Every circle of friends has them: that self-proclaimed expert on all things sports-related with a habit of making predictions with varying degrees of accuracy. In our case it was Nick, an avid basketball fan who lived and breathed the game. During one particular season which had started out as being particularly fortuitous for his team, he boldly predicted that they would cart away the trophy. Unfortunately, his team didn’t even get to make it to the playoffs.
Losing the bet – which had been his idea in the first place – meant he had to treat us all to a barbecue. But the thing was no one was quite sure of how he was going to get to do that in his apartment’s little garden – or just how good his grilling skills were. We showed up anyway – and were pleasantly surprised to find a delectable spread and a perspiring but self-satisfied Nick, laboring over a compact, stylish appliance displaying grilling skills no one knew he had.
We tucked into perfectly grilled seafood, vegetables and poultry – and listened to Nick reel off a few more predictions – all bolstered by faith in that steel and chrome appliance which had won the day. That appliance in question which elevated Nick’s grilling skills to near pro levels was none other than a three-burner gas grill. Was it responsible for those amazingly accurate predictions he made too? He’d absolutely like to think so. But one thing’s certain, we did return for more delicious grilled food, with quite a few of us actually becoming fans of the appliance too.
And right here at Surf’n’Buy, we’ve gone through some of the very best of those compact, powerful little grills which will not only enable you to thrill your friends and family but also ensure you too get to experience all the fun and camaraderie which come with outdoor cooking. We’ve also provided a few helpful tips and pointers which will enable you to know just what to look for in your quest for the very best three-burner gas grill which will become a much loved summer staple.
Top 3 Burner Gas Grills
1. Dyna-Glo DGB390SNP-D Gas Grill
The first item on our list promises to ‘take your grilling to the next level of performance’ and even make your neighbors and friends a tad envious – all without taking up loads of space on your patio. The fact that this appliance has been brought to us courtesy of a manufacturer which rates its grills as a cut above the rest, does mean we can only expect good things from it.
And the Dyna-Glo DGB390SNP-D Gas Grill does deliver thanks to its 36, 000 BTU stainless steel burners protected by porcelain-enameled steel tents which also distribute heat evenly, enhancing the flavor of your food. You’ll also be able to take your grilled offerings to new heights thanks to its cast iron grates which will render them especially succulent by searing them and sealing up their natural juices. The presence of a handy thermometer will enable you to monitor it all to prevent you from taking that steak off too early or leaving it on for too long.
And to ensure you’re able to preside over the entire process with as much convenience as possible, the manufacturer has also provided collapsible, powder-coated steel side tables (each capable of holding up under 25 pounds of plates, containers, condiments and food), utensil hooks and towel bars and even a small cabinet for your propane tank.
And to enable you to get it all off to a flying start and control it with ease, this three-burner grill also features an easy-push Electro-Pulse Ignition as well as chrome-plated, infinite setting control valves. You’ll also be able to move it to your favorite spot thanks to its two pairs of heavy-duty caster wheels (one which is non-locking and one which can be locked).
And it doesn’t do too badly in terms of aesthetics either with its bronze, chrome and black allure. Talk about leaving no stone unturned. The Dyna-Glo DGB390SNP-D Gas Grill does deliver on all its promises and can be entrusted with that all important task of creating tempting food and awesome memories all summer long.
- Convenient ignition and excellent control: The Dyna-Glo DGB390SNP-D Gas Grill features the easy-push Electro Pulse Ignition to enable you to light it promptly. It also comes with chrome-plated, infinite setting control valves as well as a built-in thermometer to ensure you’re able to maintain control of the entire grilling process.
- A spacious option for small-sized gatherings: With a total surface area of 507 square inches (a 390-square inch main cooking area and a 117-square inch warming rack), the Dyna-Glo DGB390SNP-D Gas Grill is ideal for hosting small gatherings. Especially since it also comes with foldable side tables capable of holding up to 25 pounds in weight, towel bars, utensil hooks and even a storage cabinet.
- Efficient heat delivery and distribution: This 36, 000 BTU three-burner gas grill will ensure optimal heat distribution. And it’s all thanks to its porcelain-enameled steel heat tents and its cast iron grates which will transfer the heat straight to those steaks, poultry and vegetables and enhance their flavors too.
