Grilling Guide

5 Great Charcoal Grills to Fit Any Budget

Fall is here, which means football watch parties and backyard BBQ parties have begun. The Coronavirus has basically eliminated tailgating at the games in 2020.  However, homegating is in full swing and there’s nothing better than a burger or hotdog cooked on a charcoal grill while watching your team win. But picking out the right charcoal grill can be hard; there are thousands of options out there to sift through. While we can’t guarantee your team will end up with the victory (we’re grillers, not miracle workers), we can ensure that one of the grills will be the perfect addition to your game day ritual.

Without any further ado, let’s fire ‘em up!

The Classic Weber Original Kettle Premium.

This guy is a classic, and owning one is basically a requirement for all suburban dads. We’ve all eaten a piece of meat, at some point, that’s been grilled on one of these iconic black charcoal grills. And it’s for a good reason; the Weber Original Kettle Premium is a consistently good grill, even for the most novice chefs.

The 22-inch version holds up to 13 burgers at once and comes with a built-in lid thermometer. It’s also rust-resistant, so you can expect it to last for years to come. Its one-touch cleaning system makes clean-up easy, and it comes with a lid hook, so you don’t have to set anything on the ground.

If you don’t believe us, you can trust the over 2,000 reviewers on Amazon that have given this grill a solid five-star rating.

Char-Griller’s Smokin Champ Charcoal Grill.

This heavy-duty and sleek charcoal grill features a separate firebox, so you can grill or smoke your meat depending on what you’re going for. It has a total of 1238 square inches of cooking space, including a warming rack and room for a rotisserie chicken! This thing can cook a lot of burgers, dogs, or chicken wings at once.

Other features include a built-in heat gauge, side and lower shelves for extra storage, and cast iron cooking racks that deliver excellent flavor. It even has hooks for all of your spatulas and grill brushes. Char-Griller’s Smokin Champ Charcoal Grill is the perfect backyard grill for beginners to pros and everyone in between.

The High-tech Masterbuilt Gravity Series 560.

This Masterbuilt grill is more than just a grill; it’s a piece of technology. You can monitor and control it from your phone, letting you be the grillmaster and part of the party all at the same time. With its smart panel or your phone, you can control the cooking time and temperature. The built-in fan makes sure your meat is cooking at the right temp the whole time.

Another awesome feature of the Masterbuilt Gravity Series 560 is the gravity-fed hopper that holds up to ten pounds of charcoal at once, letting you grill for up to 15 hours without worrying about a refill. You don’t have to remove the charcoal after each use!

With options to smoke or sear or keep things warm, this grill does it all. And with 560 square inches of cook space (which, if you’re wondering, is 21 burgers, or four slabs of ribs, or 37 brats, or eight chickens), there’s room for your whole party’s meat of choice at once.

Grilla Grill’s Kong Ceramic Kamado Grill.

This grill is as beautiful as it is functional, and you’ll love showing it off during your backyard BBQs. It’s a gorgeous black ceramic with attached wooden pop-up shelves for storage. The ceramic exterior is also functional, keeping it cool to the touch to protect you and your party-goers from getting burned.

This grill also smokes, roasts, and even bakes. You can even make a pizza in it if you want to. There’s really nothing that it can’t do. Its egg-shaped design goes back thousands of years but has plenty of modern touches like a built-in temperature gauge, an adjustable vent, and smooth-rolling wheels for easy maneuvering.

With 643 square inches of cooking space, there’s plenty of space to cook for the whole crew on your Kong Ceramic Kamado Grill.

And last, our favorite, the Big Green Egg.

The Big Green Egg is a luxurious grilling icon. You can find them in backyards and BBQ festivals around the nation. It’s the Bentley, the Louis Vuitton, or the Prada of all of the grills. Its green outer ceramic surface stays cool to the touch, while the temperature control allows you to precisely cook all kinds of food and meats to perfection.

Roasting, baking, smoking, looking good on the porch… the Big Green Egg does it all. It’s arguably the best ceramic grill there is, which is why we love it so much. Not only do they deliver an exceptionally high-quality grill, but they also have impeccable customer service.

They come in five sizes to fit the smallest or largest of groups, from a small portable Egg to a huge one that can cook two Thanksgiving turkeys at once. We promise the Egg is worth the price; it’ll be the only charcoal grill you’ll need for years and years to come. And all of your friends will know the food is going to be great when they come over for your next backyard BBQ.

So, there you have it, our five favorite charcoal grills! No matter how experienced you are or what your needs are with regards to purchasing a grill, there’s one out there perfect for you. We hope you found this helpful in your hunt for the best charcoal grill and may all of your burgers be delightfully juicy and your chickens be perfectly cooked!

 

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