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Editor’s Note: Char-Griller, Char-Broil, and Weber all have a hand in dominating the best grills under $200. Our top pick? The Char-Griller 3001. It does so much right for a grill priced under $200. Need portability? Consider the Weber Q1200, or a much cheaper alternative; Coleman Road Trip Grill LXE

5 Best Hybrid Gas And Charcoal Grill Combos For 2018

Like most yin and yang’s in yin and yang symbollife, gaand charcoal grills are twcompeting brothers vying for the ultimate trophy. The best grill type in all scenarios. Die-hards cheer for charcoal grilling. They note unparalleled flavors imitation” gas grills never seem to re-create. Gas grill fans? They disagree. Convenience reigns supreme. 

Some days are lazy – we all have them. Slug out to your backyard on a cool summer morning, fire up the grill and throw on some burgers. No time wasted. Is flavor sacrificed? Of course. But what you lose in flavor you gain in tremendous convenience. Hassle & clean up? Kept to a bare minimum.

Enter the Gas & Charcoal Combo Grill. The theory? Combo grills take the best elements from gas & charcoal grills and combine them in one grill. Having both options in one grill allows for, either a lazy day or flavorful day. Reality is always a little different.

The good news? We picked the absolute 5 best gas and charcoal grills on the market. They’re the best-of-the-best. We covered every preference & price range. From our editor’s pick to our best feature-rich option – all the way down to our favorite ultra-value option. All with one goal. To help you make the best possible choice before buying your next gas & charcoal combo grill.

Our promiseBy the end of our review, you’ll know exactly which gas & charcoal grill to buy. 

Continue below for a full pros & cons breakdown of all 5 combo grills.

Editor's Pick

1. Best Overall Gas And Charcoal Hybrid Grill Combo

Oklahoma Joe's Charcoal/LP Gas/Smoker Combo

Weight: 125 lbs | BTU’s: 36,000 | Construction: Heavy-Gauge Stainless Steel | Total Cooking Area: 1,060 Sq. In.

  • Built to last
  • Easy to read instructions
  • Hot plate burner
  • May rust over time
  • 3-in-1 Gas/Charcoal/Smoker Combo
  • Heavy-Gauge Steel Construction
  • Porcelain coated cast-iron grill grates
  • 3 x  12,000 BTU Burners (36,000 BTU’s total) in Gas Grilling Chamber
  • 12,000 BTU Side Burner (accommodates charcoal chimney starter’s like this one)
  • 1,060 Sq. In. Total Cooking Area
  • 3 Professional Temperature Gauges
Verdict: Oklahoma Joe’s Charcoal/LP Gas/Smoker Combo is our top pick for the best gas and charcoal combo grill. Why? 3 in one cooking features make it one of the best and most versatile gas and charcoal grills. It is important to note that you can only use propane with this grill as it does not have a natural gas conversion option. While this may be a deal breaker for some, others may find propane grilling can be much more convenient. The side burner makes it easy to get your charcoal lit using a chimney starter. The side burner is also ideal for cooking sides or extras that may not be ideal for the grill.
 
Some users did find issues using it as a smoker as it does not seal. This can create temperature regulation issues. An easy fix, you can buy food grade RTV and gasket material to seal your grill. Caution. Grill rust may accumulate over time. The good news? Proper seasoning & the right grill cover does the trick.
  
Construction: This heavy-gauge steel beast of a grill with a potential to last 5-10 years with proper care. Its cast iron grill grates are porcelain coated to extend their life.
 
The only real con we noticed with this grill is the side burner is a bit less durable than the rest of the grill. Be sure to check out all verified critical reviews as well as positive to get a balanced overview.
 
Ideal ForThis grill is ideal for anyone looking to have an excellent durable gas/charcoal combo grill under $500. It is our favorite here at HGA  because of its versatility and the value for your money. The 1,060 sq. inches of cooking space is much more than competitor grills offer. Imagine how much you can cook at once on this very large grill. Its side burner, 3 professional temperature gauges, and overall durability of this grill make it our choice for best combo gas/charcoal grill for under $500. 
 
Accessories: A grill is not complete without its accessories. A cover is a must for anyone and we highly recommend it to ensure the life of your grill. Optional chimney starter option makes cooking with charcoal a breeze. An important thing to remember when buying accessories are that there is not a way to hold your utensils on the grill itself.

2. Best Beginner Gas And Charcoal Hybrid Grill Combo

Durable Outdoor Barbecue & Burger Gas/Charcoal Grill Combo

Weight: 90 lbs | BTU’s: 24,000 | Construction: Durable Enamel Coated Metal | Total Cooking Area: 557 Sq. In.

