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Charcoal Grills vs. Gas Grills

Since everyone enjoys spending time outside, having picnics, or family and friends gatherings, everyone also enjoys dining outside. For this experience, you need to ask yourself a few questions like “How to cook on a gas grill?”, “How to know when your charcoal grill is ready?”, “ What is better for your health – gas or charcoal?”. And these questions bring us to some differences between gas and charcoal grills. We are here to explore some of their characteristics for you to have a better idea before your purchase.


Regarding health, there are a few factors we need to consider from both sides. Charcoal grills produce hot flames, which char the meat and therefore produces more carcinogens. Also, when fat drips on the briquettes, it burns and creates a carcinogen-infused. Although, there are few things you can do to prevent these things from happening, like trimming the fat from the meat, marinating it in lemon juice prior to grilling, and flipping the meat frequently which will reduce charring.

On the other hand, gas grills don’t burn as hot and don’t produce as much smoke. Therefore, with them your grill food will be much healthier.

Preparation and Usage

In case of charcoal grills they take up to 15 minutes to be prepared for grilling. What you need to do is load up the briquettes and light the fire. When it creates heat, it could be difficult to control the temperature. There is no accurate way to measure the grilling temperature, and you have to be careful during the whole process to make sure that the flare-ups won’t burn your food.

For gas grills it takes about the same time to reach the grilling temperature. With them it can be quite easier, since all you have to do to prepare is to simply turn the knob. As soon as they become hot, they hold a steady temperature which can be adjustable. Some of gas grills, also, give the possibility to grill different types of food by creating separate heat zones.




It’s known that charcoal grills are messy. After every grilling you have to be prepared for a cleanup because of ash, and make sure you’re using tongs or wearing gloves, so you wouldn’t have to touch the briquettes with your bare hands.

With gas grills the cleanup consists of a few simpler things. What you need to do is to remove grease buildup, scrub the grilling grates, and keep the exterior looking good. Still this is a far less difficult process then cleaning charcoal grills.

Cost and Features

Charcoal grills are very affordable, but these are quite basic appliances with very few bells and whistles. Of course, this means they are unlikely to break. If you buy briquettes at the right time, like at the end of the season to use next summer, the fuel is very affordable as well.

Gas grills have a wide price range. The higher the heat capabilities and the more accessories they come with, the higher the price tag. Of course, more bells and whistles increase the chance of something breaking. Gas grills can either be fueled with a refillable propane tank or tied to your home’s natural gas line.

Taste of Food

When fat drips onto the briquettes, it burns and creates thick, carcinogen-infused smoke. To reduce this health concern, trim fat from your meat, marinate it in vinegar or lemon juice prior to grilling, and flip the meat frequently to reduce charring.

Gas grills don’t burn as hot and don’t produce as much smoke. Therefore, they turn out food that’s healthier for you.

This particular battle between gas and charcoal grills mostly has gas grills as a winner. However, it depends much on your patience and practice of which kind of grilling you prefer. So good luck with your next outdoor grill purchase and send us your thoughts on which one you think performs better.