7 Best Infrared Grills of 2021 for Any Budget

Infrared grills are the new craze in the grilling world. No wonder: they’re even more convenient than gas grills, require less time to preheat and cook, greatly reduce flare-ups, reach higher temperatures, and don’t dry out the food like other types of grills do.

With thousands of models currently on the market, it’s very difficult to choose one that suits your needs, preferences, and wallet with your first purchase.

That’s why after extended research and testing, I’ve gathered these 7 models as the best infrared grills you can get for the money. Check them out below and pick the one that’s most suited for your budget and needs.

What Is the Best Infrared Grill to Buy?

Best of the Best Infrared Grills Currently on the Market

THE BEST GAS GRILL WITH INFRARED SIDE BURNER

Napoleon Prestige 665 RSIB Propane Gas Grill + Infrared Side and Rear Burners

The Prestige 665 from Napoleon truly deserves the title “prestige”. This massive grilling Cadillac with transform your backyard, patio, deck,.. into a luxury steakhouse.

2-in-One

The Prestige is both a gas grill and an infrared one – 2 grill types in one unit.

The main cooking chamber acts like a regular gas grill with an infrared rotisserie infrared burner in the back.

The side burner is a true infrared one, capable of reaching 1472°F/800°C in 30 seconds, leaving your steaks with the authentic steakhouse sear marks.

A Grilling Beast

You can cook up to 41 burgers on its main cooking area of 665 square inches that measures roughly 18 x 37 inches.

The side burner is 475 square inches large.

Combine both, and you get a total cooking area of 1,140 square inches.

Unique Grates

The grates aren’t your regular porcelain-enameled cast iron but are specially designed Napoleon exclusive cooking grids.

They are made from 7.5 mm (or almost 1/3 inch) thick stainless steel and are waved instead of straight for even better heat distribution. Smaller food is also less likely to fall, reducing flare-ups and minimizing cleaning.

Improved Ignition System

Instead of a regular piezo which is notorious for its unreliability, the Prestige has its very own Instant Jetfire igniter.

This innovative and easy to use ignition system shoots a jet of flame to light each gas burner individually for quick start-ups.

Rotisserie Kit Included

With the grill you’ll get the whole kit needed for rotisserie cooking.

I managed to cook a whole 15 lb turkey on this thing.

Specially Designed Center-Gravity Lid

The lid doesn’t have hinges in the back like the others. Instead, the hinges are in the middle at the sides.

This makes lifting the lid much easier and it also does not extend past the back of the grill, saving valuable space.

Safety Glow Night Light Knobs

The knobs have LED lights that turn color when in use.

The red light indicated that the burner is on.

This is not just for looks, it’s a safety feature as well. Now you know exactly when and which burner is on. You’ll never forget to turn off a burner again.

Other Notable Features

The lid has an accurate and easy to read thermometer.

The heat tents are made from durable dual-level stainless steel.

The side table folds down.

Take Your Time to Assemble It

There are tons of bits and pieces. Don’t be fooled by the video as it makes the job much easier than it looks.

It’s also a two-man job and you’ll need a few tools that aren’t included but should have been IMHO given the price.

Upgrade Your Grilling Game

With tons of innovative features and design upgrades, there’s no reason not to have one. It looks just as well as it cooks. It feels like a Weber but doesn’t cost as much as one.

Pros
  • Ample cooking and prep space
  • Durable and sturdy
  • Rotisserie kit with infrared rear burner included
  • Improved ignition system
  • LED knobs
Cons
  • Tedious assembly
  • High price tag
See Reviews

THE BEST INFRARED PORTABLE GRILL

Solaire SOL-EV17A Everywhere Portable Infrared Propane Gas Grill

If you want to sear steaks at the campsite, beach, or anywhere else on the open road, then the Solaire SOL-EV17A is your answer.

Specially Designed for Traveling

With the hood down, it measures only 20 x 16 x 19.5 inches or 1.7 x 1.3 x 1.6 feet.

You can easily carry it by yourself at it weighs only 15 lbs.

By default, it holds 1 lb propane cylinders. You can purchase a separate adapter that holds larger tanks. Or if you have a natural gas line nearby, use that instead (again, conversion kit sold separately).

It’s even suitable for low-pressure propane systems that RVs have.

Big Enough to Hold 6 Burgers at Once

Its 140 square inches large cooking surface can hold up to 6 burger patties at once.

It doesn’t seem much but for a compact infrared grill this is a lot.

Burner Specs

This grill features Solaire’s very own infrared ceramic and stainless steel burner capable of outputting 14,000 BTUs.

V-Grate Grid

Just like the Napoleon above, this one also features innovative grill grates.

Instead of being round like classic ones, the ones are V-shaped.

