The 7 Best Smoker Grill Combos You Can Buy Right Now

Written by Mike Futia | Updated January 3, 2024

To make sure you're equipped for a season of delicious outdoor cooking, we fired up burgers, barbecue, and chicken on seven highly-rated grill-smoker combos, while also researching a multitude of others to find the best smoker grill combos.

Our top pick is the Traeger Pro 780. None of the other options could match its steady performance, ease-of-use, and solid value.

Our criteria for smoker-grill combos

  • Dual-cooking zones

The ideal smoker-grill combo should feature separate cooking areas for grilling and smoking.

  • Gas or charcoal

While propane provides the ease of quick ignition, charcoal offers that coveted smoky flavor.

  • Solid construction

Look for a smoker-grill combo made from durable materials like stainless steel or cast iron.

  • Pricing from $500 to $1,500

Our research and hands-on testing indicate that this is the sweet spot for smoker-grill combos.

Our Pick
Traeger Pro Series 780

The best smoker for most people is easy to use, durable, and a solid value.

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#1. Best Grill Smoker Combo Overall: Traeger Pro 780

Traeger grill

Pros:

  • Wifi technology allows you to control your smoke sessions from afar
  • Meat probe included
  • Easy to move
  • Comes in two colors
  • Compatible with most of the Traeger add-ons
  • Rises to temperature quickly  

Cons:

  • Max temperature is 500°F (as opposed to some other smoker and grill combos, which get up to 600°F).
  • Pellet hopper capacity is only 18 lbs. 

Specs:

  • Materials: Stainless steel
  • Cooking Space: 780 sq in.
  • Dimensions: 27 x 49 x 55 inches
  • Weight: 150 lbs
  • Hopper Capacity: 18lbs
  • Max Temperature: 500°F
  • Wifi Connectivity: Yes

Traeger has done it again with the Traeger Pro 780. No matter how many pellet grills we purchase from them, we are always shocked by the amazing quality that comes from such an affordable grill. While the Traeger Pro 780 isn’t the cheapest on our list, it is one of the best in terms of value for the price you pay to own one, and also one of Traeger's best grills overall.

beef ribs on smoker

From the large cooking space to an easy-to-empty pellet hopper, a Traeger is an excellent choice for a beginner as well as a master griller. Although this combo grill doesn’t get as high on some of the others on our list, 500°F still gives you excellent options when it comes to searing burgers and steaks.

This version of the Traeger boasts WIFI connectivity, which can allow you to check in on your smoke session while you are on the go. You can also make easy adjustments from a few presses of a button on the Traeger app which can be downloaded to your phone.

We also love that this grill comes on all-terrain wheels. Smokers and grills are bulky and heavy to move no matter what one you buy, but the locking all-terrain wheels mean you can take this grill on the go when necessary.

With the signature steel build and porcelain grates, this Traeger will be your best friend in the backyard for years to come.

>>> Related: How To Clean A Traeger Grill and How To Use Your Traeger

#2. Best Grill Smoker Combo Runner Up: Kamado Joe Classic II

kamado joe

Pros:

  • Uses charcoal for those who adore charcoal flavor.
  • 2 racks for all your items.
  • Easy to manage/clean
  • Excellent for beginners
  • Extremely durable
  • No assembly required

Cons:

  • Not as large as other smoker/grill combos
  • Expensive
  • Heavy, impossible to move

Specs:

  • Materials: Ceramic, Cast Iron, Aluminum
  • Cooking Space: 250 sq. inches
  • Dimensions: 18 x 18 x 36 inches
  • Weight: 250 lbs
  • Hopper Capacity: N/A
  • Max Temperature: 750°F
  • Wifi Connectivity: No

Nothing says quality like a Kamado Joe. While one of these grills/smokers will set you back a pretty penny, you can count on the one you buy being around for years to come.

There are very few grill/smoker combos out there that use charcoal, so if you are a fan of the flavor, the Kamado Joe should be at the top of your list.

You can cook low and slow, or get a nice sear cooking with this egg shaped grill. The split stainless steel cooking grids allow for different temperature zones, which gives you flexibility for cooking different foods at once.

Plus, you can use the Kamado Joe to make pizza or bread with the included heat deflectors and accessory rack, something which can’t be said of a pellet grill. The heat deflectors evenly distribute heat for smoking. The accessory rack allows for convection baking.

We adore the temperature maintenance abilities of Kamado Joe. Unlike a PitBoss which is subject to frequent temperature changes, your Kamado Joe will truly set it and leave it, because you can trust it to smoke your food to perfection. Not to mention it can get to temperatures of up to 750°F. The ceramic grill body and firebox are thick and retain heat efficiently.

