The Char-Broil Classic 4-Burner Gas Grill with side burner (mod# 463436215) is the best-selling gas grill from Char-Broil. As far as affordable gas grills go, this one has been an industry leading grill. It has 4.5 Stars on Amazon and has been their best seller for past few years. Read user reviews here.
This grill does not come without some faults but in its price range this gas grill has a lot to offer and is made fairly well with quality components like stainless steel body parts and cast iron grates. These are materials found on grills in a much higher price range.
Some of the strong points I like about this gas grill are as follows:
Porcelain Coated Cast Iron Grates – There is no better grilling surface than porcelain cast iron. Porcelain coated cast iron grates are usually only found on high end grills. The porcelain coating adds durability and helps sear in taste better than other materials. They require a lot less care than regular cast iron grates. They are easy to keep clean and will last much longer.
Stainless Steel – The lid, handle and control panel are all made of stainless steel. This means it will not rust like many other grills and will look good for years to come. You’ll never have to worry about paint burning off and looking bad. Simply use stainless steel cleaner to keep it looking like new.
Durable Electric Ignition – The Char-Broil Classic features a durable ignition system that won’t quickly fail. This has been a source of friction for many gas grill owners but Char-Broil has addressed this issue and all their gas grills feature a high quality and durable electric ignition that lights your grill quickly.
Spacious Cooking Area – This grill offers 480 square inches of cooking surface which will easily accommodate four large stakes, four hamburgers, four ears of corn, and 4 baked potatoes all at the same time. If you are looking to cook more than that any given time then you may want search grills that a bit bigger. The total cooking area including the side burner is 660 square inches.
4 Stainless Steel Burners – Numerous gas grills in this price class usually only have 3 burners. This grill comes with 4 burners and provides nice even heat for cooking. Often, grills with 3 burners will have hot and cool spots and tend to cook food unevenly because of the larger gap between burners. Also, you will be able to arrange your food for cooking in more ways.
Side Burner – The Char-Broil classic grill includes a side burner. Normally you’ll have to go up to a different price range to get a side burner. Having the side burner gives you additional cooking options and can be a real advantage when cooking large meals for a lot of people.
I want to point out some things that I don’t like about this grill. But before I do, I want to state that a grill in this price range can’t be perfect and this grill really does a good job at addressing the important stuff to provide the end user with a nice gas grill for a very fair price. Some of the things I can find wrong but I wouldn’t consider deal breakers is this:
Thin Stainless Steel Lid – The lid is durable in the sense that it won’t rust or dent easy. However, the lack of thickness can make it hard to hold in the heat during long slow cooks which makes the grill use more gas.
Plastic Wheels – If you have to move your grill around a lot then this may be a concern for you. The wheels are that durable. The good news is that they are cheap to replace. If you have to roll this around a lot or load and unload it a lot then the wheels probably won’t hold up a lot. I think one good drop out of the back of a truck would break them. Again, not a big deal breaker but could become pretty annoying.
Storage Space – This grill is pretty limiting on storage space. It does have work areas on either side but if you are using the side burner then there is only one. There is not storage for anything under it either, only room for the gas tank.
In conclusion, this is a good gas grill and especially good considering the fair price. While not a commercial grade grill in any sense of the work, it will serve the weekend warrior well and should last for many years with proper care. As stated before, this is Char-Broil’s best-selling gas grill and it’s the best-selling and best rated gas grill in this price range on Amazon. For more user reviews and insight check out the Amazon Reviews on this item.