You love having both the convenience of a gas and the rich flavor of food made with a charcoal? Just for you, the hybrid grill was made, which combines both types of grills.
The differences in both fuel types are significant, you should definitely check out my charcoal vs gas grill comparison. Each type of grill has its upsides and downsides, which is why I understand that you want to have a combo grill.
I want to help you choose the best combo grill that will live up to your expectations and needs and most important, won’t cost a fortune.
How does this combination work out in reality? I decided to check it out which is why I chose the best hybrid grills and put them into a test.
540 sq. in. total
Char-Griller 5050 Duo
1260 sq. in. total
Dyna-Glo Dual Fuel Grill
952 sq. in. total
The Best Hybrid Grills in 2020
Who doesn’t love the convenience of cooking with gas or the charcoal smoke flavor of food? All the below reviews are objective and based on my experience and private tests.
1. Best Overall Char-Broil Gas2Coal 3-Burner
A hybrid grill usually means an expensive one, one little exception here is Char-Broil Gas2Coal.
When it comes to the price and my overall rating then I choose it as the number one among hybrid grills.
Sadly, it might be a downside to many that it is not possible to cook on gas and charcoal at the same time. You have to make a choice whether you want to cook using charcoal or only gas.
It is not a problem, though, as switching from gas to charcoal is very easy and you don’t need any extra accessories to do that.
It is a mid-size grill, under the lid you will find porcelain-coated cast-iron cooking grates as well as 420 square inches of the main cooking area and a heated rack with the area of 120 square inches.
When you don’t have much time, you can quickly and conveniently cook food using gas, turn the burner knob and wait 10-15 minutes until you reach the right temperature for cooking.
If you have more time, though, or you simply want to eat meat with charcoal smoke aroma, then convert your gas grill into a charcoal one. All you have to do is put in a special tray under the grates and pour briquettes on it.
When it comes to accessories, it has a thermometer on the lid as well as a side burner.
One downside when it comes to charcoal is the inability to regulate the distance between the grates and the hot charcoal briquettes as well as not much space for charcoal ( you can only put on a single layer of charcoal ).
It doesn’t have any air vents that would make it possible to control temperature as is the case with a standard charcoal grill. Which is why you need to know that in this grill, temperature is controlled with the amount of charcoal.
I picked it as the number 1 in this guide because the quality and efficiency are very good.
It is not a phenomenal grill, but if we take the price, features and quality into account, it’s a very good choice. Definitely cheaper than most competitive models, which is why I think that it will suit your budget.
2. Runner-Up Char-Griller 5050 Duo
The second suggestion is definitely more expensive, bigger and it offers cooking with gas and charcoal at the same time.
Char-Griller 5050 Duo is definitely for those with a bigger wallet, as the price is pretty high. As every hybrid grill, it has its upsides and downsides.
What do you get for this kind of money? A combo grill with the main cooking area of 1018 square inches.
The grill is divided into two separate areas, one is reserved for cooking with gas, whereas the other for cooking with charcoal.
That way you can cook in two areas of different temperatures at the same time.
It is equipped with 3 burners (40,800 BTUs - with electronic ignition ) as well as a side burner (12,000 BTU )
Under the grill, you will find plenty of space to store accessories, grill brush or anything you want.
What is the assembly like? Due to the size of the grill and the number of elements, you have to expect the assembly to take several hours. Of course, it comes with an assembly manual that makes it an easy, but also a time-consuming task.
I really like the two cooking areas in this grill. Gas cooking is very convenient, it warms up fast and reaches high temperatures, whereas charcoal cooking offers much more interesting flavor.
It is a very good gas and charcoal combination grill considering the size, functionality and efficiency, but sadly, it’s downside is a rust problem that plenty of people complain about.
If you’re concerned about that, I honestly recommend buying a heavy-duty cover and cleaning your grill regularly in order to protect it from rust and significantly extend its durability.
I have to admit that it’s a simple, beautiful and functional grill.
Two cooking areas make an awesome solution that will make it possible to cook with gas and charcoal at the same time. Of course, if you want to, you can use just one cooking area, like gas when you have no time to get the charcoal burning.
Functionality and efficiency are very decent, whereas durability is not the strongest point of Char-Griller 5050 Duo.
3. Upgrade Pick Dyna-Glo Dual Fuel Grill
A slightly smaller area than in Char-Griller 5050 Duo, but judging by many reviews, a much better quality of workmanship. The price is similar, whereas the quality of workmanship is slightly better.
The structure of this Dyna-Glo Dual Fuel Grill is divided into two areas ( two separate cooking places ) which makes it possible to cook with gas and charcoal at the same time.
Both areas offer a total of 730 square inches of the main cooking area and 222 inches of a heated rack. I think it’s enough place for a big group of people or family.
