Updated 10 Nov 2017

Char-Broil

Professional IR-525

Snapshot: A patio (deck) barbecue that has a large-sized cooking area with a sideburner. How well does it cook?

Professional IR-525
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$1599

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Test results

Overall score
81
Steak
?/10
Sausages
?/10
Chicken wings
?/10
Whole chicken
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • Excellent steak cooking.
  • Excellent sausage cooking.
  • Very good chicken wing cooking.
  • Very good at roasting a whole chicken.
  • OK to clean.
  • OK to use.

But

(No obvious bad points.)

How we test

The overall score is made up of cooking performance (60%) and ease of use (40%). Our performance assessment is weighted equally between these 4 tests:

Steak cooked on the grill for six to eight minutes each side with all burners on full.
Sausages grilled on a medium heat for 10 to 12 minutes each side with the entire cooking surface covered and the hood closed (unless the manufacturer states otherwise).
Marinated chicken wings cooked on the hotplate over a low heat, for about 10 minutes each side.
Whole chicken roasted (if possible on the barbecue) with the outder burners on high and inner burners on low, and the hood closed.

Top-scoring barbecues cooked everything evenly throughout, resulting in consistently tender and juicy meat. This also meant the barbecue’s temperature was easy to control, and its heat was evenly distributed across the cooking surface.

Ease of use scores comprise general ease of cooking (40%) mobility (20%), controls (20%) and cleaning (20%).

Key data

More test results (/10)

Cleaning
6.0

Model

Avg price
$1599
Type
Patio/deck

Specifications

Running time (hrs:mins)
13:41
H x W x D
121 x 145 x 58cm
Cooking area
0.33m²
Main burners
4
Weight (kg)
n/a

Features

Side burner
Warming rack
Domed hood
Side trays
Folding side trays
×

Materials

BBQ body
Enamel and stainless steel
Hood
Porcelain Enamel
Trolley/stand
Coated cast Aluminium
Cooking surface
Cast Iron
Burners
Stainless Steel
Flame diffusers
Stainless steel

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Notes

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