Char-Broil TRU-Infrared 3-Burner Review
What do we want? Barbecue! When do we want it? Always! And how will we make it? We’re here to do just that, to help you determine which grill will suit your needs perfectly. Among thousands of products with similar specifications, it’s hard to pick one with certainty. So, we chose to check out one of the more popular models Char-Broil TRU-Infrared 3-Burner for you.
A backyard barbecue is always a lot of fun, with kids running around, family and friends chatting, and the meat and veggies sizzling… But, there is one essential thing that this picture cannot go without – a grill.
Now, you don’t want just any grill, you want something that suits your wants and needs. You want something inexpensive, but high-quality and easy to use. If you want to know if the Char-Broil TRU-Infrared 3-Burner is the one for you – don’t worry, we wrote a review of it, and here’s everything you’ll want to know about this grill.
What is Char-Broil TRU-Infrared 3-Burner
When Char-Broil began manufacture of this grill, it was an interesting approach to a non-expensive fully infrared gas grill, and after its redesign in 2015, it has only become better. Char-Broil makes these grills with tube burners, and the material they use is stainless steel that works together with a radiant surface to transfer heat to the food. The design of this surface is such that it reduces hot, dry heat that rises from the burners, and shields the meat or veggies from direct flame.
The 3-burner in question is a mid-size model, so it can still fit into your backyard without taking up too much of your space. With a gas grill like this, your grilling experience will be so much simpler. All you require in order to start your barbecue is to push a button and start it up. Thanks to the infrared technology, this grill will heat up a lot faster, more evenly, and it will be hotter than standard grills. All you need for a juicy BBQ, right?
As soon as you cast a glance at the Char-Broil TRU-Infrared 3-Burner, you will notice that it has an amazing design. Modern, stylish, medium-sized, this grill goes beyond our expectations with its perfect lines and a sleek stainless steel design that will look perfect in any backyard.
Thanks to cast iron grates that have porcelain coating, and the stainless steel burners, this grill gives that premium feel of modern grills, while representing traditional grilling at its finest.
So, if you were looking for a grill that aspires to be great for your parties, and easy on the eye – you’ve found the perfect match here.
Enough stalling. If you cared so much about the design, you wouldn’t be looking at reviews; you’d be looking at photos, and picking the prettiest instead of the best grill. Let’s dive into the technical side of this grill – is it just pretty, or is it up to the task at hand?
First of all, the fact that it is a gas grill means that you will have to get liquid propane for it, which means that it has electrical ignition – fast, simple and straight to the point.
It has 3 burners of 8.500 BTU. High-quality stainless steel burners right under the infrared diffusers. Thanks to this, you have a primary cooking area of 420 square inches and a total grilling space of 575 square inches.
The maximum output from the main burners reaches 25,500 BTU, while the maximum output of the side burner reaches 13,000 BTU which makes it pretty standard.
The fact that the entire design is infrared guarantees simpler cooking at high temperatures.
Char-Broil TRU-Infrared 3-Burner construction is a mix of stainless steel and painted-steel, which makes it pretty durable and simple for maintenance.
This grill has a built-in fuel gauge, and above every burner knob an individual temperature gauge.
All of this makes Char-Broil TRU-Infrared 3-Burner pretty user-friendly.
So, just how big is this thing? Will it take over your backyard, or will it be too small to suit your needs?
Turns out, neither.
Char-Broil TRU-Infrared 3-Burner is a medium-sized grill when you compare it to other outdoor grills, which makes it just perfect for any patio or backyard.
It has a grilling space that is 26.6 inches long, and 17.3 inches wide. It weighs around 110 pounds. When you assemble it, it is 51 inches wide, 24 inches deep, and its height is 48 inches. This means that you can fit it anywhere easily, while at the same time, you don’t have to worry that it’s too heavy to relocate if you change your mind about its location.
Even though this is a medium-sized grill, it’s cooking surface is a lot more than medium, so you don’t have to worry that you’ll have to prepare one sausage at a time. It has a side burner that you can use to heat up side dishes and sauces, or just close the lid and use it as a workspace.