- Issues with temperature control: A few complaints about frequent flare ups from customers who had purchased the Dyna-Glo DGB390SNP-D Gas Grill were noted.
- Issues with durability: A number of customers who purchased the Dyna-Glo DGB390SNP-D Gas Grill complained about its susceptibility to humidity.
The Dyna-Glo DGB390SNP-D Gas Grill is one product which comes with quite a few promises. It’s also one which is capable of delivering on them. Especially given its even and efficient heat distribution thanks to its burners, porcelain-enameled steel heat tents and cast iron grates which will also make your food taste great too. Its excellent temperature control is also another added plus, especially in light of its chrome-plated, infinite setting control valves, built-in thermometer and Electro Pulse Ignition.
The presence of robust side shelves which are not only foldable, but also capable of handling no less than 25 pounds each; towel bars; utensil hooks and even a cabinet for your propane tank; mean that you will be able to look forward to the convenience of having all you need right where you want it. Add to that the fact that it’s easy to move around and lock in place thanks to its two pairs of caster wheels and you have a product which is both compact and capable of packing a punch in all the ways it matters: Efficiency, functionality and size.
2. Char-Broil Classic 360
Any manufacturer which has proven particularly adept at fending off competition to remain one of the world’s most popular grill brands – for over half a century, no less – must know plenty about keeping grill fans very happy indeed. Hence, it’s hardly any surprise that Char-Broil considers itself to be ‘America’s favorite grill brand’.
But just how well does its Char-Broil Classic 360 stand up to closer scrutiny in its ability to deliver? There’s the fact that you will be able to look forward to excellently cooked fare thanks to its stainless steel inline burners with a BTU of 30, 000 which will provide you with just the right amount of heat throughout the cooking process. There’s also its Piezo ignition which will turn up the heat right away.
Thanks to its porcelain-coated grates, you won’t need to painstakingly attempt to extricate salmon fillets and chicken breasts from your grill – while having to endure all that heat – since the grates won’t let them stick. And it doesn’t do too badly in terms of space either. At slightly over 360 square inches (26 inches wide and 14 inches long), it’s large enough for you to delight a medium-sized gathering with your grilling skills. With two metal side shelves as well as a 170-square inch warming rack, you’ll have the space you need for those handy condiments and will also get to keep those all-essential extras warm.
And there’s also its porcelain-coated steel lid and firebox which will withstand the rigors of the weather thanks to their remarkable durability. Our verdict? The Char-Broil Classic 360 is worthy of being entrusted with the task of treating your friends and family to tasty, freshly grilled food on a warm sunny afternoon. And even though it does lack some of the fancier features other options come with, it does provide all you need to create tempting fare and sun-drenched memories under a clear blue sky.
- Extra space for prepping and keeping food warm: The Char-Broil Classic 360 comes with two metal side shelves as well as a 170-square inch warming area which will ensure you’ll have the space you need to prep your food and also keep your burger buns and sausages warm.
- Easy to clean and non-adhesive: The Char-Broil Classic 360 features porcelain-coated grates which will prevent your food from sticking to them and are also easy to clean.
- Effective ignition and heating: Thanks to its Piezo ignition and thoroughly efficient stainless steel burners, you’ll not only get to light your grill up right away but will also get to benefit from optimal heating performance as well.
- Ignition issues: A few clients who purchased the Char-Broil Classic 360 complained about ignition problems.
- Problems with assembly: Complaints about difficulties in assembling the Char-Broil Classic 360 were noted.
With its efficient trio of stainless steel burners, Piezo ignition and side tables, the Char-Broil Classic 360 is a classic example of an efficient, no-frills gas grill which does all it’s meant to. Its porcelain-coated grates are an added plus since they mean it comes without the risk of having most of your food getting stuck on your grill.
What’s more, this 30,000 BTU, 360-square inch offering also comes with side tables as well as an additional 170-square inch warming rack providing extra space for your condiments and sauces, and enabling you to keep your food warm. And thanks to the presence of its two six-inch wheels, you will be able to move it to your favorite spot and ensure it remains stable there due to its two fixed legs. All these features make it a reliable option for entertaining a moderate number of friends and family with freshly grilled delicious food in a compact garden.