The sear marks are more evident and all the drippings fall down to the burner below, instantly incinerating them for increased flavor.

Model Specific Issues

The edges are very sharp and you can easily cut yourself if you aren’t careful. I got a small cut and after this, I’ve learned my lesson.

Take care of it as replacement parts tend to expensive.

A Portable Grill That Cooks Like a Big Boy

This unit is a game-changer. It can handle even the toughest of steaks and despite its small size, can outperform some backyard gas grills in the middle of the beach.

I was impressed by its performance before and featured it in this article.

Pros
  • Portable
  • Lightweight
  • Large cooking area for a portable grill
  • Compact design
  • Easy to assemble and disassemble
Cons
  • Sharp edges
  • Replacement parts tend to be expensive
See Reviews

THE BEST INFRARED GRILL UNDER $500

Char-Broil 463280419 Performance TRU-Infrared 4-Burner Gas Grill

The Char-Broil 463280419 Performance TRU-Infrared is a thing of beauty and performance. For under $500, it doesn’t get better than this.

Plenty of Space to Feed a Crowd

The cooking space consists of a primary cooking area (=porcelain-coated steel cooking grates) and a warming rack that swings away when not in use.

The primary cooking area is 500 square inches large and the warming rack has 180 square inches.

In total, this grill has 680 square inches of cooking space.

Plenty of Burners to Go Around

The 4 main burners can output a total of 27,000 BTUs, or 6,750 BTU each.

The side burner is 10,000 BTU.

Total heat output: 37,000 BTU.

This doesn’t seem much but because of how TRU-infrared grills are designed, they don’t need to output a lot of BTU – This type of grill cooks in a much different way than classic gas grills.

Other Remarkable Features

The cart style design increases storage space and hides the propane tank from out of sight and the elements.

When not in use, the side burner acts as a side shelf. Combine with the other shelf on the other side, and you have plenty of prep space.

You can easily move the grill around on its 4 durable wheels (2 of them are lockable).

The lid has an integrated easy to read and accurate thermometer.

What Bothered Me

Mine came with a large dent on the lid.

After notifying the customer service, they immediately sent a replacement one. Kudos!

Makes Even a Lousy Griller Look Like a Master Chef

After an hour of assembling it (coffee break included), I put it to the test, and the steaks, burgers, and veggies tasted delicious. The food was moist and the sear marks were so nice, it reminded me of a painting in a gallery.

Pros
  • Great design
  • Durable
  • Plenty of cooking and prep space
  • Zero flare-ups
  • Simple to use and clean
Cons
  • May arrive damaged
See Reviews

THE BEST INFRARED ELECTRIC GRILL

Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Patio Bistro Electric Grill

Whether your apartment complex doesn’t allow gas grills or you just love the convenience electric grills have to offer, the Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Patio Bistro is the perfect choice.

The Ultimate Grilling Convenience

With electric grills, there’s no shortage of fuel (unless there’s a power outage).

Because there are no flames, flare-ups are a thing of the past.

Specs

It has a total cooking area of 320 square inches:

  • The main cooking surface (i..e. porcelain-enameled grate) is 240 square inches; big enough for up to 12 burger patties.
  • The secondary warming rack is 80 square inches large

There’s a single 1,750-watt burner. If it was a gas burner, it would output around 6,000 BTU.

It’s about 3.2 ft high, 2 ft wide, and 2.1 ft deep and weighs 54 lbs.

Noteworthy Features

  • Precision dial
  • Lid-mounted temperature gauge
  • Cool-touch handle
  • Porcelain-coated body for easy cleaning and additional protection
  • Storage grate under the body
  • 2 wheels for easier mobility

Overview

Short Cord

The cord is 6 ft long.

You either have to grill very close to a socket or get yourself an extension cord which is an additional expense.

A Must Have for Apartment Dwellers

Not everyone has a backyard or patio but still want to make steaks and burgers on a grill. This is where the Patio Bistro saves the day. It doesn’t look much but this infrared electric grill packs quite a punch.

Pros
  • Heats up quickly
  • Easy to move around
  • Cleanup is a breeze, especially the outside
  • Looks and feels durable
  • Compact
  • Highly convenient
Cons
  • Short cord
See Reviews

THE BEST CHAR-BROIL INFRARED GRILL

Char-Broil 463370719 Performance TRU-Infrared 3-Burner Gas Grill

Among all Char-Broil infrared grills, I’d say the model 463370719 is the best one with its simple, yet effective design and affordable price.

Generous Cooking Area

The main cooking area has the capacity to cook up to 24 burgers at once. It’s 450 square inches large and measures 26.6 inches x 17.3 inches.

The grates are cast iron and coated in porcelain for simple cleanup, rust-resistance, on non-stickiness.

