When you’re grill shopping for a small space, you’re really shopping for a grill that packs a punch.
Two burner grills are compact and have a small surface area, which makes them a solid choice for grillers with small outdoor spaces. But if you’re anything like me, you’re thinking: “Is this thing going to have the power to really grill the way I want it to?”
There are so many models, brands, stats., that this question can seem almost impossible to answer. That’s how I felt.
So I did the research, a lot of it in fact, and created this guide to filter out the best models – the 2 burner grills that perform as well as the 6 burner models, just with less surface area.
The benefit of a two burner grill is that if you live in the city like I did when I bought my first grill, they are the perfect fit for a small patio or balcony.
All the models I review here also offer the key must-haves for ANY grill, big or small: quick, even heating, easy storage, good fuel consumption, long-term reliability and most importantly, they are affordable.
My favorite is the Weber Spirit S-210. This is the first grill I owned and used on my small patio when I was living in the city. It was and still is, a champion. I could sear a pair of steaks, grill a juicy burger, or cook-up a spicy rack of ribs, no problem. It is also great on fuel. I hardly ever changed my propane canister, which is great if you’re looking for a more low maintenance grilling experience.
The other grills on this list are also solid competitors and will make for a satisfying outdoor barbecuing experience.
Weber is simply a boss. From top to bottom, inside-out, the Weber Spirit S210 gas grill is well-made, solid grilling ingenuity.
Everything about the Spirit is so straight-forward, setup is ridiculously simple and the grill features are crazy easy to use. Thats what you should begin to expect from a Weber: a quality product.
It is so easy to setup, Weber didn’t even bother to add description to the manual. They say, “A picture is worth a 1000 words.” Trust me, its true. Set-up literally takes about 5 minutes.
This bad boy has 2 powerful burners that are positioned in such a way that they circulate heat evenly within the grill, heating its porcelain enamel cast iron cooking grates consistetly. Maybe 26,500 BTU per hour input doesn’t make it the fire breathing dragon that some big ego grill maniacs might want, but brewing up heat from 0 to 500+ degrees in 10 minutes or less is something to grab a beer over.
The Spirit is fast and produces masterpiece steaks with perfect sears every time. Mine would cook steaks so well that my wife stopped bothering to make steak sauces because they were that good on their own, fresh off the grate.
The burners are each supported by stainless steel, top quality tubes mounted to them. These tubes aren’t your typical burner tubes. They won’t rust quickly, or damage easy and leak gas. They are in fact, specifically designed to be durable and they actively limit the effects of rust agents.
Even with just two burners the Weber really feels like a little portable kitchen. It boasts 450 square inches of cook space, enough to hold 20+ pounds of meat and still cook other stuff at the same time- grilled zucchini anyone? On top of that, it comes with reasonably-sized side tables on both sides (more room to layout food), that fold down for easy storage. Both tables are equipped with 3 sturdy hooks to hang your tools (pans, spatulas, knives, etc.). Not to mention, the lower part has a good amount of storage space locked away behind more stainless steel.
This grill was designed to be able to squeeze into small spaces for easy storage. It also looks good while doing it. The top of the grill is housed by a stainless steel shroud that has a thermometer positioned in the center for a clear view of the inside temperature.
The only thing you will have to worry about when using this grill is, how many friends and neighbors are going to be beating on your door when you’re grilling in the evening and they can smell the steaks cooking. It’s happened to me, seriously.
The best part? It costs less than $500. Which means it does everything the larger, high-priced grills do, but it is smaller, sleeker, indisputably durable and very reliable – which is why we considered this to be one of the best 2 burner gas grills available.
Second on the list hails from the mighty Dyna-Glo family of grills. With the Dyna-Glo grill, the first thing that will probably catch your attention is it’s insanely affordable price tag. Yep, turns out you can get a solid grill for less than $300. I was a skeptic at first too. But a solid cooking experience, great features and reliability make it not only affordable, but really easy and fun to use.
The 2 burner Dyna-Glo is a space saver.
It covers just about 350 square inches, with a total cooking space of about 547 square inches. It’s an easy fit in any yard, patio, shed or garage. It is also easy to setup with great instructions and hassle-free part fits. It isn’t as quick and snappy as the Weber, but realistically you only need about 20 to 30 minutes to get it up and running.
Unlike the Weber I mentioned before, it is not laced with stainless steel coating on almost every part. But it does dish out 30,000 BTUs, which is a surprising amount of power for the space. It also comes with an easy electronic ignition button for quick start up.
The Dyna-Glo offers 2 enameled cast-iron cooking grates and uses liquid propane for a very fast heat up. It also has a nice little lower compartment for your LP gas tank and a few other essentials. And while clean up isn’t as simple as on the Weber, it isn’t a beast to maintain and is known for its long-term durability with basic maintenance.
The under $300 price tag is the major attraction when it comes to the Dyna-Glo. While it may not pack as many of the higher end features as the Weber, it cooks like a champ while still being easy on the wallet.
The Char Broil is one of those grills that you know is going to get the job done right. Sort of like a favorite steak sauce. Reliable, tasty and your perfect go-to.
This is the smallest grill on my 2 burner list, but it is just as hot-headed as the other two I recommend.
It offers the same bells and whistles, like the push button ignitionm but it also has a stylish, cool look. When it comes to power, like the Dyna-Glo, it spits out about 24,000 BTUs from its two burners, which translates into hot, even surfaces and a quick heat time.
You won’t see as much extra space as the previous grills we talked about, but this little guy offers 300 square inches for core cooking and 120 square inches secondary space for plates, cooking tools and food storage.
The grates are also porcelain-coated, which means food won’t stick easily, translating to easy cleaning for you. The lid over the core of the grill is also porcelain-coated steel, which allows the grill to weather well outdoors and handle any kind of gnarly grilling you throw at it without significant wear and tear impacting its long-term durability.
The side shelves are made of metal and like the Weber, foldable for compact storage.
The Char-Broil is the top choice for the smallest of spaces with a lot to offer. The price tag comes in at just under $200, definitely a solid buy that won’t kill your summer budget.
At the end of the day, all three of these grills will do your steaks, burgers, dogs, and ribs justice if you are looking for something to entertain the family with. They are compact, but pack the punch of the larger grills without the space consumption or the larger price.
I am a grill freak! It's hard to pick my favorite thing to grill, but if I had to choose... it is still a tie between pork ribs and a juicy beef burger. I am currently grilling on a Weber S210(I live in a small space) but my dream grill is definitely a summit. Those things are bad ass. Anyways I would love to hear from you, leave a comment or question below!