A small gas grill is a perfect solution when you don’t have much free space, when you travel a lot or simply don’t cook that much.
There are plenty of types of small grills, and which one you choose will depend on your needs.
Out of the many options on the market I picked a few tested by myself that I can honestly recommend to others. The best small gas grill is one that is characterized by great efficiency, good quality of workmanship and a price adequate to all that.
In this guide, you will find a solution for every situation, no matter if you mainly want mobility or simply for your grill to not occupy much space in the backyard.
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The 5 Best Small Gas Grills Reviewed
1. Best Overall - Weber Spirit II E-210
I can say without a second thought that it is one of the best grills of recent years.
Weber Spirit II E-210 is a phenomenal gas grill in every aspect of it. It captivates with its efficiency, simplicity, useful features, functional construction, quality of workmanship and price.
The Spirit II series was created for those who value quality and efficiency at the lowest possible price. It’s a great option for those starting on their journey with a gas grill thanks to its affordable price and great quality.
Weber offers whole 10 years of warranty for this model, which confirms how well it was made. In hindsight, I can confirm that the quality is really high-level here.
Personally, I own a slightly bigger version of it (Spirit II E-310) but for those with limited space I can recommend the smaller model, Spirit II E-210.
It’s a small stationary gas grill, but it actually offers enough space. It comes with 360 square inches of the main cooking area, which is enough for a small family.
Spacious side shelves, hooks, storage room for tools are all things that ensure comfort of cooking.
The most important thing, though, is efficiency (besides quality) and in this case I also have to admit that the burners are great. Weber is considered to be the best manufacturer of gas grills for a reason.
It makes it possible to achieve high temperatures fast and evenly across the entire surface.
It is possible to choose your color or buy many useful accessories separately, such as iGrill (a thermometer).
It is also one of the few small gas grills available in two versions (propane or natural gas).
2. Runner Up - Char Broil Performance 300
Another suggestion from me is a slightly smaller and simpler grill, but at the same time it’s also much cheaper.
I think that Char-Broil Performance 300 is an option for those less demanding and with a more limited budget or those who cook very rarely.
It’s a very simple grill that only offers the essentials while maintaining great efficiency and high quality of workmanship.
It has 300 square inches of the main cooking area and two great burners.
It offers a lot of work space on the side shelves, storage room for tools and a built-in thermometer. All of that improves the comfort of cooking.
One advantage is the four wheels at the base that allow you to easily and conveniently move the grill from one place to another.
An interesting feature is the grill lid, which was made of stainless steel. It ensures much better durability, but it also has a huge impact on appearance.
As I already mentioned, it’s a very simple grill that you can only expect durability and efficiency from.
The burners are great at handling such area, allowing to achieve a very high temperature in a short time.
If you don’t mind simplicity and you appreciate the much lower price, then it’s a very good choice. In terms of quality of workmanship you will certainly be satisfied for this kind of money.
3. Best Portable - Weber Q1200
Thanks to its properties, Weber Q1200 is without a doubt the best portable gas grill that was ever made.
My favorite grill when it comes to mobility as well as the ability to cook in places with limited space. Combined with the separately sold q portable cart it might also work as a stationary grill.
You can use it as a tabletop grill in your backyard or any other place outside the house.
It was made of high quality materials, which makes it solid and durable. The lid together with the body were made of cast aluminum so you don’t have to worry about corrosion.
Cooking away from home comes with plenty of dangers, which makes it easy to damage a regular grill. The Q series is designed so well that it will work great in nearly any conditions.
Weber Q1200 runs on propane stored in small tanks but it’s also possible to buy a converter for big propane tanks if you cook more at home.
The shape of the burner covers the entire cooking area (189 square inches) which makes it no problem to achieve a very high temperature.
In terms of efficiency, it matches many great stationary grills.
Another huge advantage is the solid grill grates, which combined with the burner power gives phenomenal results.