  • Great for beginners
  • Complete heat control
  • Durable baked enamel exterior
  • Unclear assembly instructions
  • Charcoal side is smaller than gas side
  • Features 557 sq in total cooking surface (262 sq in charcoal and 295 sq in gas)
  • 188 sq in total warming rack space (89 sq in charcoal and 99 sq in gas)
  • 3 stainless steel tube burners offering a total of 24,000 BTUs
  • 12,000 BTU stainless steel side burner with cover
  • Assembled dimensions: 64″L x 28″W x 49.75″H
Verdict: This durable outdoor gas/charcoal grill is our favorite choice for beginners. Although it is very simple to use, the simplicity of the instructions is something left to be desired. All assembly is depicted in pictures with a vague description of what you’re doing in each step. It is only certified to be used only with propane and cannot be converted to natural gas. The only con? The charcoal side is smaller than the gas side. The difference is so small that we didn’t find it a big enough con to take it off our best gas/charcoal combo grill list.
 
Adjustable height charcoal tray for complete heat control. Food too hot? Lower the charcoal height. Looking for more crisp? Raise your charcoal tray to bring your food closer to the heat. Removeable ashtray helps make clean up a breeze. Access your charcoal from the front for simple upkeep during cooking. Also equipped one a side burner and warming rack, this grill packs versatility with affordability.
  
Construction: Durably built and enamel coated to ensure longevity. The cooking grates are cast iron. As you may know, cast iron is fairly corrosive. The good news? With proper seasoning and general cleaning & maintenance, you can keep your grill looking new for many seasons.
 
Ideal ForWith 557 sq. inches of total cooking area, you can grill up to 32 burgers at once. It takes the hassle out of large backyard BBQ parties. And more than enough space for a family of 4+. Aside from the small hassle of assembly, operation of the grill itself is simple. Making it perfect for beginners or experts alike.
 
Accessories: You can’t grill without utensils. We’ve chosen a great value and a great pairing for your grill. A grill cover is recommended for extending the life of any grill. Any 70″ grill cover will protect your grill from weather. Our recommendation? Classic Accessories Hickory XXLarge grill cover with weather protection. The large size ensures that the legs of your grill are protected from the elements as well.
 

3. Best Gas And Charcoal Hybrid Grill Combo

Char-Broil Gas2Coal 3-Burner Liquid Propane and Charcoal Hybrid Grill

Weight: 110 lbs | BTU’s: 42,000 | Construction: Stainless Steel | Total Cooking Area: 520 Sq. In.

  • Cook with both gas & charcoal
  • Propane tank concealed from view
  • Converts from gas to charcoal in under 60 seconds
  • Charcoal pan is close to rack
  • Quickly and easily converts from a gas grill to charcoal grill without tools.
  • Enjoy the speed and convenience of grilling with gas. Get the signature flavors of cooking over charcoal. Do both on one grill.
  • 540 square inch total cooking area- 420 square inch primary cooking area and 120 square inch warming rack.
  • Durable stainless steel burners provide longevity and porcelain-coated cast-iron cooking grates are easy to clean.
  • 40,000-BTU’s spread across three main burners and one 12,000-BTU side burner.

Verdict: CharBroil has been making high-quality grills since 1948. It’s no wonder they are a favorite and the best mid-level gas & charcoal grill. The Gas2Coal hybrid grill is simple to use. In under 60 seconds, you can convert this grill from propane to charcoal. What’s great? You don’t even need tools. Simply lift the grates, add the charcoal tray & charcoal as instructed, and light it up! A simple push of the electronic ignitor and you have combined convenience and flavor. Essentially eliminating the need for lighter fluid.

 
On one side, you have a metal shelf for convenient placement of utensils or seasonings. On the other, an eye burner for boiling, sauteeing, or searing foods. The best part? When the burner is not in use, fold the cover down for even more surface space for prep, plates, you name it. You can fool your friends and neighbors to think you’re cooking with charcoal How? Your propane tank is concealed from view and you’re actually cooking with charcoal. You can also store your charcoal trays beneath the grill when you are not using them. The only downside? Unlike other grills, you don’t have the choice of cooking with gas and charcoal sepeartely at once.
  
Construction Constucted of almost entirely stainless stell, this grill will last for many seasons. As with all grills, proper care is needed to ensure the life of your grill. The stainless steel burners are backed by a 5-year warranty. The porcelain coated cast iron grates not only make cleaning easy. It also increases the life and decreases teh chance of rust on your cooking grates.
 
