Best Charcoal Grills Under $300 – 2018 Edition

You want a charcoal grill, but you don’t have a lot to spend, and you don’t want a cheap charcoal grill either. Why not get a grill under $300, especially if you can can a decent one?

Customized to the hilt, these grills have the bells and whistles of the modern charcoal grill. The king of the hill in this price range is the 22-inch Weber Performer. Weber grills are high functioning, durable, and their accessories and parts are easy to find. This grill has a useful built-in thermometer, which users love for its accurate readings of the internal temperature.

If you would like to make burgers or BBQ for the guys, the 26-inch Weber Original Kettle Premium is your best bet under $300. With a primary cooking area of 508 sq.in, this baby will grill your 17 lbs. brisket with ease, and still have space for side dishes.

The Char-Griller Akorn 16620 Kamado Kooker gives you versatility that is unrivaled. This triple walled 22-gauge steel grilling monster is both a fantastic smoker and slow grilling machine. The best thing about it is it can bake pizza, cornbreads, cobblers, and all sorts of deserts.

The Dyna-Glo Dual Zone Premium Grill can simultaneously barbecue and grill. Its dual charcoal basket adjustment tray systems give you varied heat control options while its massive 816-sq.in cooking space grills you a ton of finger-licking delicacies. The Dyna-Glo Premium Charcoal Grill is the most affordable grill on this list. Like its counterpart, it provides 816 sq.in of cooking space, which means that you can grill 30 hamburgers at once.

Product name Rating Price Discount History Size Made by
Weber 15301001 Performer Charcoal Grill, 22-Inch, Black Weber 15301001 Performer Charcoal Grill, 22-Inch, Black
4.5 out of 5 stars
(4.5)
4.5/110
$249.00 17% OFF
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43.5 x 29 x 42 inches Weber-Stephen Products LLC
Weber 16401001 Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill, 26-Inch, Black Weber 16401001 Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill, 26-Inch, Black
4.4 out of 5 stars
(4.4)
4.4/164
$299.00 14% OFF
BUY NOW
42.3 x 24.4 x 32 inches Weber-Stephen Products LLC
Dyna-Glo DGN576SNC-D Dual Zone Premium Charcoal Grill Dyna-Glo DGN576SNC-D Dual Zone Premium Charcoal Grill
3.9 out of 5 stars
(3.9)
3.9/252
$269.99 36% OFF
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60.22 x 50.51 x 28.16 inches GHP Group -- Drop Ship Only
Char-Griller 16620 Akorn Kamado Kooker Charcoal Barbecue Grill and Smoker, Black Char-Griller 16620 Akorn Kamado Kooker Charcoal Barbecue Grill and Smoker, Black
3.9 out of 5 stars
(3.9)
3.9/629
-- BUY NOW 26.6 x 24.8 x 21.65 inches Char-Griller
Dyna-Glo DGN576DNC-D Premium Charcoal Grill Dyna-Glo DGN576DNC-D Premium Charcoal Grill
3.7 out of 5 stars
(3.7)
3.7/205
-- BUY NOW 60.22 x 50.51 x 28.16 inches GHP Group -- Drop Ship Only

$249.004.5 out of 5 stars
Total Reviews - 110
Review Score - 4.5

Weber 15301001 Performer Charcoal Grill, 22-Inch, Black


Item is on SALE !!! 17% discount will save $50.00
  • 22-inch diameter porcelain-enameled bowl and lid with a cooking area of 363 square inch
  • Gourmet BBQ System hinged cooking grate. Tool hooks: 3
  • Aluminized steel One-Touch cleaning system with removable, high-capacity, aluminum ash catcher
  • Tuck-Away lid holder, rust-resistant aluminum damper and one glass-reinforced nylon handle
  • Assembled dimensions are 43.5-inch by 42-inch by 29-inch
This new take on the classic Weber Performer grill has a space-saving design and exceptional maneuverability. A sturdy painted metal table is right at hand while grilling, but folds down for convenient storage or when not in use. The grill is outfitted with innovative heavy-duty Gourmet BBQ System cooking grates, a 2-part grate system that may be used in tandem with Weber's Gourmet BBQ System cookware collection. The Tuck-Away lid holder allows you to simply move the lid to the side to check on your meal or add charcoal. Other convenience features include an aluminized steel One-Touch cleaning system and enclosed high-capacity ash catcher. Together these make dealing with ashes and cleanup as hassle-free as possible. Lid handle features a heat shield for comfort.


