As one of the largest grill manufacturers in the world, Char-Broil Signature 325 Natural Gas Grill is a popular choice among outdoor chefs. In 2012, the company introduced TRU-Infrared technology, which operates by combining the heat from stainless tube burners and a radiant surface to cook food. Char-Broil’s award-winning Signature grills are equipped with this technology.
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- 325 square inches of primary cooking
- 120 square inch porcelain-coated swing-a-way rack for warming
- Folding side shelves for added workspace and easy storage
- Main Burner BTU is 18000
- Cleaning Problem
Because traditional gas grills lack a varied temperature range, consumers often choose between a grill that sears well or cooks slowly. The Char-Broil Signature TRU-Infrared 325 is a 2-burner gas grill that has a temperature range between 250 and 700 degrees. In our evaluation, we reviewed temperature control and performance tests to see if this 2-burner grill cooked foods evenly at low and high temperatures as the manufacturer claims.
Delivery and Packaging
The shipping weight of the Char-Broil Signature 325 Natural Gas Grill totals 115 pounds. It is available with or without assembly and ships within two days after purchase. Unassembled units arrive tightly packed with over 55 pieces to put together.
According to reviewers, it takes as much time to remove the parts from the box as it does to put the unit together. Those with grill assembly experience achieved the feat in about 30 minutes. Inexperienced users reported assembly times of about 90 minutes.
Construction and Appearance
The Char-Broil Signature TRU-Infrared 2-burner grill has a stylish design that rivals its three and four burner competitors. This compact grill features a black and 443 stainless steel body and stands 47.2″ high on rotating casters. It is 46.8″ inches wide, and 23″ deep.
The cover features a dual-fuel and lid-mounted gauge that tracks the grill’s temperature. Beneath its hood, porcelain-coated cast iron grates and a swing-away warming rack offer ample grilling and warming space. Two stainless steel top-ported burners sit underneath a shield.
Folding shelves provide additional workspace and make it easy to fit the grill in tight places, if necessary. However, the storage cabinet is small with little room left for other accessories after installing the propane tank. Furthermore, there is no back panel, so any items put inside the cabinet may fall out the rear. Nonetheless, the unit does have utensil hooks.
Facts and Figures
Char-Broil’s TRU-Infrared cooking system is a fancy name to describe the combination of a traditional radiation cooking method and new technology. Think of it as an outdoor microwave. Infrared cooking uses electromagnetic energy to transfer heat to food. TRU-Infrared works by placing a steel emitter plate above the burners. In doing so, the flames infrared heat radiates to the food. Since the emitter plate sits between the flames and the cooking grates, it prevents food from falling between the grids, causing a flare-up.
The Char-Broil Signature TRU-Infrared natural gas grill offers a temperature range between 250 and 700 degrees. It produces 18,000 BTUs and features a 325-square inch cooking surface with a 120-square inch warming area. The unit stands 47.2″ high with a width of 46.8″ and a depth of 23″. The manufacturer offers a 10-year limited warranty on the burners and a 1-year limited warranty on the grill.
It has a porcelain-coated, stainless steel firebox to endure extreme temperatures and measures 18.8″ wide and 17.6″ deep. Moreover, this energy-saving grill uses less gas than traditional gas grills. Not only do the porcelain-coated grates hold heat, but also they clean with ease.
Char-Broils patented TRU technology uses a multi-ridged radiant surface positioned between the burner and grates. The heat remains trapped inside the grill and moves in unison across the grates. As a result, foods cook quickly without flare-ups. The drippings vaporize and go back into the food, resulting in moist, flavorful meats and vegetables. A removable warming rack allows for indirect cooking, toasting buns, and warming food.
The Char-Broil Signature 325 Natural Gas Grill features a surefire electronic ignition that offers control and convenience. When activated, it signals the TRU-Infrared system to fire up the grill and sends radiant heat straight to the food.
Another advantage of cooking with TRU-Infrared technology is radiant heat does not have to fight against cold temperatures to produce high heat, making it ideal for special events that occur in cold weather.
The manufacturer claims the Char-Broil Signature 325 Natural Gas Grill leaves foods 50% juicier than conventional grills, and reviewers agree. The word ‘juicy’ appeared countless times as a response to describing the taste of beef, pork, and chicken after grilling on the Char-Broil Signature TRU-Infrared 325 2-Burner Grill.
In independent tests from three expert sources, the Char-Broil Signature 325 Natural Gas Grill fired up quickly after pressing the ignition switch and achieved high temperatures within two to three minutes. Heat spread evenly across the grates. This grill ignites quickly after pushing the ignitor switch. The radiant layer prevented the flames from touching the food directly and reduced the dry heat coming from the burners, resulting in moist, flavorful food. Unfortunately, it did not retain heat very well.
- Surefire electronic ignition system fires up burners with a push of a button
- TRU-Infrared technology consumes a low amount of energy and cooks food evenly
- Converts from liquid propane gas to natural gas with a separate purchase of a conversion kit
- Cooking area holds up to 16 burgers
- Does not retain heat well
- No side burner
- May require trial and error when cooking delicate foods like fish
Innovative features and a compact design define the award-winning Char-Broil Signature 325 Natural Gas Grill. This small 2-burner unit has a big profile grillers will appreciate like Infrared technology, top-ported stainless steel burners, and porcelain-coated cast iron grates. It holds up to 16 patties and is a great option for those with limited space. With Char-Broil’s infrared technology, cooks can roast food slowly at low temperatures or sear it at high temperatures up to 700 degrees. Unlike traditional grills, the Char-Broil Signature 325 Natural Gas Grill dispenses radiant heat. Consequently, there are no hot or cool spots to avoid, so food consistently turns out flavorful and moist.