So, you’re in a congested city, and you want to enjoy the weather by grilling food, but you don’t have a backyard? Just because you live in an apartment building doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the outdoors with some quality barbecue food.
Those with an apartment balcony are in luck. You won’t have to leave your apartment and head to a campsite or park to use your grill, while still enjoying the benefits of being outside in nice weather.
Finding the right gas grill for your apartment balcony comes down to a few things. First, you’ll need to analyze your balcony and see how much space you have available for your grill. You should also consider how many people you'll be cooking for and your budget.
The top seller from this list, and my personal favorite is the Fuego Element.
With these thoughts in mind, begin exploring the top 5 gas grills for apartment balconies. It's tall & skinny, so it's great for low-volume outdoor spaces. Plus, you don't need a tabletop because of it's tall design.
- New (May of 2020) Porcelain Enamel Lid to eliminate any paint peeling or bubbling
- New easy to clean drop through residue removal system allows for grease to drop straight through to the residue tray
- Upgraded 22, 000 BTU/hr. dual zone burner system for direct and indirect grilling. 500F in just 5 minutes and temps up to 650F overall
- 346 sq. In. Cast iron grilling grate with optional griddle and pizza stone kit
- Compact 21″ X 21″ (Lid closed) footprint perfect for the Small patio/balcony
There's actually a bunch of cool stuff about this grill. It's round, so you can grill pizza on it (requires a pizza stone). You can buy a clip-on shelf for setting utensils and seasonings. The propane tank is hidden inside so the design looks clean. Also, it's got wheels so you can move it around very easily.
Top 5 Gas Grills for Apartment Balconies
- Weber Q1200
- Cuisinart CGG-240 Gas Grill
- Char-Broil Portable Gas Grill Deluxe
- Char-Griller 3001 Grillin' Pro Gas Grill
- Fuego Element Gas Grill
1. Weber Q1200
The Weber Q1200 gas grill has everything you need when you’re cooking on your apartment balcony. It has a stainless steel burner that emits about 8500-BTUs per hour; heating up the 189-square inch cooking area quickly.
You can easily control the grill’s heat because of the easy-start electronic ignition, as well as the burner valve controls. The ignition will start the grill up within a matter of minutes, and the valve controls will allow you to adjust the temperature to your liking.
One of the biggest advantages of the Weber Q1200 is that is comes fully assembled right out of the box. No need to waste time putting the grill together while reading instructions that never seem to make sense. All you have to do is take the grill right out of the box and connect it with a propane cylinder.
This grill is also available in a variety of colors, including black, fuschia, blue, green, orange, and silver. This grill can be used directly on the ground or with a small table, depending on your preferences.
Overall, this grill is at #1 on the list because it has a very convenient size for an apartment balcony and provides more than enough heating power to cook for a full family.
- Convenient size
- Comes in over 8 colors
- Easy to start
- Comes fully assembled
- Control valve is not always consistent
2. Cuisinart CGG-180 Gas Grill
The Cuisinart CGG-180 won’t take up much space on your apartment balcony. This gas grill can perform as a tabletop grill, OR, you can extend the legs and have a freestanding grill.
It's got a 5,500 BTU burner, and you'll be cooking on porcelain enamel-coated cooking grates for even heat distribution. The stainless steel construction is easy to clean and will avoid rusting.
Starting up the gas grill is a straightforward process. All you have to do is use the Twist-Start electric ignition and watch the grill start up. The temperature gauge is conveniently located on the lid so that you can monitor the temperature of the grill.
For an ANY sized balcony, the CGG-180 works great. Best of all, you can pack it inside when you're done, so if you live in cold-weather or salty air climates, you won't have to leave it outside.
The best feature of this grill is definitely the fact that the legs can move in and out, for portability. You can also pack this sucker up and take it camping, or take it to the park on the weekends.
- Easy to clean
- Starts quickly
- Folding side shelves used for preparation
- Small cooking area
- Lacks durability
3. Char-Broil Portable Gas Grill Deluxe
The Char-Broil Portable Gas Grill Deluxe is perfect for anyone who wants a nice burger but has minimal space on their balcony. The cooking surface consists of 190-square inches; not the biggest space on the list but just enough to cook a few hamburgers at once.
With the help of either a 14.1-ounce or 16.4-ounce propane cylinder, the grill’s burner will disperse 11,000-BTU’s onto the cooking platform so that you can cook your food at a fast pace.
The firebox is made with a high quality rust-resistant steel that will elongate the lifespan of the grill. This will make it easier to leave outside during harsh weather conditions if you choose, although the lightweight nature of the grill and small size will make it virtually effortless to store the grill in a closet or kitchen cabinet.
Speaking of storage, when you’re done using this grill, the metal legs that create a sturdy platform for the grill will fold over the lid; locking it in place. The heat-resistant handles allows you to transport the grill almost immediately and put it away wherever you would like.
If you don’t have much to spend, this gas grill is a great choice. You can easily spend less than $50 on this grill, although you will have to consider the price of the propane cylinder. This is very reasonable for a grill that cooks food evenly without much hassle.
- Compact size can fit anywhere
- Deters rust
- Inconsistent ignition button
- Takes longer than expected to clean
4. Char-Griller 3001 Grillin' Pro Gas Grill
If you want a traditional stationary grill, you will be pleased with the Char-Griller 3001. This grill can emit well over 40,000 BTU’s onto the 438-square inch main cooking area. Included with this large amount of cooking space is a 192-square inch warming rack, as well as a 12,000-BTU side burner that will help you cook plenty of food at once.
