Char Broil Grill2Go Review

Rating: 4.6 Reviewed by Eddie
char broil grill2go x200 review

The Char Broil Tru Infrared portable grill2go gas grill is the full name of this nice portable propane gas grill that I use myself.
After looking for a portable grill I decided to go for this Char Broil X200 and in this Char Broil Grill to go X200 review I will tell you all about my experience with this nice portable propane gas grill..
 

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Better Grills Rating: 4.6

 

Package and assembly of the Char Broil X200

Package is good an sturdy. Easy to unpack an hardly any assembly to do.
Only thing I found about the Char Broil 200 after opening the box that there were no instructions on the few parts that had to be used.

But it was pretty easy to see where they had to go. There are after all only a few Char Broil grill2go parts in the box.

Char Broil grill2go regulator

grill 2go BBQ regulator installed
 
The assembly of the Char Broil X200 regulator could have been a little more clearer in the manual instructions.
All you have to do is line up the red dot on the regulator with the indent in the gas-line and then turn it left or right and it will be secured.

Removing it goes in reversed order. The Char Broil grill 2 go regulator works fine on mine but if you have any problems you can find a solution here.
 

X200 large grease pan

grill 2go x200 grease pan
 It comes with a nice and large grease catch pan compared to other grills I have used and like I always do I line it with aluminum foil or use the cheap aluminum pans you can buy at almost any grocery store.

 

 

Seasoning of the Char Broil Grill2Go X200

grill2go temperature gaugeI have seasoned the grill like mentioned in the manual.
I just was out of recommended canola oil so used olive oil instead, like I did with many other grills
This grill get HOT. With the lid closed, like you always do when you season a grill, the temperature gauge got way over of what it could read in no time.

Later in my char broil x200 grill2go test I tried it on the lowest setting of the regulator and, although it took longer of-course, the reading still got higher than the gauge its maximum.

Like I mentioned in many of my reviews these kind of thermometers are not accurate so I take that with a grain of salt. I tested it with my Ivation thermometer, but more about that later.
 

Grill2go gas regulator problems

There were a few people who mentioned that the regulator does not work.
That it just stays in high even when turned down.
I have tested this and I had no problem with it.
You can even hear the gas flow getting higher and lower when you turn the knob.
If yours does not do that contact Char Broil for a replacement regulator.

Char X200 and windy situation

I read that this grill is not to good in windy situations and that the wind blows out the flame.

I have tested this on my patio at the day I seasoned the grill and had it on purpose sitting in the wind to test this and had to reignite it twice.

Turn the back of the grill to the wind and there is no problem.

So here is a word of advice
. Be careful in the wind and watch it or shelter it from the wind.
If the flame goes out first turn the gas off and let is sit for few minutes with the lid open to air out the remaining gas before you re-ignite the grill. Safety first.

 

Char Broil grill2go too hot

This is one of the most heard complaints I guess. I personally think that a grill should be hot because that is the purpose of grilling.

But I can understand that since this grill does only have one burner, and that means no cooler spots, it can be a problem.

If this is a problem for you try to add a propane gas regulator or replace the hose you use to hook it up to a 20lb gas tank with a hose that includes a regulator and you can find my 3 recommendations here.
 
best propane hose adapter with regulatorThis one of the hoses with regulator I found that has some great ratings.
Available for high pressure like 30 psi or regular 20 psi. You can click on the picture to see the most recent price.

Char Broil Grill2go Infrared Feature

burgers on the X200I have to be honest and tell you that this is my first experience with the Char Broil infrared feature.
To test I started with my infrared adventure with some burgers. I rather ruin a burger than a nice steak was my thoughts on this.

I have to tell you that I was pleasantly surprised. I always thought that the “no flare ups” was a little bit of a sales pitch, but it is true.
Absolutely no flare ups and that is almost impossible with a hamburger that has a fat content of 20%.
On my other grills I always had to move it around to keep it away from the flare up and prevent is from burning.