3. Weber 49010001 Spirit II E-310
Three-burner grills which seem to come with absolutely nothing left out will always somehow make it to the very top of any list. Just like the Weber 49010001 Spirit II E-310. This is one offering which has been produced by a manufacturer which believes that the most important person they need to cater to is you. There are its porcelain-enameled, cast iron cooking grates which come with reversible sides so you can cook delicate offerings such as seafood and more robust cuts of meat to perfection.
There’s also the fact that you’ll be able to look forward to easier prepping too. And it’s all thanks to its open cart design which means extra room so you’ll be able to keep those grilling tools within reach just where you need them. And because there’s no such thing as too much space, the manufacturer has also taken the added precaution of providing side tables for those extra platters and condiments. What’s more, those tables also come with hooks meaning you’ll have even more options for keeping those tools close by.
But what about those essential extras such as finger food and burger buns which need to be kept warm while you whip up those dips and sauces? The presence of a warming rack means you’ll be able to do just that. And with its state of the art Gs4 system, you’ll get to enjoy prompt reliable ignitions as well as a consistent gas flow, to eliminate the risk of any flares which might suddenly reduce those king prawns to charred shards.
Best of all, you’ll actually get to infuse your food with that smoky flavor which will quite simply elevate it to whole new heights. All these features mean that the Weber 49010001 Spirit II E-310 Gas Grill is certainly worthy of being considered the perfect summer companion for throwing amazing barbecues.
- Reliable ignition, enhanced flavor and grease management: Thanks to its GS4 Grilling System which incorporates features including Infinity Ignition and Flavorizer Bars, you will be able to get the Weber 49010001 Spirit II E-310 started right away. You’ll also get to infuse those drumsticks with that delectable smoky flavor without any fuss too.
- Convenient prepping thanks to extra space: The Weber 49010001 Spirit II E-310 Gas Grill comes with side tables, extra hooks and an open cart design to provide you with all the space you need for prepping those sauces, dips and condiments and for keeping the utensils you need close by.
- The opportunity to get creative: Thanks to this gas grill’s porcelain-enameled, cast iron cooking grates with reversible sides, you’ll be able to cook seafood and cuts which require delicate handling and more robust cuts and veggies which require a blast of heat, to perfection.
- Is unsuitable for propane gas: The Weber 49010001 Spirit II E-310 is only suitable for natural gas and is therefore unsuitable for use with propane gas.
- Grates which are susceptible to thermal shock: The Weber 49010001 Spirit II E-310 features cast iron grates which are renowned for their excellent heat retention properties. However, these grates also tend to be affected by thermal shock as well.
With its reversible porcelain-enameled cast iron cooking grates which will let you cook just the way you need to, its warming rack for delightful sides, as well as extra space for your ingredients and utensils, the Weber 49010001 Spirit II E-310 does promise to provide that all essential element of convenience which is essential to creating great food.
But its true claim to fame is its Gs4 Grilling System which consists of its Infinity Ignition, Burner Tubes, Flavorizer Bars and Grease Management features. As a result, you’ll be able to look forward to getting your grill started with a minimum of fuss and even infusing your cooking with that irresistible smoky flavor all without the risk of any flare ups. If you’d love to enjoy some of the perks of cooking with coal with none of the fuss and create offerings which will make fans of charcoal feel a twinge of envy, this three-burner grill might just be the very appliance you need.
2 vs. 3 Burner Gas Grills
The main difference between three- and two-burner gas grills is their size. Quite frequently the former may feature main cooking areas of under 400 square inches in size which may come up to a total of 500 square inches, due to the presence of a warming rack. However, the latter may feature main cooking areas of approximately 300 square inches and a total area of about 400 square inches due to the presence of a warming rack which may be slightly smaller than those used for three-burner gas grills.
Advantages of Using a 3 Burner Gas Grill
Three-burner gas grills tend to be more compact than larger models. As a result, they are ideal for smaller gardens and patios and are an excellent means of enjoying outdoor cooking in more confined spaces.
Due to the ease of ignition and the controllers provided, three-burner gas grills also come with a convenience which is unavailable to users of coal. They also come without the need for lighter fluid which does require a bit of careful application, or the risk of sudden and excessive overheating.
Factors to Consider Before Buying a 3 Burner Gas Grill
Type of Grate
There are generally three grates to choose from: cast iron, coated aluminum and stainless steel.
