The Best Egg Grill Smokers for Outdoor Cooking
Host events, smoke meats, or bake pizzas on these blazing hot grills. Our picks include portable egg grills for camping, budget choices, and top models.
Patterned after a traditional method of Japanese cooking (komodo), ceramic egg grill smokers are popping up in backyards everywhere. Home chefs revere these charcoal-fueled cookers for their ability to smoke meat slowly until it’s so tender it falls off the bone. They also serve as blazing hot grills that can create the perfect sear on a steak, and can even bake a pizza.
Prices for egg grill smokers run the gamut from around $150 for a basic no-frills model to $2,000 for a high-end egg grill that comes with split grates, oversized locking wheels, and a multipanel firebox. We’ve scoured the market to present recommendations for the best egg grill smoker—choose the model that best suits your cooking needs and budget.
Our Top Picks
BEST OVERALL: Kamado Joe KJ23RHC Classic II Charcoal Grill
Our best overall pick for an egg grill smoker is the Kamado Joe KJ23RHC Classic II Charcoal Grill, which offers 254 inches of cooking area on an 18-inch split grate, where you can adjust both sides higher or lower in the smoker body to handle several foods that cook best at different temps. The grill features a temperature gauge and the vent at the top of the cooker manages airflow easily. The Kamado Joe’s firebox features a six-panel design to reduce breakage and increase the cooking efficiency of the grill. The body of the egg is made from powder-coated cast aluminum, the interior is ceramic, and the grill comes with a rolling cast-iron cart that features locking casters and wheels. Kamado Joe also comes with two exterior side shelves with hooks to hang all your grilling appliances. Total weight is 250 pounds.
BEST VALUE: Char-Griller E16620 Akorn Kamado Grill
With the Char-Griller E16620 Akorn Kamado Grill, you get 314 square inches of cast iron cooking grate at an affordable price, plus an extra 133 square inches on the warming rack. The Char-Griller’s egg-shaped body is constructed from 22-gauge, double-wall insulated steel with a powder-coated exterior and a porcelain-coated steel interior. Near the top of the egg’s hinged lid sit a handy temperature gauge and a vent. A tubular steel cart supports the egg cooker and features rubber wheels and locking casters. The cart and egg grill together weigh in at 90 pounds.
BEST FOR ENTERTAINING: Kamado Joe BJ24RHC Big Joe II Charcoal Grill
Boasting a substantial 452 square inches of stainless steel cooking grate, the Kamado Joe BJ24RHC Big Joe II Charcoal Grill is a grilling monster when it’s time to entertain. Adjust its 2-tier grate within the egg body when you desire different cooking temperatures, and rely on the included air-lift hinge technology to make opening the heavy grill lid easier—and to keep it from slamming shut. A high-fire ceramic coating covers the hefty cast-aluminum egg body and it is easy to check the temperature gauge located near the vent at the top of the lid. The grill comes with two exterior side shelves that feature hooks for hanging grilling brushes and utensils. A cast-iron cart supports the Big Joe and comes with locking wheels and casters. Together, Big Joe and the cart weigh in at a considerable 394 pounds!
MOST PORTABLE: Char-Griller E06614 Akorn Jr. Kamado Grill
You don’t have to give up egg-style grilling just because you’re away from home. At just 37 pounds, the Char-Griller E06614 Akorn Jr. Kamado Grill is easy to transport to sporting events and campsites. Built from powder-coated 22-gauge steel with a porcelain-lined interior, the Char-Griller offers 153 square inches of cast-iron grilling area. It comes with handles for carrying and built-in steel legs for stability. The Char-Griller holds in heat just as well as larger and much heavier egg grills and features a temperature gauge on the lid.