According to the HPBA (Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association) survey data, 64% of adults in the US own a grill or smoker. While many experienced grillers love the traditional charcoal grill, many consumers prefer the convenience of a gas grill.
This makes it vital to choose the right grill for you. In this Char Broil Performance 300 review, we will delve into this gas grill and its impressive features.
In addition to offering 300 square inches of cook space with a secondary warming rack, the Performance 300 has an electric ignition system and provides 24,000 BTUs of power. This makes it a flexible grilling station with sufficient space for a whole chicken or a batch of burgers, with buns toasting on the secondary rack.
Despite the modest price point, the Performance 300 is suitable for a family or those who like to entertain guests and supply them with delicious grilled food in next to no time. If this sounds like this could be a great grill option for you, then read on, as we’ll delve into the features and function of this grill to help you to make an informed purchase decision.
With so many grills on the market place, it can be tricky to choose the best one for your preferences and requirements. So, here we’ll look into the features of the Char Broil Performance 300 gas grill in more detail.
If you’re looking for a solid performance gas grill, the Char Broil Performance 300 certainly delivers. This is a propane grill with a storage cabinet to hold your propane tank and keep it out of your way. The design also features two fold down, metal side tables that provide plenty of room for food prep, plates or utensils.
The grill itself is made of a durable stainless steel. The two burners are also stainless steel for long lasting durability and rust resistance. The grill also features an electronic ignition system, so you can fire up the burners without needing to use a lighter or match. Each burner has its own temperature control knob, providing multiple heating options.
The grill has a sleek design with a swing away warming rack in the top and a heat shield, so you can avoid getting burned as you’re grilling.
Overall, this grill provides a great performance, despite the modest price tag.
As its name suggests, the Char Broil Performance 300 offers 300 square inches of cooking space. This should be sufficient for most grilling tasks. If you’re roasting a chicken, which is likely to be the largest grilled food, you will need approximately 290 square inches of cook space.
The grill also features a 100 square inch secondary cook rack. This is a swing away rack that is designed for warming or toasting buns, but it can also be used for cooking softer foods. So, you can toast the buns for your burgers or grill up some tasty veggies as an accompaniment.
However, you should be aware that this warming rack does not have its own dedicated burner. Some gas grills have a side burner for secondary cook spaces, but this is not the case here. So, don’t rely on even heating on the swing away rack and it may be better suited for warming rather than cooking.
The Char Broil Performance 300 has two stainless steel burners that offer strength and durability. Stainless steel is one of the best gas burner materials, as it not only offers great heating performance, but has a modern, sleek aesthetic.
At this price point, you may expect cast iron or aluminum burners, but both of these are inferior materials. Cast iron is vulnerable to rust, while aluminum can burn out from the extreme heat. Since this model has durable, sturdy stainless-steel burners, you won’t need to worry about rusting or other damage factors.
The burners are top ported, for greater convenience and easier temperature control. The key to great grilling is even cooking and the top ported burners allows for even heat distribution across the cooking surface.
This means that whether you’re cooking burgers, veggies, steaks or other treats, it should be cooked evenly whether it is on one side of the cooking surface or right in the middle.
Each burner also has an independent temperature control knob, this allows you to create different cook zones for grilling multiple items simultaneously. So, you can sear steaks in the hot zone while cooking low and slow on the other side of the grate.
Char Broil Performance 300 is a high-performance grill that delivers an impressive 24,000 BTUS of heat and distributes it across the cook surface to avoid the inconvenience of having some items overcooked, while other parts are undercooked.
The even heat distribution creates a convenient grilling experience. 24,000 BTUs is highly powerful, as typical efficiency is 100 BTUs per square inch. However, it is important to bear in mind that the BTUs are shared between the main cooking space and the secondary rack.
With such a high level of energy, the heat produced by this grill should allow you to easily cook your patties, vegetables or meat within minutes. So, you won’t keep your guests waiting too long to eat with this high-performance gas grill.
The Performance 300 has an electric ignition system, so you don’t need to worry about having matches or a lighter on hand. To fire up the grill, you just need to push and hold the ignition button while you turn the burner knob. The ignition system also allows crossing over to the second burner. All you need to do is turn the other burner control knob once you’ve lit the first and the second will ignite.
This combination of fuel and ignition system add up to a convenient way to grill. It’s quick to get started and you’ll quickly reach optimum grilling temperatures.
