The Bottom Line
This configuration in a dual-head (split lid) grill is one I like. On one side you have a standard 3-burner gas grill and on the other side you have an infrared sear station. This lets you sear steaks (or other foods) in an independent zone while still having plenty of space for regular grilling. This also cuts down the wear and tear on your ceramic sear burner if you only use it for searing.
This grill has this configuration and at a price under $300. Unfortunately, this means a serious reduction in quality to give you this feature in such an inexpensive grill.
- Independent infrared and standard gas grills
- Made from low quality materials including 430 stainless steel
- Many plastic parts
- Lightweight construction makes this grill fragile
- Dual head gas grill with one 36,000 BTU standard grill and one 15,000 BTU infrared grill
- Standard grill side has three 12,000 BTU standard burners
- Infrared side is one 15,000 BTU ceramic infrared burner for searing
- 782 square inches of total cooking space - 544 primary grilling space
- Porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates
- Constructed primarily of low grade (430) stainless steel and powder coated steel
- On knob piezoelectric igniters
- Pull out drawers in the side tables
- Propane tank, rotisserie kit and cover sold separately
- Made in China by Lucas Innovations (BBQTek) for Wal-Mart stores
Guide Review - BBQTEK Split-Lid 4-Burner Model# SSS3416TC
This grill has been discontinued.
This gas grill gives you a standard 3-burner grill and a dedicated infrared sear burner. This is a good configuration since you can separate your searing from your grill.
This lets you do two things at the same time and reduces wear and tear on your ceramic infrared sear burner. This is important for this grill since these inexpensive infrared burners can crack under too much usage, particularly if a lot of grease or marinades are falling into the burner. Aside from this configuration, this grill has no other standard features.
Unfortunately to get this feature in a grill this size for a price around $300USD there were a lot of cutbacks in quality. These metal burners that will burn through in a season or two are typically of the internal components that can cause this grill to fail. The body construction is so lightweight that this grill is very fragile and will not take a lot of moving, let alone punishment. I seriously doubt that this grill will last more than a year or two before heading off to the recyclers.