Nothing beats a barbecue, but cooking on a highly-rated infrared gas grill offers more advantages than just tasty food. Instead of using hot air like other grills, infrared grills use natural gas or propane to heat a ceramic element, which directly heats food. Infrared grills heat up quickly and cook food evenly. As an added benefit, infrared grills are more eco-friendly, as they tend to release less carbon monoxide, ground-level ozone and aluminum oxides into the atmosphere, according to Cornell University.
Choosing a Grill
When deciding which infrared gas grill is the best purchase for your needs and budget, the choices can seem overwhelming. Ratings and reviews make the selection process easier. Organizations, such as Consumer Search and Good Housekeeping, research available grills and compile ratings and reviews of their top choices. Another way to make the best choice is to consult the experts and find out which grills professional chefs prefer.
Good Housekeeping chose the Char-Broil Commercial Series Grill with Infrared as the “Best Overall” grill in their reviews of grills that cost less than $500. This grill comes in regular and compact sizes, and cooks using both infrared and two to four open-flame burners. The Commercial Series comes with a griddle and side-burner and the compact model comes with a vinyl cover. This grill is made from stainless steel. Consumer Search includes the Char-Broil Red 500 on its list of “Best Gas Grills.” The Red 500 has three 35,300-BTU output burners, a side burner and 680 inches of grill space, as well as infrared technology.
At the upper end of the price range, Good Housekeeping recommends the Weber Summit. This stainless-steel grill is packed with features, including lighted controls, smoker box and sear burner. It also has an infrared rotisserie and six burners that produce up to 60,000 BTUs per hour. If you’re a serious grill enthusiasts, or just love to barbecue for tons of people, professional grill master and television personality Steve Raichlen recommends the Barbeques Galore Grand Turbo All Arill. This massive grill weights more than 1,000 pounds, contains 1,100 inches of space and is made from welded stainless steel. This mammoth grill features two infrared elements, an infrared rotisserie and eight open-flame burners -- that’s enough space to cook six cedar-planked fish at one time.
If you don’t have a lot of backyard space or you want to bring an infrared gas grill along on camping, choose a portable or compact model. Good Housekeeping recommends the Char-Broil Patio Bistro Gas Grill. This compact grill offers a single flame-burner and an infrared element along with features such as porcelain-coated grates, warming rack, auto-ignite and a lid with a built-in temperature gauge. Consumer Search gave the Char-Broil Red Infrared Urban high ratings, noting its compact size and efficient heating. This little grill also features a 300-inch cooking grate, a warming rack, two flame burners and an infrared element.
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