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Char-Broil Stainless 2-Burner: This grill is compact, but has plenty of depth to cook a lot of food at once. Image 2 of 5 Char-Broil Stainless 2-Burner: The side tables fold down so you can store this grill tucked away. Image 3 of 5 Char-Broil Stainless 2-Burner: There are fold-out tables on either side of the grill. Image 4 of 5 Char-Broil Stainless 2-Burner: This grill has durable stainless-steel grates for cooking. Image 5 of 5 Char-Broil Stainless 2-Burner: The SureFire starter lights with the push of a button, and the dual-burner grill heats quickly.
Editor’s Note: This review has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it no longer ranks as a top 10 product. The original review is below, but check out our current top 10 about Gas Grills here.
The Char-Broil Stainless 2-Burner is a one of the most compact grills in our gas grill lineup. While it’s compact, it makes good use of space. It has an unusual amount of depth for a small grill. Our testing revealed that you can fit 16 hamburger patties on its primary cooking surface. The warming tray can fit up to six buns.
There are two fold-out side tables on either end of the cooking area, which is a great place for salads, condiments and other barbeque items. The fact that the tables easily fold for storage is a nice feature, making this small BBQ gas grill a good option for people with limited deck space.
Like other Char-Broil gas grills, this grill heats up fast. The SureFire electronic igniter lit the burners quickly. The grill heated to 500 degrees Fahrenheit in under two minutes and was the fastest heating grill in our gas grill reviews. Unfortunately, it didn’t retain heat as well as we would have liked. It cooks meat fast, if somewhat unevenly. You can regulate heat better by grilling at low temperatures. The meat has less of a tendency to stick to the grates at low temperatures as well. The stainless-steel grates will have longevity, but they take scrubbing to get them clean, and they don’t cook as evenly as their cast-iron counterparts. With that said, it still cooks effectively and is a more affordable grill than the majority of cast-iron grills out there. This is one of the most affordable gas grills in our lineup.
The propane tank fits snuggly in the solidly constructed stainless-steel stand. You have to load it from the back, as the door in front isn’t big enough to accommodate installation. But you can, of course, turn the valve on and off from the front.
This is a nice-looking grill that will last for many years. The burner has a generous 10-year warranty to back it up. You can contact customer support by phone, or use the email contact form on the company’s website. While there is no downloadable owner’s manual for this grill, there is a Troubleshooting page on the website that will answer many FAQs.
The Char-Broil Stainless 2-Burner gas grill is a compact grill that is a great option for people with limited deck space who need a grill that will tuck nicely away after use. It makes great use of space and has plenty of depth for cooking all kinds of meat. The warming tray also provides extra space to warm buns and vegetables like corn on the cob. It starts fast and heats quickly but doesn’t retain heat as well as we would have liked.
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Char-Broil Performance XL review: This Char-Broil grill is a budget-friendly cookout centerpiece
Grilling season is upon us, and If you’re in the market for a new grill there are dozens of options out there. We tested four gas grills at the CNET Smart Home. I spent the better part of two weeks grilling on the Char-Broil Performance XL. This five-burner grill offers a lot for the money. It looks good, performs well and at $299, it was the most affordable grill we tested. I’d recommend the Char-Broil Performance XL to beginners and grillmasters alike.
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The Char-Broil Performance XL is a well-priced five-burner option for beginners and season grillers alike.
The Char-Broil Performance XL has a classic look with its stainless steel design and black detail. Grill grates above the five stainless steel burners are made of a rust-resistant porcelain-coated cast iron. A temperature gauge on the lid displays the grill’s interior temperature. A cabinet beneath the grill with double doors houses the liquid propane tank and grease collection tray. This grill uses a standard, 20-pound liquid propane tank, and it cannot be converted to use natural gas.
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The Char-Broil Performance XL is a five-burner gas grill with porcelain-coated cast iron grates.