Problem I always had that I like to pat my burgers loose and if you have to move them they are not firm yet and sometimes fall apart. This is no problem with the X200 and I did not have to move them before I was flipping them over.

I had some great grill marks as you can see on the picture. This was the first time I used my handheld thermometer to check the internal temperature and this worked great.

The infrared system cooks faster than a regular gas grill but in my opinion the result is also better.
For a full explanation you can look at our what is an infrared grill article.
 

Char Broil Grill2go X200 Main Features

LidCast aluminum
Fire BoxCast aluminum
Cooking surface200 square inches
Grilling grateStainless steel
Cooking systemTru-Infrared
IgnitionPush button
Weight20 pounds
Temperature gaugeIn the lid
Dimensions23.7 wide x 15.7 deep x 13.6 high
BTU9.500
Propane tank16.4 Oz disposable. Can be used with 20 lbs tank.

 
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Our opinion about the Char Broil Grill2go X200

I have been using the grill now for a few weeks and I am pretty happy with it.
The only thing is that it gets hotter then hot. Most of the time I use it on the lowest setting of the gas regulator and this is hot enough for my kind of grilling.

This grill will make some nice grill marks on your meat without having to leave it on there to long.
I like to use my handheld thermometer and cook my meat just to the right temperature and than take it of and let it sit for a few minutes before I cut it. This works real good with this grill.

The handles do not get hot at all. Like I think we should expect to be honest. The Char Broil company did a good job on this.

Like I mentioned in the features the Cast aluminum firebox and lid make this grill heat up pretty fast and you don’t have to wait to long to start cooking.
The other end is that it also cools of fast and that makes it even easier for me. No waiting for ever before you can put the cover back on. Within about 10 minutes you are ready to put to cover on.

Bad thing is that you have to clean it right away with your grill brush. If you wait to long the grill is to cold to scrape it of with the brush.
Although this grill gets hot you do not have to worry about where to place it on. There is hardly any heat coming from the bottom of the grill.
The legs and handles do not get hot at all and I was surprised by that.

I like to turn it on high for a few minutes while my meat is resting and than use a wire brush to clean the grill grates.
After the grill cooled of I use the metal scraper that comes with the grill and scrap in between the grill grates.

It says not to use the grill grate scraper on a hot grill. Got no idea why but I will contact Char Broil to find out the reason for this advice.

My only concern would be the push button ignition feature. I wonder how long this will last. I had some other grills with this feature and they all went out after a while.

I am just happy that it is a push button and not battery operated. The batteries always run out on the most unexpected moment and I think for an outdoor grill manual is the better option, but this is my personal opinion.
Update: After more then 2 year the push-button ignition still works. After a winter of not using my Char Broil x 200 the grill fired up at the first time.

I read that someone had a built in propane tank in his RV and connected the grill to this with a quick connect hose with no problem.
But make sure to have this checked by a RV dealer because the pressure needs to be correct or your gas grill will not work properly or can cause a dangerous situation.

Read more customer reviews here:
 
After using this grill for a while and getting used to the little adjustments to the Char Broil infrared grill system I have to say that I really like it.

Easy to start and fairly easy to clean. Like I mentioned before the only negative thing is that the flame goes out in a windy situation. But once you know this you can prevent it by keeping it our of the wind.

This little portable grill get hotter than hot on its highest setting and just hot on the lowest setting of the gas regulator.
The no flare ups is one of the things I like the most in combination with the nice grill marks you can make.

Remember that this is a portable grill and that the size of the grate is limited. The rectangle shape however makes it fully usable.
I have not tested this yet with a digital probe thermometer but the temperature seems pretty consistent over the whole grill grate.

Just on a little windy day I thought that the side where the wind came from was a little cooler.

I have used a cheap little portable propane grill for a year to try if I would like to grill on gas and after that I decided to buy this one because of the great Char Broil infrared features I read in many reviews.

