For decades, the Char-Broil Signature TRU-Infrared 525 company has produced state-of-the-art natural gas grills to facilitate the grilling process. In fact, the company has received numerous awards and recognition for its efficient designs. With the introduction of its Signature Series, Char-Broil added TRU-Infrared technology, which claims to cook food quickly and evenly.
23.5 x 57.2 x 47.2 inches
- 525 PRIMARY COOKING
- PORCELAIN-COATED WARMING RACK
- EASILY CONVERTS FROM LPG TO NG
- GREAT GRILL
- STAINLESS STEEL
- CHALLENGING ASSEMBLY
- NG CONVERSION KIT NOT INCLUDED
- REQUIRES A LOT OF MAINTENANCE
Redesigned in 2015, the Char-Broil Signature TRU-Infrared 525 is engineered to cook foods without flare-ups. In addition to stainless steel grates that easily corroded, the older versions (known as Quantum Infrared) had emitter plate holes that clogged regularly and required constant cleaning.
The new model, Char-Broil Signature TRU-Infrared 525 features a radiant stainless steel surface that the manufacturer claims spreads heat evenly across the cooking surface. We take a closer look at the new version to determine if the upgrade is worth the investment.
Delivery and Packaging
The Char-Broil Signature TRU-Infrared 525 arrives timely. However, a few owners felt that packaging could use improvement. Although the components were packed in Styrofoam and covered in plastic, a few buyers received at least one damaged item.
Often respondents found the illustrated instructions confusing. Also, a few individuals found some areas awkward to reach. Overall, putting the grill together is time-consuming. An option for expert assembly is also available.
Construction and Appearance
The Char-Broil Signature 525 is a sturdy 4-burner grill with a stainless steel and black painted stainless steel exterior. It features an efficient design with a top-mount temperature gauge, front panel controls, and a 2-door storage cabinet.
The steel lid, firebox, and heavy-duty grates have a coat of porcelain enamel. Additionally, the Char-Broil Signature 525 comes equipped with a swing-away warming rack and folding side tables, one of which contains a lidded burner. It sits on four casters with locking mechanisms on two of the wheels.
Facts and Figures
To get the most out of a grilling experience, it helps if the grill distributes heat evenly. If the grill’s temperature is imbalanced, some spots will grow hot and overcook foods and some areas will barely have heat, leaving foods undercooked. As a result, cooks are forced to stand watch and rotate foods when they could use the time to entertain family and friends.
The Char-Broil Signature 525 aims to solve the issue of uneven heat distribution with TRU-Infrared technology. With infrared technology, users can enjoy high temperatures from a low BTU output. Right between the top-stainless steel top-porter burners and the porcelain-enamel cast iron cooking grate lays an emitter plate. The emitter plate not only eliminates bot and cold grilling spots, it delivers a broader range of heat. Equally important, the emitter plate helps the grates retain the heat.
With a primary cooking surface of 525 square inches, this grill features four stainless steel tubes that yield 32,000 BTUs and a 13,000 BTU side burner. The grill weighs 162.9 pounds and measures 57.2″ wide, 47.2″ high, and 23.5″ deep.
Char-Broil offers part-specific warranties, allowing owners to get parts repaired or replace from one year to ten years. Its Signature TRU-Infrared 525 Grill comes with a 10-year warranty on the stainless steel burners. In addition to a 3-year warranty on the lid and firebox, the manufacturer offers a 3-year warranty on the grates and emitters. The remaining parts are only covered for one year each.
The Char-Broil Signature TRU-Infrared 4-burner is a high-performing natural gas grill that operates with liquid propane (a natural gas option is also available). It features durable cast iron grates and top-ported stainless steel burners, which easily adjust to deliver low or high heat. Char-Broil’s Surefire Electronic Ignition System syncs each burner with rapid precision, firing flames over a 525-square inch cooking area.
The four top-ported stainless steel burners emit flame from the tips to cook food evenly. The Infrared heat helps prevent hot and cold spots on the grill’s cooking surface and expedites cooking. Special infrared diffusers incinerate drippings as it drops to add more flavor to the food. Furthermore, the unique cooking surface forms a barrier between the flames and the food to eliminate flare-ups.
Cooks familiar with traditional natural gas grills found it took some time getting used to cooking on the Char-Broil Signature TRU-Infrared 525 natural gas grill. After a little trial and error, owners report the results were better than anticipated, describing meats as moist, and tender, and referring to the grill marks as perfect. The temperature gauge provides an accurate reading, making it unnecessary to lift the hood continuously and let heat escape.
Users were pleased with how fast the unit starts and it ability to retain heat. In fact, most cooks found it delivered even cooking and reported no flare-ups. In tests, the Char-Broil Signature TRU-Infrared 525 performed well while searing steaks up to 700 degrees, as well as smoking meats at low temperatures. Plus, the versatile cooking surface allows for cooking several items simultaneously. Three-quarters of the respondent recommend this Grill Review Winner, citing even heating, short grill times, and ease of use as the primary reasons.
- Top-ported burners deliver heat evenly at low or high temperatures
- Excellent indirect heating
- Surefire Electronic ignition lights quickly
- Challenging assembly
- Requires a lot of maintenance
- Natural gas conversion kit not included
The Char-Broil Signature 525’s natural gas grill sturdy construction and unique design give outdoor chefs the full advantage of cooking with infrared technology. First time users are advised to read the manual. This is an efficient natural gas grill that offers superior cooking performance. It gets hot and cooks well. With the hood-mount temperature gauge, there is no need to keep lifting the lid to check on the food. Ample cooking space allows cooks to prepare meats and vegetables simultaneously, so family and guests can eat at one time.