Best Small Gas Grills

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Homegrown veggies, meat, and a weekend barbeque session are a match made in heaven!

After one such lunch at my neighbor's, I made up my mind to get a small gas grill. And it wasn’t long before weekend barbecues became the most popular means of getting together for my family.

However, purchasing the right one did make me work harder than I thought. The many options out there left me scratching my head on more than one occasion. So, I decided to shortlist some products that demanded all the attention.

Hi! I’m Stacy Smith, and today, I bring to you the five best small gas grills that money can buy. Whether you’re on the hunt for a portable model or one that can simply be placed on the patio, I’ve covered it all!

Without any further delay, let’s dive in!

Top 5 Product Reviews

1. Weber 51060001 Q1200 Liquid Propane Grill

Here is a quick recap of what we liked and didn't like about the Weber 51060001 Q1200 Liquid Propane Grill.

Pros

  • Easy electric start ignition
  • Infinite control valve settings
  • Stainless steel burners
  • Built-in thermometer on lid
  • Dishwasher-safe grates

Cons

  • No lid locks or handles
  • Heavy
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Weber 51060001 Q1200 Liquid Propane Grill,Titanium
  • One stainless steel burner produces 8500 BTU-per-hour to heat 189 square-inch total cooking area. Dimensions - Lid Open and Tables Out (inches)-24.6 H x 40.9 W x 20.5 D. Lid Closed and Tables Out (inches)-15.5 H x 40.9 W x 16.5 D
  • Porcelain-enameled cast-iron cooking grates and cast aluminum lid and body
  • Fully assembled out of box. Battery type: AAA

To start things off, I have the Weber 5106001 Q1200 Liquid Propane Grill. This portable unit has a solid build and small footprint, and it is fun to use. One of the most popular models in the brand’s Q series, the Q1200 is quite a favorite among first-timers and experienced users alike.

Why Buy This Product?

First and foremost, I was really intrigued by the positive customer feedback. Both the lid and body are made of heavy duty cast iron, meaning it will last for a long time even with regular use. Likewise, the porcelain-enameled cast iron grates ensure optimum durability for years to come.

On that note, it’s worth mentioning that the grates do take about 15 minutes to heat up adequately. But once done, they retain some serious heat, which allows you to perform intensive grilling sessions with ease.

Furthermore, a single burner runs around the grill’s circumference, producing about 8500 BTU to heat the 189-square-inch cooking area. When grilling meat and a side of vegetables simultaneously, the area can be used to cook for 4 people. However, you may also use it for cooking eggs, pancakes, ribs, and a lot more.

Although the unit typically uses 14.1 or 16.4 oz disposable canisters for fuel supply, you can always hook it to larger propane tanks when required. For this, the Weber 6501 hose adapter is the ideal choice.

In addition to sitting firmly on a foldable cart, it also performs equally well on a tabletop or even on the ground. So, count the brownie points! And lastly, the model comes in six color variants to suit varied outdoor setups.

What Could’ve Been Better?

Although the durable cast iron body is highly praiseworthy, it also makes the model quite heavy. Plus, it doesn’t come with lid locks or handles. So, I’m not very convinced about its portability, unless you have the foldable cart at your disposal.

That being said, you may strain fewer muscles if you plan on using it mostly as a tabletop grill for the patio.

2. VIVOHOME Tabletop 2-Burner Gas Grill

Here is a quick recap of what we liked and didn't like about the VIVOHOME Tabletop 2-Burner Gas Grill.

Pros

  • Powerful combustion system
  • 2-side ventilation
  • Simple assembly
  • Stable flame in cold and windy days
  • Drawer type grease collector for easy cleanup

Cons

  • May not fit in small spaces
  • Carry handle gets hot
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VIVOHOME Tabletop Stainless Steel 2-burner Gas Grill Portable 20000 BTU BBQ Grid with Foldable Legs for Outdoor Camping Picnic
  • EXCELLENT MATERIALS - This gas grill is made of 430SS stainless steel, which is durable and heat-resistant; With two stainless-steel pilot plates, each burner provides 10,000 BTUs and allows simultaneous grilling; Powerful combustion system so you can effortlessly increase temperatures; Heat up every second and cook efficiently; Fast ignition - enjoy the delicious taste of barbecue in just 10 minutes; Stable performance even in cold or windy weather
  • CONVENIENT OPERATION - Simple assembly procedure to set up and prepare a barbecue in less than 10 minutes without use of tools or matches; Double control rotation button for ignition and for a quick and easy to start; Barbecue area is large, 277.38 square inches of stove rack gives you plenty of space and makes your barbecue more efficient; Small body, fast heating, also suitable for cooking large pieces of meat
  • COMPACT AND PORTABLE – Weighs just 25lbs so it is compact and convenient enough to fit in even a small car; Stainless steel buckles equipped to attach the upper and lower bodies to avoid any damage; Folding legs and comfortable handles make it easy to carry around; Enjoy barbecue wherever you go; Drawer-type grease collector, makes cleaning easier and faster

Next up on the list is the Vivohome Tabletop 2-Burner Gas Grill. Featuring a stainless steel body, this unit comes with twin burners for fast and effective grilling. What’s more, its compact size and considerably lightweight construction is meant for those who want a perfect barbeque setup on the go!

