The main contention in the debate is which one gets the better and tastier results. Some home chefs are traditionalists and prefer charcoal and others enjoy the convenience of gas. Manufacturers looked at the overall debate and determined that there are situations where charcoal is better and times where gas is better. As a result, they created the combo grill. It is essentially a grill that combines the best of both worlds by having a section for charcoal grilling and one for gas grilling.
Why There Is Even A Debate
The debate centers around the concept that the purity of the heat source in a grill has a direct effect on the taste and quality of the food being grilled. To a certain extent this is certainly true. Some of the chemicals used in charcoal to make it light faster can in fact be found on the food. Laboratory tests have shown that these chemicals can be deposited in significant amounts.
However, this can be mitigated by using a natural or lump charcoal. Gas grilling of course does not deposit any chemicals on the food and it is easier to get to the desired temperature. However, there is no imparting flavor from the charcoal to the food.
What all this really means for the average home chef is that it is up to their individual preference. For those that do not want to choose which type or want the option for both, there is the combo grill that combines both the easy and versatility of gas with the flavor enhancing aspects of charcoal. Here are five combination grills that has both gas and charcoal options.
Best Combo Gas-and-Charcoal Grill
The Char-Griller Model #5050 Duo Charcoal/Gas Grill offers 1260 square inches of grilling space. The gas side uses three burners with a combined BTU output of 40,800 and a side burner with an output of over 12,000 BTU. It has independent burner control and electric ignition for easy starting. It also has two temperature gauges for both the gas side and charcoal side. In addition, it has cast iron grates and a easy to remove ash pan.
This is an excellent outdoor grill and the users love the versatility and the reliability of the grill. Again, perfect for the home chef, who wants a wider options of cooking choices.
Best Charcoal Grill and Gas Grill to Buy
The Char-Broil Combination Grill has three burners with a combined output of 36,000 BTU and a side burner with a BTU output over 12,000. Each of the burners are independently controlled and has electric ignition. It has cast iron grates and a porcelain coated swing away. It also has a solid lower shelf and two doors to provide protected storage.
The charcoal side has an crankable grate and an easy to clean ash pan. This is a perfect grill for the home chef. Users love the robust nature of the grill and the easy to get started gas section.
Best Dual Fuel Grill with Side Burner
Dyna-Glo is a brand of GHP Group, a company that specializes in electric fireplaces. Dyna-Glo is their premium grill line. The Dyna-Glo Model #DGJ810CSB-D Combo Grill has over 1300 square inches of cooking space or enough room for 45 hamburger patties. It has a combined burner BTU in the main burners, of over 48,000 and the side burner has an output of over 12,000. Best of all, each burner is commercial grade to precision use.
The charcoal side has an adjustable grate for heat control. Users love the easy to use combo grill and remark about the quality of the grill itself and the components. It can also be converted to Natural Gas, a plus many users like.
Best Dual Fuel Grill to Buy
This combo grill – Dyna-Glo Model #DGB730SNB-D Dual Fuel Grill uses two commercial grade burners and has a side burner with the same individual output. The combined output of the two main burners is 26,000 BTU. This is the more compact model of the 810 above. It has dual cabinet doors and a solid lower shelf for easy accessory storage. It also has a cast iron grate and has electric ignition.
While being smaller than the 810 above, it is manufactured to the same premium quality. Users love the fast and easy setup and the quick ability to get the food going.
Best Gas and Charcoal Grill Combo on the Market
This is almost considered a grilling station, and it certainly is large enough to be considered an outdoor cooking station. The Aurora Model #A830s1L1N61CB Combo Grill is the home chef’s dream grill. It has multiple burners, including a charcoal ignition burner that will assist in starting the charcoal. Each burner is independently controlled and this unit uses stainless steel burners for easy ignition and clean up. In addition it uses electric ignition and runs on charcoal and natural gas. (Can be converted to propane.)
The charcoal side has a crankable grate and easy to remove and clean ash pan. The grates are high grade stainless steel and super easy to clean. Each of the knobs are backlit for safety and easy to use at night or dusk. Users love the look and versatility of this grill and the fact it is essentially a cooking station with plenty of space, thanks to the large lower shelf and three cabinets. For those looking for a high quality, premium grilling station and who love to grill a great deal, this is the perfect grilling unit.
As with all heat source appliances, be sure to read and follow the safety instructions and maintain all flammable materials a good distance away. Since these combo grills also use gas, make sure that all conditions are correct and that all connections are tight and safe.