The grill has several innovative features like the Kontrol Tower vent for airflow control, the Air Lift Hinge for easy opening of the heavy lid, and a lid-mounted thermometer.

While we love our Kamado Joe’s, there is a reason it isn’t number one. First of all, you’ve got to be committed to charcoal.

With a pellet grill, you can use charcoal pellets when you want, and wood pellets when you don’t, but when you buy a charcoal grill you will always be cooking over charcoal. 

The next issue is the shape. The signature egg shape definitely helps keep heat in, but it also makes it a bit smaller than the average combo grill.

This means those with a large family should probably choose a different grill because you’ll only get 250 sq. inches of cooking space with the basic model (and only about 400 with the next size up.)

Despite these two downfalls, the Kamado Joe is still an excellent choice. So if it’s been on the top of your list, it’s definitely time to consider purchasing one. 

#3. Best Grill Smoker Combo On a Budget: ZGrills 700 Series

Pros:

  • Built with PID technology to ensure even consistent cooking temperatures.
  • Can do everything a pellet grill by Traeger can do but at a fraction of the price.
  • Large pellet hopper to keep the grill going for hours
  • Lightweight (for a smoker/grill)
  • Easy to move
  • Great for beginners

Cons:

  • Not as durable as other brands (Pitboss and Traeger, for example)
  • No wifi connectivity
  • Max temperature is only 450°F (low for a grill)

Specs:

  • Materials: Stainless steel
  • Cooking Space: 697 sq inches
  • Dimensions: 48 x 26 x 51 inches
  • Weight: 84lbs 
  • Hopper Capacity: 24lbs 
  • Max Temperature: 450°F
  • Wifi Connectivity: No

ZGrills is an excellent brand of smokers and grills, especially for those looking for one on a budget. These grills are built with 8-in-1 functionality, meaning you can grill, smoke, bake, roast, braise, sear, BBQ, and chargrill all on one affordable device.

There are a few different models in the 7000 series, and we currently own the 7002. It comes with 697 square inches of cooking space and a 24 lb. pellet hopper. While this isn’t the largest grill and smoker combo offered by ZGrills, it is certainly enough space to feed a family of 4-6 people with ease.

The ZGrill has precise temperature control between 180-450F. During our tests, it held a steady 225F for the 2 hour cook. We also liked that the meat probes were more accurate compared to an instant read thermometer.

ZGrills are frequently sold at half the price of other combo grills, and they still have many great features.

The main difference between a ZGrill and a Pitboss or Traeger (besides the functionality) is the materials used to build them. Don’t get us wrong, they are still built to last but think 3-5 years instead of the 10 years a Trager will last you.

#4. Best Grill Smoker Combo For Large Families: Weber SmokeFire Gen 2 Ex6

weber smoke fire

Pros:

  • Large hopper
  • Large temperature range–this combo grill will truly let you sear
  • Tech savvy–wifi connectivity and even a pellet hopper sensor alarm
  • Large cooking area
  • Lightweight for a combo grill

Cons:

  • Poor grease catching system makes it difficult to clean
  • Doesn’t look as cool as other grill combos

Specs

  • Materials: Stainless Steel
  • Cooking Space: 1004 sq. inches
  • Dimensions: 30 x 55 x 31 inches
  • Weight: 204 lbs
  • Hopper Capacity: 20lbs 
  • Max Temperature: 600°F
  • Wifi Connectivity: Yes

The Weber SmokeFire is one of the few combination grills on our list which can let you cook low and slow with wood pellets while also maintaining temperatures as high as 600°F when you want to sear. This makes it a truly versatile grill, and with 1004 sq inches of cooking space it is excellent even for a large family.

We also like the fact that the Weber SmokeFire is completely tech savvy. In fact, it is the most tech savvy on our list with both Wifi connectivity as well as a pellet hopper sensor which can send a notification to your phone when it is running low. This means you never have to worry about stepping away when you are smoking your next creation.

Weber is an amazing company, and customers rave about their responsiveness when it comes to fixing issues with their grills. The Gen 2 model addresses many of the issues with their previous grills, so you don’t have to worry about past nuances when you make your purchase.

Our only complaints about this combo grill is that it doesn’t have quite the same sleek look as some of the other grills on this list, and that the “state of the art” grease catching system isn’t really that great. It actually makes it more difficult to keep clean than other grills.

But despite these two downsides, you can’t go wrong with this awesome grill.

