental drops when packing or unloading the truck.

Tired of cold meals? Then make use of its double stainless steel cooking area; 205sq inches for the primary cooking surface and 105sq inches for the food warming rack. Also, the secondary cooking area is chrome-plated for extra-long life.

Thus as you prepare more burgers, keep the ready ones warm on the secondary rack. Apart from the large cooking area, it features a 10,000BTUs U shaped stainless steel burner. That helps to cut down on the uneven heating.

This Stainless Steel grill provides you with an accurate hood-mounted temperature gauge. So you don’t have to guess the cooking temperature or incur additional expense in a thermometer.

Its stainless steel legs prop the grill to a comfortable cooking height. For easy packing, they fold nicely thus occupying less space. The large handle, on the other hand, makes up for easy handling. Coupled to the 20.3lbs weight, it makes one of the best portable camping grills.


  • Uses the common 1lb propane gas bottle
  • Strong stainless steel body
  • Strategically mounted in-built heat gauge
  • Easy to clean interior


  • Installing the handle is somehow tricky and time-consuming too

Cuisinart CGG-180T Petit Gourmet Portable Tabletop Gas Grill

When you have limited space, you need a compact, easy to tuck away grill for your camp trip. During such times, the Cuisinart CGG-180T Petit Gourmet fits the situation. It weighs just 13.5lbs thus making it very light. But despite that lightweight, it has 145sq inches cooking surface. That area can accommodate 4lbs of fish, about 8chicken breast, 8burgers or 8steaks.

Are you skeptical over its performance? Its stainless steel burner provides up to 5,500BTUs of heat. Although small, its performance rivals the full-size grill. It even gives you an inbuilt accurate heat gauge.

Its grates are of high-quality porcelain-enameled material. The drip tray boasts stainless steel material. Besides, the tray has a large capacity of 2quarts that won’t overflow easily. When spread out, its legs make it extra stable. After cooking, the aluminum legs foldaway, and a lock keeps the lid secure and ready for the bumpy road ahead. And did I tell you that it has the briefcase styled carrying handle?

Although it heats to high temperatures, the heat intensity isn’t transmitted to the tabletop. Also, it cools so fast that once you are through with the meal, you can take out the dishes and the grill’s accessories and toss them in the dishwasher.


  • Has high capacity drip tray
  • Lightweight
  • Sturdy stainless steel body
  • Inbuilt thermometer
  • Dishwasher safe accessories like grates
  • Reliable twist start mechanism


  • Its dome is relatively shallow and thus won’t accommodate whole hamburger when closed
  • Knob prone to breaking off

Weber 50060001 Q1000 Liquid Propane Grill

Do you regularly go for picnics or tailgating? Then you understand the importance of having a portable and reliable camping grill. Weber produces one such travel grill that uses propane gas and solidly built. From the package, it comes pre-assembled and doesn’t trouble you with complicated assembly. Removing it from the car trunk shouldn’t be difficult since it weighs 26.6lbs

The Weber 50060001 Q1000 Liquid Propane Grill is a mini camping grill that emits 8500BTUs of heat per hour to heat a 145sq inches cooking area. That can cook for about 5 people. Its whole assembly is designed to last. The cooking grates feature cast iron cooking grates, thus rust proof. The burner itself boasts stainless steel material. The lid and the body are of cast aluminum given glass-reinforced nylon frame.

Although it uses the 14.1 or the 16.4ounce portable LP bottle, with the help of an LP adaptor and hose, it easily integrates with the 20lb tank. Lighting the grill is as simple as pushing a button. Its large sized control knobs and handle are easy to handle.

Its design combines both griddle and grill cooking surface. Furthermore, it incorporates infinite control valve settings. Therefore you have a wide range of food you can cook at any given temperature. Besides, its lid ensures that the food retains the flavor to the end. And the catch pan simplifies the disposal of grease and other food droppings.


