Best Dual Fuel BBQ

Best Dual Fuel BBQ

If you love cooking on a Charcoal BBQ for that taste and smell, however you sometimes need the convenience of a Gas BBQ with its easily controlled heat then a Dual Fuel BBQ is the way forward. 

Sometimes referred to a hybrid BBQs these are perfect BBQs for enjoying year round cooking.  You can use BBQ charcoal style in the hot days and revert to BBQing on gas when its wet (as long as you have a lidded BBQ).

There are actually two types of hybrid grills out there – the charcoal/gas BBQ and the Infrared/Gas BBQ.  We review the pros and cons of both these types of BBQ Grills later on.

With these dual fuel BBQs you can enjoy well cooked meat, smokey bbq flavours and never worry what the weather is going to do.  

The key benefits of a Hybrid BBQ (dual fuel BBQ) are:

  • Easy to light – you use the gas burners to light the coals and then turn them off once the charcoals are lit
  • Versatility – Dual Fuel BBQs let you choose what to cook over charcoals and what needs gas.  You can light up the charcoal and whip up some steaks and then turn on the gas, close the lid and roast the chicken!  The best hybrid bbqs let you do both side by side!
  • Year round cooking – weathers good get the charcoal on but if its raining spark the gas grill and close the lid to cook indirectly
These dual fuel cookers are the bomb I think for ease of cooking and option to get that smokey BBQ taste on certain foods when needed!  These are my recommended best dual fuel bbq models to purchase.
Char-Broil 140924 Gas2Coal 210 Hybrid Grill Gas Barbecue, Black
  • Gas2Coal Patented Charcoal Tray - ensures less flare-ups and unform heat for cooked, tastely food
  • Stainless Steel Burners - strong, durable burners that are built to last
Char-Broil Gas2Coal 440 Hybrid Grill Gas Barbecue, Black
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Char-Broil Gas2Coal 440 Hybrid Grill Gas Barbecue, Black
  • Gas2Coal Patented Charcoal Tray - ensures less flare-ups and unform heat for cooked, tastely food
  • Stainless Steel Burners - strong, durable burners that are built to last
Char-Broil Gas2Coal Hybrid Grill - 3 Burner Gas & Coal Barbecue Grill,...
257 Reviews
Char-Broil Gas2Coal Hybrid Grill - 3 Burner Gas & Coal Barbecue Grill,...
  • Patented Charcoal Tray - ensures less flare-ups and unform heat for cooked, tastely food.
  • Stainless Steel Burners - strong, durable burners that are built to last.
Outback 2019 Dual Fuel Gas/Charcoal BBQ - 2 Burner
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Outback 2019 Dual Fuel Gas/Charcoal BBQ - 2 Burner
  • The Outback 2020 Dual Fuel Gas/Charcoal BBQ - 2 Burner is an ideal answer to the age old barbecuing question as to whether to cook with gas or charcoal as it features two totally separate cook boxes with one devoted to each fuel source so if you want the heart and soul of charcoal barbecue cooking or the convenience of gas barbecue cooking you no longer have to choose. Have the option of both using them either fully independently or at the same time.
  • Full specification feature set and features two double skinned roasting hoods with porcelain-coated a cast iron grill and griddle in the gas powered cook box and 2 porcelain coated grills in the charcoal cook box while the gas powered cook box includes 2 flame tamers/Vapour bars for their superior capacity for maximising the vapourisation of excess cooking fats back into the cook box to give food the distinctive barbecue taste minimising flare ups that taint the taste of food at the same time.
Outback Dual Fuel 2-Burner Gas and Charcoal Trolley BBQ with Multi Cook...
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Outback Dual Fuel 2-Burner Gas and Charcoal Trolley BBQ with Multi Cook...
  • Charcoal storage drawer - Convenient tilt out charcoal storage underneath the grill for quick access when setting up your grill.
  • Two cast-iron gas burner plates
ZYFWBDZ Charcoal And Gas Dual-Purpose Grill,Stainless Steel 12,000 BTU...
  • Charcoal And Gas Dual-Purpose Grill: Coal dual-use is more convenient for outdoor use, and grilling can also be faster. And it has the characteristics of low fat and low cholesterol, making it healthier to use!
  • Flavor smoky design on the side: Smoke design,large space,convenient and fast side carbon addition,the right side of the valve open a nd close at will.

