The 10 Best 2 Burner Gas Grills | Ultimate 2020 Guide

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.

Final Sear

The Final Sear: The Weber Spirit II E-210 takes the win in this category for the quick heat time, even heat distribution and overall reliability. You also get a fairly roomy experience for a 2 burner grill with 450 sq inches of cook space to pile on the meat.

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.

My favorite is the Weber Spirit II E-210. The older model 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.

The 10 Best 2 Burner Gas Grills of 2020

  • Char-Broil Performance 300 2-Burner Cabinet Gas Grill
    Product Name
  • 4.6Rating
  • 24,000BTU/hr
  • 300 sq. inCooking Area
  • 24.5 x 42.9 x 44 inDimensions
  • $$Price
  • Weber Spirit II E-210 Black LP Outdoor Gas Grill
    Product Name
  • 4.4Rating
  • 26,500BTU/hr
  • 450Cooking Area
  • 48 x 26 x 57 inDimensions
  • $$$Price
  • Char-Broil Classic 280 2-Burner Liquid Propane Gas Grill
    Product Name
  • 4.0Rating
  • 20,000BTU/hr
  • 280 sq. inCooking Area
  • 24.1 x 45.6 x 41.9 inDimensions
  • $$Price

1. Weber Spirit II E-210 Black LP Outdoor Gas Grill

The original Spirit is the first grill I ever purchased and I was blown away by the hallmark Weber cooking experience delivered in a smaller, 2-burner package. The Spirit II is a newer, upgraded version of the original that delivers an even higher-level experience.

With the E210, Weber took the top, core features of their larger grills and engineered them to fit in a neat, compact version that still packs a power punch. The Spirit delivers 26,500 BTUs with 450 sq inches of cooking space and 90 inches of warming rack. This grill provides solid, even heat to every inch.

Weber added in their new Gs4 grilling system, with two burners, each supported by stainless steel, top quality tubes. 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 portable outdoor kitchen. It comes with reasonably sized drop down 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.). It functions just like the bigger grills but with a slimmer profile and lower price tag.

You can also expect to enjoy Weber’s exclusive Flavorizer bar system, porcelain coated cooking grates (designed for quick cleaning), and the new infinity electronic ignition system.

What really signifies that this is a Weber grill is how evenly it cooks and how quickly. I’ve used the Spirit to cook just about any kind of meat you can think of: steaks, burgers, dogs, ribs, chicken breasts, chops, etc. It cooks all of them evenly (no random cold spots) and delivers a killer sear. Heat time is quick, usually 10 minutes, tops.

The E210 doesn’t come equipped with a side burner. While I occasionally like to use one, it’s not a deal breaker and is a pretty minor. If your main concern is space, then this shouldn’t be a major deterrent for you and for the 2 burner gas grill field, this is the best on the market.

The Spirit II has a solid 4.4 out of 5 star rating on Amazon with over 175 reviews.

2. Char-Broil Performance 300 2-Burner Cabinet Gas Grill

I was trying to come up with the right word to describe this compact offering from Char-Broil, when my buddy hit the nail on the head: Muscular.

That sums it up perfectly. The Char-Broil is a little powerhouse of a grill and a more budget-friendly option than the Weber Spirit if you’re sticking to a budget and want to make the most of your money.

The Performance delivers a 2-burner set up, like the Weber, but with slightly less power at 24,000 BTUs. Total cooking space is 300 square inches with the addition of a 100 square inch swing away warming rack for toasting buns or keeping a rack of hot dogs primed and ready for eating.

The cooking grates on this grill are also porcelain coated, like the Spirit II, which makes for easy clean up and even grilling. The Flavorizer bars are a Weber hallmark, so you won’t see those here, but you can expect an electronic ignition system for quick and easy start-ups.

The grease pan is also removable on the Performance 300 for easy cleaning and maintenance.

The lower storage cabinet is easily big enough for the propane tank (side-mounted on the Weber), along with any accessories, and the side tables fold down to reduce the footprint when not being used. The lockable casters – a must, especially for those with restricted space – mean it can be easily wheeled away after everyone’s been fed.

The reviews for the Performance on Amazon are pretty stellar, ranking 4.6 out of 5 stars with over 160 reviewers.