If you cook in small quantities but often and you travel a lot or spend time camping etc, it’s a great option for you. It is one of the few grills that can pretty much be used both as a stationary and portable grill.
If you choose to buy this grill, I definitely recommend also buying the Q portable cart, which really improves comfort.
4. Small Griddle - Blackstone 17"
This time I’d like to suggest something completely different for you, a gas griddle. Instead of grill grates, you get a flat plate at your disposal, griddle grilling has plenty of advantages compared to standard grilling.
The Blackstone 17” outdoor gas griddle was designed for those who value mobility.
It’s a perfect device if you don’t have much room in the backyard and don’t want to buy a stationary grill. It’s also a great solution when you travel and spend time away from home, like when camping.
When it comes to the technical aspects, it only comes with one burner, which means the heat isn’t spread evenly, but that’s not a problem.
It runs on propane from small tanks.
On the front there’s a drawer where all the grease that comes from cooking goes. Such solution makes cleaning very easy, convenient and effective.
The entire construction was solidly made, and its shape makes it easier to transport and eliminates the risk of damages.
The flat plate has 260 square inches of cooking area.
Besides cooking standard meat everyone knows from regular grills, a griddle makes it possible to prepare many other things.
The flat surface prevents food from falling inside the grill like in case of grill grates. It allows you to cook delicate food like small vegetables, meat or even fry pancakes, eggs etc.
Griddle grilling offers much better options of preparing a wholesome, varied meal than a standard grill. That’s why it is a very recommended device for cooking away from home.
It can also be used as a tabletop grill that doesn’t take much space in the backyard. When you’re done cooking, you can hide it away so that it doesn’t take more space.
5. Best for Tailgate - Coleman RoadTrip 285
Another grill that can be used both as a stationary and a portable grill is Coleman RoadTrip 285.
It has a lot of cooking area (285 square inches) and was designed with very easy transport in mind.
It comes with an integrated stand that you can fold any time to take the grill on the road. When unfolded, the stand makes the comfort of cooking not much different from that in a typical full-sized grill.
What makes it stand out among the rest of my suggestions is as many as three independently controlled burners.
You can create two separate heat zones or use all burners so that you can reach a high temperature as fast as possible.
It comes with two side shelves that offer a lot of work space and two handles that make it easy to move from one place to another.
The cooking area is divided into two parts (two grates). It is possible to buy a griddle separately and use one part for griddle cooking and the other for regular grilling on grates.
I have some reservations about durability in more difficult conditions considering the slightly complicated construction.
Other than that, I believe that Coleman RoadTrip 285 is another great small gas grill, especially if you spend a lot of time away from home. It works best when camping etc, making it possible to prepare very diverse food.
What to Look for in a Small Gas Grill
Budget – First thing to do is clearly define your budget for a new grill. When it comes to small gas grills, the price range is big enough for you to carefully think about it right at the start.
Size – At the next stage you should analyze what exact size you’re looking for. Whether you only cook for yourself or a small family, whether you have enough space in your backyard etc. You can choose among small-sized stationary grills as well as mobile versions that take much less space and can be easily stored away after cooking.
Mobility – You travel a lot or spend time camping or cook at parties? In such situation, you are going to need a small grill designed with mobility in mind. Pay attention to mobile features, whether the grill is actually convenient and easy to transport (does it have a lid lock? etc).
Versatility – You only care about grilling? Or maybe you expect something more, like griddle grilling for example. Plenty of my suggestions offer much more besides the standard grilling, it’s a useful option, especially away from home.
Stand – Check out if the grill you’re interested in comes with a stand or if it has to be bought separately (and if it’s an option in the first place). Some of them come without a stand, so you are going to need either a table or the ground. A stand ensures comfort of cooking like on a full-sized grill.
Available accessories – I have already mentioned such accessories as a stand, a griddle, thermometers, carrying bags etc.
Warranty – You care about your investment? It would be nice if your money was protected with an adequate warranty. The more you spend on a grill, the better warranty you can expect, it is necessary to compare all of your options.