In the past decade, camping has grown in popularity. According to the 2019 North American Camping Report, nearly 7 million new families have embarked on a camping adventure since 2014, and regular campers report a 72% increase in how often they go on camping trips. Whether you prefer rugged tent camping or a comfortable weekend in the RV, there’s one thing every camper loves — campout cooking.
Now, we already know everything tastes better on the grill — but how do you get that delicious, grilled flavor from the comfort of your campsite? A campfire is an excellent option for s’mores, but it doesn’t offer the same level of temperature and flavor control as a small camping grill. Stick with us to learn more about choosing the best portable grill for camping, including some mouthwatering recipes to try on your next outdoor retreat.
If you’ve ever walked down the camping aisle at your local outdoor store, you’ve probably seen portable camping stoves. These stoves are small, lightweight and designed to fit easily into a hiking pack or camping bag. Although camping stoves work OK in a pinch, they are no substitute for a quality grill. If you want your meal to be as memorable as your outdoor adventures, camping with a pellet smoker is the best way to make that happen.
Compared to camping stoves, pellet smokers offer the following advantages.
The best grill for RV camping and tent excursions is one that offers you a little bit of everything, including portability, durability and versatility. As you consider your options, ask yourself what your goals are. What type of foods do you plan to cook? Are you a burgers-and-dogs griller, or do you see yourself as the next barbecue pitmaster? You should also think about how many people you typically grill for, as well as how much time and attention you want to invest in the cooking process.
Once you have a better idea of what you need, look for a camping grill that offers the following benefits.
A pellet smoker is one of the best portable grills for camping because it offers all these benefits and more. With a pellet grill, you can also customize your dishes with unique, wood-smoke flavors, providing endless culinary opportunity.
If you’ve decided to invest in a pellet smoker for your next camping trip, here are a few things to keep in mind:
You pitch your tent or park your RV in a shady little spot overlooking the lake. You spend all day working up an appetite as you hike and fish your way through the great outdoors. When you come back to your campsite, you fire up your new pellet smoker, and you face a difficult choice: Which mouthwatering recipe are you going to try? Smoked chicken, tender beef, fresh fish, grilled vegetables — whatever your preference, you can make it on a pellet grill.
Feeling hungry yet? Here are some of our favorite recipes you should try on your new outdoor camping grill.
You can’t own a grill without having at least one fail-proof cheeseburger recipe in your back pocket.
For these juicy, classic American burgers, all you need is:
After combining the beef, egg, bread crumbs, evaporated milk, Worcestershire sauce and seasoning, divide the mixture into four sections and flatten into eight thin patties. Take two patties and place cheese between them. Then, fold the seams of the patties together, creating one large burger with the cheese secured inside. Grill your burgers for five to eight minutes per side, and serve on a warmed bun with the works.
There are few flavor combinations as popular and delicious as chicken, bacon and ranch.
Here’s what you need for these crowd-pleasing skewers:
Once you’ve coated the chicken pieces in ranch seasoning, begin assembling your skewers. As you switch between a layer of onion and chicken, weave a slice of bacon between each piece. Cap each end of the skewer with an onion piece to keep your bacon and chicken securely in place. Repeat with all skewers, dust with All-Purpose Rub and grill until chicken has browned and cooked through. Turn them every 20 minutes, so each side can get the same grill flavor. Brush with a thick layer of Kongo Kick Sauce before serving.
For a sweet, tangy camping dinner, try grilled salmon with a decadent honey-sriracha-lime glaze.
You will need:
Before you grill the salmon, create the glaze by combining the sriracha, lime juice and honey. Pat salmon fillets dry with a paper towel, brush with olive oil and season with All-Purpose Rub. Grill for about five minutes on one side, then carefully flip the fish and grill until cooked through. Check that each side has grill marks. As the salmon cooks, liberally apply your glaze mixture to each side. Top your finished salmon with any remaining glaze before serving.
Bacon-wrapped jalapeño poppers are the side dish that goes with everything, and we use pimento cheese to add a new twist to this grilling favorite.
To try this recipe for yourself, here’s what you need:
Because jalapeño juice and seeds can hurt your eyes and irritate your skin, we recommend wearing a pair of disposable gloves while preparing this dish. Once you have carefully halved your jalapeños and removed the seeds, fill each halved pepper with a layer of pimento cheese and a dash of All-Purpose Rub. Wrap each half in a slice of bacon, securing with a toothpick. Grill the peppers, without flipping them, for 45 minutes. Allow them to cool before serving.
This grilled corn cob husk recipe is similar to Mexican street corn and bursting with flavor.
To make them, gather the following ingredients:
With the corn still in the husks, place each cob on a preheated grill, turning every five to six minutes. After about 20 minutes, the corn should have cooked through. Remove the cobs from the grill and allow them to cool for several minutes, then carefully use a knife to cut away the husks. Once the husks are gone, brush mayonnaise on top of each corn cob before adding a sprinkle of All-Purpose Rub and a thick layer of Cotija cheese. Garnish with a squeeze of fresh lime juice.
If you’re tired of campfire marshmallows, you’re in luck. This grilled apple crisp recipe is delicious and straightforward — no roasting stick required.
Here’s what you need:
We recommend preparing this dessert in a cast-iron skillet, but any grill-safe dish will do. First, halve and core the apples and cut them so they lay flat inside a dish. Scoop out enough of the apple’s center to create a small, bowl-like hole for your filling. In a separate dish, combine the syrup, brown sugar, granola cereal, pumpkin pie spice, pecans, craisins and butter. Fill each apple with a heaping amount of this mixture, then grill until apples have cooked through — about 30 minutes.
Going camping shouldn’t mean leaving behind your favorite grill. At Grilla Grills, we know you want the best. That’s why we’ve created a lineup of rock-solid grills that are durable, versatile and — in this case — easily portable. The Chimp is our very own wood pellet tailgater grill, intended for use in your backyard or on the go.
Here’s what makes this Grilla Grill so special.
Despite all the power, this pellet grill takes up minimal space in your vehicle and at your campsite. When folded, the Chimp is 24 inches high, 37 inches wide and only weighs 90 pounds, making it the ideal portable grill. We must caution you, though — you’re probably going to make any neighboring campers a little jealous.
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