11 Best Infrared Grills of 2024

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These grills ensure even and consistent grilling temperatures all year round for unbelievable grilled meat.

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It’s hard to go long without hearing about infrared grills these days. The grill type has skyrocketed in popularity over the past few years, and its place in the grilling world has cemented while giving users an easy way to get excellent fuel efficiency, high searing temperatures, and even heat distribution.

They may have their detractors among purists, but these grills are far from just a gimmick. Their build is designed to ensure every ounce of power is used to its maximum, all while using radiant heat to cook food beautifully without the risk of flare-ups or hot spots along your grate surface.

The truth is that when it comes to power efficiency and moisture-locking performance, there are few better types of cooker than infrared grills.

But where to start finding your new grill? We’ve tried eleven of the best, putting them through their paces to test them on power, performance, and usability. If you’re new to the infrared game then you’ve come to the right place.

At a Glance: Our Top 3 Picks

  • Best Infrared Grill: Napoleon Prestige 500
    Excellent heat retention and huge cooking space. Built to last and boasts the best heat distribution we’ve ever seen on an infrared model
  • Runner-Up: Char-Broil Performance TRU-Infrared
    Large cooking area and robust porcelain-enamel grates make this a worthy runner-up. Great heat distribution and easy to use.
  • Best Budget Option: Char-Broil Patio Bistro
    Budget-friendly and easy to use. It might be small, but its TRU-Infrared setup prevents flare-ups and still delivers well-cooked and juicy meat.

Napoleon Prestige 500

Napoleon P500RSIBPSS-3 Prestige 500

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At the higher end of the spectrum sits the Napoleon Prestige 500. This high-end grill boasts 48,000 BTUs of power across its four burners, 750 square inches of total cooking space, and a heat retention performance that sits above most of its peers. Napoleon knows what they’re doing, and the Prestige 500 is proof of that.

The highlight of our testing on this grill was without doubt the sear station located at the side of the unit. We’ve often found side burners like this on other grills a bit flimsy or shaky, but we loved the Napoleon’s. Be warned: It gets hot. However, the sear this leaves on your steaks will make its mark (excuse the pun) and we also loved using it with our cast iron skillet.

napoleon prestige 500 infrared grill cooking space
Napoleon

One of the things that sets the Napoleon apart is its infrared burner positioned towards the rear of the grill. Emitting radiant heat from its 18,000 BTUs of power, this is designed to ensure a good spread of heat through the grill chamber. This allowed us to perform some solid low and slow smoking (although we had to use an added smoke tube to get the full effect), as well as rotisserie grilling with a rotisserie insert.

All in all, this met pretty much of all our criteria for a good infrared grill: It’s powerful, it cooks evenly and, with its double-walled chamber and porcelain-enameled grates, it’s built to serve you in the long term. If you’re looking for something more high-end, this is the grill to go for.

What We Liked

  • Power: Even without the rear infrared burner, this grill can push upwards of 700°F
  • Side Burner: The Prestige’s sear station is one of the best we’ve tried. Powerful and heats up quickly when you just need to perform a quick sear.
  • Rear Burner: The added infrared burner at the back is a great touch, and helped make it easier to perform low and slow cooks
  • Light Display: Each of the grill’s knobs change color, making it easier to keep across which burners are in use, while also making it easier to use once the sun starts to set.

What We Didn’t Like

  • Wave Grate Design: I’m just not a fan. Napoleon can claim it helps heat distribution all they like but for me it’s all aesthetics.
  • Flare-Ups: I’m verging on nitpicking here, but the side sear burner is more prone to flare-ups than any of the grill’s main interior burners. This can be tempered slightly by adjusting the height of the grate, but it’s not an ideal solution.
Napoleon Prestige 500
  • 4 Stainless Steel Main Burners, Produces 66,000 BTU's
  • Feed a Crowd with 760 in² Total Cooking Area
  • Durable, Marine Grade 7.5 mm Stainless Steel Iconic WAVE Cooking Grids

Char-Broil Performance 450

Char-Broil Performance TRU-Infrared 450

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If you’re looking for something more mid-range, Char-Broil’s Performance range is a good place to start. 

