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Best Overall: Coleman RoadTrip 285 Grill at Amazon
"Comes in a compact, folding design with wheels that make it convenient to use and transport."
Best Budget: Cuisinart Portable Charcoal Grill at Amazon
"Despite its low price tag, the grill has a chrome-plated grill grate and an enamel-coated firebox."
Best for Open Flames: Adjust-a-Grill Camping Grill at Amazon
"Uses a creative rotating design that allows you to load food away from the flames."
Best Propane: Primus Kuchoma Camping Grill at Amazon
"Even though this compact grill is the size of a large briefcase, it can heat up to 8,500 BTUs."
Best Charcoal: Fire & Flavor Hero Grill System at Amazon
"Burns custom charcoal pods that are made from eco-friendly materials and can be disposed of easily."
Best Griddle: Country Smokers Gas Griddle at Amazon
"The pre-seasoned steel griddle is great for cooking vegetables, steaks, burgers, and eggs."
Best for Backpacking: Drix Bushcraft Camping Grill Grate at Amazon
"This camping grill grate weighs about half a pound so it won’t weigh you down on long hauls."
Best Splurge: Weber Q 1200 at Amazon
"Features fold-in side tables, a cast aluminum hood, and a built-in lid thermometer."
Best Portable: Cuisinart CGG-608 at Amazon
"This small propane grill is fitted with a carrying handle so it can be toted small distances easily."
Our Top Picks
Best Overall: Coleman RoadTrip 285 Grill
The Coleman RoadTrip 285 looks and cooks like your home grill but comes in a compact, folding design with wheels that make it convenient to use and transport to tailgates and campsites alike. Additionally, it’s set up to connect to the smaller 1-pound propane canisters, though you can buy a hose adapter to use with larger tanks if desired.
The three adjustable burners reach up to 20,000 BTUs and heat the large 285 square inch cooking surface. Coleman also offers a range of accessories to fit this grill including a griddle for even more possibilities for cooking on the road. It's available in five different colors and comes with a three-year limited warranty.
Best Budget: Cuisinart Portable Charcoal Grill
This 14-inch portable charcoal grill has the look and features of a classic charcoal deck grill in a package meant to hit the road. The shorter legs make it just over a foot high and it weighs a mere 5 pounds, making it easy to pack in the car. The built-in clamps also keep the lid on even over bumpy terrain.
Despite its low price tag, the grill features a chrome-plated grill grate, an enamel-coated firebox, and an ash catcher. The dual vents allow you to go low and slow or apply high heat for burgers, steaks, and barbecue.
Best for Open Flames: Adjust-a-Grill Camping Grill
Cooking over open flames is a classic pleasure in the great outdoors, but the annoyance and danger of the smoke and flames make grilling a challenge. Luckily, the Adjust-a-Grill uses a creative rotating design that allows you to load the grill and move it on and off the flames without getting too close.
The 16 x 16-inch grate rotates around a 2-foot stake, meaning setup is as simple as driving the stake in next to your campfire to the height at which you want to cook. Not only does it let you load food on the grill away from the flames, but you can also rotate finished food away from the flames when done. It comes with a storage bag and a lifetime warranty.
Best Propane: Primus Kuchoma Camping Grill
This compact propane grill is the size of a large briefcase yet is heavy-duty for high, even heat from small 1-pound propane canisters. It heats up to 8,500 BTUs and measures a compact 17.6 x 12 x 6.1 inches. At 10 pounds, you won’t want to carry it far but it’s perfect for car camping or even toting to the park or your patio for outdoor grilling. The non-stick ceramic grill grate and the stainless steel drip tray are both dishwasher-safe, meaning clean-up doesn’t require specialized tools or tons of elbow grease.
Best Charcoal: Fire & Flavor Hero Grill System
This compact charcoal grill is a far cry from the ubiquitous round grills found in backyards everywhere. This camp grill burns custom charcoal pods that are made from eco-friendly materials. To set it up, simply light the charcoal, wait ten minutes for it to heat up, and place the non-stick ceramic grill grate on top. The charcoal heats up to 400 degrees for 60 minutes.
The laptop-sized carrying case also holds a bamboo spatula, a cutting board, and a thermometer for a true all-in-one outdoor cooking package. Once used, the biodegradable charcoal can be disposed of in the campfire or compost and the grill grate is dishwasher-safe, avoiding the usual build-up and mess associated with a charcoal grill.
Best Griddle: Country Smokers Gas Griddle
Why carry around cookpots and skillets on your camping road trip when you can cook everything directly on this portable griddle? Two propane burners heat the 373 square inch cooktop, which can cook enough food to feed four to five people.
The pre-seasoned steel griddle surface is great for cooking vegetables, steaks, burgers, and eggs on. There's also a bucket underneath for grease to run into, so you can avoid attracting animals. At just over 30 pounds, it’s not too heavy to carry and comes with fold-up legs and foam carrying handles.
Best for Backpacking: Drix Bushcraft Camping Grill Grate
Enjoy the fun and flavor of cooking over open flames no matter how far afield your hiking boots take you with this stainless steel grill grate that turns your campfire into a familiar cooking surface. The 304 stainless steel grate weighs about half a pound so it won’t weigh you down on the longest hauls. The waxed canvas carrying case keeps cooking residue off the rest of the items in your pack and the 12- x 6-inch size means it will fit in most any pack while still offering enough cooking surface for a small group.
Best Splurge: Weber Q 1200
Weber is synonymous with charcoal grills, but they’ve produced one of the best propane camping grills available with the compact and collapsible Q 1200. The design makes it stand out as a camping grill, featuring fold-in side tables, a cast aluminum hood, and a built-in lid thermometer to help you cook foods more evenly.
The Q 1200 is also compatible with a wheeled stand that's sold separately for easy transportation. The stand brings the grill up to an optimal height and the legs are foldable for convenient storage. It can reach up to 8,500 BTUs and measures 15.5 x 41 x 20.5 inches.
Best Portable: Cuisinart CGG-608
At just under 17 pounds and fitted with a convenient carrying handle, this small propane grill totes small distances easily for when you can’t just pull up to your camp spot. Helpfully, it also runs off smaller 1-pound propane canisters, meaning you don’t have to lug those oversized, heavy propane tanks around either.
The 176 square inches of cooking space is just right for a small gathering or a couple heading outdoors. It comes with a twist start ignition, stainless steel grates, and a hood thermometer. Reviewers loved how convenient this grill is and noted it was easy to clean.