A combination of a charcoal and gas grill allows to save a lot of space and money. Instead of two separate grills you get one at your disposal that has everything you need for comfortable cooking.
Charcoal and gas have plenty of pros and cons – combining them is a perfect solution for every situation. Cooking with charcoal guarantees better flavor but it takes time, whereas cooking with gas is much more comfortable and faster.
If for any reason you can’t afford buying those grills separately, a good idea is to buy a combo grill.
I have researched the market and prepared a list of the best gas charcoal combo grills to make the choice easier for you.
My suggestions are very diverse so I believe that you can choose the best option for your situation.
The 3 Best Gas Charcoal Combo Grills Reviewed
1. Best Overall - Char-Broil Gas2Coal
The smallest combo grill that offers a choice between cooking with charcoal or gas.
Sadly, you can’t cook on both at the same time because it doesn’t have two separate zones.
It might be a downside to many but I see it as an upside for those who want to have a small size as double-zone grills are very large.
At first glance, the construction of Char-Broil Gas2Coal looks like a standard gas grill but it hides completely different solutions inside.
It was mainly designed with gas cooking in mind, but they also added an option of easily adapting the grill to cooking with charcoal. For that reason I believe that it is an option for those who mostly cook with gas and occasionally with charcoal.
The grill has a lot of cooking space, 420 square inches of the main area.
On top of that, there is no shortage of working area on the side shelves, you even get a side burner at your disposal.
Those who cook on gas get all the essentials here.
Three main burners have an adequate power suitable for this size.
To cook with charcoal, you need to remove the grill grates, then place a charcoal plate in the empty space and put the grill grates back on.
The upside of such solution is the convenience because all you have to do is turn on the burners to get the charcoal burning. The downside is the distance between the tray and the grates with food being too small, which might result in high temperature.
When it comes to quick and hot grilling, the results are great, whereas the situation looks less impressive when it comes to smoking.
So if you mostly want to cook with gas and charcoal is more like a once in a while addition, it will be a great option for you.
On top of that, thanks to the smaller and simpler construction, you save a lot of money thanks to the price being lower.
2. Runner Up - Oklahoma Joe's Combo Grill
A great option if you want effective cooking with charcoal and gas at the same time.
Another upside is the construction type, which together with the firebox chamber makes it possible to very effectively smoke meat almost like with an offset smoker.
Oklahoma Joe's Combo Grill offers two separate chambers that make it possible to cook at the same time.
It is a huge upside, you don’t have to choose between charcoal and gas, and you don’t need to adjust the grill’s configuration, either.
All is ready for you to start cooking as soon as possible.
Two equal chambers offer a total of 750 square inches of the main cooking area. Each of them is adequately adapted to the power source (charcoal and gas).
The chamber intended for gas cooking has three main burners and an adequate grease drainage system that makes cleaning easier. At such area (375 square inches) three burners, despite lower output, generate enough heat.
The chamber intended for charcoal cooking has a different air flow system (complete with a chimney on top) that makes grilling and smoking possible.
First and foremost, the chamber is connected with the firebox chamber where the lower air vents are located. The heat from the lower chamber goes to the main chamber, which allows for effective smoking.
Such combination is great when you want to smoke meat with charcoal and to grill fast and simple food with gas at the same time.
Of course the choice is up to you on how you’re going to use this grill, I’m just mentioning its abilities.
There is some working area and a very large storage room under the grill.
I really like the design, it is simple and most importantly effective. I only have my doubts about durability in this type of grills.
At first glance, Dyna-Glo Dual Fuel Grill looks like two gas grills combined into one.
In practice, these are two separate chambers that offer a total of 730 square inches of the main cooking area.
Both chambers were adequately designed which results is very good efficiency.
A huge advantage is that you can cook with gas and charcoal at the same time.
The chamber intended for gas cooking was equipped with two strong burners. Their efficiency at this kind of area is sufficient, although personally I would prefer three burners (more heat zones).
The chamber for charcoal cooking looks completely different. It has air vents on top and on bottom to make temperature control easier and provide adequate air flow.
I really like the solution that allows to adjust the charcoal tray height. That way you can easily control the heat intensity during cooking.
There is no shortage of working area on the side shelves and of tool hooks.
The whole thing looks great, although I have my doubts about quality, especially for this kind of money.
The grill is certainly functional, efficient and it provides comfort of cooking, but I’m doubtful about its durability. If you cook a whole lot then it will actually be a better solution to buy separate grills that will certainly be better made than most combo grills.
What to Look for in a gas and charcoal combo grill
Budget – What you buy largely depends on your budget. The price range is huge and depends on quality, type of construction and size. Analyze your budget and define what maximum amount you can spend on a grill.
Size – Take into account the amount of free space for a new grill in your backyard and how much you are going to cook. Adjust the grill size to your needs so that you can use it to its full potential.
Features – You need interesting solutions and gadgets? They tend to be very helpful but at the same time they have a huge impact on the final price. If you have a limited budget then try to avoid multifunctional grills.
Independent cooking zones – You want to be able to cook with charcoal and gas at the same time? In such case, look for a grill that has two independently controlled zones.
Durability and Warranty – Sadly, most combo grills are not phenomenal in terms of quality. Of course a huge role is played by the price here, it is not possible to build such solid grill for small amounts of money. Still, to feel confident about your investment, look for a brand that offers a good warranty.