The Best Hibachi Grills – Reviews and Buyer’s Guide

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    Key Features

     Material: cast iron (total)

      Style: traditional charcoal grill

      Dimensions: 19” x 10.25” x 8.25”

      Total grilling area: 155 square inches

      Total weight: 27 lbs.


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    Hibachi is one of those interesting culinary phenomena that caught on in a major way. Interestingly enough though, the hibachi you think of might not be the same as someone else’ perception.

    So, before I can lay out what the best hibachi grills on the market are, and how to pick one, I first have to answer a very important question:


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    Top 7 Best Hibachi Grills (2020 Reviews)

    1. Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Sportsman’s Grill With Coal Door

    Pros:

     Excellent sturdy total cast iron construction
     Great air flow
     Perfect grate spacing
     Compact and easy to store away
      Easy to use
     Good grilling area
     Excellent performance
     Good price

    Cons:

      A bit heavy and hard to transport

    Specifications:

      • Material: cast iron (total)
      • Style: traditional charcoal grill
      • Dimensions: 19” x 10.25” x 8.25”
      • Total grilling area: 155 square inches
      • Total weight: 27 lbs.

    This is not technically billed as a hibachi grill, but it fits every criteria for a good, traditional hibachi grill.

    It’s made of sturdy cast iron, the perfect material for a grill of this type. The grates are perfectly spaced and are perfect for laying any type of food on for cooking.

    The cast iron material provides a lot of vital properties for grilling, particularly hibachi grilling. It heats up a bit slow, but has unparalleled heat retention; it stays hot for a very long time and is usable even when the coals have burned down a lot. This produces a delicious char or sear (depending on the heat) that is utterly different from that produced by any other material.

    The size is great, both in terms of overall compact sizing and ability to be stored away, and the total grilling area is perfect for a hibachi grill.

    Even better, it’s pre-seasoned so you don’t need to fiddle around with any of that, and the price is more than fair in any case.


    2. Backyard Hibachi Torched Cypress Flat Top Propane Gas Grill

    Pros:

     Absolutely gorgeous cypress wood construction
     Huge grilling space
     Enough seating for an intimate group
     Freestanding and easy to move
     Usable outdoors
     Makes a great centerpiece or talking point
     Excellent performance

    Cons:

      Ridiculously high expense

    Specifications:

      • Material: cast iron (flat top), cypress wood (table)
      • Style: propane gas grill
      • Dimensions: 38” x 56” x 27”
      • Total grilling area: 693 square inches
      • Total weight: 162 lbs.

    Representing the other type of hibachi grill (i.e. a teppanyaki grill), this is a high quality and high expense outdoor flat top grill with a beautiful cypress wood construction, and enough seating for about 4 people.

    The grill top is massive, offering an excellent 693 square inches of cooking space on its flat iron top, perfect for making hibachi grill restaurant favorites. But a flat griddle top is good for more than that, being the best possible cooking surface for a lot of foods, including pancakes (or, for a Japanese flair, okonomiyaki) and all kinds of foods that are impossible to cook on an open flame grill.

    It will lack the same char as the Lodge grill above, but makes up for it with consistency and versatility. About the only thing that will come out worse on this is a good steak.

    Of course, the expense of this grill leaves much to be desired. It’ll run you almost 20 times what the Lodge grill above does, though makes a much more beautiful centerpiece for your outdoor fun. That, largely, is what you’re paying for. The decorative value of this grill (being made from real wood) is a large selling point for it. If you just want something practical and functional, look at one of the options a little lower on this list.


    3. Cajun Classic Round Seasoned Charcoal Hibachi Grill

    Pros:

     Powerful total cast iron construction
     Easy to use
     Solid air flow
     Good price
     Great grilling area

    Cons:

     Harder to store and transport our winner, while not being appreciably better in most respects

    Specifications:

      • Material: cast iron (total)
      • Style: traditional charcoal grill
      • Dimensions: 15” (diameter) x 8”
      • Total grilling area: 178 square inches
      • Total weight: 42 lbs.

    Another cast iron grill in the vein of our winner, the Lodge cast iron grill, this one has some nice properties but ultimately falls short of that.

    The make or break here is going to be your preference on rectangular or rounded cooking surfaces. The total surface area is technically bigger here (by about 20 square inches) but a rounder surface might be a bit more unwieldy to arrange some things neatly.

    The circular construction also makes it a bit bulkier, and it’s significantly heavier as well. That’s the primary reason I put it lower down, since it’s also pretty much the exact same price anyway.

