if you like the convenience of cooking on gas but the smoky flavor of charcoal, why choose between them? A combo grill can be a brilliant way to get the best of both worlds.
If you’re looking to invest in one, you’ve come to the right place! We’re going to investigate seven of the best gas and charcoal grill combos out there. And we’ll take a look at what you need to consider before you make your final choice.
So if you’re ready, let’s get started!
The best gas and charcoal grill combo 2020
1. Blossomz Dual Fuel Combination Charcoal and Gas Grill (Our Top Pick)
Blossomz Dual Fuel grill is the least expensive model on our list. But that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on quality.
Here you get two separate cooking areas, one for gas and one for charcoal. The gas side features three burners, providing a maximum heat output of 24,000 BTU. There’s automatic ignition on all the burners too, with a rubberized control knob to give you a better grip.
The gas side is slightly bigger than the charcoal side. You’ll get 295 square inches of cooking surface over the gas burners, with 262 square inches over the charcoal. Together, they’ll give you room to cook about 32 burgers at once. That’s plenty of space to cater to medium-sized parties.
There’s plenty of room to keep food warm after cooking too. A chrome-plated warming rack provides an extra 188 square inches of surface area. And there are two preparation shelves, one on either side of the cooking chambers.
Two domed enamel lids with smart stainless steel trim allow you to keep the heat in. That’s great if you want to cook larger joints of meat or poultry. There’s a temperature gauge on each lid too, so you can monitor the heat for perfect results.
The cooking grids are made of cast iron, so they retain heat brilliantly and are very durable. On the charcoal side, you’ll be able to adjust the height of the charcoal tray. The ash tray can be removed for easier cleaning.
Underneath, there’s a handy shelf to sit your propane tank. There are even tool holders and a bottle opener built in.
The whole thing weighs in at 90 pounds. There are two wheels at the bottom to help move it around your patio. They’re only plastic, though. If you want to move your grill over rougher surfaces like gravel, you may want to upgrade them.
It’s also worth investing in a 70-inch grill cover to keep your equipment in good condition.
This is a powerful grill at a very competitive price, but it does take a fair bit of assembly. There are 27 separate steps to get it set up, and the parts don’t come labeled. As a result, the whole process can take several hours. Be prepared to give up an afternoon to the task before you can use your grill.
- Automatic ignition and 24,000 BTU on the gas side
- Adjustable height charcoal tray
- Built in temperature gauges, tool holders and bottle opener
- The wheels aren’t particularly heavy duty
- Assembly is a bit of a pain – be prepared for it to take several hours.
2. Royal Gourmet ZH3002-S 3-Burner Gas Charcoal Grill Combo
The Royal Gourmet ZH3002-S is a step up in price from the Blossomz grill, but it’s still pretty inexpensive. So what do you get for your money?
Well, this one is finished in smart stainless steel with a black trim. It will look great on your patio. (Royal Gourmet also makes the same model in black. You’ll save about 15 percent on the price if you choose that one.)
It’s about the same size as the Blossomz grill, with a total cooking surface of 576 square inches. A separate stainless steel warming rack provides an extra 164 square inches of room. Useful shelves on either side of the cooking chambers offer a space for food preparation and serving.
There are three burners on the gas side, offering a total heat output of 27,000 BTU. Each burner can be adjusted independently. The height of the charcoal pan can be adjusted too, allowing you to vary the cooking temperature.
There are plenty of features to make this grill easy to use. The two casters and two wheels allow it to be moved into position easily. Air vents at the front and lid-mounted dampers help you keep control of the heat and circulate air.
There’s an oil tray and collection cup to make cleaning quicker and easier. And a full-sized ash tray sits beneath the charcoal chamber. After cooking, simply leave the ashes to cool, then tip it out.
A cabinet beneath the grills provides storage space and room for the gas canister. Note, though, that the largest it will accommodate is a 20-pound tank.
A series of knobs extend out of the sides of the shelves. Buy some S-hooks, and you’ll be able to use them to hang up your grilling tools.
You will need to have plenty of time and patience, though, to cope with assembly. The instructions aren’t particularly clear, and you can expect the job to take several hours.
