Char-Broil offers a number of grills to suit every need. Models range from two burner portable units to six burner grills with and without side tables. With so many grills to choose from, it’s best to do a little digging before investing in a grill.
56 x 21 x 45.5 inches
Stainless steel lid
- good primary cooking area
- painted metal side shelves
- electronic ignition system
- reliable spark
- small grease trap
- low-grade stainless steel
When a person hosts a cookout, he or she needs a grill that can heat quickly and kick up the powerful heat. Most grill manufacturer’s make this claim. The Char-Broil Classic 480 4-Burner piqued our curiosity, touting 40,000 BTUs, and the “features and performance, providing everything you need in a natural gas grill and more”. We dig deep into the workings of the Char-Broil Classic 4-Burner Grill to see if the rubber meets the road.
Delivery and Packaging
The Char-Broil Classic 480 4-Burner grill arrives with the model numbers, burner quantity, amount of BTUs, and cooking space measurements marked clearly on the outside of the box. Depending on the shipping location, the grill may take between two to three weeks for delivery. A plastic band holds the box together. It is packed tightly with over 50 pieces inside of individual cartons. The firebox is protected by a plastic sheath inside one of the boxes.
The grill only requires a Phillips screwdriver to assemble and takes about two hours to put together. Users remarked that assembly was easy and the instructions were simple.
Construction and Appearance
At a glance, the Char-Broil Classic 4-Burner Grill looks like any other gas grill. It has a cart-style design, stainless steel hood with a temperature monitor, and a black stainless steel frame. The control panel and handle are also made of stainless steel.
A closer look reveals four stainless steel burners, porcelain-coated cast iron grates, and side tables with a lidded burner. Two large 6″ wheels on the left and two metal legs on the right give the Char-Broil Classic 4-Burner natural gas Grill mobility and stability.
Facts and Figures
A lot can be said for the look of a grill constructed of stainless steel. When kept clean, it shines like new. Plus, it coordinates with everything from patio furniture to outdoor umbrellas. But there are some drawbacks to stainless steel. It holds fingerprints like a mouse trap and it can rust over time.
To remain competitive, manufacturers in the grill industry have started using lower grade stainless steel. Whereas the standard was once 300-grade stainless steel, most grills are built using 400-series stainless steel. It’s still durable, but it doesn’t offer the same quality. Grills made of 400 series stainless steel require extra maintenance and should remain covered when not in use. If a manufacturer uses 300 series stainless steel, they will mention it in the description because it is a big deal.
The Char-Broil Classic 480 4-Burner Grill is constructed of 400 grade stainless steel. An enamel coating on the inside of the lid provides durability. Char-Broil offers a two-year warranty on the firebox and lid, and a five year warranty on it stainless steel burners.
The 4-burner, 40,000 BTU gas grill has a lidded side burner that generates 10,000 BTUS. The unit measures 56 x 21 x 45.5 inches and weighs 114 pounds. It offers 480 square inches of primary cooking space and a 180 square inch secondary space via a swing-away cooking rack. Two powder-coated shelves provide a generous workspace at 12” wide and 13.5” deep.
With 480 square inches of primary cooking space, outdoor cooks can grill up to 18 patties simultaneously. The warming rack offers an addition 190 square inches of cooking space to toast buns and hot dogs.
There is a side table on each side. The left table features a lidded burner for whipping up sauces. If there is no need for the burner it flips down to join the other side in offering space for uncooked foods and cooking utensils, keeping them within reach. The side tables add to the convenience of cooking outdoors, so cooks don’t have to leave the grill to get what they need from inside the house.
Plus, a temperature gauge conveniently located on the lid’s center allows users to monitor temperatures without raising the hood. The porcelain coating on the cast iron grates and fire box increase their durability. The protective layer helps make cleaning easier and increases the Char-Broil Classic 480 4-Burner Grill’s longevity. A fast ignition lights without a match. Instead, a battery-operated button starts the flames. Additionally, durable stainless steel burners allow users to cook food quickly. There are four burners that produce 10,000 BTUs, giving the grill 40,000 BTUs of power when they are all fired up.
Now to Char-Broil’s claim. The Classic 480 4-Burner Grill comes with pretty basic features, such as stainless steel burners, side trays, temperature gauge, electronic ignition, and mobility wheels. But how well does the 4-burner perform?
First, the Char-Broil Classic 4-Burner Grill boasts 40,000 BTUs, which is the perfect output for a grill this size. Reviewers report that the Char-Broil Classic 480 4-Burner Grill delivers a searing performance. The porcelain-enameled cast iron grates left perfect sear marks on foods cooked up to 650 degrees.
Users also praised the convenience of the side burner, which allowed them to cook pasta, potatoes, and other dishes. Also, cooks appreciated the grill’s ability to start and heat quickly, which allowed them to cook large quantities of meat in a short amount of time. Reviewers also noted the grill’s sturdiness.
The bottom line is that the Char-Broil Classic 4-Burner performs well and has a variety of convenient features to make grilling fun and easy.
- 40,000 BTUs
- Heats quickly
- Easy to clean and maintain
- Small grease trap
- Low-grade stainless steel turns brown with frequent use
The Char-Broil Classic 480 4-Burner Gas Grill is a smart choice for those looking for a low natural gas grill. Users are pleased with the way it performs, some mentioning they use it up to five times a week. The 660 square inches of total cooking space allows users to cook about 24 hamburgers, which is sufficient for a large party or family.