    Ultimately it comes down mostly to personal preference, but I’ll take a lighter, more compact version with similar or better performance any day.


    4. Blackstone 36 inch Propane Gas Griddle and Cooking Station

    Pros:

     Easy to use
     Four individually adjustable burners
     Great heat output
     Massive suable cooking space
     Rolls easily
     Safe for outdoor and indoor cooking
     Easy to store for a grill of this size
     Great price

    Cons:

      Lacks the flair and aesthetic value a higher end model would

    Specifications:

      • Material: stainless steel (body), cold rolled steel (griddle top)
      • Style: propane grill
      • Heat output: 160, 000 BTUh
      • Dimensions:  62.5“ x 36” x 22”
      • Total grilling area: 720square inches
      • Total weight: 134 lbs.

    This griddle has most of the functionality you’d expect from a teppanyaki style “hibachi” grill. The main difference you’ll find is in price (maybe a sixth of the average) and materials. No cast iron cooktop here, you have a cold rolled steel top instead.

    That changes the way it cooks a bit, but not by as much as you’d expect. The major differences are in how fast it heats up (or slow in this case; steel is even harder to heat up than cast iron) and in how hot it gets (much hotter).

    Also, unlike some other hibachi tables, this griddle has four unique temperature zones that can function independently from each other. You can use the whole griddle top if you need to, or only a part if you’re cooking a smaller meal. Likewise, you can set each zone to a different temperature, for cooking different kinds of food; perfect for when you want to cook a variety of different meats or vegetables and don’t want to have to guesstimate when to add each on.

    In a practical, affordable sense this is the best flat top hibachi grill on this list. While not as nice looking as a centerpiece or usable as a table, the performance is all here and then some.


    5. Backyard Hibachi Torched Steel Flat Top Propane Grill

    Pros:

     Has included seating and dining room
     Free standing
     Easy to move around
     Sturdy and well built
      Huge grilling area
      Good performance
     Cheaper than the other Backyard Hibachi brand table above

    Cons:

      Still exorbitantly expensive (if less so) but much less nice looking

    Specifications:

      • Material: cast iron (flat top), laminated wood (table top), steel (table bottom)
      • Style: propane gas grill
      • Dimensions: 38” x 56” x 37”
      • Total grilling area: 693 square inches
      • Total weight: 138 lbs.

    In many ways, this grill is similar to the Torched Cypress variant above, from the same brand.

    It is precisely the same size, the same weight, has the same grilling capacity, runs on the same fueled (propane), it’s freestanding, able to be wheeled around, and seats about 4.

    Unfortunately it also looks SIGNIFICANTLY worse, with a steel bottom instead of a wood one, and a much less appealing wood tabletop to go along with it.

    While about 2/3 of the total price, this is a pretty bad trade. If you want a grill with just the raw performance of this model, you have it for a quarter the price in the form of Blackstone’s griddle above. No, you’re buying this for the looks, not the price or how good it cooks, and if it doesn’t look as nice, that’s a problem.

    If you don’t mind the steel bottom and want to save a few bucks on a proper hibachi table, by all means go ahead, but this is not my dream hibachi table.


    6. Marsh Allen Cast Iron Hibachi Charcoal Grill

    Pros:

     Easy to transport; folds up into a very slim profile
     Very lightweight for a cast iron grill
     Inexpensive
     Sturdy cast iron construction
     Good air flow and grid arrangement
     Adjustable cooking grids
     Great overall performance

    Cons:

     A bit small and with less surface area comes less efficient heat retention
     Wider grate spacing may let smaller foods fall through
     Thinner and relatively weaker construction than other cast iron hibachi grills

    Specifications:

      • Material: cast iron (total)
      • Style: traditional charcoal grill
      • Dimensions: 3.4” x 18.75” x 10.62”
      • Total grilling area: 157 square inches
      • Total weight: 16 lbs.

    Simple, cheap, but good. This is the absolute basic hibachi grill, but if you’re just looking for something that will get the job done on a budget, this is absolutely your best bet on this list.

    It’s small and compact, and easily folds into an even smaller area. Despite that, it still boasts an impressive 157 square inches of cooking space; the same as our winner (actually a couple of inches more).

    It’s easy to move around, and fairly lightweight given the material, with a trimmed down design. The cooking grids are adjustable to three heights, and you can get a whole lot of performance out of what would otherwise be a fairly unassuming package.