Char Broil Grill2go x200 carry all case

X200 Carrying caseThe Char Broil X200 carry all measures 24L x 17W x 15 tall. Believe it or not, virtually exactly the same size as the unit itself. The case adds no additional size to the grill. Most of the time a grill carry case is a lot bigger and that makes them, in my opinion, useless. A portable grill is most of the time used on a camping trip and it always hard to find enough space already without having to deal with a big carrying case for your grill. This carry all case can also be used as a grill cover for grill2go x200.
Buy from Amazon here: X200 Carrying case

 

 

 

Video of unpacking and assembling the Char Broil grill2go x200

 

Char Broil X200 versus Weber Q1000

I think that that if you read our Weber Q1000 review and compare it to the Char Broil X200 they both are very good grills.
There are a few differences.

  • The X200 has a little more grill space with 200 square inches compared to the Q1000 with 189.
  • The X200 has 9500 BTU and the Q1000 8500 BTU.
  • The X200 weighs 20 lbs and the Q1000 27.5 lbs
  • The X200 is infrared. In my experience a huge difference in flare ups
  • The X200 has no stand available. The Q1000 does.

 
The video from our YouTube channel.

 

Char Broil 4 foot adapter hose for larger gas tank

Adapter hose for X200I hooked it up to a larger propane tank with the adapter hose that you can buy from Char Broil because I do not like to fool with the small gas tanks.

No problem to use it this way.

I have used this hose now for a long time and it works great. If you can get it under 15 dollar grab it. That’s a great deal!

You can also have a look at our post about propane hoses, adapters, regulator and tank gauges to find a replacement.

You can order one here on Amazon: Char Broil 4 foot hose
Can also be used for other types of table top grills to convert to a 20LB tank.

 

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6 comments for “Char Broil Grill2Go Review

  1. Bob
    February 29, 2016 at 6:30 am

    I just gave away my big Weber gas because I hardly used it moving it in and out of my apt was a pain couldn’t leave it outside as I was afraid it would get ripped off. At any rate after reading & watching a ton of reviews bought this one on Amazon today. My first infrared should be interesting. I enjoyed your review, very helpful much appreciated. If you have any ideas where to buy ten lb propane tanks at a reasonable price please pass it along as they are about twice the price of 20 pounders.

    • February 29, 2016 at 6:01 pm

      Bob,
      Thank you and I am glad the review helped. I have a 15lb propane tank that I buy at Lowes and I have not needed an other yet.
      I believe if you change it out it is about $18.
      I have used the X200 a lot and am still on my first tank.
      I am working on an update of the review because I read that a lot of people think this grill is to hot.
      I found an easy trick for that. Infrared has a little learning curve. I had to get used to it.
      Will let you know when the update is ready.
      Thanks,
      Eddie

  2. Henri
    April 20, 2018 at 5:54 am

    Thx for this real life review.

    I was looking at a Weber baby-Q at first but they are way too expensive over here in Spain.
    But never liked the regulator sticking out. Something cleverly solved by Charbroil.

    What I would like to know is the actual cooking height.

    And working pressure for propane/butane. To select the correct extension hose with regulator.

    I plan to use a tray with grate for lower temp cooks. Creating some distance should make the difference in radiation heat transfer.
    Or even experiment with some alu taping of the burner in combination with the adjustable pressure. So I can have a hot and a cooler zone. As I think the total space is sufficient for me when I’m on the road.

    Thx again for helping me make my decision to go for the cheaper x200. And happy grilling.

  3. Roni
    June 5, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    Just got ours. When I put the regulator into the slot (lining up the red dot with the notch and turning it), it is super lose. Is that normal?

    • June 6, 2018 at 8:00 am

      Hi Roni,
      Yes, mine is also pretty loos but I never had a problem with it coming out.
      I think that if it does not come out this is how its meant to be.
      Thank you for your comment and let me know if I can help you with anything else.
      I still us my X200 a lot and still have no problems with it after having it for 3 years now.
      Happy grilling,
      Eddie

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