Best Charcoal Grills Under $500 - 2018 Edition - GrillsZone.com

Best Charcoal Grills Under $500 – 2018 Edition

If you’ve decided to join the legions of loyal charcoal grill fans, consider getting a charcoal grill under $500. It gives you the most bang for your buck compared to equally-priced gas grills. While charcoal grills under $500 are packed with features, they are simple in construction and design and are less prone to mechanical failure. Most grilling enthusiasts agree that no other heat source can infuse your meat with that unique, smoky flavor as hot coals will.

The Weber Performer Deluxe hits all the right notes with grilling fans. You’ll love how its electronic Touch-N-Go gas ignition system simplifies charcoal lighting. No more matches or smelly lighter fluid – just push the button and voila! Add this to Weber’s excellence in construction and attentive after-sales service, and I have a clear winner.

The hybrid Char-Griller Duo gives you the best of both worlds. Designed to use both gas and charcoal, you can sear your meat on the ultra-hot charcoal side for that complex, unique flavor and use the gas side for warming. Another king of grilling is the Char-Griller 6520 Kamado grill. The energy-efficiency you get from this grill is unmatched.

Kamado grills are well insulated and are versatile. Get the Char-Griller 16620 Akorn for the juiciest, slow-cooked meat. It is also the most affordable grill on this list. The Royal Gourmet 3-Burner Grill has stainless steel burners with a 25,500 BTU capacity. This grill’s massive 760 square inches of cooking space is only surpassed by that of its hybrid counterpart, the Char-Griller Duo.

Product name Rating Price Discount History Size Made by
Weber 15501001 Performer Deluxe Charcoal Grill, 22-Inch, Black Weber 15501001 Performer Deluxe Charcoal Grill, 22-Inch, Black
4.7 out of 5 stars
(4.7)
4.7/176
$399.00 BUY NOW 30 x 48 x 43.5 inches Weber-Stephen Products LLC
Char-Griller 5050 Duo Gas-and-Charcoal Grill Char-Griller 5050 Duo Gas-and-Charcoal Grill
4.2 out of 5 stars
(4.2)
4.2/260
$400.81 20% OFF
BUY NOW
48 x 21.5 x 13.5 inches Char-Griller
Char-Griller 6520 Akorn Kamado Kooker Charcoal Grill with Cart - Grey Char-Griller 6520 Akorn Kamado Kooker Charcoal Grill with Cart - Grey
4.1 out of 5 stars
(4.1)
4.1/40
-- BUY NOW 45.2 x 47.4 x 31.3 inches King-Griller by Char-Griller
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
$299.99 4% OFF
BUY NOW
26.6 x 24.8 x 21.65 inches Char-Griller
Royal Gourmet 3-Burner Gas Grill and Charcoal Grill Combo (Stainless Steel) Royal Gourmet 3-Burner Gas Grill and Charcoal Grill Combo (Stainless Steel)
2.9 out of 5 stars
(2.9)
2.9/6
-- BUY NOW 22 x 63.8 x 43.7 inches Royal Gourmet Corp

$399.004.7 out of 5 stars
Total Reviews - 176
Review Score - 4.7

Weber 15501001 Performer Deluxe Charcoal Grill, 22-Inch, Black


  • 22-inch diameter porcelain-enameled bowl and lid with a cooking area of 363 square inch
  • Electronic Touch-N-Go gas ignition system
  • Aluminized steel One-Touch cleaning system with removable, high-capacity, aluminum ash catcher
  • Removable LCD cook timer and built-in lid thermometer
  • Assembled dimensions are 43.5-inch by 48-inch by 30-inch
The Performer Deluxe grill features an exclusive Touch-N-Go gas ignition system that ignites charcoal briquettes with the push of a button. Especially handy is an LCD countdown cook timer with a large readout . The timer attaches to the grill or can be easily removed if you'd prefer to take it inside or keep it with you. 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 grill's classic porcelain-enameled bowl and lid with a One-Touch Cleaning system and high capacity ash catcher make clean up hassle free. Storage options are plentiful with the CharBin storage container which protects your charcoal from the elements and a sturdy painted metal table is right at hand while grilling. Also features a wire bottom shelf, no-rust aluminum vent and a glass-reinforced nylon handle. Uses disposable 14.1 or 16.4 oz. LP cylinders (sold separately).