  • Sturdily built
  • Has both grill/griddle provision
  • Minimum assembly required
  • Simple to ignite
  • Sleek design


  • Employs a single burner
  • Propane tank sold separately

Coleman PerfectFlow InstaStart Grill Stove

How often have you longed to simmer some stew to go along with your grilled meat while out camping? And what’s the perfect way to achieve that than using the Coleman PerfectFlow InstaStart Grill Stove?

This outdoor cooking equipment combines both the grill and stove features with each having the heat capacity of 10,000BTUs. It combines a nickel-chrome stove and a removable die-cast aluminum grill grate.

You can, therefore, grill fish in one burner and prepare soup on the other side. So for parties with mixed preferences, it becomes really useful. With two functions in one unit, it lightens your load indeed.

When bothered by wind, simply erect the side panels. Otherwise, in a calm atmosphere, the side panels double as food preparation area when folded down. The camping grill/stove combo uses the matchless instant start technology.

To give consistent performances, it is equipped with the perfect flow pressure control system. The grease and food crumbs that drop are easily trapped by the removable grease tray. Besides, when you align the tray with aluminum foil, it even further simplifies the cleaning exercise.

As the portable grill for a campout, it measures 24 x 15.5 x 6 inches and weighs only 14.7lbs. That makes it highly portable.


  • Combines both grill and stove functions
  • Ultra-lightweight
  • Minimizes wind interference
  • Simple and straightforward to light up backed up by 5-year warranty
  • Improved grease management


  • The sizes of the windshields need improvement to provide optimum wind protection

Char-Broil Grill2Go X200 Portable TRU-Infrared Liquid Propane Gas Grill

Ever arrived at your campsite only to find that your best portable gas grill has been tossed about and disjointed into pieces? Travelling might be rough at times. So you need a reliable camp grill that can stand up to those tossing or shakings. The Char-Broil Grill2Go X200 lives up to such expectation.

You want to know why? It’s truly portable. The frame is designed to tolerate high impacts. The valve, gas bottle and tray all fit nicely in the grill. And the lid features two latches that hold tightly amidst violent shaking. The push ignition button has been tucked behind the leg. That means no accidental snap off. It even weighs 20lbs, which gives you easy time loading or offloading it from the car trunk, doesn’t it?

Besides it has a 200sq inches stainless steel cooking surface powered by a 9500 BTU burner. Furthermore, it uses the Tru infrared cooking technology. That eliminates flare-ups. The firebox is of cast aluminum therefore doesn’t rust. Once the hood closes the lid-mounted temperature gauge updates you of the heat intensity.

To make up for easy cleaning, the package gives you the cleaning tool that conveniently fits between the slots.


  • Sturdy roadworthy design
  • Double latch system on the lid
  • Provides the cleaning tool
  • Infrared cooking technology


  • Regulator prone to failure, thus calls for a replacement to provide optimum performance

Cook-Air EP-3620BK Wood Fired Portable Grill

Have you a special attachment for the wood flavored grilled food? Then next time you go on a fishing trip carry along the Cook-Air EP-3620BK Portable Grill.

Although fueled by wood, it heats up very fast to attain high temperatures. In five minutes it reaches the heat level of 1100degrees. With a capacity of 65000BTUs, it can perfectly sear meat or grill steak deliciously. It features a circular grilling surface of 14 inches in diameter. That’s enough space to cook food for about four persons.

Unlike other grills that require elaborate assembly, the Cook-Air EP-3620BK has been preassembled. All you need to attach then is the handle and you are ready to begin grilling. When you use a pan on the grill, you can cook a variety of food for breakfast.

Despite the simplicity it allows you to vary the cooking temperature.  It accomplishes that using a 5 level speed fan. Depending on the speed of the fan, more or less oxygen will be pumped into the combustion chamber. The fanning forces heat the cooking surface thus mimicking the turbo effect.

Unlike other grills that require longer preheating time, this girl is ready to serve you in just five minutes. Just stuff in crumpled wads of paper and dry wood, no technical processes is required. The blowing system makes lighting the grill very simple.

