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!
The Dyna Glo is a top pick for this category because it is a great slim profile 3-burner option for smaller spaces.
This is an ideal grill if you have a small patio or deck and need a grill that doesn’t dominate the space but don’t want one of the ultra-space saving one or two burners.
The Dyna-Glo also delivers on features and quality. It comes with 2 heavy-duty porcelain enameled cast iron cooking grates, three stainless steel commercial grade burners and heat tents for a high level performance experience.
In terms of cooking area, this grill offers 390 square inches of primary space and 117 square inches of warming rack, with 36,000 BTUs across the 3 burners.
There are two collapsible side tables with utensil hooks, perfect for food prep and holding plates while grilling. The towel racks are a nice added feature, but we are missing that coveted infrared side burner.
Overall construction is primarily stainless steel, along with chrome-plated infinite control valves and an easy one-push electronic ignition system. The hood also features a built-in thermometer for precision control of internal cook temps.
Reviewers rank the Smart Space highly, with an average of 4
Char-Broil makes some of our favorite grills in other categories, so it’s not a surprise to see the 450 ranking toward the top of our list for 3 burner grills.
This is a big grill with 450 square inches of primary cooking area. It is also equipped with 150 square inches of warming rack, for toasting buns or keeping a pile of burgers hot while you finish off some hot dogs. It includes the optional side burner and is outfitted with a lower storage cabinet to hide the propane tank and provide a little extra storage.
The cooking grates are porcelain-coated cast iron and it comes with a quick and easy electronic ignition system. Overall BTU’s are 34,000, with 10,000 just for the side burner. The infrared technology allows the grill to heat up faster and more evenly (not hot and cold spots) for a better cooking, and eating experience.
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.
This is a grill for a regular griller with a large contingent of hungry friends and family to shovel burgers into. It is actually two separate grills situated on the same stand than can be used in tandem or separately.
The ZH3003 offers both gas and charcoal sides for a versatile cook experience, a massive 810 square inches of total cooking area, 27,000 BTUs of power for 3 burners, porcelain-coated cast iron cooking grates, a removable grease drip tray on the gas grill side, and a removable ash tray design for the charcoal half.
The charcoal grill also comes equipped with front and upper air dampers to maximize the flow of air.
It also has a lower cart with tons of great storage space and pop up side shelves for prep work.
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.
The 370 from Thermos is a nice little grill if you’re looking for a decent amount of space, but don’t care for the stainless aesthetics and higher price tag on the Webers and Char-Broil brand.
This grill offers a 36,000 BTU cart-style set-up with a nice 12,000 BTU lidded side burner situated in the left prep shelf. It gives you 370 square inches of primary cooking space and a 175 square inch swing away warming rack. It comes with the standard electronic ignition and porcelain-coated steel lid and firebox instead of the stainless exterior and build.
The 370 is simple and straight forward to use. It doesn’t come outfitted with all the bells and whistles you’ll see higher up on the list but it does perform well for a lower price tag.
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!