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What are Simmer Burners?

Simmer burners are small gas stove burners with a lower heat output than regular gas stove burners. They also give you more fine control over lower temperatures than standard burners. The latest models heat to 6,500 BTU (British thermal units) or less while standard burners can usually produce between 7,500 and 9,500 BTU. Not every dish can be cooked quickly over high heat because many foods require slow cooking over a low flame for long periods of time. Simmer burners on a gas cooktop make it easier to cook these foods by minimizing the risk of burning and scorching.

Uses of Simmer Burners

  • Reducing sauces and gravies
  • Slow-braising tough cuts of meat
  • Poaching eggs
  • Melting chocolate and cheese without the need for another pot
  • Warming butter
  • Keeping sauces warm