5 Great Little Grills for Balconies and Small Patios
You can be a grillmaster even if the only space you have available is an apartment balcony. With today’s small grills, outdoor grilling doesn’t require expansive spaces. Smaller patio or balcony grills only need minimal space and are ideal when cooking for just a few people.
Many grills for balcony spaces measure about 2 feet in depth, ideal for a balcony or small patio while keeping enough space free around the grill for safety. The Char-Broil electric patio bistro grill, shown at right, measures 25.2 inches deep and 38.25 inches in height and has a width of 24.4 inches. Although designed to fit small spaces, the grill has 320 square inches of cooking surface. It even comes in several colors to coordinate with your outdoor décor.
Cuisinart Outdoor Electric Grill
A compact grill, the Cuisinart Outdoor Electric Grill with VersaStand has the surface area to grill eight steaks or hamburgers or six to 10 chicken breasts. The VersaStand base allows the grill to transform between a tabletop model and a freestanding grill. It folds for storage, making it a good choice if you don’t want to keep the grill on the balcony when not in use.
Weber One-Touch Gold Kettle Grill
Weber has been manufacturing grills for more than 50 years. Its One-Touch Gold Kettle Grill measures 22.5 inches in diameter and offers 363 square inches of cooking surface. It features an aluminum ash catcher plus heavy-gauge porcelain enameled lid and bowl for durability.
Coleman RoadTrip Grill LXE
Perfect for tailgating or grilling steaks on the balcony, the Coleman, shown at right, is a gas grill featuring 20,000 BTUs and 285 square inches of cooking surface. It also has a slide-out grease tray and Coleman’s InstaStart push-button ignition, so heating the grill is quick and easy.
Char-Broil 2-Burner Gas Grill
A true space-saver, the Char-Broil 2-burner gas grill, shown at right, measures 42 inches high by 22 inches wide by 44 inches long. This grill boasts a cooking surface of 420 square inches with a porcelain enameled finish to help reduce heat and rust damage. On wheels for maneuverability, it has two fixed and two locking casters for the best stability.
Before selecting your balcony grill, be sure to check the rules and regulations for outdoor cooking as designated by your building. For safety, the U.S. Fire Administration recommends a 3-foot “kid-free” zone around the grill. In addition, keep all flammable materials away from the grill. This includes any combustibles, flowing curtains, divider screens, and pet or children’s toys.