10 Highly Rated Charcoal Grills Under $400

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Charcoal grills may have waned in popularity compared with gas grills, but they still claim a cherished place in many grillers' hearts. Charcoal loyalists point to the ability to reach higher temperatures than gas and the visceral rush of cooking with fire. Most important, they argue, charcoal (briquettes or natural wood charcoal) provides superior taste. Some of the best, most iconic charcoal grills also have the benefit of being very affordable. Cheapism.com has selected charcoal grills under $400 for whatever the purpose may be, from family meal prep to game-day tailgating, including top picks from our complete grills buying guide.

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WEBER SMOKEY JOE CHARCOAL GRILL 14" 10020

*Cheapism Reviewed* Portable Charcoal Grill Under $100
Price: $30 | Buy it on Amazon
Features: 147 sq. in. cooking surface

Good for grilling fans who hanker after that charcoal flavor when cooking on the go, this smaller version of Weber's famous Original Kettle delivers all the same perks in a compact package.

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WEBER JUMBO JOE CHARCOAL GRILL 18" 1211001

Large Portable Charcoal Grill Under $100
Price: $60 | Buy it on Amazon
Features: 240 sq. in. cooking surface

This larger version of Weber's Smokey Joe has the same cooking chops and enamel coating for durability.

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CHAR-BROIL KETTLEMAN TRU-INFRARED 22.5" CHARCOAL GRILL

*Cheapism Top Pick* Infrared Grill Under $100
Price: $96 | Buy it on Amazon
Features: 360 sq. in. cooking surface

This grill slightly lags the big-name competition on performance but compensates by using less charcoal, owing to its infrared technology.

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WEBER ORIGINAL KETTLE 22" 741001

Charcoal Grill Under $100
Price: $99 | Buy it on Amazon
Features: 363 sq. in. cooking surface

A grilling classic, this family-size charcoal kettle is durable and economical, and cooks anything it touches evenly.

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WEBER ORIGINAL KETTLE PREMIUM 22" 14401001

*Cheapism Top Pick* Charcoal Grill Under $200 (Best Cheap Charcoal Grill)
Price: $149 | Buy it on Amazon
Features: 363 sq. in. cooking surface

As its "premium" title implies, this Weber kettle offers extra features that make cleanup easier. Its cooking prowess is hard to beat.

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WEBER MASTER-TOUCH 22" 14501001

Charcoal Grill Under $200
Price: $199 | Buy it on Amazon
Features: 363 sq. in. cooking surface

This versatile charcoal grill has a two-part grate that can accommodate specialized Weber cookware from a pizza stone to a poultry roaster.

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KINGSFORD 30" BARREL GRILL GR1031-014984

Large Charcoal Grill Under $200
Price: $125 | Buy it on Amazon
Features: 793 sq. in. cooking surface

Frugal backyard chefs who regularly cook for large crowds will appreciate this grill's astounding 793 square inches of cooking area. Sturdy construction sweetens the deal.

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NAPOLEON RODEO CHARCOAL KETTLE GRILL NK22CK-L1

Charcoal Grill Under $300
Price: $204 | Buy it on Amazon
Features: 365 sq. in. cooking surface

This attempt to beat Weber at the kettle grill game nearly succeeds, and earns some expert raves. More expensive than its better-known competitor, this grill offers useful features including a heat diffuser for more even cooking and an extra leg for greater stability.

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DYNA-GLO DGN576DNC-D

Large Charcoal Grill Under $300
Price: $215 | Buy it on Amazon
Features: 816 sq. in. cooking surface

For the price, this charcoal grill offers an expansive cooking surface, a temperature gauge, porcelain-coated cast iron cooking grates, and an adjustable flue for controlling the temperature more effectively.

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WEBER PERFORMER PREMIUM 22" 15401001

Charcoal Grill Under $400
Price: $349 | Buy it at Home Depot
Features: 363 sq. in. cooking surface

While this kettle grill from Weber is a bit more expensive than most charcoal models, the price is justified with features like a hinged cooking grate that allows for specialty cookware, a cart with four wheels and a generous work surface, a charcoal storage bin, and a removable LCD cook timer.