Infrared grills have a reputation for being unable to maintain low temperatures, but Char-Broil puts your concerns to rest with this grill. Read this Char-Broil Performance TRU Infrared 450 Review to learn whether this versatile infrared grill will meet your needs.
This multifunctional Char-Broil infrared grill has three primary burners that deliver even heat across 450 square inches of porcelain coated cooking grate. A side burner gives you the versatility to cook side dishes while you are grilling. A lid fits down over the side burner so that you will have more work space when you don’t need the burner.
Whether you prefer the good-looking cabinet model with the stainless steel top or the straightforward old fashioned grill cart model, you can feel confident of getting lots of power to your burners and achieving even heat with the TRU infrared cooking system.
Char-Broil Performance TRU Infrared 450 Grill
● Convenient side burner with secure flip-down cover
● Starts every time with Surefire electronic ignition system
● 450 square inches of cooking space with foldaway warming tray
● Comes in cart or cabinet models so you can take your pick
● Broken up warranty can make it difficult to place your claim
● Open sides of cart model are not very attractive
● 100 lbs can be heavy to navigate on the cart model
● Cart model grill cannot be moved while there is food on it since it needs to be tilted
● Small wheels of cabinet model may not navigate well over rougher terrain or bumps on your patio well
Char-Broil Performance TRU Infrared 450 Specifications
● 450 square inches of cooking area
● 150 square in warming rack area
● Three primary burners with 24000 BTUs of power
● One side burner with 10000 BTUs of power
● Surefire electronic ignition system
● Five year warranty on burners
● One year warranty on grates and emitters
● Two year warranty on lid and firebox
● One year warranty on other parts
Char-Broil Performance TRU Infrared 450 Review
The Char-Broil Performance TRU Infrared 450 starts every time with the push of the Surefire electronic ignition button so you will never have to deal with matches or trying multiple times to start your grill. The infrared technology gets hot faster and cooks more evenly than traditional grills so that you will have juicier food with the flavors locked in and less risk of grill flare-ups. This Char-Broil Performance features a side burner so that you can conveniently cook side dishes as you grill. A fold-down cover securely protects the grill surface when you don’t want to use the side burner and would prefer more work surface.
450 square inches of cooking surface gives you plenty of room to prepare lots of food for even a large party, while the 150 square inches of warming rack gives you room to keep food at a good temperature as you finish the rest of your cooking or toast buns. The grates of this grill are coated with a durable porcelain that makes them easy to clean. Stainless steel burners can be adjusted to very small increments, and allow you to go from very low temperatures for long term smoking to searing hot quickly and easily. This heat is delivered more evenly so that you can put food anywhere on the cooking grate and feel confident that your food will be cooked consistently.
This Char-Broil Performance TRU Infrared 450 grill features Char Broil’s TRU infrared Cooking System, which provides even heat and incredible temperature control utilizing infrared technology. Infrared technology is better at preventing cold or hot spots on the grill surface so that food is cooked more evenly. Traditional complaints of infrared being unable to achieve low temperatures well are belied by this grill, which is able to maintain very low even heat for slow cooking better than expected.
A temperature gauge makes it easy to read the a temperature right below the lid, but it is a good idea to have a secondary thermometer with meat probes to read the temperature of your meat and an ambient temperature sensor to get a more accurate reading of the temperature within your grill.
The three burner model of this Char-Broil comes in a cart or cabinet style so that you can make your choice. The cabinet model looks sleeker with its stainless steel top and attractive doors. It can also be rolled while remaining flat on it’s caster wheels, unlike the cart which needs to be rocked up and then wheeled on its two large wheels. The cabinet model’s small wheels may not cover rough terrain or bumps on your patio as well though, so if you want to move the grill across your yard the cart version may be better for you. A front panel blocks the propane tank on the cart version.
If you would rather save some money and space and don’t think you need all of the burners that come with the Char-Broil performance 450, you can consider the compact Char-Broil performance 300. This little infrared grill gives you all of the features of the Char-Broil Performance line at a reduced cost and in a compact body that won’t take up too much room on your porch or patio.