The Weber Spirit II E-310 gas grill barbecue is one of the best ways to cook outdoors right now. With plenty of consistent power and a build quality that'll last, this is a great way to tame nature and cook with the power of propane.
When it comes to heat consistency, this is one of the best barbecues we've tested and that's across a space big enough to grill around 20 burgers at once. But then you'd probably expect that from a big name brand like Weber that you pay a little more for.
The Spirit II E-310 has been around with various upgrades, for a few years, and there are now newer versions. But the larger differences are aesthetic with varying external materials and for the saving you make by going for this model we're still big fans of this as a do-all-you-need gas grill.
So is this the best gas grill for you? Read on to find out.
Weber Spirit II E-310 Gas Grill review: Design and build
- Built-in lid thermometer
- Two side tables
- 424 square inch cooking area
As you'd expect from a brand like Weber, build quality and design are really high standard with the Spirit II E-310 Gas Grill. This isn't top-end stuff, but it's also not cheap, so you get quality without having to break the bank.
The grill surface is constructed from three porcelain-enameled, cast iron cooking grates. These are backed by even burners that pack in an impressive 30,000 BTU-per-hour input running on a 20lb liquid propane tank, though not as powerful as the Dyna-Glo 4-Burner Gas Grill. There are also two side tables so having everything at your fingertips is much easier than some grills.
Grilling space, a key part of any grill purchase decision, is decent with 424 square inches of cooking area - a touch smaller than the Char-Broil Performance 475 4-Burner. That equates to about 12 burgers at once on the main grill plus another four on the warmer rack section which offers a further 105 square inches of rack space. So this should be good for most families and even barbecue parties.
The parts used are made from high quality materials and, as such, you get a ten year warranty with the grill. So should anything go wrong, or if rust sets in early, then you should be good to go back to Weber to get it fixed.
Weber touches like the porcelain-enameled flavorizer bars are great, designed to catch dripping and cut back on flare-ups. There's even a grease management system to help make cleaning easier too. More on that below.
Weber Spirit II E-310 Gas Grill review: Features
- iGrill 3 compatible
- Spider prevention screen
- Steel flavorizer bars
The main feature of this grill has to be those steel flavorizer bars we mentioned. These are tent-like metal lengths which stand above the burners and allow for a more even distribution of heat across the grill surface. They also act as a channel to help the dripping run-off in a way that's easier to clean and cut-back on flare-ups which could otherwise cause burning to food.
Attention to detail is fantastic with even the grill plates featuring two side variations. One side is thinner than the other so you can flip them for a more delicate cooking experience if you need, say for things like fish and shrimp. While the thicker side is good for more thick sear marks on things like steaks.
While the iGrill 3 doesn't come with this unit, it can be used with it. This is a digital thermometer which works with a probes to monitor the inner grill and internal food temperatures. While the grill does have a spot to slip the iGrill 3 into place, you do also get a thermometer on the lid which does the job well for internal grill heat.
The Weber Infinity Ignition has been enhanced and is now covered by a ten year warranty rather than the old two year one. All you need to do to get started is turn the gas knob to High, press the ignition and watch the burners flame on.
The left and right side tables are nice features which allow you to hold raw materials and place cooked items out ready, without clutter. There is also an area for hanging tools with six hooks and addition storage space at the bottom of the unit.
Weber Spirit II E-310 Gas Grill review: Performance
- Superb heat generation and sustain
- Fast cooking times
- Excellent subtle control
Firing up the grill could not be easier thanks to that smart ignition which gets you up and warming at the literal touch of a button. Go for the three burner option and you get all that 30,000 BTU-per-hour of power right away meaning very little waiting time to get right up to 500 degrees.
From cooking steak and chicken to fish and veggies, this can handle it all in a consistent way that will leave you confident. While you have enough power to cook a full 12 set of 1/4 pound burger patties with just two minutes on either side, you can also gentle cook veggies and fish quickly applying that same two minutes on each side rule.
It's super simple and this is largely thanks to that consistency of heat that allows you to judge accurately how fast you're cooking. You can also control burner zones for direct and indirect heat if you want to cook varying food items at the same time.
The propane scale is a nice touch which shows you how much gas you have left so you can relax knowing you're not going to run out suddenly and get a nasty surprise.
The grease trays slide out easily and there's a disposable drip plan that can be trashed, making cleaning super fast and simple. Those porcelain enameled cast iron cooking grates are also easy to clean with a gentle work over using a stainless steel brush.
Should I buy the Weber Spirit II E-310 Gas Grill?
If you want a medium sized propane gas grill that will last, offers consistent heat that can be easily controlled, is easy to start, maintain and clean, plus is backed by a superb ten year warranty, then the Weber Spirit II E-310 Gas Grill is for you.
You may want more than a three-burner grill so going bigger could be a good idea. Or you may want to save money and go for a cheaper brand – just don't expect it to last as well.