The two main considerations when it comes to a three burner gas grill are: 1) Grill quality and 2) Overall cooking space.
A good quality three burners can out compete a mediocre 6-burner any day of the week and feed a huge army of friends and family.
I used to rock a high-quality 2-burner and feed large gatherings, although it was slightly too small unless you are only cooking dogs. A three burner is just right.
If you’re looking for three burners, this is the place to find the best options and understand the range of size and cooking options you can enjoy.
Weber’s Genesis series of gas grills, the E310 in particular, is currently among the most popular gas grills in any backyard. Weber’s new GS4 grilling system is a hit with users and really elevates their new line.
A favorite for overall quality, functionality, and aesthetics, the E310 is a standout and on our must-consider list for the 3 burner group.
There is a whole list of reasons why the Weber grills, especially the 310, are so popular and consistently snag one of the top three spots on our lists. Let’s dive into the top features you should know about:
First up, let’s talk power and workspace. The Genesis comes with three stainless steel burners that generate up to 37,500 BTUs per hour. The overall grill space is also pretty generous with 513 square inches primary cooking area, 156 square in warming rack, and 2 high-grade stainless-steel side work surfaces.
Next up are the porcelain-enameled cast-iron cooking grates. As we’ve said in a previous post of ours, porcelain-coated grates leave nice grill marks and don’t scorch the meat to death. They also are especially easy to clean and maintain, with a longer lifetime than other metal grates, no flaking.
Another Weber feature I like to highlight is the Flavorizer bar system. Unique to Weber gas grills, the Flavorizer bars catch drippings in a way that helps ensure they will circulate back into the food, thereby intensifying its flavor and aroma.
The Flavorizer system is built over the high-grade stainless-steel burner tubes, which also helps protect these tubes from wear and tear.
The Genesis offers a quick electronic infinity ignition system, which makes firing it up as easy as turning a knob; easily accessible front-mounted control knobs; a porcelain-enameled shroud, which helps ensure it retains the max amount of heat; center-mounted thermometer, which enables you to barbeque or grill with precision; porcelain-coated grease management system, which not only helps you avoid making a mess, but also makes cleaning up the liquid-propane grill itself easy; and cast-aluminum cookbox.
Everything on the Genesis is made of the best materials like stainless steel and porcelain, where appropriate. It is designed to be a permanent backyard fixture that will outlast the rainy seasons and perform like new in Spring and Summer months.
Overall, users are turning into groupies, raving about the features and superior cooking experience. It received an impressive 4.3 out of 5 on Amazon with over 200 reviews.
The Char-Griller is a top pick for me, not only because it has a great list of key features for a 3 burner, but it is also a bad ass looking machine and reminds me of professional smoker-style grills.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not just into it for looks, this grill primarily ranks up in my top three because it’s powerful, and reasonably spacious for the price tag. The great styling is just a nice bonus to make the neighbors jealous.
TheE3001 Grillin’ Pro offers 40,800 BTUs of total grilling power over a roomy 438 square inches. This is slightly smaller than the Weber in our top spot, but nothing so significant that you’re really going to notice. It also has a 192 square inch warming rack, which is great for toasting buns, and a nice 12,000 BTU side burner, which I like for grilling up some onions for burners or hot dogs.
The construction on the Char-Griller is also a highlight. It’s made of durable steel in a matte black powder coated finish with pop up side shelves for easy prep work.
Built-in utensil hooks make it convenient to store just about any tool you need to make grilling easy and efficient when you have a hungry horde of family waiting for a rack of ribs or the next steak.
Porcelain coated cooking grates make for even, consistent sear marks and grilling and the dual stacks on top help maintain a regulated cooking temperature throughout. The electronic ignition system also makes it easy to get the grill up and running at full steam.
Clean up is also pretty low maintenance with a sizable, removable grease tray for drippings. I don’t usually clean mine after each grilling session, and the roominess of this one is great if you prefer to wait, like me.
This is an excellent everyday grill for the backyard enthusiast who doesn’t need a lot of frills, but wants to be able to consistently cook a range of meats for a medium sized gathering of friends and family. It’s also a beast for the price tag!
This is another great grill from Char-Broil in a smaller, 3 burner set up and a great pick for anyone searching in this size.
We share in a lot of other posts about our appreciation for the slightly larger 4-burner, but this model offers many of the same amenities and all the quality, just in a more compact package.
The 463370719 offers 450 square inches of primary cooking area and is also equipped with 150 square inches of warming rack, for toasting buns or keeping a pile of burgers warm while you finish off some hot dogs. It includes the optional lidded side burner and is outfitted with a lower rack with cabinet fascia to hide the propane tank and provide a little extra protection for it in inclement weather.
The cooking grates are porcelain-coated cast iron and it comes with a quick and easy push-button electronic ignition system. Overall BTU’s are 44,000 across the three burners, with 10,000 just for that lidded side burner. The infrared technology and three top-ported stainless steel burners allow the grill to heat up faster and more evenly (no hot and cold spots) for an overall better cooking, and eating experience.
Most of the construction is stainless steel so it’s also a good looking piece of backyard equipment designed to withstand the elements and whatever you have in store for it when it comes to grilling.
