Dual-Tube burners heat up quickly and evenly
Cast iron grate leave nice grill marks
Side shelves with utensil hooks
Some parts arrived bent or broken
Grills cook food like nothing in your kitchen can, turning out perfectly seared steaks and juicy burgers. However, while choosing to throw a cookout is an easy choice, deciding on the grill itself is hardly a simple task. We tested the Broil King Baron 320, a three-burner, small-sized grill, to see if it might make the cut for summer barbeques and backyard gatherings. Read on to learn about its features and to see how it performed.
Setup Process: Cumbersome and difficult
Setting up this grill takes two painstaking hours; the process will have you wondering why you didn’t just buy it pre-built at the store. Having someone to help is not a must, but it certainly makes the whole process easier and more bearable.
Some of the instructions were clearly for a different model, though this wasn't pointed out and we were left to decipher it for ourselves. Luckily, it was pretty easy to tell which parts didn't apply to our grill.
This grill’s setup process will have you wondering why you didn’t just buy it pre-built at the store.
Also, a piece of the metal siding arrived bent, but not to the detriment of the end product. It did require some serious muscle to push into place to line up the screw holes, though. And forget about using the tools that are included—you’ll need a drill to secure the exceptionally difficult screws and a better screwdriver than the small contraption they include.
The biggest problem (though it didn't prevent us from using the grill) was the broken temperature gauge and nameplate. We had to contact the manufacturer to send us another one, which was a fairly easy process, and we had a replacement within a couple of weeks.
Design: Small but mighty
The Broil King Baron 320 is available in black or stainless steel and liquid propane or natural gas. We chose stainless steel along with the liquid propane gas option. The stainless steel tends to show fingerprints, so if you want to minimize this, go for the grill with black accents.
As far as grills go, this one is on the smaller side, so don’t expect to turn out burgers quickly if you’re having a big cookout. With that said, it’s not exactly tiny either. Though the grill itself doesn’t take up much square footage, there’s room for quite a bit of cooking. The manufacturer says the grill fits about 15 burgers, but we estimate it has space for about 24 burgers at once (but with too much crowding, you’ll have a hard time flipping them). If steaks are more your thing, we think you could easily fit about six steaks on at once. To put that into numbers, you have 330 square inches of primary cooking space to work with, plus a 110-inch warming rack.
Though this grill is on the smaller side, it still provides a lot of features you’d find in a larger grill.
The racks that come with the grill are cast iron and reversible—one side gives great sear marks, and the other helps hold in liquid. Cast iron is prone to rust so they will require some care, but it’s also better at retaining heat than stainless steel and can last for decades if maintained properly.
We liked using the two side shelves, which can fold down when not in use, for plates and seasonings. The hooks on the edges of both shelves are perfect for hooking utensils or oven mitts onto.
Features: A few helpful additions
Though this grill is on the smaller side, it still provides a lot of features you’d find in a larger grill. One particular feature we love is the porcelain-coated warming rack, which gives you space to keep food when it’s finished cooking. We used it for the burger buns, where we got a nice toast and warmed bread. Another feature that makes cleanup easier is the grease catcher underneath the grill, which slides out of the right side.
Contributing to the clean design is the closed cabinet that tucks away the propane tank and offers space to store accessories out of sight. Should you need to move the grill, the caster wheels glide swiftly and have brakes and Level Q stabilizers that keep it secure on uneven ground.
Oh, and that seemingly irrelevant chain that you screw to the side of the grill? That's a matchstick holder for manual lighting, should the lighter ever stop working.
Performance: Cooks up tasty meals
We picked up some beef and veggie burgers to throw on the Broil King Baron 320 for a weekend lunch. After testing that the newly installed propane tank wasn’t leaking (see safety and usage information here), we fired up the grill with the easy-to-use button ignitor. Since we weren’t grilling for a crowd, we only used two burners, turning them up to the “Pow-R-Zone” to preheat the grill.
The temperature gauge on the grill lid makes it easy to tell when it’s ready. The grill heated up quickly, and when it did we threw on the burgers. As they cooked, steam came out of the grill and flames flared as grease from the burgers dripped down. They cooked up quickly and evenly probably thanks to the Dual-Tube burners and the Flav-R-Wave cooking system, both of which are said to help evenly distribute heat. The latter is also supposed to protect the burners and vaporize drippings. The cast iron grates left tasty looking grill marks on all the burgers (even on the frozen veggie burger).
Our lunchtime burgers were delicious and took all of 20 minutes from start to finish.
Despite our constant lid opening to check the progress, the grill stayed hot. This is probably because the grill has 30,000-BTUs of heat, which is plenty for the size of this grill (it’s recommended that grills have about 80 to 100 BTUs per square inch of cooking space). Most importantly, our lunchtime burgers were delicious and took all of 20 minutes from start to finish.
Price: Worth the price
Price shop this grill before you purchase. Depending on where you buy it, we’ve seen the Broil King Baron 320 marked from around $380 all the way up to approximately $450. Overall, you can find a grill for less, but you’ll be missing out on the Broil King Baron 320’s special features and power.
Broil King Baron 320 vs. Char-Broil Classic 2-Burner Gas Grill
If you’re curious about what other great grills are out there, consider this Char-Broil Classic Series grill—especially if you’re on a budget. The Char-Boil two-burner grill is substantially cheaper than the Broil King Baron 320, at around just $100 to $130 dollars (compared to around $400). While you’ll sacrifice some features like a warming rack, power, and an extra burner, you’re saving hundreds of dollars. But for the price, we believe the Broil King is very much worth it.
Need some help finding what you’re looking for? Check out our list of the best grills under $500.
- Product Name Baron 320
- Product Brand Broil King
- MPN 921154 LP / 921157 NG
- Price $469.00
- Weight 130.5 lbs.
- Color Black, stainless steel
- Gas Type Liquid propane, Natural gas
- Warranty Limited lifetime (cookbox/firebox), 10 years (burners), 2 years (remaining parts and paint)
- Material Stainless steel