It’s also a good idea to check before you start that all the parts are in good order. We’ve heard of a number of cases where components have arrived damaged. If you’ve already put in hours of work on assembly, that’s going to be pretty frustrating.
- Gas side has a maximum heat output of 27,000 BTU
- Oil tray and collection cup minimizes flare ups and aids cleaning
- Useful cabinet provides extra storage beneath the grills
- Assembly is a long-winded process
- Check for damaged parts before you start putting it together.
3. Pit Boss Memphis Ultimate 4-in-1 LP Gas and Charcoal Smoker
The Memphis from Pit Boss is almost three times the price of the Blossomz grill. in fact, It’s the most expensive model we’ve looked at. But you do get a lot more cooking space for your money. And there’s an integrated smoker too.
The grill cooking area covers 1,327 square inches, enough to cater for larger gatherings with ease. With this one, you’ll also get a 1,500-watt electric smoker, with a capacity of 840 square inches. That comes with a wood pan that’s accessed through the front for added convenience.
The gas side features three burners. Together, they’re capable of producing a maximum heat output of 36,000 BTU. The charcoal side has an adjustable charcoal grate and air dampers.
The smoker sits underneath the grilling chambers. It features adjustable vents that can be used to admit the smoke into them, adding extra flavor to your food. The firebox is a bit on the small side. It is, though, easily accessible, so you can replenish it if necessary during smoking.
Less accessible is the pan for the water. You won’t be able to replenish that without opening the door of the smoker and letting out the heat.
The grilling surface is made of cast iron, so it’s tough and stays hot for longer. It’s coated in porcelain, making it easier to clean. Each side is covered by a hinged lid with plenty of room for larger cuts of meat. You could even fit in a whole turkey.
The lids have a temperature gauge to allow you to keep an eye on the heat levels inside. A handy shelf on either side of the cooking areas provide extra space for food preparation.
This is another grill that takes a lot of time to assemble. Read the instructions carefully and be prepared to spend a few hours on the job.
The build quality here is mostly very good, but the smoker isn’t quite the same standard as the rest. It takes a fair bit of persistence to get the parts correctly aligned. And we’ve heard of one case where the door refused to stay shut after a few months of use.
All in all, though, you get a lot of features and plenty of power for your money with this one.
- 1,327 square inches of grilling space – plenty of room to cater to larger gatherings
- Maximum heat output of 36,000 BTU on the gas side
- Includes an integrated smoker
- Be prepared to spend several hours on assembly
- The build quality of the smoker isn’t up to the standards of the rest of the grill.
4. Char-Griller 5030 Gas & Charcoal Grill Dual Function
The 5030 from Char-Griller is another keenly priced dual fuel grill. This one has a distinctive industrial look, finished in solid black steel. It measures 54 inches long, 26 inches wide and stands 47 inches tall.
There’s one chamber for cooking with charcoal, and another for propane. Note that this isn’t suitable for use with natural gas. Altogether, you’ll have a decent 606 square inches of cooking surface, plus an extra 264 square inches provided by the warming racks.
The gas side is slightly smaller and has two burners which can be operated independently. Each has push-button automatic ignition. When they’re turned up to their maximum setting, the heat output is a total of 24,000 BTU.
Both chambers are constructed from triple gauge steel, so they’re very solid. The thicker walls also provide great insulation. We’d recommend buying a cover, though. The powder coating may start to peel away if left exposed to the elements for too long.
There’s a temperature gauge on each lid, so you can monitor the heat on both the charcoal and gas sides. There’s only one side shelf for food preparation with this one, though. The good news is that S-hooks are already installed at the end for hanging up your tools.
The other side has a handle to help you maneuver the grill to your preferred location. There are only two wheels at the bottom, so you need to tip and pull it like a trolley.
The wheels aren’t very robust though. If you’re going to move your grill bigger distances or over rough surfaces, you may want to upgrade them.
The charcoal cooking chamber has an ash pan so you can clean it out easily when you’ve finished. There are two smoke stacks above to funnel away the smoke.
You will need to assemble the grill, but the experience is less challenging than with some other models. Expect it to take at least an hour.
