You can’t shop for a new gas grill without carefully considering the type of burner it has. Burners are primarily responsible for the amount of heat generated by a grill when they're cranked up to full-blast. This is measured using British Thermal Units or BTUs for short.
Granted, no one can cook this way – with the burners running on max – but it’s the benchmark applied to grills. The idea behind it is that a grill with a lower BTU rating would take longer to achieve the same temperature as that with a higher BTU.
In reality, however, whether you have four primary stainless steel burners with 40,000 BTUs, 60,000 BTUs, or even 1 million BTUs, these figures don't mean anything if you don’t consider the size of the primary cooking surface. Here are some of the most popular gas grill burners you’ll find in the market today.
The Overall Performance Of The Grill Matters
To get a true picture of the actual performance of grill, you have to consider many other factors besides the BTUs of the infrared, ceramic, or stainless steel burners. You also need to ask questions like: How tightly does the lid close? What construction material has been used to make the grill? Can it retain heat? Choosing a great gas burner is only part of the story.
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