Some times you just don't have the space for a big grill. Whether you live in an apartment, condo, on a boat or just don't have a big patio, it doesn't mean that you can't enjoy a good cookout. Try one of these smaller grills, gas, charcoal or electric to give you real grilling flavor and fun. Remember to check with the local rules where you live to know what kind of grill you can have. Most apartments don't allow gas or charcoal grills. This list contains a wide range of types and prices.
Weber-Stephen Products Company
Typically Home Depot sells a special or deluxe version of some of the line of Weber gas grills. For 2014, the Spirit grills have Weber's Gourmet BBQ Accessory System added for no extra price. Similar to the standard Spirit E-210, this model has a special porcelain coated cast iron cooking grate with a removable center piece that can be swapped out for a large number of accessory cooking equipment including a pizza stone, chicken roaster, and the griddle that is included in this package.
Onward Manufacturing Company
The Baron 320-S is the small space version of Broil King's Baron line. This is a simple, 3-burner gas grill with solid construction and heavy porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates. As I always recommend, buy grill that fits your needs. This grill is perfect for the person who only needs to cook for a few people. Yes, you could put a dozen burgers on here, but it would be crowded. If this is too small, try looking at the Broil King Baron 440 for about $100 to $200USD more.
This is Napoleon's entry into the small grill market for those people who want a full function gas grill, but don't need or want something large. This simple, 2-burner grill has Napoleon quality in a mini-size. Of course, this isn't the least expensive grill of this type, but it is one of the better ones. Perfect for the terrace, small patio, or balcony where gas grills are allowed, the LA200 is a good grill in a little package.
Want a reliable, easy to use, no flare-up gas grill? Need or want a small, 2-burner version? This is a small, 330 square inch, infrared gas grill that is among the best of this type of gas grill. Built on Saber's infrared technology, this grill gets very hot with a small dose of propane (or natural gas if you pay for the conversion kit). More importantly, this is a reliable grill that doesn't flare-up and is very easy to use.
Big Green Egg
Big green egg has been producing these Kamado Style grills for decades. This one is the smaller of their models but is big enough to cook one 12-pound turkey. What makes this unit great is that while it can produce high temperatures due to the focused heat of its ceramic shell, it can also hold low temperatures making it a great smoker. It's the versatility of the egg that makes it stand out as one of the great charcoal grills of our time. With many accessories available there really isn't much this charcoal grill can't do. At around $360 this large grill is for the person doesn't need to cook for a large family.
Weber-Stephen Products Co.
This gas grill grew out of the popularity of the original Q. This super-sized model is designed more for the person who has limited space than the person who needs to transport their grill. At 83 pounds all together this isn't a grill to take on a picnic. This grill does, however provide you with indirect cooking abilities and as much space as a small, traditional gas grill. This grill will give you authentic grilling in a unit that is easily stored and doesn't take up a lot of space.
Rasmussen Iron Works, Inc.
Imagine the power of an infrared grill in a portable. This 14,000 BTU infrared grill packs more heat than any other portable grill and at 20 pounds you can take it almost anywhere. All stainless steel construction you can even get this grill in marine quality steel with a railing mount for boating. 155 square inches of grilling area. Uses either disposable propane bottles or can be converted to a full 20 pound tank or even natural gas.
This 2-burner gas grill is perfect for small spaces. The TRU-Infrared Gourmet uses the same infrared technology Char-Broil introduced in 2008. By heating a metal U-shaped infrared emitter the grill works by completely separating the flame from the food. This technology can generate high temperatures with less fuel consumption, making it a more efficient way to grill. This 2-burner unit gives you 300 square inches of cooking space and does it for around $270USD. The downside is the limited lifespan of the U-emitter.
Weber Stephen Products Company
When exiled to a place where charcoal and gas are forbidden the griller doesn't have a lot of options other than electricity. The problem is that 120 volts isn't a lot of power to do high temperature grilling. Well, after some considerable development time Weber has managed to produce an electric version of its popular Q line of grills that runs on electricity. Capable of temperatures over 600 degrees F thanks to the efficiency of this design this grill can sear a steak, heat up quickly and recover its heat even faster after you lift the lid. While a small grill, if you are limited to electric grills, buy this one.
Can't have a gas or electric grill where you live? This might be the solution for you. The Char-Broil Patio Bistro Electric Grill is one of the largest electric grills on the market. Of course it is still small enough to fit on most balconies but gives you enough space to comfortably cook for four people. The 1,750 watt heating element produces a good amount of heat for the size so you will be able to grill most everything that fits under the lid in this grill. The overall construction of this grill is a little lightweight so this grill will need some care to keep it looking and working well.