Why Buy This Product?

Before I give you the deets, here’s a quick appreciation for its elegant appearance! The stainless steel body not only accounts for its durability, but also makes it one of the most stylish-looking models in the category. Moreover, when two burners produce 10,000 BTU of heat individually, the heat-resistance abilities of the steel frame will come in handy.

Talking about its operation, the dual control rotation knobs effectively take charge of the 277.38 square inches of grilling area. All you have to do is push and turn to start ignition. With the help of written instructions, turn the knob accordingly to adjust the flame.

The combination of ignition plates and annular furnace produces a uniform and omnidirectional flame every time.

Perhaps, the biggest advantage of this model, in my opinion, is its lid baking feature. Upon closing the lid, the resultant temperature circulation ensures adequate heat distribution for even cooking. This also enables the grill to cook large pieces of meat without any trouble.

Unlike the Weber Q1200, this one features steel buckles to secure the lid in its closing position. Apart from keeping the food free from dust, this mechanism also ensures better fuel efficiency and portability.

Complete with four foldable legs and a carrying handle, the Vivohome Tabletop 2-Burner Gas Grill is worth your consideration.

What Could’ve Been Better?

Despite praising it for its compactness, I feel that the size may still be a bit too large for small outdoor spaces. Also, the carry handle gets hot occasionally, so be careful while operating the grill. If you have to transport it after use, I’ll recommend waiting for a good 15 or 20 minutes to allow it to cool.

3. MARTIN 2 Burner Propane Stove Grill Gas

Here is a quick recap of what we liked and didn't like about the MARTIN 2 Burner Propane Stove Grill Gas.

Pros

  • Steady fuel stream in all conditions
  • Stainless steel drip tray keeps the surface clean
  • Integrated carry handle
  • Precise flame control

Cons

  • Paint tends to come off
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MARTIN 2 Burner Propane Stove Grill Gas 20 000 Btu Outdoor Trip Accessory Portable Advanced Features Propane Burner Csa Certified and Steady Performance
  • PROPANE BURNERS - Whether it is your home, farm, equipment, or business, running them on propane makes good sense, both economically and environmentally. You can easily regulate pressure of propane to provide consistent cooking performance without flaring or flickering. This steady fuel stream holds true even in cold weather, high altitudes, or when the fuel is low.
  • EASY TO MAINTAIN - The portable grill with gas stove burner has a stainless steel drip tray, so you don't have to deal with messy stains on cloths or tables. After you finish cooking, all you need to do is remove the grate for a quick cleanup.
  • WIND SHIELDS - The camp grill stove combo gives you amazing service even if the weather becomes windy all of a sudden. The built-in windscreen panels guards your flame from the wind, so you can continue cooking without any disruption whatsoever. They can even be adjusted outwards in case you need to fit in a bigger pan. No need to despair during strong winds as the shields do a fantastic job!

Another one of my 2-burner favorites is the Martin Propane Stove Grill Gas. Its ultra-compact size and lightweight design are built to perform under any circumstance. Loaded with a range of user-friendly features and minimum maintenance needs, it may well become your go-to travel accessory.

Why Buy This Product?

Martin products are known for their superior quality, and this unit is no exception. For starters, I was really impressed with its low profile design, which is suitable for storing in cramped places. At the same time, it's all-steel construction makes it capable of taking a blow or two.

Similar to its predecessor, the two burners produce a combined heat of 20,000 BTU, allowing you to cook a variety of food on its large cooking surface. The powerful piezoelectric ignition means that you no longer have to rely on a separate lighting source. Just turn the knobs to start the flame.

I also loved the unit’s advanced pressure control mechanism that keeps the flame steady even in adverse weather conditions. Furthermore, you can regulate the amount of propane reaching the burners. This, in turn, gives you greater control over adjusting the flame’s intensity.

Additionally, the built-in windscreen panels guard the flame and will be especially helpful on windy days. In case you have a bigger pan to grill on, simply adjust them outwards to make sufficient space.

Finally, the grate can be easily removed for quick cleanup after every use. Overall, this Martin Propane Stove Grill Gas offers complete value for money, which is hard to resist!

What Could’ve Been Better?

Honestly, I am a tad bit disappointed with the quality of the paint. It seems that the color will peel off near the areas that take most of the heat. Sure, it isn't a huge problem per se, but the metal below may get exposed in the long run. While at it, I’ll advise coating the frame with a clear anti-rust spray to prolong its service life.

4. Cuisinart CGG-180TS Petit Tabletop Gas Grill

Here is a quick recap of what we liked and didn't like about this grill.

