If you’re looking for the best small gas grill available, you’ve come to the right place. Small gas grills provide the amazing features of a propane grill with the convenience of a small grill.
It’s a reality in today’s world that living spaces are getting smaller and smaller. According to the United States Census, 20% of Americans live in apartment communities (1).
For those who like to barbecue but don’t have a large back yard or spacious patio available, a small gas grill is a great option.
The 21 Best Small Gas Grills Available in 2020
Here is our list of the best small gas grills available in 2020. We start with the best overall choices, then go into the best small grill options for different needs.
The Weber Spirit II E-210 is the epitome of a small gas barbecue grill with all the features of a larger model. It comes with a whopping 450 square inches of cooking space, burns at a nice, hot 26,500 BTU’s, has reversible porcelain-enameled cast iron cooking grates (to switch between large or small grill grate widths), and includes the Weber GS4 Grilling System.
One of my favorite features is the folding side tables, which helps it fit into a compact space when not in use. It even comes with a set of side hooks to hold your cooking utensils in a convenient, reachable place.
All in all, this is just a fantastic little unit that can fit in a smaller space while providing you all the features you need in a gas grill.
- Your purchase includes One Weber Spirit II E-210 2-Burner Liquid Propane Grill in Black color
- Grill dimensions: Lid Open - 57"H x 48"W x 26"D. Lid Closed - 44.5"H x 48"W x 27"D. Each cooking grate is 10.16” x 17.5",...
- Propane gas grill works with Standard 20 lb LP tank.
The Weber Q1000 is an excellent small portable gas grill option that’s perfect for small patios or balconies. It comes with a fairly powerful burner and includes push-button ignition for easy starts.
It’s built with cast aluminum and reinforced nylon, making it pretty durable and able to withstand a beating. This is good if it’s going to be transported around to outdoor spaces like picnics and beaches.
It runs off of the small portable propane bottles, but you can connect it to a 20 gallon propane tank using an optional LP adapter hose.
This is one of the best portable gas grills on the market. Weber is known for building products that can stand the test of time, and the Q1000 is another example of quality craftsmanship.
- One stainless steel burner produces 8500 BTU-per-hour to heat 189 square-inch total cooking area
- Porcelain-enameled cast-iron cooking grates and cast aluminum lid and body
- Fully assembled out of box. Dimensions - lid closed (inches): 14.5H x 27W x 16.5D inches
I love the rugged and portable design of the Grill2Go. It’s lightweight, built like a military grade ammo box, and includes a super-convenient carrying handle on the front.
It’s purpose-built for tailgating, camping, and barbecuing on the go.
The Grill2Go offers a cast-aluminum firebox, high impact frame, 200 square inches of primary cooking space, and a stainless steel temperature gauge mounted on the hood. It even includes the TRU-infrared cooking system which is designed to eliminate flare ups.
The Char-Broil Performance 300 has a lot going for it. It has 300 square inches of cooking space, a storage cabinet, and two burners. It has the capacity to cook about 16 burners on its cast-iron grills.
It has two metal side shelves for plenty of extra prep space, and the storage cabinet below the unit has four caster wheels that makes this compact grill easy to move this grill around in small spaces.
The Performance 300 has a lid-mounted temperature gauge for consistent temperature control, and even includes a convenient electronic push button ignition system for quick startup.
- 2-burner, 24,000-BTU Cabinet Gas Grill
- 300 square inches of primary cooking on porcelain-coated cast iron grates, plus 100 square inch swing-away rack with...
- Stainless steel lid and UFC provide stylish durability, and features a lid-mounted temperature gauge for added heat...
The Char-Broil Classic 280 2-Burner Grill is indeed a classic and the best patio grill I’ve found. When I first moved into an apartment a few years ago, a friend brought one of these over as a welcome gift, and it still works like a CHAMP.
It’s a small, no-frills gas barbecue that does exactly what it’s supposed to do without any bells or whistles. But just because it doesn’t have many extra features doesn’t mean it doesn’t do a great job.
It has 2 burners producing 20,000 BTUs of heat, 280 square inches of cooking area, and two side tables. It’s not fancy, but it’s cheap and a great apartment patio grill that I highly recommend.
- 280 square inches of cooking space over porcelain-coated grates
- Two stainless steel in-line burners for cooking performance;Assembly Required
- Porcelain-coated steel lid and firebox stand up to weather and the elements
The Weber Spirit E-210 is one of the best compact gas grills available on the market. It’s practically purpose-built for small patios and apartment balconies.
