Eating is one of the great moments when you go camping. So you need good gear if you don’t want this experience to become a nightmare. Imagine : you are with your friends, you just had a nice day wandering, chatting, fishing or whatever. You are hungry so you start cooking. But the grill does not work, the gas is leaking or the fire is not starting. You don’t want that. Instead, what a pleasure to have the equipment jut right: light but strong, easy to use, easy to move, rock solid so it lasts years of pure nature enjoyment. You want and that and you deserve it so let’s get started on this buying guide, designed to get you the best equipment.
What portable grill technology should I chose?
First you need to chose what type of grill you want for your camping parties. Simply put, you need to chose between charcoal and gas (infrared and burners are two subtypes). Both have pros and cons, good points and drawbacks. To give you an overview the main points are:
Gas fueled grills good points:
- Easy to start
- Good temperature control
- Possibility to cook with pots (not with all grills though)
- Easier to clean
- Taste less good (but this one is an opinion!)
Charcoal good points:
- You get to make fire
- Smell and taste better
- Simpler and lighter
- You might get dirty
Gas fueled grills drawbacks:
- You need to carry the gas tank
Charcoal fuelled grills drawbacks:
- Transporting the charcoal is no easy thing.
- The grill is dirty with ashes that tend to fly everywhere
If you chose the gas, you get one more choice to make. Are you going with a regular burner propane grill or with the more elaborated solution of the infrared grill? So anyway, what are those about:
Infrared grills are a more recent technology which aims at using the radiation of ceramic or metal heating surfaces to cook instead of the convection of the hot air. It results in a more even heat delivery. The main advantages of infrared grills is quicker cooking, quicker startup of the grill (from 10 minutes down to 3 minutes) and as less air is circulated, the food retains more moisture during cooking.
On the other side, infrared grills are more complicated and less easy to clean.
So which camping grill should I get?
In order to give you full choice, we short listed one grill of each category for you to chose. So you only have to decided the type of camping grill you want to get and pick the one corresponding below and bam! you’re done, you just chose your brand new camping grill!
Top 3 camping grills
Best Propane(Gas) camping grill : Weber 50060001 Q1000 Liquid Propane Grill
Type : Propane burner
Weight: 26 lbs
Cooking surface: ~ 190 square inches
This is one of the most compact propane grill by the famous grill leader Weber. Its the most heavy of the three grill we handpicked but it is still transportable in your trunk so it is possible to use this grill while camping.
It has some interesting features as push-button ignition which is handy if you often forget the matches. The leg are removable and foldable so the grill is easier to move and finally it is quite large in terms of cooking space and has a lot of power (8500 BTU if it means something to you).
The burner and the body of the Weber 50060001 Q1000 Liquid Propane Grill are build in strong material and will last without a doubt.
Best infrared camping grill : Char-Broil Grill2Go X200 Portable TRU-Infrared
Type: infrared / gas
Cooking surface: 200 square inches
Weight: about 20 lbs
Infrared grills tend to be heavier that other types of grills. So it’s a real performance from Char-Boil to have created such a compact infrared grill. You will get all the upside of infrared cooking.
The grill’s raw design and sturdy conception makes it a solid ally of your camping adventures. It will bear the challenge of time and won’t let you down. We especially liked the handle and legs which make it easy to move and very stable once set in place. Its cast aluminium firebox makes it one nice piece of gear to look at.
So if you want to test the infrared technology on the go. Don’t look further, just get the Char-Broil Grill2Go X200 Portable TRU-Infrared.
Best charcoal camping grill : Weber 121020 Go-Anywhere Charcoal Grill
Cooking surface: 160 square inches
Weight: 14 lbs
This is the lightest grill we reviewed. It has great design, smart conception, solid build, easiness of use. The Weber 121020 Go-Anywhere Charcoal Grill is almost perfect.
It sure is light. It is very compact. So it’s perfect for camping when your in chase for every unnecessary gram. It is build in porcelain which makes it beautiful but a little bit more fragile than the previous grills.
You can fold its legs, which once folded locks it so it won’t budge during transport. We told you it is smart! The only cons are to our opinion that it is a little bit less stable than what you might wish for but it can be compensated by extra care when chose the place you put it. If you want a good and light charcoal grill, get the Weber 121020 Go-Anywhere Charcoal Grill.
If you always thought that taking a grill for camping is no easy thing we hope we proved you wrong or at least convinced you to reconsider. We hope you will be happy with either grill you chose and have great time with friends and family next time you go camping. Let us know!