These same chefs have their favorite fuels source and tools for the trade but they also know that sometimes getting great tasting food requires having to use something other than their favorites. This is especially true when it comes to the choice of gas or charcoal. Of course, one does not have to be a professional grilling chef to understand the versatility in having a grill that uses both charcoal and propane.
Getting It Grilled Right
No matter the recipe used, or technique, all backyard grilling has one thing in common, the grill. Great grills have three elements, heat production, heat retention and heat distribution. A grill that does all three well gets the best results time and time again. When it comes to combination grills or combo fuel grills, these three things are still important, there is just more to deal with.
Both charcoal and propane have advantages and disadvantages and a combo grills allows the backyard chef the versatility to capitalize on the advantages and reduce the disadvantages. When a combo grill is coupled with a focus on the three critical elements of heat, the results are superb outdoor grilled food.
The grills listed here combine these three essential elements, heat production, retention and distribution and apply it to the versatility of using either charcoal or propane. Opening up a wide variety of choices that can be used with any recipe, technique or food. The only real problem with owning a combo grills is the neighbors will want one. Here are five well built, high quality grills that use both charcoal and propane, for consideration.
Top Charcoal/Gas Grill Combo
This grill – Char-Broil Model #463714514 Combo Grill offers over 500 square inches of cooking space with both sides combined. The propane side has three burners for over 35,000 BTU of heat and the side/sear burner has an additional 12,000 BTU. On the charcoal side, heat management is accomplished by a external, cranked, fire grate.
Both lids have a built in temperature gauge for heat monitoring and both sides also use porcelain coated, cast iron grates for great heat distribution. This is an well built, and affordable backyard grill for any home.
Best Portable Outdoor Gas and Charcoal Grill
Built with lockable casters for easy mobility, this dual fuel Backyard Pro Combo Grill has 388 square inches of cooking space on both sides. Propane side has three burners with over 30,000 BTU of heat and the side/sear producing over 10,000 BTU of heat. All burners are independently controlled and they are push button ignited for easy.
In addition to the charcoal side, this grill also has a offset smoker with additional cooking space. This means this grill can smoke or grill using two fuels. A great grill for any size home or event.
Best Gas/Charcoal/Smoker Grill Combo
The Smoke Hollow Model #3500 Combo Grill also has a offset smoker like the Backyard Pro but has extra features as well. The propane side has three burners for over 30,000 BTU of heat and an additional 10,000 with the side/sear. All independently controlled and push button ignited as well. The charcoal side has a front access door for controlling the heat and it has an adjustable fire grate.
The offset smoker is charcoal side for easy use and the charcoal side also has a topped chimney for even more heat control. On lockable casters for mobility and a grated lower deck make this an easy to use, easy to clean combo grill that is great for the outdoor chef.
Best Dual Fuel Grill to Buy
This dual fuel grill is well built with stainless steel, double walled lids for superb heat management. The propane side of the Dyna-Glo Model #DGB730SNB-D Dual Fuel Grill has two commercial grade burners and the side/sear burner is also commercial grade for a total BTU of over 30,000.
The charcoal side has a front fire door and an adjustable fire grate with the charcoal lid having dual vents for even more precise heat control and management. Coupled with the dual temperature gauges, this grill is excellent at controlling the heat for the best results.
Best Gas and Charcoal Grill for the Money
The Fire Magic Aurora Model #A830s Multi Fuel Grill is a top class, premium grilling station in all stainless steel. The dual burners use a unique design to provide more heat distribution than many other grills with more burners. This specific grill uses natural gas but can be converted to propane.
The charcoal side has adjustable grates for charcoal heat management and it has a dedicated burner for lighting charcoal or wood chips. This grills is a wonder to behold in both looks and results. This is a near professional level grilling station for any home.
Importantly for the safety of the operator and the longevity of the grill, it is imperative that the operator read and follow the manufacturer’s recommended cleaning guidelines.
As with any grill, do not operate on an uneven surface as tipping can result and never allow flammable material within five feet of a hot or cooling grills. To protect the grill, it is recommended that a grill cover be used to protect the grill from the elements.