This is a solidly powerful little three burner that offers a nice build, easy-to-use features and consistent, quality cooking.
It’s average size at 356 square inches with a 143 square inch warming rack and reversible porcelain-coated, cast-iron cooking grates like the infamous Weber Spirit. This is one of the nice upgrade features that this grill offers over some of its counterparts.
The three tube burners are stainless steel pumping out 36,000 BTUs at 12,000 BTUs each. They are designed with angled stainless flame tents which are made to help prevent flare ups and ensure an even, precision cook. A simple push button ignition makes start ups quick and easy and a matching stainless steel drip tray is positioned to catch drippings and for easy dumping.
The rest of the grill is also primarily made of stainless steel with fixed side tables for prep and hooks to store all your must-have tools. The lower cabinet is another nice feature that is my preference for storing the propane tank and some larger necessary equipment.
This is a great mid-range grill that really stands out as a favorite int he 3 burner category.
With the E310, Weber took the top, core features of their largest grills and engineered them to fit in a neat, mid-size version that still packs a power punch. The Spirit delivers 30,000 BTUs with 529 square inches of cooking space, providing solid, even heat to every inch.
It comes with generously sized prep tables on both sides (more room to layout food) that fold down for easy storage. Weber also includes their exclusive Flavorizer bar system, porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates (designed for quick cleaning), and the new infinity electronic ignition system.
The E310 doesn’t come equipped with a side burner. You’ll have to upgrade to the Genesis for that, but in all other ways, it’s an excellent 3 burner experience.
While this isn’t Char-Broil’s luxury grill like the 450 in our #4 spot, it is a reliable one, and the cost justifies the no frills exterior design if budget is a main concern.
What we like about this grill is the mid-size cooking area at 360 square inches, the extra 170 square inch porcelain-coated warming rack (perfect for toasting buns), the drop down metal side shelves for extra prep space, easy electronic ignition system, porcelain coated steel cooking grates, and the overall 30,000 BTUs of power.
This grill doesn’t pack quite the punch as our top 3 contenders, but it’s a solid, cost-effective option if you’re looking for a budget-friendly mid-size grill with a reputation for reliability.
Dyna-Glo is a favorite for wallet friendly grills that offer a full size grilling experience. In the 3 burner category, if your budget is is limited, this is a solid choice for reliability and ease of use.
The 310 pumps out 24,000 BTU’s of power across a total cooking area of 449 square inches, with 310 square inches of primary grilling space, separate from the warming rack. The cooking grates are porcelain-coated for easy cleaning and even heat distribution.
The porcelain-coated heat tents are designed to vaporize drippings and infuse flavor and moisture back into the meat while conducting heat evenly and quickly across the grilling surface for a consistent cook and no flare-ups.
The outer design features two drop-down side shelves for prep and storage while cooking. This is great if you like to prep and baste as you go and don’t have another work surface close at hand. The grill is situated on a cart-style body with rolling casters for easy maneuverability, making storage during winter months low hassle.
Ignition is push button and the enameled outer casing gives the grill a sleek and expensive look. There is no lid-mounted thermometer so that is one convenience draw back to keep in mind with this particular model.
This is larger, less compact option from Master Cook that is a basic mid-range option.
The Master Cook Classic offers 3 stainless steel burners over 473 square inches of total cooking space (125 square inches of warming rack) and 30,000 BTUs of total power. It’s roomy enough to handle 15 burners all at once on the porcelain-enameled wire cooking grates., designed for easy maintenance.
Double metal side shelves fold away for storage and are large enough for prep work or holding a stack of freshly cooked burgers while you finish off some sides. The lid and firebox are porcelain-coated steel with a mounted thermometer.
This model also offers the standard electronic start ignition you see across the line-up for this category.
This is a good mid-range size and pricing option for grillers looking for something a bit larger than a portable.
For good measure, I just had to add in this handy little portable grill from Royal Gourmet! It is a solid performer with top marks and a killer price tag you just can’t ignore.
This is a griddle/flat-top style set up with three separately controlled ring shaped burners pumping out 9,000 BTUs each for a combined 27,000 BTUs of cooking power. The griddle top is porcelain enameled and quick to both season and maintain – especially handy for camping or tailgating outings. Most of the fascia, including the knobs are stainless steel and the ignition is push-button just like the larger standalone grills on our list.
A side-mounted grease cup catches drippings and makes clean up fast and efficient. A cover is also included so you can wrap it up for transport on all of your adventures.
This is a great portable if you’re looking for a roomy little three burner to take on the go.
This is our wild card grill for the 3 burner list – it won’t appeal to everyone’s sense of grilling style, which is why it grabs our last spot.
The Kenmore is pedestal style and offers a very spacious 522 square inches of total cooking area, 144 square inches of that dedicated to the warming rack. It has a total of 30,000 BTUs and 2 porcelain-coated cast iron cooking grates. The side shelves fold down for easy storage when not in use and come with towel handles and hooks for all your grilling tools.
The outer styling of the grill is pretty specific due to the pedestal style, but it does have a stainless steel build that is well made and durable. You’ll also enjoy an electronic ignition system and enclosed lower cabinet for storage.
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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!