– Best 2 Burner Gas Grill Reviews 2019
The days grow shorter and the weather colder, but there is still time to get together and enjoy a hot meal cooked on a gas grill. However, with Football season ramping up and tailgating in full-swing, a large grill is not always the best option. That is why we put together a list of the 5 best 2-burner gas grill reviews of 2019. We also provide a helpful buyer’s guide and FAQ, so you know what to look for and what is just noise. We found the Cuisinart CGG-306 and Char-Broil to be the best of their respective types, but you have to keep reading to see our best value.
– Best Seller
— Cuisinart CGG-306 Professional Tabletop Gas Grill, Two-Burner, Stainless Steel
Cuisinart is not the oldest or most experienced company on our list with its founding going back only around 40 years. On top of that, Cuisinart actually specializes in kitchenware more than outdoor cooking products. However, Cuisinart is known for innovation as they made the first consumer-grade food processor. In terms of 2-burner gas grills, the Cuisinart CGG-306 offers one of the better performances we found with a wide range of features. On top of that, it skirts the line for the price, being neither too expensive nor one of the less expensive options we came across. As a total package, it is not terribly difficult to understand how the Cuisinart CGG-306 gas grill made our best seller position.
While the Cuisinart 2-burner gas grill is not the outright hottest product on our list, it definitely is the best performing tabletop model. This is important because most tabletop gas grills tend to be a bit underpowered compared to their larger competitors. While the CGG-306 2-burner gas grill does not quite reach the heat of a standard grill, it still puts out 20000 BTUs. However, it is worth noting that the Cuisinart gas grill can potentially get too, up to 700-degrees, which is known to melt the various plastic components like the knobs. This means that you will need to watch the Cuisinart grill more closely than others when preheating it or cooking with the hood down. The grates are made out of stainless steel which does not transfer heat as well as cast-iron, and they are not coated with any additional material.
The melting plastic knobs notwithstanding, the CGG-306 gas grill is otherwise one of the better-built products that we came across. For one, the Cuisinart CGG-306 grill is made primarily out of stainless steel which provides plenty of durability. While stainless steel is not known for being the best at retaining heat, this does not seem to be an issue for the CGG-306 grill– as noted prior. Beyond the general durability provided by the stainless steel materials, this construction also allows you to clean the Cuisinart gas grill much easier than some of the other options we saw. On top of that, the CGG-306 gas grill also provides the largest cooking area out of any tabletop grill on our list.
Puts out 20000 BTUs
Is a more portable grill
Has a 275 sq in cooking area
Is easier to clean
Is resistant to weather
Has a temperature gauge
Plastic may melt
Tends to run hot
– Top Pick
— Char-Broil Performance 300 2-Burner Cabinet Liquid Propane Gas Grill- Stainless steel
Char-Broil is actually one of the oldest and first companies to produce outdoor cooking equipment for the consumer. With a history that stretches back over 70 years and one of the original consumer-grade grills to hit the market, Char-Broil has more experience than most. On top of that, Char-Broil specializes in making grills, though they cover most types and fuel sources. That said, we chose the Char-Broil Performance 300 2-burner gas grill as our top pick due to a solid range of specs as well as a better build than most of the other options we came across.
Once again, the Char-Broil gas grill is not the outright hottest product that we reviewed, but it still produces plenty of heat, putting out 24000 BTUs total or 12000 BTUs per burner. This provides for significantly more heat in general than portable grills, though you do not have to worry about some of the durability issues that hotter tabletop grills suffer. This is due to the inclusion of a stainless steel UFC heat shield that prevents heat from transferring through. Beyond the general heat generation, the Performance 300 2-burner gas grill also provides porcelain-coated, cast-iron burners. This provides significantly better heat retention and transference, so your food cooks quicker and more evenly.
While the CHar-Broil 2-burner gas grill may not be quite as portable as a tabletop grill, it does still come with 4 caster wheels, 2 of which lock. This provides some modest portability, though this is further complemented with 2 metal shelves that fold down for easier portability and storage. That said, it is worth noting that the Char-Broil Performance 300 gas grill is noted for being one of the more difficult to assemble. However, the copious amount of stainless steel does at least make it fairly easy to clean as well. The Char-Broil grill also offers one of the largest cooking spaces we reviewed with 300 sq in for the main cooking area and a 100 sq in warming rack.
