Sure, cooking over an open fire is a romantic notion, one that resonates deep in our medulla oblongata. But the reality of open flame is much different, with flaring hot spots blackening the outside of a hot dog while the inside remains cold. Maybe salmonella from undercooked pterodactyl is the real reason Neanderthals gave way to modern man.
We’re here to help you avoid such an extinction event—or at the very least keep you from biting into an undercooked venison burger—by offering up five of the best camp grills.
- At just under two feet long, about 13 inches wide, and a flat 5¾ inches high when folded, the Rainier is the ultimate compact, full-featured grill. The grill and stove combo is a grower not a shower, with a propane-powered 8,000 BTU grill and a 10,000 BTU burner under the hood. It comes with a griddle that serves as a non-stick stand-in for the grill come breakfast, and the burner provides a place to brew a pot of coffee. Bottom Line: Smaller isn’t always better, but the Rainier breaks that mold—a must-own. Price: $153