Gas Grill or Charcoal Grill for Barbecue. Which one is better?

May 02, 2019

Charcoal grill or gas grill?

There's nothing better than being home on a Sunday and firing up that grill to make that grilled steak or burgers you have been dreaming of all week.

When it comes down to the deciding factor of whether Gas is better or Charcoal, that's what we're here to help you decide. 

Gas Grills

gas grill or charcoal grill? Which one's your pick?

Gas grills are very user-friendly with an added benefit of not having to wait for the coal to ignite. With the convenience of controlling the heat on the gas grill is also what makes it advantageous. 

  • Gas grills hook up to a gas line in your home with which you can cook endless BBQ 
  • Gas grills are easy to clean 
  • These grills are able to handle cooking delicate meats which makes them an easier choice due to its versatility. 
  • Gas grills usually come with a variety of accessories 
  • Gas grills are equipped with ceramic rocks or lava rocks which prevent direct flame saving you from the mess of the meat over charing. 

Gas grills can be tricky depending on the weather. If it's a hot day the grill might heat up higher than the setting in-spite of the heat dials. The same goes for the cold weather day wherein the gas might take longer to keep up with the constant temperature. But, once you get to know how your gas grill functions, it works out perfect. Typically investing in a good meat thermometer will go a long way as the thermometer equipped on grills shows an average temperature reading of the heat revolving inside. 

Charcoal Grill

Charcoal grill for meat lovers

Charcoal grills are known to help impart slightly more flavors in the meats. These grills start off at a lower price point as compared to the Gas grill. 

  • Charcoal grills are known for easy installation as it does not require to be plugged into a gas line. 
  • Reaches higher temperature than Gas Grills which helps get a great sear on the meats. 
  • Charcoal grills are also known for their portability. Hooking them up to the car for a weekend camp is one of the best things you can do. 
  • Since it is hard to control the heat in a charcoal grill it is important to make sure in understanding the set up of a 2-zone heat. This will help slow cooking meats once you have achieved those beautiful grill marks/char. 

The disadvantages of a Charcoal grill is the cleaning. It can be a time-consuming process since the ashes need to cool down before discarding it eventually giving the grill a scrub. 

Heating up a charcoal grill can take quite some time. So thinking of grilling at the spur of the moment is not ideal. You will surely be disappointed along with pissing off your friends/significant other (eeh!!)


While it is hard for us to convince you what's better, definitely taking 2 points into consideration while choosing is whether you're purchasing a grill for convenience or passion for grilling. We love grilling and do not mind the extra time it takes to set up and break down a charcoal grill. Choosing a gas or charcoal grill, make sure to suit up with your Chef's Satchel aprons for protecting yourself from the heat as well as adding some style to your grilling skills.