GEAR | Easy Cooking Outdoors With The Brilliant LotusGrill BBQ – Review

LotusGrill BBQ Review

What is it?

LotusGrill Portable Barbecue RRP £150



  • Fan powered by 4 batteries
  • Outer bowl made of powder-coated steel
  • The On-Off switch works as an infinitely adjustable heat control
  • Ready to cook in under 5 minutes
  • Delivered with a colour-matched nylon carry bag
  • Weighs less than 4 kg
  • Stainless Steel drip tray is dishwasher safe
  • Grease dripping from your food cannot drip on the charcoal and burn
  • The LotusGrill can be completely dismantled and is easy to clean
LotusGrill camping barbecue grill review

The LotusGrill is a stunning bit of kit that we were excited to get our hands on.  One of the joys of camping for me, is al fresco cooking and dining. I love the simplicity of cooking over an open fire or BBQ, and we’ve tried lots of different camping grills and BBQs over the years, read on to find out how the LotusGrill measured up.

Our Verdict

We immediately loved the fact that the grill comes in a sturdy carry bag, making it supremely portable and ideal for camping. We don’t usually ‘do’ instructions, but due to the unusual design of the LotusGrill, we thought it would be prudent to do so.

The instructions are tucked away in a little pocket inside the carry case, and we found them very clear and easy to follow and in just a couple of minutes, we had the grill lit.

Lotus Grill BBQ Review

Getting The Grill Started

  • You start by taking the grill off (which easily unclips), and remove the central brazier.
  • Fill the brazier with charcoal and squirt a ring of lighter gel on the bottom plate.
  • Turn the convection fan on to full and use a match or lighter to set the gel alight.
  • Once this is lit, place the brazier over the top, then clip the grill back into place.
  • Wait a couple of minutes for the charcoal to catch, and start cooking!
start cooking
A ring of lighter gel is needed to ignite the LotusGrill

One of the big benefits of the grill is that it reaches cooking temperature in well under 5 minutes, so you don’t need to sit around for ages waiting for coals to turn white in order to start cooking.

Lotus Grill
The charcoal ready to pop into place

Cooking on the LotusGrill

The grill cooks evenly and it cooks quite a lot. The first time we used it, we cooked food for 4 adults, which included 4 quarter pounder burgers, 2 large pieces of salmon, 4 prawn skewers, 4 chicken breasts and corn on the cob. Pretty impressive considering the grill is so compact.


The food all stayed juicy, and because the temperature is more even, we didn’t get the usual hot spots that cause the burning, like you’d usually get with a traditional barbecue.

Lotus Grill Food Cooking

We found that the central part of the grill is brilliant for searing food, and there was something quite gratifying about seeing all the fat from the burgers and salmon collect in the bottom of the grill. Fat is kept well away from the burning coals, which means there is very little smoke generated by the LotusGrill, making it pleasant to use.

food cooked on the grill

Cleaning the grill

Cleaning the grill was also really easy to do. We left it to cool down outside for a couple of hours before unclipping the grill and washing it. Because it is all stainless steel, hot soapy water was sufficient.

I only wish I had a dishwasher, because amazingly, the LotusGrill is dishwasher safe! However, whilst camping, we’ve found that it’s easy enough to clean off with hot soapy water.


Would We Recommend It?

Our Rating

Quality 5/5

Practicality 4/5

Loos 5/5

Value 3.5/5

Overall Rating 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

Quite simply, yes! The LotusGrill is beautiful, well made, easy to use, easy to clean and comes in a sturdy carry case, making it ideal for cooking whilst camping.

It’s not cheap, sure, but it’s beautifully designed and we’ve spent that last 3 years using our regularly and it’s still working well and looks almost as good as new.

Lotus Grill BBQ Review

A big thank you to who supplied the LotusGrill for us to field test. We were not paid to write this review.

Shell Robshaw-Bryan
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