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7 Best RV Grills of 2020 – Portable Grill for RV Camper

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If you’re out on the road, nothing beats the taste of food cooked in the great outdoors! Getting a grill to take in your RV will make that dream a reality.

Here, we take a look at seven of the best RV grills out there. We share what makes them great, as well as revealing any niggles you need to know about. And our buying guide will help you make the right choice for your needs.

So step this way to find your perfect RV grill!

 

The Best RV Grill on the Market 2020

1. Blackstone Tailgater Portable Gas Grill and Griddle Combo for RV

Blackstone Tailgater Portable Gas Grill and Griddle Combo

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If you’re looking for a versatile grill that can work on any terrain, the Blackstone Tailgater may be for you. It’s the most expensive model we’ve reviewed, but if you’re prepared to splash out, you’ll get lots of great features.

To begin with, you get both a grill and a griddle. You can use them both at the same time or independently. And if you want to cook with pots and pans, you can do that too. Just remove the grate and/or griddle, and you’ll be able to cook directly on the gas burners.

You can adapt your energy use and cooking temperature easily too. One of the burners is stainless steel and offers a maximum heat output of 15,000 BTU. The other is cast iron and has a maximum output of 20,000 BTU.

It means you’ll be able to reach and maintain temperatures of well over 500 degrees Fahrenheit. If you’re looking for a hot grill to sear meat and cook quickly, this fits the bill.

The grill plates are made of cast iron and the griddle is made of rolled steel, so they’re durable. The grill box is a good weight and has its own vent. And the whole unit is powder coated to help resist corrosion.

And if you want to be confident you’ll be able to grill wherever you stop, this is a great option. The legs are adjustable, so they’ll stand steady, even on uneven ground.

The main challenge with this grill is that it’s not as easy to move around as we’d like. It weighs in at 75 pounds, and there are no wheels on the bottom.

You can, however, separately purchase two customized bags to stow it away. The large bag will hold the adjustable legs and burner. The smaller holds the grill and griddle in separate compartments, so they won’t scratch against each other. The drip pans go into a side pocket.

The extra bags will, of course, add to the overall cost of the set. And you’ll still have to spend a bit of time getting it all setup. When you’ve finished cooking, you’ll have to wait for everything to cool down before repeating the process in reverse.

The other thing to be aware of is that there’s no holder or shelf for the propane tank.

But if you don’t need to assemble and disassemble your grill in a hurry, this is a great option. And while it’s more expensive than others, you get a lot for your money.

Pros:

  • Allows you to grill, griddle or cook using pans
  • Gets hot quickly and stays hot
  • Adjustable legs allow this to be used safely on any terrain

Cons:

  • Not as portable as we’d like – and you’ll need to buy storage bags separately
  • No shelf or holder for the propane tank.

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2. Weber Q1200 Liquid Propane Grill for RV Camping (Our Top Pick)

Weber 51060001 Q1200 Liquid Propane Grill,Titanium

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If the Blackstone is too big and cumbersome for your tastes, check out Weber’s WQ1200. This super-portable grill is fairly pricey, but it’s got lots plenty to recommend it.

The first thing you’ll notice is its distinctive appearance. It comes in a choice of no fewer than six different colors, so it really stands out from the crowd. Choose blue, red, orange, or green if you like your grills bright, or titanium or black for a classic look.

There’s a single burner with a maximum heat output of 8,500 BTU. The cooking surface is 189 square inches – that’s enough for four average-sized steaks. It sits between two fold-out tables that provide handy space for food preparation.

The burner has electronic ignition, so there’s no need for fumbling with a match in the rain! It’s powered by a AAA battery. Cooking is fueled by propane, and it’s compatible with either a 14 or 16-ounce gas cylinder. You’ll get about three hours of cooking time per cylinder on a high flame.

Just turn a knob to control the temperature. It’s very responsive. There’s a thermometer on the lid too. That allows you to monitor what’s going on inside without opening it up and losing heat.

The rounded shape of the cookbox allows the heat to circulate effectively. That helps to ensure an even cook, as well as fuel efficiency.

The nylon and glass-reinforced frame is sturdy and robust. And because the grill sits squat on whatever surface it’s placed on, it’s very steady. The cooking plates are made of cast iron, so they’ll stay hot for ages. And the lid and body are made of cast aluminum, so they’re strong yet light.

