After 12 hours of research evaluating 125 products, we picked Coleman RoadTrip 285 Portable Stand-Up Propane Grill as our top choice.
The best part of camping—aside from all the relaxation and beautiful nature—has got to be the food!
There are few things more delicious than food cooked on a camping grill. It’s smoky, hot, and wonderful.
But finding the right grill can be a tad tricky…
Do you want a grill that you use over your campfire, a charcoal grill, a portable propane grill, or an electric grill that plugs into your generator or RV?
Knowing which grill to use on your camping trip can be tough, but that’s where we come in!
We’ve done the research to bring you the best portable grill for your camping trips. You’ll find the grills below give you all the options you want to prepare delicious food no matter where you end up camping.
Heavy duty, built from solid steel, turns any campfire into a grill, highly versatile design, can handle the weight of cast iron cookware, inexpensive, foldable legs, easy to store, and cleaning is a breeze.
No fuel source—has to be used with a campfire.
This fold-out grill takes seconds to set up—simply unfold the legs and set it in place over your campfire, and you’re ready to go! The sizes range from 16 to 24 inches long and 12 to 16 inches wide, so you’ll have no problem finding the grill to suit your campfires.
The foldable legs are very sturdy—built of solid steel—and the mesh top allows for even heat distribution on your pot, pan, or griddle. When the time comes to pack up, simply wash the grill off, fold up the legs, and it’s nicely flat—fits anywhere!
There’s no failing with this heavy duty welded steel grill! As long as you’ve got a campfire going, you’ll have a reliable grill top to support your cast iron frying pans, pots, coffee maker, or griddle. It turns any campfire into a versatile cooktop!
This relies entirely on your campfire to provide the heat for cooking, so you’ll have to know a thing or two about starting and keeping campfires going.
At just $25 for the largest-sized grill, you’ll find it’s a total steal if you’re looking for something quick, cheap, and easy to take on any camping trip!
Compact, lightweight, porcelain-enameled bowl and lid help to retain the heat, cook up to five burgers at a time, dampers offer good temperature control, highly durable plated steel cooking grate, all for an incredibly reasonable price.
Aluminum legs aren’t the most sturdy or stable.
Built to be highly portable, this camping grill is just what you need for high-quality charcoal grilled and smoked foods. The high-domed lid turns this grill into a smokebox instantly, delivering that delicious flavor that makes charcoal-grilled and smoked foods so delicious.
The body itself is made from aluminum, but with a porcelain-enameled interior that holds in the heat and keeps the paint from rusting and peeling. The grate is solid stainless steel, built to last for many years of regular grilling.
The only downside to the design is the aluminum legs: they’re not very sturdy and may end up bending or wobbling if you apply too much pressure.
The grill itself is highly reliable, built with durable materials that will last for years of regular charcoal grilling. Though you only get 165 square inches of cooking space, it’s enough to cook five burgers at a time—great for 1 to 3 people.
The built-in grease tray will stop the grill from leaking onto your tabletop, and it’s easily removed for cleaning. The grill will never give out on you, and you’ll find the thick, coated gauge steel firebox is more than capable of handling the high heat of burning charcoal.
You’ll need to bring your own charcoal to fire up this bad boy, but once the fire’s going, the dual aluminum dampers will keep the air flowing nicely throughout the grill for even heating and cooking.
At $35, this is definitely a great choice in terms of value! You’ll get many happy years of camping use out of this bad boy, all for a low price.
Compact, portable, great for grilling on the go, lightweight, reliable, and affordable.
Users report uneven lighting/cooking, and the plastic components are at risk of burning.
Built as a tabletop grill, this bad boy gives you enough cooking space (145 square inches) to produce a full meal in one go, and a highly user-friendly design. The aluminum legs will keep the grill steady on any terrain, and the handles will allow you to move/open the grill mid-cook. It even comes with a briefcase-style handle that makes it easy for you to carry it on any hike.
The grill itself is highly reliable, with a user-friendly set-up, matchless lighting, and consistent operation—it’ll work well for years to come. However, some users have complained that the plastic components can end up burned if you’re not careful, and the burners can produce uneven cooking temperatures.
Thanks to its propane-fueled burners, you’ve got everything you need to grill delicious food. With 5,500 BTUs of cooking power, it's the grill you’ll use every time you go camping.
At just under $100, this is far cheaper than a full-sized grill, but just as useful.
Electric-powered via your generator or RV, 240 square inches of cooking space, non-stick coated grill, indoor and outdoor design, adjustable temperature control, domed lid keeps in the smoke for more delicious flavor, and easy cleaning.
Power supply isn’t waterproofed—must be protected against rain!
Built for indoor and outdoor use, the grill is made with a sturdy base that offers reliable support for the grill—or can be removed to transform the grill into a tabletop cooking surface.
With enough surface space to cook up to 15 servings of meat at a time, an easily-removed and dishwasher-safe drip tray, and a fat-removing slope, you’ll find this is every camper’s dream grill!
