How to Choose a Great Grill for RV’ing
RV grills vary so much in type, size, features, and more. If you already know exactly what you’re looking for, great. If not, we’ve streamlined the process of shopping for a grill. Picking an excellent grill for your RV is straightforward if you follow the few simple steps we’ve outlined below, starting with choosing a grill type.
Pick a Grill Type
One of the most important choices, and probably the first decision you need to make is what type of grill you want. After all, you don’t want to end up with a grill that you don’t like or can’t use. There are two main types of portable grills, and each one has its specific advantages and disadvantages. We’ve outlined them for you here so you can decide which is best for you.
These RV grills use liquid propane (LP). They can also be outfitted to use natural gas if you have a natural gas line available. Propane grills are the most popular type out of the three types. They are great for people who like to cook and be done with their food fast.
- Grill is ready to cook almost immediately.
- Very little preparation or clean up needed.
- You can take them anywhere.
- Can sometimes give food a gas-like taste.
- Parts may need to be replaced more often than other grill types.
Charcoal RV grills are your classic, old-school grills. They give food that rich, smoky, grilled taste that grill enthusiasts love. Charcoal grills are not for the faint of heart and are better for people with a lot of patience.
- Great tasting food.
- You can use it anywhere.
- It gets extremely hot.
- These grills tend to be cheaper than the others.
- Requires extensive clean-up.
- Grill prep can take up to 45 minutes.
- Repeatedly buying charcoal can be more expensive than gas.
You should have formed some idea about which grill type is best for you. Once you’ve figured it out, it’s time to consider other aspects of a grill. These include size, warranty, and features.
You’ll most likely want a portable grill for your RV, so a compact-sized grill or a tabletop grill would be good. However, the number of people that you’re cooking for will also affect your choice of grill size. A small grill would take several rounds to prepare for a large group of people. In this case, you’ll want a larger-sized portable grill.
Gas grills are usually large, but there are some small, portable options that work well. This is the best option for feeding a large group if you have a time constraint. This type isn’t really the best space-saver since you’ll have to store the grill as well as an RV propane tank.
Charcoal BBQs come in a whole range of sizes. This RV grill type is the best option for a large group because you can cook a lot of food in a very short amount of time. However, if you don’t clean them extremely thoroughly, storing them can be very messy.
As with any significant purchase, you’ll want to have a good warranty on your grill, especially gas grills and electric grills. These all have mechanical/electronic parts that could need replacing, and you don’t want to have to pay for the replacement out-of-pocket because you don’t have a good warranty.
As a rule of thumb, anything with a warranty of less than a year is probably not a good purchase. It’s usually an indicator that the manufacturer thinks it will fail in less than a year, and they don’t want to be on the hook for that. You don’t want to be on the hook for it either, so choose a grill that has a minimum of a one-year warranty.
Durability is a tough one to nail down. All grills claim to be the best and to be high quality, but this doesn’t mean they are. If you want to know how durable it is, check out the material that they are made of and the legs that it stands on.
Stainless steel or cast aluminum body are the best materials that can be used for a grill, but make sure it’s not a thin, flimsy metal because lightweight material won’t hold up well. Grills can also be made of cast iron. Any of these materials may be porcelain-coated. Porcelain coating is scratch-resistant and retains its color for a long time. It’s also heat-resistant to 1000 degrees Fahrenheit, so you don’t have to worry about it breaking down from grilling too much. If a porcelain-coated grill is in your budget, we recommend that you get it.
Make sure the legs and frame of the grill are just as good as the grill itself. Sometimes the manufacturers cut corners on the legs of the grill. They may be thin and flimsy, difficult to assemble, or made of just painted steel that will rust rather than stainless steel. Even worse, they could be made of plastic. Your grill is only as good as the length of time it will remain standing. Unless you’re getting a table-top grill, get a grill with great legs.
Some RV grills are basic, while others have a whole host of features to give you a dynamic grilling experience. The extra features that an RV grill can have are usually more for show than necessity. All you need is a heat source and a cooking area. However, it can be helpful to have a side burner, a griddle top, a timer, or any other features that enhance your grilling experience. Just keep in mind that these features will probably raise the price of the grill, so don’t go overboard in features unless you need them (or don’t mind parting with your money).
