There are many special things and treats of camping, and one of them has to be cooking over the campfire. It doesn’t have to be this way but let’s face it, there’s just something so amazing about tasting that freshly made food over that campfire heat.
However, you can’t just place the food on top of the campfire, right? That’d be kind of unsanitary we think. Obviously, we’re just having a little fun. Clearly, you need something to get the job done when cooking over the campfire, and a campfire grill is one of the best answers. Yet, what’s the best campfire grill that money can buy?
Don’t worry, we plan on answering that question.
However, variety is the spice of life, so we also want to include several others to provide as much diversity as possible. Let’s do it!
1. GameMaker Cooking Grill
There was almost no doubt in our minds with this top pick. We can almost definitively say that this cooking grill from GameMaker is the best campfire grill that money can buy right now. Sure, others will say otherwise and that’s okay because they’re entitled to be wrong.
Nah, we’re only kidding. However, let’s get into why we love this thing. For starters, it’s as heavy-duty as it gets. While it’s definitely still a portable option for camping, it’s built to withstand campfire heat. Sure, it may warp eventually, but that’s probably going to be inevitable with this type of thing.
Past the build quality, this grill is also designed with a lift and set process that allows for easy adjustments. Overall, this combo deal (it comes with a skillet, grill posts, and the grill itself) allows for over 300 square inches of cooking space. Not bad, huh?
- You can cook a lot of stuff at once
- Well-built and sturdy
- Pretty easy to set up
- Difficult to cook on both grates
- Paint can chip after use
- Won’t stake in a stone patio
2. Wolf Grizzly Grill Kit
The really cool thing about this campfire grill is the fact that it’s a kit. Even better is the fact that you can buy the fire set with it. The fire set, for the record, comes with a Ferro rod fire starter, a paracord with emergency jute inside, and also a steel striker.
Now, as for the grill itself, each part of it has been made of 304 stainless steel. Basically, it means it has been built to withstand the intense heat of campfires. Believe it or not, this grill also only weighs 2.2 pounds. Oh, and it also packs down to the size of about a thermos. The combination of its portability and tremendous build quality is quite admirable.
As for what you get with the entire kit, you also get a carrying case, microfiber cloth, Allen key, custom cleaning tool, and even the fire safe if you want it (it’s sold separately). Basically, this is just a total package is what we’re getting at here.
- Comes with many components
- Very easy to set up
- The height can be adjusted
- A little too heavy for backpacking
- Can be annoying to clean
- A bit expensive
3. Boundless Voyage Campfire
Man, we think what we appreciate the most about this one is the titanium construction. On top of making it pretty darn tough, it also doesn’t weigh a ton. Let’s just say titanium is a pretty special type of metal. That’s not the only reason it’s a contender for the claim of the best campfire grill, however.
It’s just really neat how this is designed. It’s pretty much a table that gets placed over the campfire to allow for all types of meats and foods to be cooked. Admittedly, the legs could’ve been a bit easier to fold as you have to take them out of their holes and reinsert them to fold them down.
Just a minor gripe as this system works extremely well. It’d probably be a bit too big for backpackers, but the large surface area is nice for families looking to cook for the entire family.
- Very easy to use
- Made out of titanium
- Large surface area
- Can bend with heavier loads
- A little too big for backpackers
- Legs could’ve been easier to fold
4. Adjust-A-Grill Camping Grill
Ah, yes, the Adjust-A-Grill. Needless to say, anyone doing research to find the best campfire grill on the market will likely stumble upon this one. It’s fourth on our list so, you can say that we kind of like it. The design is actually very, very simple, and that’s probably why so many people love it.
The steel that’s used, though claimed to be heavy gauge, isn’t incredibly heavy-duty, but it gets the job done. It also makes for a slightly more portable grill, and that’s always nice. Heck, you even get a canvas storage bag with your purchase, just be sure to allow the grill to cool before putting it inside. Duh, right?
About the only real pain with this grill is the short rod it comes with. It’s only two feet tall. Many users have used a metal pipe of their own to allow for a better height, and that’s certainly an option. As is, only a small campfire will work for this (unless you want charred food and burnt hands).
- Pretty sturdy overall
- Backed by a lifetime warranty
- Includes a storage bag
- The included stake is too short
- Paint tends to peel off
- Customizations may be necessary
5. Camp Chef Mountain Man Grill
Alright, can we just say that the name “Mountain Man Grill” may be the best name we’ve ever heard for a campfire grill? Okay, but is the name justified (as that’s all that really matters)? Umm, we’d say the answer to that is a deafening “yes.”
Believe what everyone says about the Mountain Man Grill, it’s a downright beast. Clocking in (as a set) at around 36 pounds, let’s just say you aren’t going to go backpacking with this sucker. To say it’s sturdy is an understatement, as the stake itself is a beast to handle.
The excessive weight might actually be a turnoff to some, and that’s fair, but this grill is also very versatile. For a large family that wants to enjoy that fresh campfire-cooked dinner, this will work great. Yet, for one or two people, this might be somewhat overkill.
- Built to last
- Very sturdy design
- Tremendous functionality
- The included bag kind of sucks
- It’s extremely heavy
- The stake can be a hassle
6. Texsport Swivel Grill
When it comes to finding the best campfire grill on the market, it’d be a shame not to mention Texsport. A very respected brand, many great grills have been produced from this brand, and this is simply just one of them (on this list too).
You know, this design here’s probably not going to wow anyone or anything like that. It just plain works and that’s thanks to the solid steel construction, fairly large grilling surface (it measures 24 inches by 16 inches), and adjustable nature.
