In this guide we’ll take a look at the best gas BBQs for your caravan.
We’ve compared portability, ease of set up, ease of storage and cost
to give you our top recommendations.
What is the Best Gas BBQ for Your Caravan?
In a rush? Here’s my top choice…
Secure, easy to use, and perfect for caravan holidays!
This Char-Broil X200 Portable Gas Barbecue will make it easy to BBQ when caravanning. The compact 60 x 40 x 35 cm unit stores away easily, kept secure by its sturdy 2-latch closure. Using a TRU-Infrared cooking system, your food will be juicier whilst saving you gas. The stainless-steel grill is easy to clean, and the robust handles and legs make this BBQ safe and easy to transport.
Everything I Recommend
More Detailed Gas BBQs for Caravan Reviews
Char-Broil X200 Portable Gas Barbecue Review
The Char-Broil X200 Grill2Go BBQ Grill is hands down the best gas BBQ for your caravan.
It uses an advanced ‘TRU-infrared’ cooking system that cooks food evenly time and time again. No disappointing charred sausages here, thank you very much!
Thanks to its innovative system, your burgers and sausages will be up to 50% juicier, whilst requiring 30% less gas. Not only will you get great results, but you’ll be able to save money as well!
This stainless steel burner is strong and durable; it’s built to last and designed to be easy to use. It has electronic ignition, no fussing with lighters or matches, making it safe to light at just the push of a button.
The high-quality steel cooking great it also easy to clean, an absolute blessing when camping!
Packed full of safety features, this BBQ is one of the most reliable models around. It’s a very sturdy unit with built-in legs; they won’t bend or buckle, and keep the BBQ elevated off the ground.
It has a lid-mounted thermometer gauge for monitoring the temperature, and 2 lid latches for securing the lid in place during transportation.
Electriq iQ Portable Gas BBQ Review
The IQ Portable Gas BBQ Grill is another BBQ that’s well worth considering for your caravan holidays.
This portable BBQ weighs just 10 kg, making it perfect to take ‘on-the-go’. Despite its small size, it’s very spacious: able to cook up to 6 burgers and 18 sausages at a time!
This BBQ offers you a variety of cooking methods, thanks to the half grill/half searing plate layout. Vegetables can be sauted at the same time that you grill sausages, giving you more versatility when it comes to your meals.
With an integrated thermometer, you’ll cook your food to perfection every time. It’s also easy to light with single-shot gas ignition, and comes with a free accessory pack that includes a fork, spatula, tongs and a cover.
Sahara Mini Gas BBQ Review
The Sahara Mini BBQ is an extremely well designed grill that offers you storage, a wooden chopping board, a double-sided grill, and the ability to fry and grill food at the same time.
All this with a cast-iron enamelled grilling surface. It’s safe to say this BBQ has been built to last! It’s made from high-grade stainless steel that delivers efficient heat every time.
With a cooking area of 35.5 x 27 cm, this grill can be used to cook meals for the whole family, but it’s also lightweight and portable, with a unique lid that doubles up as a chopping board.
There’s interior storage space to make packing for holiday easier, specifically designed to fit a 400 g gas cylinder, keeping everything neat and compact.
Finally, this BBQ comes with a hose and regulator, as well as a carry strap, making this one of the best gas BBQs for your caravan – it’s extremely innovative and portable with a fantastic, easy-to-clean cooking area.
George Foreman Gas BBQ Grill Review
The George Foreman Indoor Outdoor BBQ Grill is perfect if you’ve got a larger family, cooking up to 15 portions of food in one go. It’s suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, ideal for caravans and camping trips.
In terms of quality, George Foreman is an extremely reputable brand and well-known name when it comes to grills. They were voted the world’s number one electric grill brand in 2019.
Back to the BBQ in question: it has an angled cooking plate, which drains fat and grease into the in-built drip tray. As a result, this grill is not only easy to clean but also great for healthier cooking.
The variable temperature control and thermometer gauge ensure you’ll have perfectly cooked food time and time again.
Design-wise, this BBQ grill is ergonomic and easy to use. It has a collapsible stand so you can use it outside at a good height, or inside on a surface.
What’s more, it’s very easy to both store and carry.
Campingaz Party Grill 200 Gas BBQ Review
The Campingaz Party Grill 200 is, as the name suggests, ideal for camping parties!
This compact camping grill can pump out up to 2000 W of power and can be used on a table top or on the floor. It has a run time of up to 3 hours, with push-button ignition for ease of use.
Easy to both clean and transport, this is ideal for use in caravans. Dinner will be an easy al-fresco delight!