- Solidly built from triple gauge steel
- Includes temperature gauges for both cooking chambers and hanging hooks for tools
- Removable ash pan for easier cleaning
- The wheels aren’t very robust
- The exterior coating can degrade over time – buy a cover to prolong its life.
5. Oklahoma Joe’s Charcoal Gas Smoker Combo
Oklahoma Joe’s grill includes a smoker for extra versatility. And it offers good value for money.
Here, the firebox is set to one side. That allows you to stoke up the flames without losing heat from the charcoal cooking chamber. Alternatively, you can use the firebox and charcoal chambers independently.
There’s also a gas cooking chamber with three burners generating a total of 36,000 BTU. And if all that wasn’t enough, there’s a 12,000 BTU side burner, perfect for serving up breakfast on the griddle.
All this gives you bags of flexibility. Slow roast a brisket whilst using the side burner to whip up breakfast. Then grill some veggies on the gas grill. You’ll be able to keep cooking multiple dishes without disturbing your slow roasted masterpiece.
Note that for gas grilling you’ll need to use propane. This can’t be converted for natural gas.
You get bags of cooking space here. The firebox includes a 310-square-inch cooking surface. There’s another 750 square inches of cooking surface in the primary chambers. Plus there’s a griddle over the side burner.
The design makes this a large grill – it measures 74 inches wide, 31 ½ inches deep and 50 ½ inches tall.
There are no extra shelves at the height of the cooking chambers, so you’ll need a separate table for preparation. And there are no hooks to hold tools. There is, though, a shelf underneath with space for your gas cylinder and cooking tools.
A series of vents and dampers across the firebox and smoking chamber help adjust the heat and air circulation. Both primary cooking chambers have temperature gauges, allowing you to check the heat without opening the lids.
If you want precision monitoring though, it would be worth buying a wireless thermometer. The gauges on the lids aren’t the most accurate.
And we’d recommend investing in a cover to keep this in good condition. It will be money well spent to give your grill a longer life.
- Two primary cooking chambers, an offset firebox and side burner for maximum flexibility
- Total cooking surface of more than 1,000 square inches
- Gas cooking chamber generates a maximum heat output of 36,000 BTU
- This is big, and there’s no built-in space for food preparation
- The temperature gauges on the cooking chamber lids aren’t very precise.
6. Char-Broil Propane and Charcoal Hybrid Grill
Char-Broil’s Hybrid grill is an innovative design that allows you to use gas or charcoal in the same cooking chamber.
Converting from gas to charcoal takes less than a minute. Simply remove the cooking grates and insert the charcoal tray in the bottom of the chamber. (The tray has its own storage space beneath the grill, so it’s always on hand.)
Fill the tray with charcoal and replace the grates. Now use the push-button ignition to light the gas burners. These will in turn light the charcoal.
Lower the lid and let the charcoal heat up for 10 to 15 minutes with the gas burners still on. Then raise the lid and turn off the burners. Wait for another 5 minutes for the coals to turn white, then you’re ready to cook. It’s all very easy to do.
The clever design means the grill is just 52 ½ inches wide. It’s a great choice for anyone looking for something that won’t take up a lot of space.
It does, however, mean you’ll need to choose between cooking with gas and with charcoal each time you use it. There’s only one cooking chamber, so you can’t use both at once. There is, though, a 12,000 BTU gas side-burner too.
And note that you won’t be able to change the level of the grate, which sits close to the coals. You’ll find that means everything has to be cooked at a high temperature when using charcoal.
The main gas cooking chamber has three burners and a total maximum heat output of 40,000 BTU. A gauge on the lid allows you to monitor the temperature inside.
There’s a handy shelf for food preparation on one side. The side burner also has a lid, so you can use that for extra preparation space when not in use.
This comes with a 5-year warranty on the burners. There’s also a 2-year warranty on the lid and firebox, and a year on all other parts.
- Compact design, perfect for locations where space is at a premium
- Converts from gas to charcoal grilling in less than a minute
- Extra 12,000 BTU gas side burner
- Just one primary cooking chamber – so you’ll have to choose between gas and charcoal
- The coals sit very close to the grate, so you won’t be able to cook anything slowly when using it as a charcoal grill.