Puts out 24000 BTUs
Has porcelain-coated, cast-iron burners
Has a 300 sq in cooking area
Has a 100 sq in warming rack
Is easier to clean
Is easy to store
Is a more expensive grill
Is difficult to assemble
– Best Value
— Cuisinart CGG-059 Grillster 8,000 BTU Portable Gas Grill
Cuisinart makes another appearance on our list, but this time they make it a point to focus more on portability as opposed to cooking performance. While this does not mean that the Cuisinart Grillster is a poorly cooking 2-burner gas grill, it definitely cannot compete with most of the other products on our list when cooking thicker cuts of meat. That said, it is by far one of the least expensive 2-burner grills that we reviewed while still providing one of the better designs we came across.
While the first Cuisinart tabletop grill we reviewed can compete with a standard grill in terms of cooking performance, the Cuisinart Grillster 2-burner gas grill does not try to match those specs. Instead, the Grillster gas grill makes it a point to offer one of the more portable grills we came across while still providing a solid cooking experience. In fact, the CGG-059 2-burner gas grill is the lightest product that we reviewed, making it even lighter than some camping grills. On top of its low weight, the Grillster grill also provides one of the better designs with a locking lid that includes a convenient carrying handle. Even better, the hood lifts entirely out of the way when in use, so you do not have to worry about a restricted cooking space.
There is no getting around the fact that the Cuisinart CGG-059 2-burner gas grill does not match up well to some of the other products on our list. Though, for its lightweight, compact size, it still offers some decent specs. The Cuisinart Grillster gas grill puts out 8000 BUTs at 4000 BTUs per burner, with is the lowest on our list. However, this gas grill can still get plenty hot as noted by the same issue the other Cuisinart tabletop grill suffers– melting plastic components. Thankfully, the CGG-059 gas grill comes with porcelain-enameled, steel grates, so you get as much heat transference and retention from the burners as possible.
Is a less expensive grill
Puts out 8000 BTUs
Is a more portable grill
Has porcelain-enameled steel grate
Is easier to clean
Has a 145 sq in cooking area
Not the best valve regulator
Plastic may melt
– Runner Up
— Weber 44070001 Spirit II E-210 2-Burner Liquid Propane Grill, Mocha
Weber is another company on our list noted for a long history in the outdoor cooking market, tracing its history to almost 7 decades. On top of that, Weber is another company that specializes in outdoor cooking products with a focus on grills in particular. As if that were not enough, Weber also continues to push the boundaries of grilling innovation, even developing the first kettle grill to prevent ashes from blowing onto food while grilling. That said, the Weber Spirit II E-210 2-burner gas grill has a couple of issues that push a bit further down our list.
If you just look at the box specs, it might seem like the Weber gas grill is a no-brainer as the best option. For example, the Spirit II gas grill is easily the hottest product we reviewed putting out 26500 BTUs with 13250 BTUs per burner. On top of that, the E-260 gas grill also comes with porcelain-enameled, cast-iron grates, providing even cooking and better heat retention than most. As if that were not enough, the Spirit II E-260 gas grill also provides the largest main cooking area on our list at 360 sq in and even comes with a respectable warming rack at 90 sq in. In general, this is definitely the best 2-burner gas grill on our list if you still want to host medium-sized parties.
Beyond the base specs, the Weber Spirit II gas grill also comes with a number of bells and whistles that make it fairly attractive. Granted, these additional features do not actually improve its outright cooking performance, and they drive the cost of the Weber up. Still, the E-260 grill is iGrill compatible, which lets you keep track of your food without having to stand directly over the grill. Unfortunately, the Weber E-260 gas grill has quality control issues with a number of pieces regularly not being machined properly. This would not be so bad, but customer support is not terribly helpful with fixing these issues either. If you get a well-made model of the Weber Spirit E-260 gas grill, it will serve you well– but that is a gamble.
Puts out 26500 BTUs
Has porcelain-enameled, cast-iron grates
Has the GS4 grilling system
Is iGrill compatible
Has a 360 sq in cooking area
Has a 90 sq in warming rack
Is a more expensive grill
Has QC issues
– Also Consider
— Coleman Gas Stove | Portable Propane Gas Classic Camp Stove with 2 Burners
Most people have likely heard of Coleman, but it is probably not related to grills explicitly. This is because Coleman specializes in camping and hiking gear, though they do include camping cooking gear in that mix. That said, Coleman is one of the first companies to manufacture a gas grill specifically for camping. While the Coleman Classic Propane Stove is great for what it does, it is definitely more niche and not necessarily the best 2-burner gas grill.
Despite its relatively small size and lightweight build, the Coleman Classic gas grill can compete with some of the best in terms of heat. Granted, without the ability to close the Coleman grill, you have to rely strictly on the burner heat. However, with a total of 20000 BTUs split at 10000 BTUs per burner, you still get plenty of heat. Even better, the Coleman gas grill also provides windshields on three sides of different sizes to protect the burner flame. The inclusion of PerfectFlow and PerfectHeat technology also allow the Coleman Classic grill to maintain better heat than other camping grills. That said, the significant amount of heat generated combined with the wider-spaced grates can lead to uneven cooking.