It features 26,000 BTUs of heating power (a lot for a small gas grill), porcelain-enameled cast iron grates, fold down tables for plenty of prep space, and a warming rack with hooks to hang your cooking utensils.
This grill is very lightweight and portable, built with aluminum and steel for extra durability in an outdoor setting.
It’s also easy to move around on its two caster wheels and two larger wheels.
The E-210 makes a great starter grill for the beginning barbecue enthusiast or the person who often cooks for 1-2 people that’s not ready to invest in a more expensive model. Even though it’s inexpensive, it has the same durability that made Weber one of the best brands in the grilling business.
- Your purchase includes One Weber Spirit E-210 Liquid Propane Gas Grill. Cover is not included | Assembly required
- Grill dimensions: Lid Open – 63" H x 50" W x 32" D | Lid Closed – 45.5" H x 50" W x 24" D | Primary cooking area – 360...
- Heavy-duty caster wheels for easily moving your grill on grass or a patio
The Char-Broil Performance Stainless Steel 4-Burner Gas Grill is one of the largest models reviewed, but at around $300 and free shipping (at the time of publication, subject to change), you’re getting a lot of barbecue for the buck.
It features 4 gas burners putting out a whopping 32,000 BTUs of heat across a 425 square inch cooking surface. It has porcelain-coated cast iron grates, which are rust-resistant, help prevent food from sticking and are easy to clean.
It also includes a 10,000 BTU side burner that has a cover which folds down flush when not in use.
The coolest thing about this grill is the aesthetics – it’s stainless steel all over and looks like a retro spaceship.
If I didn’t already have a great grill, this is the one I’d probably buy next.
- Power Source: Propane/ liquid petroleum gas. The propane tank is not included.
- Exclusive Stainless Steel finish for increased style and durability
- Reliable electric ignition to fire up your grill and 10, 000 BTU side burner
The Char-Griller is a great little grill that comes in at a very reasonable price, around $250.
It’s got 3 powerful burners that produce about 40,000 BTUs of heat across a respectable 438 square inches of primary cooking space. It also includes a warming rack for an additional 200 square inches of space.
Porcelain coated grates make cleanup easy on this model, and the 12,000 BTU side burner provides additional space for cooking prep.
Throw in the easy-to-use electronic ignition system, and this little unit is an overall great deal tha I recommend for beginner barbecuers.
- 40,800 BTU gas grill with 438 square inches of main grilling area
- 192 square inch warming rack, 12,000 BTU side burner
- Durable steel construction; side shelf for handy workspace
When it comes to camping, size is definitely an issue. After packing up tents, sleeping bags, clothes, toys, firewood, food, and everything else under the sun, you don’t need a huge barbecue taking up a bunch of space.
That’s where the Weber Go-Anywhere Gas Grill comes in handy. It’s a little model, weighing only 13 ½ pounds and only 21 inches wide, and it’s the best small propane grill for use in the great outdoors.
It uses small propane bottles, or you can buy an adapter to connect it to a 20 pound tank if needed.
It has 160 square inches of cooking space and has one burner that burns at 6,500 BTUs of heat. It’s not exactly a steakhouse grill, but it gets the portable grilling job done while taking up minimum space.
- Power Source Type: Charcoal
The Cuisinart Petit Gourmet grill is a cool little compact barbecue that folds up like a suitcase that you can take with you practically anywhere. It comes with extendable legs that allow you to set it up on its own or fold them in to easily set it up on a table or other surface.
It’s got a single burner that produces about 5,500 BTUs of heat across 160 square inches of cooking space, which is enough cooking room for about four to six people at a time.
It has a twist-to-start ignition system that makes it really easy to turn on or off. It also has a built in temperature gauge that makes it easy to control the cooking temperatures.
At 17 pounds of weight, this compact gas grill is easily one of the most portable small gas grills on the market and should be considered for anyone who likes to camp, tailgate, or picnic.
- 160-SQUARE-INCH PORCELAIN ENAMELED COOKING GRATE: 160-square-inches of porcelain enameled grates give you a spacious cooking...
- 5, 500 BTU BURNER: Features a 5, 500 BTU burner, a twist to start electric ignition and precision temperature gauge to give...
- COMPACT ENOUGH TO TAKE ANYWHERE: The grill measures 19 x 11. 5 x 10 inches and with stand. The grill weighs only 17 lbs. ,...
