The Bottom Line
This gas grill has a truly unique feature. The top mounted sear burner is modeled after professional salamander broilers that restaurants use to get the perfect steak. Of course, most of these professional units have far greater power, while this one is underpowered at 10,000 BTUs. Still, a nice feature and certainly capable of giving a whole new take on grilled steaks. Loaded with other features, this grill breaks my primary rule, too much for too little.
Even at $600USD, quality takes a back seat to all the flash and features.
- Large grilling area
- Literally loaded with features
- Top mounted infrared sear burner
- Poor quality construction
- Too many features and parts
- Low-grade stainless steel body parts
- Manual doesn't provide good information on using the sear burner
- Four 10,000 BTU stainless steel tubular burners in the main cooking chamber
- Two 10,000 BTU stainless steel tubular burners and one top mounted 10,000 searing broiler burner
- 800 square inches of total grilling space
- 12,000 BTU standard side burner under a flush mounted cover
- Porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates with stainless steel warming rack and searing grate
- Integrated rotisserie system in the main cooking chamber with rotisserie kit
- Low-grade stainless steel and powder coated steel construction
- Includes a pull out garbage can, fold down side table, extendable side table, handle mounted LED lights and fuel gauge
- Cover and propane tank sold separately
- Made in China by the Brinkmann Corporation exclusively for Home Depot
Guide Review - Brinkmann Vertex Sear 6-Burner Gas Grill Model# 810-3885-S
This model has been discontinued.
The Brinkmann 6-Burner Vertex is the cornerstone of the Home Depot collection of gas grills for 2012.
Big, shiny, and loaded with features, one that is truly unique, this is the grill that stands out on the floor, online, and in the catalog. If this was a quality product, it would be a great grill, of course, it would also cost thousands of dollars. The Vertex costs around $600USD.
The stand out feature on this grill is its sear burner. There have been several gas grills in recent years with two lids where one side is a searing station and the other, the larger, is a standard gas grill. This unit takes it one step beyond by mounting the sear burner on the top of the cooking chamber, turning it into a high-temperature broiler. Underneath is an adjustable stainless steel cooking grate so you can get the food very close to the sear burner, based on size. The grill comes with a tool for adjusting the grate while cooking. This small section also contains two standard 10,000 BTU burners underneath a porcelain coated cast iron cooking grate. Unfortunately, the manual doesn't explain how to use the sear burner. If you have this grill I wouldn't recommend turning both the sear burner and the standard burners on at the same time. The stainless steel hood and other metal parts may not take the heat well.
A better manual would be useful.
The problem with this sear station idea is that the burner is a standard gas burner and space for searing is very small and awkward. The idea might be great, but the execution isn't.
This grill also features a standard 12,000 BTU side burner under a flush mounted cover and Brinkmann's integrated rotisserie system. This rotisserie system consists of a motor mounted on the back and a pop-up bracket in the front. It makes it simple, but you still need to remove the cooking grates to make space, but with the bracket up, you simply place a loaded rotisserie rod in place and flip the switch. This is a convenient feature, but it doesn't give a lot of space for larger items.
Add to all this a pull out garbage can, a large cabinet, shelving, a fold down side table on the right and a slide-out side table on the left, and you have lots of features and lots of parts.
Ultimately, this is the biggest problem with gas grills like this. Even at $600USD, this grill is overloaded. There are eight burners, eight igniters, and a dozen moving parts, all of them built as cheaply as possible to keep the price down. What this leads to is that inevitable frustration as the spark ignition fails, then rust starts to corrode the sear burner brackets and rotisserie system, while all the time, the stainless steel discolors.
This is a grill that is all flash and little substance.