There is no average price for a grill because prices range all over the place. You can get a $5 disposable grill from your local department store, or you can get the most expensive product in the world for a little over $20,000. One thing is for sure – you get what you pay for. You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars to get a good model, but if you want something that is going to last for a long time, you’ll need to put some investment into it.
If you need to save some money, opt for charcoal over a gas grill. These are usually a lot less expensive than comparable gas grills.
The Best RV Grills: Reviewed & Rated
Weber Q 1000 Liquid Propane Grill
Best Portable Grill for Limited Space
- One stainless steel burner produces 8500 BTU-per-hour to heat 189 square-inch total cooking area
- Porcelain-enameled cast-iron cooking grates and cast aluminum lid and body
- Fully assembled out of box. Dimensions – lid closed (inches): 14.5H x 27W x 12D inches
- Push-button ignition and infinite control burner valve settings. Fuel type – Liquid Petroleum Gas (disposable cartridge sold separately)
- Uses disposable 14.1 or 16.4 oz. LP cylinder (sold separately). Grill must be preheated with burner on high for 10 to 15 minutes
This Weber LP is a compact, tabletop gas grill that delivers full-size results. It measures 14.5 x 27 x 16.5 inches and only weighs about 28.5 pounds. It has 189 square inches of cooking space and produces 8,500 BTUs of heat output from its single burner. This is one of the best grills for RVs because it’s so lightweight and portable, and you can take it anywhere since it runs on 14- or 16-ounce LP cylinders, which are also small and portable.
The Q 1000 is superb quality. It’s made from a decent grade of cast aluminum, and the cooking grates are made from porcelain-coated cast iron. It has a five-year warranty on the major parts, and the minor parts have a two-year warranty. Quality is not a concern with this grill.
If you want to have a full set up, Weber makes an optional wheeled cart that goes with this model. The unit snaps right into place on the cart. We appreciate the versatility of being able to use the product on a table or a stand.
- Comes fully assembled.
- Grill plates are easy to clean due to the porcelain.
- Gas hookup is tucked in.
- Regulator blocks 16-ounce cylinders (needs to be bent).
- Regulator blocks the handle on the right side.
Camco Olympian 5500
Best Portable Grill for Versatility
- Connects to low pressure propane supply on RV
- Includes mounting bracket for hanging on RV mounting rail and folding legs for tabletop use
- Quick connect hose and quick connect valve included and equipped with an integral safety shut off valve to prevent accidental non ignition fuel discharge
- Quick and easy to set up for 180 square inches of cooking surface and Piezo electric spark starter will last for 20,000 starts
- 12,000 BTU/HR; Designed for use with your RV’s low pressure system; Can be used with 1 pound, 5 pounds or 20 pounds cylinder with separately purchased adapters
This is a very impressive-looking product with the highly-polished 304-grade stainless steel body and a strong cast iron smoker plate that helps to infuse a tremendous amount of flavor into your food. It only weighs 26 pounds, has 175 square inches of cooking surface, and measures 17.5 x 25.5 x 14.25 inches. It produces 12,500 BTUs per hour.
The product has a bit of versatility in how you can use it. It can either be mounted onto the side of your RV, or it has folding legs that it can stand on for tabletop use. It is fueled from your RV’s propane supply (if you have one) and comes with a quick-connect hose and valve. If you want to use propane cylinders, you’ll, unfortunately, have to buy a separate hose and valve.
The warranty could be better. It comes with a one-year manufacturer’s warranty, but only a 30-day labor warranty. While this is better than nothing, it doesn’t compare to the other models’ warranties in the list. The good news is that this model is manufactured well, is very durable, and most likely won’t break down on you any time soon if you take care of it.
- Has a built-in safety shut-off valve.
- Temperature is easily regulated with a small screwdriver.
- It gets very hot very quickly.
- The “low” temperature setting is still very hot.
- Metal edges are sharp.
