Charcoal grills vs. gas grills: What suits your needs?

Wednesday, Sep 05

Charcoal or gas. Both give excellent results, so choose the one that best suits your style of cooking.
-Bobby Flay

Even though the best chefs in the world believe both gas and charcoal give great results, the discussion – or rather argument – over which is better can get extremely heated. From the argument that gas grills don’t provide the smoky flavor to the complaint that charcoal grills take too long, there’s always someone to argue that one is better than the other.

So let’s take a look at the differences between charcoal grills and gas grills – then you can make your own informed decision before you invest in a grill.

What makes gas grills great?

One of the main advantages of a gas grill is the convenience – they are typically easier to use than a charcoal grill and grilling typically takes less time on a gas grill. If you’re looking for a grill that is ready with a turn of a knob, and can heat up and grill your meal in a short amount of time, gas grills are your perfect match.

Another major advantage with gas grills is the lack of charcoal. You’ll never have to worry about running to the store for more charcoal when the bag runs out again. Plus, you won’t have to worry about the ashy mess afterwards!

What makes charcoal grills great?

If you’re looking for a smokier, more traditional grilled taste, charcoal grills are the way to go. You can adjust the flavor by using different types of charcoal – ranging from Applewood to Hickory.

Charcoal grills are also better for slower, low-temperature cooking. Don’t try to rush things on a charcoal grill – if you’re looking for a quick-cooking grill, head to the gas grills.

There’s also a mental aspect to grilling on a charcoal grill – it triggers a throwback to the hunter-gatherer days, according to Chef Tony Matassa. It also provides an experience and creates an ambience for entertainment. When you light your charcoal grill, it’s time to sit back and relax while the food cooks.

One major benefit to a charcoal grill that isn’t as obvious is the ability to sear. According to, “most charcoal grills can usually out sear gas grills because they simply produce more direct infrared heat.”

While Bobby Flay believes charcoal and gas are both excellent, not everyone agrees. Which way do you lean? Will you side with the charcoal enthusiasts? Or go with the gas grillers? Decide what is best for you and your family and then head to your local Blaze retailer.

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