Char-Broil Classic 480 4-Burner Outdoor Gas Grill

Editor rating

4/5 on May 29, 2016

User's rating

1,513 reviews

PROS

  • Four independent burners
  • Stainless construction
  • Electronic starter
  • Side burner

CONS

  • Shelves do not fold down
  • Ignition starts only one burner, the rest must be started from it
  • Certain components (plastic wheels) do not compliment overall design

VERDICT

The Car-Broil Classic 4-burner Gas Grill covers all the basics when it comes to gas-powered BBQ grills, and offers the flexibility of a side panel. While the stainless-steel construction gets the job done, some pieces like the plastic wheels seem out of place. Overall, the price of the grill, combined with its ease of assembly, make this one of the more popular grills in its class.

Char-Broil Classic 480 4-Burner Outdoor Gas Grill Introduction

The Char-Broil Classic 480 features four independent burners, 480 inches of main cooking space, 180 inches of cooking space via a side burner, and 40,000 and 10,000 BTUs of power, respectively. It’s a classic stainless-steel design, with the lid, handle, control panel, and front fascia covered in the material. An extra side panel provides for more workspace.

Key Features

  • Porcelain-coated grates (3)
  • 660 square inches of total cooking area
  • Two wheels for portability
  • Electronic lighter
  • Lid-mounted temperature gauge
  • Side burner
  • Side shelf work spaces

Out of the box

The Classic comes neatly packed in a 56 x 21 x 45.5 inch box. It’s 104.2 pounds, so be ready to have a dolly, an extra pair of hands, or be in great shape to receive this product and move it to where you’re going to use it. It does not come with a cover.

Initial Setup

The Classic was definitely designed to be easily assembled. Most users are able to assemble it themselves with a single screwdriver, though I’d bring an extra pair of hands with me to keep the job easy. Having said that, the documentation leaves a bit to be desired. Make sure not to tighten all the screws at once – assembling any grill with the screws a little loose allows for re-positioning legs and panels to make sure that the unit doesn’t lean when assembled. Also, note that many parts have not been de-burred, so pay attention to any sharp edges while assembling.

Performance

One criticism of the Classic is that the ignition only lights the left burner – additional burners must be lit from it. You can turn off burners you don’t need once they’re all lit, however. It has a removable grease pan, but parts of the inside of the grill will need more cleaning to prevent flame-ups. As with many grills, temperature control can be tricky – make sure you check the grill over time so you get to know how it performs. During extremely cold weather you may find that it doesn’t hold heat as well, due to the lack of heavy-duty insulation in the lid, but we’re not talking about those fancy, 100% insulated-with-porcelain models, and you get what you pay for. What IS porcelain, however, is the coating on the grids. It’s wise to use a nylon brush instead of a wire brush, which can scrape off the porcelain coating and increase the risk of rust. Be sure to buy a cover – the grids may rust over time if left exposed to the elements, but replacements are available.