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
For 2013, Weber has followed the trend towards smaller grills with a footprint as little as possible. The E-210 is a 2-burner gas grill with fold down side tables that provides 360 square inches of cooking space and little more. Devoid of bells and whistles, this is as simple a grill as possible. The advantage is that it takes up very little space while offering full height grilling. I recommend this model for people with small spaces like balconies where gas grills are allowed. The E-210 has an MSRP of $499USD. For $100USD more the E-310 has three burners, 424 square inches of primary grilling space, and more versatility.
Napoleon Gas Grills
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 SE325 is a great 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.
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.
Fire Stone Home Products
For those people who live in a place where gas or charcoal grill are not allowed there have been few options when it came to grill that would give you an authentic grilling experience. Fire Stone has managed to produce an electric grill that can successfully sear a steak and grill virtually any food you would want in a small, portable electric grill. This unit has two cooking areas that let you grill or sear in a system that is virtually foolproof. If you have the money and need an electric grill that will give you everything from burgers to vegetables then this is one grill you should be looking at.
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.
GHP Group Inc.
The small space grills started showing up a few years ago, marketed to people who simply don't want or don't have room for a traditional full sized gas grill but still wanted full sized grilling. This model from Dyna-Glo is a very basic gas grill with two burners and pretty much nothing else. Sold at various locations, including Lowe's, Home Depot, and Walmart, this gas grill is designed to give you the impression of quality and while it isn't a bad grill, it is typical of the mass market grills we have seen too much of in recent years.