The Char-Broil Performance offers a total of 34,000 BTUs of cooking power across its entire grill area (including the side burner), which is more than enough for most everyday grilling.

Labeled as ‘TRU-Infrared Technology’, the Performance’s infrared system works by sitting its infrared burners below a diffusing panel. This then heats a cast iron grill plate, which aims to distribute heat across the entire grill surface. In our testing, this worked really well. We noticed almost no hot or cold spots and noticed almost no discernible difference between similar foods cooked at opposing ends of the grill grates.

This thing is also built to last. Its chamber retains heat and moisture superbly, while over the course of several months of decent enough use, we saw very few signs of degradation: the infrared emitters, burners, and flame tamers have all remained in great shape. The grill grates are showing a little bit of wear, but of all the components that could show wear, these are the easiest to replace.

The side burner is a fantastic addition, letting you simmer sides or create sauces, expanding your cooking repertoire. With 10,000 BTUs, it can handle most tasks with ease.

What We Liked

  • Heat Retention & Distribution: Of all the grills we tested, this was one of the best when it came to even heat across the grill surface. Reliable and almost no discernible cold spots.
  • Side Burner: Standing at 10,000 BTUs, the side burner offers a solid amount of heat to give your food a nice finish
  • Durability: We’ve been grilling with this thing for a while, and the majority of the components have held up well with no obvious impact on heat retention or temperature performance.

What We Didn’t Like

  • Grill Grates: The grate area showed faster wear than other parts of the grill, however, a quick season before use should help extend their shelf-life, and they’re easy to replace.
Char-Broil Performance TRU-Infrared
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  • COOKING AREA: Grill up to 16 burgers, 6 chicken breasts or 4 steaks on 600-square-inches of...
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Char-Broil Signature 525

Char-Broil Signature TRU-Infrared 525

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Char-Broil are one of my favorite brands when it comes to striking the perfect balance between affordability and excellent performance. This Tru-Infrared grill from the brand is the perfect example of this.

This model actually had a redesign in 2015 where its steel grates were replaced with porcelain-coated cast iron grates. These are far better at retaining and distributing heat, and this works in combination with its infrared emitter to provide a highly energy-efficient cooking environment.

This updated model also packs in a more powerful punch. It boasts four 8,000 BTU burners spread over its surface, which work together to fuel the grill’s emitter, transforming convection heat into infrared heat.

It also comes with a 13,000 BTU side burner for cooking side dishes or even searing meat for a beautiful BBQ finish.

What sets this grill apart is the cooking space on offer. Its grates offer a generous 725 square inches of room to work with, making it one of the largest units on this list.

Char-Broil 463377319 Performance 4-Burner Cart Style
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  • COOKING AREA: Grill up to 24 burgers, 20 chicken breasts or 12 steaks on 475-square-inches of...
  • BTU RATING: This grill has a 36,000 BTU rating.

Char-Broil Patio Bistro

Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Patio Bistro

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This is a compact and portable electric unit that’s perfect for small patios and balconies alike. It’s a perfect option for either newbie BBQ cooks, or people who just want something small and simple.

Its modest size makes it easy to move around and also store away, and while its 240-square-inch grate size is well overshadowed by more premium grills, it’s more than enough for cooking for 4 people.

Again, its power output of 13,000 BTUs is low compared to premium gas models, but its infrared technology more than helps to make up for this without even using that much fuel. All of this while achieving an even cook, without any hot spots or flare-ups.

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Solaire Propane Pedestal

Solaire 27-Inch Basic Infrared Propane Pedestal Grill

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This unusual looking grill from Solaire packs in 24,000 BTUs of power underneath its infrared plates.

