Broilmaster Infrared Grill R3B Review
This super-durable Broilmaster Infrared grill has the best warranty in our review.
You must purchase the stand separately, which makes the grill more expensive.
The Broilmaster R3B offers an excellent grilling experience, thanks to even heating and a solid design. This makes it one of the best infrared grills in our review.
Broilmaster is an American manufacturer of premium grill products. Its Broilmaster R3B is one of the best infrared grills in our review. The R3B produced a solid performance in our heat consistency and durability tests, which contributed to an excellent grilling experience. Aside from performance, the grill’s features, construction and warranty give this grill many advantages over the competition. The Broilmaster R3B is our Top Ten Reviews Gold Award winner for infrared grills.
The Broilmaster R3B comes with two 20,000-BTU burners that each take up half of the grill. The right burner is a large ceramic sear burner. The left burner is a U-shaped blue flame burner that doesn’t produce as much heat, but offers versatility for delicate foods. The blue flame burner pairs with briquettes, similar to those of charcoal grills, but made of a ceramic material. If you prefer two infrared burners in the grill, Broilmaster’s R3 model has the option.
The Broilmaster R3B scored 95 percent on our heat consistency tests. This means you can use the grill for a variety of grilling tasks, such as slow roasting and searing, without ruining your food. Part of the reason for this score is the Broilmaster R3B’s extra space between its burners and its cooking grates, more than any other grill in our review, which allows the grill’s heat more room to diffuse before coming in contact with your food.
To evaluate the Broilmaster R3B for hot and cold spots across the cooking area, we tested the burners separately by placing slices of bread on the cooking grates. The infrared burner created even sear marks on the bread in one minute. The traditional burner took four minutes to preheat, because of the ceramic briquettes, and produced a similar result. This compares well with other infrared grills.
We then looked at how well the grill maintains lower temperatures over 20 minutes. The grill took 10 minutes to preheat to around 400 degrees Fahrenheit. The grill’s temperature only rose slightly during the rest of the test. Although this grill doesn’t preheat as quickly as others in our review, its performance makes up for that.
Throughout our testing process, this grill provided a well-rounded grilling experience. The distance between the cooking grates and the burners makes it difficult to burn food, making this a very forgiving grill if you are new to the infrared BBQ. The grill produced excellent results with the four meats we cooked for our review including steak, chicken, salmon and hamburgers. The warming rack on the Broilmaster R3B is 253 square inches, making it the largest warming rack in our review. The primary cooking area was slightly smaller than the other freestanding grills in our review at 442 square inches.
The grill comes with a built-in temperature gauge to help you know if you have the right amount of heat for your cooking. However, we learned some things that might not detract from the experience but are useful to know. First, we could only get the grill to light properly with both burners on high. This is different from most grills, which allow you to light the burners one at a time. Second, it is easier to connect the propane tank when the drip tray is not in place.
The Broilmaster R3B is natural gas capable, which lets you connect the infrared gas grill to your home’s natural gas supply instead of using a propane tank. A conversion kit is required for this functionality and you must purchase it separately. This unit’s self-cleaning feature allows you to turn the burners on high after cooking to burn off any cooking residue. This feature is only found on half of the grills in our review.
The cast-aluminum construction of the unit’s cookbox is rock solid. It doesn’t feel flimsy in any way, making it the most durable infrared grill in our review. The Broilmaster R3B’s stainless-steel cooking grates are easy to clean and have the same heavy-duty construction as the rest of the grill.
Unlike other freestanding models in our review, the Broilmaster R3B grill head doesn’t initially come with a stand. Because of this, you can choose from a variety of stands, including a built-in option, making it the only grill in our review that you can permanently mount in an outdoor kitchen. You can also add side burners and shelves. This modular customization is unique to Broilmaster in our review and is a great advantage. Unfortunately, each of these features costs extra and may not be as convenient as buying a complete grill.
Warranty & Support:
Broilmaster offers the best warranty in our review. The company guarantees the stainless-steel burner for 10 years and the infrared burner for five years. The burner warranty is better than those found on the majority of grills in the industry. Additionally, Broilmaster covers the cooking grates, cookbox and lid with a lifetime warranty. Only one other company in our review offers a similar level of warranty protection on those three components. The other parts on this unit are protected by a one-year warranty, which is average among infrared grills.
If you need help with the grill, you can contact Broilmaster by email, but the company doesn’t offer a phone number. Instead, the company relies on local dealers for most support queries. The Broilmaster website offers a FAQs section in the form of a “Getting Started” page.
The Broilmaster R3B infrared grill has many advantages and few disadvantages. It provides consistent heating and a dynamic grilling experience. This, coupled with a well-engineered design and comprehensive warranty, makes the Broilmaster R3B one of the best infrared grills in our review. The modular nature of this grill’s accessories makes it less convenient than a ready-to-go grill, but it offers great flexibility. Overall, this grill is about as good as infrared BBQ gets.
Editor’s Note: This information was taken directly from the manufacturer’s website.
Get restaurant results with steak, chops, fish, chicken pieces and more. Infrared grilling sears foods quickly to lock in juice and flavor. After the initial sear, the infrared energy cooks foods to perfection in minutes.
Unlike other IR models, these versatile Broilmaster grills allow up to 30-percent turndown on each independent burner for indirect cooking, slow-roasting, baking, pizza making, and warming.
Super-duty stainless steel cooking grids offer three levels of adjustability, plus a separate warming rack offer even greater control over cooking temperatures. The multi-position lid stop adds yet another level of temperature control.
- 695 Sq. In. of Total Cooking Area (26 3/4 W x 18 3/4 D x 19 H)
- Heavy-Duty Cast Aluminum Construction (Limited Lifetime Warranty)
- V-Channel Cooking Grids (Standard on all 2014 R3 Series Grills)
- Stainless Steel Control Panel
- Stainless Steel Warming Rack (Limited Lifetime Warranty)
- Choose Propane or Natural Gas
- Broilmaster R3 and R3B Gas Grills are made in USA.
V-Channel Cooking Grids
- Capture up to 60 percent of the drippings released from foods
- Channels hold these juices just beneath the food, where heat from the infrared burner converts it into steam and smoke – adding flavor and moisture to everything you grill.
- Grids clean up easily with a regular grill bush.
R3B Infrared and Blue Flame Grill
- One Infrared Burner and One Blue Flame Burner – up to 40,000 total Btu
- Right side – 20,000 Btu Infrared Burner
- Left Side – 20,000 Btu Blue Flame Burner (18,000 Btu on LP)