Ideal ForThis hybrid grill is ideal for anyone who loves the convenience of gas. The best part? You don’t have to sacrifice the smoky flavor of charcoal. Want to cook with gas? Remove the charcoal trays and get grilling. If you want to cook with charcoal, no problem. Put the trays back in and add your charcoal as directed, light the charcoal using the grill and continue to cook using the charcoal.  With 520 sq. inches, you can easily grill for a family of 4 or more.
 
Accessories: Your BBQ is not complete without accessories. A grill cover, and grill brush being 2 most important accessories you can have when owning a grill. See below for our recommendation for each.
 

4. Gas And Charcoal Hybrid Grill Combo With A Smoker

Trio Gas/Charcoal/Smoker Grill Combo

Weight: 168 lbs | BTU’s: 36,000 | Construction: Steel | Total Cooking Area: 1,260 Sq. In. 

  • Firebox Smoker acts as a smoker
  • Stay-cool utensil hooks
  • Large cooking area
  • Rust may accumulate over time
  • Electronic ignition w/ igniter probe 
  • Utensil hooks Stay-Cool hood handles Condiment basket Easy-dump ash pan Adjustable fire/charcoal grate on charcoal side Side firebox adaptable for use as barbecue smoker
  • Lower storage shelf Side burner doubles as charcoal starter Side firebox doubles as a 14 x 14 inch grill Towel bar 8-inch wheels for easy mobility
  • Primary cooking surface: 876 sq. inches Total cooking area: 1,260 sq. inches
  • Burger Count 54
Verdict: Char-Griller is our choice for best expert gas & charcoal grill with smoker. Why? This grill not only has a gas or charcoal option. It also has an attachable side firebox that acts as a smoker. On the firebox, there is a large drawer which allows for simple refueling and cleanup.
  
ConstructionBoth the grill and firebox are constructed of steel with a black weather resistant finish. This durable grill would stand up to weather without a grill. This doesn’t mean we don’t recommend one. It is always a good idea to have a grill cover. 
 
Ideal ForThis grill is ideal for anyone looking for an authentic Texas-style BBQ. With 1,260 sq. inches of cooking area, you can assure you have enough room to grill for your entire neighborhood. The firebox can be used as a smoker for your favorite slow-roasted meat. The possibilities are endless with this grill.
 
Accessories: As we’ve mentioned, it’s best to always have a grill cover to ensure the life of your grill. Even though the black finish is weather resistant, you may notice rust build-up over time without one. Our choice? Char-Griller has created a cover designed for this grill.
 

5. Best Gas And Charcoal Hybrid Grill Combo With Smoker

Smoke Hollow TC3718SB Gas-Charcoal-Smoker Combination Grill with Side Burner

Weight: 160 lbs | BTU’s: 40,000 | Construction: Steel | Total Cooking Area: 858 Sq. In. | Reviews: 3+ Verified Reviews

  • Can be used as a smoker
  • Stainless steel side burner
  • Adjustable charcoal basket
  • Difficult to keep clean
  • 30,000 BTU 3-burner gas grill 10,000 BTU side burner
  • Porcelain-coated cooking grids, chrome-plated warming racks
  • Adjustable charcoal basket and ash pan
  • 858 sq. In. Total cooking area
  • Front basket for condiments and tools, wire bottom shelf for additional storage
Verdict: Smoke Hollow has our favorite choice of best gas & charcoal grill with side-burner. Why? Its smaller design may have most considering a con. Others may find it more appealing if they don’t have the space for the large Char-Griller. It is only a couple hundred inches smaller than the Char-Griller so large BBQ’s are no problem. Its front basket gives you a storage option as well as the shelf on the bottom. The only con? Some users have found that it is difficult to keep this grill clean. The solution? Awareness of messes so you can clean them up as they happen. It is always easiest to clean the grill while it is still warm.
  
ConstructionThis grill is built like a tank. The steel exterior is painted black. This doesn’t offer much protection from the elements. The good news? SmokeHollow has a grill cover that is perfect for protecting your grill. A grill cover paired with proper seasoning and upkeep could make this grill last for 5-10 years. Maybe even more! Its steel grates are porcelain coated so rest-assured, your grates will last for the life of your grill.
 
Ideal ForThis is an excellent option for anyone looking for a Texas-style grill, but doesn’t have space for the Char-Griller, mentioned above. Like Char-Griller, Smokehollow has a firebox to the side that can be used as a smoker. The charcoal grill is excellent. Why? The charcoal basket raises and lowers for ultimate heat control.
 
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