3. Char-Broil Classic 280 2-Burner Liquid Propane Gas Grill with Side Burner

Char-Broil is dominating the top of this list, claiming the number 3 spot as well as the second place distinction.

This company makes some of our favorite grills in the $200-$500 range, but if you’re searching for a compact, 2 burner option under $150, this is a great budget-friendly contender.

This grill differs from the 300 mainly in size and amount of cook area offered. You’ll find 2 burners heating 280 square inches of total cook space and delivering 20,000 BTUs of power. You’re sacrificing a little bit of roominess, but you’re definitely enjoying some cost savings, so if the group you’re cooking for is a smaller one, this grill is worth considering.

The 280 also includes porcelain-coated cooking grates for simplified clean up, and a push-button start ignition system.

I also love that the Classic can be purchased with or without the optional side burner for about a $50 difference. The extra burner delivers 8,000 BTUs and is great for sauces or side dishes. This is such a nice feature and it’s great to be able to add this on if you’re a little more serious about your grilling game.

Like the 300, this version of the Classic also offers 2 side shelves for cook prep. It is mounted on a cart, instead of a cabinet style base, so there is less storage for tools and gear.

It has a porcelain-coated lid instead of the stainless steel offered on the 300 and some of the other parts are plastic instead of metal.

Users rank this grill an excellent 4.0 out of 5 stars, with over 520 reviews.

4. Weber Genesis II LX E-240 Grill

The only reason this Weber didn’t steal one of our top 3 spots is for one simple reason: COST.

This grill is pricy for only offering a 2 burner set-up and isn’t realistically in most everyday grillman budgets. If cost isn’t a factor, this grill sweeps the category, but if you are looking for something friendlier to your wallet, the Spirit II is a better bet.

What do we like about the Genesis II? The better question is what don’t we like? This grill has all the features you expect from a big 5 burner, but in a great, slim 2 burner package.

The Genesis offers: the GS$ grilling system, which includes 2 stainless burners, stainless steel Flavorizer bars and a new grease management system to eliminate flare-ups. It also comes with 380 square inches of cooking space and a 114 square inch warming rack. Total cook power is 29,000 BTUs with an extra 12,000 on the side burner.

This is a premium 2 burner grill that delivers an insane experience, but with a hefty price tag.

5. Blackstone 28 inch Outdoor Flat Top Gas Grill Griddle Station

This is a great griddle option in the two burner category if you’re looking for a flat top style grill. Blackstone does griddles especially well and the roominess of this one makes it a prime pick for feeding large groups of people fast.

In terms of size, this grill offers 470 square inches of flat top cooking area with two independently controlled H-burners with 15,000 BTUs each. It also includes an easy push-button start ignition, 4 adjustable heat zones for max versatility whether you’re going bacon, eggs or quesadillas. It is also designed to accommodate some storage with a folding side shelf, lower cart with casters and side mounted towel rack.

If you are planning to host large parties, do a little catering or are just ready to move on from a grill style cooking experience, this flat top is a solid performer that is also really friendly to pretty much any budget, coming in under $200.

6. Huntington 30040HNT Liquid Propane Gas Grill

The compact 2 burner from Huntington is a great budget option grill for those just getting into at home grilling and wanting to test the waters before diving in with a Weber.

This isn’t a grill packed to the gills with bells and whistles. It’s a streamlined, no frills package, but what it does do, it does well and is designed with longevity in mind, so it is meant to last you reliably through many grill seasons. So what does that even mean?

Here’s a breakdown of the features Huntington offers in this model package: The total cooking area is 300 square inches with additional warming rack space, it offers two H-burners with two temperature control knobs and an electronic push-button ignition, the wire cooking grids are porcelain-coated steel and cooking components are also made of stainless steel, the outer casing is die-cast aluminum with a weather resistant card that includes a lower rack for the propane tank.

I do love the ample prep space offered by the two side shelves – they are permanently up so they don’t fold down to save space, keep this in mind if you don’t have a lot of backyard area to house it. This is a solid beginner grill with all the essentials and reliable reputation.

7. Coleman RoadTrip 285 Portable Stand-Up Propane Grill

When it comes to two burners, this list wouldn’t be complete without some portable options and this is one of my favorites. It’s the perfect portable partner for grilling on the move.