When it comes to this grill, it did manage to impress us in more ways than one. When you look at its design, it certainly makes you want it, if for nothing else, then for showing off, but it has more qualities. Its impeccable design comes in a perfect mix with a sturdy construction that only consists of the best materials. But, its looks and construction are not what got us to like it. No, it’s the additional effort that Char-Broil had put into this grill, the interesting, thoughtful details that make us certain that everything was well thought of before they even began making it.
Unlike traditional grills, this one heats the main cooking surface evenly, so you don’t have to worry about cold and hot spots.
Porcelain-coated grates on Char-Broil TRU-Infrared 3-Burner are rust resistant, simple to clean, and they heat up rather quickly.
It comes with a built-in surefire electronic ignition which guarantees a spark whenever you want to start it.
Under your main cooking surface, there’s an enclosed storage cabinet. Behind its doors is the tank, and some additional storage space where you can put grill tools, wood chips, sauces etc.
For this grill, you don’t have to buy a temperature gauge, since it arrives with the grill. It’s easy to read, and it is inside a durable box with a steel lid, so it will help you keep the heat under control for a long time.
It has a swing-a-way warming rack that will swing back whenever you open the lid of this grill, so you will be able to reach the food that is on the cooking grates easily.
Another detail that we really like is gear trax, thanks to which you can add tool hooks or a condiment basket to the side shelves of this grill. They really thought of everything that can possibly make grilling a more interesting, and a more enjoyable experience.
Unlike the previous version of this product, Char-Broil TRU-Infrared 3-Burner uses high-quality materials that perform well, and are amazing for those of us who enjoy spending hours next to a grill.
The lid and the body of Char-Broil TRU-Infrared 3-Burner are high-quality stainless steel, but that doesn’t make it too bulky, just sturdy enough.
It isn’t light-weight, but neither are its performances, so, it’s good to know that it’s weight has a purpose – it is stable and well balanced, while still mobile thanks to its two sets of wheels.
As we said, the grates have porcelain coating, which doesn’t just make them look better, it also makes them simpler to clean, and adds a protective layer.
Using Char-Broil TRU-Infrared 3-Burner
Some people tend to fear gas grills, but Char-Broil TRU-Infrared 3-Burner is so simple to use, that anyone can operate it without fear.
All you have to do is read the manual, but as soon as you assemble Char-Broil TRU-Infrared 3-Burner, it all boils down to this:
- Turn the gas burner control valves off
- Open the lid before lighting
- Turn the LP gas cylinder on.
- You ignite by turning the burner knob to high and pushing the electronic ignitor until you see that the burner is lit up.
- If this doesn’t work at first, turn off the burner controls, wait 5 minutes and try again.
If you’re a real barbecue fan, your grill will need accessories, and there’s a whole range of those if you choose this grill. Of course, these are all optional, and you don’t have to add them if you’re on a budget.
With the Char-Broil TRU-Infrared 3-Burner you can get these items:
4-Piece Comfort-Grip Tool Set, $29.99
If you’re ready to start cooking, you will need a pro tool set that every master griller has. This set has everything you might need – tongs, spatula, fork, and a basting brush. Every one of these items comes with a comfort grip handle. This set is not only easy on the eyes, its design makes it easy on the eyes as well. Once you get it, you will wonder how were you ever able to grill without this 4-piece BBQ tool set.
3-4 Burner Rip-Stop Grill Cover $34.99
When you’re looking to get a grill, never forget to get it proper protection, with it, the grill will look as good as new for a long time. If you don’t want your grill to become scratched or rusty, you will need this cover. Char-Broil offers many grill covers, but this is the strongest one that they can offer. It is more resistant to tearing than a traditional vinyl grill covers. This one consists of cross-hatched polyester material that guarantees protection from snow, wind, rain, sleet or whatever else might come its way.
Grill Wok $9.99
One of our grilled favorites are grilled veggies, but sometimes we’d simply love if there was a tool that can make grilling them easier. This is that tool. This grill wok is easy to move on the grill, and its unique design keeps all the heat in, and the flames out. Another huge plus of this wok is the fact that, thanks to the non-stick material of the surface, it stops the food from sticking which does make the cleanup afterward a lot easier.
