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Frequently Asked Grill Questions

There's nothing better than sipping some drinks with friends and throwing some meat on the grill on a warm summer night. But to make this magic happen, you need to know how to shop for the right grill. From charcoal grills to propane grills, let's take a look at the types of grills to see which is best for your cookout.

What Type of Grill is Best?

It all depends on what you're doing with your grill— cooking up massive piles of meat for a huge party? A gas grill, propane grill, or electric grill offers fast heat so you can start cooking immediately. On the other hand, are you a meat connoisseur that prefers flavor over all else? You'd probably like a charcoal grill, as it imbues your food with delicious, smoky flavors. That said, to truly get a hardwood flavor, you'll need pellet grills or a smoker grill, which use small pieces of wood as fuel.

Cooking more than just meat? A pizza oven is a fun way to take your classic pie from cheese and dough to five-star cuisine. There are also flat-top grills for sautéing veggies and toasting buns.

Need more help deciding? Check out our extensive grill buying guide that goes more in-depth on each type of grill.

Are Combo Grills Worth It?

If you can't decide between a gas grill or a charcoal grill, then a combo grill is definitely worth it. It combines the best of both worlds so that you can grill and smoke your foods at the same time. You can slow cook some ribs over wood pellets to give them plenty of flavor while also fast cooking some hamburgers to eat while you wait.

Other combo grills may be a mix of cooking surfaces rather than grill types. For example, you may get a flat top grill paired with a traditional grate grill. This would make it super easy to cook your main protein and your side dishes all at once!

Charcoal Grills Versus Gas Grills

There are pros and cons of both charcoal and gas grills, so we're here to explain the differences for you.

Charcoal grills get hotter, making it easier to sear meat. They also provide a nice smoky flavor and are generally less expensive than gas grills. That said, they take longer to heat up, require more raw materials to fuel them, and need a little more cleanup.

With a gas grill, you'll have more control over your temperature and be able to cook faster. They're also slightly more versatile when it comes to cooking foods you don't want to have a smoky taste. However, a gas grill isn't portable at all and can take a little longer to set up, which might not be great if you want to entertain on the go.

Whichever grill you decide on, make sure you have the right grill accessories to succeed in your next barbecuing session.