The new innovation in grilling has arrived in the form of infrared grilling. Essentially, it is a way of providing direct heat in an indirect way to eliminate hot spots, be more fuel efficient and help make cleanup a breeze.
Regular grills already use the infrared heat spectrum to cook food, but this is in addition to the normal heat radiation. Infrared grills work by heating a plate, either a ceramic plate or steel plate, allowing the heated plate to cook the food. In effect, this eliminates any hot spots as the heat surrounds the meat and allows it to retain the juices while it is cooking instead of drying it out like traditional heat would.
Because this has a better means of cooking, in terms of heat retention, this allows for less fuel to be required to produce the same results. While this primarily applies to gas grills, in theory it could also apply to charcoal infrared heating. Char-Broil is the leading producer of infrared grills, and as such commands a large part of the infrared grill market.
However, it is important to remember that this technology is relatively new so many manufacturers are still in a waiting mode to see if the consumer accepts this new style of grilling.
Best Patio Gas IR Grill
The Char-Broil TRU Infrared Series Bistro Style Grill is an electric grill that uses the TRU Infrared technology to supply the heat. Traditional electric grills are usually not considered highly, but using the new infrared technology has allowed electric grilling to join the ranks of quality, grilled food.
This model has over 300 cubic inches of grilling space and a easy to use dial for adjusting to the right temp. It is compact and the porcelain coated grates allow for even cooking. People who purchased this grill love the compact nature and quality.
Best IR Gas Grill under $300
The Char-Broil Performance Series TRU Infrared Model #480 Grill is a three burner TRU Infrared system that uses gas as a fuel source. Stainless steel lid, bottom cabinet with ample storage space come together in a well made, form fitting fashion.
It is on coasters for easy mobility and the front mounted knobs ensure easy control at a glance. People who purchased this grill love the well made and tasty results as well as the solid construction.
Best Infrared Combo Natural Gas BBQ
The Broilmaster Model #R3B Grill is a combo style, gas grill that uses both infrared cooking on one side and blue flame cooking on the other. It has dual control knobs, front mounted for easy control and it has three level grids that move when you open the lid.
This grill is manufactured in the USA, making it one of the few. It comes with a stand and it would look attractive in any backyard.
Best Infrared Grill on the Market
This five burner grill – Blaze Model #Blz-5-Lp Grill is a beast. It has both blue flame and infrared grilling on the back burner allowing you the option of multiple styles of cooking.
All solid stainless steel with dual side shelves and cabinet make this grill and attractive, yet effective backyard grilling system. People who purchased this grill love the quality and performance, even calling it, “The best grill I have ever owned.”
For optimal results, be sure to read all included instructions. It is highly recommended that all outdoor grills be covered with a quality cover when not in use, to protect the grill from the elements. Be sure to practice all safety rules and regulations when working around a grill and never operate one on an uneven surface.