Best Charcoal  Grills Reviews

(Updated for 2020)

Top 5 Picks List

WEBER 14401001 CHARCOAL GRILL

This latest model of Weber’s iconic grill features a 22-inch diameter porcelain-enameled bowl with a cooking area of 363 square inches.

BENEFITS

DRAWBACKS

✓ 22-inch grate provides enough space for 12 decent sized steaks or cook upto 18 hamburger patties

✓ Circular design provides better temperature control

✓ Extra vents on bottom of grill act like a smoker

☓ Steep learning curve

☓ One issue is with the  design, specifically the legs. Three legs take up less space, but can become unstable especially when moving

DYNA-GLO CHARCOAL GRILL

Constructed using cold-rolled steel, this charcoal grill from Dyna-Glo is one the heaviest we looked at, despite the compact label.

BENEFITS

DRAWBACKS

✓ 381 square inch cooking area, similar to Weber, and offers a warming shelf for almost the same price

✓ Sturdy design allows you to adjust coal box for different temperatures

✓ Porcelain-enameled grates of cast iron

☓ Not as well designed as Weber grills. Less durable and cheaper materials used

☓ Material very heavy with over 60 pounds makes it hard to move around

ROYAL GOURMET CHARCOAL GRILL

This latest model from Royal Gourmet features a large capacity grill with a built-in offset smoker for a similar price to other grills of the same size.

BENEFITS

DRAWBACKS

✓ Doubles up as a great freestanding charcoal grill

✓ High grade steel and heat-resistant paint prevents firebox flaking

☓ Older models had paint chipping and flaking problems. Ensure you are getting the newer CC1830F version to avoid that

☓ Lid doesn't shut properly sometimes, but there is a one year warranty if you have that issue

✓ Porcelain wire cooking grates lock in more juices to keep meat tender

✓ Adjustable vents

BEAU JARDIN PORTABLE CHARCOAL GRILL

This ultra-portable charcoal grill from Beau Jardin utilises the same kettle design favoured by Weber, but at a third of the weight.

BENEFITS

DRAWBACKS

✓ Durable wheels and handles, easy to pack and transport

☓ Construction nowhere near as solid as Weber

✓ Better heat retention with thick grilling bowl and porcelain-coated steel

✓ All parts are detatchable making it easier to clean

☓ Parts made of cheaper aluminum. This is more of an occasional portable use grill

☓ Lack of heat-resistant handles

UTEN FOLDING PORTABLE GRILL

This basic grill offers an impressive 373 square inches of cooking space which you will struggle to find on any other charcoal grill under $100.

BENEFITS

DRAWBACKS

✓ Very simple grill great for cooking hot dogs and burgers

☓ Doesn't have the same hood found on more expensive grills so can't be used for indrect cooking too much

✓ Easy to throw in trunk of your car and light enough to strap on your back

✓ Air vents on either side of charcoal box so airflow can be controlled

☓ No thermometer or built-in cleaning system