How do you grill your burgers PERFECTLY?
Sometimes, it ALL depends on your choice of charcoal grill.
Here's a quick list of the FOUR BEST CHARCOAL GRILLS you can score in the market right now! Our grilling team will also be answering some concerns you might have as a griller AND a buyer.
Weber's Original Kettle Premium is EASILY one of the best charcoal grills in the market right now.
The reputable brand continuously works on IMPROVING their grills so you can rest easy... the Original Kettle is definitely a premium charcoal grill in every sense of the term.
Let's first talk about the most feature that sets it apart from others:
What's GREAT about its spherical shape is how you can HEAT YOUR FOOD EVENLY. Heat is distributed properly throughout the grill.
The grill's lid vents also ensure EXCELLENT AIRFLOW AND TEMPERATURE CONTROL. This means that you can ADJUST THE HEAT by simply closing the vents to kill the fire.
The grill's hinged cooking grate also allows you to adjust OR add more coal without lifting the entire lid. ALL of these features essentially allow you to preserve your coals for the next session!
The Grill is ALSO Easy to Use!
Remember: the Weber Original Kettle comes with TWO WHEELS... it's easily movable!
Whether you're moving it into or out of storage or just choosing a perfect place to station it in your garden, you'll definitely have no problem at all.
Lastly, you have the ease of a ONE-TOUCH CLEANING SYSTEM. Simply trigger the lever and easily SWEEP THE ASH OUT from the bottom of the grill.
Assembly, transport, AND cleaning are all great assurances you're getting from its features.
So... What's the tradeoff?
The balance of your grill depends on ONE STATIONARY LEG and two moving wheels. While positive for ease of transport, setting up might be a problem if you don't have a stable surface.
You may also encounter inaccuracies in its temperature readings because of the thermometer's position. It may be a good idea to use a digital thermometer as an accessory.
The PK Grills Original Grill may be on the expensive side, but it has PREMIUM FEATURES that make up for its price... This is why it's our best value charcoal grill!
PK Grills has an amazing reputation in the industry of charcoal grills.
Despite the numerous models they have developed through the years, allow us to introduce you to its Original Charcoal Grill & Smoker.
The Original's capsule shape design has an aluminum finish which makes it a GREAT CONDUCTOR.
Couple this with its 300 square inches of cooking surface, and you DEFINITELY have what it takes for an amazing grilling party!
It has TWO UNIQUE features that we especially love:
It's GREAT that you're given a choice to run your burgers and steaks over a fire pit OR just over moderate temperatures!
Another feature that we absolutely love is how the Original Charcoal Grill & Smoker FOLDS DOWN... not only is it EASY TO STORE, but it's a PORTABLE CHARCOAL GRILL as well!
And yes, it has TWO WHEELS in parallel with its stationary legs too.
Last feature that we LOVE? It has a cast iron grill grate that gives access to the ash pans and charcoal basket underneath.
Unfortunately, the Original Grill has a heavy lid. Some tests from users also show how it sometimes does not fit perfectly on the grill itself.
With a total weight of 45 pounds, the lid contributes a great deal in comparison.
Additionally, the grill's ash pans can be difficult to clean at times. It also doesn't help that the bottom vents are hardly accessible during the cooking process.
Do NOT be mistaken... this is NOT a gas grill! The Nexgrill Cart may LOOK like one, but it actually is a charcoal grill!
It's called CART for a reason: it's easily towable, and it's rectangular, just like a cart.
This charcoal grill has a CHARCOAL TRAY that allows you to easily adjust the distance between your food and the charcoal. These cast-iron grates guarantee GREAT durability and heat retention.
It also has a RACK that can serve as your side shelf or side tables... this feature is useful for when:
Simply, THIS is the COMPACT GRILL, especially if you're on a budget.
At 572 square inches of cooking space, this is already a LOT of char griller space that comes with its compactness.
You can also easily transport this around due to its built-in wheels.
You may notice that more brands have been releasing CART-STYLE CHARCOAL AND GAS GRILLS... but don't worry because you still have the advantage in WEIGHT and PRICE. You can save on weight without the propane tank from gas grills and save on money also in comparison to most grill designs.
The Kamado Joe Classic III deserves to be on this list because of its RELIABILITY FOR SMOKING YOUR FOOD.
The Joe is STRIKING with its bright red ceramic finish. This material, coupled with its dome shape, allows for great circulation of heat and smoke.
This charcoal grill exposes your food equally for a SMOKIER flavor.
What's even BETTER is how the ceramic material makes you feel like the INSIDE IS NOT HEATING AT ALL! This creates an awesome cooking experience for heat control.
You're also guaranteed the following:
These design features further guarantee VERSATILITY. You're not LIMITED to grilling. You can also SMOKE, BAKE, AND ROAST!
It's also LARGE ENOUGH with an 18" diameter... This is enough to serve a party size of 8-10 people.
You may find this charcoal grill to be on the HEAVIER side at around 290 lbs. However, this also guarantees quality and stability!
The wheels also conveniently help in its transportation, despite being heavy.
It's also quite expensive... but at least it has some quality and premium features you would expect from its price point.
There are THREE factors that we recommend that you keep an eye out for:
Shape may not be a straightforward factor, but it actually IS important.
The shape of your grill can dictate the evenness of your food's heating AND the capacity at which you can cook!
ALWAYS prioritize models that you will only need.
Similar to size, you should once again settle on charcoal grills that will only serve your purpose.
Are you looking to grill simple dinners from time to time only? Then all you need is a BASIC MODEL.
Are you after grills that you can bring in camps or travels? Then consider A PORTABLE MODEL.
Are you into smokier flavors? Then you should consider INSULATED MODELS meant for smoking.
You can also see how to start charcoal grills for more information.
Yes. Weber charcoal grills are among the most in-demand grills in the market.
It also pays to notice that our BEST OVERALL CHARCOAL GRILL is also from Weber! You can easily find models from the brand other than our recommended Original Premium 22-Inch in our best Weber grills list.
Charcoal briquettes burn MORE CONSISTENTLY and SLOWER. These are perfect for the slow cooking of your burgers!
Lump charcoal, on the other hand, burns HOTTER and FASTER. This type is perfect for faster and smokier searing of your steaks!
These differences can be attributed to the materials they are made out of AND the process that they undergo:
Definitely choose this if you're on a budget but STILL after some quality features. The Nexgrill Cart is COMPACT, DURABLE, SPACIOUS, AND PORTABLE.
Choose this if you're willing to pay a little extra for some VALUABLE zoning spaces!
This is an awesome feature to have especially if you're grilling food that requires exposure to different temperatures throughout the process.
Choose this if you're after the BEST EXPERIENCE while alsonot straining your wallet. It has ALL of the premium features that you'll look for in a grill with itssleek design, too!
It's important to have an INTUITIVE cleaning and charcoal-control system, and Weber surely delivers everything through its Original Premium 22".
Choosing your charcoal grill may not be as easy as you might think. There are a handful of factors that you should consider!
But for the most part, it's easy to determine the PERFECT one for your specific needs.
Have you tried any of these grills? Perhaps you have other suggestions, as well? Let us know in the comments section below!
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