While 24,000 BTUs might seem a bit modest, this grill is extremely energy efficient (partly owing to its infrared burners, partly owing to its shape). It heats up in just a few minutes, which is extremely quick, even for a gas unit.

It offers features that we come to expect from modern cookers, like a drip tray and a warming rack. However Solaire have gone the extra mile and also included a grill cover, a griddle plate and an insulated jacket.

It’s a sturdy and robust model, and testament to this is the fact that Solaire have included a lifetime warranty with it. If they’re that confident in this grill then you should be too.

Magma Newport 2

Magma Newport 2 Infrared Grill

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This highly portable grill has foldaway legs for easy mobility and storage. Its size is very unassuming, so is perfect for small homes or apartments. Because of this it can even be great for camping.

It’s made with marine-grade stainless steel that makes it extremely durable and robust, and even stands up against the elements should you decide to take it camping with you. Considering that infrared grills are often aimed at people with a strict budget, this is excellent value.

It only has one burner, which only fires at 11,200 BTU and a mex temperature of 500°F. This is quite low compared to other grills, however its heat plates does ensure that the heat that it does provide is spread evenly and efficiently.

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Char-Broil Commercial 3-Burner

Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Commercial 3-Burner

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One of its strongest features is that it has superb temperature control that even allows you dial down the levels to go for low and slow cooking.

This is a great grill that offers a lot more than some of the other infrareds on this list. It comes with 3 burners, combining to offer you a good deal of BTU power, while its grate area covers a very generous 500 square inches. It also gives you enough space beneath its grates to accommodate wood chips or pellets, which you can use to recreate the authentic smoky taste that a charcoal grill or smoker would.

It’s also a great performer. It packs in a good deal of power, while its stainless steel plates distribute heat efficiently and evenly. These plates are also placed to reheat excess oil and moisture, infusing your meat with extra flavor.

As nice little bonuses, it offers a wide temperature range, a side burner, and a warming rack.

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Royal Gourmet Mirage MG6001-R

Royal Gourmet Mirage MG6001-R

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We go from a modest tailgate grill to something a lot more serious. The Royal Gourmet Mirage boasts a lot of power, with its different burners combining to provide 96,000 BTUs of cooking power.

It has close to 700 square inches of grilling space, with porcelain cast iron grates to ensure that heat is distributed evenly across its surface. Further to this it also has a large warming rack to help you load on even more food, as well as built-in thermometers so you can easily monitor your cooking temperatures.

Given all of this, it’s incredible value for money and one of the best grills of its kind out there.

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Char-Broil Signature 420

Char-Broil Signature TRU-Infrared 420

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Char Broil’s Signature series is more stripped back and beginner friendly than their Performance range, but don’t let that fool you. This is still a powerful grill that offers plenty of cooking space, as well as a mean side burner on top of its main three burners.

Just as strong at smoking as it is at grilling, the Signature 420 uses its infrared burners to their full potential.

To help ensure maximum grilling power efficiency, it has porcelain enameled iron grilling grates. The porcelain coating helps distribute heat evenly across the cooking surface, further reducing the risk of cold spots and flare-ups.

Char Broil have also kept natural gas in mind, and have an add-on in the form of a conversion kit. If you want to make the change from propane to natural gas, then you can do so easily with this unit.

If you want something bigger then you might want to look towards Char-Broil’s Performance grills, but if you’re after something that represents better value for money then you Signature 420 could be perfect for you.

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  • 155 square inch porcelain-coated warming rack, 13,000 BTU side burner
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Char-Broil Signature 325

Char-Broil Signature TRU-Infrared 325

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Back to the Char Broil Signature series here but this one is too good not to mention.

The most obvious difference between this and the other Char Broils on this list is the size. As specified in the grill’s name, the grill surface is 325 square inches, compared to the 420 and 450 square inches on the premium models.

325 square inches is still enough for most home users though, so there is still plenty of bang for your buck to be earned here.

The Signature 325 features everything the other models offers, including one-touch instant ignition from their Surefire tech, and a very fast heat up time.

