The Char-Broil Performance TRU-Infrared 340 2-Burner review shows that this gas grill is a very popular grill because of its size and performance.
The Tru infrared system by Char Broil is known for its many benefits like non-flare ups, better heat distribution, and faster cooking.
With 340 square inches of primary and 125 secondary cooking space, this grill is big enough to cook for your family and friends.
Better Grills Rating: 4.2
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- Pros and Cons for the Char Broil Performance tru infrared 340 2 burner
- My opinion of the Char Broil infrared 340 2 Burner
- Recommendations for the Char Broil infrared Performance 340
- Char Broil performance tru infrared 2 burner gas grill video
Tru Infrared 340 2 burner grill surface
Let’s be honest it is really important to choose your grill surface wisely. Too big means, you use a lot of gas for nothing other than heating up the air. Too small is not enough room to cook on.
This grill has 340 sq inches of main cooking grate. With the rule that you need about 70 sq inches per person, this means room for about 4 to 5 people if you cook a full meal including grilling veggies and more.
For cooking burgers or a steak dinner, there is more room of course and you can cook about 17 burgers if you jam pack the grill. I always try to use about 80% of the grill and this will leave you room to move things around.
The 125 sq inches of what is most of the time called a warming rack can also be used to grill veggies or other things that have to cook at a little lower temperature than the grill grates are.
Char Broil performance 340 grill grates
This is maybe the most important part of a grill because this is what you cook on.
The 340 2 burners we review here had a stainless steel main cooking grate.
The second or also called the warming rack grate is made of porcelain-coated stainless steel. At first, I thought that this was strange, but later I understood why the main grate is not made of porcelain-coated material. The reason is that the way this grill grate is built with small holes in it it would be impossible to coat it.
These are the same grill grates I have on my Char-Broil grill2go x200 that I reviewed earlier
All together I think it’s great that they still made the warming rack porcelain coated.
Features of this Char Broil Performance 340 2 burner gas grill
- 2 burners of 20.000 BTU
- 340 square inches of main space
- 125 square inches warming rack
- 2 foldable side shelves
- Many stainless steel parts
- Can be converted to natural gas
- Temperature gauge at the grill surface
Customer reviews for the Char Broil tru infrared 340
I found hundreds of reviews for this grill and most of them with pretty good ratings. Here is a summary of the ratings we found.
- 17% – 4 stars
- 9% – 3 stars
- 8% – 2 stars
- 20% – 1 star
So, what did the 1-star raters mention? The main complaint was the cleaning of the grates and I have to admit that I agree with that.
You do not have to clean them after every time you use the grill, but the little holes do get clogged up fairly fast. The only thing is that I knew that before I bought this kind of infrared grill.
The easier cooking and the fact that there are hardly any flare-ups plus the fact that you do not have to take the grill apart to clean the bottom makes it still and easier to use grill type for me.
let’s have a look at the other ratings. Some complaints about the grill grate rusting. Stainless steel does not mean rust-free!!.
The burners seem to rust fast in some cases. Hard to tell if this is a case of leaving the grill out in the weather or a real quality problem. Not too many people mentioned it.
Maintain it and oil after you used it. It works for me.
Not hot enough, Must be a regulator safety feature that kicked in.
You can read our post here on how to solve gas grill regulator problems. You can read the many comments that this is probably the problem.
The higher ratings are mentioning a lot of times that the infrared system needs a little adjusting in your cooking and I can agree with that.
I had a little learning curve. The infrared system is mentioned as great in many reviews and even cooking temperature and lack of hot spots also. Although I think it is impossible to build a grill without any hotter or cooler spots.
Pros and Cons for the Char Broil Performance tru infrared 340 2 burner
- Infrared is great
- Reasonable priced
- Gets hot fast
- Many stainless steel parts
- learning curve for infrared
- Hard to clean the grates
- Some quality issues
My opinion of the Char Broil infrared 340 2 Burner
This grill is very good for daily use. if you need more advanced options like more indirect cooking I would look for a 3 burner grill.
The Infrared grill system needs a little adjusting of your way of grilling as I experienced myself.
What most people do not like is the hard work of cleaning grill grates and that is true. It is not easy and after using it a few times you have to manually unclog all the little holes.
But if you turn your grill up all the way and let it burn off all the dirt first it is not too hard to do.
Here is a closer picture of the grill grates so you can see what people talk about. Click on it to zoom in.
From my personal experience, I do not see too much difference, because this grill needs less cleaning of the bottom like most regular grills to remove the grease.
I like the temperature gauge on the grill surface and not in the hood as most other grills have. You want the temperature gauge where you cook. Although I still recommend a digital probe thermometer for this.
Overall I recommend this grill as a good bang for your bucks.
Recommendations for the Char Broil infrared Performance 340
One of the recommendations I read is that if you spray or brush your grill grates with cooking oil it is a lot easier to clean. The little pieces can not dry and stick to the grates. It makes sense to me and I will try it next time.
Char Broil performance tru infrared 2 burner gas grill video
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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.