Sometimes with grilling, you want the biggest, most powerful grill money can buy.
Other times, there’s really no need for so much size and power, because you’re only grilling for a few people or because you just don’t have the room.
Maybe you’re just in the market for a home-sized grill that could double as a portable grill.
Enter the little powerhouses of the backyard barbeque — the best 2-burner gas grills.
In this review list, we’ll bring home the bacon with the BEST little grills that still pack a powerful punch, giving you the best of both worlds.
For home or travel, every one of the grills on this list delivers the grilling power you need in the space-saving package you want.
9 Best 2-Burner Gas Grills in 2020
- Char-Broil 463673519 Performance Series 2-Burner Cabinet Gas Grill
- 400 sq in
- 24.5 x 42.9 x 44.0 in
- Weber 44010001 Spirit II E-210 2-Burner Liquid Propane Grill
- 450 sq in
- 44.5 x 48.0 x 27.0 in
- Pit Boss Grills 75275 Stainless Steel Two-Burner Portable Grill
- 275 sq in
- 23.0 x 16.0 x 19.5 in
You’ve seen this grill on a few lists on our site, and you already know that some of the best grills are made by Weber. You already know it’s a solid grill despite being a smaller size.
This Weber 2-burner grill has two burners that put out a solid 26,500 BTUs over a 360 sq in primary cooking area (450 sq in total with warming rack).
That’s more than 13,000 BTU per burner and is even more impressive when this grill is compared to its 3-burner sibling. The 3-burner version, the E-310, only puts out a combined 30,000 BTU (or 10,000 BTU per burner).
At only 4 feet wide, including 2 side shelves, you’ve got a nice compact package that still “brings the heat” when it comes to getting the grilling job done.
With porcelain-enameled lid and cast iron cooking grates, this grill is built to be durable. This is backed up by Weber’s famous 10-year warranty, so you know it’s a solid grill.
Some premium features in this small but might package include iGrill 3 compatibility (a temperature probe that connects to your smartphone), built-in lid thermometer, a fuel gauge, large wheels for maneuverability, and on-board tool storage, there is really nothing left wanting with this grill.
Grab this grill, pair it with a budget friendly grill cover, and you’ll be set for just about all your grilling needs for years and years to come!
Perhaps always in a close second to Weber, this Char-Broil grill still delivers when it comes to one of the best 2-burner gas grills.
With a still sizeable 300 sq in primary cooking area (400 sq in total) on porcelain-coated grates, you’ll still be able to cook for a fair-sized group. This grill delivers 24,000 BTU across the two burners.
Paired against the black closed cabinet cart, the stainless steel lid is both durable and attractive. You’ll also enjoy a lid-mounted temperature gauge and electronic ignition to get this baby fired up.
This grill, as a very close second choice, outshines the Weber option, above, in just one respect — the metal side shelves on this grill fold down for an even more compact storage size (or for a seriously convenient package while transporting for camping or tailgating).
As a quick side note, this grill is almost identical to the commonly searched Char-Broil Performance 300 2-burner grill. Where they differ is the overall look, as the 300 grill features a more open-cart design and the shelves do not fold. The important specs, however, are the same.
What kind of list of powerhouse best 2-burner gas grills would this be if we didn’t include a seriously solid option for a TRULY versatile tabletop 2-burner portable gas grill?
This grill is so impressive that it even ranks on our list of best gas grills under $200, which tells you something (since most all on that list are traditional cart-style grills and not tabletop).
This little beast packs 20,000 BTU into its 2 burners, which is no small feat for a grill that’s only 2 feet wide and 19 inches deep. You’ll spread that cooking power over 275 sq in of cooking space, so the size of this “little” grill is no laughing matter.
With folding legs and a latching hood, there is nothing to worry about in terms of portability.
This is a brand fewer people are familiar with, but it definitely counts as one of the best gas grills under $500, especially when the 2-burner size is factored in.
What do we love most about this grill? The power it delivers.
32,000 BTUs over 2 burners make a whopping 16,000 BTU per burner. There are some 2-burner grills that low amount over the entire grill, making this a champion when it comes to heat capability.
