If you have ever lived in an apartment or in the city you know that outdoor space comes at a premium. Often times a balcony, small deck, or patio is all you have for space therefore finding a footprint for a small outdoor grill can be tough.
That’s why we have curated a list of five small gas grills that will fit in the tightest of spaces, hold up to the elements, and most of all bring out the best in all of your grilled goodies.
Element EG02AMG 21-Inch Dual-Zone Gas Grill
First on our list of small outdoor grills is the Element EG02AMG 21-Inch Dual-Zone Gas Grill from Fuego. This is ideal for small spaces and has set the bar for design in my opinion. The grill’s 21-inch, 15-pound, porcelain-enameled cast iron grate heats quickly and evenly maximizing the bbq’s space as the cooking surface extends to the absolute edge of the grill giving you more surface area in a smaller footprint.
The second thing I absolutely love about this grill is that it’s surface is porcelain cast iron. Cast iron provides the best heat retention of any grill surface and will sear to perfection when the right temperature is achieved.
Some of the best steak houses in the world use cast iron skillets to achieve the ideal sear. The temperature of the Element EG02AMG will heat up to 500 degrees in about five minutes and has a maximum temperature of 700 degrees which is ideal for searing steaks.
Read what Men’s Journal had to say:
“Grills built for small spaces usually just don’t get hot enough. This model bucks the trend and looks cool doing it. It’s less than two feet wide, but it pumps out a more- than-adequate 21,000 Btu, with high temps of 650 degrees. Plus, the 346-square-inch cooking surface has two heat zones – one for indirect cooking and one for searing.”
A few other items of note are the Elements 4 castors which allow you to easily move the grill around your deck or patio and its hinged door lets you store the propane tank with absolutely zero wasted space. The current price on Amazon at the time of this article is $670. Check prices.
Napoleon T410SBPK Triumph Propane Grill
Next on our list is the Napoleon T410SBPK Triumph Propane Grill with 3 Burners. It has a little bit more cooking surface to work with than the Element at 550 inches and it also has a side burner for boiling water and cooking side dishes.
It’s a bit bulkier than the Element but achieves a small footprint. Its side shelves fold down and its rolling casters allow you to stow it away when your not using it. It also boasts cast iron cooking grates allowing for good heat retention and sear.
The Napoleon T410SBPK Triumph heats up quickly and achieves a max temperature of 700 degrees. Its dual hinged doors allow for propane storage as well. The Amazon customer review rating is 4 out of 5 stars and the latest price on Amazon is $598.
DGP350SNP-D LP Gas Grill
The third grill on our list is the DGP350SNP-D LP Gas Grill from Dyna Glo. It has less cooking surface then the Napoleon at 447 inches with one less burner making it a bit more compact. It too has collapsible sides with two locking casters allowing it to be moved around and stored away. The Dyna Glo has a little better Amazon customer review rating at 4.5 out 5 stars. The latest price on Amazon is $267.
Weber 46110001 Spirit E210
Next on our list is the Weber 46110001 Spirit E210. Weber has long been a respected name in grilling and its two burner Spirit offering continues that tradition. It has the small footprint required but still offers the Weber quality.
The cooking surface is 360 inches with an additional 90-inch warming area. Unique to this grill is its Flavorizer system. The Flavorizer bars catch your meat’s drippings and zap them creating smoke which enhances the food’s flavor. It gets a 4.5-star review and is priced at $399 on Amazon.
Char-Broil TRU Infrared Urban Gas Grill
The last small outdoor grill in our series is the Char-Broil TRU Infrared Urban Gas Grill. With 340 square inches of cooking space and 125 square-inch raised secondary cooking area for slow cooking and warming items. It compares to the other grills we have looked at with a similar footprint. One downside to this grill is that the cooking surface is stainless steel as opposed to cast iron.
The TRU infrared cooking system differentiates this grill. The system is designed to use radiant heat as opposed to traditional convective heat which helps keep meats from drying out during the cooking process. It gets a rating of 4.5 stars and is moderately priced at $247 on Amazon.
Do you know of other good grills for small spaces? Leave a comment and let us know.