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The 9 Best Charcoal Grills for Perfect Cookouts this Summer

Most of us never stop grilling throughout the year but for others, summer usually means spending time with families and friends outdoors doing some serious grilling. Summer is a time when we're in full force and we can find so many fresh ingredients to slap on the coals. If you are the summer griller, it's a great time to bring out the charcoal grill and get cooking. Unlike old-school ways of barbecuing, charcoal grills are for those who are fond of savoring meat’s juicy flavor and enjoying the whole grilling process (though it’s a long one, mind you).

If you’re transitioning from gas grills to charcoal, be ready to allot more time and patience to perfect the art of charcoal grilling. And we don’t mean to scare you, it's just that charcoal grills require the extra time but it's well worth the effort and you'll be rewarded with smoky and flavorful slabs of meat.

Weber Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill
Weber Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill
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Dyna-Glo Heavy-Duty Stainless Charcoal Grill
Dyna-Glo Heavy-Duty Stainless Charcoal Grill
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Cowboy Cauldron
Cowboy Cauldron
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Weber 741001 Original Kettle 22-Inch Charcoal Grill
Weber 741001 Original Kettle 22-Inch Charcoal Grill
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Dyna-Glo Signature Series Heavy-Duty Vertical Offset Charcoal Smoker & Grill
Dyna-Glo Signature Series Heavy-Duty Vertical Offset Charcoal Smoker & Grill
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Weber Smokey Joe Portable Grill
Weber Smokey Joe Portable Grill
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Masterbuilt MB20040220 Gravity Series 560 Digital Charcoal Grill + Smoker
Masterbuilt MB20040220 Gravity Series 560 Digital Charcoal Grill + Smoker
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Char-Griller AKORN Kamado Charcoal Grill
Char-Griller AKORN Kamado Charcoal Grill
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TITAN GREAT OUTDOORS Single Post Jumbo Park Style Charcoal Grill for The Backyard
TITAN GREAT OUTDOORS Single Post Jumbo Park Style Charcoal Grill for The Backyard
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Weber Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill

Weber Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill

If there's one classic grill brand that has withstood the test of time, it's Weber. Its original kettle grill has as well. The porcelain-enameled lid and bowl are excellent for retaining heat and won't rust or peel. The grate flaps for adding more coal and the ash catcher, both features of the premium edition, make it well worth the extra few bucks. We recommend investing in this wallet-friendly option if you’re looking for the best grills under $500.

Weber Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill
Weber Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill
Dyna-Glo Heavy-Duty Stainless Charcoal Grill 2

Dyna-Glo Heavy-Duty Stainless Charcoal Grill

This Dyna-Glo grill is made for the perfectionist grill master. It boasts numerous features that allow for heat adjustment, such as a crank-adjustable charcoal tray, a stainless-steel smoke stack with adjustable flue, and sliding side dampers. The grates are enameled cast-iron, excellent for retaining heat. Finally, the steel access door is lovely for stoking or adding more charcoal.

Dyna-Glo Heavy-Duty Stainless Charcoal Grill
Dyna-Glo Heavy-Duty Stainless Charcoal Grill

Cowboy Cauldron

Although this is technically a cauldron, you can still grill up some ribs or a whole pig. This multi-use cauldron is made from the same stuff army tanks are made of, and it will become the focal point of your backyard. Use it for campfires, crawfish boils, grill-outs, or whatever else you can think of. It will last you a lifetime -- and you'll expect it to for the price.

Cowboy Cauldron
Cowboy Cauldron
Weber Original Kettle Charcoal Grill

Weber 741001 Original Kettle 22-Inch Charcoal Grill

With the original Weber kettle grill, you don't have to compromise quality for the price. This OG grill boasts a durable porcelain-enameled lid and bowl for excellent heat retention when cooking up to 13 burgers, protecting said components from rust and cracking.

The grill’s adjustable dampers offer precise temperature control without lifting the lid. After a cookout, close the dampers to put out the coals in a jiffy. It’s simple and hassle-free. Overall, Weber’s OG grill can perform just as well without all the fancy features of the premium version.

Weber 741001 Original Kettle 22-Inch Charcoal Grill
Weber 741001 Original Kettle 22-Inch Charcoal Grill
Dyna-Glo Signature Series Heavy-Duty Vertical Offset Charcoal Smoker & Grill

Dyna-Glo Signature Series Heavy-Duty Vertical Offset Charcoal Smoker & Grill

Technically, you can smoke with any charcoal grill. But if you're a bit more into yet still want the option to grill, this Dyna-Glo vertical offset charcoal smoker and grill is perfect. It's got a massive amount of smoking and grilling space at 1,382 square inches. Also, the removable charcoal grate and ash pan make it easy to add or remove heat.

Dyna-Glo Signature Series Heavy-Duty Vertical Offset Charcoal Smoker & Grill
Dyna-Glo Signature Series Heavy-Duty Vertical Offset Charcoal Smoker & Grill
Weber Smokey Joe 14-Inch Portable Grill

Weber Smokey Joe Portable Grill

Looking for a camping grill? Get all the quality of the Weber original kettle grill miniaturized in the Smokey Joe 14-inch portable grill. It comes bundled with an easy-to-clean plated steel cooking grate for retaining heat and grilling five burgers. Lightweight and compact, the Smokey Joe makes the perfect go-to outdoor cooking equipment. Embarking on a road trip? Camping in the woods? We suggest springing for the cover or carrying case for super-easy transport.

Weber Smokey Joe Portable Grill
Weber Smokey Joe Portable Grill
Masterbuilt Gravity Series 560 Digital Charcoal Grill + Smoker (2)

Masterbuilt MB20040220 Gravity Series 560 Digital Charcoal Grill + Smoker

This Masterbuilt Gravity Series grill combines grilling, smoking, and convenience that only technology can provide. Through Wi-Fi connectivity, you can control the offset gravity charcoal chamber's temperature from 225 to 700 degrees. This grill's nifty high-tech features and solid design make it a very versatile grill/smoker for the money.

Masterbuilt MB20040220 Gravity Series 560 Digital Charcoal Grill + Smoker
Masterbuilt MB20040220 Gravity Series 560 Digital Charcoal Grill + Smoker
Char-Griller AKORN Kamado Charcoal Grill

Char-Griller AKORN Kamado Charcoal Grill

The ceramic, egg-shaped design of a Kamado-style grill is preferred by some grill masters who say they capture the heat to provide steady, even cooking. This Akorn kamado charcoal grill has a locking-lid feature to capture even more heat and prevent your food from escaping (in case you were worried about that).

Char-Griller AKORN Kamado Charcoal Grill
Char-Griller AKORN Kamado Charcoal Grill
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TITAN GREAT OUTDOORS Single Post Jumbo Park Style Charcoal Grill for The Backyard

If you’re looking for a charcoal grill that you don't want to bother covering, and you need it to stand up to the elements, this Titan Covered Park Grill is for you. This heavy-duty charcoal grill will bring you back to the days of family outings to the park when you had to get there early to stake a claim at a public grill.

TITAN GREAT OUTDOORS Single Post Jumbo Park Style Charcoal Grill for The Backyard
TITAN GREAT OUTDOORS Single Post Jumbo Park Style Charcoal Grill for The Backyard

There you have it, the best charcoal grills to set the summer vibes. We guarantee that you'll be grilling some perfect meals for most of the summer.

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