Underneath its satin enamel grates is the Tru-Infrared burners, which help to reduce flare-ups and allow your meat to retain more moisture.

Char-Broil Signature TRU-Infrared 325
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Blaze Grills 4-Burner Built-In

Blaze Grills 32" 4-Burner Built-In

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The prospect of getting a built-in grill can be daunting, but if you have the patio space to build a BBQ island to mount one on then you should seriously consider it.

Like a lot of built-in grills, this unit from Blazes rammed full of power Each of its 4 burners packs in 18,000 BTUs of cooking power, giving you 72,000 BTUs in total.

This is impressive in itself, but even more so when factored in with its infrared plate and positioning under 812 square inches of cooking space. Not only is it huge, but every single inch of space gets the absolute most out of its heating potential.


char broil infrared grill in deep burgundy color

If you need something more affordable than a gas grill yet easier to use than a charcoal grill, then an infrared grill can be the perfect medium.

Here’s why you should consider getting one.

What is an infrared grill?

Infrared grills differ from their standard charcoal or gas counterparts due to the fact that they heat up their food by radiation.

Where charcoal and gas models use hot air flow or convection heat to cook food, infrareds don’t rely on this airflow. Instead, they contain a glass or metal plate that absorbs heat from its burners, which in turn then radiates it towards the food.

How does infrared grilling work?

The main feature that separates infrared grills from other types is the panel that sits underneath the grates of the grill. This panel is often constructed from ceramic tiles or certain types of metal.

This panel performs two main functions. One is to help reduce severe fluctuations in temperature across the grill’s surface by protecting the main cooking area from direct exposure to flames. The other function is to distribute heat more evenly across the grill.

infrared cooking diagram
Source: Char-Broil

So rather than produce the convective airflow that we normally see with traditional charcoal or gas grilling, the panel absorbs heat from the burners and then emits it in the form of radiant heat.

This is very different to traditional grilling, but is a far better means of reducing the risk of flare-ups and cold spots, and is also a far more efficient use of fuel.

This also has another key benefit: Your meat is far less likely to dry out. Cooking it with radiant heat allows you to cook at far steadier temperatures, which helps your food retain a lot of its natural juices and moisture.

Of all the different types of infrared burners, ceramic is your best bet for achieving higher grill temperatures (source).

What are the benefits of an infrared grill?

Compared to both traditional gas and charcoal grills, infrareds are lightning quick at heating up. Depending on your target temperature, they usually take about 3-5 minutes. Charcoal grills are difficult to light, famously take somewhere around 30-40 minutes to heat up, and gas about 15, so this quick heat up time is a huge plus.

Not only do they achieve an excellent heat up time, but the temperature to which they’re capable of hitting is remarkable. They average about 900 degrees fahrenheit.

The combination of both of these features means that you are effectively halving the amount of time you need for cooking (source), meaning you don’t have to agonise over every step of your BBQ and you can get on with the more important things: Enjoying the barbecue.

Infrareds are also far more energy efficient than gas or charcoal. They use less energy, making them more environmentally friendly and cost-efficient for you to run.

The absence of hot air flow also means that your food is far less prone to drying out. With a lot of forms of BBQ, particularly indirect cooking, a problem can arise in the meat being over exposed to hot, dry air, which can leave your food bland and dry. With this air flow not being present in infrareds, your meat can retain its moisture, resulting in a far juicier cut of meat come meal time.

Flavor also compares really favorably on infrared grills. With the plate placed beneath the food during cooking, the juices that drip off fall directly onto it before vaporizing and going straight back into your meat, infusing it with even more flavor.

A big problem with charcoal grills in particular is uneven heat across the grill surface. This can result in hot and cold spots, and can be a challenge to get around in order to cook your meat properly. Due to the very nature of radiation cooking, this simply isn’t an issue with infrared grills. They manage to cook your food evenly every single time, giving you consistently well cooked food.

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