Four burner grills are serious grills, for people serious about grilling. Choosing the right one for you and your yard isn’t just a serious business. It’s an incredibly hard one, there are so many on the market. Read on and I’ll show you three of the best 4 burner gas grills out there that won’t break the bank, but will provide the ultimate grilling experience.
Choosing the right grill, particularly the right 4 burner isn’t simply a case of throwing money at the problem. There are plenty of options out there for the discerning grillman but you need to know which ones are worth spending that little bit more of your hard earned cash on, and which ones are punching way above their weight.
A four burner needs to do several things, and it needs to do them well. Cooking on four burners should be a pleasurable experience. They should provide a good amount of direct and indirect heat just when and where you want it. Other features are nice to have but if your grill doesn’t cook what you need as you like it, the fact it has flashing LED tank monitors suddenly becomes irrelevant.
All three of these do that very very well. And a lot more besides. I know I’m not alone in wanting my grill – especially when we get into the territory of the four burner and above – to look good. It’s a feature of your yard, your deck, your garden whether you want it to be or not. So it had better be a good looking feature.
This Dyna-Glo Bronze is a head turner. It is going to get attention sitting there in your yard. In a good way. I had groups of guys round on three occasions to test this grill out, and without exception the same thing happened. First of all, they did a double take, followed by nods of approval. Then – and I wasn’t expecting this, they all went over to touch it.
This grill does look striking. It’s a good looking animal anyway, but the burnished bronze metallic finish pushes it to the next level. It’s a shame to cover it up. Its unique looks don’t come at a cost either, the automotive-quality materials mean it’s a breeze to clean and maintain.
Enough about what the thing looks like I hear you scream, what does it cook like?
One word – Perfectly. The four burners kick out 48000 BTUs between them (the handy side burner throws another 12000 into the party), and it uses all 48000 of them to heat up VERY QUICKLY. And it stays hot, courtesy of the double lined lid.
The control of heat is superb. I don’t know if it’s just my buddies, but everyone seems to demand their steak cooked slightly differently these days. With this, that will not be a problem, you will be able to deliver perfectly cooked meat to the most demanding of guests.
One thing I would change, is I would make the warming grill detachable, which would open up a little more space if you aren’t using it, but it’s a small point, and is easy to get around.
One thing that I don’t often go into, and often get asked to include is the ease of putting the grills together. This grill does deserve special mention for the ease of assembly. It is very well manufactured and the assembly process is simple and logical.
I have to admit that I am occasionally wary of grills that look different or really good. I am suspicious that the looks are a way of deflecting from some shortcoming in its basic function – grilling. The Dyna-Glo Bronze does not fall into that category. Whether you’re going to look at it or cook on it this grill is extremely hard to beat for the best 4 burner gas.
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Out of all Webers – and they make some damn fine grills – I think I have finally decided that this is my favorite. There is something about the refined power of the Summit, I keep coming back to. I just love this grill.
First of all, it’s hard to ignore its looks. This is the equivalent of having that Italian sports car sat on your drive. I am in the camp that believes the Europeans make better sports cars than us, but one thing I know we do better is grilling, and this baby is made right here in the US of A. Cooking on this, you almost expect it start playing the star spangled banner.
I’m telling you, cooking on every one of its 650 square inches of grilling space is a joy. It is remarkably easy to control the heat, and there is a lot of heat. A LOT. If you haven’t cooked on one of these babies before, it will blow you away how much heat these things produce, and how quickly you can use it.
That is the thing you will notice when you step up to your first proper grill. A lot of my buddies who have toiled away for years on sub-standard grills assume it’s the norm to be constantly fighting with flare ups, cold spots, irregular heating etc etc.
You get a Summit in your yard and those days are gone. Quick, even heat all day long.
A quick word on the Flavorizer bar system that Weber created and use on this grill. It is not a gimmick. The bars catch drippings from your cooking, and then smoke that back onto and around the food, creating a more intense flavor. It really does improve the taste of almost everything you’re likely to cook on one of these.
Whenever I’m cooking on the Summit – it comes in both propane and natural gas versions – I always get the feeling that they have gone back to basics with this grill. They have just given you what you need to cook damn fine food on it, and I really don’t think they could have done anything better.
There are some exciting features, but you get the feeling they are there for a reason, as opposed to just being thrown on there for the sake of it which unfortunately is too often the case now with the high end grills.
The grill out handle lights on this are a very handy feature, and work very well. No more groping around trying to find that last burger you know you put on there.
I am really struggling to come up with a negative about this grill. Yes, you will pay more for a Weber, but buying something cheap that will need replacing every 2 or 3 years is false economy. Why not get something you are going to live with and love for many many years to come?
I try not to make my reviews centered around the price. A grill should be good whatever you pay for it, that’s my opinion. But with the Char-broil Classic 480 I’m going to make an exception. I had to check twice I actually had the right grill for the price tag.
You can pick these up for just north of 300 bucks. After cooking on it you realize that that is phenomenally good value. For those 300 odd dollars, you get 40,000BTU’s and a very nice lidded side burner giving you another 10,000.
You get 480 square inches of primary cooking space, a good solid ignition system and an accurate temperature gauge.
But most importantly you get a fantastic grill. This baby heats up very fast, pumps out A LOT of heat – I quickly and easily got well above 700 degrees. And it’s a good even heat, something the cheaper grills struggle with. It’s remarkably good at low and slow cooking, as well as searing those sirloins. You will be amazed how little you have to hand over to get this into your yard.
The Classic 480 feels like a nice solid grill as well. It is well made, and is heavy. There’s nothing worse cooking on something that you feel is going to take flight at the first strong gust of wind.
You will be expecting a “but”. Well, there isn’t one, not really. A buddy of mine purchased one of these 5 years ago, and it’s still going strong, and that guy is a regular griller.
The one thing I did find that was not perfect was that after a heavy afternoon of burger grilling, there was quite a bit of grease and fat that hadn’t made it into the drip cup, so you maybe need to be aware in case too much builds up. I’m picking at straws though. This grill is not just great value, it is one of the best 4 burner gas grills.
I am a grill freak! It's hard to pick my favorite thing to grill, but if I had to choose... it is still a tie between pork ribs and a juicy beef burger. I am currently grilling on a Weber S210(I live in a small space) but my dream grill is definitely a summit. Those things are bad ass. Anyways I would love to hear from you, leave a comment or question below!