Four burner grills are serious grills, for people serious about grilling.
A 4 burner is going to give you the space to grill for those large parties. I am talking Labor day, the fourth of July and if you are crazy enough to grill in Febuary…the Superbowl.
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. They should provide a good amount of direct and indirect heat exactly when and where you want it. They are also large enough that you can think about getting a rear rotisserie, side burner and even a sear station for those days you need a badass steak.
The Char-Broil is a beautiful powerhouse of a grill and a more wallet-friendly option than the Weber Genesis and Summit lines and are looking to make the most of your money.
Char-Broil has made some recent upgrades to this model and in addition to some fun features, you’ll notice tons of beautiful stainless steel. It is a budget-friendly model for a 4 burner and is a strong pick if you want to enjoy some ease-of-use features but aren’t ready to commit to a premium level grill like the Summit.
The Char-Broil 463375919 is comfortably sized, pretty much right where you would expect a 4 burner to be, offering 425 square inches of primary cooking space, with an additional 175 square inches of swing-away warming rack for buns or finished meat. It is also decently powerful with 36,000 BTUs for the main burners and an extra 10,000 on the lidded stainless steel side-burner.
The Performance features rust-resistant porcelain-coated cast iron grates, a favorite for even, consistent cooking. These are paired with four stainless steel top-ported burners made for max durability and precise temperature control for fine-tuning your cook and really dialing in your grilling skills.
Char-Broil’s sizable metal side shelves provide ample work space to make prep and finishing smooth and hassle-free. I also really appreciate that the side burner is lidded, so I can prep on top of it when not in use. If you’re anything like me, you’ll have those side shelves packed with tools, sauce bottles, some prepped veggies and probably an open beer to stay hydrated, so every inch counts.
Char-Broil designed the lower compartment to include a double door cabinet-style compartment to hide and protect the propane tank while providing a little extra storage space for your grilling essentials. This is a sweet little upgrade on the single door style seen in previous versions.
You’ll also see the standard features you should look for in a mid-range grill like this, including a quick push-button ignition, lid-mounted temperature gauge and an easy to access grease management system.
Like I said earlier, great savings doesn’t necessarily mean a lack of quality or durability. Char-Broil’s exclusively stainless steel lid, handle, cabinet doors, and side shelves support the equipment’s long-lasting usability and users rave about the quality of the construction. I also have to report, these features make the Char-Broil look pretty bad ass and expensive-looking, boosting your grill cred with the neighbors, as well as friends and family.
This is a nicely outfitted grill for a killer price, a serious competitor if you’re not quite ready to commit to a Weber series grill.
Weber has long had an industry dominating line-up of grills in the Genesis collection, with the S-435 coming in hot as a 4-burner option with a great exterior design and solid feature list.
Like the rest of the Genesis line, and even some of the lower-budget Spirit grills, the S-435 offers Weber’s GS4 grilling system, a new component package comprised of core grilling necessities for the highest-quality grilling experience designed to be enjoyed and appreciated by both weekend warriors AND die-hard grill snobs.
This component set-up combines Weber’s infinity ignition system for fast, reliable start-ups with high performance burners, their longtime signature flavorizer bars and a new, super efficient and easy grease management system to eliminate flare ups. The result is a finely tuned grilling experience that is smooth and reliable so grilling is always fun and the result is always ridiculously tasty.
The 435 combines all of these features in a roomy 4 burner with 646 square inches of primary cooking space and a 198 square inch sling-away warming rack for buns, sides and finished meat. The total power on the main burners is 48,000 BTUs plus an additional 12,000 on the lidded bonus side burner.
I’m a huge advocate for a side burner, and especially at this [rice point. It’s one of the selling features that differentiates grills at this level and should disqualify more inferior grills for consideration at this level. I love them because they’re great for cooking up sauces or sautéing sides to complement the meat.
The Genesis line also comes iGrill3 ready (yay tech-savvy grillers!), which means you can sync your smart phone up with your grill to remotely monitor temps using Weber’s app. This is the future, friends, isn’t it glorious?
A few other favorite bonus features include a lighted handle bar on the main lid and lighted knob controls for grilling in low light conditions. I like to prolong my grilling season as much as possible and after the fall time change, I’m often out on the deck even after the light is gone.
This is an excellent grill if you’re looking for reliability and overall durability with a tech-forward, smart line-up of features.
In the 4 burner category range, you tend to see more of a price hike and premium features become a common denominator. If you love the size of a 4 burner but are looking for a more basic model that will accommodate a smaller budget, the 7400 grill from Cuisinart is the answer you’ve been looking for.
One of the best priced grills on this list, this model is ideal for newer grillers who don’t want a lot of finesse, but like to cook for a bigger crowd and want a grill with size AND proven durability.
