The Bottom Line
Want a gas grill, but need something small? This might be the solution for you. The Char-Broil Patio Bistro Infrared Gas Grill is a small, full height gas grill that is easy to move and store. Small enough to fit on most balconies but also give you enough space to comfortably cook for four people. The 13,000 BTU burner sounds small for a 240 square inch grill, but this unit uses Char-Broil's infrared technology to get a lot of heat out of a little fuel. The overall construction of this grill is a little lightweight so you will need to give it some extra care to keep it looking and working well.
- Flimsy, lightweight construction
- Long preheat time
- One 13,000 BTU circular burner
- 240 square inches of primary grilling space for a total cooking area of 320 square inches
- Porcelain coated steel cooking grate
- On knob, piezoelectric ignition
- Two wheels for easy moving
- Powder coated steel construction
- Weighs 54 pounds fully assembled
- Made in China by Char-Broil and available through many retailers
Guide Review - Char-Broil Patio Bistro Infrared Gas Grill Model# 11601558
Recall Notice: Models of this grill, as well as the smaller table-top version, sold between September 2010 and June 2013, have been recalled. If you own this grill, discontinued use and contact Char-Broil toll-free at (866) 671-7988 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET Saturday, or visit their website (Charbroil.com) for more information.
If you have a small patio, then this might be the grill for you. With a small footprint, this grill won't take up a lot of space. Of course, that gives you only 240 square inches of grilling space. This is certainly not like a full sized grill but large enough to do some real grilling. What you get with this grill is a unit you can put almost anywhere but won't do a lot beyond basic grilling. The BTU output on this gas grill is low, but with Char-Broil's Infrared technology the heat is good, however, it will take a while to get hot so plan on 15 to 20 minutes in preheat times.
This grill runs on a standard 20-pound propane tank that fits underneath giving the grill a little extra stability and to make it easy to move everything at once. What makes this grill "infrared" is a closed grate design. This separates the flame from the food. This means no flare-ups but a limit to that authentic grilled flavor. The 13,000 BTU burner is a small, round unit that focuses its heat at the closed cooking grate so that the grate heats up and radiates heat.
The grill uses a single porcelain coated cooking grate with a small warming rack mounted in the lid. The construction is powder coated steel. The metal used for this grill is thin and a little flimsy. You will need to be careful not to dent or knock this grill over as it can be easily damage. Also, I have gotten reports )though I haven't seen it myself) that the holes drilled in this grill may not line up correctly when you assemble it. I suggest trying to buy an already assembled unit or you might have to do a little extra work to get it together.
Can't have gas? Take a look at the Char-Broil Patio Bistro Infrared Electric Grill.