This option is extremely popular among grill enthusiasts due to its excellent heat retention and distribution properties. However, it is also somewhat less durable due to a susceptibility to thermal shock.
The best conductors of the three, grates in this category also happen to be somewhat cheaper as well. As a result, they’re extensively used. However, coated aluminum grates are actually the least durable and are susceptible to deterioration with continued use.
These grates make up what they lack in terms of aluminum’s conductivity and the heat retention capabilities of cast iron, with their excellent resistance to corrosion and the convenience that comes with using them.
One of the main advantages of three-burner gas grills is their compact size. Hence, some of the best models come with a main cooking area of just under 400 square inches. However, these models typically include a warming rack which may be about 120 square inches in size (or even larger), resulting in a total cooking area of over 500 square inches. As a result, this size is ideal for a moderate-sized gathering or a medium-sized family.
The more space you have when cooking, the better. Hence opting for grills which are designed to optimize available space is always a great idea. Space providing extras worth considering include:
- Foldable side tables capable of holding impressive amounts of weight
- Utensil hooks and towel bars
- Storage cabinets for gas tanks, utensils and condiments
Three-burner gas grills generally come with two fuel options: propane and natural gas. The former often comes in gas tanks which can be promptly exchanged once they become empty. The latter requires the installation of a natural gas line. However, this option may be preferred due to the constant supply of fuel natural gas provides unlike propane gas which must be replaced once it runs out.
Few things are more enjoyable than great food and warm sunshine in the company of our favorite people in the whole wide world. And thanks to the appliances generously tested by our grill experts, we at Surf’n’Buy have been able to present you with some of the very best options which may be considered a summer staple. Here is a brief overview of those impressive three-burner gas grills which have wowed fans the world over:
Dyna-Glo DGB390SNP-D Gas Grill: How often do you come across a product which seems to get it right on all fronts? That’s right. Not often. And that’s what made the Dyna-Glo DGB390SNP-D Gas Grill absolutely deserving of a spot on our list of all time favorite three-burner gas grills. Simply because we loved everything about it. From all that extra space thanks to those heavy duty, foldable side tables; utensil hooks and that little cabinet; right through to those towel bars which were quite simply the icing on the cake.
The awesome temperature control thanks to its reliable Electro-Pulse Ignition; chrome-plated, infinite setting control valves; and built-in thermometer; was another huge plus. The fact that this grill is capable of transforming anything you place on it to a flavorsome, succulent version of itself with those 36, 000 BTU burners, trusty enameled steel tents and cast iron grates, is nothing short of awesome. We also liked the fact that it was a rather impressive looking appliance too and very capable of adding to the allure of summer on your patio.
Char-Broil Classic 360: Another product which wowed us with its ability to deliver wonderfully on its promises, the Char-Broil Classic 360 is one offering which ticks all the right boxes in terms of functionality and convenience. We particularly loved its Piezo Ignition as well as its efficient stainless steel inline burners. Also worthy of a special mention are its porcelain-coated grates which come with the assurance of being able to get your food off in one delectable piece from the grill and being easy to clean as well. And although it did seem to lack the other little space-related extras the others came with, we did consider its warming rack a nice touch too. And all in all, our verdict on this robust compact grill is that it can be entrusted with the job of adding a touch of flavor-filled magic to those family gatherings.
Weber 49010001 Spirit II E-310: One thing which attracted our attention to the Weber 49010001 Spirit II E-310 was its manufacturer’s determination to pamper its clients. Especially in light of that innovative Gs4 System and its ability to actually infuse our food with that smoky flavor which seems to be the sole preserve of the labor-intensive charcoal grill for the most part. We also loved the fact that it could reduce the risk of flare ups too.
The convenience of its trusty ignition, those thoroughly non-stick, porcelain-enameled, cast iron grates and warming rack were also an added plus. And because any grill which lets you have all the space you need is nothing short of awesome, we were pretty pleased with all that extra room thanks to its open cart design, those side tables and hooks – with the last component being a sure sign of a manufacturer which is determined to keep its customers very happy indeed. Which of the three-burner gas grills stood out to you the most? We hope you get to experience the fun, camaraderie and delectable flavors which revolve around these amazing appliances and the memories which follow too.
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