The swing-away warming rack is 150 square inches large and porcelain-coated as well.

3 + 1 Burners

This particular model has 3 independently-controlled stainless steel burners that output 8,000 BTUs each or 24,000 BTU total.

On the left, you’ll find a lidded 10,000 BTU side burner that’s just perfect for making sauces or side dishes.

If it’s in the way, simply close the lid and you’ll have extra prep space.

Other Features

  • Reliable ignition system
  • Lid thermometer
  • 2-wheel cart design
  • Stainless steel heat tents

Simple Assembly

The assembly was a breeze. It didn’t take me long enough to put this thing together and the only tools I needed were a crescent wrench, a screwdriver, and a knife.

Don’t believe me? Then see the video below:

Don’t Forget a Grill Cover

Even though its stainless steel, it will still rust if left exposed to the elements.

Nice Grill, Great Sear, Excellent BBQ

For a 3-burner grill, it has a very large cooking area and the infrared technology makes it even better. Once you get it, it will be the last grill you’ll get.

Pros
  • Affordable price
  • Elegant design
  • Ample prep and cooking surface
  • Fast heat up
Cons
  • Prone to rust
See Reviews

THE BEST SMALL INFRARED GRILL

Char-Broil Grill2Go X200 Portable TRU-Infrared Liquid Propane Gas Grill

Already considered as the best gas grill under $150, the Grill2Go by Char-Broil is the perfect travel companion with its small footprint, small weight, and durable construction.

Die-Cast Aluminum Construction

Most grills on this list are made from stainless steel. The problem with stainless steel is that although it’s stainless, it can still rust. Also, bigger models and those made from thin sheets often come dented or bent at your doorstep.

Die-cast aluminum doesn’t have any of these issues. Being aluminum, it can’t rust. And because it’s thick, you can’t dent or bent it (unless you hit it with a hammer).

Cast aluminum also has another advantage: better heat retention and distribution.

High Cooking Capacity

you can make up to 8 burgers on its grilling surface of 200 square inches.

It features a single 9,500 BTU burner.

Reasons Why Not to Take It With You on Your Travels

It weighs only 20 lbs and can be easily carried by just one person.

It’s compact: 23.7 inches wide x 15.7 inches deep x 13.6 inches tall.

Runs on 1 lb or 16 oz camping propane canisters. If this is not enough, you can easily convert it for use with a regular 20 lb tank (item sold separately – serial no. 5584623).

The lid has 2 hinges in front for safer transportation.

Additional Features

The ignition is tucked inside the right front leg to protect itself from damage.

There’s a thermometer on the top of the lid.

Grates are stainless steel for reduced weight and simple cleanup.

It’s Hard to Clean Thoroughly

Because of its compact design, it’s really hard to clean every square inch of the inside of this grill. You’ll be forced to remove a screw or two in order to achieve this.

Powerful, Quick, Great Flavor, and Low Gas Usage

If you’re looking for a durable, compact, and powerful camping grill, then this is it. Even when left outside in the rain and snow, this thing won’t rust. I was glad I took it with me on my week-long camping adventure.

Pros
  • Durable and lightweight
  • Compact
  • Portable
  • Batteryless ignition
  • Big cooking surface
Cons
  • Hard to clean
See Reviews

THE BEST INDOOR INFRARED GRILL

Flame King Scorch Smokeless Infrared Electric Broiler

Don’t like cooking outside? Want to make juicy steaks and burgers right in the kitchen? Then consider this indoor electric infrared grill broiler from Flame King (model FK-BEEF-110 a.k.a. Scorch).

Cook From the Comfort of Your Own Home

Not everyone doesn’t have time to step outside and prep the grill for a few burgers. Also, the weather isn’t always perfect for this: freezing temperatures, raining, dark, etc.

The flame King enables you to cook 24/7, regardless of the type of day and weather. You just step into the kitchen, turn it on, and voila.

Heck, you can even cook in your undies or nightgown.

Max Efficiency

Because of the powerful electric infrared burner and thick insulation, this baby can reach temperatures of up to 1,500 °F / 850 °C in mere minutes.

There are 9 rails inside so you can fine-tune the cooking and searing process.

You won’t have to worry about making a mess as there’s a drip pan at the bottom that catches grease and other debris.

Cooking Capacity

Because it’s designed to use on the kitchen counter, it’s not as spacious as the other outdoor grills on this list.

The broiler tray can handle 3 medium or 4 small steaks at a time and measures roughly 110 square inches.

Remarkably Easy to Use

The control panel in front features a dial with which you set the temperature and cooking time.

That’s it. It doesn’t get simpler than this.

Amazing Countertop Infrared Grill

Despite its tiny footprint, it packs quite a punch. Maintaining and using it is quite simple and the best part about it is that I can use it in the kitchen where there’s warm and comfy.