Paired with cast-iron cooking grates that offer a total of 495 sq in of cooking area, there is nothing wimpy about this grill.
They even include a complete 15-year warranty, so you know they stand behind their product 100%.
With a sleek, all-black design, this is a grill you can be proud of for years to come.
Breakfast outside, anyone?
This flat top offers one of the best 2-burner grill options out there, partly because of the increased versatility over many other traditional gas grill models.
You’ll love an impressive 470 sq in of flat top cooking area — most other 2 burner grills reach that kind of size by including the warming rack in that calculation. This grill, on the other hand, offers all of that in direct connection with the burners.
Each of the burners puts out 15,000 BTUs, so you’ll never run short of cooking power despite this grill not having a lid.
True, you’re not going to get those classic “grill lines” on your meats but we think you’re going to enjoy the extreme versatility of what this grill can cook so much that you won’t look back.
Here’s a more budget-friendly and more readily portable propane grill that’s very similar to the previous grill on this list.
As another griddle surface style grill, you’ll find that this may be one of the best portable gas grills purely for the incredible cooking versatility. You’re not cooking pancakes on a traditional cooking grate, after all, making this a serious contender as a tried-and-true camping companion.
The power on this guy is a little less, at just 17,000 BTU total, but spread over 238 sq inches in a less than 2 foot sized package, that’s still pretty solid cooking power.
We also like the easy to empty large drip catch up to keep any grease runoff under control.
At just 22 lbs, this portable grill definitely is worth considering for those in need of a versatile grilling option for home or away, which earns it a place on our list of best 2-burner gas grills.
Love the idea of a griddle-style grill, but just gotta have those grill lines on some foods?
We hear you.
Grab this similar Blackstone offering — a grill AND griddle combo in one.
The adjustable legs will keep you steady on uneven ground, and the easy setup with folding legs is portable to boot!
This grill features one stainless H burner and one cast iron burner, each with its own impressive outputs. The H burner will get you up to 15,000 BTU, whereas the cast iron burner will rock your world with 20,000 BTU.
But wait, there’s more!
Take the griddle or grill box off and use the open burners as a stovetop for pots and pans. Very few other grills on the market can boast that impressive level of versatility, making this one of the best gas grills under $300, regardless of burner count!
Here is another solid, common, affordable Char-Broil grill that you’ve likely seen at someone’s house before.
While this grill is smaller, at only 280 sq in of cooking space and 20,000 BTU across that, it’s still a solid option for a pretty cheap 2-burner gas grill.
Where this grill shines, compared to the others, is the side burner. This is a pretty uncommon feature on smaller grills. The side burner adds another 8,000 BTU cooking power to this secondary cooking space.
Built of porcelain-coated steel and offering a large 12-inch side shelf, you won’t find yourself short or space or durability with this grill.
Overall, we would definitely consider this one of the best 2-burner gas grills with a side burner.
Ready for a real statement piece in your backyard, but in a small package? Look no further than this 360` cooking center.
The two burners on this fun thing put out a combined 30,000 BTU over a 380 sq in primary cooking area.
This grill has a ton of neat add-ons and bonus features that really make this a breed apart when it comes to grills…no wonder they call it a “Cooking Center.”
You can cook a pizza on the griddle, or buy an optional wire cooking rack to lift meat over wood chips for a smoked cooking experience.
The attached folding prep table can fold down for more compact storage, but you’ll find a built-in paper towel holder underneath it.
With the ability to grill, make pancakes, smoke with wood chips, bake, or just fry up some eggs for breakfast, you really won’t run out of things to try with this grill. This is definitely one of the most unique options on this list of best 2-burner gas grills!
2 Burner Gas Grill Buying Guide
A lot of people may shy away from these smaller-size grills thinking “is a 2 burner grill enough?”
In reality, however, we all know it’s not the burner count or even the size that matters, but a number of other factors that should go into your decision on which grill to buy.
Below are a number of features to consider as you narrow down and choose the best 2-burner gas grill for your cooking needs.
