4.4
12 reviews
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12601688, 12601664, 12601559, 11601578, 12601663, 12601665
Char-Broil Patio Bistro Infrared Electric Grill

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Char-Broil Patio Bistro Infrared Electric Grill
 
4.4

(based on 12 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Apartment Dweller's Patio Grill

If you have patience to slow cook, and some creativity. This is your grill.

Performance
I purchased this from a friend that is a traditional Texas wood burning grilled. I...Read complete review

If you have patience to slow cook, and some creativity. This is your grill.

Performance
I purchased this from a friend that is a traditional Texas wood burning grilled. I like a combination of wood and charcoal. I'm from Memphis and I to adapt to apartment rules. That meant no fire, and only electric grilling and no way to cook with indirect heat. All areas have infrared heat. I used a very small Pyrex dish to hold water on upper rack, and a bean can under the grate in the center with wood chips and a charcoal briquet. Leave an opening or gap for grease to drain or you have a fire.

Versatility
Used cedar planks to cook salmon. Planks kept griill gapped open. Nothing a saw can't fix or a larger surface couldn't cure. Hint to Char Broil.

Ease of Use
If you can use an electric skillet you have what it takes.

Ease of Cleaning
The grate is easier to clean with slow cooking. There is a double layer which is part of the drip area and grease can get between the two and be hard to clean. I used oven cleaner removed as much as I could and rinsed the rest at carwash. I live in an apartment. If you use the bean can grease fire can start up. Don't a SMALL amount of water will extinguish it. Don't over react.

Durability
Char-Broil was a great parts replacement source. Remember I bought my grill used. The controller was bad. I tried to make it work. Don't do that. The temperature would be low, and when I would turn my back flame on. New controller fixedw that. That's probably why I was able to get it from my friend. Hmmmm!!!!!!

Design
Cooking surface too small for large scale cooking and wood 2 planks. It needs dual heat control for indirect heat cooking.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Char Broil Patio Bistro Infrared Electric Grill 11601578

It's a decent grill for cooking meat, not more than 3 at a time or it will not cook good at all.

Performance
Normally these type of grills requires...Read complete review

It's a decent grill for cooking meat, not more than 3 at a time or it will not cook good at all.

Performance
Normally these type of grills requires you to not put a lot of meat on the grill. It has very little space on it because of it's size. If you are tying too have a feast and get done cooking by 5:00 this is not the type of grill you use.

Versatility
It's pretty good nothing to tell your coworker, family members or friends about.

Ease of Use
It's easy to use all you have to do is put charcoal in the grill, the light the charcoal. Then you let the fire burn the charcoal, and finally you put the meat on the grill and watch the meat get cooked. When it's finally done it will be ready to eat.

Ease of Cleaning
You would have to grab a sponge or a scratcher and scrub the black stuff off the grill. That's usually from the Charcoal being burned. It will take you some time, but when your done scrubbing use the water hose to spray it clean.

Durability
It lasts a long time, just make sure you put it into a garage when the grill is not being used. If you leave the grill out it will get rusty, especially when it's raining or your dog might chew part of it off.

Design
Just a regular grill that is built/looks like any other grill you would see at Home Depot.

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5.0

Great grill

By 

from Brooke tx

About Me Occasional Griller

Pros

  • Easy To Clean
  • Easy To Use
  • Heats Up Quickly
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • For Self/Couple
    • Portable Use
    • Small Gatherings

    Comments about Char-Broil Patio Bistro Infrared Electric Grill:

    Awesome grill for the price

     
    5.0

    Apartment Dweller's Patio Grill

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    from USA

    Comments about Char-Broil Patio Bistro Infrared Electric Grill:

    If you have patience to slow cook, and some creativity. This is your grill.

