Best RV Grills For Life on the Road

Best RV Grills For Life on the Road

One thing that is great about modern RVs is that they are basically a home away from home. Modern luxury RVs are chock full of useful home amenities, including bathrooms, kitchens, bedrooms, entertainment systems, and, in some cases, a mini helipad.

One thing no RV is complete without is a grill. After all, us RV’ers love cooking outside with other like-minded individuals. Once you pull into the RV campsite and set up your generator, the first thing that usually gets brought out is the grill.

So if you are an avid RV enthusiast your home away from home is not complete without its very own grill. Of course, there are a ton of RV grills to choose from, with all kinds of bells and whistles and in gas-powered and charcoal powered versions. We are here to separate the wheat from the chaff, so we put together this list of the best RV grills for living life on the road.

10 Best RV Grills Comparison

Now that our boilerplate intro section is finished, let’s get to the good stuff.

Best RV Grills Perfect for the Campsite

1. Camco Olympian 5500 Stainless Steel Gas Grill

First up is the Camco Olympian 550 stainless steel portable gas grill, an affordable high-quality lightweight grill that can be taken anywhere. One of the most convenient features of the Olympian is that it attaches directly to your RV mounting rail. A quick-connect propane outlet siphons from your RV’s gas supply so just find a suitable rail to mount it on and you can start cooking. If you don’t want to mount it you can extend the legs and use it on the ground.

The stainless steel burners can produce up to 12,000 BTU each; hot enough for searing steaks to lock the flavor in. The grill frame is made from the same stainless steel so its light enough to be carried comfortably by a single person. It has a 180 sq. in. cooktop so it’s basically the size of a full-fledged gas grill and can handle cooking multiple items at once.

A final unique feature is the piezoelectric ignition mechanism. Instead of fuel, the spark starter applies pressure to a special kind of material to generate a spark. Overall, this saves on fuel usage. It also has a special patented smoker plate that minimizes the potential of flare-ups from grease and vapor.

Overall, the Camco Olympian is a fantastic grill for your RV. The lightweight design, adjustable mounting options, and high-quality burners make it a solid choice.

What We Liked:

  • Bracket mounts to RV guard rail
  • Can also be used on the ground or tabletop
  • Full-sized 180 sq. inch cooking surface
  • Patented smoker plate reduces grease spatter
  • Piezoelectric ignition starter saves fuel

What We Didn’t Like:

  • Smoker plate will rust if not regularly cleaned
  • Very hot even on low settings

2. Coleman Portable Propane Grill

Coleman is a well-known manufacturer of gas-powered cooking appliances and for good reason. Their portable propane RV grill is no exception and comes with the trademark Coleman quality and durability.

First things first, this portable grill is pretty large and may not fit comfortably in anything smaller than a class C motorhome. However, if you have space, the Coleman is one of the best portable gas grills you can get for your RV. The extra-large 285 sq. in. cooking surface can generate up to 20,000 BTUs of heat and has interchangeable grill tops for different food items. The attached stand is very sturdy and can collapse into a trolley-like shape you can wheel around.

The collapsible stand is a great feature, but it does make the grill rather heavy. However, the extra weight makes it very stable so you can grill without fear of tipping it over from being topheavy.

As far as the burners, the Coleman has 2 separate burners that can be operated separately. This feature is nice as you don’t have to use the entire cooking surface at once, which saves on fuel overall. The grill surface has an even temperature and the interchangeable surfaces let you cook meats and veggies of all sizes/textures without making a mess.

What We Liked:

  • Extremely sturdy and stable
  • Extra-large 285 sq. in. cook surface
  • Burners can be controlled separately
  • One-push button ignition system
  • Collapse into convenient trolley shape for wheeling around

What We Didn’t Like:

  • Heavy and bulky
  • Makes a lot of noise when moving around
  • Interchangeable surfaces not included

3. Weber Q1000 Liquid Propane Grill

At third is the Weber Q1000 Liquid Propane grill. The Weber has a unique pod-like shape perfect for slow cooking things like barbecue and sausages. The body and main cooking unit are made from a treated aluminum alloy and the burners are made from a tough stainless steel. Each burner can put out up to 8,500 BTUs per hour and it features a convenient one-touch button ignition system.

