The Char-Broil Commercial Series 500 packs a lot of heat in a small package. This compact gas grill generates more BTUs from its primary burners than any other grill we reviewed. In addition, it uses a cast iron grate, which retains heat well and will quickly sear your steak. Because of its ability to reach high temperatures without taking up much space, we found this to be one of the best gas grills available today.
At 50,000 BTUs, the four primary burners on this gas grill can reach higher temperatures than any other grill we reviewed. However, it also means that this Char-Broil grill can burn through fuel faster than any other grill we reviewed. BTUs (British Thermal Units) is a measurement of the amount of heat generated per hour, so a higher number means more gas is being used.
Whether you have a propane tank or a natural gas pipeline for your grill, the Char-Broil Commercial Series 500 will work just fine. It is normally fueled by liquid propane, but you can convert it to natural gas with the Commercial series conversion kit (product number: 4984619). Natural gas is quickly becoming a popular way to fuel your gas grill because of its convenience and low cost.
The primary cooking area of this gas grill is 500 square inches, which is plenty of room for most family barbecues. There is also a 13,000-BTU side burner if you need some extra room to cook. You can easily get your gas grill to the right temperature by using the built-in thermometer on the lid, and you can move this grill around your deck, patio or porch by using the handy casters on the bottom of the unit.
The cooking grate on the Char-Broil Commercial Series 500 is made of porcelain-coated cast iron. Cast iron retains heat well, so it is able to sear your steak and lock in the juices. The porcelain coating on the cast iron makes it resistant to rust, and it also makes the grate easier to clean. Additionally, the lid on this gas grill is made of durable stainless steel, which means this grill has some staying power.
Char-Broil offers a limited lifetime warranty to cover the stainless steel burners on the Commercial Series 500. They'll take care of any manufacturer defects with the burner for as long as you own the grill. You can contact customer support by phone, or use the email contact form on their website. They also have a Troubleshooting page on the Char-Broil website that will answer many frequently asked questions.
If you want a grill that can get hot and stay hot, then the Char-Broil Commercial Series 500 may be the right gas grill for you. It has four stainless steel main burners that combine to generate approximately 50,000 BTUs, and the cast iron cooking grate will retain heat and give you that searing, grilling quality you want when you're cooking steaks, chicken, hamburgers and more. This is a well-designed grill that is sure to please almost any grill master.
The 50,000-BTU primary burners on this grill can generate a lot of heat.
This unit lacks a separate rear burner.
This grill can reach high, searing temperatures, and the porcelain-coated cast-iron grate retains heat, making this a great grill for any occasion.