Infrared burners, often used by restaurants, quickly cook steaks and other thick meats by heating the meat directly, while your gas and charcoal grills use hot air circulation to cook the meat. Infrared burners, available on all of our Fire Magic Grills, allow you to immediately sear the outside of meat, locking in the moisture and giving the meat a charcoal-like taste.
These infrared burners heat up and cook food quickly so, here are some tips you’ll want to know before using them.
1. Fire up your grill.
Turn on the gas according to the instructions for you particular Fire Magic Grill and turn on the infrared burner. Your infrared burner will heat up quickly, in just one to two minutes, cutting the grill time down.
2. Place the meat on the grate above the infrared burner.
Wait about one minute, then flip the meat and sear the other side. Infrared burners will reach high temperatures so, it’s best to use thick cuts of meat such as steaks and pork chops. Try to avoid using thinner cuts like fish and vegetables as they tend to char.
3. Finish cooking the meat.
You have two options on how you can complete your dish. First, leave the meat on the infrared burner, flipping it every 30 seconds to one minute until it’s done. The meat will take no more than 4 to 5 minutes to cook with this method. Be careful using this method, as it will be much easier to overcook the meat.
Second, you can move the seared meat to the non-infrared side of the grill and finish it off the traditional way. The meat will take a little longer to prepare, about 9-10 minutes, however it will be easier to control.
4. Remove the meat from the grill and enjoy.
Clean up of your infrared burner is a snap! The burner reaches such a high temperature that most drippings evaporate as soon as they hit the grill burner. If you marinate or use heavy sauces on your meat, we recommend turning your infrared burner up to high when you are done. This will help burn off any sauce or food particles that may not have been burned off during the cooking process.
You can also do a deeper cleaning by removing the burner. Use a needle or pin to remove any debris blocking the air holes in the ceramic tiles. When your done, take a vacuum over the burner to remove any left over food particles and debris.
We hope that the above information has offered some insight to how an infrared burner can improve the flexibility of your Fire Magic Grill. If you have any questions, please let us know. Also, don’t forget to check out all of your infrared burner options! here.