One of the better features of the Weber is its compact size and shape. The frame sits very low and though the cooking unit does not take up much volume, it has a large 189 sq. in. cooking surface. It weighs just shy of 30 lbs too so its relatively easy to tote around.

The Weber works with any standard liquid propane cylinder up to 20 lbs. It also has a useful removable grease trap that keeps things clean and neat. The cooking grates themselves are made from cast iron and treated porcelain enamel for better durability and longevity.

Lastly, the Weber shines in how well you can control heat levels. Whereas many other RV gas grills are either too sensitive or not sensitive enough, the Weber lets you continuously vary the temperature with the smooth action of a single knob.

What We Liked:

  • Continuous heat control mechanism
  • Shell-like design great for smoking meats
  • Takes up little volume, but has a large cooking surface area
  • Light enough to carry around
  • Grates are reinforced with a porcelain enamel

What We Didn’t Like:

  • Pressure regulator can fail with continuous use
  • Ignition button will break if pressed too hard

4. Blackstone 28-inch Outdoor Flat Gas Grill

Up next is this monster of a grill. The Blackstone features an absolutely massive 470 sq. In cooktop surface that is large enough to prepare food for an entire 5 person family. The large flat griddle surface3 is perfect for cooking eggs, pancakes, burgers, steak, potatoes; virtually anything. A collapsible side shelf and bottom shelf let you store prepped items for grilling.

The lightweight grill is easy to assemble and even easier to use. Attach the propane tank, press the ignition button, and you can get started grilling. The stand itself is foldable and can be wheeled around with ease. The frame itself is made from a tough black steel with stainless steel burners and a rolled steel cooktop.

The stovetop itself has 2 burners that can put out a combined 30,000 BTUs of heat (15,000 each). Each region can be independently controlled so you can only use part of the cooking surface if you have a small amount of food. It also has a handy tank storage shelf directly under the meal prep shelf on the left.

Overall, the Blackstone is a restaurant-grade flat griddle that is made for your RV. This professional-quality grill is large enough for parties and portable enough you should have no trouble taking it on the road.

What We Liked:

  • Extra-large 470 sq. In. cook surface is large enough for a family of 5
  • Flat top grilling surface great for any kind of food
  • Collapsible frame and heavy-duty wheels make it easy to transport
  • Extremely touch black steel frame, stainless steel burners, and rolled steel flat top
  • Side and bottom shelf for food prep storage

What We Didn’t Like:

  • Not everyone is a fan of the flat top grill
  • Takes up a lot of space

5. Weber Go-Anywhere Charcoal RV Grill

A little different of an offering, the Weber Go-Anywhere is a classically designed charcoal powered grill made for meats and burgers. This small grill is lightweight, compact, and made from a tough porcelain base and lid that does not retain heat and won’t rust. The cooking grate itself is made from a high-grade stainless steel and has a 160 sq. in. cooking surface.

The unique feature of the Weber Go-Anywhere is that it runs on charcoal, not propane or gas. This does mean you will have to lug charcoal around with the grill, but there is something about the taste of meat made on a charcoal grill that gas-powered grills can’t emulate. The Weber is a perfect choice for those who love that rustic smoky flavor from an old-fashioned charcoal grill.

Another great feature of the Weber is its simplicity. There are no complicated knobs, dials, or switches to deal with. Just load it with charcoal, ignite it using some matches, and you can start cooking when it gets hot. Since you have to wait for the charcoal to light, it does take longer to heat than a gas grill.

