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Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Patio Bistro Electric Grill, Red
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- 320 square inches of grilling surface area or 8 to 12 hamburger capacity
- Electric TRU-Infrared cooking system allows you to cook your food evenly with less flare-ups - juicier food, every time
- Porcelain-coated premium cooking grates are rust-resistant and easy-to-clean
- Compact and stylish design with wheels to easily move around your backyard or patio
- Great option if you can't use gas or charcoal and have a small footprint
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|Item Dimensions||38.2 x 25.2 x 24.4 inches|
|Shipping Weight||45.6 pounds|
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The Char-Broil Patio Bistros represent the next evolution in patio cooking. The Patio Caddies, which were staples for Char-Broil over the past decade, have been updated in design as well as cooking performance. The new Patio Bistros, are available in both electric and gas (this one is electric). The compact size, quality design, and solid construction, combined with Char-Broil's continued expansion of their award winning Infrared technology, yields a sleek grill and easy to use performance based grill. The Electric Patio Bistro looks like a gas grill and features precision dial electric control, a porcelain coated premium cooking grate, and 1750 watts of grilling power. As far as space the 320 square inches of grilling surface can accommodate between 8 and 12 hamburgers.
Enjoy big grill features with the compact Char-Broil Patio Bistro electric grill -- perfect for apartments, condos, balconies, and smaller patios. It features Char-Broil's award-winning infrared cooking system channels heat evenly to the cooking grate, eliminating hot and cold spots. A precision dial gives you complete command over the 1750-watt electric burner for your cookout favorites.
The Patio Bistro has a 240 square inch porcelain-coated primary cooking surface and an 80 square inch raised secondary cooking surface. Its 320 square inches of total grilling surface, large enough to accommodate 8 to 12 hamburgers. It features a temperature gauge on top of the hood for at-a-glance monitoring of the grill's temperature, a cool-touch handle, easy-to-clean porcelain-coated grill body, and a storage grate to keep your tools close at hand. When the grilling's done, simply wheel it away for easy storage. The Patio Bistro plugs into any 120-volt outlet. It measures 24.4 x 25.2 x 38.2 inches (WxDxH) and weighs 54 pounds.
How TRU-Infrared Works
All Char-Broil TRU-Infrared grills generate a minimum of 65 percent infrared heat, which is evenly spread across the entire cooking surface to cook food -- without drying -- at temperatures that range from simmer to sear.
Unlike traditional gas grills that use convective heat (hot air) to cook food, Char-Broil's TRU-Infrared grills limit the hot air flow and use natural, radiant heat to cook food directly without drying. While convective heat destroys food's moisture barrier, infrared heat penetrates it without drying and locks in natural juices and flavors. Char-Broil's TRU-Infrared cooking system virtually eliminates flare-ups while producing very even heat (no hot or cold spots).
What's in the Box
Char-Broil Patio Bistro electric grill in red; operating guide and assembly instructions
Top Customer Reviews
I read every review left for this product, I'm just not sure what the "haters" are hating about.
Keep the grill clean, you don't need excessive nonstick spray, read the instructions regarding which part of the heating surface is hotter, and which area is for lower temp cooking.
One important note that at first I saw as a flaw, the rear half of the grill is very hot, being heating element is more concentrated there. So it gave me a hot searing surface and a slow cooking surface toward the front. Awesome for me. So I'll be commenting more as I experiment with techniques, materials, and ingredients.
Over all, well made and easy to use. I love it.
As for the infrared technology, there are pros and cons compared to a gas grill. With gas, you get more "grilled" flavor, but there's a chance of overcooking, burning and flare ups. Also gas grills generally take 10 minutes to heat up and, of course, I'm used to cooking on it.
The infrared technology has less grill flavor, you need to prep the grates as you would a cast iron skillet.
OK, now the pros. The first time I used this grill, after a quick plug in and 20 minutes of heating, I cooked marinated chicken--WOW did it come out great! It was plump, juicy and not at all dry. I also tried corn on the cob (wrapped in tinfoil and potato. The flavor was excellent....keep in mind that I had never cooked with this technology before. (some users compared it to broiling, but I did not find that at all) When I flipped the meat, I did not lose much heat at all (unlike some users...however it is warm out.) It took approximately 12 minutes to cook plump boneless, skinless breasts. The veggies were perfect after putting them in at the beginning. I've used it only 5 times, but so far, 5 for 5.
All in all, I would definitely recommend this grill for ease of use, safety and wonderful results....even if you like a gas grill, this particular technology is a great surprise that I'm happy to have tried.
My wife & I downsized from a house to a condo back in January, and we always had a gas grill, which I knew I would miss because we like to cook out so much. Luckily, our condo has a small balcony, with an electric outlet, and electric grills are allowed. My expectations were not that great though because I've owned an electric grill in the past, and the performance was not that great. I received a recommendation on the Char-Broil TRU-Infared electric grill from my son's girlfriend, who has one, so I thought I would give it a try. I purchased it back in March, when it was still cold & windy here in Massachusetts. I was pleasantly surprised that it worked so well even when it was only 50 degrees and windy outside. 4 months later, we are still enjoying cooking steaks, burgers, chicken, and vegetables on this grill, a few times a week. It is very easy to clean up, and I really like the convenient access to the grease cup underneath. It is made of heavy gauge metal, and is easily removed by sliding it out on a track, so you can bring it inside for washing. I would recommend this grill to anyone.
Make no mistake, this little guy does not sear and cook like a $1,600 Weber Summit, but I have to state, considering the money I paid for this grill, it is an excellent BBQ. Like with every BBQ, one has to start off slowly to become familiar with it. Don't take it out of the box and think you are going to get some perfect steaks off it the first time you use it. I started with grilled veggies and chicken breasts, then sausages, burgers and so on. Now, after two months of using in on most weekends and at least once or twice during the week, I cook entire meals on it. If there is a negative, the lid is not insulated, and if the weather is cold or it is breezy, the grill struggles to reach the 400 degree mark. However, since I live in Florida, this is typically not a great concern of mine.
The bottom line is, this is a well made grill that cooks well considering the money I spent.