7 Best Charcoal Grill – Top Picks and Reviews for 2017

Find our charcoal grill reviews, comparison charts and buying guides to help you buy the best Charcoal Grill for indoor/outdoor use. 

With a nearly infinite variation of grill masters out there, there are nearly as many types of grills available to accommodate the different priorities of each. Some cooks care most about keeping everything clean and organized while they cook, for others it’s all about the durability of their cooking tools, and still, others are only concerned about what will produce the most food for the most people.

There is no one right way to grill- there is simply the right way for you! We’ve compiled a list of the 7 Best Charcoal Grills of 2017 to help you sift through the hundreds of options and hone in on the grill that will best fit your fun summer plans.

A Brief look at the best charcoal grills for 2017

 

Charcoal GrillMaterialBest FeatureBudgetRating
Dyna-Glo DGN576SNCSteelBest Heat AdjustabilityPremium9.6/10
Weber 14402001SteelCompact DesignPremium9.4/10
Char-BroilSteelHuge Cooking SurfacePremium9/10
Kingsford GR1031-014984MetalDurabilityPremium8.6/10
Weber 741001SteelEasy to cleanBudget8.2/10
Char-Broil TRU-Infrared KettlemanMetalPortabilityBudget7.6/10
Char-Broil American Gourmet Offset SmokerSteelFirebox ChamberBudget7/10

 


1st Recommendation: Dyna-Glo DGN576SNC – Top Recommendation

And now for those who want a little more style and spice to their grilling experience. We’ve seen the portable grills, the durable option, and the grills easiest to tuck away out of sight, but what about those grills masters whose cooking has been honed to a fine science? Dyna-Glo adds just the detail and brilliance you might be looking for if this sounds more like you.

Dyna-Glo-DGN576SNC

Better heat control

Many grills have very few options as far as adjusting the heat intensity for the food being grilled, and this can have a huge affect on how the finished product will taste. If you’re the type of cook that calculates the weight, the type of food, the length of time, and the temperature down to the finest detail, then you’ll probably want to look into the Dyna-Glo Dual Zone Premium Charcoal Grill.

Convenient

This grill allows you to easily fill the coal baskets from loading doors in the front of the grill, while a turning handle nearby helps you adjust the height of the charcoal bins, and therefore they’re proximity to the food being cooked. Each side of the grill has a coal basket that is individually adjustable, allowing you to cook at two distinctly different temperatures at the same time.

Large cooking space

With 816 square feet of cooking surface, this grill also has the most space for grilling out of all the charcoal grills listed here. If you’re most concerned about the quantity and the quality of your culinary creation, the Dyna-Glo Dual Zone Premium Charcoal Grill might be the right grill for you. It’s chic stainless steel exterior only adds to its appeal.


#2 Recommendation: Weber 14402001

No matter where you are in the country, or whether you’re in the city or the countryside, you’re probably going to spot a few of these particular grills. Because let’s face it, the Weber Original Kettle Grill is a classic! The fact that Weber Grills are made right in the USA is fitting since it seems to regularly be America’s favorite everyday grill.

Not only does the Original Kettle Charcoal Grill have that familiar style with the easily removable dome-shaped lid, but it also works like a charm to get your burgers or hot dogs grilled with impeccable flavor. It also comes in a warm copper color or forest green besides the classic black option.

Weber 14402001

Easy to clean

For the minimalist, this is definitely the ideal choice. It’s simple, practical, made to last, and easy to maintain. No fancy nobs, nooks, and crannies to clean and check up on. Just empty the ash, clean the grate, and your grill is ready for the next event. The Weber’s cooking grate even has a retractable portion so you can easily access the coals beneath it when needed, and the glass-reinforced nylon handles have useful hooks on either end to hang your grilling tools.

Compact Size

Another fantastic feature is its compact size. At only 22 inches in diameter, you have plenty of space to cook for the whole family, but when the cooking’s done just clean it up and tuck it inside your garage, or under an awning, or wherever!

While the larger, more elaborate grills will take up a good amount of space in your yard or carport, this grill stealthily awaits your next barbecue out of everyone’s way. The easy “One-Touch” cleaning system allows you to simply remove the aluminum ash catcher and dispose of the ashes. Simple as that.

Portability

When working with the Weber Original Charcoal Grill you will need to find some alternative counter space however. Easily portable, you can move your grill near to any picnic table or outdoor counter area, but the grill itself doesn’t have a surface for anything but the cooking meet itself.


#3 Recommendation: Char-Broil 580 Inch – Prep Surface Favorite

Char-Broil makes this list again with their Char-Broil Charcoal Grill 580 Square Inch.

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Large cooking area

For some people, cooking isn’t about the simplicity or extravagance of options, it’s all about the counter space. While some people like the challenge of getting away with as few features and options as possible, others simply enjoy having that clean smooth surface to set out their plates, spices, utensils, and foods. For these people, the Char-Broil Charcoal Grill, 580 Square Inch is the perfect option.

Equipped with two surfaces on either side of the cooking chamber, this grill is a paradise for those who like to have plenty of space to work and keep things organized. And if dual prep surfaces weren’t enough, this model also has dual cooking surfaces, with one main grate with a cooking surface of 480 square inches, and a secondary cooking surface with 180 square inches of cooking space.

