It’s either you’re a gas-grill kind of person, or you’re a charcoal-grill kind of person. There’s nothing in between. At least that’s what one article said. It must be true, though, if you’re here for our top picks of the best charcoal grill on the market today.
What are the advantages of charcoal grills over gas?
One, according to this Wired.com article, charcoal grilling tastes better than gas, and Science backs it up. Fats, oils, and other volatile compounds drip into the charcoal, and then vaporize and rise back up into the meat, giving it that distinct flavor that gas grills can’t give. Two, charcoal can burn way hotter than gas, so if you want more BTUs, all you have to do is to add more charcoal.
Of course, there are also disadvantages. For instance, charcoal grills require more effort both in the preparation before cooking and the cleanup process. And in general, charcoal grills cook slower than gas grills.
What’s the best charcoal grill on the market today? Here are our top picks.
Best Charcoal Grill Top Pick: Weber 14401001
Weber has a solid reputation when it comes to charcoal grills, and we’re picking the Weber 14401001 to represent its charcoal-grill line.
Weighing about 32 pounds, the 14401001 gives you a cooking space of 363 square inches. As advertised, this area can fit 13 burgers. It also comes with a 7.5-inch lid and a steel-plated, hinged cooking grate.
One unique feature of this charcoal grill is its One-Touch cleaning system, helping you get rid of too much effort during the cleaning process. All the ash and debris go to the ash catcher at the bottom of the grill, and it only takes one push to release this ash compartment.
Aside from that, this grill also comes with a precision-heat dampers, which allow you to control the temperature of the grill without having to lift the lid. It also come with a built-in thermometer, a heat shield for the lid handle, a hook, and durable wheels for portability.
Also read: Ovente GR2001B Reversible Grill Review
Char-Griller 56720 Akorn Kamado Charcoal Grill
The Char-Griller 56720 has a similar shape with the Weber 14401001, but you wouldn’t mistake one for the other.
Weighing 89 pounds, the Char-Griller 56720 comes with a triple-walled 22 gauge steel that will help you “easily mantain cooking temperatures that range fro 200 to 700 degrees Fahrenheit.” It’s therefore built to last.
When it comes to cooking area, expect 314 square inches of cooking space. Also, there’s a removable cooking rack that gives you an additional 133 square inches to toast some bread or warm some hotdogs.
Aside from that, expect an adjustable top damper that lets you maintain airflow and easily control the temperature of the grill. To eliminate the guesswork, there’s a built-in temperature gauge.
Another great thing about this charcoal grill is that it comes with 2 folding side shelves, a bottom damper, and an ash pan.
Expert Grill Heavy Duty 24-Inch Charcoal Grill
This is a box-shaped charcoal grill that gives you a total of 372 square inches of cooking space. As you can see in the image below, it comes with parts that you’ll truly love.
One, it has a lid cover with a big handle. On both sides of the lid cover are dampers. There’s also a built-in temperature gauge. It comes with 2 wheels and two thick feet to give you both stability and mobility.
There’s also a utensil hook, a warming rack, and a side shelf.
Pinty Portable Folding Charcoal Grill
Not everyone has more than enough space to house the three previous charcoal grills on this list. So if you’re looking for a tabletop grill, then consider this one. It gives you 250 square inches of cooking surface, it comes with adjustable vents, and it has an extra-thick and easy-to-clean enamel grill.