There’s a new luxury grill company in town and they’re making “luxury” more attainable at a lower entry level price point that doesn’t skimp on the bells and whistles, and most importantly quality.
Saber Grills asked me if I’d be interested in reviewing their Saber Cast 500 grill and I was more than happy to oblige. When it arrived at my house, my husband and I put it together (well, he mainly put it together and I supervised) and it took him less than an hour. It was very easy to put together, primarily in 2 main parts- the “cart” it sits on and the top grill part. Note, you will need two people to put this grill together, at least in the assembly when you must lift the actual grill, which is quite heavy, onto the bottom part.
This grill is totally made out of steel- there is no plastic in sight. Where as I’ve seen other grills in this price point use plastic wheels and skimp in places average users might not notice, I didn’t find any “skimping” on materials on this grill. Everything is metal, down to the wheels it rolls on.
The grill itself has built infrared burners/grates that make the grill heat very efficiently as well as offering nice char marks. It doesn’t take long at all to get to a high temp on this grill (500++) and I had no problem searing meat after only a few minutes of heating up.
One thing I really like about this grill is the grate-level temperature gages. Initially I thought these would be inaccurate and were just a cool looking feature, thinking they would automatically register the temp of the overall air temp in the grill, not at grate level. Much to my surprise, the thermometers actually do register temp at the grate level. I use different zones for cooking direct/indirect on my grill so I find this very helpful!
The infrared burners resemble built-in grill grates and come with a cleaning apparatus. I’ve used this grill about 12 time so far and think a proper cleaning will involve taking the grates off, though the average use will probably not do this very often.
I find that this grill cooks pretty evenly, heats up quickly, can sear as well as cook at low temps. As my weber Genesis needs some work/replacement parts currently, I’ve been using the Saber as my go-to gas grill and have really gotten to like it.
I like that this grill comes with a very sturdy looking side burner. This is the first gas grill I’ve gotten with a side burner and I’m really excited to have one. I haven’t used it yet but plan on getting a lot of use out of it in the future as I like to cook everything outdoors as possible to eliminate the back and forth into the kitchen.
The only negative thing I can say about this grill is that it is built for taller people. I am a small female and am only 5’1” so this will not be an issue for most people. However, because of my height and it’s relation to the handle, whenever I open or close the lid my inner wrist has hit the HOT surface of the lid of the grill and created burn marks. I’ve done this one both wrists in the same spot which is why this was clearly called to my attn. But, I’m shorter than most so this will not be a problem for most people.
Where can people purchase Saber Grills?
Home & Hearth Retailers; BBQ Specialty Retailers; Patio and Deck Retailers
What is Saber’s relationship with Charbroil? According to Saber’s Spokesperson:
“We are a wholly owned (stand alone) subsidiary capable of leveraging fantastic things like freight, logistics, credit etc. However, we are independent from a research and development and product etc. It is similar to the Honda and Acura relationship and Toyota-Lexus relationship. Very different product and consumer but we use the combined knowledge to make great products.”
How does infrared technology work?
According to Saber, It is all about efficiency and heat transfer not using convective air. See the attached infographic for a visualization of this:
In summary- I think this is a great grill for this price point and would definitely consider buying this if I was looking in this price range for a gas grill. I believe the contstruction is higher quality when compared to other grills at this price point, and I feel that this grill cooks really evenly. I’m very impressed with its ability to get to super hot temps very quickly which makes it great for searing. The only drawback would be that placement of the handles and that I’ve burned myself on this grill because of it numerous times, however I don’t think this would happen for most. I would definitely recommend this grill to others.