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Pros & Cons of Popular Outdoor Grills

 Oct 4, 2019    Outdoor Living, Grills for Pros

When we hear the term outdoor grill, most of us think about a gas-powered Grill Island. In actual fact, there are a number of different kinds of outdoor grill. 

In this post, we’ll take a look at four main kinds of outdoor grills, as well as their pros and cons. By the time you’re done reading through it, you’ll be able to tell which of these amazing grill types is perfect for you! 

Solaire Infrared Patio Post Grill 27 Inch

Gas Grills – Pros

#1 – Fast

With a gas grill, you can have a full-size fire with the flick of a switch. It’s really easy to keep the flame balanced and right where you want it. 

#2 – Low Maintenance

A gas grill doesn’t make a huge amount of mess after using it. You will need to clean the gas chamber every now and then. (Make sure you disconnect your gas tank BEFORE you attempt to clean the grill) However, it requires very little cleaning and maintenance when compared with other grill types. 

Gas Grills – Cons

#1 – Lack of Smoky Flavor

Gas grills may be quick and clean, but the lack of smoke does hinder the flavor quite a bit. The smoky flavor of foods cooked on a charcoal grill is almost completely lost with a gas grill. While your food will still taste great, it just isn’t the same. 

#2 – Cost

While gas grills aren’t majorly more expensive than some other types, you do need to replace your gas cylinder every once in a while. The typical cost of a gas grill is between $100-$1500. Obviously, the more you spend, the better the grill will be. 

Charcoal Built In Grill 24 Inch

Charcoal Grills – Pros

#1 – Amazing Smoky Flavor

The best thing about using a charcoal grill is that you get that smoky flavor infused into whatever food you cook over it. While it may not be healthy for you, the smoke enhances the flavor of just about any food that you put it into. 

#2 – Better Sear

Grilling on a charcoal grill gives you those nice sear marks on your meat. A juicy steak cooked over a charcoal grill looks far more appetizing than one cooked on an electric or gas grill. 

Charcoal Grills – Cons

#1 – Cost

Charcoal grills aren’t as costly as gas grills. They tend to cost somewhere between $50 and $800. However, you will need to buy new charcoal far more often than you would gas. Charcoal tends to last for one or two cooking sessions at a time. 

#2 – Maintenance

Charcoal grills tend to get messy very quickly. You generally need to clean them up after every use. If you don’t, they start to look horrible fast! 

#3 – Slow Start-Up

Charcoal doesn’t light up immediately. At first, it will burn quite brightly. However, you generally start cooking when the charcoal has ebbed away into embers and is sending out a lot of smoke. This causes you to have to wait for a decent length of time before you can even start cooking. 

Electric Grills – Pros

#1 – Doesn’t Violate Certain Codes

Electric grills tend to be okay to use no matter where you are. Some cities and places with a lot of potential fire hazards don’t allow gas or charcoal grills. However, the majority of places will allow electric grills without trouble. 

#2 – Easy to Control

An electric grill has a temperature gauge on it. You can use the gauge to keep your electric grill at whatever temperature you want. It is much easier to cook your meat evenly this way. 

Portable Electric Grill by FireMagic

Electric Grills – Cons

#1 – Simple Taste

While an electric grill may be easier to use, the resulting cook isn’t as grand as that of a gas or charcoal grill. The result tends to be closer to what you might expect from an oven, rather than a grill. The food will still taste delicious, but it lacks the taste gained from an open flame and smoke. 

#2 – Longer Cooking Time

Electric grills also tend to cook food at a slower rate than that of a gas or charcoal grill. The balanced cook takes much more time to achieve. 

Which One is for You?

Now that you know about these main types of grills, which one sounds like it would work best for you? Take a look at some of our outdoor grill options to learn more! 

Last updated on October 7th 2019.

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