We have found over 1100 reviews of this grill and it still has an average of 4.3 stars out of 5. Although the infrared gas grills becoming very popular there is still a lot of people who like to use this classic 4 burner gas grill.
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Better Grills Rating: 4.3
It is always important to know how much space there is on a grill. The Classic 4 burner comes with 480 sq/inches primary grill surface and as 180 sq/inches secondary space on a swing-away grate.
We have mentioned many times before that you need an average of 72 sq inch per person you cook for if you cook a full meal including meat, veggies, etc. This means that the Char Broil classic can handle 480/72 comes to 6 or 7 people. If you would use the warming rack to cook for example baking potatoes or other side dishes it can even be a little more.
For burgers, we need about 20 square inches and that would be about 24 burgers at the same time. But I always advise using only 75% of the grilling space to make it possible to move things around. So, this would still mean you can cook about 18 burgers at the same time.
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What I like is that both the main grill grate and the warming rack grate are porcelain coated.
The main grill grate is made of cast iron and the warming rack, I am not sure, but I think it is steel.
This makes both of them easy to clean. After using the grill, just turn it up to high and let it burn off the residue of the grill grates. After that just scrape it with a wire brush and most of the time you are done. Every once in a while you should take the grill grates off and clean the bottom part.
- 4 burners
- 40.000 BTU
- 10.000 BTU side burner
- Electronic ignition
- most parts are stainless steel
- Cast-iron porcelain coated grill grate
- 660 sq inches cooking space
- 45.5 x 21 x 56 inches
- Weighs 104 lbs
- Stainless steel burners
- Temp gauge in the lid
Other features are the large wheels for easy moving it around and the very sturdy side burner.
It is impossible to read all the reviews we have seen on many consumer websites and forums about this grill.
We will try to tell you about the pros and cons in the next portion of this review, but here is something we found out about the Char-Broil classic 4 burner gas grill.
Let us start with the number of stars in the rating.
- 5 stars – 63%
- 4 stars – 20%
- 3 stars – 6%
- 2 stars – 4%
- 1 star – 7%
Let’s see what the 1 and 2-star raters say.
Came damaged in the box. This has nothing to do with the quality of the grill, but with the shipping company.
Grill grates rusted after a while. I have porcelain-coated grill grates on my grills and never had a problem with them in many years. It must be a quality issue. Send back and ask for new ones.
Burners and the whole grill rusted too fast. Got no idea if they used a grill cover or not. I cannot comment on this.
Temperature controls do not work, only high or very high. Send it back and as for a refund or a new grill.
The 3-star raters.
The bottom catches more grease and will set on fire after a while.
The grease catch pan is too small
Ignition failed after a while
Probably made in China
The 4 and 5-star ratings.
Easy to assemble
Holes for screws do not line up sometimes
Assemble instructions are not too good.
For the rest, there were only positive things to say about this grill. The temperature can be regulated good and the grill can be used for indirect cooking if you use the burner on the side only.
That the wheels do not come with a lock mechanism was mentioned as a little annoying, but not too bad.
Great grill for the price you pay for it. Read all customer reviews here
pros and Cons
- Relatively cheap
- Works good
- Porcelain-coated grates
- stainless steel burners
- Heat up good
- Cheap made in China
- Can come damaged or in bad shape
- Complaints about rusting very fast
- Controls do not work
- Ignition goes out fast
Our opinion about the Char Broil Classic 4 Burner
It is hard to give this Char Broil classic 4 burner gas grill a rating. It seems that this grill is built in China and we all know that that comes with lesser quality in many cases. Most of the people (almost 85%) give it a 4 or 5-star rating and are happy with it. I think you have to look at in a way that you get what you pay for. If you compare this with an 800 dollar infrared grill from Char Broil or a Weber in the same price range, this grill is not too good.
If you compare it to a cheaper unknown brand in a big box store this is a great grill.
Depending on how much you use it and how you baby it, I think this is a pretty decent grill for what you pay for it.
There are the occasional lemons that are shipped out, but that is what you have your warranty for. No one likes to assemble and then take it apart and send it back and luckily I have only read that a few times in all the over 1100 reviews.
Overall I can recommend this grill as a good deal for the money you pay for it, but do not expect a quality like you would expect from a grill in a much higher price range.
Recommended products for the Char Broil Classic 4 burner gas grill
We always recommend a good grill cover for any grill.
We have reviewed the Char Broil 3 and 4 burner grill cover that will fit this grill.
This grill on Amazon can also be ordered with the grill cover.
==>>Read the 3 and 4 burner Char Broil Grill cover review
Tips for the Char Broil 4 burner classic gas grill
Most people are pretty happy with this grill and will buy it again for this price.
The tips we read were to keep it covered to make it last longer.
Try to find a solution for the greased pan that is bigger, this one is full in no time.
Although not so easy to do, try to cover the bottom with alum-foil to protect it from the grease falling on it.
Eddie van Aken
Eddie van Aken has run his own full-service restaurant for many years. Before that, he worked as a grill and buffet cook in some of the mainstream restaurants. With his experience using professional kitchen equipment, he is able to write expert reviews. You can read more about Eddie van Aken here.