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The Best Portable Grill for Camping (9 Top Picks)

| Updated Jun 20, 2023

Here's a quick guide to finding the best portable grill for camping, including five great options PLUS four more to explore – 9 great grills in total.

Do you like to grill when on a camping trip? Many people love the option to get out of the RV and cook in the great outdoors.

But it is not always conceivable to drag along full-size grills. That is why you need a good, portable option!

The good news is that there are lots of options out there. Most are either gas or charcoal grills, but it is a good idea to check out several options to find one that fits your needs best.

The following is my list of what to look for in a good portable grill, as well as my top picks!

Many of these are on our Amazon List called – RV Kitchen Supplies!

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Types of Portable Grills

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First, figure out which type you need.

There are two main types of camping grills that you can find: charcoal and gas. However, Blackstone makes a griddle that can be used as a grill as well. It made my list below because it is so impressive and versatile!

When considering the weight of the grill that you purchase, you also want to factor in the weight of the propane tank or bag of charcoal that you will need to take with you.

Charcoal Grills

Charcoals grills use charcoal briquettes as the heat source to cook your food. You can find charcoal grills in various shapes and sizes.

Many people use lighter fluid to initially light the charcoal. However, those that do not like the taste that lighter fluid can sometimes add to food prefer to use different methods. A popular alternative is the use of a charcoal chimney.

Propane Grills

Portable gas grills use propane as their fuel source. If you go with this type of camp stove you can use a small, one-pound propane tank. It can provide about two hours of cooking power. Usually, a small grill will use these types of propane canisters.

A larger grill can usually be used in conjunction with a hose adapter to be hooked up to a large propane tank.

Either way, be sure to bring enough fuel with you for your entire trip, if possible. Otherwise, you may need to “fuel up” midway through your vacation.

What are BTUs?

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Consider these points when shopping.

BTU is an acronym for British Thermal Units. It is the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of a pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit. Many grill manufacturers describe their heat capacity using this measurement.

What to Consider Before Purchasing the Best Portable Grill for Camping

There are important features and things to consider before purchasing a portable grill.

Some important features you should consider when shopping around:

  • lid locks
  • ease of use
  • carry handle for easy transport
  • size of surface area
  • cooking grates
  • fuel type

Other things to consider include the grill's portability, the construction of the grill, and what you plan to cook on it.

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In addition to the weight of the grill, consider its portability. Does it fold up into a tight, compact size? Where can you store it when traveling?

You also want to consider how easy or difficult it is to assemble once you reach your destination. That last thing you want to deal with is a difficult task after a long day on the road.

How the Grill is Made

Check how well the construction of the grill is. Even though it is portable, you want to make sure that it is sturdy enough not to tip over.

As previously mentioned, you also want to make sure that it is not difficult to assemble once you reach your destination.

Foods You Plan to Cook

What do you like to cook when camping or on road trips? Do you want to stick to burgers and hot dogs? Or do you want to grill a whole roast?

If it is the latter, then you need a grill with a tall enough lid to accommodate that.

Many people also like to cook breakfast outside of their RV on a griddle top. If you prefer that method when using your RV, consider purchasing a griddle that can also be used as a grill. Or a grill that has a griddle attachment or can be used with a separate griddle pan.

5 Great Options for the Best Portable Grill for Camping

The following is my list of best camping grills that you can take along on your next outing!

Coleman Roadtrip

This is the best RV grill you can find if you like propane models and is my top pick for grills with an integrated stand.

With this portable stand-up propane grill, you won't have to think about where to set up the grill since it comes with its own stand. It makes a great portable grill for camping, road trips, or tailgating at sporting events!

It features three independent burners so you can cook using three different temperatures at the same time.

This grill also has other great features! The stand itself has two wheels for easy transport. It also has two side tables to keep your drink, cooking utensils, and to-be-grilled food. Everything folds up to a convenient, easy-to-stow size.

You can also purchase stovetop burners or a griddle piece to switch out for the grill grates. That means you can make a killer breakfast and coffee in the morning.

(Speaking of coffee, java-loving RVers should check out 13 Best Coffee Makers for RV Travel)

We used to think that the main drawback of this grill is that it is only compatible with a one-pound propane tank, but one of our readers in the comments of this post says otherwise. Make sure you read through those comments as there is a lot of good information there from your fellow RVers.

Choose from black, blue, green, orange, or red.

Weber Q1200 Liquid Propane Grill

Another good option in the running for the best portable gas grill is the Weber Q1200. It provides you with an excellent, even cook without fiery flareups from a regular grill.

It is compatible with a one-pound propane tank, and easily grill up to 6 burgers at once. You can also purchase the hose adapter to attach it to a larger propane tank if you want.

It comes complete with two side tables for you to place your cooking utensils or grilling condiments.

The grill weighs approximately 23 pounds. It also comes in different color options including red, black, blue, orange, and green.

Blackstone 22″ Tabletop Griddle

Sort of like electric grills, the Blackstone griddle is a flat cast iron cooking surface featuring 339 square inches of cooking surface. It is great for cooking breakfast items like pancakes and eggs, but can also easily grill up burgers! The grease falls into a removable grease tray (drip pan), making cleanup a breeze.

There is so much room on the griddle top that you can cook for an army of people! You can also set this griddle up on the campsite picnic table or purchase a separate cooking station to keep it close to your RV door.

Coleman Fold N Go + Propane Grill

The Coleman Fold N Go is a great option when it comes to portable camping grills. As the smallest portable propane grill on my list, it can fold up into a size smaller than a briefcase.