Pros

  • Twist to start electric ignition
  • Integrated lid lock
  • Briefcase style carry handle
  • Stable, rubberized base

Cons

  • Plastic parts are prone to damage from heat
Cuisinart CGG-180TS Petit Gourmet Portable Tabletop Gas Grill, Stainless Steel
  • 145-SQUARE-INCH PORCELAIN ENAMELED COOKING GRATE: 145-square-inches of porcelain enameled grates give you a spacious cooking surface is able accommodate lots of food at one time while still distributing heat evenly and efficiently.
  • 5,500 BTU BURNER: Features a 5,500 BTU burner, a twist to start electric ignition and precision temperature gauge to give you the ultimate temperature control.
  • COMPACT ENOUGH TO TAKE ANYWHERE: The grill measures 18.5 x 16 x 11.5 inches and with stand. The grill weighs only 17 lbs., making it easy for transport and ideal for decks, patios and balconies, camping, tailgating and more.

As I near the end of this list, the Cuisinart CGG-180TS Tabletop Gas Grill makes a deserving entry. Scoring high on the portability factor, this small looking unit can easily replace a full-size grill. Plus, its affordable price tag won’t make you break the bank.

Why Buy This Product?

My search for a relatively affordable tabletop grill led me to this product, and I’m quite satisfied with how it performs. To begin with, the 145 square inches of porcelain emerald grates provide sufficient cooking space to accommodate lots of food at once. Their placement is such that the heat gets uniformly distributed, saving both time and fuel.

Much like the Weber Q1200, this model runs on a single burner that can produce 5,500 BTU of heat. It may not be that powerful, but I’d say that the heating capacity is still good for its size. Moreover, the closed design keeps the heat near the cooking surface.

Apart from that, the precision temperature gauge enables optimum temperature control for versatile cooking needs.

The twin legs consist of two metal supports on each side and culminate into a rubberized base. This design ensures maximum stability and durability on almost any table surface.

Last but not least, you can choose from three attractive colors to suit your interior (or outdoor) decor.

What Could’ve Been Better?

Frankly, I am a bit concerned about the longevity of the plastic parts, viz. its carry handle and the lock. Since both these are located close to the cooking area, continuous heat may cause significant damages.

5. Coleman Triton 2 Burner Propane Portable Tabletop Grill

Here is a quick recap of what we liked and didn't like about the Coleman Triton 2 Burner Propane Portable Tabletop Grill.

Pros

  • Chrome-plated grates
  • Hassle-free cleanup
  • Burners can be independently controlled
  • Affordable price

Cons

  • No carry handle
  • Opening the lid requires sufficient clearance space
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Coleman Triton 2 Burner Propane Portable Tabletop Camping Stove Cooking Grill
  • Wind Block panels help shield burners from wind and adjust for various pan sizes
  • PerfectFlow technology provides consistent performance, even in extreme conditions
  • PerfectHeat technology for more efficient cooking with less fuel

If you’re on the hunt for a simple tabletop grill that doesn’t compromise on performance, then the Coleman Triton 2 Burner Grill may just fit your needs. Thanks to the brand’s pressure control mechanism, you can bid goodbye to worries of uneven heat distribution. Besides, the slim profile makes portability a breeze!

Why Buy This Product?

I was quite surprised by its similarity with the Martin Propane Stove Grill Gas, in terms of looks. In fact, this was the reason I decided to give it a go. And to my delight, the performance was not too far behind either.

Firstly, the twin burners jointly produce 22,000 BTU of heat, which is more than any of the other recommendations on this list. In tandem with the brand’s distinct PerfectHeat Technology, this unit is able to grill more efficiently with less fuel consumption.

Likewise, the PerfectFlow technology ensures a stable flame in adverse weather conditions. But if that’s still not enough, the Wind Block panels shield against the wind and can be adjusted according to various pan sizes.

Not only does the lid’s heavy duty latch protect your food from dust, but it also circulates the heat in a quick and uniform manner. When not in use, closing the lid prevents the grates from unwanted damage. Besides, even in the absence of rubberized legs, the model has a flat bottom that sits well on most surfaces.

Overall, the Coleman Triton 2 Burner Grill is a no-nonsense model that stays true to its purpose. If budget is your primary constraint and you are not looking for something fancy, then I’d suggest opting for this unit.

What Could’ve Been Better?

There are a few things that I’d want in this otherwise decent product, the biggest of which is a carry handle for convenient portability. Also, you have to put the lid very far behind to open it completely. Hence, make sure that you have enough clearance behind the unit.

Final Words

Now that you know the top 5 models making all the right noise, purchasing one shouldn't be that difficult! After all, the idea of having a barbeque feast anywhere, anytime is every bit enticing.

But if you’re still in two minds, let me name the top 3 products to ease your confusion. While the Weber Q1200 is a heavy duty grill, the Martin Propane Stove Grill Gas comes across as the best tabletop gas grill. On the other hand, the Vivohome Tabletop 2-Burner Gas Grill features a convenient ignition mechanism.

Bonus tip: learn how to cook ribs using foil here.

With this, it's time for me to wrap up today’s guide. I hope you find the best product that is an ideal fit for your needs and budget.

Adios!

About the Author

Stacey is a Texan at heart and a true daughter of the soil. She takes keen interest in everything related to lawn care, and has experience of over 30 years in tinkering with a variety of equipment. When she's not tending to her own lawn or helping the neighbors, she likes to blog about her journey with the rest of the world.

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