The Cuisinart’s 4 burners deliver a total of 44,000 BTUs across a 443 square inch cooking space, with an extra 167 square inches of warming rack for keeping patties hot and buns toasted.
The cooking grates are heavy duty cast iron (note they are not porcelain coated and will require a little extra cleaning), the lid is stainless steel along with the main control panel. Clean up is pretty easy with a removable grease tray designed to catch drippings. This model also features twist start (instead of push button) ignition and a lid mounted temperature gauge.
The 7400 also offers two large stationary side tables for prep and food storage and a fun built-in bottle opener so your beverage of choice can be popped open while you’re at the grill. Heavy duty right side casters are great for mobility.
The overall dimensions mean this grill isn’t great for storing or tucking away off season so we recommend this option if you’re a year round griller and have a dedicated grill space in your yard.
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. Sear station, side burner, rear rotisserie… It has it all!
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?
The Blackstone is a totally different style grill from our top 3. This is a restaurant grade griddle-style set-up with a massive flat top and cart base.
With this grill, you’re getting 720 square inches of flat top cook space, perfect for grilling up burgers, a steak or even a stack of pancakes with a side of bacon. 4 adjustable heat zones from the 4 burners allow you to fine tune the grilling experience based on what you’re cooking and over what part of the grill. Total power comes in at 60,000 BTUs.
Additional features include an easy to maneuver cart-style base, electronic push-button ignition, two side shelves with a built-in paper towel holder and a cutting board.
Another Monument Grill grabbed our number 1 spot, but that was the version offered in stainless steel with the rotisserie kit. Monument also offers this grill in black, without the rotisserie for a lower price point.
This grill has all the same features of our top pick with the two exceptions noted above. You’ll find, 4 burners, 60,000 BTUs of cooking power, 513 square inches of cooking area, a 210 square inch warming rack, a lidded side burner and porcelain-coasted cooking grates. It also has the standard center-mounted temperature gauge and electronic ignition for an easy start-up.
If you’re not picky about color and don’t think a rotisserie kit is something you’ll use, this is a great alternative to consider.
What I love about this grill from Royal Gourmet is it’s huge BUT it’s also portable.
This is the perfect grill if you need to cook for a large gathering (think team picnic, church social, or tailgating party with a big friend group) and don’t want to spend your whole day slaving over a tiny two burner.
It offers both a grill and griddle option over 584 square inches of total cooking space. 48,000 BTUs power four distinct cooking zones for maximum versatility and flexibility. It also has two fold-down side tables equipped with tool hooks and a bottle opener to give you additional working space.
With this portable from Royal Gourmet, you’ll also enjoy the same easy push-button ignition used on their larger grills in addition to quality stainless steel burners.
Mid-range for price-point, this 4 burner from Kenmore is a recommended alternative if you’re not looking to hit the top or bottom of the price range for the category.
In addition to being priced for a wider range of budgets, this model from Kenmore is also really spacious. It offers a very roomy 621 square inches of primary cooking area with an additional warming rack. Total BTUs come in at 53,000, with an added lidded side burner in the right hand side table pumping out 13,000 BTUs on its own. This is one of my fave bonus features you start to see more commonly with 4 burner grills.
Kenmore also used a ton of stainless steel on this grill, outfitting all surfaces, fascia, the firebox and lid so it’s as shiny as can be.
Electronic push-button ignition, folding side shelves, an enclosed lower cart, well-made locking casters and convenient tool hooks round out the feature list. This is a nice alternative to the Webers and Char-Broil options on our list and is a favorite for consistent daily cooking.
Bull is one of our favorite grill brands for built-ins and if you’re not looking for a standalone this is a great 4 burner for your outdoor kitchen.
The Outlaw also has a fairly attainable price point that isn’t beyond your average budget for a grill of this size.
It comes equipped with 60,000 BTUs of overall power, a dual lighting system for getting up to temp quickly and easily, 4 stainless steel bar burners, and ReliaBULL technology designed by the geniuses at CalPoly to improve heat distribution and eliminate hot and cold pockets for ultimate grilling consistency. It also includes a smoker box, which is a really nice and welcome addition. Total cookspace is 810 square inches.
The Bull is available in both propane and natural gas, depending on your needs and preferences.
This is a great budget grill if you’re looking to keep your purchase under $200, but still need a full 4 burner set-up.
The RevoAce is surprisingly roomy at 480 square inches, which can accommodate about 28 burgers comfortably. It also has a 180 square inch warming rack for toasting those buns and porcelain-coated cast iron cooking grates. The stainless steel burners churn out about 48,000 BTUs and the stainless steel lid helps lock in heat for a consistent grilling experience.
Additional features include a push-button ignition system, a lidded side burner, which is a great bonus for this price point, and two prep shelves.
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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!