To help power the unit from different sources, the package provides you with an AC plug and a 12v car adaptor.


  • Large dome
  • Cool to touch handle
  • Heats up very fast
  • Easy to set up
  • Lightweight; 21lbs


  • It can run without the fan which requires a power source

Lodge Cast Iron Sportsman’s Grill

At times you might need to go out as a large party for example ballgames. During such times, you need a large camping grill that uses the long-lasting fuel. To make camping more interesting, how about infusing more memories on the trip? The Lodge Cast Iron Sportsman’s Grill which measures 19 x 8.25 x 10.25 inches helps you accomplish just those two features jointly.

Instead of using the one pound gas bottle, this sportsman grill uses charcoal. Besides, it comes pre-seasoned with 100% vegetable oil. Think of the real taste of charcoal-grilled food! It simply helps you to replicate the backyard BBQ in the field. It grills numerous whole fish, steaks, and burgers for a medium-size crowd.

Using the rugged 27lbs cast iron material, Lodge provides a picnic grill machine to last seasons. The actual cooking surface measures 159sqinches.The draft door helps to regulate heat. Although charcoal powered, it gets so hot that it leaves visually appealing grill marks on steak, and even sizzles.

Flipping down the door gives you easy access to the coals. To grill perfectly and adjust the heat level, it features two adjustable heights. In addition to grilling, it allows you to warm some coffee or tea. The built-in shelf helps provides a nice resting place for utensils.


  • Supports versatile cooking
  • Adjustable height
  • Accommodates a large quantity of food
  • Comes pre-seasoned
  • Nonstick coating on the grills
  • Accepts multiple heat source; charcoal, gas or campfire


  • Thin handle that cuts through the hands when lifting the heavy grill

Weber 51060001 Q1200 Liquid Propane Grill

When out on a fishing trip where there isn’t a nearby shop, you need an all-round equipped grill. With an upgrade from the previous weber Q1000, the grill presents improved features to simplify your cooking even in a remote location.

To begin with, it presents two cooking grates giving a total of 189sq inches of cooking area. For a party of 3 or four people that are more than enough cooking space. Alternatively, you can replace one grate with a griddle for easy cooking of pancakes or eggs.

Although served by a single stainless steel burner, it emits 8500BTUs of heat per hour, which is adequate for the 189sqinches. With a battery-operated electronic ignition, it’s dependable.

Unlike Weber Q1000, the new Q1200 presents you with two large side tables. The shelves help to hold palates during serving or preparing spices. During packing, they fold nicely to assume a compact space. Since you can’t cook a serious meal without a thermometer, it is equipped with an in-built hood-mounted heat gauge. Coupled with its infinite burner valve control settings, cooking on the Weber Q1200 is easier.

Its cooking grates are made of porcelain-enameled cast-iron while the body and the lid are aluminum. As for the frame, it boasts the glass-reinforced nylon material. So as you see the whole body speaks of quality material.


  • Sure electronic ignition system
  • Reliable built-in thermometer
  • Extra food preparation side table
  • Two-piece cooking grates
  • Available in many colors
  • Comes from the package fully assembled


  • Uses only one burner system

Eureka! Gonzo Grill Camping Cook System

Very few grills combine diverse cooking options like the Gonzo Grill Camping Cook System and remain perfectly portable. That’s why this travel size has made it among the top camping grill reviews.

It boasts the cast iron grill cooking surface that if when reversed becomes a griddle, 12inch pan. But if you remove the cast iron and recess the grate it becomes the right cooking stove for sautéing vegetables or warming a cup of coffee.

The circular camping grill has a diameter of 13.8inches and a height of 11inches, with the lid closed.  Surprisingly it attracts a weight of 14.3lbs only; talk of a lightweight tailgating grill and this particular one qualifies. Don’t be fooled of this size for it can happily cook 4 burgers at ago. Served by a single burner, it emits the heat output of 6000BTUs each hour.

