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RV Grills And Camper BBQs Under $500

My family enjoys the great outdoors and camping. I also enjoy grilling and smoking barbecue. So why not combine these two? That’s the exact idea a friend of mine had, so he asked me for my advice on what grills or smokers would be perfect for carrying in his RV to the campsite. So this is the list I sent him of the options I would consider for camping.

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By Jeremy Pike


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RV Grills And Camper BBQs Under $500

Picking the right portable camping grill for your RV or camper can be a daunting task with a ton of variables. How much space do I have for a portable grill? What fuel do I prefer to grill with? How many people do I need to grill for? See what I mean? Let’s dive into the portable grills that I selected. The primary criteria I considered for these grills (beyond build quality and performance) were the physical size and the weight. While some RVs are super-spacious where you could fit a full-size gas grill or even some pellet grills in them, I wanted to profile grills that would fit even a small pop-up camper. That meant a lot of tabletop models, of course. However, I did find a gas grill on a fold-up rolling cart that will fit the majority of RVs or campers, too.

I also wanted to give him (and all of you) as many options for fuel and versatility as well. I’ve used camping stoves before that only run on those one-pound propane bottles. Those are great, but with a full RV, you don’t have to lock yourself into just that. So I’ve got pellet grills and a charcoal grill alongside gas grills on this list.

Finally, I didn’t want this portable grill to break the bank. Camping, whether in tents or rolling an RV into the campground, is about getting away and having fun. None of us, myself included, want to be stressing about what the bank account looks like as we pull out of our driveways. So, I set a price limit of $500. That allows for some good technology and longevity without being prohibitive cost-wise.

So let’s dive into my favorite RV and camping grills so you can figure out what suits your needs and wants best before hitting the road to your next campsite.

My Favorite RV And Camping Grills

Grill NamePit Boss Battery-Powered Portable Pellet GrillZ Grills 200A Cruiser Pellet GrillWeber Jumbo Joe 18″ Charcoal grillWeber Q2800N+ Portable Gas GrillColeman RoadTrip X-Cursion Gas GrillHalo Elite1B Outdoor Countertop Griddle
Cooking Space256 sq in202 sq in240 sq in320 sq in285 sq in284 sq in
Temp Range180°-500°F, up to 1000°F with Direct Flame Access180°-450°FCharcoal-fueled250°-700°FNo specified range, maximum of 20,000 BTUs300°-600°F
Dimensions25.8Wx17.7Dx13.8H25Wx20Dx13H19.7Wx19.7Hx20.5 D30Wx26.5Dx28.87H19.125Wx12.55Dx32.125H24.76Wx25Dx12.84H
Weight46.7 pounds40 pounds17.4 pounds31.6 pounds41.85 pounds60.19 pounds
Warranty5-year limited warranty, 1-year warranty on battery3-year warrantyUp to 10-year limited warranty5-year limited warranty3-year warrantyFive-year warranty

Pit Boss Portable Battery-Powered Pellet Grill

256 sq. inches of cooking space
Pit Boss Portable Battery Powered Wood Pellet Grill

Reach temperatures of 180°F - 500°F with the dial-in digital control board with LED read-out

Up to 15 hours of run time so you won't be left hungry ─ no matter where you roam

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Pellet grills make smoking meat at home easier than ever. Now you can take that same convenience with you to the campsite thanks to Pit Boss’s battery-powered pellet grill. Pit Boss made this a truly portable pellet grill in that it weighs less than 50 pounds and can run for up to 15 hours on a single battery charge. You can also plug the grill in so you can continue to run it as long as you want.

The pellet grill doesn’t take up too much physical space either at only 26.3 inches long and 15 inches high. It doesn’t sacrifice when it comes to the amount of food you can cook either with 256 square inches of total cooking space. It has a seven-pound pellet hopper to keep the smoke rolling.

Pit Boss made this a versatile grill as well. It has a normal temperature range of 180°-500°F which is good, but this also has Pit Boss’s Flame Broiler system. That allows the firepot to be exposed so you can sear over wood pellet-fueled fire at temperatures reaching up to 1000°F.

If you want to be able to smoke pulled pork, ribs, or anything else while at the campsite, the Pit Boss Portable Battery-Powered Pellet Grill is a great way to do that. It even comes with a meat probe so you can see the internal temperature of whatever you’re smoking right on the digital controller screen.

Z Grills 200A Cruiser Portable Pellet Grill

202 sq. in. Cooking Space
ZGrills CRUISER 200A

Whether your next adventure calls for grilling, smoking, baking, roasting, searing, braising, barbequing, or char-grilling - from the backyard, to the backcountry - the Cruiser has you covered.

  • 8 lbs Hopper
  • 160-450 °F Temp Range
  • 8-in-1 Cooking Versatility
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This was actually the first pellet grill I ever owned and reviewed, so it holds a special place in my heart. It isn’t here just because of the nostalgia, either. While it does need to be plugged in, it only weighs 40 pounds while being 25 inches long and 13 inches high. That includes the handles and the small legs. However, it still has 202 square inches of cooking space with only one cooking rack.

That means you can fit an entire pork butt on this pellet grill without worrying about bumping a secondary cooking rack or the lid being too close. The eight-pound pellet hopper will give you plenty of smoke, too. I never once felt like I was running low on pellets no matter how I used it.