You won’t need a lot of space for set-up. With the lid open and the tables extended, it measures 24.6 inches high, 40.9 inches wide and 20.5 inches deep. The tables fold inside after use, making it compact and easy to carry. Just remember to unfold them before you light the grill, or you’ll melt them!

It doesn’t get too hot when in use, so you can place it on a picnic or patio table to cook if you wish. It’s also compatible with Weber’s 6557 Q Portable Cart.

You won’t get a huge cooking surface or a huge amount of power here. But it does heat up quickly, and easily reaches temperatures of above 500 degrees Fahrenheit. if you’re looking for a grill that will comfortably and efficiently feed a couple, this could be it.

Pros:

  • Compact and easily portable
  • Responsive temperature control
  • Table top design can also be used with a portable cart for maximum flexibility

Cons:

  • The cooking surface of 189 square inches won’t be enough to cater to larger parties
  • Doesn’t get as hot as more powerful grills.

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3. Coleman RoadTrip 285 Portable Stand-Up Propane Grill for RV Camper

Coleman RoadTrip 285 Portable Stand-Up Propane Grill, Green

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Coleman’s portable grill will appeal to those who like an integrated cart. And although it’s a decent size, it weighs in at only 53 pounds. That significantly lighter than the Blackstone grill.

The cooking area here is a generous 285 square inches. There are three burners, fueled by a 16-ounce propane cylinder. Each burner can be adjusted independently for maximum versatility.  They’re lit by a push-button ignition system, so they’re easy to use in all weathers.

Between them, they offer an impressive maximum heat output of 20,000 BTU. That allows you to set cooking temperatures between 350 and 700 degrees Fahrenheit. There’s an integrated thermometer in the grill lid, so you can keep an eye on the temperature at all times.

The cooking grates are cast iron, so they’re rugged and great at retaining heat. Compatible griddles and stove grates are also available separately if you want more options.

On each side of the cooking chamber there’s a slide-out table. These provide useful extra space for utensils or preparing food. And beneath the chamber there’s a removable drip tray to make cleaning easier.

But perhaps the nicest thing about this grill is just how portable it is. It’s designed in a similar way to a trolley case. The legs fold up quickly and provide a handle to pull the grill along. The wheels at the bottom are tough enough to cope with uneven ground too.

There is, though, one limitation, and that’s the grill lock. We’ve heard of a number of cases where it’s come unlatched as the grill has been moved. Take care to make sure it’s secure before you roll your grill anywhere. You may want to add a luggage strap to be extra safe.

There isn’t anywhere to stow your propane cylinder either. The legs are X-shaped, and there’s no shelf or cabinet underneath.

But if those aren’t deal breakers, this is a good buy. You’ll be getting powerful grill with a good cooking area and a truly portable design.

Pros:

  • Can achieve cooking temperatures of up to 700 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Three independently controlled burners
  • Quick-fold legs for quick and easy set-up

Cons:

  • Watch out for the grill lock during transportation – it’s not reliable
  • No shelf or stand for your gas cylinder.

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4. Pit Boss Grills 75275 Portable Gas Grill for RV

Pit Boss Grills 75275 Stainless Steel Two-Burner Portable Grill

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If you’re in the market for a compact tabletop grill, consider the model 75275 from Pit Boss. It measures just 23 inches by 19.5 inches by 16 inches, and weighs 27 pounds. That makes it convenient to use, transport and store.

Despite its modest dimensions, you get a surprising amount of cooking space – 276 square inches, in fact. That’s almost as much as the significantly larger Coleman grill, and sufficient for six to eight steaks. The folding legs and latching grill lid make it easy to take from place to place.

It has a 36-inch LP hose attachment and is designed to be connected up to a 20-pound gas cylinder. If you prefer using a smaller cylinder, you can do so with an adapter. You will, though, need to purchase that separately.

There are two gas burners, each of which can be operated independently of the other. They’re ignited by a simple push-and-turn button.

They’re pretty powerful too, with a total maximum heat output of 20,000 BTU. You’ll be able to get cooking temperatures of up to 700 degrees Fahrenheit. There’s a thermometer in the lid so you can keep an eye on the internal temperature as you cook.