$299.004.4 out of 5 stars
Total Reviews - 164
Review Score - 4.4

Weber 16401001 Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill, 26-Inch, Black


Item is on SALE !!! 14% discount will save $50.00
  • 26-inch diameter porcelain-enameled bowl and lid with a cooking area of 508 square inch
  • Stainless steel hinged cooking grate.Primary cooking area (square inches) 508. Total cooking area (square inches) 508
  • Stainless steel One-Touch cleaning system with removable, high-capacity, aluminum ash catcher
  • Rust-resistant aluminum damper and two glass-reinforced nylon handles with tool hooks.Assembled dimensions are 42.3-inch by 32-inch by 24.4-inch
  • Heavy-gauge steel charcoal grate
Featuring 508 square-Inch of cooking space, the Weber Original Kettle consists of a heavy-gauge porcelain-enameled lid and bowl for durability and long grill life. The grill features a factory assembled stainless steel One-Touch cleaning system, a hinged cooking grate and a removable high-capacity ash catcher to make indirect grilling easier. The built-in lid thermometer allows you to monitor your grill's temperature and the bowl handle includes an integrated tool hook for easy and convenient storage. Lid handle features a heat shield for comfort and legs have a spring clip/push pin system for easy assembly.


$269.993.9 out of 5 stars
Total Reviews - 252
Review Score - 3.9

Dyna-Glo DGN576SNC-D Dual Zone Premium Charcoal Grill


Item is on SALE !!! 36% discount will save $149.01
  • (2) charcoal basket adjustment tray systems for the ultimate heat control options and cooking flexibility
  • (4) cast iron porcelain enameled heavy duty cooking grates retain heat to sear foods and lock in natural juices
  • Stainless steel lid assembly with double-wall liner, Stainless steel smoke stack with adjustable flu cap, side vents
  • Heavy duty 8" resin wheels with 3" locking casters provide excellent maneuverability, side shelves, storage basket and bottle opener
  • 816 square Inch of total cooking area offers cooking space for all your grilling needs; Grill up to 30 hamburgers at one time
  • Protect your grill with a custom-fit Dyna-Glo premium cover - Model # DG576CC (Sold Separately)
DGN576SNC-D Features: -Material: Stainless steel . -816-total" of cooking space, crank-style adjustable charcoal trays and cast iron charcoal access doors. -Hood has an easy lift handle for opening and is designed with a temperature gauge and double-wall liner. -Comes with dual zoned cooking areas. Product Type: -Charcoal grill. Installation Location: -Free standing. Finish: -Black, silver. Distressed: -Yes. Material: -Steel. -The cooking area does not have a divider. -Includes an upper warming rack. Generic Specifications: -4 Heavy-duty porcelain enameled cast-iron cooking grates retain heat to sear foods and lock in natural juices. Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: -50.51". Overall Width - Side to Side: -60.22". Overall Depth - Front to Back: -28.16". Overall Product Weight: -112 lbs.


3.9 out of 5 stars
Total Reviews - 629
Review Score - 3.9

Char-Griller 16620 Akorn Kamado Kooker Charcoal Barbecue Grill and Smoker, Black


  • 314 square inches of primary cooking space, warming rack 133 square inches for a total of 447 square inches
  • Insulated design means more heat uses less charcoal and less airflow means insulated heat for juicy meat and folding side shelves
  • Cooking surface is cast iron, Body is constructed of 22 gauge steel, Exterior finish is powder coated steel, Interior finish is porcelain coated steel
  • Cart is constructed of tubular steel w/rubber wheels, locking caster on front, Indexed damper is numbered so you can note the position of the damper
  • Features Locking Lid, 2 folding black metal shelves, Easy dump ash pan, Double wall insulation, Heat gauge
Kamado style cooking comes from ancient cooking methods that used large clay ovens for insulation. Kamados of recent years are made of heavy ceramics. Char-Griller has developed this product for Kamado style cooking using innovative technology to make it more durable, convenient, affordable and lighter weight than traditional ceramic Kamados. This Kamado Kooker can cook anything from burgers to fish to ribs to pizza. Truly the best food you will ever cook on a grill! Easy to assemble.


3.7 out of 5 stars
Total Reviews - 205
Review Score - 3.7

Dyna-Glo DGN576DNC-D Premium Charcoal Grill


  • Charcoal basket adjustment tray system for ultimate heat control and cooking flexibility
  • 3-cast iron heavy duty sliding porcelain enameled cooking grates retain heat to sear foods and lock in natural juices
  • A stainless steel smoke stack with adjustable flu cap for heat control and heavy duty cast iron charcoal front access door
  • Heavy duty 8" resin wheels with 3" locking casters provide excellent maneuverability, side shelves, storage basket and bottle opener
  • 816 square Inch of total cooking area offers significant cooking space for all your grilling needs; Grill up to 30 hamburgers at one time
  • Protect your grill with a custom-fit Dyna-Glo premium cover - Model DG576CC (Sold Separately)
DGN576DNC-D Features: -Crank-style adjustable charcoal tray for ultimate heat control options and cast iron charcoal access door. -Hood is designed with an easy lift handle for opening, stainless steel smoke stack with adjustable fuel and temperature gauge. -Finish: Black. -Made of steel with a black powder coat finish and cooking space. Product Type: -Charcoal grill. Installation Location: -Free standing. Finish: -Black. Distressed: -Yes. Primary Material: -Steel. Generic Specifications: -3 heavy-duty porcelain enameled cast-iron cooking grates can slide aside when coal access is necessary. Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: -50.51". Overall Width - Side to Side: -60.22". Overall Depth - Front to Back: -28.16". Overall Product Weight: -96 lbs.