What We Liked:

  • Simple, efficient design that is portable
  • Ceramic base and lid does not transfer heat
  • Perfect for getting that classic authentic smoked meat flavor
  • Easy to clean

What We Didn’t Like:

  • You have to keep extra charcoal
  • Relatively small cooking surface
  • Not very versatile

6. Cuisinart CGG-306 Chef’s Style Grill

The Cuisinart CGG-306 is one of the most versatile RV grills out there. The compact design, robust construction, and nice amenities make it a must-have for mid-sized RV owners. The grill itself is incredibly easy to set up; just place it on a tabletop, connect the gas and fire her up. You can be flipping those burgers in no more than 10 minutes.

This model comes with 2 stainless steel burners that can put out a whopping total of 20,000 BTUs, more than hot enough for most cook jobs. Each burner has a dedicated control knob that lets you continuously modulate gas flow and an electronic ignition takes all the hassle out of starting it up.

Another great feature of the Cuisinart is the built-in thermometer. It takes all the guesswork out of cooking; now you know exactly how hot your grill is at all times. It fits nicely on a tabletop and at only 22 lbs, you can easily take it around to parties and tailgates.

As far as performance, the Cuisinart excels. Each burner is controlled by the knob furthest away which ensures that meat does not get charred on the outside and isn’t undercooked on the inside. Since it cooks meats without direct heat, there is no need to flip or turn. The extra-large 276.75 sq. in., cook surface is large enough to cook all kinds of things at once for a full feast.

What We Liked:

  • Compact design but large cooking surface
  • Indirect heating cooks meat more evenly
  • Built-in thermometer tells you the current temperature of the grill
  • Sleek, restaurant-grade design

What We Didn’t Like:

  • Thermometer is not that durable and can break at high heats
  • Customer service leaves something to be desired

7. Char-Griller E3001 Grillin’ Pro Gas Grill

With a name like “Grillin’ Pro” you know this one is going to be good. One thing we love about the RV grill is that it is basically a full-sized standard grill in a portable form. The grill unit contains 2 separate surfaces; a main cooktop that can put out up to 49,000 BTUs per hour, and a 12,000 BTU elevated heating rack. The entire grill is made from an extremely durable steel and has 2 handy side shelves for meal prep storage.

The Char-Griller is definitely large and is on the heavier side. Movement is eased by the inclusion of glide caster wheels, but you will definitely want to be careful wheeling this monster in and out of your RV. However, if you want something that is a full-sized heavy-duty grill, you need to make some concessions on weight.

Like many modern gas grills, the Char-Griller has a one-push electric ignition button for the main burners and gas flow is controlled by the knobs on the front. One complaint is that the knobs are pretty sensitive and it’s hard to dial in the precise heat you want. However, if you are using the entire grill top you will need a lot of heat, so this con doesn’t matter too much. The extra shelves are a nice addition, though their placement does make it a bit hard to reach the gas valve comfortable.

What We Liked:

  • 2 surfaces, the main cooktop and an elevated heating rack
  • 2 side shelves for meal prep storage
  • Heavy-duty wheel casters are very tough
  • Steel frame is easy to clean and will last a long time
  • Utensil hooks for tongs, spatulas, and forks

What We Didn’t Like:

  • Heavy and slightly awkward to move
  • Will not fit well in smaller motorhomes
  • Heat control is too sensitive at times

8. Smoke Hollow Stainless Steel Tabletop Gas Grill

Sitting at eighth is the Smoke Hollow Tabletop gas grill from Masterbuilt. Much like the Cuisinart CGG-306, the Smoke Hollow is made from a tough stainless steel and has a neat pod-like construction that is perfect for smoking meats and veggies.

The main cooking surface has a 10,000 BTU stainless steel burner. That’s not as hot as some grills on our list, but for the size, it’s hot enough to cook most things. One great feature is the inclusion of an elevated heating rack. It also has a removable grease trap so you won’t cause a huge mess while cooking. The legs are foldable so you can place it flat on a surface or prop it up, whichever works best for you.

Lastly, the Smoke Hollow has a locking top with a solid latch mechanism and a built-in thermometer. The thermometer is not great and is somewhat inaccurate, but it's better than no thermometer at all.

All-in-all though, the Smoke Hollow is an excellent affordable RV grill that will fit comfortably in most motorhomes and camper trailers. The only real complaint we have is that customer service is lacking and it’s hard to get in contact with them to fix issues.