$400.814.2 out of 5 stars
Total Reviews - 260
Review Score - 4.2

Char-Griller 5050 Duo Gas-and-Charcoal Grill


Item is on SALE !!! 20% discount will save $99.18
  • Charcoal and gas grill combo with 1260 square inches of cooking space
  • 40,800 BTU gas grill with electronic ignition and 3 burners, 12,000 BTU side burner
  • Adjustable grate height for temperature control; chrome-plated warming rack
  • Stainless-steel heat gauge; porcelain-coated cast-iron grates; easy-dump ash pan
  • Measures 60" X 25" X 50"
Enjoy quick gas grilling during the week and slow charcoal cooking on the weekends with the all-in-one Char-Griller Duo 5050 Grill. The Char-Griller Duo provides 1,260 sq.in. of BBQ grilling and smoking space. The gas grill side features 438 sq.in. cooking area, porcelain coated cast iron grates, dual smoke stacks for even heating, 3 burners with 40,800 BTU output, electronic ignition, and a 12,000 BTU side burner.  The charcoal side features 580 sq.in. cooking area, warming rack, adjustable fire grate with easy dump ash pan and a double lined bottom.  Heavy steel construction for durability and two fuel options for convenience and flavor. For Texas smoking add the 2-2424 side firebox (not included).


4.1 out of 5 stars
Total Reviews - 40
Review Score - 4.1

Char-Griller 6520 Akorn Kamado Kooker Charcoal Grill with Cart - Grey


  • Insulated design means more heat uses less charcoal and less airflow means insulated heat for juicy meat
  • 314 square inches of primary cooking space, 133 square inches of warming rack
  • Tubular steel cart construction, 26" X 26" of prep/serving space
  • Dual adjustable dampers for maintaining specific temperatures
  • Cast iron cooking grates enhance flavors and heat evenly
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 with Cart can cook anything from burgers to fish to ribs to pizza. Truly the best food you will ever cook on a grill! Cart features 26" X 26" of prep/serving space. Easy to assemble.


$299.993.9 out of 5 stars
Total Reviews - 629
Review Score - 3.9

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


Item is on SALE !!! 4% discount will save $12.12
  • 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.


2.9 out of 5 stars
Total Reviews - 6
Review Score - 2.9

Royal Gourmet 3-Burner Gas Grill and Charcoal Grill Combo (Stainless Steel)


  • Total 760 square inches bring sufficient cooking space, Gas and charcoal grill combo comes with a heavy duty structure; unfolding side tables on both sides give additional working space
  • 3 stainless steel burners are made to last, with 25,500 BTU output which makes contribution to even cooking; A slide-out ash pan under the charcoal grill side offers easy clean-up
  • The firebox is made of organic silicone material, tolerant of 600 degree high heat; The combination of 2 casters and 2 wheels realizes convenient movement meanwhile provides a sturdy foundation for grilling
  • Constructed of double-layer stainless steel and featured with built-in thermometer, the grill lids perform perfectly in heat resistance and can help maintain the heat well
  • Charcoal grill side provides height-adjustable charcoal pan and the air vents, 2 on the lid top and 1 at the front , allowing for the easy control of temperature
Design Concept:
The Royal Gourmet Gas and Charcoal Grill Combo is constructed of a heavy duty material. Elegant design together with the heat resistant firebox brings you superior barbecue experience. The grill combo comes with 592 square inches porcelain cast iron grates and 168 square inches stainless steel warming rack, delivering sufficient cooking space. 3 stainless steel burners with 25,500 BTU are durable and excellent in performance. The charcoal grill side provides height-adjustable charcoal pan allowing for the easy control of temperature. The side tables on both sides give you plenty of additional working space. Detailed designs such as built-in thermometer and hooks are handy features making your barbecue more convenient. The grill is easy to move around with its casters and wheels, allowing you to enjoy barbecue anywhere freely.