Nothing quite beats campfire cooking, and a grill grate is one of the best ways to cook in the great outdoors.
Here are five of the best campfire grill grates to take your camp cooking to a new level.
At a Glance: Our Top Picks
- Texsport Heavy-Duty Over-Fire
- Coghlan’s Camp Grill
- AmazonBasics Outdoor
- Texsport Heavy-Duty Swivel
- Stromberg Carlson GR-1522
Texsport Heavy-Duty Over-Fire Camp Grill
This over-fire camp grill from Texsport is a heavy-duty piece of equipment. With its welded steel build, it’s an excellent buy for those who camp frequently and want a campfire grill that will serve for the years to come.
In terms of the overall design, the Texsport camp grill is extremely simple. It comprises a grill grate and foldable legs for space efficiency. The cooking area is sized at 24 by 16 inches, which makes it one of the larger options on this top.
One downside with this grill is that the steel rusts if unprotected, so think about using anti-rust coatings.
Despite its rather high price, the Texsport campfire grill is exceptionally popular and highly rated. It’s not hard to see why. In our opinion, if you are an avid camper, this campfire grill is going to be the best buy for the money.
- Large 24” x 16” grilling surface.
- Tough welded steel construction.
- Folds for space efficiency.
- Rusts if unprotected.
Coghlan’s Camp Grill
Coghlan’s camp grill is an extremely inexpensive option – great for those who want something for occasional outings. Not only that, but this camp grill is much more compact than the Texsport grill. It’s thus a great pick if you have very limited space in your RV or backpack.
Notably, even though the steel frame of this camp grill is much thinner than in the Texsport grill, it’s nickel-plated and corrosion-resistant. As long as the nickel plating is intact, this thing should not rust.
The cooking area in this campfire grill is sized at 24 x 12 inches as well, which should be enough for most needs.
Coghlan’s also offers a heavy-duty option for this grill. It’s similar to the Texsport grill but is a little cheaper. Its steel doesn’t seem to have nickel plating though, so in terms of corrosion resistance, the standard Coghlan’s grill might be a better buy.
All in all, the Coghlan’s camp grill is an excellent bit of camping cooking gear. This thing won’t withstand tough multi-day camping, but it will serve just fine if your trip will be short and you need to stay light.
- Great for occasional outings.
- Corrosion-resistant nickel-plated steel.
- Grill measures 24 x 12 inches.
- Very inexpensive.
- Very compact when folded.
- Not for frequent, multi-day trips.
AmazonBasics Outdoor Campfire Grill
If you want something tough and compact, then this campfire grill from AmazonBasics is a good option to consider. It’s sized at just about 11 x 18 inches and is much more space-saving than the comparable Texsport campfire grill.
The construction in the AmazonBasics grill is very tough too. It features a welded steel build along with a stainless steel cooking grate. The AmazonBasics grill will take heavy abuse any day, but it might be prone to rusting just like the Texsport grill. So you may want to treat it with an anti-rust coating.
The AmazonBasics grill is again foldable, so it gets very space-efficient when unused.
Note that this particular grill is a medium size, so you can find smaller and larger grills as well. But to be fair, the 11 x 18-inch cooking grate doesn’t feel “medium” – it’s more like small. Don’t get us wrong, the size is fine, but it’s not what we consider “medium”.
- Heavy-duty welded steel construction.
- Rather compact.
- Foldable design.
- Backed up by a 1-year warranty.
- Very small for a “medium” size.
- May rust over time.
Texsport Heavy-Duty Swivel Grill
This one’s pretty interesting. This grill is again from Texsport, but it’s very different from the campfire grill we reviewed earlier. It’s a swiveling grill that is intended to be staked into the ground, which implies some benefits.
This swivel grill can be adjusted in height up to 17 inches, allowing you to regulate the amount of heat going to the food and thus also regulate the cooking time. Sure, you can adjust heat with any campfire grill, but here, you won’t have to add or remove charcoal for that!
The grilling surface in this guy is pretty large as well – 24 x 16 inches, which is as big as the previous Texsport grill. The swivel grill is very compact too – the 28-inch stake may be easily detached and stored separately.
In terms of materials, the swivel grill is made from heavy-duty welded steel and should easily withstand abuse. But again, this grill is not corrosion-resistant, so take care to protect it from the elements.
- Welded steel construction.
- 24” x 16” grilling surface.
- Height adjusts up to 17 inches.
- Very compact and space-efficient.
- Won’t be as stable as our previous picks.
- Not rust-resistant.
Stromberg Carlson GR-1522 Stake & Grille
The Stromberg Carlson GR-1522 stake & grill is a little more functional alternative to the Texsport swivel grill we’ve just reviewed. The build-in GR-1522 doesn’t seem as tough, but it has many other things to make up for it!
The main material here appears to be steel (Stromberg Carlson doesn’t indicate the material anywhere) that is chrome-plated. Thanks to the chrome coating, the steel should be corrosion-resistant – a great perk for camping.
Another notable benefit of this grill is that it’s intended for direct-contact food grilling. Our previous picks are not, though if you sanitize the grates, you should be able to use them that way safely.
The stake in the GR-1522 grill is 36 inches long as well (8 inches longer than in the Texsport grill), so you should get a wider range of temperature adjustment with this thing. Height adjustments are easy thanks to the integrated grate handle.
Where the GR-1522 grill lacks compared to Texsport (aside from durability) is cooking space. The grate here is sized at 15 x 22 inches, so you aren’t getting as much room for grilling.
- Intended for direct-contact food grilling.
- Corrosion-resistant chromed steel.
- Measures 15 x 22 inches.
- Allows you to adjust the grilling temps.
- Won’t be as stable as other grills.
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