This compact grill is also considerably lightweight, weighing less than 10 pounds.

In addition, the Coleman portable tabletop grill features a compact design that comes in handy for anyone with limited storage space. But just because it is a little grill does not mean it can't cook!

Weber Smokey Joe Premium Charcoal Grill 14″

This portable option is like the mini version of the classic Weber BBQ. It offers a 14″ diameter cooking space, and many consider it the best portable charcoal grill.

The Smokey Joe is a good choice for those that like the taste of a charcoal grill. It also allows you to control the heat to avoid pesky flareups that can burn your food,

The grill grate can hold up to six burgers and 12 hotdogs.

It also comes in different color options, including red, gray, ivory, blue and green.

What's Your Choice for the Best Portable Grill for Camping?

Our Community has weighed in on this subject many times. Here are a few links to some of those conversations.

Let us know your best portable grill for camping in the comments!

4 BONUS Grills to Explore

Nexgrill 1-Burner Portable Propane Gas Table Top Grill

This grill has a 1-lb propane cylinder, and 11,000 BTUs of power, foldable legs, and 347 sq inches of grilling space.

Eureka! SPRK Portable Butane Camping Grill

The SPRK Portable Butane Camping Grill is a compact, all-in-one design that includes an integrated fuel compartment for an 8 oz butane canister. It has auto-ignition for easy starts and a non-stick ceramic grate, and an adjustable flame. The 7,250 BTU burner offers a 90-minute burn time and adjustable feet to stay level on any surface. The grill measures 16.6″ L x 11.5″ W x 4.6″ H and weighs 8.5 pounds.

Weber Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill

This one is ONLY for those of you who love charcoal grilling and have PLENTY of room in your rig.

Snow Peak Takibi Fire & Grill – Stainless Steel Portable & Collapsible Fireplace

And we'll end our post with this unique grill to explore, especially since it collapses down and fits in a bag for travel.

It has one stainless steel burner that produces 8500 BTU-per-hour to heat 189 square-inch total cooking area. It has porcelain-enameled cast-iron cooking grates and a cast aluminum lid and body. Fully assembled right out of the box, it has an easy-start electronic ignition and infinite control burner valve setting and uses disposable 14.1 or 16.4 oz. LP cylinders (sold separately).

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Published on 2022-12-29

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15 Responses to “The Best Portable Grill for Camping (9 Top Picks)”

May 21, 2024at11:57 am, VLLA WH said:

We have an LTV FX and while have quite a bit of storage space we had trouble finding grills that would fit easily into our outside compartments. We found a couple that would work…one of them mentioned here…but they are all a pain to clean up. We have now settled on an induction burner and a grill pan…much more compact and easy to manage and the clean up is a breeze. And if we want to use the induction burner with other pots and pans outside we have that option, too.


May 23, 2024at3:32 pm, Team RV Lifestyle said:

Easy clean up does make a big difference – thanks for sharing! Team RV Lifestyle


December 31, 2022at1:09 am, Mark Nuss said:

Coleman tailgater was the biggest disappointment purchase I ever made. Poor cooking characteristics, very difficult to clean and wheel setup was clumsy. I gave it to my brother in law then he got fed up with it and threw it away. Love my 22” Blackstone and never looking back. Anything I can cook on a bbq grill I can cook on my Blackstone. Love my Traeger too


December 31, 2022at8:52 am, Team RV Lifestyle said:

Thanks for sharing your experience, Mark – Team RV Lifestyle


June 21, 2022at7:49 am, Linda Taylor said:

Have you ever heard of a Cobb Grill? Small, round and table top. Neat little grill.


June 21, 2022at9:17 am, Team RV Lifestyle said:

We’ll check it out – thanks, Linda! Team RV Lifestyle


June 21, 2024at10:33 am, Nan Wallace said:

Love my Cobb grill!


January 26, 2022at12:57 am, Keith Jobe said:

We have a Blackstone Tailgater and we like it a lot, it is heavy but the built-in stand is nice!


December 30, 2022at7:52 pm, Jesse Lindner said:

I also have the tailgater. It is versatile and travels well in the truck.


January 22, 2022at5:49 pm, Jeff Hayes said:

We have the Coleman and find it rather large to store and have to put it in towed, cumbersome and difficult to clean. The latches on it do not keep the lid closed and the griddles have a tendency to always fall out if you go to roll it. A consideration of the Black Stone is the weight, not easily moved. Just a few thoughts to share. I Appreciate your article and review..


January 20, 2022at12:01 am, Richard Ward said:

We have the Blackstone,and looove it!


January 18, 2022at1:15 pm, Bill Robbins said:

Regarding the Blackstone 22″ Tabletop Grill; I think your description of 22 square inches of grill area is incorrect. 22 square inches is barely large enough to fit an egg to be cooked on the grill.


January 18, 2022at7:38 pm, Paul Sulborski said:

The grill is 22 inches, with a cooking area of about 339 square inches. I didn’t see in the description mention of 22 square inches


June 21, 2024at10:34 am, Nan Wallace said:

Bill, I have a 17′ Blackstone and can cook a bunch of food on it at one time…LOL


January 18, 2022at11:54 am, Jim Gallagher said:

I have to disagree with you on the Coleman Roadtrip grill. We added a hose and connected it to our RV’s LP tank. Does it work? We cooked several meals on it using the RV’s tank.


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