Char-Broil Performance TRU-Infrared 450 Natural Gas Grill Review

Char-Broil is a brand of the W.C. Bradley Company. The company has been making grills since 1948. With the introduction of its TRU-Infrared technology, the Char-Broil Performance Series become one of its most popular lines. The Char-Broil Performance TRU-Infrared 450 is a top-rated 3-burner, mid-size grill.

Char-Broil promises the Char-Broil Performance TRU-Infrared grill gives cooks greater temperature control and allows food to cook evenly with no flare-ups. It also maintains that Infrared technology cooks food faster with less gas and prevents hot and cold spots. Does the Performance TRU-Infrared 450 deliver? We aim to find out.

Char-Broil Performance TRU-Infrared 450

Performance TRU-Infrared Natural Gas Grill by Char-Broil

Delivery and Packaging

The Char-Broil Performance TRU-Infrared 450 natural gas grill is shipped in a cardboard box and weighs 98 pounds (actual weight without packaging materials is 90 pounds). Sixty components come in the box. To protect the contents, the manufacturer surrounds the components with plastic and Styrofoam.

Buyers who purchased the Char-Broil TRU-Infrared 450 3-Burner Natural Gas Grill were satisfied with the delivery time with most receiving the product within two to three days after ordering it online. The unit is quite heavy and may require a two-person team to remove it from the box. First-time grill buyers were not pleased with the assembly process, but experienced natural gas grill masters said the assembly was a cinch. Most users note the instructions made the assembly process easy and the unit took between one and two hours to assemble.

Construction and Appearance

The Char-Broil Performance TRU-Infrared 450 is constructed of lightweight materials but is much sturdier than one would expect. It is painted black with a silver trim on the faceplate and side tables. The cart-style grill rests on two wheels and two stationary legs.

It is efficiently designed with the ignition and burner knobs sit on the faceplate. Durable hinges and a sturdy handle allow users to open the temperature-gauged lid to access the porcelain coated grates and swing-away rack. A front panel adds to the sleek design of the grill and keeps the propane tank out of view.

With a tilt from the side, the natural gas grill rolls easily to the desired cooking area. Otherwise, it stands firmly in place. Of the two side tables, the left one serves double duty. With its lid flipped down, it works as a prep table. When the lid is raised, it serves as a burner.

Facts and Figures

Char-Broil Performance TRU Infrared

Char-Broil Performance TRU Infrared 450 cart-style

TRU-Infrared technology is the off-spring of an invention developed by Bill Best, a researcher, inventor, and leader in the field of infrared technology. It’s an interesting story, but no room for it here. The long and short of it is, when the exclusivity clause expired on the infrared patent, Char-Broil jumped at the opportunity to use infrared technology in its grills.

TRU-Infrared technology heats food quickly and cooks it evenly. With infrared cooking, there is no hot air circulating around the food, so it doesn’t dry out. Plus, Char-Broil added stainless steel plates beneath the cooking grates cover the burners so the drippings incinerate and flavor the food. Also, infrared cooking reduces the number of flare-ups.

Char-Broil’s Performance TRU-Infrared 450 features three burners that generate 24,000 BTUs. Its side burner produces 10,000 BTUs. The grill stands 54″ high and spans 45.5” wide. The primary cooking surface of the Char-Broil Performance TRU Infrared 450 cart-style grill is 450 square inches. The warming rack offers additional cooking space of 150 square inches.

Char-Broil covers the burners for five years and offers a two-year warranty on the firebox and lid. The remaining parts are backed by a one-year guarantee.

Features

Function of Char-Broil Performance TRU Infrared 450

The function of Char-Broil Performance TRU Infrared

With Char-Broil's TRU-Infrared technology, outdoor chefs can cook foods quickly. An electric ignitor fires up the three top-ported burners with the push of a button. The burners allow users to adjust the temperatures from low to high and vice versa very easily.

The Char-Broil Performance TRU Infrared 450 3-Burner Cart is a mid-size grill that can feed up to six people. By filling the entire 450 square inch cooking surface, the grill can hold up to 24 patties. With a side burner, cooks can steam vegetables or heat sauces.

Porcelain-enamel-coated grates ensure foods retain heat. In addition to the primary cooking surface, the Char-Broil Performance 450 features a swing-away warming rack. When the lid opens, the rack pushes away from the main grilling area to give cooks full access to the 450-square inch cooking area.

Test Results

In tests, the Char-Broil Performance TRU-Infrared 450 3-Burner performed as promised. Testers agree that the grill cooks fast, produces a great sear without burning, and performs when using the indirect cooking method. Tests show that the Char-Broil Performance TRU-Infrared 450 3-Burner Grill sealed in the juices of evenly cooked cuisine. The temperatures ranged from a low cook at 300 degrees to a searing 650 degrees. No hot or cold spots were noted.

Home testers report similar results mentioning they did not have to look for sweet spots because the foods cooked perfectly once the entire cooking surface was heated.

However, the one common complaint was the grill took time to heat the entire cooking surface.

Pros

  • Starts quickly
  • Distributes heat evenly
  • Wide temperature range
  • No hot or cold spots

Cons

  • Does not convert to natural gas
  • Takes a long time to preheat
  • The tiny holes in the cooking plate are difficult to clean

Conclusion

The Char-Broil Performance TRU-Infrared 450 3-Burner Grill is one of Char-Broils most sought after mid-size models. It has the basic features of other grills in the range, but it delivers consistent results. It does everything a traditional gas grill does, only better. From low and slow to a scorching sear, users love the wide temperature range and the way TRU-Infrared technology cooks the food evenly and seals in its juices. Moreover, this mid-size grill provides generous cooking and workspace for a pleasant cooking experience.

Like Weber and other grill manufacturers, Char-Broil uses low-grade steel for the construction of some of its grills and the Performance TRU Infrared is one of them. Still, this top-rated grill has a sturdy build and stands at an affordable price point.