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The 9 Best Camping Cookware Sets of 2021

What is it about camp-cooked meals that make them taste so good? Is it food tasting better after tiring yourself out from adventures throughout the day? Is it nature and the scenery that somehow adds to the enjoyment of flavor? Whatever it is we're all for camping meals, but not dragging around clunky or bulky traditional kitchenware. Thankfully there are now many options of camping-specific cookware that will make your life much easier in your mobile kitchen.

The best camping cookware is light, collapsible, or nests to take up little space, durable, and easy to clean. Many sets are also customizable so they can work both for that lightweight backpacking trip you have planned, as well as that surf car camping weekend when you'll be cooking dinner for the entire crew. Follow the scent of a freshly cooked meal to our list of the best camping cookware of 2021.


MSR Ceramic 2-Pot Set

Best 2021 camping cookware
 
 

When you think of what you’d like when cooking while camping, the two things that probably come to mind first are the desire to have a tasty meal, and easy cleanup to follow. Using the MSR Ceramic 2-Pot Set is a great first step towards achieving both of these goals. Included in the set are a 2.5L pot, 1.5L pot, aluminum strainer lid, and Talon pot handle that can be attached to either pot.

The premium Fusion ceramic nonstick surface ensures you won’t be dealing with scraping any dried-up food from the interior of the pots during cleanup. In addition, they are extra-tough and safe at high heat, setting you up for less of a chance to burn the meal. Unfortunately, MSR can’t find a recipe and cook the meal for you, that’s on you, but they have you covered with their camping pot set for everything else.

Weight Original Price
15.6 oz$79.95

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Sea to Summit X-Pot Kettle 1.3L

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Kettles are typically a large and bulky cookware item, which is the last thing you’re looking for when you head out on a backpacking mission. The X-Pot Kettle from Sea to Summit changes the narrative on kettles as it sports the nifty feature of collapsibility. Constructed of heat-resistant silicone up top and an aluminum base, this kettle weighs in at a minuscule 6.5 oz.

It also includes a durable translucent lid so you can keep tabs on what’s going on inside, and two glass-reinforced handles for easy moving and pouring. At 1.3L in volume, the kettle can boil enough water for two freeze-dried meals, or to get an afternoon tea session going. For the amount of room and weight this collapsible camping cookware takes up, it really can travel with you the whole way from the sea to a summit.

Weight Original Price
6.5 oz$39.95

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MSR Quick Skillet

Best 2021 camping cookware
 
 

The skillet has long been part of camping tradition, just picture a cowboy camping out on the range, flipping some eggs or flapjacks. Now MSR has brought some modern technology and design to this old camping go to with their Quick Skillet.

It’s a 7” nonstick, hard-anodized aluminum skillet that also comes with a removable Talon pot handle for packability. Weighing only 5.9 oz. you won’t notice any additional weight from it in your pack either. It’s easy to imagine the scent of a breakfast burrito already hitting your nostrils the second you pick up this skillet, one of the best camping cookware items.

Weight Original Price
5.9 oz$34.95

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Sea to Summit Alpha Cookset 2.1

Best 2021 camping cookware
 
 

Camping cook sets can at times bring to mind images of a million pots, bowls, and plates, not exactly what you want to bring into the backcountry. Thankfully Sea to Summit realized this and created their Alpha Cookset 2.1 which is a perfect nesting backcountry set for two people. Consisting of one pot with a lid, two bowls, 2 mugs with Removable Insulation Sleeves and Silicone Sipper Lids, and a Dishcloth it has everything you need and nothing you don’t.

The 1.9L pot is made of aluminum alloy with stainless steel while the handle is wrapped with a silicone rubber grip. The strainer lid adds efficient draining to the set’s abilities. The pot’s textured base provides added stability on camping stoves while its large internal radius makes for easy cleaning. You should still be able to enjoy gourmet meals miles into the backcountry and this is one of the best backpacking cooking sets for the task.

Weight Original Price
18.4 oz$69.95

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Camp Chef Double Square Cooking Iron

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If you’re the type of camper who prefers to just pick up a stick off the ground to start cooking a hot dog or marshmallow, you’re all about simplicity and ease of use. The Double Square Cooking Iron from Camp Chef takes that same approach but gives you vastly more useability and cooking options. Seasoned finished cast iron is attached to 28.5” handles with wooden grips on the ends.

It’s as simple as placing your food inside the box and then holding it over your heat source. Grilled cheese? No problem. Bacon-wrapped chicken breasts? This is the perfect setup for those. We could keep going on but you get the idea. Keep things simple and tasty with this perfect cast iron camping cookware item.

Weight Original Price
128 oz$25.95

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GSI Outdoors Hard Anodized 10" Dutch Oven

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Want a dutch oven for camping but don’t want to deal with the massive weight factor that comes along with them? That’s exactly what GSI Outdoors had in mind when they created their Hard Anodized 10" Dutch Oven. This dutch oven is constructed from highly conductive cast aluminum which results in easy cleaning and low weight.

Coming in at only 59 oz. it’s much easier to move around and pack. Its durable construction also ensures you don’t have to worry about it rusting or holding up to sitting in hot coals. Aluminum camping cookware is your friend in the outdoors and this dutch oven is proof of that.

Weight Original Price
590 oz$79.95

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GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Camper Set

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If you’re a family of up to four, this camping cook set was made with you in mind. The Pinnacle Camper Set from GSI Outdoors comes with lots of gear and is fully reconfigurable so you can adjust to what you need for a particular trip. Two pots and one frying pan, all made from non-stick coated aluminum provide plenty of cooking options. Insulated mugs with lids, bowls, plates, strainer lids for the cookware, and a folding pot gripper round out the set.

When you’re finished eating the rugged stuff sack that holds the set can double as a sink or washbasin. Some would say this is the best camping cookware set ever, and we aren’t going to argue with that one.

Weight Original Price
3.625 lbs$149.95

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Camp Chef 10" Deep Dutch Oven

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One of the benefits of car camping is you can treat yourself to some luxury in the outdoors, or some prefer to call, glamping. If weight isn’t an issue the Camp Chef 10” Deep Dutch Oven should always be stowed away in your car as you can whip up some seriously tasty meals for the entire crew with this dutch oven. At its 5 quart size, it’s able to serve 12-14 if you like to roll deep.

The dutch oven features a built-in thermometer notch, as well as a flanged lid for placing coals on top so you get that even baking that is the key to dutch ovens. This true seasoned finished cast iron dutch oven weighs in at 14 lbs, so you won’t be lugging this on any backpacking trip unless you enjoy turning your legs into jello. Dream big with your recipes as this camping dutch oven will be there to make them a reality the next time you’re building up the fire when camping.

Weight Original Price
14 lbs$47.49

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MSR Flex 4 Cook Set

Best 2021 camping cookware
 
 

Don’t struggle with regular clunky cooking sets or pots the next time you go camping, just bring the MSR Flex 4 Cook Set. It features pots with lids, plates, and mugs for up to 4 people. All the gear neatly nests together to save valuable space in your pack or car. We’re personally big fans of the DeepDish plates which keep things from going overboard and getting messy. This set’s intuitive design makes it one of the best car camping cookware options.

Weight Original Price
58.8 oz$159.95

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