Clean-up is made easier by a removable drip tray. Note though, that the corners of the tray aren’t welded. That means that if you’re cooking on an uneven surface, the juices can run out and make a mess. Placing some aluminum foil in the bottom of the tray will help.

And note too that the legs don’t lock in place. That means that if you try to slide the grill forward after it’s been set up, the front legs will collapse. The same thing will happen to the back legs if you move it backwards. Make sure you’re happy with its position before you start to cook.

The stainless steel construction is otherwise high quality, and this is an attractive grill. It also comes with Pit Boss’s five-year warranty for added reassurance.

Pros:

  • Two powerful burners produce cooking temperatures of up to 700 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Large cooking area for a grill that’s very small overall
  • Lightweight and easily portable

Cons:

  • The drip tray will leak if it isn’t completely level
  • The legs don’t lock in place, so don’t try to move the grill while you’re cooking.

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5. Martin Portable Gas Grill for RV Camping

MARTIN Portable Propane Bbq Gas Grill 14,000 Btu Porcelain Grid with Support Legs and Grease Pan

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Martin’s portable gas grill has a cooking surface of 237 square inches. It also has a warming rack, which increases the overall surface area to 354 square inches.

It measures a compact 24 inches by 14.5 inches by 16.5 inches, and weighs 20 pounds. The legs fold away to make it easier to carry and store. Note, though, that there’s no lid lock here. If you want to carry it on its side, you’ll need to invest in a luggage strap or similar to secure the lid.

With this one, there’s a single tubular burner. It heats up quickly and has a maximum heat output of 14,000 BTU. Ignition is automatic, with a piezo igniter. It’s powered by the action of pushing the button, so you’ll never have to worry about a flat battery.

This gas grill is also compatible with either high or low pressure lines. That means you can connect it up to the system in your RV if you want to. It can also be connected to either a 16-ounce or 20-pound cylinder.

The cooking grate is coated in porcelain to help avoid food sticking to it. There’s also a rack which sits above the cooking surface and provides extra space to keep food warm.

One thing to note is that it’s quite difficult to get the temperature to stay low. The lowest setting can easily reach 500 degrees Fahrenheit after some time in use. So while searing steaks is easy, slow cooking that brisket is considerably more challenging.

There is, however, a useful temperature gauge in the lid, so you can keep an eye on what’s happening.

Pros:

  • Can be connected up to a cylinder or RV gas system
  • Compact and easy to set up
  • Piezo igniter means there’s no need to worry about carrying spare batteries

Cons:

  • There’s no lock to hold the lid in place during transportation
  • It’s hard to maintain a low temperature – this gets very hot.

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6. Weber Jumbo Joe Charcoal Grill for RV Camper

Weber Jumbo Joe Charcoal Grill 18 Inch Black

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If you love the flavor of food cooked over charcoal, check out Weber’s Jumbo Joe Grill. This cute little kettle grill is only 18 inches in diameter, so it’s easy to carry and store. It weighs just 18 pounds too, making it one of the lightest grills on our list.

The cooking surface is nevertheless big enough to grill about eight burgers at the same time. The lid and bowl are made of porcelain enamel, great at retaining heat. They’ll also resist rusting and peeling.  Vents in the lid allow you to admit or restrict air, controlling the cooking temperature.

The charcoal tray is made of heavy gauge steel, while the cooking grate is coated steel for easier cleaning.

A particularly clever design feature is a slim metal bar which sits over the grill. This allows you to hold the lid to one side while checking on your cooking. No need to try and find somewhere safe to put a hot piece of metal while you flip your burgers!

It also acts as a convenient lid lock, keeping everything in place during transportation.

This is a simple and effective design, but it does lack a couple of features that would be helpful.

The first issue is that there’s no thermometer in the lid. If you want to check your cooking temperature, you’ll need to buy one separately. And unless you choose a wireless version, you’ll have to take off the lid and lose heat in order to use it.

The second thing to note is that there’s no way to raise or lower the cooking surface. Your food has to stay at the same distance from the coals. And it’s pretty close, so food will cook quickly. This isn’t the grill to choose if you want to slow roast your meats.