    Performance
    I purchased this from a friend that is a traditional Texas wood burning grilled. I like a combination of wood and charcoal. I'm from Memphis and I to adapt to apartment rules. That meant no fire, and only electric grilling and no way to cook with indirect heat. All areas have infrared heat. I used a very small Pyrex dish to hold water on upper rack, and a bean can under the grate in the center with wood chips and a charcoal briquet. Leave an opening or gap for grease to drain or you have a fire.

    Versatility
    Used cedar planks to cook salmon. Planks kept griill gapped open. Nothing a saw can't fix or a larger surface couldn't cure. Hint to Char Broil.

    Ease of Use
    If you can use an electric skillet you have what it takes.

    Ease of Cleaning
    The grate is easier to clean with slow cooking. There is a double layer which is part of the drip area and grease can get between the two and be hard to clean. I used oven cleaner removed as much as I could and rinsed the rest at carwash. I live in an apartment. If you use the bean can grease fire can start up. Don't a SMALL amount of water will extinguish it. Don't over react.

    Durability
    Char-Broil was a great parts replacement source. Remember I bought my grill used. The controller was bad. I tried to make it work. Don't do that. The temperature would be low, and when I would turn my back flame on. New controller fixedw that. That's probably why I was able to get it from my friend. Hmmmm!!!!!!

    Design
    Cooking surface too small for large scale cooking and wood 2 planks. It needs dual heat control for indirect heat cooking.

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    5.0

    grilling in style

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    from USA

    Comments about Char-Broil Patio Bistro Infrared Electric Grill:

    This grill is one of my favs. It really gets the job done. The best part is that this grilling machine doesn't require much space. This grill is ideal for people with small patios ,like myself. It is the ultimate outdoor cooking experience with a touch of style...that bright red is sure to brighten up any occasion.

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    5.0

    Perfect for a small electric grill

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    from USA

    Comments about Char-Broil Patio Bistro Infrared Electric Grill:

    Had to switch from a Charbroil infrared burner to this when I moved into a condo and couldn't have propane. The heating space is surprisingly big, and it heats up quick. Got a nice little cover and it looks great. As awkward as it looks in the pictures, it is actually a much better looking grill when you see it in person. Would definitely recommend.

    Performance
    Definitely cooks thoroughly... not as quick as a normal grill though to cook meat

    Versatility
    Does my vegetables and meat perfectly... havent had any issues whatsoever

    Ease of Use
    One knob to control the temp... simple!

    Ease of Cleaning
    Tray at the bottom to get rid of excess grease... no one likes cleaning a grill, but this one is just as tough as any other... Have to remove the grates and heat rods to really get everything

    Durability
    Has been surviving the elements pretty decently... I have a nice cover that is on half the time and it hasnt given me any problems

    Design
    Good looking grill... I think its perfect for a small deck

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    5.0

    Amazing Electric Grill

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    from Rochester, NY

    Comments about Char-Broil Patio Bistro Infrared Electric Grill:

    We purchased this grill during the summer. It works great. Heats up very fast. Easy to use, just plug in and turn the dial to how hot you want it. Has consistent heat. It's a decent size for a family of four. It wouldn't be good for a huge BBQ. Easy to move, has wheels on back. Would like to have a side "table" on it. But it's a great little grill.

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    Could use a side "table" to put a plate or sauces on.

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    5.0

    cute nifty little thing

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    from USA

    Comments about Char-Broil Patio Bistro Infrared Electric Grill:

    Was so easy to pack and take wherever whenever

    Performance
    as long as I spread out the charcoal evenly the grill did its job perfectly.

    Versatility
    Throw a pot on it and you can make beans to go with the hot dogs and hamburgers

    Ease of Use
    set on ground pour in charcoal spray with lighter fluid and light let the coals white up and then spread them out evenly place the grill over the coals and add whatever suits your fancy

    Ease of Cleaning
    spray with degreasers and wipe clean

    Durability
    it has been through many a rough camping trips with the pinckard family

    Design
    why not cook in style this little thing is female friendly with use and design

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    3.0

    Char Broil Patio Bistro Infrared Electric Grill 11601578

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    from USA

    Comments about Char-Broil Patio Bistro Infrared Electric Grill:

    It's a decent grill for cooking meat, not more than 3 at a time or it will not cook good at all.