7. Char-Griller 5050 Duo Gas and Charcoal Grill
The 5050 is the second grill from Char-Griller to make our list. It’s both bigger and more expensive than the 5030. If you’re looking for a generous cooking surface and lots of versatility, it’s well worth considering.
From left to right you get a 12,000 BTU gas side burner, a gas cooking chamber, then a charcoal chamber.
The main gas cooking area offers an impressive maximum heat output of 40,800 BTU from its three burners. There’s electronic ignition to get it lit quickly and easily.
The charcoal tray can be raised and lowered to vary the cooking temperature. And there’s a grate lifter to make it easier to add more coals if required.
Each main chamber has a lid with a temperature gauge to monitor the heat.
The grill measures 60 inches wide by 25 inches deep and 50 inches high, so it’s pretty big. It provides an impressive total cooking area of 1,260 square inches, including the two warming racks.
The charcoal side is the larger of the two primary cooking chambers, with a cooking surface of 580 square inches. The gas side offers another 438 square inches. If you need a grill to keep a larger party fed, this is a great option.
The cast iron grates are excellent at retaining heat, and they’re coated in porcelain to make them easier to clean.
Make sure you buy a cover to keep your grill in good condition. The drip pans will otherwise fill with water when it rains.
One thing to note with this one is that there are only two wheels on what is a large and heavy grill. If you need to move it any distance on a regular basis, it may not be the best option.
- Large total cooking surface of 1,260 square inches
- Powerful gas grill with maximum heat output of 40,800 BTU
- Variable height tray for adjusting the temperature when grilling with charcoal
- Not very easy to move around
- Make sure you buy a cover or the drip pans will fill up with water when it rains.
If you need a little help narrowing down your search for the perfect combo grill, read on! Here are some questions to think about before you go shopping.
What functions do you need?
The first thing to consider is what you need your grill to do. Generally speaking, the more different cooking areas you need, the larger and more expensive the grill will be.
All the grills on our list give you the option of cooking with gas or charcoal. And all but the Char-Broil Hybrid will let you use cook with both fuels at the same time.
But do you need anything extra? Some grills offer an extra side burner. That can be a good option for heating up sauces or side dishes. But if you don’t need that, you may prefer the space to be used for a food preparation shelf.
And with the grill from Oklahoma Joe’s, you’ll also get an offset firebox. That’s great if you want to slow-roast brisket or other meats. But it does add extra weight and bulk to the grill.
How big a cooking surface will work for you?
Next, consider how much space you need to cook on. Make sure you’re clear about what your grill’s specified dimensions refer to. “Total” cooking space is a term that often includes extra space provided by warming racks.
Check too how much room is provided on both the gas and charcoal sides of the grill. In some cases, like the Blossomz grill, the gas side is larger. In others – the Char-Griller 5050, for example – it’s the other way around.
You may want to compromise on cooking space in order for your grill to fit comfortably on your patio or deck. If so, look for options with plenty of power, so you can cook a new batch of food quickly. The higher the figure in BTU, the more powerful the gas side of the grill will be.
Will your grill fit comfortably in your outside space?
Last but not least, check the dimensions of the grill itself. Will it fit comfortably where you plan to use it? And is there somewhere you can store it when you’ve finished cooking?
If you plan to keep your grill in a shed or outhouse, make sure it will fit! And if you’ll need to move it around, make sure the wheels are robust enough to carry its weight.
One option to avoid moving your grill at all is to invest in a good, weatherproof cover. By keeping your grill away from the elements, a cover can prolong its life considerably.
Ready to go shopping?
We hope you’ve enjoyed our list of seven of the best combo grills out there! With so many different options on the market, there’s sure to be one that will meet your needs perfectly.
Our top pick is the Blossomz Dual Fuel grill. It offers excellent value for money, with a decent gas burner, adjustable charcoal tray and some neat extras. Just make sure you give yourself plenty of time to assemble it.
Whichever model is right for you, we hope you enjoy great barbecues all through the summer. Happy grilling!