But set those niggles aside and this is a good quality charcoal grill at a reasonable price.

Pros:

  • Compact and lightweight option for charcoal grilling
  • Clever design allows the lid to be secured out of the way when you want to check on your food
  • Porcelain enamel construction is tough and attractive

Cons:

  • No temperature gauge in the lid
  • No way to raise or lower the cooking surface.

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7. Char-Broil Grill2Go X200 Portable TRU-Infrared Gas Grill for RV

Char-Broil Grill2Go X200 Portable TRU-Infrared Liquid Propane Gas Grill

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Char-Broil’s Grill2Go is a great choice for anyone looking for an infrared grill. It features Char-Broil’s TRU-Infrared system for uniform heat across the cooking surface. And the design eliminates flare-ups as you cook.

The compact tabletop design provides 200 square inches of cooking area. You’ll be able to fit on about eight smaller burgers. And because 65 percent of the heat here is generated by infrared rays, meat will stay moist and juicy.

There’s a built-in ignition, which doesn’t require any batteries. The single burner generates a maximum heat output of 9,500 BTU.

The firebox and lid are made of die-cast aluminum, helping to keep down the overall weight. This is less than 20 pounds.

There’s a heat-resistant handle at each side of the grill to carry it, and two latches to hold the lid in place. That lid is hinged, so you won’t lose it. It can also act as a useful wind shield in bad weather.

It’s possible to buy the grill on its own or in a bundle with a heavy duty case. It’s well worth investing in the latter if you’re planning to take your grill on the road. It will, though, add significantly to your bill.

Note that this one does really need to be properly cleaned after each use. If you don’t do that, grease will build up and clog the cooking grate.

And this is another grill that gets very hot. If you’ve been cooking at high temperatures, you may struggle to get it back below about 450 degrees Fahrenheit afterwards.

Pros:

  • Infrared cooking for uniform heat and juicy meats
  • Built-in piezo ignition, so no batteries required
  • Weighs less than 20 pounds

Cons:

  • Not the easiest to clean
  • Tough to reduce the temperature after it’s got very hot.

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Buying guide

Need some help choosing the right RV grill for you? Read on for some factors to consider before you go shopping.

What kind of fuel?

A good place to start is with the question of what kind of fuel you want to use.

Charcoal is traditional and offers a distinctive flavor. If you’re a grilling purist, it can’t be beaten! But the smoke can be harmful and it takes longer to get going. And you’re almost certain to get some charcoal dust on your hands or clothes!

Gas, on the other hand, is quick and clean. But you won’t get that lovely smoky flavor. And check what kind of connections the grill has before you buy. Most will work with 16-ounce cylinders. Others can be connected to 20-pound versions or even to your RV gas supply.

How much cooking space do you need?

Next, consider how much room you need to cook. Remember that the larger the cooking space, the bigger – and heavier – your grill is likely to be.

Gas grills with more than one burner can be a good option. As long as the burners can be independently operated, you’ll be able to make the cooking zone larger or smaller as required. That will suit couples who occasionally use their grill for entertaining, for example.

And remember that a smaller grill can work for feeding larger numbers of people as long as it cooks quickly. If you’re prepared to keep stocking up with the next batch of food, your guests won’t have to wait long.

Where will you be cooking?

Last but not least, think about the kinds of places you’re likely to want to take your grill. Will you be able to place it on a tabletop? Or would it be better to have a model that comes with its own stand?

Grills with adjustable legs can be very helpful in providing a stable cooking surface on rough terrain. And if you’re going to need to transport your grill by hand, check how comfortable that will be. Consider the position of handles and see whether there are wheels to help.

Finally, make sure your grill has a lid that will lock securely. Otherwise, you may find your cooking grates falling out as you move!

Time to choose!

We hope you’ve enjoyed our tour of some of the best RV grills out there. Whether you’re looking for charcoal, gas or infrared, a tabletop or freestanding design, there are some great options out there.

Our favorite is Weber’s Q1200 propane grill. We love its compact design and ease of use. And the option of using it as a tabletop grill or buying the portable cart makes it enormously flexible.

Whichever grill you choose, we hope it adds a delicious extra dimension to your next RV trip. Happy grilling!

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