The Bottom Line
Looking for a reliable gas grill that is easy to use? This $1,100USD infrared gas grill just might be the perfect unit for you. Forget all the talk about the infrared cooking system and the 24,000 BTUs under 500 square inches of primary grilling space. What makes this grill one of the best for the price is that it heats quickly, gets very hot, and cooks efficiently. Whether you are a serious griller or a first-time outdoor cooking, the Saber Grill, won't flare-up and actually reduces the chance of food burning.
Yes, there is a lot of science and innovation behind the design, but that doesn't really matter. This is a basic grill for a basic price, but an excellent value.
- Highly efficient heating
- Puts good quality stainless steel where it is needed
- No flare-ups
- Water will get inside the grill and drip pan if left uncovered
- Doesn't do low temperatures very well
- Three 8,000 BTU stainless steel tubular burners under stainless steel infrared emitters in separate and independent heat zones
- 500 square inches of primary cooking area for a total of 675 square inches of grilling space
- 24,000 BTU maximum output from the main burners
- Individual electronic (AA-Battery) ignition
- Cast aluminum, powder coated and stainless steel construction
- Stainless steel U-shaped folded sheet metal cooking grates
- Individual temperature gauges for each burner mounted above burner knobs
- Two internal halogen lights (grill must be plugged in for lights to work)
- Propane tank and cover sold separately
- Made in China by Saber Grills and sold through specialty retailers
Guide Review - Saber Cast Black 500 3-Burner Infrared Gas Grill
When I described what to look for in a gas grill between $500USD and $1,000, I said to avoid grills covered in stainless steel and loaded with features.
The Saber Cast Black 500 has stainless steel (304 grade) burners, cooking grates, infrared emitter, and control panel. The rest of the grill is enameled steel and painted cast aluminum. As for features, there aren't any. This is a basic, 3-burner gas grill. The infrared allows this grill to produce temperatures of up to 700 degrees F efficiently. Other than that, you shouldn't worry or really care that this is an infrared grill.
In this grill, the burners are in separate boxes so that heat generated by each burner has a heat zone of its own. The burners focus their heat at a stainless steel sheet of perforated metal that sits directly under the U-shape cooking grates. The perforations in the infrared emitter are under the U's in the cooking grate. This means that virtually no drippings get through and no hot air reaches the food. Cooking is completely by contact with the hot grates and heat radiated by the metal emitter and grates.
While all this might sound technical, the practical upshot is that this is a very easy grill to use. The design makes flare-ups virtually impossible. The grates get hot enough to give you good grill marks and to sear a steak, but the distribution of the heat reduces the chances of foods burning.
Because the grill is completely infrared and the flow of air from the burners is channeled away, foods do not dry out as quickly, producing a moister result. I'm not going to say that this gas grill is completely foolproof, but it is pretty close.
As with any good grill, there are a few little issues I have with this one. The most notable is the rain. Of course, you should cover your grill, but we all know that many people won't, or won't all the time. When rain falls on the hood of this grill it runs down the front and some of it pours inside, filling the full width drip pan. Since very little (and I mean very little) drippings will ever reach the drip pan it won't make the same kind of mess that happens when water gets inside other grills, but it is still an annoyance.
Saber grills are not a mass market product and are only available through specialty retailers.
See the Saber Website to find a dealer near you.