That said, the 28-inch support stake is a bit on the short side. The setup also feels a little bit wobbly. Yet, again, this sucker does get the job done and makes some stellar meats and foods. Well, you know, if the chef knows what they’re doing that is!
- Rotates 360 degrees
- A portable design
- Adjustable height
- The stake is not a solid rod
- Paint will probably come off
- Could be sturdier
7. Texsport Fire Camp Grill
Just like that and we’ve got ourselves another entry from Texsport. Now, there’s something that this grill sort of gets a bad rap for. The thing about these types of grills is they’re sort of notorious for having issues with paint chipping. You guessed it, this grill has that issue too.
However, for this, many users have actually claimed that the paint has melted on them and created a really bad smell. But this grill, otherwise, is rock solid. So, a few options are in place. One, burn off anything before you even use the grill to see if the paint will melt.
Secondly, use aluminum foil and place it on top of the grate. We point this out as for smaller campfires (as this is pretty small overall), this steel grill with foldable legs does a great job. It’s not the best campfire grill on the market, but it’s a really nice high-quality, affordable option.
- Well-built overall
- Doesn’t take up a lot of space
- Folds up for travel
- Could be sturdier
- Paint likely to melt over time
- Not very tall
8. NASHRIO Portable Camping Grill
Nobody is going to mistake this grill for one of the heavier-duty ones on this list. What we really admire about this design is the fact that the manufacturer knew exactly what they wanted to do with it. It’s not the biggest, not the strongest, not the fastest…wait, are we still talking about campfire grills?
No, it’s not the pinnacle design out there. But you know what it is? It’s an affordable, extremely portable, overall well-built, and convenient grill that’ll work tremendously for campers and backpackers alike. After all, believe it or not, it only weighs 12 ounces.
It might not feed a family of five, but for one or even two people out camping, it’ll create some tasty snacks and even a nice meal. The stainless steel construction is both appealing to look at and durable. For such a small grill, it’s also surprisingly sturdy.
- Tremendous value for the money
- About as portable as it gets
- Sturdy for its size
- Somewhat annoying to assemble
- Not heavy-duty
- Not very fun to clean
9. Sunnydaze Dual Campfire System
Yes, we know, some of you will be scared by the price tag. Admittedly, we feel this one’s a bit overpriced. That doesn’t stop it from deserving a place alongside the best campfire grill, but it’s worth noting, nevertheless.
Indeed, this is a dual campfire grill system with two heavy-duty grates to cook with. Together, the grates can hold an astonishing 32 pounds of food. We’re more than certain you won’t ever have the need to get even close to that amount of food in a single sitting. Unless you plan on feeding the entire campground that is.
What’s also really cool is both the grates can be adjusted and swiveled for the utmost convenience. To top it off, there are even four top hooks for storing grilling equipment. Fantastic.
- Grates can be adjusted
- Comes with two grates
- Four top hooks included
- The grates could be more secure
- A bit too pricy for some
- Food can move when swiveling
10. Texsport Rotisserie Grill
If we’re being totally honest for a second, we wish the flaws that are present with this grill weren’t there. After all, its rotisserie design is kind of ingenious and it stops in four different positions to allow for slow-roasted deliciousness. Heck, we’re salivating just thinking about it right now.
Some of the flaws, though, hurt the overall design of this grill. This includes the somewhat wobbly nature and also the paint having issues of peeling and cracking (though that’s quite common with campfire grills).
Thanks to the adjustable design, simple and easy assembly, and overall solid construction, we happily cap off this list with this grill in spite of those problems.
- It’s adjustable
- The assembly is straight-forward
- Rather large grilling surface
- Pretty short
- A little wobbly
- Paint can chip and peel
Frequently asked questions
Can you use welding gloves for a fire pit?
Does it seem like overkill to use welding gloves when using a campfire grill? Well, not really. Let’s face it, cooking in a kitchen and cooking over a campfire are a little bit different. Also, remember that some grills won’t be very tall in height. In other words, their surface areas will oftentimes be very close to the fire.
Indeed, the tough nature of welding gloves makes them great for this type of thing. They’ll also protect those precious little fingers. Better yet, you don’t have to break the bank to find good pairs of them.
Can I use charcoal in a campfire?
Alright, so just finding a campfire grill isn’t going to be all you need to do to properly cook over a campfire. What do you plan on burning? While you could just burn some random wood, you could also bring some charcoal and burn that in a campfire. Indeed, this is an ideal option for doing just that.
What foods can you cook over a fire?
Whatever you can think of! That’s right, you can pretty much cook anything you want over a fire. From various types of meats (probably the most common food choice) to stews and soups (though proper pans will need to be used for stuff like that), you can get as crazy as you want.
Sure, you probably won’t be able to properly make chocolate chip cookies or anything that requires temperature control. Still, get creative!
How well does a campfire grill hold a cast iron pan?
It really depends on the weight of your cast iron pan and also the specific grill that’s being used. As you saw on our list, there are certain grills that are built to handle heavier loads. Along the same lines, some cast iron pans are heavier and larger than others.
Due to how amazing cast iron pans are, you surely want to buy a grill that can handle whatever pans you have. For the most part, most of them shouldn’t have any issues with even the largest of cast iron pans. Still, a cheap one may not be able to handle what you need.
You may think any one of the 10 grills above is the best campfire grill for you, and that’s fantastic. At the end of the day, know your needs. It’s all about what you want! That’s it from us, take care, everyone.