To cook several dishes for a larger group, just buy a Jet Link accessory port and daisy chain these grills from one gas tank. You will be surprised by the performance it provides. A stove port support holds the grill/griddle in place. Igniting the stove to light only requires pushing a button

And when you close in the domed lid, the heat and smoked is locked in for superior tasting food. However, since the lid is vented, it won’t produce water droplets on opening the lid.

The lid features the non-slippery and cool-to-touch handle. Cleaning this outdoor camp grill is a simple act. It features a removable drip tray which is also dishwasher safe. For the buildup dirt between the grates, the package provides a scraper for easy removal.


  • Provides three in one functions
  • Easy to pack and lightweight
  • Provides grill/griddle cleaning tool
  • Adjustable height with non-skid rubber


  • The domed lid isn’t hinged to the base

Napoleon Grills TQ285-RD-A Travelq 285 Portable Gas Grill

Do you know why this Napoleon TQ285-RD-A can’t miss among top portable camp grills? It appears to be small but emits 12000BTUs heat on 285sq inches of cooking area. Such a cooking area accommodates 18burgers at once. Thus for a party of 6 persons, this grill is perfect.

Its two steel tube burners have independent heat control. So you won’t have a problem with the simultaneous cooking of different foods at different heat levels. An accurate temperature gauge on the lid lets you keep check of the grill’s heat level.  With such a heat level and two burners, searing, baking, or smoking is much easier. Moreover, it has a stylish, vented aluminum lid that concentrates more heat on food.

The grids are swappable with griddle for a flat cooking surface. The grids boast durable porcelain cast iron material. Thus they possess high heat retention and nonstick ability. The body, on the other hand, is of cast aluminum material.

To increase its portability, it has foldable legs. Besides the handle and the lid also locks tightly. Even its grease tray locks securely in place for a smooth traveling. That leaves no chances for cluttering sounds.


  • The package provides griddle plate
  • Precise temperature control
  • Heats up quickly; 600degrees in 5minutes
  • Independent heat control on two burners


  • A heavyweight of 42lbs

Weber Q2200 Gas Grill

A foldable camp grill, which is sturdy and efficient on gas consumption, is the wish of every camper. Weber a seasoned brand in the grill niche presents a reliable grill for regular camping trips. Even from the overall outlook, it presents the picture of a professionally designed gas grill. When you run it from a portable 160z LP bottle it provides 2 and half hours of cooking on medium heat setting!

Even without a stand, it rests close to the ground level for extra stability. With it you don’t need to worry about space to prepare your spices or the place your grilling tools; it has foldable table son either side.

Although a single burner, it gives you whole 280sq inches of cooking area. With a stainless steel burner that provides 12000BTUs every hour, it heats up very fast. Typically it reaches 450degrees in just 6 minutes. On a medium heat setting, it doesn’t struggle to maintain a heat level of 400degrees.

Its cooking grates are made of porcelain-enameled cast-iron metal. Its tall lid that can accommodate a whole chicken is made of cast aluminum. The frame, on the other hand, is glass reinforced with nylon. So the whole body from the frame to grates and lid speaks quality design.


  • Inbuilt heat gauge
  • Reliable electronic ignition
  • Removable grease tray
  • Sturdy body
  • Employs the split grills
  • Infinite heat control
  • Quick heat recovery


  • Slightly heavy; 42.5lbs
  • Gas bottle sold separately

Cuisinart CGG-200 All Foods Tabletop Gas Grill Stainless Steel

For the compact tabletop portable grill that can feed 6 to 8 people, the Cuisinart CGG-200 is an option to consider.  The stainless steel-bodied grill is made to fit the outdoor and the frequent camping trips. Its compact design allows it to fit the picnic table. It heats up pretty fast such that it can attain 600 degrees in ten minutes. On the other hand, after switching it off it feels cool to touch in just 20 minutes only.

As for the cooking surface, it measures 240sq inches and thus fit to accommodate 8burgers. So how many people can you feed with the 8 burgers; probably around 5 or 6 people? The tabletop gas grill has a stainless steel burner that outputs 12000BTUs heat every hour. Now that’s a good punch of heat.

