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11 Best Charcoal Grills of 2022

Grill up steaks, fish, vegetables and chicken on these top-rated charcoal grills.


Feb 25, 2022

Charcoal grills allow for great control over the cooking process so you can make drool-worthy recipes the way you want every time. Use as many coals as you'd like to achieve the perfect temperature and place them wherever you want in the grill to create different cooking zones. Cook directly over the coals for a charred exterior or move the food to a less hot spot for more gentle cooking and a smoky taste. Keep an eye on the coals, however, because they may need to be replenished before your cooking is done. And don't forget to put them out completely before storing your grill away. 

In the Good Housekeeping Institute, we've tested dozens of top-rated grills over the years, including gas grills, electric and indoor grills, pellet grills and smokers and, of course, charcoal grills. Our recommended picks are sturdy with unsung safety features like locking wheels and oversized handles; they're constructed with solid material to better control temperature and are easy to clean. Here are the best charcoal grills you can buy in 2022 based on our findings:


Our top picks


Dyna-Glo X-Large Premium Dual Chamber Charcoal Grill - DGN576SNC-D


Dyna-Glo Dual Zone Large Premium Charcoal Grill DGN486SNC-D


This charcoal grill from Dyna-Glo is large and in charge, but also features a removable divider that can cut the cooking area in half if desired. Two adjustable charcoal trays allow the temperature of the high-gloss, porcelain enameled cast iron grates to be controlled separately. The trays can each be accessed through the two front doors so you can add more coals as needed or move them around during cooking. Its ash tray is located beneath the charcoal trays in a drawer that can be pulled out for cleaning. The smokestack can also be adjusted for further temperature and smoke control.

This Dyna-Glo gets entertaining bonus points for having a built-in bottle opener on the front of the unit, as well as two side shelves and a bottom rack for storage.

  • Big; perfect for entertaining
  • Offers two separate cooking zones

How we tested

The pros in the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances and Culinary Innovation Lab have tested more than 50 grills over the years — including charcoal, gas and pellet styles – grilling up more than 50 steaks and 220 pieces of chicken. When we test charcoal grills, we monitor the steak and chicken cook times as well as any flareups. Since charcoal is harder to regulate than gas or pellet grills, we weigh ease of use features more heavily, including factors like how easy the grill is to put together, how many shelves it has, what type of tool holders it has, whether it includes a built-in thermometer, whether the charcoal tray is adjustable, and more.

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