Coleman Road Trip LXE Portable Propane Grill
Best RV Grill
- Portable propane grill ideal for tailgating, picnicking, and camping
- Delivers 20,000 BTUs of heat across 285 square inches of grilling surface
- Swaptop interchangeable cooktops allow you to switch grill grates out for griddle and stove grates (sold separately)
- Instastart button ignites grill without the need for a match or lighter
- Collapsible design is easy to transport and fits into most car trunks
If you’re looking for a grill with a generous amount of cooking space, this Coleman RoadTrip LXE has 285 square inches of cooking space and two side tables to hold your cooking utensils, seasonings, and anything else you need. It has two independent burners so you can have two different temperature zones. It also produces up to 20,000 BTUs so you can fire up anything you want.
The quality of the RoadTrip LXE is superb. It’s made from porcelain-coated cast iron, so it will maintain shine, color, and scratch-resistance for a very long time. It’s manufactured with precision and has a three-year warranty, so quality is not a concern with this model.
Despite having such a large cooking area, the product is still portable. The whole unit folds away easily without removing the legs. The side tables slide in, and the legs fold down, making it a bit like a wheeled cart with a handle for easy mobility. When you’re ready to set it up, you pop it up, and it’s ready to use in mere seconds. When unfolded, it measures 33.8 x 13.5 x 19.1 and weighs about 48 pounds.
- Comes in multiple colors.
- Has a great, three-year warranty.
- It’s heavy product.
- When rolling while folded, the handle can get damaged.
Best RV Grill on a Budget
- While spending most days on your way to somewhere else, the Go-Anywhere portable charcoal grill brings a taste of home wherever you go. The lid locks for easy portability, and its rectangular shape fits perfectly in the back of most cars.
- Holds up to six burgers made with a Weber burger press
- Compact and lightweight for grilling on the go
- Porcelain-enameled lid and base retain heat, and won’t rust or peel
- The lid locks for easy portability and dampers allow you to easily control the temperature inside your grill
If you need a product without all the fancy features, this Weber Go-Anywhere is a great choice. It’s small, easy to handle, and very affordable. It does one thing – cook food – but it does that one thing very well.
Since it’s a charcoal grill, it will infuse your food with that authentic, chargrilled taste. It has four rust-resistant aluminum dampers so you can control the temperature. There are three glass-plated handles (one on the lid) for easy carrying and the lid locks onto the side of the product at an angle to protect your fire from wind.
This model is very compact and portable. It measures 14.5 x 21 x 12.2 inches and only weighs about 14 pounds. The foldable legs act as locks – when you put the lid on, they fold over the lid on each side and keeps it secured for transport.
- Very affordable.
- Coated with porcelain despite the price.
- Easy to carry
- Handles get really hot.
- Assembly instructions are not the best.
Flame King RV Gas Grill
- RV/TRAILER COMPATIBLE – Flame King’s BBQ and Grill station comes with a bracket to mount right onto the side of your motorhome, RV or trailer so you can have a cookout wherever you are!
- COMPLETE GRILLING STATION – This incredibly convenient motorhome compatible gas grill includes an adjustable flame controller, upper grill deck, and 214 square inches of grilling surface
- MOUNTABLE or FREE STANDING – The hanging rack can also be used as legs to make the grill free-standing, making this versatile grilling station perfect for tailgating and camping!
- SECURE – Designed with locking retainer pins to secure on mounted bracket. Dual locking lid for secure storage
- PLEASE NOTE – To pair this Grill with the RVs self-contained LP gas system use with the FLame King 48″ Quick Connect Hose, item 100395-48. Or to connect it to any standard propane cylinder, use with the Flame King 96″ Quick Connect Regulator Hose, Item 106095-96
The Flame King RV is another budget option. It can be mounted to your RV, or the mount can be used as legs to make it a tabletop unit. It’s compact and lightweight, but still offers an impressive 216 square inches of cooking space. The product measures 20 x 17 x 8 inches and only weighs 19 pounds. While 19 pounds is a bit light for a mounting type model and may not be a great choice in windy areas, the mount on the Flame King comes with locking pins to keep it steady and in place.