#5. Best Grill Smoker Combo for Offset Smoking: Royal Gourmet Charcoal Offset Smoker and Grill

royal gourmet

Pros

  • Large cooking area
  • Allows for offset smoking
  • Inexpensive
  • Lightweight and easy to move
  • S hooks for easy BBQ tool storage

Cons:

  • Not durable
  • Very basic design

Specs:

  • Materials: Steel
  • Cooking Space: 1004 sq. inches
  • Dimensions: 53 x 27 x 48 inches
  • Weight: 50 lbs
  • Hopper Capacity: 4.4lbs 
  • Max Temperature: 700°F
  • Wifi Connectivity: Yes

The Royal Gourmet Charcoal Offset Smoker Grill makes it possible to both grill and sear over charcoal with one lightweight device. Weighing only 50 lbs., this grill is ideal for those who plan to roll their grill in and out of the garage (or storage shed) for each session.

Because this grill uses charcoal for fuel instead of wood pellets, you’ll be able to reach those high temperatures with ease. Plus, everything you make will have that delicious charcoal taste. Initial smoke leak testing with small fire starters showed minimal leakage from the chimney only. However, further testing with real wood and charcoal fire revealed leaks around the chimney, lid, and especially around the firebox. Temperature control was difficult and fluctuated quite a bit during the first 4-5 hour cook test with ribs.

While Royal Gourmet is a decent company, do note that their grills, including this one, are not considered premium. They are inexpensively made, making them an excellent choice for a beginner. The construction quality seems to be on the lower end. If you already have some experience and are looking to perfect your craft, you might want to look for something a little higher-end that will last longer.

The grill required significant assembly time, with many parts and instructions to go through. One positive is the large cooking chamber, which can fit multiple racks of ribs. Plans are to add smoke gaskets around the firebox and high-temp sealant around the lid and other leaks spots identified to improve its performance. Also worth mentioning is that the offset firebox is on the left side, which is unusual compared to most offset smokers and may take some adjustment.

So, if you want a grill that can both sear and offset smoke, and are willing to make a few modifications, the Royal Gourmet is where it’s at. Overall the grill shows some construction and seal issues leading to smoke leaks and temperature control problems. But with some mods planned, it has potential as a budget offset smoker.

#6. Best Propane Grill Smoker Combo: Weber Genesis II E-310

weber genesis ii

Pros:

  • Durable
  • Holds temperatures with ease
  • Easy to move
  • 10 year warranty
  • Comes with 6 tools hooks for easy organization

Cons:

  • Smoking options are limited

Specs:

  • Materials: Steel
  • Cooking Space: 529 sq. inches
  • Dimensions: 52 x 27 x 44 inches
  • Weight: 109 lbs
  • Hopper Capacity: N/A
  • Max Temperature: 38,000 BTUs
  • Wifi Connectivity: No

Before we begin, it’s important to know that the Weber Genesis II is primarily a grill, but, with the addition of a smoker tube, it is one of the few grills which can also make an excellent smoker. Stainless steel construction gives it a heavy-duty feel, especially the door and body. Even the stainless steel grates are high-quality and easy to clean.

As we mentioned before, Weber is a brand known for their quality, and the E-310 won’t disappoint. With a steel build, cast iron grates, and steel wheels, this grill is truly built to last (which Weber assures with their 10-year warranty). Unlike the main grates, the warming rack is a thinner, lower-grade stainless steel.

Unlike some propane grills, the Weber Genesis can hold lower temperatures for long periods of time, meaning it can be used for smoke sessions. Simply turn on only one of the burners, add a smoke tube, and put your meat on the grill and you are ready to smoke. The burners are easy to remove and stay clean under the flavorizer bars, which do discolor and can rust due to high heat. Bars not over burners stay cleaner. Good gas flow and ignition ensure a smooth operation.

The Weber Genesis II gives those who are only familiar with propane grills an opportunity to test their smoking skills. And if you only plan to smoke once or twice a year, this grill is an excellent choice. The aluminum body is easy to clean, with grease conveniently sliding down into a disposable tray.

However, if you want to become the next pitmaster, we recommend choosing another combo grill on this list so you can truly learn to smoke like a pro. The grill can get very hot, exceeding 650F even though Weber recommends temperatures less than 550F. It's advisable to keep temperatures lower when preheating.

While this particular grill doesn’t come with a ton of bells and whistles, it is a viable option for a beginner, especially at its price point. The knobs turn smoothly and the electronic ignition works consistently. It comes grill-ready for the iGrill3 accessory, and a large tank gauge helps monitor fuel levels. Side shelves are also foldable for added convenience.