Having a side burner is a nice option for a gas grill. It allows you to prepare sauces and sides right there at the barbecue without having to run back and forth to your kitchen.
The Char-Broil Classic 360 3-Burner Liquid Propane Gas Grill with Side Burner is a nice model that includes a side burner. It’s built on the same framework as the Char-Broil Classic 280 2-Burner Grill, which is the best small BBQ grill model I’ve used for years and I highly recommend it.
This model features 3 burners which produce a whopping 30,000 BTUs of heat, and includes a 170 square inch porcelain-coated swing-a-way rack for warming.
- 360 square inches of cooking space over porcelain-coated grates
- 170 square inch porcelain-coated swing-a-way rack for warming
- 8,000 btu side burner provides a secondary cooking space for sides or sauces
Coming in at only 10 pounds, the Cuisinart CGG-059 Grillster is one of the smallest gas grills available on this list. But don’t let its small size fool you – this is a powerful, durable, and easy to use gas grill that will give you years of enjoyment.
It has a large carrying handle and foldable legs, making it super easy to transport around. Its small profile also makes it easy to tuck away in a cabinet or storage shelf when not in use.
It has easy-to-use push button ignition, allowing you to start it easily and be cooking in about 10 minutes flat.
The lid folds back, allowing you easy access to your cooking area.
If you’re looking for an inexpensive lightweight grill that you can take with you practically anywhere, the Cuisinart CGG-059 Grillster is an excellent choice.
- 146-SQUARE-INCH ENAMELED STEEL COOKING GRATE: 146-square-inches of enameled steel grates give you a spacious cooking surface...
- 8, 000 BTU: burner works with 1 lb. Propane tank: features an 8, 000 BTU burner, a push to Ignite start button, and is...
- COMPACT DESIGN: The grill measures 19 x 11. 5 x 10 inches and weighs only 10 lbs. , making it easy for transport and ideal...
The Kamado Joe Kj13rh Joe Jr Charcoal Grill is a charcoal grill that I thought needed to be included for consideration in this list thanks to its unique qualities. It really stands out on this list thanks to its egg-shaped design and bright, bold colors.
But it’s not just the looks that make this grill stand out, it also has a lot of very cool features for a small grill in this price category.
The fiberglass case-wire mesh exterior is extremely durable, and the airtight lid provides even cooking temperatures no matter what kind of environment you’re cooking in. It also includes a cast-iron stand to keep it firmly in place on any surface you put it on.
It also has the ability to cook several different types of food simultaneously thanks to special heat deflectors. You can do both direct and indirect cooking styles simultaneously with this model.
It comes fully assembled, and is fairly easy to transport anywhere, although at 68 pounds you might need a friend to help you carry it.
- Premium 13.5" Ceramic Grill with Cast Iron Stand
- Thick-walled, heat-resistant shell that locks in smoke and moisture at any temperature
- Cast-iron air vent for temperature control
The Char-Broil Performance TRU-Infrared 3-Burner Cart Style Gas Grill is a little bit larger than the previous two gas grills, but it features something really cool – infrared technology.
Infrared grills provide a more intense, evenly distributed high heat signature that warms up quickly and sears food faster than ordinary gas grills. It’s the grill of choice for most steakhouses and professional chefs.
This model provides 24,000 BTUs of heat on a 450 inch cooking area. It also includes a side burner for heating up sauces or side items.
My favorite feature about this grill is its stainless steel design. It reminds me of the classical elegance of an Airstream travel trailer and will be a visually impressive addition to your patio or balcony.
- Exclusive stainless steel finish for increased style and durability
- TRU-Infrared cooking technology prevents flare-ups, delivers even-heat and cooks juicier food
- 450-square-inches of primary cooking space is great for most cookouts
If the space you have to cook is really limited, the Masterbuilt Smoke Hollow Tabletop Propane Grill is an excellent choice.
It packs a lot into its tiny design, like 205 square inches of cooking space, 10,000 BTUs of heat, foldable stainless steel legs, and a stainless steel drip tray.
The coolest feature about this tabletop grill is its stainless steel design, which gives it a classic retro look.
All in all, this is a great little tabletop gas grill that’s a good value for the money.
- 288 sq. inches of total cooking surface
- 10,000 BTU stainless steel "U" shaped burner for maximum heat distribution
- Folding legs and locking lid make moving grill easy
The Giantex Tabletop Gas Grill is a great choice for anyone looking for a small gas grill for tailgating, picnicking, or camping. It weighs a mere 26 pounds, and is built with durable stainless steel that’s easy to clean and maintain.
