If you grew up with a charcoal grill in your backyard, you are probably profoundly loyal to that type of cooking. Why cook over a propane-fueled flame when you can get the enviable char of cooking over charcoal?
Whether you've never bought a grill before or you just need to replace an old, rusty one, here are our picks for some of the best charcoal grills on the market — ranging from just $20 and topping out at $849.
- Kingsford 14-Inch Charcoal Grill, $20 at Target: If you're headed on a trip or planning a tiny tailgate and want to bring a small, portable grill, this is a good option to get you started.
- Weber 14-Inch Smokey Joe Portable Grill, $30: The Smokey Joe is basically the same as the portable option above. Is the Weber name worth an extra $10? We think so. It's the best in the charcoal game, even if you're going super budget.
- Vacances Portable Barbeque, $69 at Urban Outfitters: You're paying for the cuteness here (who doesn't want a small yellow or turquoise grill?), but it will cook up food during a picnic or beach trip just fine.
- Char-Griller 1515 Patio Pro Charcoal Grill, $66: This barrel-shaped grill works a lot like the Weber Kettle (see number 5), but it's at a much lower price point, making it a good value for casual or beginner grillers.
- Weber Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill, $149: The classic Weber kettle dominates the industry and wins our vote for the best grill on this list.
- Char-Broil Gas2Coal 3-Burner Gas and Charcoal Grill, $330: If you think you might want to dabble in propane grilling as well as charcoal, this option will allow you to do both.
- Weber Performer Deluxe Charcoal Grill, $399: This guy looks just like the Original Kettle attached to a cart, but it has one special bonus feature: a gas ignition system, which lights the coals and removes the hardest step of cooking with charcoal.
- Large Big Green Egg, $849: This wacky-looking grill (technically a Kamado-style grill) can be used like a kettle grill — and it can smoke, roast, or bake food just like a regular oven. The Big Green Egg comes in several sizes, but we like the large the best; it can hold up to a 20-pound turkey, 12 burgers, eight steaks, or seven racks of ribs.