It comes with a water compartment to collect grease, which makes it really easy to clean, plus the pan support and grill are both dishwasher safe.
It comes with a lid which makes the whole unit easy to carry and store – all parts can neatly packed inside. Easy or what!
Things to Know Before Buying a Gas BBQ for Your Caravan
An easy-to-use gas BBQ is the perfect option for getting your BBQ fix while camping or caravanning. Some gas BBQs are specifically designed for easy portability, so they can be taken anywhere with you – ready to whip up a delicious meal at a moment’s notice!
Your gas BBQ should be safe, portable and straight forward, allowing you to enjoy your holiday without worrying about undercooked or overcooked sausages!
Presuming you’re sold on the idea (I know I am!), the question is: how can you make sure you get the best gas BBQ for your caravan? There are a range of models to choose from, so if you’re after some practical advice, the following tips will help you make an informed decision:
If you’re going to be taking your gas BBQ on the go, it’s of utmost importance that you can transport it easily. Nothing worse than buying something and ultimately not using it because it’s not practical.
There are a few things to look out for which can really help a BBQ be more portable (aside from a reasonable size):
- If the accessories are able to be stored inside the unit (including any detachable legs) this can make transporting the BBQ a whole lot easier.
- If there is a space to store the gas canister, meaning you won’t have to carry it separately, this is ideal.
- A sturdy carry handle can make a world of difference. A BBQ might be easy enough to carry a short distance without one, but a sturdy strap or handle will have been specifically to help carry the unit further – from the caravan to the beach, for example!
Size does of course also play a factor in how easy a BBQ will be to transport. While some of the BBQs I’ve recommended are a little heavy, they have larger cooking areas which makes them perfect for bigger families. If you’re especially worried about portability, be sure to check the dimensions and weight of the unit you’re looking at.
Generally, the larger the BBQ, the heavier it’ll be, but lightweight models are easy to find. You should be able to find lighter BBQs that can still serve a reasonable number of people.
If you want to spend more time eating, and enjoying your BBQ, and less time trying to set it up and light it, there are a few key things to look out for:
- A simple push-button ignition is the best way to get a gas BBQ started. You won’t have to waste time with matches or lighters, and the BBQ will be easier to light even if there’s some wind.
- Collapsible BBQs are best if they don’t have too many fittings to screw in or out. Simple screw-in leg designs are great, as are fold-out legs. Most of all you want to avoid units which you need to unscrew each time – little nuts and bolts are sure to get misplaced!
- Some BBQs have built-in legs and don’t require any setting up in this department at all. These designs will make it even easier to jump straight into BBQ-ing. Simply connect up the gas canister and away you go!
You’ll certainly want something that can be assembled and disassembled easily. Most BBQs will need to be taken down at night.
If you’re only going to be using your gas BBQ on caravan holidays, easy storage is essential. Ensure you have room to store your gas BBQ when not in use.
You should make sure the legs are collapsible if you opt for a larger model, while compact BBQs can usually be stored in caravan cupboards. Many BBQs have space for cooking accessories to be stored inside, so you can have all you need within easy reach.
One more thing to consider is what type of BBQing will be more practical for you – using gas or charcoal as fuel?
Gas BBQs require a fuel canister. These may last for up to three hours of cooking time depending on what settings you’re cooking with. Canisters are generally lighter to carry, and easier to transport, than charcoal. But you may find that charcoal is cheaper to buy.
Charcoal BBQs can create and authentic ‘smokiness’ in the food which isn’t so present with gas BBQs. If this is something which is extremely important to you, you might want to consider a charcoal BBQs.
In terms of portability, gas BBQs are able to be much more compact; charcoal grills need to have a big enough space to hold enough charcoal to cook your food. What’s more, charcoal grills take longer to heat up and are more difficult to light than gas BBQs.
Caravan Gas BBQ FAQs
I recommend cleaning your gas BBQ after every use, and ideally when it’s still warm.
While it can be hard to thoroughly clean your BBQ on a caravan holiday, using a stiff brush and some warm water will get the worst of the grease off until you can get home and give it a tougher clean.
Gas BBQs require very few components to get them started: all you need is the BBQ and the gas to fuel it (provided that it has built-in ignition). They are usually very compact and portable, and heat up quickly. Plus, you can control the temperature at the turn of a dial.
Coal shouldn’t be used in a gas BBQ; they aren’t built to withstand that level of heat. While some gas BBQs use charcoal as a secondary source of heat, these are specially designed for very high temperatures.