Whatever the outdoor occasion, a camping grill adds that extra special something to al fresco mealtimes; a little bit of magic. Grills are perfect for group camping trips, family holidays and aimed at the more easygoing, dare we say 'foodie' campers (if you need to cut back on weight or are looking for something more utilitarian, you'd be better off checking out our guide to the best camping stove).
Often fired by foraged wood and sticks, but in some cases charcoal or gas, the grill is a focal point for the campers, a place to relax, enjoy the evening and watch the sunset. In this guide, we've rounded up the best camping grills to buy right now.
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How to choose the best camping grill
Multi-fuel grills are the more flexible choice, but require careful stoking to maintain heat, and there's cleaning out the ash once you're done to consider. Meanwhile, gas is easy and fast, ideal for time-poor families. However, gas is not going to cut it as a firepit, while some of the grills here will not only cook your food, but provide a visual feast to sit around after dark.
While most grills weigh enough to dissuade you from carrying them very far, their portability and flexibility make them a step up from a basic small barbecue, able to rustle up a wider variety of foodstuffs than just burgers and sausages. There are plenty of options out there, but picking the best camping grill is all about portability, fuel choices and food range.
As ever, it's horses for courses, so read on for our selection of the best camping grills available right now...
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The best camping grill to buy right now
If you're looking for a camping grill that does just about everything, this is the best choice for you. The ingenious but effective Biolite Fire Pit is not only a beautiful fire pit, but also transforms into a bbq/hibachi grill in just seconds with a slide-on trivet. There's another key trick in store too, thanks to the yellow/orange block of technology strapped to one end. This contains a battery and an ingenious fan system that'll keep your fire rocking for up to 24 hours on a single charge. Bluetooth controlled from the app, it pumps air into a system of tubes that keeps your logs or charcoal burning just as you'd like them.
In cooking terms this is brilliant, as you can control the grill temperature pretty precisely, all from your phone. Wind it up to max to char steaks or burgers, then back it off for gentler heat and longer cooking times – fire, meet technology. The battery pack unclips from the stove for charging, and a solar cover provides a top-up trickle charge effect if you're off-grid. Effective, impressive and useful in the home garden to boot.
The CampingGaz 400 delivers a powerful array of cooking tools all in one, an excellent – if resolutely practical – setup for families seeking simplicity and versatility. Fuelled by gas cartridges, there's no niceties here: hit the igniter and whoosh, you're cooking on gas.
There's a reversible grill and griddle plate, as well as a standard bbq-style cooking grid that'll take care of all your BBQ-style activities, while the lid doubles as a wok, for those emergency Phad Thai moments. With robust screw-in legs to create a solid platform, and a base that can be filled with water to simplify cleaning and prevent heat damaging surfaces below (campsites are usually very keen on this), this is a low-faff grill that offers top camp cookery fun with little hassle. Ideal for families and campervan dwellers that need maximum grilling for minimum space.
The Snow Peak field oven might be on the spendy side, but there's serious camp cookery props here. Stacked on top of the company's folding fire pit – itself an impressive open fire camping solution – the oven essentially adds the ability to make neighbouring campers green with envy. There's a ceramic tray for pizza, pies, or maybe flatbreads to go with the wood-fired kebabs-level of envy here, which is downright impressive. Sculpted from high-quality stainless steel, the field oven will cook anything from your rough-and-ready kebabs and BBQ fare through to delicate pastries and puddings.
Only problem with this is, you'll need to be a culinary badass to ensure you don't let the side down, which takes preparation, sobriety and dedication as well as raw skill. However, this is certainly the wood-fired camping grill for the job, and it's making us hungry just thinking about it all.
This portable and compact camping grill is designed for use with coal or wood, which can make cooking on it feel a little more traditional. It simply folds out and can be easily positioned with the carry handles on either side – all you need to do is add the coal or wood, light it, and away you go. Users have said it's easy to use, and recommend lining it with tin foil so that you have an easy clean up afterwards. It’s super lightweight, and users have found it holds up surprisingly well for multiple camping trips.
Okay, so an electric camping grill is kind of cheating, but if you’re someone who is more of a glamper than a camper, this could be the best grill for you. It of course requires a power outlet, so make sure you have that facility available to you at your campsite. The variable temperature settings allow you to cook all sorts such as burgers and sausages, but wouldn’t be suitable for boiling water for your cup of tea.
This simple yet effective toaster grill will allow you to make quick snacks on your camping trip wherever you are able to make a fire. Simply hold the grill above an open fire and flip to cook evenly on both sides. As well as sandwiches, users have said they successfully cooked omelettes, pizza and much more. It’s also a good healthy option for those who don’t like their food laden with grease. The non-stick plates make it easy to clean and it has heat-resistant handles, so it’s safe to use.