It has a locking lid with foldable legs that make it very sturdy on any flat surface.
The two independently-controlled burners provide a combined 20,000 BTUs of heat, allowing for both direct or indirect cooking methods simultaneously.
It has a built-in thermometer and a grease collector which tucks away in the bottom section providing the features you need without taking up extra space.
- 【Giantex Tabletop Grill】: Giantex 2-Burner stainless steel tabletop grill is built for the BBQ-grillers, Construct of 430...
- 【Easy To Operate】: Two push-and-turn ignition burners for quick and easy start-ups. It offers 20,000 total BTUs and...
- 【Foldable Design】: Foldable legs and lockable lid for portable transport and storage. Also make it more easily...
If you live in an apartment complex or somewhere that doesn’t allow you to have a gas barbecue, then an electric barbecue may be the perfect choice for you.
The Char-Broil Patio Bistro TRU-Infrared Electric Grill is a great small grill that looks (and performs) like a real gas barbecue, but runs on electricity so you don’t run afoul of your apartment lease. It’s the top-of-the-line electric barbecue from Char Broil, who has one of the best reputations for quality in the barbecue industry.
It includes a hinged lid, built-in thermometer, and top rack for indirect cooking or warming. It even includes a pull out grease tray for easy cleanup.
The porcelain-coated, cast iron grate provides 240 square inches of cooking area (not including the upper rack) which is enough room for about a dozen burgers.
It’s powered by a single infrared heating element that gets to cooking temperature fairly rapidly and evenly.
The Char-Broil Patio Bistro TRU-Infrared Electric Grill is one of the best choices in the electric grill category, and perfect for anyone who loves to grill but can’t have a gas or charcoal-fired barbecue.
- High-quality electric grilling for convenience without the hassle of gas or charcoal
- Tru-infrared cooking technology prevents flare-ups, delivers even heat and cooks juicier food
- Integrated control knob to adjust temperatures easily
If you’re looking for a really unique small gas grill that provides amazing performance, then look no further than the Fuego Element F24C Carbon Steel Gas Grill.
It was created by a former designer at Apple (the iPad people), and is revolutionary with its circular design.
One of the best features of this grill is that it heats up REALLY fast, all the way up to 500-700 degrees in just 5 minutes!
It has a dual zone heating system with two circular burner rings, which allow you to cook at different temperatures simultaneously. The inner ring is where it gets very hot, while the outer ring provides lower temperatures.
The innovative design makes excellent use of its relatively small cooking space with no hotspots or uneven zones.
The Fuego Element F24C Carbon Steel Gas Grill makes the perfect gift for the tech-minded person who loves to barbecue.
- New (May of 2020) Porcelain Enamel Lid to eliminate any paint peeling or bubbling
- 525 sq. In. Of grilling surface (415 sq. In. Main/ 110 sq. In. Warming) with the ability to grill 20 quarter-pound (4 1/2"...
- Compact 24" x 24" (lid closed) footprint perfect for Small patio/balcony is assembled in less than 30 mines with the use of...
If you like to grill in “exotic” locations, like parks, beaches, sporting events or concert parking lots, the Coleman Roadtrip LX Propane Grill is THE small gas grill to own.
Not only is it small and “fairly” portable (it weighs 50 pounds so you might need a helper), it packs a TON of cool features that rivals a full scale gas grill model.
First off, it burns a respectable 20,000 BTUs of heat (a lot for a small model), with two independent burners which you can adjust individually. Next, it has a really generous cooking area at 285 square inches. That’s plenty of space to cover everyone at a tailgate party.
Combine all this with the included side table and tool hooks and you’ve got yourself one of the best small outdoor gas grill models available.
- Portable propane grill ideal for tailgating, picnicking, and camping
- Delivers 20,000 btus of heat with 2 independently adjustable burners
- Swaptop interchangeable cooktops allow you to switch out grill grates for griddles or stove grates (sold separately)
The Napoleon Portable Grill is one of our favorite propane grills for camping, tailgating, and picnicking thanks to its amazing portability. It’s a free-standing small gas grill with foldable legs that allows you to roll it around like luggage.
Its two burners provide about 12,000 BTUs of heat across 285 square inches of cooking space. It has a wind-resistant design that keeps the burners lit even in the nastiest of conditions.
It comes with a temperature gauge built right into the lid that displays consistently accurate readings.