So if you are mostly a griller but want to smoke from time to time, check out the Weber Genesis. Overall, it's a high-quality, easy-to-use and clean stainless steel gas grill that reaches very high temperatures. The minor drawbacks are the rusting flavorizer bars and the lower-grade warming rack.

#7. Best High End Grill Smoker Combo: Pit Boss Wood Pellet and Gas Combo Grill

pit boss

Pros

  • Separate areas for grilling and smoking
  • Plenty of cooking space
  • Cook with propane and pellets
  • Easy digital temperature control
  • Built to last

Cons

  • Pit Boss grills sometimes struggle to maintain temperature
  • The cooking area is truly divided, limiting your large meat cooking options

Specs:

  • Materials: Powder Coated Steel
  • Cooking Space: 1261 sq. inches
  • Dimensions: 70 x 32 x 50 inches
  • Weight: 203 lbs
  • Hopper Capacity: 21 lbs
  • Max Temperature: 500°F
  • Wifi Connectivity: No

If you want the full experience of both grilling over propane and smoking over wood pellets, there is no better option than the Pitboss wood pellet and gas combo grill.

Built as basically two grills merged together, one side is dedicated to propane grilling while the other is dedicated to smoking with an overall cooking area of 1261 sq. inches.

This grill is one of the most expensive on our list, but if you want the best of both worlds this is the combo grill for you.

Pit Boss has long been known for their quality grills, and this model is no exception. With 8 in 1 cooking options, you can grill, smoke, roast, bake, sear and more all with one appliance.

We are a huge fan of Pit Boss grills, but be aware that when you buy one, that they are subject to temperature fluctuations that other brands of grills are not. While these fluctuations have never ruined (or even affected) our smoke sessions, some pitmasters might find them to be annoying when trying to perfect a recipe. 

Regardless, if you don’t want to limit yourself, this is the grill. Set a rack of ribs on the smoking side, while grilling burgers on the grill side. Plus, if you buy the charcoal pellets offered by Pitboss, this is the only grill on our list which can utilize three types of fuel. For those who want to experiment, this means you won’t have to limit yourself. 

Do keep in mind, though, that the cooking area is split completely with a wall between them. While you have over 1200 sq inches of cooking space, you cannot smoke a massive turkey on this grill.

Rather, this grill is designed for those who want to make a large quantity or variety of smaller meats at the same time.

Factors to Consider When Buying a Smoker and Grill Combo 

grill grates

The right smoker and grill combo looks different for every individual, depending on your unique needs. Therefore, before you part with your hard-earned cash, there are a few things you need to consider as you shop. We’ve broken them all down for you below. 

1. Cooking Space

One of the main reasons a grill will or will not work for you is the cooking capacity. If you have a family of 7 to feed each night, you will need a vastly larger grill than a couple who normally only cooks for themselves.

In general, we recommend purchasing a grill/smoker that has 100-150 square inches per family member. This means a family of 4 needs 400-600 square inches of cooking space, while a 7-member family will need 700-1,050 square inches. 

2. Size

While it can be easy to assume you should buy a giant grill for your giant family, before you do so, you also need to consider the space you have to store and use your grill. If you live in an apartment and want a grill for your patio, you will have to look at significantly smaller grills than someone who has a large yard.

As you evaluate your space, don’t forget to consider where you will store your grill off season as well. While a cover will keep your grill dry on rainy days, those who live in colder climates should plan to store their grill in a shed or garage during the winter season to keep it in tip-top shape. 

Ensure the grill you choose will be able to fit in this space so you won’t have to worry about leaving it out in the cold!

3. Fuel Source

One of the major aspects of selecting a combo grill and smoker is considering what type of fuel you like to cook over. The main options are charcoal, wood pellets, and propane. While all of these methods have their pros and cons, they also all cook differently, so it’s important to evaluate which one you want to be cooking over for the foreseeable future.

In our opinion, the best smoker and grill combos will offer us a variety of cooking methods. For example, any pellet grill can also be used with charcoal pellets to give you that delicious charcoal taste–making these a better option than a grill which can only use propane or a charcoal only combo grill. 

4. Build Quality

Many people gravitate toward the cheapest grill and smoker combo simply because it is the cheapest. Although price can be important when shopping for a grill, it’s important to remember that you get what you pay for. If you want a durable grill that will last you for years to come, then you need to be prepared to pay top dollar.

If you are just starting your smoking journey and aren’t quite sure if you even like smoking yet, then it is okay to buy a grill which is less durable while you get the hang of it. Just be prepared to shell out some money in 3 to 5 years because a non-durable combo grill won’t last long! 

