Infrared Grill Pros and Cons

by Shaz

Get the taste of expensive restaurants in your own home with an Infrared Grill. Portable models available for RV's.

An Infrared grill used to be the domain of expensive restaurants, but not any more.

With technological advances and mass production of domestic models, the Infrared grill has become an extremely popular household appliance.

The quality and exceptional taste of the food cooked in an Infrared Grill is nothing short of amazing. It is little wonder that suppliers are finding it hard to keep up to demand.

Many families are enjoying the amazing taste that only an infrared grill can produce.

Infrared Grills

Add FLAVOR To Your Food

An infrared grill is wonderful for locking in the flavour of vegetables and particularly the natural juices of meat. The infrared grill technology used to be available only to commercial kitchens but it is now finding its way into our homes as a domestic appliance. 

There are even models which combine a smoker, roaster and grill.

Portable models are also becoming popular with campers and the RV community, as they provide fantastic tasting food in a much shorter time than traditional grills.

The flavours in food that is cooked on an infrared grill are dramatically increased and because it heats at a quicker rate, the shrinkage and dryness of meats is significantly reduced. 

Popular Infrared Grills

Char Broil Patio Infrared Gas Grill

This affordable Char Broil Infrared Grill represents the next generation in patio and camp cooking options. It's design features...

$199.99  $146.05
Char-Broil Quantum Infrared Urban Gas Grill with Side Shelves

The Char-Broil Quantum Infrared Urban Gas Grill is so named because it features Char-Broil's award winning Quantum Infrared cooking system. The Quantum Infrared technology ...

$349.00  $245.00
Solaire Go Anywhere Portable Infrared Propane Gas Infrared Grill

The Solaire let's you enjoy succulent, flavorful food anywhere you go. Great for RVing. The superior ...

$400.00  $389.00
Char Broil Big Infrared Smoker, Roaster, and Grill

This Infrared Smoker, Roaster, and Grill takes the next step forward in the successful and award winning Big Easy range by expanding the...

$249.00  $160.29

Solaire Infrared Grill

Power Source For An Infrared Grill

Succulent and Juicy Steaks Thanks to Infrared Grills

The power source for an infrared grill is either gas or propane. After lighting the gas or propane, a ceramic tile or stainless steel grid is rapidly warmed to operating temperature and applies heat directly to the food you are cooking, rather than heating the air and then indirectly cooking the food.

This makes it possible to sear steaks and deliver them to the plate succulent and juicy with lovely char marks. You will really notice how your steaks are perfectly seared on the outside but still so tender and juicy on the inside, and the flavour is superb! Just like an expensive restaurant. 

How To Use An Infrared Grill

These grills are so easy to use and there is very little clean up time afterwards. They have a push button electronic ignition system and stainless steel grids. They are extremely efficient and hassle-free to use.

Pros and Cons Of Using An Infrared Grill

The Pros of infrared grilling

  • Infrared grill cooking achieves a uniformly heated surface. The advance heating system is located below the ceramic tile or stainless steel grid, which assists in the even delivery of the heat source.
  • Because infrared grill energy is used to heat up the food directly, the preheating time for  grilling is much quicker compared to other traditional grills.
  • This new technology offers the option of extremely high temperatures up to 1100 °F.   
  • Faster cooking times means greater efficiency and less cost.   
  • Meat and vegetables retain their nutrients and fluid levels making for healthier eating and tastier recipes.   

The Cons of Infrared Grilling

  • This type of cooking does not give you low heat options but is still recommended for cooking fish, vegetables, fruit such as pineapple, and of course all meats.  
  • High temperatures can lead to burnt food which has been linked to the increased risk of cancer and other health issues.
  • Generally speaking an infrared grill is less portable and more suited to patio use, however as newer models are being released  we are starting to see some excellent models which are of a portable nature suitable for camping and RVing.
  • In the past these types of grills have been quite expensive, but with more advanced technology the cost is coming down rapidly to a level which is affordable for most households.

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Updated: 03/24/2013, Shaz
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BBQGrillPartsUSA on 08/28/2012

Great overview of infrared grills. Although I've never tried one, they definitely seem to have their advantages.

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