Char-Broil Performance TRU Infrared 450 3-Burner

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char broil 3 burner performance tru infrared 450 grill

This is one of the most popular 3 burner infrared grills that the Char Broil company built.
In this review, we will see if it can stand up to its rating and what real users have to say about this infrared grill.

This Char-Broil TRU infrared 450 grill comes in 2 versions.
The Char Broil Performance Tru infrared 450 3 burner cabinet grill. This what is also called Char Broil ir 450 comes with the 4 caste wheels and the 450 cart grill that comes with the 2 wheels and might be a little more stable in that way.

Both grills have the same features so we just review them and at the end, you can make the choice between the two versions of this 3 burner grill that comes with the main grill area a warming rack, and a nice side burner.
Although this is called a mid-size grill, I think it big enough for a family.

Better Grills Rating: 4.3

Grill Surface

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Material of the grate

If you have read any of my other reviews you will know that I am a big fan of the porcelain-coated grill grates.
They are easy to clean and are rust-resistant, not rust-free. They will still rust if you do not take care of them, but not as fast as any of the other materials.
Both the grates, the main grate, and the warming rack, are porcelain coated and that is something you do not see to much. Most of the time the warming rack is made out of a cheaper material.


  • Main burner 24000 BTU
  • Side burner 10000 BTU
  • Tru infrared cooking system
  • Width 54.1 inch
  • Depth 23.4 inch
  • Height 45.5 inch
  • weight 102 lbs
  • Temperature gauge in lid
  • Electronic ignition for every burner

Material of the burners

The burner of a gas grill is a very important part of the grill of course.
The Char Broil comes with what is called a top ported burner and I had to dig deep to figure out what I think it is.

The holes in the burner are at the top and not at the side as many other burners do.
In my opinion, this is because of the infrared technology that prevents drippings to fall on the burners.
I will contact Char Broil to see if this is right and update it here.

Customer review of the Char Broil 3 burner 450

I always like to find out what others are thinking and sharing about a grill and here is what I found.

package and assembly

Let us begin with the shipping and unpacking and assembling of this grill.
I see only a few minor complaints about the grill being a little damaged when it arrived.
The original packing is overall well received and no complaints about that.

The assembly is fairly easy and not time-consuming. Most people mention it takes up to an hour to do.

There are complaints about the description being not too helpful and someone even called it a joke. Just pictures and no text to help out at all.

The overall quality of the material

The opinions about the quality of the used materials are divided. Some mention it to be cheap and flimsy and other people are calling it great sturdy quality.

After reading more I can only come to the conclusion that the more experienced grillers are a little more critical about the grill quality and what I can call first-time buyers are more satisfied with it.

Infrared grill grates

Like any other product, it comes with pros and cons and the grill grates are no exception to this.

The cooking on them gets great reviews and mentions things like No flare-ups, No hot or cold spots. Get really hot, and more.

When it comes to cleaning the meanings are not so excited anymore. One of the things is an infrared grill grate is the small holes and this is what prevents flare-ups and gives us all the nice features.

When it comes to cleaning, however, and I speak out of experience, the infrared grill grates are a pain in the you-know-where. Burning it on high will help to burn and pulverize most of it, but you still have to do a lot of manual cleaning on these grill grates. The small holes have to be opened sometimes one by one.
This is a well-known con of the infrared system.

Overall ratings for the Char Broil 450 3 burner

The 4.3-star rating we gave it is after reading many reviews and comparing them to see if we could find some problems that came back all the time.

About 75 percent of the ratings we found on several sites are in the 4 and 5 stars. 3 stars were given in about 20% of the cases. The lower ratings were sometimes in my opinion minor complaints and not really a reason to give it 2 stars.

Receiving a damaged grill is no fun, but has nothing to do with the quality of the grill and should in my opinion not be a reason to give a one-star rating. Just send it back, although I totally understand how disappointed you are.

Pros and Cons of the Char-Broil Performance TRU Infrared 450 3-Burner

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The pros are very easy to describe

  • Even heat
  • No cold spots
  • Cooks fast
  • Heat up fast
  • Meat stays juicier

The cons are also very easy to find.

  • Assembly instructions are bad
  • Some complaints about cheap materials
  • Grill grates hard to clean
  • Few arrived damaged
customer reviews

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My opinion about the Char Broil Performance infrared 450 3 burner grill

What we always do is try to find common complaints about the grills we review and in this case, the only thing we could find was the damaged arrival of the grill in some cases.
Overall we can say that this grill is a nice mid-range grill for a decent price and is worth the money you spend on it.

Like any other grill, we advise on a good quality grill cover.
In the store, we found this grill it was on sale as a 3 burner cabinet grill, and as a 3 burner cart grill.

This means that you can buy it the way it is easy to use for you.
If you do not plan on moving it too much the cart version with the two large wheels would be recommended.

If you like to move your grill over the patio or deck the cabinet grill with the 4 wheels might be a better choice.

The infrared grill system works great and takes away all the aggravation when you cook and have to take care of flare-ups and hot and cold spots.

The 3 burners can help you create a cool spot on your grill so you can grill hot first and then move it to a cooler spot.

The cleaning of the infrared grill grates is not easy and costs a little elbow grease and time.

The fact there is no drip tray was mentioned as a con, but with no flare-ups and hardly any grease going down under the burners, I think this is not a big thing.

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Recommendations for the Char Broil char broil ir 450 3 burner

best grill cover for the char broil 3 burner

If you do not buy the grill cover and grill combination we recommend buying a good grill cover to shield your grill from the elements. It will surely make it last longer.
We recommend the special Char Broil 3-4 burner performance grill cover for this grill.
With a 4.4 star rating out of 5, there is not too much wrong with this grill cover. We will review it later on its own page in our grill cover reviews section

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Tips from real users of this Char Broil infrared grill

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It is always easy to copy and paste a standard tip, but we prefer the ones from people who use the product.

It takes a little time to get used to the infrared grill system. The temperature is a little higher than a normal gas grill and the food cooks faster.
Tip: Start with some burgers to get the hang of using your new infrared grill. It is better to ruin a burger than a 12-dollar steak.

Read all our Char Broil tru infrared reviews by going to the menu at the top of this page.

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.

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