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  • Benefits and Advantages of an Infrared Gas Grill

    As avid grillers look for better ways to prepare their foods, more people are turning to infrared gas grills as their outdoor BBQ grill. Grills that utilize infrared burners heat up more quickly and reach higher temperatures by utilizing radiant infrared heat, which is more focused than traditional convection heat, which uses the heat from rising air to cook. If you decide on an infrared gas grill, you can expect a number of great benefits along with the quicker pre-heat times and higher maximum temps, such as even heat distribution, fewer flare ups, juicier meats and they're easier to clean as well.

    Benefits of Infrared Gas Grills
    What is an Infrared Gas Grill?
    The History of Infrared Gas Grills
    What is a Hybrid Infrared Gas Grill?
    What is an Optional Infrared Gas Grill?
    Types of Infrared Burners
    What is an Infrared Searing Station?
    Cook Indoors With Infrared
    False Infrared Grills
    Most Popular Infrared Gas Grills

    Benefits of Infrared Gas Grills

    • Infrared gas grills heat up faster and utilize less energy and gas than traditional gas grills, saving you money.
    • The design of infrared gas grills, places the heating device below the ceramic element, creating a more even heat, meaning less hot and cold spots for more consistent grilling results.
    • Infrared heating means the heat is sent directly to the food. This allows you to grill with the lid open and watch your food cook without the fear of losing precious heat.
    • With infrared, juices drip directly on to the burner and vaporize instantly, meaning less flare-ups while grilling.
    • The high heat from infrared burners sears foods more quickly, locking in juices for tastier meats.
    • With less time spent standing next to the grill, you can make grilling an everyday event - not just a weekend luxury.
    • Because they take less time to heat up and grill foods, infrared gas grills are an energy efficient option over convection gas and charcoal grilling.
    • Infrared gas grills are easy to clean, by simply turning the temperature to high. This will sear any food particles and residue for a quick and easy clean-up!

    What is an Infrared Gas Grill?

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    For many people, the idea of infrared, which is also known as radiation or radiant energy, is somewhat of a mystery. Infrared energy is all around us, even in sunshine. Like the sun, infrared energy is transferred directly from the source to the object being heated without losing much of its energy. This also allows you to grill foods in the most frigid temperatures with an infrared burner - because the infrared energy is not affected by the cold! Infrared burners, unlike traditional gas grill burners, feature a flat surface typically made of ceramic or steel that is heated by an element that radiates the heat upward from the surface. Unlike traditional convection burners which reach temperatures of 750 degrees, ceramic infrared burners can quickly sear the surfaces of meats with temperatures up to 900 degrees.


    The History of Infrared Gas Grills

    The first infrared gas grill was developed in 1980 by TEC, who continues to be the leader in infrared gas grill technology. When their patent ended in 2000, other manufacturers quickly jumped on the infrared wagon and created a highly competitive market, which has encouraged innovation and helped to improved the efficiency of infrared grills. Today you have a variety of infrared brands to choose from freestanding to built-in grills.


    What is a Hybrid Infrared Gas Grill?

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    In the past few years many advances have been made in the infrared gas grill industry. One of the most interesting has been the creation of hybrid infrared gas grills. These gas grills offer a combination of traditional convection burners with an infrared burner on one end which allows you to grill all of your favorite foods that require lower temperatures while searing steaks over the infrared burner. This also allows for a quick transition after searing to a lower temperature to continue grilling. if you are looking for a truly versatile gas grill, an infrared hybrid is probably your best bet.


    What is an Optional Infrared Gas Grill?

    Several gas grill brands offer infrared burners as an option, meaning they do not come equipped with an infrared burner. This can be advantageous in that you can purchase and replace the standard burner with an infrared burner any time you want in retrospect. This also allows you to place the infrared burner exactly where you want it on the grill by switching out one of the standard burners. All-in-all, gas grills that offer optional infrared burners allow you to customize and configure your grill the way you want it.


