11 Best Charcoal Grills 2018: Under $300 [With Installation Guide]

- April 30, 2018
Are you looking for the best charcoal grill to buy?

Then you have come to the right place.

If you are looking for an inexpensive, easy-to-use and portable grill then this type of charcoal grill is the best fit for you. I have done a thorough research of several hours on different types of grill models and listed them below.

Charcoal grills are different than gas grills and require no liquid propane tanks and electric ignitions.

Because of this feature, they are safe to handle without any gas. However, the BTU is limited and grilling requires more time than Gas grills and electric grills.

With that said, let’s have a look at the best charcoal grills models…

Best Charcoal Grill of 2018

Here is the list of best grills of 2018:
  • Weber Smokey Joe 14-Inch
  • Weber Original Kettle Premium
  • Weber Performer Deluxe
  • Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Kettleman
  • PK Grill & Smoker
  • Dyna-Glo Dual Zone Premium
  • Char-Griller Wrangler
  • Char-Griller Patio Pro
  • Lodge L410

Weber Original Kettle Premium (22 inches) -Best Charcoal Grill


Weber Original Kettle Premium 22 InchesWeber is a well-known brand in Grilling world and they have some awesome charcoal grills which may be the best fit for you.

Their products always come with top-notch quality and better durability which ensures they last long enough compared to their purchase rate.

This Weber Original Kettle Premium is one of the popular charcoal grills all over the world. It also comes in many different sizes which makes it suitable for every type of griller.

That being said, the grilling space is also varied but for the size of 22 inches, the grilling space is 363 sq.inch which may be best fitted for 3-5 people's cooking.

When it comes to charcoal grills, the main problem is cleaning which in this case comes with one-touch cleaning system. You have to remove the ashtray and clean it with soapy water that's it.

I liked this product because model comes with temperature control dampers which can be used to control the steam or heat generated inside the grill by pulling in or out the dampers. It also comes with a temperature gauge mounted on the top.

It also comes with heat resistance handles which effectively used to remove heating problems.

When you purchase the right accessories and make use of the right methods, this charcoal grill is great for smoking meat. For that, you have to use the indirect grilling method. A very useful accessory for you will be Slow 'N Sear, which will allow you to easily split the area of your grill.

Weber Smokey Joe (14 Inch) -Best Budget Charcoal Grill

Weber Smokey Joe 14 inchThis smokey Joe is another great product from Weber family and Weber doesn't need another boring introduction.With that said, let's find out the features of this Smokey Joe model.

This Smokey Joe has a small grilling space of 147 sq.inches which may be the best fit for a small family. The cooking space makes this charcoal grill best fit for campings, picnics, and small outdoor parties.

With that said, the weight of this product is around 9.5 pounds and very easy to assemble. This product needs some time to generate heat (around 20-30 mins) because it uses charcoal as fuel.

This model comes with porcelain enameled coated cooking grates which prevent rust and fading. The glass reinforced nylon handle allows you to remove the lid when needed.

Char-Broil TRU -Infrared Kettleman

Char-Broil is a well-known brand in grilling world and they have many popular charcoal grills to offers which are cheaper but full of features.
Cahr-Broil Tru Infrared Charcoal Grill

This Char-broil Kettleman comes with porcelain coated grates where most of the charcoal grills come with steel grates. The design also reduces the flare-ups and the True Infrared cooking system ensures that the grates are heated evenly.

The main cooking area is 360 sq. inches and also comes with better temp. controls with adjustable air vents. There a temp. indicator provided on the lid.

The ashtray is easy to remove: you have to through the ash away and put it back on to further use. The package comes with semi-assembled which was easy to assemble.

One thing I didn't like about this product, if you don't protect it from rains or snow it may end up with rust in the grates. Also, it doesn't come with any accessories a compared to the Weber models we have featured above.

Weber is one of the popular brands when it comes to grills and this model has no difference in terms of quality and performance.

This model is mounted on a table which is made of steels that come with all the features available in Weber Kettle grill and additional options which makes this a great option for medium families.
Weber Deluxe Charcoal Grill

Touch-N-Go gas Ignition system makes it easy to ignite the charcoals. You have to put the charcoal in the pit and push the gas ignition switch. After few minutes the charcoal will be ready to cook your food.

With that said, it has an aluminum ash tray that makes removing ash very easy. The cooking space is 363 sq. inches that can be enough for 4-member family cooking. Also, you can take it on a camping, or outdoor party.

On top of that, you can also buy other extra accessories, such as iGrill 2. A thermometer and a timer in one, a device that allows to monitor the cooking process directly from your phone using an app.

A built-in temp. gauge mounted on the lid help you to control the temp. inside the lid.

It is one of the best charcoal grills if you have enough money to spend on accessories and want to speed up the cooking process.

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