The durable steel construction will avoid rust from accumulating over time. There is also a side shelf on each side of the grill for an organized work space that can be used to prepare food and let the food cool down after being on fiery cast-iron grates.
Just because this grill has a large frame doesn’t mean it isn’t mobile when it needs to be. There are two wheels on the left side that can help you easily take it from one place to another, although you probably won’t need to move the grill much since you’ll be on an apartment balcony. Keep in mind that this frame is larger than some of the other options, but it should still fit on most apartment balconies.
- Large cooking area
- Large side shelves
- Propane compartment is small
5. Fuego Element Gas Grill
Designed by the former Chief Designer at Apple, the Fuego Element gas grill has an innovative shape that will make cooking on your balcony that much easier. This narrow gas grills heats up to 500-degrees Fahrenheit in approximately 5 minutes; which is astounding for any type of grill. This grill’s patent pending dual zone burners push for high efficiency; with a single fuel tank lasting at least 20 hours. Cleaning won’t be an issue either, thanks to the residue tray that simply collects the food residue while you’re cooking.
The 15-pound Fuel Element grill has a durable porcelain-enamel cast iron grate that is easy to clean and provides the perfect sear to any type of meat with temperatures ranging from 250-degrees Fahrenheit to 500-degrees Fahrenheit.
There is about 346-square inches of primary cooking area available; enough space to cook roughly 16 quarter-pound hamburgers at one time! This is perfect for large families that want to enjoy the good weather on the apartment balcony.
A grill like the Fuel Element is a great choice, but be prepared to pay for it. The efficient technology used in this grill explains why it is one of the higher priced items on the list.
A unique feature of this grill is the hinged door that is used for propane tank storage. No more having to lug around a huge, heavy propane tank, just store the propane underneath the grill. In addition, the impressive anti-lock wheels will ensure that the grill will stay in one spot.
- Heats up very fast
- Made with durable material
- One fuel tank lasts a long time
- Expensive compared to other grills
Buying a Gas Grill for Your Apartment Balcony
Before going out and spending money on a new grill for your balcony, the first thing you should do is consult with your property management or landlord to make sure that you are allowed to use a grill. Good to go? Great.
The gas grill you purchase will ultimately come down to the size of your apartment balcony. The size of your balcony may determine the size of your gas grill. If you have a lot of space available, a larger grill like the Char-Griller 3001 Grillin’ Pro would suffice.
Most of the time, people have limited space throughout their apartment balconies, so buying a compact gas grill makes the most sense. The Fuego Element grill and the Char-Broil portable gas grill are the epitome of small gas grills that can fully cook high quantities of food without taking up a lot of space.
The remaining grills on the list: the Weber Q1200, the Cuisinart CGG-240, and the Char Griller 3001 Grillin’ Pro are larger grills, but they offer buyers a stable platform to cook their food with.
Unlike the two grills mentioned earlier in this section, these grills have side shelves that can help with food preparation. You can place food, seasoning, and even drinks on the side shelves and keep things organized as you’re ready to get the grill started.
Every balcony is a different size, some bigger than others. It’s your responsibility to find the right sized grill that will satisfy your craving for grilled foods without harming yourself or those around you. While cooking, one must be conscious of the smoke and/or odors that typically occur with grills. The last thing anyone wants is an irritated neighbor upstairs who is overwhelmed with a strong smoky smell.
Along with the overall size of the grill, remember to consider the cooking surface and extra features, such as portability and easy-start ignition.
About Gas Grills for Apartment Balconies
Cooking on your apartment balcony with a gas grill will let you enjoy your view of the outside while getting ready to eat some quality food. Learning about the pros and cons of having a gas grill will make it easier to make the right selection.
What are the benefits of using a gas grill opposed to other types of grills? Compared to charcoal and electric grills, gas fueled grills tend to start up much faster and cook food quite evenly.
Grills that have a large surface area with high amounts of BTU’s per hour will be able to cook a large quantity of food in a short period of time. Unlike grills that use wood or charcoal, gas grills will start almost instantly, though they can still take a little while to heat up.
There will be a few instances where you won’t be able to bring your grill into storage, resulting in you leaving it outside on the balcony. Depending on where you live, this can shorten the overall lifespan of the grill.
If this applies to you, it’s important to make sure that your potential gas grill is made with durable material so that it can handle the rigors of being exposed to poor weather conditions such as rain or snow. Grills made with a stainless steel material such as the CGG-240 will be able to avoid rusting by any means, keeping your grill fresh.
Ease of storage, thus increasing lifespan of the grill is one reason why some folks choose electric grills for apartments. Another advantage of a gas grill is that some apartments will not allow an open flame on their balconies. In these situations, you'll need a gas-powered appliance.
While gas grills can do some great things on an apartment balcony, there are a few potential issues to consider when using these grills outside your living space.
The biggest danger to using a gas grill near your apartment is the release of carbon monoxide. This should encourage you to be very careful when using a propane-fueled grill and to make sure that it is shut off when you are finished using it. Carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal for you and your family members and/or roommates, so it is crucial to always check the grill when turning it off.
Other issues that some people have with gas grills is that it doesn’t directly aim the heat towards the meat on the grill like infrared grills. This is not a major issue, but it may take a few minutes longer to cook large quantities of food.
The issues discussed shouldn't keep you from getting a gas grill, as they do have their strengths, such as ease of use and affordability – which is part of the reason that they're the perfect addition to your apartment balcony!