Difficult assembly

One downside of the Char-Broil Charcoal Grill 580 Square Inch is its assembly. If you purchase it unassembled, be prepared for it take at least a couple hours, and you may even want to elicit the help of a few friends or family members.


#4 Recommendation:  Kingsford GR1031-014984 – Maximum Durability

Now, let’s cut the fluff. If you’re not interested in shiny paint, nobs and dials, secret doors and fancy extras, what you’re probably looking for is a Kingsford. The Kingsford Barrel Charcoal Grill is the perfect specimen of rugged simplicity. No frills, no flash, just built for the outdoor man’s world where the only thing that matters is how many burgers you can grill at a time.

Kingsford GR1031-014984

Durable but heavy

The Kingsford Barrel Charcoal Grill almost looks like it was chopped off a steam engine, with a sturdy cylinder body and grates on the bottom and side. But it doesn’t just look sturdy- it really is. While many other grills are made with lighter weight metal for easier portability, the Kingsford is made from a heavier metal for durability and longevity.

If you want a grill that you can leave outside and won’t need to haul into your garage whenever you’re done with the grilling, this is probably the best choice. You’ll find this model is twice as heavy as most of the other models on this list, but that is simply because it is made to last for a good long time. And if you’re a no-nonsense type of grill-master, there nothing like grilling burgers on a good old hunk of metal.


#5 Recommendation: Weber 741001 – Easy Clean Preference

Weber 741001

Best features

Weber has it again with our easy-clean preference for their original black grill. This grill is very similar to the first one we mentioned, with a couple small differences. While it doesn’t have the fancy color options that the previous Weber model does, the classic black suits most people just fine.

The ash catcher isn’t enclosed like the previous model but instead sits like a large open aluminum pan to catch the ash. The side effect of this could be ashes strewn by the wind if you’re cooking on a windy day. It also may not hold as much ash as the One-Touch cleaning system ash container.

If you know that you’ll be frequently barbecuing along a windy coastline, the Weber Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill might be your best bet. If not, this model is just as useful and even simpler.

Durability

It’s effortless construction increases it’s durability, making it the ideal choice for frequent transportation. Many people love to relax and grill in their back yards, but if you’re the adventurous type that often heads to the mountain for a camping weekends, or to the park for a community barbeque, the Weber Original Kettle 22-Inch Charcoal Grill is easy to brush off and stash into your pick-up, SUV or camper.

Unlike many of the more extravagant grills, you won’t have to worry about damaging one of the many nobs, or knocking a propane tank loose. Just strap it down and you’re good to go!


6th Recommendation: Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Kettleman – Portability Winner

Another thing that Char-Broil does really well is that it adds a porcelain coat to their cooking grates. This feature adds a greater protection from elements and wear and tear, adding to the durability and quality of the cooking experience.

Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Kettleman

Compact Design

We’ve already offered a couple options for the minimalist, but what if you don’t have the large truck or the oversized SUV? Or perhaps you haven’t yet moved into that home of your dreams, and are still in that cramped apartment? In this case, you might be looking for something even more compact that you can either hide in the hallway closet or puzzle into the back of your Subaru for that weekend getaway. If this sounds a little more like your lifestyle, the Char-Broil Charcoal Grill, 580 Square Inch might be your best bet.

The crowning feature of this grill is its portable size. Standing much shorter than many of its competitors, it is much easier to stow in the back of smaller vehicles, yet still has all the features you need for your grilling needs. The removable ash pan sits securely near the bottom of the grill chamber, and the top adjustable damper makes changing the temperature clean and simple.

Warranty Provided

Another wonderful feature about the Char-Broil Charcoal Grill, 580 Square Inch is its 10-year warranty on the core parts: the firebox and lid. Even the ash-pan has a 5-year warranty. For a $95 purchase that seems like a generous move on manufacturers part.


#7 Recommendation:  Char-Broil American Gourmet Offset Smoker – Budget Model

While the Weber runs around $150, that may still a stretch for your budget. If this is the case there is another high-rated option with an even lower price tag: the Char-Broil American Gourmet Offset Smoker. Its unique combo of grill and smoker has made it a number 1 best seller on Amazon, and it continues to haul in 5-star reviews from happy customers.

Char-Broil-American-Gourmet

Large cooking surface

The Char-Broil American Gourmet Offset Smoker has 290 square inches of cooking space in its main chamber, and another 140 square inches available in the side firebox chamber. On the other side of the main cooking chamber you’ll find a small surface available for you to set a plate, or some cooking tools, or a small bouquet of wildflowers.

Firebox Chamber

The firebox chamber is arguably the best feature this model has to offer. This option allows you the space to prepare meat with an even smokier taste. It’s the perfect starter smoker for someone cooking for just a couple friends or a small family. If you plan to one day host the neighborhood barbecue, however, or selling your smoked meats to the masses, you may eventually need to upgrade. For everyday meals and small get-togethers though- you’ll find this a great touch to your arsenal of meal-prep tools.

It’s a bargain

For this price, the dual capability of both a grill and a smoker makes the Char-Broil American Gourmet Offset Smoker a great bargain. And when you’re done, the two wheels on one side makes it easy to tilt and wheel away to its storage space for later use.