    Performance
    Normally these type of grills requires you to not put a lot of meat on the grill. It has very little space on it because of it's size. If you are tying too have a feast and get done cooking by 5:00 this is not the type of grill you use.

    Versatility
    It's pretty good nothing to tell your coworker, family members or friends about.

    Ease of Use
    It's easy to use all you have to do is put charcoal in the grill, the light the charcoal. Then you let the fire burn the charcoal, and finally you put the meat on the grill and watch the meat get cooked. When it's finally done it will be ready to eat.

    Ease of Cleaning
    You would have to grab a sponge or a scratcher and scrub the black stuff off the grill. That's usually from the Charcoal being burned. It will take you some time, but when your done scrubbing use the water hose to spray it clean.

    Durability
    It lasts a long time, just make sure you put it into a garage when the grill is not being used. If you leave the grill out it will get rusty, especially when it's raining or your dog might chew part of it off.

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    Just a regular grill that is built/looks like any other grill you would see at Home Depot.

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    4.0

    Great Grill and easy to use

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    from USA

    Comments about Char-Broil Patio Bistro Infrared Electric Grill:

    I received this grill as a gift when I moved into a new apartment. The apartment complex didn't allow gas or charcoal grills. At first i was leary of the quality of food an electric grill would produce but after making my first grilled chicken breast i was blown away by the juiciness and flavor this grill was capable of. It takes only minutes to get to proper cooking temperature and doesn't loose heat very quickly when the top is open. I purchased some hickory wood chunks to place on the grating while cooking to add flavor to the meat. This works really well. The grill heats the chunks up enough to get them smoking. After just a short time you can really taste the hickory flavor. The infrared technology used for this grill sears the outside of the meat while leaving the inside juicy. The only complaint i have is there is no counter top space or places to store utensils. This is a very minor issue that does not detract from the quality of this grill.

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    3.0

    This product does it's job; no more.

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    from USA

    Comments about Char-Broil Patio Bistro Infrared Electric Grill:

    This grill is a basic grill and is not to be purchased by hard-core grillers. The electric feature makes this product satisfactory due to the lack of ability to speed up the cooking process as possible with flame grills. Also, it does not, and could not, due to it's electric power, have a smoker, which is my primary source for flavor on the grill. Hamburgers and hot dogs is about it. I wouldnt dare waste a steak on it.

    Performance
    Not a chance for speed cooking

    Versatility
    Not a lot of cooking options

    Ease of Use
    Very basic. My 5 year old figured it out on her own.

    Ease of Cleaning
    Steel grill makes for easy cleaning.

    Durability
    Not too tough not too weak

    Design
    Basic patio grill for the "block party"

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    3.0

    It's an "ok" grill.

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    from USA

    Comments about Char-Broil Patio Bistro Infrared Electric Grill:

    I give this a "satisfactory" rating because its a good grill, but it isn't very sturdy or durable. After a while, it starts to rust and eventually break off. However, I've made some good meals off of this grill.

    Performance
    Works like any other grill. It's just a little smaller. It's really great for beginners or to travel. It's good if you're just grilling for the family. Not for a huge amount of people, for instance, a party or so. Then I wouldn't recommend this grill.

    Versatility
    I do like the grill, however, it isn't very versatile at all. That sucks. You really have to make a lot of batches with this grill. For instance, if you were having a "cookout" you would have to make more than one batch with the food and the charcoal, because the charcoal will soon stop giving off the heat, and that can eventually become very, very annoying.

    Ease of Use
    It's very easy to use. You just put the charcoal in there and light it and there you go!

    Ease of Cleaning
    Cleaning, on the other hand is hard. You have to keep scrubbing and it could get very tiresome. Well for me at least.

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