Hibachi Grills – History, Types, and Benefits

o you love outdoor grilling? Does the taste of charcoal
grilled foods make your days? Are you in the process of buying a new grill but
has no idea what to go for? Keep reading to find out why you should try one grill
that enjoys such a rich history – the hibachi grill?

First things
first; what is a Hibachi grill?

Discovered during the 8th century, Hibachi is typically a Japanese
charcoal-fueled cooking bowl. The American perception of Hibachi grill is a
small mostly portable grill. Over time, the definition of Hibachi grills has
evolved to include flat top gas grills that are at times known as Gas Griddles,
Planchas, or Teppanyaki Grills. They can
either be freestanding or built in. The freestanding models are often referred
to as Teppanyaki. The Flat Top Grills are associated with a very hot as well as
versatile cooking surface – making it the most suitable for the preparation of
any food.

Types of
Hibachi Grills

As already stated above, Hibachi grills have evolved – just like
any other product. Today, they are available in different sizes, shapes, and functions
to accommodate the varying needs of the consumers. They can be classified into two broad categories:

Based on the source of the heat

Based on the material

Source of heat

Charcoal- fueled Hibachi Grills

They are pretty much like the original Hibachi grills as far
as the source of heating is concerned. Charcoal is placed at the bottom, and then
a torch or match is used to light it. If your grill has adjustable racks, you
can achieve both intense and moderate heat.

Gas-fueled Hibachi Grills

If the taste of charcoal in grilled foods does not appeal to
you, a gas-fired hibachi grill is your best bet. The source of heat in gas
hibachis is propane. If you are looking
for consistent cooking and a cleaner taste (as opposed to the one you get from charcoal
hibachis) you may want to consider this type of hibachis.



Initially, it
was impossible to find hibachi grills made of metal due to the associated
scarcity and expense. However, metal has become a popular and a more preferred
choice for the majority of Hibachi grill users. Apart from its durability,
metal is valued because of its potential to radiate heat more effectively and
also its ability to deliver evenly cooked foods.


If you are
the conservative type and wish to experience the authentic Japanese grill, consider
buying one that is made of ceramic. Besides heating, ceramic hibachi grills can
be used for decorating purposes.

Benefits of
hibachi grills

They are environmentally friendly – especially the
charcoal fueled ones since they emit minimal pollutants

They are relatively inexpensive

They are not only portable but also easy to