The Weber Spirit E320 is the successor to the extremely popular Weber Spirit E310. The only major difference between the two is the addition of a 12,000 BTU side burner to the E320.
Let’s take a closer look at this gas grill to see how it performs, and whether it should feature high on your gas grill shopping list.
Weber Spirit E320 Features
Before we look at performance, here is a quick summary of the features:
– 3 stainless steel burners putting out 32,000 BTU
– 424 square inches of primary cooking space
– 105 square inches warming rack
– porcelain-enameled cast-iron grates
– porcelain-enameled flavorizer bars
– electronic crossover ignition
– propane gas gauge
– foldable side trays
– 12,000 BTU side burner
Basically, you get a medium sized grill with side burner, built to Weber’s high standards.
Who Is It For?
If the Spirit E210/220 is too small for you, or the Weber Genesis range is out of your budget, then the Spirit E320 is the perfect middle ground. You get Weber quality in the $500 range, with 3 burners and enough cooking space to comfortably accommodate a large family.
The assembly instructions use clear pictures to show you how everything fits together. It is not a difficult or complicated assembly, but will take a while because of the number of parts that need fitting. Two people is recommended, although you should be able to get it done solo as well. Expect to spend anything from 90 minutes to 2 hours on the assembly.
Some people who are used to cheaper brands of grills have described the Spirit as a “tank” when they first saw the parts and the fully assembled product.
While not quite as impressive in quality as the more expensive Genesis, the Weber Spirit E320 is a heavy and very solidly built grill, with plenty of stainless steel and nice, heavy porcelain-enamel coated cast iron grates that you can’t wait to throw some meat on.
It is easy to get the Spirit 320 fired up with the electronic igniter. The grill heats up quickly and you can expect it to reach 500+ degrees in around 10 minutes.
One reviewer we came across mentioned he got the grill to maintain 325 degrees with just one of the three burners at full blast. That’s impressive, and it speaks volumes for Weber’s design and materials. There are no holes or gaps where heat can escape, and the solid metal no doubt helps to retain more heat.
Lots of heat is great, but you want it spread evenly around so you can cook on the whole grill if needs be. You can certainly do that with the E320.
You can fit roughly 21 hamburger patties on the E320’s cooking area, to give you a real world idea if square inches mean little to you. At two each that’s hamburgers for 10 people in one go, plus you can fry some onions on the side burner while you’re at it. The even heat distribution means you can really load the grates and get all food pieces done about evenly with hardly any moving around.
The flavorizer bars do a great job of generating some flavorful smoke to add more taste to the food.
It’s hard to fault this grill. It is a little on the expensive side. Also, hooking up your LP gas tank inside the compartment can be tricky as the space is limited. The assembly also takes some time, even though it’s not difficult. Overall, no deal breakers.
It’s always a good reference to see how other ordinary people like using their Weber Spirit E320. Here are some comments from verified buyers only:
“The grill gets hot very quickly and everything that I have made so far has turned out perfectly. My husband is eating vegetables he didn’t think he liked! : ) I put a cast iron skillet on the side burner the other day and loved how my veggies turned out. I hadn’t been sure I would use the side burner, but now I love it!” Lindsay Morrisey, Amazon.com Verified Purchase
“I did a lot of research before making this purchase and we were are not disappointed. Once put together, took a while, but great instructions. I fired this grill up and followed the grilling instructions (lid closed, watch the temperature gauge and let your food cook following the recommendations provided by Weber. Chicken, oh how juicy. Burgers, Yum. Steaks, can not say more. WOW!” Robert, Amazon.com Verified Purchase
“Have used several times, so far it works as advertised, meaning it grills great. Even heat, no flare ups, and the grilled results are tasty. I’ve owned several propane gas grills in the past by another brand, but this Weber, so far, is a true step ahead in quality.” AE Mininger, Amazon.com Verified Purchase
Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5
About.com: 4 out of 5
Weber Spirit E320 Review Verdict
The Weber Spirit E320 is a very good piece of equipment. Even though it does not feature the same quality stainless steel throughout that you’ll find on the Genesis range, this grill will still last considerably longer than cheaper brands. Cooking on both high and low heat is impressive and heat distribution is excellent.
If a Genesis grill is just beyond your budget, the Spirit E320 is a very worthy option that won’t disappoint. It is also lighter and takes up less space than the Genesis.
– Solid construction
– Gas gauge works well
– Fast Heat
– Even cooking
– Weber service and support
– Assembly can be time consuming
– Propane tank installation can be tricky