Infrared Grills Review

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Why Buy an Infrared Grill?

Barbeques are a summertime staple. With sweltering heat and biting mosquitoes come the great taste of perfectly seasoned meats and grilled vegetables. Serve them up with grandma's potato salad and homemade root beer and you've got a meal fit for King Arthur.

While charcoal and gas grills are the traditional favorites, infrared grills offer a unique burner that is found on the grill in the best steakhouses in America. Sear burners are the secret to perfectly cooked steaks since the intense heat quickly caramelizes them, adding delicious flavor and texture to juicy cuts of meat. Infrared grills also heat up fast and provide even heat over the entire surface. The best infrared grills we reviewed are the Weber Genesis, Char-Broil Performance and Fire Magic Aurora. Also check out our articles on infrared BBQ grills.

Infrared Grills: What to Look For

When choosing an infrared grill, consider where you will keep it, whether it will be a permanent fixture in your backyard or a portable tabletop to take along to the park our campouts. Your budget is also important since the best infrared grills are very pricey. Less expensive units are available, but generally don't produce the same professional results. Here are some other things we looked at while reviewing infrared grills.

Power & Temperature
Infrared grills use radiation to heat burners that then push the heat through the meat rather than simply heating the surrounding air as traditional gas and charcoal grills do. This helps keep moisture locked in those prime cuts of meat and keep flavors in. Most infrared grills are gas, though a few use electricity. Some use either propane or natural gas, depending on your preference. Others come with conversion kits so you can alternate between the two depending on the price and availability of propane.

Grill Features
Most grills come with a warming burner so you can keep cooking food, like vegetables, hot without burning while you grill the more time-consuming meats. The best infrared grills have side burners that give you even more space to cook on and temperature gauges that let you see at a glance if the heat is too high or low. Some units include a smoker box and rotisserie racks that give you even more grilling options.

If you choose a grill with multiple burners, consider one that has individual burner ignition knobs. These help you conserve energy by letting you heat up just enough of the grill for cooking instead of using more fuel to heat the entire thing. Lighted knobs and overhead lights are also helpful, especially if late-night cookouts are the norm for you.

Grill Design
Since infrared grills are usually a bit pricier than charcoal grills, and even standard gas grills, you want to ensure that they will last. A glance at the materials will help gauge durability. Stainless steel is not only strong, but, with proper maintenance, will withstand dents and rust. Porcelain enamel grills allow manufacturers to give color options so your grill can blend in with your backyard décor.

Most grills we reviewed come with three wired grates made from sturdy, heat-resistant metal. Some infrared grills include tool hooks that make it easier to store and grab cooking utensils while you are cooking. Most grills, however, don't include the cooking tools themselves.

Help & Support
While customer support generally isn't needed for well-built grills, it's nice to know it is available just in case. Warranties are also important to consider with such a large investment. Companies typically guarantee the burners and other grill parts separately. One- to two-year warranties are standard, though some manufactures will include a five-year, or even a lifetime warranty.

Shish kebabs, corn on the cob, steak and fish fillets all taste better when cooked on the grill. Infrared grills give you an extra edge so that your meat tastes like it was cooked in a steakhouse.

 
 
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Power & Temperature
Primary Burner BTUs 38,000 50,000 40,000 22,000 55,000 24,000 22,000 14,000  
Sear Burner BTUs 12,000     27,500    14,000  
Side Burner BTUs 10,000 15,000 13,000 13,000      
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Housing Material Porcelain Enameled Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Graphite
Primary Cooking Area (square inches) 507 432 580 500 542 500 309 155 240
Number of Burners 3 3 4 3 2 3 2 1 1
Number of Tool Hooks 6 4 1     2   1
Height (inches) 64.5 56 45.63 35.5 10 48.4 12.38 12 38.2
Width (inches) 60 50 59.25 57 28.5 56.5 36.25 21 25.2
Depth (inches) 30 26 22 23.5 23 25 21.38 13 24.4
Weight (pounds) 240 127 162 131 185 216 72 15 46
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