The gas area has 2 burners (24,000 total BTUs ) that start quickly and securely thanks to the electric ignition.
The charcoal area is much better developed than in other combo grills, when going through other hybrid grill reviews, I came into conclusion that Dyna-Glo Dual Fuel had the charcoal area best figured out.
Why? I really like the idea with two air vents on the lid and the air intakes at the level of the control panel under the lid. Everyone who has cooked on a dedicated charcoal grill knows perfectly well how important air intakes are for temperature control.
Dyna-Glo Dual Fuel has solved this problem perfectly whereas the rest of competitors have likely forgotten about this important fact which is temperature control.
Another advantage is the ability to regulate the charcoal tray. Everyone knows that charcoal can reach high temperatures which is why I think the regulated distance between the charcoal tray and the cooking grates used here is a great idea.
The grill’s assembly, due to its size and the number of elements, is not complicated thanks to the simple manual, but you have to prepare yourself for spending up to few hours on it.
Overall, what I really like about this grill is how the charcoal area is expanded with such features as regulated distance between the charcoal and grates as well as air vents that allow for a better temperature control.
When it comes to the gas area, everything is where it should be, the grill warms up fast and evenly and is easy to clean.
I think it’s a great choice for someone who loves to cook with a charcoal but sometimes needs to quickly cook something with a gas.
When you’re buying a grill, the most common question is what type to buy ( gas or charcoal ) ? This is where plenty of different opinions arise on the subject and everyone defends their favorite grill.
One big advantage of a combo grill is that it provides versatility in a single device while taking much less space in the backyard.
The hybrid grill was created for those who can’t decide what type to choose.
Of course, there are different combo grills, not just those combining gas and charcoal, but also those that combine an infrared grill or smoker.
How did I test?
I spent a total of several dozen hours cooking on different combo grills and observing how they worked. Of course, I used different cooking methods, observing the results. I cooked different kinds of food ( the most popular ones ) and paid attention to everything related to cooking.
That way I could observe if a grill warmed up evenly, how its extra features worked. What was the quality of the elements and workmanship and efficiency of the burners etc.
What to pay attention to if you’re more into charcoal?
If you’re buying a full-size charcoal grill, you pay attention to several very significant aspects.
You check out the temperature control, ash removal and the charcoal access as well as the distance between the grates and the hot charcoal.
All those characteristics are what a good charcoal grill needs to have.
That’s why it is up to you to search for similar features in a gas and charcoal combination grill.
Sadly, plenty of combo grill manufacturers don’t focus on perfecting the charcoal area, which is why you need to make sure if the grill you’re going to buy is good at:
Most hybrid grills equipped with a charcoal area are not well thought-out devices. Why? Good temperature control in the charcoal area requires well thought-out air vents.
Unfortunately, most of available hybrids don’t have air vents or they are not well thought-out.
A good hybrid grill with a charcoal area should have air vents located below to let the air in and air vents on the top of the grill to let the air out.
Such system allows for a better temperature control during charcoal cooking.
What if it’s not possible to regulate the air vents? In such case, the only way to control temperature is adjusting the amount of charcoal under the grates.
The distance between the grates and charcoal
It is very important, plenty of hybrid grills don’t take it into account.
You have to check out the distance between the grates and the hot charcoal.
The best combo grill has a adjustable charcoal tray that you can adapt to your own needs. Not enough space between the hot charcoal and the grates of the grill results in the food being directly exposed to overly high temperatures.
That way you can literally burn your food in a moment if the charcoal is too hot.
When cooking, it is necessary to add new charcoal briquettes to the fire in order to continue cooking.
For that reason, it is a good thing for the combo grill to have an easy access to the charcoal area. In most cases, it is enough to lift the grill’s grates to pour some more charcoal in and I believe that it’s a good and simple solution.
Avoid complicated structures that, in simple words, are inconvenient.
It is a common fact that after every cooking, the grilling area has to be cleaned, especially when it comes to cooking with a charcoal grill.
It is essential to throw out the ash after each cooking, there are several systems to make this task easier. It is the best if the grill has a special tray that can be quickly and easily removed in order to throw the ash away.
What to pay attention to if you’re more into gas?
A full-size gas grill always makes one think of convenience, preheat quickly and evenly as well as efficient burners.
Depending on the size of the grilling area, it is a good thing for your combo grill to have 2 burners when it comes to smaller grills and at least three when it comes to big options.
When purchasing, it is difficult to tell if the burners will be really efficient, the only way is to check out reviews from other buyers. Which is why I suggest this particular number of burners to make sure that your grill will warm up fast and reach high temperatures.
As you can see, gas grilling is less demanding than charcoal grilling.