It should go without saying that no matter how many burners you decide on or how much money you can spend, you want to get the best value for your money.
That said, price is not always a proportionate indicator of quality or value.
Pair it with the warranty, for example, and you may decide that a company charging $400 but offering a 10-year warranty has the better product than the same price for a grill with only a 1-year warranty. Side by side it’s easy to see which company stands behind their product much more confidently.
Cooking Area Size
Generally speaking, yes, a 2-burner grill is going to have a smaller cooking area size than some of its multi-burner competitors.
As you can see with many of the grills on this list, however, despite only having 2 burners they still have solidly respectable cooking area sizes. A cooking area of 300 sq in or so is definitely plenty of room to cook a meal for the average family size.
The other factor to take into consideration is whether the cooking area advertised is as being the total, single-space cooking area, or whether that number is split between a primary and secondary area.
You’ll see this split area in the case of warming racks inside the main lidded area, or you may see it split between the primary area and a side burner.
This is really, in our opinion, the biggest deciding factor in choosing a grill, regardless of choosing a 2-burner gas grill or a different size.
We already discussed the cooking area, which for say, 250 sq inches will fit maybe 4-6 burgers at once. If you’re cooking for more than 4-6 people and no one minds waiting in line for a hot burger, then the size isn’t a problem. If, on the other hand, you want enough food for 10 people ready at the same time, you might consider a larger grill.
Other cooking needs may include the versatility of the grilling design, meaning the variety of what you can cook on the unit. We listed a number of options with a griddle surface, for example, which is ideal for those die-hard grillers who really cook as MUCH as they can in the great outdoors.
If your cooking needs include slow warming burger buns while you grill the main meats, as another example, then buying a grill without a warming rack is probably not your best choice.
This is often a driving factor when it comes to these smaller-size grills, which is why just about every option we’ve put on this list is fairly readily packed into at least a pickup truck.
If you need something small enough to fit in the back of the SUV with the rest of your camping gear — a truly small, portable grill — there are clear winners in that area on this list.
If you can toss the bbq in the back of the truck for the next family park picnic or tailgate, then any of the options on this list will be small and lightweight enough to be portable without much fuss.
Oftentimes the build quality of a grill really boils down to the brand that built it. We feel confident that every brand on this list makes a solid grill, although do bear in mind that occasional manufacturing defects will occur with anything you buy, regardless of brand.
In addition, the material that your grill is built from matters.
Aluminum, for example, is extremely durable and lightweight and is naturally rust-resistant. This a great option for portable grills as well as grills stored outdoors.
Stainless steel is very durable, inherently stronger material than aluminum, but will show rust over time.
Cast iron, often found in the cooking grates, is very strong and durable, and also offers excellent heat retention. This means that thicker cast iron grates keep high heat right against your food but without the flame directly on your food, allowing the meats to sear nicely and heat thoroughly but without adding burnt or charred spots.
In the long term, cast iron grates will last considerably longer than, for example, coated wire grates, and are very easy to keep clean and in good condition.
Each grill listed above has its own set of unique “bonus” features, from the built-in paper towel holder on the Cuisinart Round Flat-Top Cooking Center to the pretty much epic versatility of the Blackstone Tailgater Grill/Griddle Combo.
This is also the fun part of grill ownership — choosing the neat features that matter to you, buying a grill that includes them, and letting it be a conversation starter while you’re out back grilling with the guys.
Final Thoughts On Buying a 2-Burner Gas Grills
As you’ve seen from the list above, there is a very wide range of options for the best 2-burner gas grill, and this list is definitely not exhaustive.
The important thing is that you’ve done your research, considered all your options, and bought a grill that you know you can be satisfied with long-term.
If you’re struggling to decide, you can’t go wrong with the first grill on our list.
We really do consider the best gas grill for the money to be the Weber Spirit II E-210 2-Burner Liquid Propane Grill when it comes to the 2-burner size. This grill outranks the others in terms of the combination of a solid build for a backyard staple, but small enough to transport for those occasional park picnics and tailgates.
Remember: buy a grill that you could be satisfied with for life, but don’t feel like you have to keep it for life!