This is an affordable, quality pellet grill that you can stash in your RV or camper so you can enjoy barbecue at the campsite. For a more detailed look, check out my review of the Cruiser pellet grill. With this plug-in option, make sure you have an RV or a camper with a generator.

Weber Jumbo Joe 18″ Charcoal Grill

240 SQ inched of cooking space
Weber Jumbo Joe Charcoal Grill 18 Inch Black

Travel with taste, or grill up a quick meal on your patio with the Jumbo Joe portable charcoal grill. The compact size with larger grilling area and convenient carry handle is perfect for any weekend getaway or spontaneous day at the beach.

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Part of the fun of camping is getting back into nature. Even when we use an RV to do that, we can still enjoy the great outdoors. Bringing a charcoal grill along with you is a great way to enhance the experience. Weber’s Jumbo Joe 18″ portable charcoal grill is the perfect way to grill with charcoal on the go.

It’s extremely light, weighing under 20 pounds. It won’t take up much room in your RV or camper either. It’s 19.75″ wide by 19.75″ tall by 20.5″ deep. You don’t have to sacrifice grilling space, though. It has 240 square inches of cooking space which can hold up to eight burgers at once.

One of the concerns of charcoal grills is cleaning up the ash. The Jumbo Joe has an ash catcher on the bottom so ash can simply fall out of the main part of the grill and be collected for easy cleanup. You won’t have to worry about ash flying all around your RV when you leave the campsite. To further ensure you don’t have parts of the grill flying around in the back of your camper, the metal handle helps lock the lid in place. While cooking, the handle even serves as a lid holder so you don’t have to find a spot to rest a hot lid.

Weber Q2800N+ Portable Gas Grill

Weber Q 2800N+ (Propane Grill)

Holds up to eight burgers made with a Weber burger press

Compact and lightweight for grilling on the go

Porcelain-enameled lid and bowl retain heat, and won’t rust or peel

The Tuck-N-Carry lid lock doubles as a lid holder to avoid placing the lid on the ground

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Sure, Weber makes a great portable charcoal grill. The company also makes a fantastic portable gas grill, too. The Q2800N+ takes the venerable Q series gas grill to a new level. If you’re looking for the widest range of heat possible on a portable gas grill, this is for you. While the original Q-series grills have one burner, this new entry adds a second burner.

The new “+” burner (hence the + in the name) gives this gas grill a range of 250°-700°F. That means some gas-powered low and slow cooking or high-temp steak searing on the same grill. You can reach the top end of that range by using both the standard burner and the “+” burner. You can also use the “+” burner by itself for lower temperatures. Then you factor in the domed lid, and you can roast an entire chicken in this grill.

The side shelves also detach for easy storage and take up even less room in your camper or RV.

Coleman RoadTrip X-Cursion Gas Grill

285 sq. in of cooking space
Coleman Roadtrip X-CURSION Grill

The collapsible steel scissor legs and low-profile design make moving this grill as easy as flipping a burger, while the rugged, off-road wheels handle almost any terrain. Independent, adjustable double burners deliver 20,000 BTUs of grilling power

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If you’ve got room for a larger gas grill, the Coleman Traveler is a fantastic grill for camping. One of the biggest benefits of the RoadTrip X-Cursion is that it comes with attached scissor legs for easy setup while tucking away for storage. Whether you’re camping in the nicest RV campground or roughing it, this Coleman grill will handle any terrain.

The grill has 285 square inches of cooking space powered by two independent burners capable of a total of 20,000 BTUs. One of the nice options is that Coleman has a number of optional accessories that include a griddle, perfect for cooking breakfast.

Even with the additional steel legs, the RoadTrip X-Cursion weighs just a hair under 42 pounds. You’ll need a little extra room in your RV, but it won’t weigh you down while giving you plenty of cooking space.

Halo Elite1B Countertop Griddle

284 sq, inch griddle plate
Elite1B Outdoor Countertop Griddle | HALO Products Group

The Elite 1B Outdoor Griddle boasts a single burner with a dual-zone design that provides optimal temperature control and cooking versatility. You can choose to ignite just one zone and leave the other as a no-cook area, or activate both zones for a full, wall-to-wall cooking experience that eliminates any cold spots.

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If you’ve already got a portable grill or maybe you like cooking foods that will normally fall through the gaps in grill grates, the Halo Elite1B Countertop Griddle might be exactly what you’re looking for. Despite being a countertop model, it boasts 284 square inches of cooking space. It does weigh just over 50 pounds, thanks in large part to the steel griddle, but it’s still small enough at essentially 25 inches wide by 25 inches deep and 15 inches high to fit snugly in your camper. The lid also locks in place during transport. So no griddle plate beating and banging around if you hit a particularly nasty pothole.

What’s also nice is that the griddle comes ready to work with a standard 20-pound propane tank or a one-pound propane bottle. Regardless of which style of fuel source you use, this griddle can be ready to cook in 10 minutes. It had a unique two-zone single burner which allows you to create two zones for cooking. You can sear burgers on one side while cooking onions on the other side. The griddle has a temperature range of 300°-600°F so it can handle cooking pancakes to a beautiful golden-brown or even searing steaks.

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