Pros
  • Made for indoor use
  • Lightning-fast heat up and cooking
  • Easy to use and clean
  • Sear marks are absolutely fantastic
Cons
  • Tiny cooking surface
See Reviews

How to Choose the Best Infrared Grill for the Money

Just like choosing a charcoal grill, there are some factors you need to consider when looking for the best infrared grill. These include:

Price

dollar bills

Infrared grills tend to be the most expensive type of grill.

But this doesn’t mean an average joe can’t afford it.

A lot of the time, different models are on sale and be purchased surprisingly cheap.

Size

TEC Infrared Grill

Bigger isn’t always better. Also, the bigger the grill, the higher the price.

If you’re living by yourself or travel a lot, getting yourself a portable camping grill is the most reasonable option.

One person or a couple doesn’t need 700 square inches of cooking space. That’s just wasting money and space.

Where you’re planning to cook is also an important factor regarding the size of the BBQ grill.

There’s no way you can put the model pictured above on a small patio.

Also, portability is another factor. Bigger means heavier and if you’re an avid camper, a 100 lb grill will do you more harm than good.

Cooking Surface

steak on infrared grill

The more people you’re planning to feed, the larger surface you’re going to need.

For a loner, a countertop electric grill is more than enough.

But if you’re planning to invite the whole family, friends, or an entire block, then you’re going to need something much bigger.

Some come equipped with a warming rack. Take this into consideration as well.

Prep and Storage Space

char broil tru infrared 2 burner grill

Backyard models come equipped with at least a side shelf and a rack at the bottom while portable camping ones don’t have this kind of luxury.

Some cart-style grills have side shelves on both sides and multi-story trays below the grill. And if you’re lucky, the one you’re looking at also has utensil hooks.

Be aware that more prep space a grill has, the more expensive and larger it will be.

Type of Fuel

propane tank

In most cases, infrared grills are fueled by gas: either propane or natural gas.

There are some models that are electric and even charcoal powered but they aren’t as quite as common.

Each fuel type has its own pros and cons. Weigh all of them carefully when looking for your next grilling companion.

Ignition Type

pushing igniter button

This factor concerns gas-powered infrared grills.

These grills come equipped with some sort of an electronic ignition system.

Pay special attention to what kind.

The most common ones are piezo which are the cheapest and most common ones. They tend to be pretty unreliable and can die out at a moment’s notice.

The last thing you’d want to experience is a grill not wanting to start in the middle of nowhere while camping.

Assembly

assembling infrared grill

Bigger grills usually have more parts than smaller ones. Also, some are really tricky and tedious to set up (either by design or the instructions are badly made).

Expect at least an hour or two to assemble a fully-sized model.

The tools needed for assembly aren’t usually supplied. These include but are not limited to:

  • Screwdriver
  • Hex wrench
  • Sockets
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Combination wrenches

See what exact tools you need for your particular model so you’ll be prepared when the thing arrives at your doorstep.

On the other hand, you can hire someone to do the job for you (Amazon offers an expert assembly for most of the grills they sell) but this is going to cost you extra.

Additional Features

infrared grill side burner

A lot of grills come packing with extra features like:

  • Side burners
  • Thermometer
  • Meat probe
  • Grill cover
  • See-through lids
  • Warming racks
  • Lights around the knobs
  • Ability to connect to your smartphone

All of these features are great and some sure come in handy but be aware, they aren’t free.

Generally, the more of them a grill has, the more it’s going to cost.

Why Infrared and Not a Regular Gas Grill? – Gas vs Infrared Grill

Gas-fueled infrared grills are technically gas grills (they even look the same on the outside) but they cook very differently than regular gas grills.

This grill comparison is a perfect example of “it’s what’s inside that counts”.

What Is the Difference Between Infrared and Gas Grills?

Gas grills use convection and conduction as their primary heat transfer method to cook food while infrared grills use radiation.

Which Are Key Benefits of Infrared Grills Over Traditional Grills?

  • Faster preheat and cooking time
  • Reduced or no flare-ups
  • Can reach higher temperatures
  • Lower fuel consumtion
  • Better sear marks – steakhouse quality
  • Doesn’t dry out the food
  • Consistent and even heating
  • Easier temperature control

This is just a quick summary of gas vs infrared grills. To find out more, check this comparison guide.

Also note that like other types of grills, infrared ones also have their downsides. See them here.

The Finest Infrared Grills Money Can Buy in 2021

Infrared grills are a cooking marvel. That is why they’re becoming ever more popular.

But not every model is made the same. That’s why if you want to get the best bang for your buck, I’ve compiled the list of these best infrared grills.

Happy grilling!

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