Pros & Cons of Gas/Charcoal Dual Fuel Grill

Pros of buying a Gas/Charcoal Hybrid Grill

  • Time Saving – Your grill going to be ready to cook on in a few minutes with just the click of the gas lighter
  • If you want that smoky flavor and the weather is great you can opt to cook on charcoal instead but light it with ease from your gas ignition (SUCH A TIME SAVER as the coals are hot so much faster!)
  • If you get the best Dual Fuel BBQ model and brand, you can use both types of fuel at the same time! Look at the Outback Dual Fuel BBQ
  • Having the two cooking options combined in ONE GRILL can also be a space saver – no need to own both a charcoal BBQ and a Gas BBQ.

Cons of buying a Gas/Charcoal Hybrid Grill

  • Apart from the Outback Dual Fuel BBQ and the Char Broil Dual Fuel BBQs most other makes of hybrid gas/charcoal bbq have small flaws.  Things like the charcoal trays you can add in only giving enough space for a single layer of charcoal at a time. That means you have to keep a watch and top up the fuel to keep the temp up.   
  • If its a gas to charcoal BBQ with single grill area then you won’t have the air vents like those found in charcoal-only grills.  So again it’s harder to control the heat.  
  • My advice is if you have space look for a double grill dual fuel BBQ.  That gives you one side for charcoal and one side for gas. These design have air vents for the charcoal side for heat control, some models allows you to adjust the height of the tray. The trade off is a smaller grilling area on each side!H
  • All my family and friends who have offered dual fuel bbq reviews have talked about the quality of the cheaper end models like the Argos Dual Fuel BBQ or the Adli Dual Fuel BBQ.  They felt all the budget dual fuel bbqs compromised on the on the quality of the material used

The truth is with the dual fuel BBQ being so new in the UK we just don’t have the variety of grills on sale yet to review a broad range for you.  We would rather suggest the limited range of quality dual fuel BBQs above than list cheaper options.  To expand our offering we are also recommending a few of the new Hybrid Infrared Gas Grills.

What about the hybrid infrared gas grill?

Could this be a better choice for those looking for year round cooking options and versatility in their BBQ?

Pros of buying an Hybrid Infrared Gas Grill

  • This type of BBQ will give any cook the benefits of an infrared gas grill: heats up quickly, saves on time and energy, evenly heats the grill and allows you to cook in any weather
  • They are self-cleaning in the main!
  • What surprised and delighted our reviewers is that these Infrared Gas BBQs produced that smoky flavor you get from charcoal in the food.  This cooking process also retains more moisture in the meat!
  • These are far more versatile than a plain infrared grill because you can cook food like fish and vegetables that require lower temperatures 
  • No need to worry about burning your food because you can opt to use the infrared burner for searing purposes only.

Cons (Hybrid Infrared Gas Grill):

  • Really expensive compared to traditional gas grills. This type of grill could cost you over the thousand mark…but you get what you pay for!
  • Will need extra care as does have some complicated components that despite being a self-cleaning grill. (and also cost a lot to repair or replace) 

This type of hybrid grill definitely has a lot of things going for it. A lot of the drawbacks you get from using an infrared grill is dealt with – mainly burning food and no low temperature cooking. And while it may cost you a pretty penny, it definitely gets the job done in more ways than one.

But back to our question, can hybrid grills really do it all? The answer we would give is “it depends.” If price is no object, you can definitely enjoy the best of both worlds with the Rolls Royce of the hybrid gas/charcoal grills. For those with a limited budget, you might want to steer clear of this type of grill. While a good barbecue grill does require some investment, you don’t always have to break the bank to get it

Last update on 2021-05-16 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API