The cooking grates on the Performance 300 are porcelain coated cast iron. This not only helps to prevent food from sticking, but provides better rust resistance.
Rust is a common problem on outdoor grills, and cooking on a rusty grill is not safe to use. Rust flakes may stick to the food and cause irritation of the intestinal tract. While it is possible to clean minor rust from a grill, it is a painstaking and time-consuming process. So, it is best to avoid your grill getting rusty in the first place.
Porcelain coated iron grates allows you to enjoy the best of both worlds. You can enjoy the superb heat distribution of the cast iron, while the porcelain ensures that food does not stick or if anything does stick, it will be easier to clean up after your grill session.
The Char Broil Performance 300 is remarkably easy to use. The ignition system makes it easy to fire up the grill and get cooking straight away. Additionally, as we discussed above, the porcelain coated cast iron grates make it less likely that food will stick.
These features also influence the clean up after your grill session. One of the most annoying areas of maintenance is the post grill clean up. When you’re grilling foods, you’re likely to use accompaniments and seasonings that invariably contain oils and sauces. This means that areas of the grates can become sticky with the residue of these seasonings.
Fortunately, you can easily wipe down the grates to remove any residue, but if there are any bits of food remaining, you can remove the grates and wash them with warm, soapy water.
Anything liquid or greasy from your grilling session will be directed into the grease pan. Like the grates, the pan is porcelain coated, making it another area that is far easier to clean compared to other grill models. After each grill session, you can simply empty the grease pan and give it a wipe out with a damp, soft cloth. You can also use a little dish detergent to remove any remaining stickiness.
Both the grease pan and the drip catcher are located under the firebox. This means that any grease will be funneled into the grease pan rather than dripping under the grill to create a mess. You can just slide these parts out from under the grill for emptying and cleaning.
There are a number of features that enhance the safety of the Char Broil Performance 300. In addition to the ignition system, the Performance 300 has heat tents on the burners to prevent flare ups.
There is also a lid mounted temperature gauge to help you ensure that all your food items are properly cooked before you serve them to your guests. One of the hazards of grilling is the risks associated with undercooked meats, particularly chicken. Chicken can harbor potentially dangerous bacteria, when it is not cooked to above 165ºf.
The built-in gauge allows you to check your chicken and other meats have reached the appropriate temperature without needing to cut them open and spoil the aesthetics of your dish.
Although the Performance 300 is a hefty 82.5 pounds, it is quite portable. The cart is equipped with four wheels, with the back two having a locking feature. This makes it quite easy to wheel the grill around your yard. Once you reach a level surface with no potentially dangerous overhanging shrubbery, you simply lock the back wheels in place and the grill should not move around.
The cart also has a cabinet that provides storage for your grilling essentials, but can also house the propane tank. There is a large easy access door in front of the cabinet. So, you can load up the cart and then wheel it to the ideal grilling spot.
Just be aware that while the Performance 300 has wheels, they are not well suited to moving over grass or uneven terrain. So, it is best to stick to wheeling the grill around your patio or deck.
A warranty provides a good indication of a manufacturer’s confidence in its products. If a fault develops during the warranty period, the manufacturer is obliged to repair or replace the unit. So, the manufacturer needs to be reasonably confident that there is minimal risk of a costly fault developing within the initial purchase period.
Despite the modest price point, the Char Broil offers a decent warranty with the Performance 300. This includes a five-year warranty for the burners, two year on the firebox and one year for all the other parts.
This is far more than you would typically expect from a lower cost grill. Many models in this price bracket are typically supplied with just a one-year warranty. This means that you may only get one summer of grilling before a fault develops. There is nothing more frustrating than finding out that after a season of storage, your grill is no longer working properly and your warranty has expired.
Hopefully, as we’ve shown in this Char Broil Performance 300 review, this grill is certainly worthy of serious consideration. The grill offers plenty of cooking space, with a secondary rack that can be used for warming. Just be aware that this additional rack does not have a dedicated burner, so don’t count on it for cooking.
The Performance 300 is also packed with neat features, despite the modest price point. In addition to stainless steel burners and porcelain coated cast iron grates, there is an electric ignition system, built in thermostat gauge and storage cabinet. The whole unit is also supported by an impressive warranty, so you can feel reassured about happy grilling for years to come.