I always liked looking at the different barbecues priced around $500 because that seems to be the magic number when it comes to balancing features and design that make for the top bbqs.
So this time, I wanted to find the best infrared grills under $500 that were available online so that I can compare them head-to-head and find the top models out there. It was a little bit difficult but I came up with five different models that I think you’ll enjoy. Check out the different infrared grills Amazon has to offer!
The Best Infrared Gas Grill Under 500 Bucks:
The first infrared grill under $500 that I wanted to talk about is the Char-Broil M500-IR Quantum IR System 3-Burner Gas Grill. Like the name states, it has three separate burners and an additional side burner that can pump out 13,000 BTUs.
This charbroil infrared grill has a total of 680 in.² of grilling space and above each burner a temperature gauge allows you to monitor that particular burners temperature which is a really neat feature and one that I have not seen on any of the grills I have reviewed so far.
It comes complete with a lower cabinet area, to side shelves and has the ability to roll like most barbecues these days but the doors on the front look more like a modern side-by-side refrigerator door, which gives it a little more appeal.
The Best Small Infrared Grill In The Lineup:
This portable propane operated gas grill is made of stainless steel and uses small one-pound propane cylinders to power the unit, an optional adapter can be bought if you want to use the 5 gallon tanks instead.
It features 155 square inches of space which is enough to cook eight hamburgers roughly 4 inches in diameter at one time and has the capability of yielding 14,000 BTUs per hour. The measurements of this portable barbecue measure 21 inches wide by 13 inches deep and 12 inches high and weighs around 26 pounds.
A Napoleon Infrared Grill Under $500:
This portable gas grill comes equipped with 320 square inches of cooking space which is almost double the space that the last solaire model had. The standard portable propane cylinders are used for this unit or you have the option to use a larger tank if you purchase an additional attachment.
I really like the combination of convenience, portability and having enough grill space to cook for six people if I wanted to. I think this is a small but very powerful gas grill that is worthy of making the list.
A Char-Broil BBQ Made The List:
The next infrared grill were going to look at is the Char-Broil TRU Infrared 3-Burner Gas Grill , which is a full-sized BBQ that cost around $350 and has quite a range of features.
This is an award winning gas grill with three burners that can yield 30,000 BTUs per hour and comes with a 10,000 BTU side burner with lid.
You get 500 square inches of primary cooking space and an additional 180 square inches of secondary space via a warming rack, which adds up to around 680 in.² total. It is a good grill for your backyard and has everything you would need for a great price, keep in mind that this particular unit does not have a cabinet underneath so you might have to figure out some kind of storage solution yourself.
A Cool Portable Infrared Grill Under 500…
The Magma “Catalina” Gourmet Series Infrared Gas Grill is a very beautiful, small grill that is made in the United States and constructed of 100% marine grade stainless steel. Reading some of the reviews and descriptions, I’ve come to the conclusion that these particular barbecues are made for boating applications but fit nicely in this category too.
It has foldaway legs that pop out when you’re ready to use the grill, lifting it up off of the ground and comes complete with a 12″ x 18″ main grilling area and an additional 5.5″ x 18″ secondary area. It is best to use the one-pound disposable propane canisters for this particular unit or you can use larger canisters if an adapter is purchased.
My concluding thoughts:
This was another tough category to go through mainly because there was not a whole lot of grills that were close to the price range I was going after or they didn’t make very many models for me to make a really good comparison.
I did fine these five barbecues though that I think fit the category very well, even though three of them are more portable type units. I do have a couple of other posts on infrared grills that you’re more than welcome to take a look at if you’re interested. One looks at grills at and around the thousand dollar mark and the other one targets barbecues around $300 in price but both of them have different models that you can look at to see if you like one of those better than what I have listed here.