If camping, picnicking, tailgating and boating with friends and family is your thing, or if you just have a small outdoor patio space that can’t accommodate a full size set-up, this is a great go-to two burner for solid, reliable cooking.

Where the Coleman really shines is when it comes to portability and durability. Getting toted around to all your favorite events and on trips this little guy is going to take a hit or two, but that’s ok, it’s exactly what it was intended to withstand.The RoadTrip is designed to be collapsible to fit neatly in the trunk of most cards (well, maybe not if you have a smart car), and the stainless steel casing keeps it sturdy and ready to roll.
Overall cook size is a surprising 285 square inches, which is larger than you would expect from it’s slim profile. It is pumping 20,000 BTUs of power over 3 burners and includes porcelain coated cooking grates which get top marks for ease of clean up and maintenance.

New to the RoadTrip is the instastart ignition, no matches required, just instant heat at the push off a button. A removable grease tray makes clean up fast and mess-free, which is a serious bonus when you’re on the move and want to enjoy your day instead of spending it maintaining your grill.

Our favorite feature on this grill that make it a best value pick are the swappable griddle, grill and stovetop plates that can be used interchangeably to customize your cooking experience. This is super useful when you’re on a camping trip and want to cook up a stack of pancakes and sausage for breakfast, but need to be able to grill a pile of hot dogs for lunch or dinner. Pop up side tables also make prep convenient for any meal.

8. Cuisinart CGG-306 Chef’s Style Stainless Tabletop Grill

For indoor grilling, the Cuisinart is the top pick to sit on your countertop.

The size of a large panini press, this little powerhouse can give you the taste of an outdoor grill in the comfort of your very indoor kitchen. It offers 2 stainless burners boasting a pretty impressive 20,000 BTUs (significantly higher than the Petit Gourmet). Twist start ignition, foldaway legs and total temperature control round out the feature list.

This is a solid pick if you’re looking for the smallest of the small for your indoor grilling adventures.

9. Blackstone Grills Tailgater – Portable Gas Grill and Griddle Combo – Barbecue Box

The Blackstone Grills Tailgater is the perfect on-the-go grill for sporting events and camping trips or it can serve as a slimmer backyard staple for the less frequent griller.

The feature list on the Blackstone includes 2 burners, one stainless and one cast iron that are independently controlled. It also offers 35,000 BTUs of power (15,000 from the steel burner and 20,000 just from the cast iron). It boasts 512 total square inches of cooking area with a large multi-purpose grill and box on the left and a flat griddle on the opposite side for a really versatile set-up.

The cast iron grill box is heavy-duty and made to withstand some serious wear and tear.

This is a great option if you want to be able to cook away from home or if you want the flexibility to grill or cook with a variety of other tools, be it a frying pan, dutch over or cook pot.

10. Camp Chef Explorer Double Burner Stove

When it comes to two burners, this list wouldn’t be complete without some portable options and this is one of my favorites. It’s the perfect portable partner for grilling on the move.

If camping, picnicking, tailgating and boating with friends and family is your thing, or if you just have a small outdoor patio space that can’t accommodate a full size set-up, this is a great go-to two burner for solid, reliable cooking.

Where the Coleman really shines is when it comes to portability and durability. Getting toted around to all your favorite events and on trips this little guy is going to take a hit or two, but that’s ok, it’s exactly what it was intended to withstand.The RoadTrip is designed to be collapsible to fit neatly in the trunk of most cards (well, maybe not if you have a smart car), and the stainless steel casing keeps it sturdy and ready to roll.
Overall cook size is a surprising 285 square inches, which is larger than you would expect from it’s slim profile. It is pumping 20,000 BTUs of power over 3 burners and includes porcelain coated cooking grates which get top marks for ease of clean up and maintenance.

New to the RoadTrip is the instastart ignition, no matches required, just instant heat at the push off a button. A removable grease tray makes clean up fast and mess-free, which is a serious bonus when you’re on the move and want to enjoy your day instead of spending it maintaining your grill.

Our favorite feature on this grill that make it a best value pick are the swappable griddle, grill and stovetop plates that can be used interchangeably to customize your cooking experience. This is super useful when you’re on a camping trip and want to cook up a stack of pancakes and sausage for breakfast, but need to be able to grill a pile of hot dogs for lunch or dinner. Pop up side tables also make prep convenient for any meal.

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About the Author Craig Rinde

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!

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