The Char-Broil Performance XL includes a convenient side burner for heating up side dishes or sauces. Char-Broil warns that using the side burner with a pot larger than 6 quarts could exceed the weight limit of the burner’s shelf. A full 6-quart pot is pretty large, so I’d expect most people wouldn’t be inconvenienced by a weight restriction there.
I do have a few issues with the design of this grill. The knob controls could feel sturdier. Quality isn’t totally lacking, but unlike other grills we tested, there’s no indicator for a medium heat setting. It’s also a bit too easy to turn the burner past high and shut it off completely. Other grills we tested like the Broil King Baron S520 had a nice, sturdy catch point to stop the knob from turning past its highest setting. The Char-Broil Performance XL also doesn’t offer any sort of tool rack like we saw on the Weber Spirit II E-310 and Broil King Baron S520 we tested.
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Our Labs Manager, Steve, assembles the Char-Broil Performance XL.
Minor design complaints aside, I enjoyed cooking on the Performance XL. The temperature gauge made it easy to monitor low heat and long cook times for dishes like ribs and chicken, and because the grill has five burners, you can choose a two-on, three-off or three-on, two-off configuration for indirect heat.
How we tested
We tested our grills by cooking chicken, ribs and burgers. That allowed us to compare indirect medium, indirect low and direct high heat grilling conditions across all four grills. Test involved temperature probes inserted into each piece of meat (two for chicken, one in each breast) and connected to a datalogger and computer program to monitor the temperature in real time. For chicken, we needed a food-safe internal temperature of 165 degrees. For the burgers and ribs the target temperature was 145 degrees. Once each piece of meat on the grill had reached its food-safe temperature, we removed the meat, logged the time and allowed it to rest before giving it a good old fashioned taste test. Here’s how it went with the Char-Broil Performance XL
Char-Broil Performance 475 4-Burner Gas Grill Review
Char-Broil Performance 475 4-Burner Detailed Review
Design and Build Quality – 3/5
The burners of the 475 are stainless steel and the grill uses a convective cooking system resulting in even heat and reduced flare-ups.
The grill also features stainless steel heat tents which sit above the burners. These shield the burners from juices directly falling into them and causing flare-ups. The heat tents also help distribute heat evenly through the grill.
Char-Broil’s warranty covers the burners for 5 years but only covers the firebox and lid for 2 years. All other parts are only covered for 1 year. Therefore, buyers should align their durability expectations accordingly.
The 10,000 BTU side shelf burner is made from stainless steel and has a fold-down cover allowing the shelf to be used as a work surface when the burner is not in use. The side burner is great for cooking sides and sauces.
The Performance 475 comes with a built-in analog thermometer in the lid but we recommend picking up a good digital thermometer for the best accuracy.
The Char-Broil Performance 475 comes in a cart version only; the back and sides of the cart are exposed.
Ease of Assembly – 3.5/5
Assembly of the 475 is relatively straightforward although some people have complained about the instruction being difficult to read, The firebox comes pre-assembled, you simply have to assemble the cart, side burner, and shelves. Total assembly time is approximately 1-2 hours.
Ease of Use – 4/5
Matches or other fire-starting systems are not needed for the Performance 475. The electronic ignition system allows for the grill to be lit with a touch of a button,
The built-in thermometer in the lid allows you to monitor the temperature with the lid down.
The grill comes mounted on 2 wheels and 2 legs, making it easy to move around. The Performance 475 weighs 96 pounds.
Quality of the Cook – 3.5/5
The porcelain-coated cast-iron grates retain and distribute heat very well, resulting in even temperatures across the grill’s surface.
Ease of Cleanup – 4.5/5
The grill grates of the Performance 475 4-Burner are porcelain-coated, thus they are easier to wipe down after use. The grease pan is also porcelain-coated and pulls out, also making for easy cleaning.
Price – 5/5
The Char-Broil Performance 475 4-Burner offers a ton of features for the price and thus provides excellent value.