Hand Stitched Leather Grilling Gloves $24.98
When you get into grilling, it’s rather easy to forget about the heat and get burned. In order to stop that from happening, and keep the heat far from your hands, Char-Broil makes these leather grilling gloves that can handle high temperatures. Every grill master should have a pair of these to protect their hands from heat and grease splatters.
LED Grill Handle Light $17.99
If you like nocturnal grilling, this is an accessory that you can’t be without. With this BBQ light you’ll be able to grill the night away, just attach it to the lid of your grill, or magnetically to metal surfaces. It will shed some light on what you’re doing, and last more than just one late evening thanks to specially designed long-lasting LED bulbs.
Cleaning Char-Broil TRU-Infrared 3-Burner
If you decide to take this grill, you need to pay adequate attention to its cleanliness.
Cleaning the outside of this grill is rather simple, you just need to do it regularly if you want to avoid grease buildup and corrosion.
The only thing you need to pay special attention to with Char-Broil TRU-Infrared 3-Burner are its perforated steel sheets that you have to clean regularly and gently in order for your grill to function properly.
Pros & Cons
Just like everything in life, even the best grills have some downsides. So, if you have to make a list of pros and cons, here are the things that you need to pay attention to.
Let’s start on a positive note, here are all the good things about Char-Broil TRU-Infrared 3-Burner
- It heats incredibly quickly, and you can preheat it in 7 minutes or less. It can reach as high as 700F.
- It maintains temperature even in windy weather. So regardless if it’s cold outside or not, this grill will have a steady, constant temperature.
- Porcelain coating on the grates makes them super-easy to clean, and it protects them from corrosion, which means a lot when you’re planning long-term.
- You get an almost unbelievable warranty on this grill. You’re covered for 10 years when it comes to the burners, 3 years when lid, grates, and firebox are at stake, and a year for all other parts.
- Praiseworthy customer service – if you need any help, Char-Broil provides assistance.
Even though this grill has no major flaws, there are still some minor things we dislike. If you have enough room for a medium sized grill, it won’t be a problem for you, but if you want something small and compact, this is really not it.
Another thing that might be a minus is the infrared system and the steel sheets with perforations. If they get too dirty, the grill will not work as it should to, so you must clean it regularly per Char-Broil’s instructions.
When you take a good look at this grill, you will notice that it looks, and behaves as if it’s premium quality, but its price belongs where his size does – mid range. Char-Broil TRU-Infrared 3-Burner costs $549,99 on the Char-Broil website.
If you’re looking for a grill that can suit all your needs, and be great when you’re entertaining more people, while still not taking up too much space, this price and this grill are just the thing.
Before we decide whether a product is good or not, we always check out what people who used it have to say about it. We are glad that we can say that the grillers love Char-Broil TRU-Infrared 3-Burner. When we went through reviews on several different websites and forums, the impressions are mostly very positive.
What people tend to dislike is the fact that it doesn’t come assembled, so they have to put some effort into it, but others claim that instructions are simple and that their support is always ready to jump in with some assistance.
People love the fact that it’s clean and environmentally friendly, while also being a great grill.
Also, since this is the upgraded version of an old product, people who used that old version simply adore this one. They claim that all those small issues that the previous version had, don’t exist now, and in their place are new, useful features.
It even has 4.1 stars on Amazon – which really says a lot about customer satisfaction, don’t you think?
Char-Broil TRU-Infrared 3-Burner is the perfect medium sized mid-range gas grill that can be great for larger social gatherings, and that can take anything you throw at it, or on it, thanks to its high quality, high-performance design, and materials.
It is easy to clean, easy to use, it has a great warranty, so the only problem you might have with this excellent product might appear if you don’t maintain it as per user’s manual.
Whether you’re grilling vegetables or meat, this grill will be a great addition to your backyard. It has plenty of features, and even more accessories available, so you can really enjoy your BBQ weekends.