The grill is highly reliable, as expected from any George Foreman electric grill. Really the only downside is that the electric power supply isn’t waterproofed, so if it starts raining, you had better get that grill under cover!
Whether you want to cook inside your trailer or outdoors, this grill’s got your back! The electric-powered grill can be used for both indoor and outdoor cooking. All you’ve got to do is plug it into your RV or power supply, and the 120-volt, 1600-watt grill will give you the cooking power you need to make every meal delicious.
At $90, it’s definitely an electric grill worth owning! You get high quality cooking power, adjustable temperature controls, and easy cleaning—all for an awesome price.
Perfect for cooking pancakes and eggs, built-in electric lighter, propane-powered, grease catcher included, fairly compact, easy-clean surface, excellent cooking space, even distribution of heat, and quick-heating.
No cover/lid included, so there’s a very real risk of burning yourself.
If you want to cook on a proper griddle surface (flat metal top), you’re going to love this bad boy! With 260 square inches of cooking space, you’ve got more than enough room to make pancakes or fried eggs on any camping trip.
The built-in lighter will turn on the H-shaped burners in seconds, and you’ll love how the heat is distributed evenly across the flat metal top. Best of all, all you have to do to clean it is run a paper towel across the metal to get rid of any fat residue!
Reliability is definitely guaranteed with this griddle! The heat distribution is beautifully even and it heats up surprisingly quickly, giving you a sizzling hot surface to work with in seconds. The only downside, really, is that there’s no lid, so you run a risk of burning yourself when you cook.
The griddle’s also wonderfully portable—simply remove the surface (once it’s cooled), flip it over, and you’ve got a packed-up griddle ready to store in your camper or RV.
This propane-powered griddle produces up to 12,000 BTUs of heat, but it’s spread across the entire metal surface evenly, making it perfect for cooking anything from steaks to pancakes to eggs to burgers!
At $130, you’re getting one hell of a camping griddle to take with you anywhere you go, for the most versatile breakfast you could ask for!
Folds down very small, fairly large cooking surface, push-button lighting, can be converted to run on larger propane tank, tabletop design, easy to set up, built-in thermometer, pre-assembled in the box, plus includes a built-in grease tray and catch pan.
Harder to clean and heavier than expected.
This little tabletop grill is perfect for those who want to get cooking instantly, anywhere. It comes pre-assembled in the box, so you can literally pull it out and start grilling in seconds.
Its short legs provide maximum stability on any camping table, and you’ll find the fold-out side tables are awesome for added storage space while cooking. The built-in grease tray and catch pan will ensure that none of the grease or sauces dripping from the meat falls onto your table.
Thanks to its push-button ignition, all you need to do is set it up, switch on the propane, and get cooking. The single-burner design offers consistent, reliable heat throughout the entire cooking surface, and you’ll find it’s a highly reliable, long-lasting grill.
However, fair warning: cleaning can be a bit more work with this bad boy. The aluminum body is a bit tricky to clean, and you’ll find there’s more grease stuck to the grill than most double-burners. It’ll just take a few minutes longer to get the grill clean, but it’s a trade-off for excellent cooking power.
Running on propane—designed for the 16-ounce canisters, but it can be converted to running a 20-lb tank using a hose (bought separate)—this grill delivers up to 12,000 BTUs across the 280 square inch cooking space. Definitely more than enough to turn anything into a delicious grilled feast!
At $270, the price tag may be a bit higher than you’d expect, but it’s well worth the price if you want a highly portable grill that fits anywhere in your vehicle, RV, or camper!
Designed for maximum stability, built-in wheels, side tables included, light without matches, 20,000 BTUs, 285 square inches of grilling surface, lightweight, easy to clean, great price, and cooktops can be switched out.
Bulkier than average, and the paint is easily damaged (though that isn't going to affect how good your food tastes).
This bad boy comes with four collapsible legs with a set of built-in wheels that makes it easy to move around. However, it’s very solid, and you’ll find it never wiggles or wobbles while you’re cooking.
The fold-out side tables give you extra cooking space to work with, offering a place for your food, cutting board, or containers. The built-in water pan catches the extra grease, making clean-up far easier and less messy.
Though it’s not the most compact of grills, you’ll love how lightweight it is—easy to load and unload from your vehicle. With 285 square inches of grilling space, you’ll have more than enough surface area to cook a full meal any time.
The only real complaint to reliability is the matchless lighting system—the ignition has a bit of trouble, so it requires a few attempts to light it.
Otherwise, it’s among the most reliable and long-lasting grills on the market. It’s easy to clean, requires very little maintenance, and the stove top can be switched out to offer a variety of grilling or cooking surface options. A versatile choice, indeed!
This grill runs on propane—typically the small 16-ounce bottles, but you can convert it to run on a 20-lb bottle without losing heat—and you’ll get up to 20,000 BTUs (10,000 per stove).
The heat can be a tad uneven on the highest setting, but overall you’ll find it gets blistering hot, perfect for grilling meat and cooking just about anything.
At $230 for the latest model, it’s definitely on the pricier side of the camping grill market, but well worth it for a reliable design, versatile operation, and high quality cooking power!