    Types of Infrared Burners

    Such as the case with traditional gas grill burners, all infrared burners are not the same. Infrared burners come in several different types. The most common types include ceramic and steel surface infrared burners, which are great at retaining and radiating heat.

    Ceramic Infrared Burners

    Ceramic infrared burners feature a flat surface made of ceramic that is heated by an element touching or near the surface of the ceramics. Ceramic infrared burners are the most common, due to their remarkable heat retaining properties, which in turn, typically generate the highest amount of heat when compared to other types of infrared burners.

    Lynx ProSear 2 Ceramic Infrared Burners

    The Lynx ProSear 2 infrared burner, found on Lynx Professional Series gas grills, is an infrared game changer. The ProSear 2 uses ceramic infrared technology in a new way. The burners trident-shaped design offers more searing area and variable temperature range than other infrared burners. Traditionally, ceramic infrared burners are known for only being capable of reaching ridiculously high temperatures. The ProSear 2 reaches has the capability of dialing down temperatures as low as 300 degrees for cooking delicate items, or as high as 1,000 degrees for intense searing.

    Steel Infrared Burners

    Much like ceramic infrared burners, steel infrared burners also feature a flat surface, typically made of a steel mesh. Once the steel mesh is heated, the heat's energy is radiated towards the cooking surface. While steel does not quite have the same heat retaining properties as ceramics, it is much more durable and still reaches much higher temperatures than standard gas burners.

    TEC grills are a popular infrared brand that features steel infrared burners on their grills. However, as an innovator in the infrared industry, TEC takes infrared cooking a step further by placing a sheet of solid glass that sits directly above the burners and stretches across the grilling surface. The advantages of this allows the grill to offer more consistent heat across the entire grilling surface, instead on just above the burner. The glass surface also catches food drippings and instantly vaporizes it back into your food. This adds wonderful flavor to your food, while keeping it moist.

    Rear Infrared Rotisserie Burners

    Many gas grills offer rear infrared rotisserie burners that are designed for cooking food on a rotisserie. Rear rotisserie burners are typically made of ceramics and operate in the same way as a typical infrared burner. The advantage to rotissing with a rear rotisserie burner is that as the food spins on the rod, it is being hit from one side by direct infrared heat. As it spins away from the burner, it cools a bit. The constant barrage of off-and-on intense heat, breaks down the meat and locks in juices for flavorful, tender meat.


    What is an Infrared Searing Station?

    Searing stations are a type of side burner that features a gas infrared burner. They are commonly found built-in on outdoor kitchen islands next to the grill, or mounted on the side of a freestanding grill. Searing stations create a zone for grilling that can get hotter, and much faster than your grill, making it great for speedy searing. Also, this frees up space on your grill for more cooking area using traditional gas burners.


    Cook Indoors With Infrared

    Infrared grills are starting to become a popular indoor kitchen appliance. Brands like Profire are now offering an indoor infrared gas grill that safely allows you to grill in the comfort of your kitchen. While this is a great addition to any kitchen, please be aware that you must install an suitable vent hood above the grill.


    False Infrared Grills

    Just because a grill has infrared written on it doesn't mean it is one! Simply put, a true infrared gas grill, one that will produce the benefits described above, is a grill powered by infrared gas burners. You may find less expensive grills at big home improvement stores that claim to be infrared grills. Please don't be fooled! They do not utilize actual infrared burners, but rather a kind of infrared cooking system powered by the same cheap burners found in their traditional grills.

    Furthermore, those grills are typically not built to last, and you might end up replacing parts, or the whole grill, much quicker than you might think. We've had many actual customers share their stories with us about this very fact. Remember, it is true with these infrared knockoffs, just as it is with traditional low end gas grills, most gas grill manufacturers in the big home improvement stores are actually in the grill parts business and merely need to sell you a cheap grill as a way of obtaining a new grill parts customer!


    Most Popular Infrared Gas Grills