For an inexpensive product, it has a lot of desirable features. An example is the two racks. One is for grilling, while the other is for warming. The second one could even be used to cook vegetables gently. Not even the premium products on the list have two racks making this a very lovely, stand-out feature. Another desirable feature is the adjustable flame controller. It’s great to have this so you can use the perfect amount of heat for your food.
We would prefer it if the stainless steel that it’s made of were thicker. This means it won’t last as long as other models, but it’s suitable for the price you’ll pay for it.
- It has locking pins to make sure it’s securely mounted.
- Comes with a zippered storage bag.
- Straightforward assembly.
- It only has a 90-day warranty.
- Can only be used with an RV’s LP hook up.
Megamaster Gas Grill
Most Versatile Grill
The Megamaster stainless steel gas grill is a real beauty. It has a professional look and comes with a professional performance. The body of the product, as well as the parts, are made from a high-quality 430-grade stainless steel. It has two 8,000-BTU burners, each with its individual push-to-ignite switch. This allows you to control each one independently so you can have two different temperature zones.
With 199 square inches of cooking area, you’ll be able to make plenty of your favorite foods. The unit measures 20.16 x 21.85 x 14.17 inches and weighs a mere 18.8 pounds. Despite the lightweight, it’s a very sturdy model with high-quality, stainless steel, folding legs. It’s effortless to transport because the lid locks and you could even use the lid handle as a carrying handle.
The unit comes with a one-year warranty.
- Has an easy push-and-turn ignition.
- Has two flame tamers for an even heat.
- Assembly is straightforward.
- Large easy to use control knobs
- It’s a very basic product.
Blackstone Grills Tailgaiter
Best Portable Grill for Cook Space
- PORTABLE – The perfect tailgater grill and griddle for any event. Easy portable setup, almost no assembly required, ready to use in seconds. Take it to the park for an afternoon cookout or take it into the woods for a long-term camping trip. The easily adjustable legs will be stable on uneven ground and make setup a breeze.
- VERSATILE – enjoy several different setup combinations. Utilize the grill box and griddle at the same time or easily remove both and use the two open burners for pots/pans. You can also keep the grill or the griddle on and have one open burner… so many options! With a gas grill and/or griddle, you can cook and barbecue however you want, enjoy cooking a variety of food on one easy to use tailgater combo.
- DURABLE – Built to last this Blackstone grill includes a heavy-duty grill box with vent, handle and durable cast iron grill grates plus a cold rolled steel griddle plate and the whole unit has a strong powder coat finish.
- TWO BURNERS – two independently controlled burners (1 stainless steel H tube burner and one cast iron burner). The H tube burner can put out 15,000 BTUs and the cast iron burner can produce 20,000 BTUs.
- SATISFACTION GUARANTEE – if you are not completely satisfied at any point please feel free to contact Blackstone directly or return the product. Blackstone stands behind their product large or small and guarantees your satisfaction!
If you like options, you’ll love this Blackstone. You have two-burners, a griddle area, a grill box, and a nice, sturdy stand to hold it all up. One thing is for sure – you’ll turn heads when you set this up at a campsite or tailgating event.
The system is made with a combination of stainless steel, cold-rolled steel, and cast iron. It has a total of 477 square inches of cooking surface and can produce up to 35,000 BTU. It’s a little bigger than your average model, measuring 48.5 x 38.5 x 23 inches. The system is also cumbersome, weighing in at 75 pounds.
This is a gas-powered unit, with an electronic ignition switch. You’ll need two AA batteries to make it work. This can go really well if you’re prepared with batteries, or really bad if you end up in the middle of a camping trip and realize you don’t have any batteries.
We aren’t in love with the warranty. While the company offers a one-year warranty on what they call “large” items and a 90-day warranty on small details, they don’t specify what they consider large or small. It isn’t clear if this is deemed to be large as a whole, or if each part of the system is considered a small part.
- Legs can be adjusted independently.
- The burners can be accessed without the box for pans, Dutch ovens, and more.
- It’s great for cooking for large groups.
- The whole system is big and tedious to setup.
- High winds cause the burners to lose heat.
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