People's love affair with backyard grilling never ends, which is evident from the wide range of grills and smokers that flood the market every day. Here, we've chosen the best gas charcoal combo grills to review.
Why do you need a gas charcoal combo grill? You have the best of both worlds. Convenience of gas and the flavor of charcoal when you want. And, the hybrid of gas and charcoal provides powerfully integrated ignition to light up charcoal easily and quickly without lighter fluids.
The first in the list is the Char-Griller 5050 Duo, which has features like robust steel construction for durability.
Manufactured by Char-Griller, this gas/charcoal duo has gas and charcoal grills mounted on a single frame.
The grill comes with 3-burners that easily reach up to 500 degrees on the gas side.
The total cooking space is 1,260 sq. in., out of which primary gas cooking space is 438 sq/in and the charcoal primary cooking area is 580 sq/in. Both the gas and charcoal sides feature warming racks.
Other key features are porcelain-coated cast iron grates that retain heat and are easy to clean-up.
There is a stainless steel heat gauge for built-in temperature control and an easy to use ash pan. The grill also has plenty of storage. It is easy to move around the patio or backyard due to it having wheels.
On top of all that, the grill is easy to start the gas burners or side burners with just a push of the electronic ignition.
The double bottom construction insulates and increases efficiency during charcoal grilling.
Robust and heavy-duty built
Easy to assemble with detailed instruction
Grill heats up well, particularly the gas side
Temperature control makes cooking easier
Value for the money
There can be issues when using the charcoal side as a smoker because of leaks
Tends to rust easily
Porcelain grates don't last long
The Char-Broil Charcoal/Propane Hybrid Gas Grill offers users the best features of both types of grilling.
The 3-burner gas grill heats up fast for cooking daily meals and a traditional charcoal grill brings in delicious flavor for special recipes.
The grill has 465 sq/in of primary cooking area that provides more than enough space for cooking all kinds of foods.
When it comes to heating up, the 3 tube burners generate 30,000 BTU’s of heat for excellent cooking. On top of it, the flush-mounted side burner generates 12,000 BTU’s of heat.
Other features are cast iron cooking grates coated with porcelain, convenient charcoal store, and easy discard of the ashes.
Charcoal is easy to ignite without lighter fluid.
To get additional flavor when cooking, you can add wood chips to the charcoal side for that smoky and tasty flavor in your food.
Cooks well on both gas and charcoal
Advantage of quick grilling through gas and getting the unique flavor of charcoal
Foods taste delicious
Assembling is fairly easy
Several components tend to get rusty
Lack of heating may often slow cooking
Last, but not least of the combo grills, is the Char-Broil Gas2Coal 3-Burner Gas and Charcoal Grill.
The grill has 540 sq/in of total cooking surface and 40,000-BTU main burners, plus turns into a charcoal grill under 60 seconds.
This combo grill has a 12,000-BTU side burner with lid, porcelain-coated cast iron grates, and stainless steel burners.
In fact, the stainless steel tube burners work in conjunction with the radiant surface to cook foods perfectly.
The Char-Broil combo grill aims to provide the experience of both a gas and charcoal grill in a reasonable price range.
This product is comparatively larger than the earlier versions of its 2-in-1 Hybrid Grill and comes with an improved charcoal tray that makes the airflow around the coals more effective through air intake vents.
Other notable features include its propane tank storage, electronic ignition system, large metal side shelves for prep space, and the lid-mounted temperature gauge that monitors the grill’s temperature and makes keeping track of pre-heating easier.
Char-Broil also offers the following warranties:
The grill heats up in the range of 470F to 790F at the middle of the cooking surface.
Enough cooking space
Heats up fast
No flare-up issues and keeps moisture in foods
The function of both propane and charcoal are seamless
Assembling parts can take longer than usual
No height adjustment feature is available to control the temperature
No opening through the front panel to access propane tank
There are many features and accessories to accompany your new gas/charcoal grill, so here are a few things to consider when looking for the best grill for your needs.
Familiar with BTUs? With gas grills, you’ll see BTUs (or “BTu”, or “BTu/hour”) listed. BTU stands for ‘British Thermal Unit’. It’s the amount of heat needed to raise the temperature of 1 pound of water 1 degree Fahrenheit. (Wikipedia)
A gas grill with 30,000 BTUs puts out more heat than a 20,000 BTU grill, which allows it to heat up faster and sear better, but will also use more gas if maxed out.
If you plan to grill mainly veggies or burgers/hot dogs, you don’t need a high BTU. If you plan to use your grill regularly and want to sear steak easily, you may want higher BTUs.
Helpful note: Be sure to calculate the total BTUs. BTUs may be listed as total or per burner. A 3-burner gas grill with 15,000 BTUs per burner (45,000 BTUs total) puts out more heat than a 4-burner at 10,000 BTUs per burner (40,000 BTUs total).
If heat is not distributed properly across the grill, the food will cook unevenly or not finish cooking at the same time.
Each grill is different. With trial and error, you can learn your grill and adjust the heat accordingly, but more evenly distribution of heat will make grilling easier from the start.
Grills can come with a number of different amenities. The more amenities added, the more the cost. Some amenities to these gas grills are:
Some of these are included and some are not, so if one of these is a must for you, that will narrow down your selection.
Cooking surface area can be a big deciding factor. The largest of these grills is the Char-Griller 5050 Duo with a total of 1,260 sq/in (438 sq/in gas, 580 sq/in charcoal, and 242 sq/in of warming rack). The smallest is the Char-Broil Hybrid with a total of 465 sq/in (340 sq/in cooking and 125 sq/in of warming rack).
You'll need to know how much space you'll need for each type of cooking. The Char-Griller is 2 separate grilling sections, as the other 2 are hybrid grills.
If you will be grilling for 5+ people regularly, you may want to go for a larger grill. If occasional grilling, you could go with a smaller grill and just grill in batches, when needed.
Gas charcoal combo grills have given the steak lovers a new way of cooking by bringing together the best of both grills. The three grills above give you some great options if you want both grill types at a reasonable price and in one place, as opposed to 2 separate grills.
When buying, keep in mind the key features of an ideal grill - even heat, no flare-ups, and ability to retain moisture in foods - as well as your particular needs and the right size grill to fit your space.
The choice here is up to you.
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