Looking to serve grilled meats such as steak, burgers, chicken breasts, or even grilled vegetables at your food-service establishment? Choose from our large selection of commercial charcoal grills and commercial gas grills. We give you a wide variety of commercial outdoor grills and grill accessories to choose from. Our outdoor commercial grills are manufactured by Crown Verity, one of the leaders in the portable food-service equipment market.
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What Are Outdoor Commercial Grills?
A commercial grill is a type of appliance used in food-service establishments to cook food by grilling. Generally, there are two types of commercial outdoor grills: commercial charcoal grills and commercial outdoor gas grills. A commercial grill is typically built for grilling a larger capacity of foods compared to traditional household grills.
A commercial charcoal grill uses either charcoal briquettes (which are manufactured from ground charcoal, coal dust and starch) or all-natural lump charcoal (which is made from pure cut hardwood such as oak and mesquite) as its fuel source for grilling the food. On the other hand, a commercial gas grill is typically fueled by propane or natural gas, with gas flame either cooking the food directly or heating the grilling elements that, in turn, produce the necessary heat that grills the food.
So what are the factors to consider when choosing either a commercial charcoal grill or a commercial gas grill for your establishment? There are four important factors to consider before making a choice: smoke production, authenticity, food flavor, and space.
When we talk about smoke production, grills that produce less smoke are the most preferred or most sought after. In this case, a commercial gas grill tends to produce less smoke compared to a commercial charcoal grill. While commercial charcoal grills tend to produce food that tastes more authentically grilled, more smoke is produced by charcoal grills which could be harmful to the food-service staff doing the grilling.
In terms of authenticity, a professional charcoal grill will impart a smoky flavor to the grilled meats. This is because the more natural the heat source is (charcoal or wood), the stronger the smoky flavor will be. However, discounting the so-called smoky flavor of meat produced by cooking in a charcoal grill, the taste of meats grilled in gas-fueled or charcoal-fueled are similar.
Space is one of the most important factors in determining whether you should pick up a commercial gas grill or a commercial charcoal grill. Commercial gas grills like a commercial propane grill will, more often than not, require a relatively larger space because they tend to produce flare-ups, while commercial charcoal grills can sit in a relatively smaller place as briquettes can be lit with an electric starter, thus eliminating the need to use any open flame.
Who Will Benefit from a Commercial Outdoor Grill?
Restaurants that are looking to serve grilled meats such as steak, burgers, chicken breasts, or even grilled vegetables will benefit from both commercial charcoal grills and commercial gas grills.
The size of the commercial outdoor grill that you will require will largely depend on how big your establishment is. Small restaurants can benefit from a small- to medium-sized commercial charcoal grill or commercial gas grill while bigger restaurants and caterers should opt for the larger models.