    As a plus, it costs less than half what our winner of the Cajun Classic grills do, so you don’t have to worry about spending too much on your first hibachi grill if you just want to give this style of grill a try.


    7. Fire Sense Black Notebook Charcoal Grill

    Pros:

     Exceptionally small and lightweight; folds up to only an inch thick
     Great grilling surface area
     Perfect for camping
     Decently sturdy construction

    Cons:

     For a hibachi grill, steel is significantly worse than cast iron as a material

    Specifications:

      • Material: stainless steel (total)
      • Style: traditional charcoal grill
      • Dimensions: 18” x 13” x 13”
      • Total grilling area: 204 square inches

    This is as small and simplistic as a grill gets, but still manages to eke out a spot on this list for its budget friendly pricing and exceptionally portable nature.

    It’s a fold open grill, making it ridiculously easy to pack into stuff; it folds down to about an inch thick, earning its “notebook” title and then some.

    This is great for camping trips where you need to pack light, whether because there’s a lot of long distances involved (you’re biking your way across Europe or some such) or there’s just a lot of hiking to be done to the next campsite and you don’t want to lug around something that’s bulkier, heavier, or both.

    It’s also very budget friendly, being about a quarter the price of our winner.

    Of course on the downside you have the fact that it’s made of steel, and quite a bit flimsier than cast iron models. It can’t stand up to as much abuse, and is certainly not going to be your grill of choice 30 years from now; it will eventually be used up and discarded.

    Similarly, it’s performance suffers compared to a stainless steel grill. Still, Black Notebook Charcoal Grill may be well worth it in specific circumstances.


    Final Verdict

    Lodge Pre-Seasoned Sportsman With Coal Door

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    I like all of these. If I had to pick a least favorite, it would be the Torched Steel variant of the Backyard Hibachi brand grills, but I’m hard pressed to say it’s the least high quality option here. While I think all of these are good in their own way though, sticking to the top 4 grills on this list is probably a safe bet. The bottom three all have quirks or flaws that make them niche choices at best, with options higher on the list doing the same thing but better in a lot of ways.


    What is a Hibachi Grill?

    There are two types of hibachi grill. 

    What you might call a traditional hibachi grill is exclusively an open flame grill, and is usually relatively portable. It’s generally made of cast iron and uses charcoal or wood as a heat source, which is then used to cook the food. In other words, a hibachi grill is largely indistinguishable from any other charcoal grill.

    However, that sounds nothing like what a lot of people think of when they hear hibachi grills, right? Hibachi restaurants in the west are characterized by the flat griddles they use to cook food right in front of people. They’re clearly not charcoal, as they can be used indoors, and are often electric or gas powered.

    Technically, this is called a teppanyaki (roughly translated to “iron plate grill”) grill, but in the west they have almost completely overtaken the “real” hibachi grill in the public consciousness.

    So, I’ll be covering both types this time around. I’m not making any real distinction in quality between the two types, it’s just going to come down to which individual grill performs its purpose the best.

    What Makes a Good Charcoal Hibachi Grill?

    For the most part, it comes down to materials. Namely: cast iron.

    Cast iron is an exceptional material for cooking, and produces a char no other metal really matches on meats. While steel might produce a better sear in some ways, there’s something almost indescribably different about the way a charcoal grill cooks.

    Also, most grills billed as hibachi grills these days are potable, and so fairly small. You’re looking at somewhere between 150 and 200 square inches of cooking space, easy to pack away, and a price point somewhere in the ballpark of $100.

    What Makes a Good Teppanyaki “Hibachi” Grill?

    These griddles should be absolutely enormous, for one thing. You’re looking at the rough ballpark of at least 500 square inches, and an average of around 700 square inches of viable grilling area.

    These hibachi grills are neither portable nor cheap. Many of them include a table top for people to gather around, watch the food being cooked, and eat right at the table, the same as you would in a hibachi style restaurant.

    These grills are often a luxury item, and can be quite expensive. You’re looking at a minimum starting price of around $1000 and scaling up sharply from there.

    These grills are powered by electricity, propane, or natural gas and are often constructed at least partially from luxury materials; wood primarily.

    If you want something on the cheap, you’re going to want to look at a griddle. While griddles lack the attached table and seating, they make up for it with overall better performance. These usually have multiple independently adjustable burners and a lighter, easier to move design. They also cost less than half at most what the cheapest of the larger tables will run you.

    Ultimately you need to decide what you care to pay for: something that cooks the food efficiently, or something that will become a decorative centerpiece of your outdoor dining arrangement.