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.
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 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.
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.
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 $50 difference. The extra burner delivers 8,000 BTUs and is great for sauces or side dishes. This is such a nice feature and it’s great to be able to add this on if you’re a little more serious about your grilling game.
Like the 300, this version of the Classic also offers 2 side shelves for cook prep. It is mounted on a cart, instead of a cabinet style base, so there is less storage for tools and gear.
It has a porcelain-coated lid instead of the stainless steel offered on the 300 and some of the other parts are plastic instead of metal.
Users rank this grill an excellent 4.0 out of 5 stars, with over 520 reviews.
The only reason this Weber didn’t steal one of our top 3 spots is for one simple reason: COST.
This grill is pricy for only offering a 2 burner set-up and isn’t realistically in most everyday grillman budgets. If cost isn’t a factor, this grill sweeps the category, but if you are looking for something friendlier to your wallet, the Spirit II is a better bet.
What do we like about the Genesis II? The better question is what don’t we like? This grill has all the features you expect from a big 5 burner, but in a great, slim 2 burner package.
The Genesis offers: the GS$ 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.
This 2 burner from Royal Gourmet is a great mid-range grilling option that has the look and styling of a full-size grill, but in a slimmer package.
This patio model from RG offers 2 burners and a respectable 24,000 BTUs, 320 square inches of primary cooking area and 96 square inches of warming rack, porcelain-covered cast iron cooking grates, and a porcelain-coated double layer lid (a slight step down from the stainless steel models).
I also love that this grill knows its user and includes a built-in bottle opener. So smart.
Slightly smaller than the Royal Gourmet, the Dyna Glo is similarly priced and another solid 2 burner option under $200. This model comes equipped with 20,000 BTUs of total cook power across 2 burners and 310 square inches of primary cooking area.
It also features a 139 square inch warming rack for sides or toasting those buns. The grilling grates are porcelain-coated, along with porcelain-enameled heat tents for even heat distribution across the grilling surface.
There are more plastic parts on this model than we usually like to see and the side tables are stationery. We recommend some of our higher ranked grills over this pick for a higher-quality experience.
This little Coleman was a must for the small grill list because it’s the ultimate portable grilling staple.
If you’re into camping, picnicking with friends and family outdoors, tailgating, or just have a small patio space to use for grilling, this should be your go-to grill.
The cook size is pretty impressive at 285 square inches, nearly as much as the non-portable Char-Broil. It also offers 20,000 BTUs for 2 burners and porcelain-coated cooking grates for easy clean-up.
Coleman added an Instastart ignition to light up those burners, no matches needed and a removable grease tray to keep clean up quick and hassle-free, which is especially appreciated when you’re on the go and having a great time.
The feature we think is the best value is the new Swaptop interchangeable design that lets you switch in griddle top or stove grates, which is so useful when you’re on a camping trip and need to cook up some bacon for breakfast before switching to burgers and dogs for dinner.
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.
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.
We consider this model from Thermos to be on par with the Dyna Glo in the #9 spot. It has a similar feature list and overall construction.
With the Thermos, you’ll find 30,000 BTUs of overall power for 2 burners, 300 square inches of primary cooking area, porcelain coated steel grates, and folding metal side shelves (a slight upgrade from the stationery shelves on the Dyna Glo).
It also has a push-button ignition system for easy start-ups. It has a lower cabinet to hide the propane tank and four casters instead of 2 for roll-away storage. Overall, this pick is a bit of a mixed bag with reviewers and your experience will depend more on your expectation level.
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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!