Charcoal Gas, Professional Gas and Pellet Grills.... What's the difference?

by Matt Arcuri

If you're in the market for a new grill or may just be curious about what some of the “best” grills are, there actually is no definite right or wrong answer. Each grill has the same goal, cooking your food, but the difference in every grill is how they cook your food.

Let's get into some of the differences to see which style best fits YOUR needs.

Pellet Style Grills:

This grill has the capability of producing some incredibly delicious flavors as a result of the many different flavor options available in pellets. For this style grill, you load up a hopper with your chosen flavor of pellets, turn up the heat and smoke it for a long period of time. When using this grill, you have to allow yourself time as it could take a couple of hours between setting up and cooking food. One of the main reasons it takes so long is that this grill doesn’t have burners heating it up which makes the grill heat up to 500 degrees by its own flame and pellets. Another plus when using this type of grill is how consistent and even it cooks over a long period of time. This allows you to have the exact result you are wanting when cooking with a pellet style grill.

Charcoal Grills:

Known as being the king of famous smokey flavor, with a charcoal grill, your food will always have some of the best flavors. One of the major downsides to them is the constant supervision that this style of cooking requires. You will be constantly checking up on the food and adding charcoal as necessary to keep the heat roaring and even. These again will not be as fast as gas grills high heat and searing capability but much faster than the smoker style grills.

Professional Gas Grill:

The professional gas grill has everything you like about your regular gas grill and amplifies ten-fold. These grills are very bold with their large bodies, thicker handles and are built using heavy duty material. Another feature that many people like is the ability to put them on a cart or have them built-in into an outdoor application. Compared to a standard gas grill, these produce a MUCH higher BTU output and have both a sear and rotisserie option. These grills also have other features such as built-in lights in the hood of the grill, stainless steel grates, assisted hood opening lids and some even have backlit knobs. Due to their commercially inspired quality, they generally will also have double the lifespan of their cheaper counterparts. The cost of these grills generally range from $5,000 to $13,000. I know what your thinking… wow, those are expensive! Investing in a good quality grill will save you from having to buy a new grill every time a cheaper one breaks.

Charcoal Gas, Professional Gas and Pellet Grills.... What's the difference?