5. Technology Features

You probably already know that there are some really cool grills on the market. Whether you want one that you can control from afar, or with an easy to read digital temperature gauge, tech should play a large part in your purchase decision.

Unless you are a technical genius, once you buy your grill, you will not be able to add any technology features. While you can always buy add-ons like a pizza oven or sear box, if you truly want WIFI or Bluetooth connectivity, you will need to buy one that has this feature from the start because it cannot be added later.

Of course, techy features aren’t the only thing to consider, but if you are trying to decide between two similar grills, we recommend taking the technological features into account. 

6. Brand

If you are just starting to grill and smoke, you can skip this section, but seasoned grillers should consider the brand of combo grill as they shop.

Why? Well, if you already have a bunch of add-ons or additional tools which are built for one brand of grill, then it makes no sense to buy a grill/smoker combo which doesn’t fit any of these add-ons. 

For example, if you have a pizza oven add-on for a Weber grill, it makes no sense to purchase a Traeger, as then you will also need to buy a new pizza oven add-on. While you might choose to buy a new Weber combo grill that has more capabilities, at least you can still use the same attachments that you have already purchased.

Do keep in mind, though, that if you have had an attachment for over 10 years, that it might not work with a brand new grill of the same brand anyway so it might be worth switching brands. 

If you have questions about a grill brand and what accessories will work with what grills, it is advised to contact the brand customer service before you buy to ensure you know what to expect when your new combo grill arrives! 

7. Price

Obviously, everyone has a budget when they shop for a new appliance. However, when choosing a smoker and grill combo, we think your budget should be the least of your worries. 

Remember, when you are shopping for a smoker and a grill, that you are buying one appliance which does the work of two. This means you will pay more than you would for just one or the other.

While it is important to have a top price in mind, we recommend shopping with an open mind and choosing the appliance you know will suit your family best that you can enjoy for years to come. 

What is the Difference Between a Grill and a Smoker?

weber grill cleaned

Grills and smokers have similar abilities, but the main difference between the two is the temperature range you can use for cooking food.

A smoker is built to cook food at low temperatures below 300°F for several hours, while a grill is meant to cook foods at high temperatures about 300°F for shorter periods of time.

A combo grill and smoker will combine these two capabilities in one device, typically allowing you to cook food over a variety of temperatures. Additionally, most smokers (but not all) use a smoke-producing fuel source like charcoal or wood to create smoke to add a smoky flavor into your meat. 

What is the Best Type of Combo Grill?

Honestly, the best type of combo grill for you will depend on your cooking style and the individual features you desire. If you prioritize wifi connectivity, then the Traeger Pro 780 is best. If you prioritize cooking space, then the Weber SmokeFire is best. 

At the end of the day, you should make a list of what you want your smoker and grill combo to have, and rank them in order of priority. As long as you find a combo grill that has your top 3 features, you can’t go wrong.

Is a Pellet Smoker or a Charcoal Smoker Better?

Most pitmasters prefer charcoal smoking over pellet smoking, however, they do make charcoal pellets which can be used with most wood pellet smokers. This means choosing a pellet smoker is the best option as it will allow you to use both wood pellets and charcoal in one easy to use grill. 

What Type of Smokers Do the Pros Use?

Every professional griller is different. Most have a preference for a certain brand or style of grill they use and they continue to buy new versions of the same grill over and over.

The most popular brands used by professionals are Traeger, Lang, Yoder, and Jambo.

Can a Smoker Double as a Grill?

As you noticed on our list, it is possible for a grill to double as a smoker as long as you have a smoker tube and a decent grill.

However, this does not go both ways and it can be nearly impossible to grill on most dedicated smokers. Purchasing a smoker and grill combo is one of the only ways that you can guarantee you will be able to both smoke and grill on one device. 

Are Smoker Combo Grills Worth It?

At the end of the day, when you are buying a smoker and grill combo, you are investing in a single appliance which can complete multiple tasks for you.

While the initial purchase price will be steep, you will absolutely love the versatility of being able to smoke and grill with one single device.

Overall, when it comes to smoker and grill combos, you have many brands and styles to choose from.

The one which is best for you will widely depend on the size of your family, type of fuel you like to use, and the additional features you want your grill to have.

We hope this guide has helped lead you to picking the best combo grill for your smoking style. Happy grilling!

Mike Futia

Hello, I'm Mike Futia, a passionate griller and BBQ enthusiast. I'm the creator of Grill Frenzy, and I'm committed to sharing my knowledge of grilling and smoking with you. I believe that BBQ and grilling should be accessible to everyone. Whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting out, I'm here to guide you on your grilling journey. Welcome!


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