On either side, it has the sleek and sturdy shelves. That helps to keep the grilling tools, spices plates close by and doubles as food preparation space too. When space is limited these shelves fold down nicely to occupy less space.

With the help of the rotating heat control knob and the built-in temperature gauge on the hood, you can control the cooking temperature as you wish. Furthermore, the grill features a steel loop burner and a double-walled cover, for even higher heat concentration.


  • Porcelain-enamel coated cast iron grates
  • Easy to remove the drip tray
  • Twist start, matchless ignition
  • Cool to touch handle
  • Quick heat recovery
  • Accurate temperature gauge


  • The dome is relatively shallow

Blackstone Grills Tailgater – Portable Gas Grill and Griddle Combo

One of the highlights of camping in the woods is preparing hearty meals. Think of the evening barbecue in the woods, the soup, and even searing meat. With the Blackstone Grills Tailgater as your camp barbecue grill, no cooking is out of your reach. Talk of the ultimate versatility of cooking and this griddle grill combo has it all. Even if the chosen camping site is on uneven ground, the adjustable legs promise stability.

The Tailgater is equipped with dual burners each having independent heat control. On one side it has H shaped stainless steel tube burner with the Heat capacity of 15000BTUS heat per hour. On the other side, it has a cast iron burner that emits 20,000BTUs per hour. Each of the two cooking sources measures 16 x 16inches and thus altogether provides a total of 512sq inches of cooking space.

With the grill box and griddle combination, you can barbecue and prepare pancakes at the same time. But when you remove the griddle and the grill you get open burners that let you simmer in large cast-iron pots or make use of fry pan. Whichever option you think of, the Blackstone tailgater supports your cooking.

From the grill box, you can crank up the heat level to a high searing temperature of more than 500degrees or set the griddle plate to a safe lower level for preparing pancakes. Talk of those visually appetizing grill marks and Blackstone provides it all.


  • Adaptable to different cooking options
  • Solidly constructed with no plastic parts
  • Dual Cooking surface
  • Easy to set up even on an uneven terrain
  • Both the griddle and the grill have a separate drip tray


  • Has a heavyweight of 75lbs. However, when you consider its vast cooking surface and the versatility of cooking options, it’s worth every pound of weight.

How to Choose the Best Camping Grills

Selecting the best grill for your usual household cooking isn’t that difficult. But when you want to choose the right one for camping, fishing trips or tailgating then it becomes a little bit complicated. Instead of just focusing on the usual features that make up a good grill, the issue of portability and versatility also crops in.

So how do you choose the perfect camping grills that are portable and make camping in the wood more enjoyable? Here are the key factors to consider;

Type of fuel

Most portable outdoor grills run on propane canisters. However, other models use charcoal or firewood too. So which is the best? Let’s look further at each of them;

Propane gas

A large percentage of outdoor camping grills use propane gas. This is available in either the standard 20lb gas tank or portable one pound bottles. When going out for just an afternoon on the lakeside, especially a few people then the canister supported grills are best.

Their ease of temperature regulation, cleaning, starting or portability makes propane run grills very popular. For instance, look at how the Eureka! Gonzo Grill Camping Cook System is highly portable.


The major advantage of choosing camping grills that use charcoal is their enhanced taste of food. Charcoal has a way of injecting superior smoky taste that gas can’t give.

Besides, the charcoal grills are cheaper and attain higher temperatures. However, they take time to start up. The Lodge Cast Iron Sportsman’s Grill is a good example here.


When camping takes to a lonely region where firewood is readily available, why not use wood-fired grill like the Cook-Air EP-3620BK Wood Fired Portable Grill? Also when you run out of charcoal, then a grill that uses charcoal and wood becomes a good choice.

