The Camp Chef Explorer 2-Burner is an excellent choice for group car camping. It is sturdy, offers a sizeable cook-top space, and can be used with or without its legs for unique versatility. We appreciated its durability, ease of set-up, and minimal maintenance. The two 30,000 BTU burners deliver a ton of power, but also finesse down for excellent simmering control when you need it. There were some issues with the burners getting blown out on windy days, and with no auto-ignition system that means you have to move your meal and relight — often multiple times in one cooking session. For solo campers or small groups this is probably overkill, but if you have the right set up, want a lot of versatility, and like to feed a big crew — this is an excellent option at an accessible price.
If you think you'll be cooking for a group somewhere without picnic tables, it's worth it to take a look at our Top Pick for Group Cooking, the Camp Chef Pro 60X. It comes equipped with fold-out side tables, an auto-ignition system, and a more user-friendly top grate. It will set you back an additional $90 though.