It has “porcelain zed cast iron wave cooking grids” for even and consistent cooking temperatures.
Finally, it has side shelves for an extra preparation area making this a pretty well-rounded small gas grill.
- 2 burner portable grill with up to 12,000 BTUs
- Total cooking area: 285 sq. In
- Dual stainless steel burners for direct and indirect grilling
The last small gas grill on our list is a flat top model that makes outdoor cooking convenient and fun.
The Royal Gourmet 22-Inch Small Tabletop Gas Grill is perfect for someone who likes to camp while having the ability to cook practically any type of food like pancakes, hamburgers, or fajitas.
It has two burners that provide about 17,000 BTUs of heat on a non-stick, porcelain-coated flat cooking area.
It comes with a grease cup that catches any unused cooking oil or grease, and makes it really easy to clean up.
- 2 separately controlled burners with 8,500 BTU each, up to 17,000 BTU cooking power
- 17.6”L x 13.5”W, totally 238 square inches porcelain enamel coated griddle area
- Durable stainless steel control panel with piezo ignition system
Advantages of a Small Gas Grill
The main advantage of a small gas grill is pretty obvious, its small size. They can be placed in a smaller, confined area where a traditional larger gas grill would be too big.
Another advantage is their portability. Small gas grills are often small enough that they’re easy to carry and can be brought along on family outings like camping, to the park, or to a beach.
A third advantage is their price. Expect to pay a lot less for a small gas grill compared to their traditional larger counterparts. This makes them a good choice for students or someone on a budget.
A final benefit of a small gas grill is that they consume less fuel than a traditional gas grill. Thanks to their smaller cooking surface, you can expect that you’ll be using a lot less gas to cook your food than a big grill.
Gas Vs Electric Small Grill, Which is Better?
If you live in a home which doesn’t allow for a barbecue that uses live fire, an electric grill may be a good alternative.
Electric grills use electricity to heat elements that cook the meat. They can be used both outdoors and indoors, and can sometimes be small enough to fit on a kitchen countertop.
The main downside of an electric grill is the taste difference compared to a gas grill or charcoal grill. Since you don’t get the smokey flavor that you would with meat cooked on an open flame, you might notice a difference. But if you want to barbecue and have no other allowable alternatives, an electric grill can be a fine choice.
What to Look For in a Small Gas Grill
Before you purchase a small grill, you’ll need to consider a few important points.
1. How much space will you have?
Patios and balconies come in many different sizes, as do gas grills. It’s important to take measurements of the space you’ll have to set up your grill, and read the specs on the grill you’re considering buying first to make sure it will fit. Don’t forget to include the propane tank in that calculation.
2. What type of fuel can you use?
If you live in a place that doesn’t allow you to use a liquid propane gas grill, then you’ll need to consider an electric grill.
3. How portable do you want it to be?
If you’re only planning on using the grill on your deck or patio and don’t plan on taking it anywhere, a larger sized one will work well. But if you think you might want to take it to an outing, you’ll need a smaller unit.
4. How many people will you be cooking for?
If you’ll be cooking for you and maybe one other person, a smaller sized gas grill will work fine. But if you have a larger family or plan to have guests over for a barbecue, you’ll need to consider a grill with the most primary cooking space available.
Be Sure to Check The Rules
Many cities and counties have laws that limit what types of barbecues are allowed on balconies or near a structure. Additionally, many landlords have rules in their rental contracts or leases that might prohibit using a barbecue. If there is an accident and you have a balcony fire where you weren’t supposed to be grilling, the damages may not be covered by your rental insurance.
So before you purchase a barbecue for your patio or balcony, it’s always best to check with the local laws and even speak to your landlord or property manager to confirm it’s OK to grill on your property.
The most important thing is that you are barbecuing safely. Home fires can start easily and spread quickly, so you have to be very careful when grilling. According to the National Fire Protection Association, over 10,000 home fires are started by grills every year (2).
This guide from the Fairfax County Government provides several helpful tips on grilling safety.
While all of these grills are great for their own unique reasons, the overall winner in my opinion is the Weber Spirit II E-210.
It meets all of the important criteria for the best small gas BBQ grill I need:
- Plenty of heat (26,500 BTUs)
- A TON of cooking space (450 cubic inches)
- It’s compact with folding side tables
- Comes with reversible cooking grates (a super-cool feature)
I hope you enjoyed this article and found it useful. If you have any questions or feedback for me, please drop me a line.
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