Easy of transport

A travel grill should be easy to transport from one camp to the next. The issue of weight, and foldability contributes to high portability. Most grills have lids. Therefore go for the equipment featuring double lid latch for firm fastening of the lid as you move about. Besides, the grill should feature a rugged body that can withstand any accidental drops and bumpy rides without dents. The Char-Broil Grill2Go X200 Portable TRU-Infrared Liquid Propane Gas Grill fits that rugged and double latch description.

Flexibility and versatility in cooking option

When out in the wood or beach, you need a grill that does more than plain grilling. Thus strive to have a unit that does multiple cooking. For instance, if you can have a grill, griddle and a stove burner in one unit then you can handle all the camp cookery you can think of.

That means you can grill meat, prepare some stew and even prepare pancakes for breakfast from just one grill combo. Think of those chilly evenings when you need coffee or tea? Your best camping grill shouldn’t let you down in preparing it. The Blackstone Grills Tailgater – Portable Gas Grill and Griddle Combo offer that versatility.

Unwavering stability

Most likely you aren’t going to have a stable kitchen table out there in the woods. So you need to choose the equipment that can balance perfectly on the ground. Think of choosing a grill with adjustable legs which also spreads out to increase its balance.

Also if you can get the individual adjustable legs like that in Blackstone Grills Tailgater – Portable Gas Grill and Griddle Combo, then you can balance on uneven grounds. Moreover, it is easier to grill food in a standing position than squatting or sitting.

Side shelves

When cooking having grilling tools closer saves you time and gives you ample time to concentrate on your cooking. That’s why you should opt for the outdoor grill that offers you spacious side shelves. Such side table provides the following benefits;

  • Ample space to store grilling tools
  • Food and spices preparation space
  • Room to temporarily keep plates while serving

Besides, the side shelves should be strong, detachable or foldable.

Easy to ignite

After a tiring adventure you wouldn’t wish to retire to a difficult to ignite grill. Luckily most portable grills feature either twist or electronic ignition system. So it should be one push button or twist lighting rather than making several trials before it finally lights up.

Size of the cooking area

Before you pick on a grill for your next fishing trip, think of the number of persons it is intended to serve. It is convenient to go for the grill that will serve the whole campers at one cooking. Most top camping grill can prepare a meal of 3 to four people. However, there are other bigger models like Coleman Propane Grill | RoadTrip LXE Portable Gas Grill. That feeds a sizable crowd. For a guide, one person requires a cooking space of about 70sq inches.

Ease of temperature control

You will only prepare a slice of perfectly seared meat or delicious pancakes if you set the heat intensity right. So, when choosing the best portable grill don’t neglect heat control ability. If you can get independent heat control for every burner, then you are lucky. For the perfect cooking, match the ease of controlling temperature with an inbuilt heat gauge for more accurate results.

Grills heat capacity, BTUs

The heat capacity of a grill is usually rated in BTU, British Thermal Units. This heat capacity influences the preheating time, how long it takes to reach peak searing temperature and even the heat recovery time (when you open the lid to check on the food)

Nobody would wish to have the grill that takes ages to preheat or recover from heat loss. A higher BTU rating means short preheating time and faster heat recovery. Generally, go for the unit with about 80 to 100BTUs for every square inch of the cooking area.

Burner and grate material

The best grill burner material is either stainless steel or brass material. Such material won’t rust and tolerate intense heat for a prolonged period. However beware some companies that opt for lower grade stainless steel (430) instead of the higher grade, 304 steel.

At the same time, the choice of the grate material also matters. Ideally, go for the grate that boasts porcelain-enameled cast iron material. That will give you good heat retention, longer life and better response in nonstick coating.


When you follow the guide above on how to choose the best camping grill, you will never go wrong. Remember a picnic, camping or fish trip is never complete without a hearty meal. Therefor a camping grill is essential to making the most out of your trip in the wood. Besides the portable grills suggested above use different fuels from firewood, propane and even charcoal. So when you combine the information gathered here, the size of the crowd to expect in the next camp trip and your favorite dishes, you can choose the best grill that suits your needs.

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