What We Liked:

  • Two surfaces: main cooktop and elevated heating rack
  • Built-in thermometer
  • Removable grease trap
  • Only requires 1 lb propane tanks, not 20 lbs
  • Compact and portable; will fit most RVs and trailers

What We Didn’t Like:

  • Not as hot as some other gas grills
  • Heating rack is prone to degradation and rust if not cleaned regularly
  • Customer service is hard to get ahold of

9. Flame King RV Mounted BBQ Grill

The penultimate entry on our list is the portable BBQ griller from Flame King. The main draw of the Flame King is that you can mount the grill unit directly on your RV’s guardrail; no more worrying about finding a table or flat piece of ground. The iron brace is sturdy and won’t give out on you no matter if you’re cooking the fattest hunks of meat. If you don’t want to brace it on your RV, then the bracket turns into a set of folding legs.

Some good features of the Flame King are its surface area, heating rack, and piezoelectric lighter mechanism. It has a relatively large 214 sq. in cooking surface and an elevated heating rack about half that size. The piezoelectric ignition mechanism means you don’t have to waste precious fuel starting her up. A dual locking lid keeps the flavor in which is why its one of the better RV grills for BBQ.

If you’re still not impressed, you don’t even have to buy a separate fuel tank. The Flame King is designed to tap into your RV’s low-pressure gas system so you don’t have to lug around spare propane canisters. This means that you cannot use standard propane tanks (it’s not designed for those) and you do have to buy a separate hose attachment to connect it to your RV’s gas supply. Luckily, any standard low-pressure gas connector hose will do the trick, though Flame King does offer their own hoses designed specifically for use with the unit.

Lastly is the convenience and portability. The flame King folds up like a small suitcase when not in use, complete with carrying handle. The lid lock is strong enough you won’t have to worry about it opening while carrying it around.

What We Liked:

  • Mounts directly on your RV guardrail or on the ground
  • Elevated heating rack
  • Piezoelectric ignition does not require any extra fuel
  • Does not require propane tanks
  • Locking lid is great for BBQs

What We Didn’t Like:

  • Somewhat boring looking
  • Can’t use alternate fuel sources
  • Quality is not amazing; good entry-level grill
  • RV adaptor hose is not included

10. Weber 10020 Smokey Joe Charcoal Grill

Rounding out our list last but certainly not least is another charcoal grill from Weber, this one called the Smokey Joe. True to its name, the Smokey Joe is a classic charcoal-based grill that can capture that rustic feel of BBQ made on the range. The Smokey Joe is exceedingly easy to operate: just add the charcoal and wait for it to heat. No gas hookups, no annoying knobs, just pure, unadulterated charcoal goodness.

The Smokey Joe really shines with BBQ and other slow-cooked meats. Charcoal burns for a long time so you can set down a layer of coals and leave the meats to smoke for a few hours. The grill itself is small, portable, and made from special porcelain enamel so it’s easy to clean and maintain. On the top is a damper mechanism that lets you control roughly control the grill’s temperature.

The Smokey Joe may not be very fancy, but it does what it does extremely well. One criticism is that it does not have handles to hold when it’s hot, so you’ll want to invest in some good oven mitts. Also, you will have to keep charcoal on you to use it regularly, but charcoal is cheap and easy to find.

What We Liked:

  • Simple, rustic design
  • Porcelain enamel bowl and lid won’t rust or weather
  • Super compact and light: will fit in any motorhome or trailer
  • Perfect for BBQ and slow-cooked meats

What We Didn’t Like:

  • No side handles
  • Damper mechanism works but is not very precise
  • Some people dislike the taste of charcoal grills

Conclusions

What would life on the road be like without a proper grill? We don’t like thinking about that question, which is why we recommend every would-be RV enthusiast stocks their home-away-from-home with a solid RV grill. Whether you are a fan of gas grills, charcoal grills, big grills, or small grills, there is something out there that will suit your needs. 

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