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The Benefits of Side Burners

The Benefits of Side Burners

Ah, the outdoor grill. Every year eager chefs cannot wait to lift the lid, light it up, and start laying out savory, sizzling steaks, chops, burgers, chicken, and so much more. But what if you need something else? Something to expand your culinary range beyond just the grill?

One popular solution is to back up your grill with a convenient, dependable gas side burner. These smaller sidekicks are available in both liquid propane and natural gas burning units, and will immediately amplify your potential as a cook. It doesn’t matter if it’s a gas grill with a side burner, an electric grill, or a charcoal grill. Every type can benefit from the presence of a few stovetop-style burners to prepare foodstuffs you can’t cook on a grill while also providing some more practical advantages. And you can easily check out some of our bestselling side burner models which are already bringing satisfied smiles to countless outdoor chefs.

So, if you’d like to add a big boost to your barbecue with just a little addition to your cooking equipment, read on and learn just some of the benefits of having a side burner…


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The biggest bonus from having a dependable side burner is the immediate expansion of your menu. Not that we’d ever besmirch any sort of BBQ fare, but what if you’re in the mood for something different like a spicy seafood gumbo or savory stew? With a handy burner or two, you can grill up some shrimp, fish, crawdads for the Creole cuisine or perfectly grill your choice cut of beef, chicken or pork and settle it right into that simmering stew. If you’re serious about such cooking variety, a high-BTU model such as the 15" Natural Gas Double Sealed Side Burner with 34,000 BTU from DCS can cover your every need quite nicely.

Or maybe you want to prepare some fixings for your grilled food like bacon or fried onions? Or add some delicious dash to the dish with some stir-fry Wok cooking? You can do it all without having to step away from the main event on the grill. Simply put, the more cooking options you have, the more you can create!


If you’re grilling the main course, the only way to cook side dishes like fresh corn on the cob, potatoes, baked beans, or any food requiring different preparation would be to do it in the house kitchen. That means trying to cook your grilled food while also keeping an close eye on your side dish progress. And who needs that kind of hassle at their own party? Simply set up a side burner and start whipping up the side dishes right there. If this sounds like something you've always considered, you’ll want to go with a unit that has dual burners which can handle two sides at once.


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While the allure of an unadorned, perfectly prepared piece of meat, fish, etc. hot off the grill is undeniable, the addition of a matching sauce can be what makes a good dish a great dish. Steaks with a potent peppercorn sauce or tangy red wine reduction? Ribs slathered in your own, secret barbecue concoction at just the right time? Or a delicate filet of Dover sole drizzled with a lightly herbed buttery mix? With a simmer burner, you can grill like a gourmet and be your own saucier at the same time.


As you may have inferred from the above, one of the more practical benefits of having a side burner is that you’ll no longer have to step away from the grill to take care of the various sides, fixings, and sauces within the confines of your house kitchen. This can get quite wearing after the first few trips. That is, unless you have a volunteer willing to stay inside while monitoring a hot stove, far from the friends, fun, and sun that a cookout promises (FYI: this situation is not likely to occur). A side-burner, on the other hand, lets you stay right where you’re supposed to be.

Which brings up some related advantages. If you don’t have to hustle to the kitchen over and over, you’re going to be a better cook simply by virtue of your presence over the grill, where you can monitor and manage any unexpected flare ups or flameouts. And even better, you’ll be a far more relaxed cook (and host) knowing you have everything within eyeshot and close at hand.


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Another benefit to having a side burner as part of your outdoor cooking arsenal has nothing to do with outdoor cooking, but rather indoor cooking. After all, every cook worth their salt (or pepper, if your prefer) yearns to stretch their culinary wings every once in a while and make something “out of the ordinary” or “unusually spiced.” In short, a dish with an aroma that can spread throughout an entire household like wildfire. A presence so strong that not even the laundry room can escape it.

Sure, the dish may taste fantastic, but if you can spare your interior—and your family—from the nonstop onslaught of super scent, why not prepare your potent repast in the outdoors? You can use a side burner just as well as a stovetop. And who knows, maybe a neighbor or two will ask you for the recipe of your wonderfully aromatic dish?


For any backyard barbecue boss, a sturdy side burner would seem to be an absolute necessity with all the benefits we’ve just described. After all, side burners are small, unobtrusive, and are available in hundreds of configurations at quite nice price points. So the real question is, “What are you waiting for?” Make your outdoor culinary experience even more enjoyable today and find the side burner that fits your grill and your needs. As always, feel free to contact the experts at Appliances Connection if you need a nudge in the right direction—we’re happy to help.

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below.


What is a side burner?

A side burner is simply a small, gas-fueled appliance used alongside a grill, with one or two burners—not unlike a stovetop—which can be used to prepare foods or sauces which cannot be prepared on a grill.

How many BTUs should a side burner have?

A side burner should have as many BTU as you believe you are going to need in your culinary ambitions. While the majority of side burners on the market are 15,000 BTU or lower, you can find models that go up to and beyond 30,000 BTU.

What is a power burner on a stove?

A power burner on a stove has a far higher BTU output than its companion burners, and is used for high-heat cooking, searing meats and fish, and boiling.