The Bottom Line
The Broil King Regal XL is a monster of a gas grill. This two lid grill offers lots of cooking space, a full rotisserie system, and a side burner. The question to ask about a grill like this is, what you do with the different cooking chambers. Yes, they could be used to separate foods on the grill, but a second cooking chamber really isn't necessary for this. The simple truth is this configuration makes sense on first look, or it doesn't.
If it doesn't, then buy a smaller grill.
- Dual tube burners for even heating front to back
- Linear control valves for a wide range of temperature control
- Quality construction
- Heavy cooking grates
- Underpowered side burner
- Dual lid design offers little extra function
- Rotisserie kit runs through both cooking chambers
- Four 10,000 BTU dual tube 304 stainless steel burners in the main chamber
- Two 10,000 BTU dual tube 304 stainless steel burners in the secondary chamber
- 500 square inches primary cooking area with a total of 695 square inches in the main chamber
- 250 square inches primary cooking area with a total 330 square inches in the secondary chamber
- 60,000 BTU maximum output from the main burners
- 10,000 BTU brass capped side burner under a flush mounted cover
- 15,000 BTU rear mounted stainless steel (not infrared) rotisserie burner with full rotisserie kit
- Painted steel construction with cast aluminum end caps with double layer hood
- Stainless steel rod and porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates
- Electric (AA-battery) ignition
- Propane tank and cover sold separately
- Sold propane or natural gas - Not convertible
- Made in Canada by Onward Manufacturing Company
Guide Review - Broil King Regal XL
The Broil King Regal XL is basically the Regal 490 welded to an additional 2-burner gas grill on the side.
The idea behind a grill like this is that the smaller section can be used to higher temperature cooking, but in this model the heat output is the same as the main chamber. The only real difference is that the main cooking chamber has stainless steel rod cooking grates while the smaller chamber has heavy cast iron cooking grates. Granted that the cast iron grates will hold more heat and produce better grill marks, but the difference is negligible.
This grill also includes a full rotisserie system including a rear-mounted standard 15,000 BTU burner. More convenient for rotisserie cooking than using the main burners, the problem with this design is that the rotisserie rod has to run through the secondary cooking chamber. While a dual-head design should give you the ability to rotisserie and grill at the same time, the rod will be a nuisance while grilling in the secondary chamber. Most might find this a minor problem, so this grill still offers that dual function; it would just be better it the rotisserie rod wasn't in the way.
There is the typical Broil King side burner on this grill as well. At 10,000 BTUs, it is underpowered and works only to heat a small pot or pan. It would be nicer to have a more powerful side burner on this unit, but this one still offers the versatility that a side burner provides.
Apart from these limitations, this is a well-built grill and at a retail price of around $1,400USD it is a good value, in fact, it is an excellent price. As I said, if this kind of grill configuration makes sense, then this is the grill to buy, if you are trying to think of how you would use this, then I recommend saving some money and getting a more basic gas grill.