6 Best Grills For Eco Friendly Healthy Grilling

Our guide to efficient, eco-friendly, sustainable grills.

June 15, 2017
the fuel efficient biolite base camp is one of the best grills for healthy eco friendly grilling
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Want to grill without sending tons of smoke into the atmosphere? These 6 eco-friendly grills give you an easy way to grill in a way that's better for your health and that's easier on the planet. (And if you're not yet ready to retire your trusty old kettle grill, read up on our eco-friendly healthy grilling tips, which you can use with any grill.)

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EcoQue Portable Grill

This lightweight, portable grill (think: parks, picnics, and beaches) has a unique pyramidal design that directs heat upwards, and is made of easy-to-clean stainless steel that reflects radiant heat back at the food. The result is a grill that's super fuel-efficient: the 12-inch model requires just nine briquettes to grill for a family of four, and the 15-inch model, which feeds 6, uses 16 briquettes per grilling session. (Here are 20 more tips for healthy, eco-friendly grilling.)

Buy it now: $54 for the 12-inch model; $126 for the 15-inch model, Amazon.com

Lodge Sportsman grill is one of the best grills for healthy grilling
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Lodge L410 Pre-Seasoned Sportsman's Charcoal Grill

This Japanese-style cast iron hibachi grill from Lodge is ideal for table-top (outdoor!) grilling, providing a ton of grilling power in a tiny physical footprint.  A sliding door lets you regulate the heat, reducing the odds of flare-ups or carcinogen-causing scorched food, and you can add fresh coals as needed through a shoot. It's made in the US, and lasts a lifetime (properly cared for—here are 18 tips for caring for cast iron) and, at $95, is miles cheaper than other quality hibachi grills.

Hibachi grilling traditionally uses binchotan charcoal, which burns cleanly and very hot—but you can use regular lump charcoal, too. Avoid briquettes laced with lighter fluid—those chemicals are very bad for you. (Here are our favorite charcoal brands for healthy grilling.)  

Buy it now: $95 Lodge Pre-Seasoned Sportsman's Charcoal Grill, Amazon.com

the fuel efficient biolite base camp is one of the best grills for healthy eco friendly grilling
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BioLite Base Camp

Unlike most camping stoves which rely on fossil fuels, this itty bitty backpacking stove (about the same size as a Nalgene bottle) cooks your food by incinerating twigs and pine cones. The Biolite Base Camp stove contains a tiny generator that makes electricity from the heat of the fire, which in turn helps to make it more fuel-efficient: the electricity drives an internal fan that amplifies the flame, so you can grill with fewer emissions. What's more, you can also charge a headlamp or phone in the stove’s built-in USB port. For grilling, you'll want to also get the Campstove Grill Attachment, which is sold separately. (Here are 8 more pieces of eco-friendly camping gear.)

Buy it now: $109 BioLite Base Camp Stove, $60 Biolite Campstove Grill Attachment, Amazon.com

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The PK Grill

Four vents—two on top and two on bottom—allow you to optimize the PK grill ($370) for direct or indirect cooking, meaning you can sizzle steaks one day, slow-smoke pork the next. Made of no-rust, 100% recycled aluminum and hand-assembled in the USA. Comes apart for toting to camp or tailgate party. (Here are 9 healthy grilling recipes for your next cookout.)

Buy it now: $370 PK Grill, Amazon.com

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Weber Q 2400 Electric Grill

Whether you’re in a no-coals-or-gas condo, have a renewable source of energy at your disposal, or simply like the idea of electric energy for your grilling, Weber’s Q 2400  has a respectable 280 square inches of grilling space and gets the cooking temperature to 500 degrees, yielding real grill flavor. (Here are 5 ways to get solar electricity without putting panels on your roof.)

Buy it now: $299 Weber Q 2400, Amazon.com

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The Big Green Egg

Egg-style ceramic cookers are efficient because they retain heat for a long time, requiring less fuel, and are very air-tight, keeping all that good smoke in to flavor the food. The gold standard in the field is the Big Green Egg.

Buy it now: $940 The Big Green Egg, Amazon.com

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