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When is the best time to cook on the grill? I know, that’s not a fair question. If you love to cook on the grill, anytime is the best time. What’s the best portable grill for RV camping? Again, not a fair question. In fact, the answer to that question depends on your grilling style. Do you prefer to grill with propane? Charcoal? What about electric? In this post we are going to cover the best portable grills for RV camping that are easy to store. Let’s get to it…
Types Of Portable Grills
There are three main types of portable RV grills to choose from. What’s best for you will depend on your individual cooking needs. The three main types of portable grills are propane, charcoal, and electric.
As the name implies, these grills run on propane. They are much like the propane grill you might see on a patio or backyard deck of someone’s house. The only difference is these portable RV grills are much smaller, which makes them easy to store in your RV. Propane grills are generally much cleaner to use and heat up rather quickly.
A portable charcoal grill uses charcoal as a fuel source. As opposed to the propane grill, these grills will take a bit more effort to start. In addition, they are more difficult to control the heat and there will be a degree of clean-up afterwards. However, they are an affordable solution if you are looking for a great RV camping grill.
Portable Electric Grills
These portable RV grills use electrical heating elements instead of charcoal or propane. The main challenge is, of course, power. If you’re in an RV campground, chances are you can simply use the plug outside your rig. If you are boondocking, or off-grid camping, your options will be more limited as to where to plug in.
How To Choose The Right Size RV Grill
There are two main factors that will affect the size of RV grill you will need. The first, and most obvious, is the amount of storage space you have available in your rig. You don’t want to get this massive portable grill that you can’t take RV camping. If you have space available in the bed of your tow vehicle, then a larger grill might be a viable option.
The second factor in determining the best size grill is the amount of people you will be cooking for. If you have a large family, or if you entertain large groups, you might want to invest in a larger grill. However, if your family consists of three or four people, a smaller option might be best.
Best Propane RV Camping Grills
Some RVs feature a propane quick connect. If you plan to use this method, always check your owner’s manual for proper setup and use. Otherwise, you will need to use the 16 oz. propane cylinders that can be found in the camping section of your local sporting goods store or department store.
Blackstone 22” Tabletop Propane Griddle
Because of its compact size, the Blackstone 22” Propane Griddle makes the perfect RV camping grill. In fact, it measures 22.5 inches X 19 inches X 9 inches making it ideal for any RV basement storage. With almost 340 square inches of cooking surface and 24,000 BTUs of heat, there isn’t much you can’t cook on this griddle.
If breakfast is your specialty, you will find there is plenty of room for pancakes, eggs, and hash browns. This heavy-duty RV camping grill features two “H” burners for even heat distribution. In addition, you can manage different cooking temperatures, all on the same griddle.
Royal Gourmet GT1001 Portable RV Grill
The Royal Gourmet GT1001 is a compact and very portable RV grill. With 280 square inches of cooking surface and 10,000 BTUs, you can easily sear your favorite steak or cook up burgers for the whole family.
This portable propane grill measures in at 27 inches X 17 inches X 14 inches and features a grease tray for easy clean-up. One of my favorite things about this grill is the folding support legs and latching hood. Not only does that make this grill easy to transport, but it also makes it easy to store.
Weber Q1200 Propane Grill
One of the biggest names in BBQ cooking is Weber. What can I say, they make a great grill. That is evident in the Weber Q1200 propane grill.
This single burner propane grill produces 8,500 BTUs to heat 189 square inches of cooking surface. The domed lid of the cast-aluminum cookbox provides ample space when closed to cook a roast, brisket, or that beer-can chicken you’ve been wanting to try out.
Although it doesn’t affect how this portable RV grill cooks, Weber offers 6 color options for you to choose from.
Best Charcoal RV Camping Grills
Portable charcoal grills are far less expensive than their propane and electric counterparts. In addition, the actual charcoal is also less expensive than propane. Charcoal is also readily available at most convenience stores, supermarkets, or any other store, for that matter. As far as ease of use, charcoal typically takes longer to heat up and can be quite messy.
Weber Jumbo Joe
The Weber Jumbo Joe makes a great choice for an RV grill because of its compact size and convenient carrying handles. However, don’t let the size fool you. This 18-inch charcoal grill provides plenty of cooking surface for up to 8 burgers.
The bowl and lid feature a porcelain-enameled cover that prevents rusting and corrosion, while also retaining heat. I personally cook on a 22” Weber grill at home and I can assure you; these are high quality grills.
Weber Go-Anywhere Charcoal Grill
Another great choice from Weber is the Go-Anywhere charcoal grill. As the name implies, this portable RV grill can go anywhere. Measuring in at 11.5 inches X 19.5 inches X 15 inches, this grill is bound to fit in any basement storage compartment of your rig.
With 160 square inches of cooking surface, cooking up to 6 burgers or a few brats is no problem. What I like best about this grill is the tuck-and-carry legs. We had a grill very similar in design many years ago and the fold-up legs are a huge plus for storing.
Raptor Grilling Portable RV Grill
The Raptor Grilling portable RV grill features a whopping 230 square inches of cooking surface. In addition, Raptor Grilling claims the technology built into this grill will save $112 a year in charcoal if you cook once a week.
A sealed lid coupled with superior air valves allow you to cook at the perfect temperature while providing industry leading cool-down technology. In addition, this Raptor portable grill features clean hands technology by adding handles to the cooking grates as well as the charcoal basket.
With a total size of 23 inches X 15 inches X 7 inches, this compact grill is perfect for the RV.
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Best Electric RV Camping Grills
If you are a fan of authentic grilled flavor in your meats, an electric RV grill may not be the right choice. On the other hand, electric grills are a great choice for places that may not allow for open flame grilling. In addition, you can use this at home if you live in a condo or small apartment.
George Foreman Portable Electric Grill
The George Foreman Portable Electric Grill is the most versatile portable RV grill on the list. Not only can you grill outdoors, but the stand is also removable allowing you the freedom to carry your BBQ inside. Because of the electric feature of this grill, there is no flame, no propane, and no charcoal.
The included temperature probe gives you the option to choose between five different heat settings to make sure your steak is cook perfectly. Speaking of steaks, you can cook multiple steaks at once on this grill’s 240 square inches of cooking surface.
Cuisinart CEG-980T Portable Electric Grill
The compact design of the Cuisinart CEG-980T makes it a viable choice for a portable RV grill. This little grill will cook anything you need it to cook and can be plugged into any 120V outlet. With a total measurement of 18.5 inches X 11.8 inches X 17.5 inches and a total weight of only 13 pounds, this grill will fit into most kitchen drawers.
For groups big or small, this portable RV grill can deliver. With a cooking surface of 145 square inches and 5,120 BTUs, there is plenty of space to cook burgers, steaks, and beer brats, at the same time.
If you are wanting that smoky taste, simply add a few wood chips of your choice that has been soaked in water.
Weber Q1400 Portable Electric Grill
The last portable RV grill on this list is yet another Weber. The Weber Q1400 grill is the electric version of the Q1200 we covered above. Like the Q1200, this grill features 189 square inches of cooking surface. The main difference is this grill uses a 1,560-watt electric heating element and can be used indoors.
If you are a fan of Weber portable RV grills, either would be a great option for RVers.
The one thing that goes with weekend camping and RVs is grilling outside. You can always use the grill provided at the campsite if they have one. Another option is to cook straight over the campfire. If these options don’t suit you, a portable RV grill is the best option.
What are your thoughts on portable RV grills? Do you have or have you ever used any of these on the list? If so, leave us a comment below and let us know.
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