- Three 8,000 BTU Stainless Steel Burners
- 425 square inches of primary grilling space for a total cooking area of 590 square inches
- 24,000 BTU maximum output from the main burners
- One 13,000 BTU standard side burner
- Stainless Steel cooking grates
- enamelled steel construction with some stainless steel components
- Electronic (AA-battery) ignition
- Propane tank and cover sold separately
- Available in propane only
- Made in China by Char-Broil
Full Review – Char-Broil Signature 3-Burner Gas Grill
The Char-Broil Signature 3-Burner has been discontinued. For a list of comparable products, see my list of the Best Gas Grills between $250 and $500.
When it comes to gas grills under $500, I generally recommend staying away from products that are packed with features or built out of shiny stainless steel. Certainly many consider spending $300USD for a gas grill to be in investment, but considering what makes a great gas grill, this is a very low price. If you are shopping in this price range, you can get a reliable grill that can do a good job, just avoid flash and gimmicks.
Char-Broil has largely stuck to this with the Signature Series Grills. This is a straightforward, 3-burner gas grill with a powerful side burner. It is true that most people don’t use side burners, but they are a nice feature to have. This grill is largely built from painted steel and while it does have some low grade stainless steel parts, it doesn’t rely on that as a selling feature.
The biggest drawback of the Char-Broil Signature 3-Burner is its low heat output. At only 24,000 BTUs maximum under 425 square inches of primary grilling space, this is not a powerful grill and it will be slow to heat up and won’t put a serious sear on foods. While Char-Broil has made some improvements to the firebox design that holds in heat better, this is simply not going to deliver a lot of heat. It will grill burgers and most foods well. The stainless steel cooking grates are easy to keep clean, but don’t transfer a lot of heat so there isn’t any help there.
All in all, this isn’t a bad grill though. The simple design reduces the points of failure and it should last several seasons. As I said above, the side burner is a nice addition, but you don’t buy a gas grill for the side burner. The main cooking system will do what most people need and considering the price, it is a grill worth looking at.