Up and Down
In terms of the build quality, the Coleman Classic 2-burner gas grill offers some nice features but also drops the ball in other areas. For example, the burners and grates are made out of chrome-plated steel which helps them resist weather damage and other corrosion. On top of that, the general body of the Coleman Classic grill is made of aluminized steel, achieving the same effect. However, this is another gas grill which suffers from quality control issues, making its purchase a bit of a gamble. On the other hand, as a camping grill, the Coleman Classic is definitely one of the more portable options we came across.
Is a less expensive grill
Puts out 20000 BTUs
Has PerfectFlow technology
Has PerfectHeat technology
Has chrome-plated burners
Is a more portable grill
May cook unevenly
Has QC issues
– Best 2 Burner Gas Grill Buying Guide 2019
The type of 2-burner gas grill you choose is not necessarily the most important quality to consider, but it will have a ripple effect on how you use your grill. For example, the type of grill you choose will determine how large of a group you can cook for all at once. Granted, you can always use a rotating cooking schedule, but that is not always ideal depending on the situation. On top of that, the type of grill you choose will also determine where you can use your grill with some being more portable than others. While there are technically a few types of grills, the primary 2-burner gas grills available are standard and portable.
— Standard – The standard type of grill is the type of grill most people think of and is the “classic” type of grill. This type of grill is noted for having a relatively large body that stands on a frame with varying degrees of mobility. That said, it is worth noting that no standard grill is really considered “portable,” whether or not you can actually transport it. On the other hand, the 2-burner gas grill is one of the smaller grills, in general, making a standard 2-burner grill potentially more portable than larger models. However, you will likely need to take far more precautions when transporting it and generally need a larger, more stable ground to put it on.
The main benefit of a standard grill is its size with standard grills often offering significantly more cooking area than portable grills. On top of that, standard grills are far more likely to have multiple cooking stations with, at least, a warming rack to go along with their primary cooking area. Not only does this allow you to cook for a larger group, in general, it also makes cooking different types of food easier. Also, you can more efficiently and effectively use a rotating cooking schedule and still have most, if not all, of the food finish cooking at the same time.
— Portable – The portable grill is technically a newer type of grill, though it has still been around since the early days of outdoor consumer cooking products. However, the portable grill definitely progressed significantly from its initial incarnation to the point that the modern designs often look little like the original versions. The overwhelming reason to get a portable grill comes down to its incredible portability with many models weighing little enough that they can be carried by a single person. On top of that, most portable grills can also be collapsed or folded up in such a way that they are significantly easier to carry or transport in general.
As the name suggests, a portable grill is often lightweight and small enough that it can fit on top of a table which significantly expands the number of locations that it can be used. However, portable grills are far more limited when it comes to the cooking area as necessitated by their small size. While clever, experienced cooks can still use a portable grill to cook for a decent-sized party, they are best reserved for smaller groups of people. While most portable grills still offer a relatively robust build given their compact profile, portable camping grills are even smaller and more portable still.
As with any product used to cook food, the amount of heat it can generate will be one of the more important factors. The primary method of gauging the temperature of a 2-burner gas grill is in BTUs or British thermal units. However, it is worth noting that the functional heat of a grill heavily depends on more than just how many BTUs the burners put out. On top of that, you may not necessarily need the hottest grill depending on what type of food you want to cook on it. Consider how often you actually use your oven to cook anything above 450-degrees and apply that to cooking over an open flame.
Aside from the fact that the absolute hottest cooking temperatures are rarely needed for cooking most food, the burners only tell you how much heat is put out– not how hot the cooking area will actually be. In this instance, the general build of the grill’s body and hood can also influence how hot the grill cooks at. For example, smaller, shallow grills may be able to put out plenty of heat right below the burners, but they might not be able to retain heat as well as larger grills. This is especially true when cooking with the hood open or even just checking on the food with much of the heat escaping relatively quickly.
The grates are arguably one of the more important parts of any kind of grill but especially 2-burner gas grills. This is because a 2-burner gas grill generally does not put out as much heat as larger grills and may need better grates to best cook the food. Essentially, if the grill does not retain heat quite as well as some models, it needs the grates to step up and transfer the heat generated more effectively to the food. While the open flames of the gas burners do this fairly well in calm, controlled climates, the grates transfer heat well almost regardless of the conditions. The main thing that determines how well the grates perform is their material composition, though you may opt for a less thermally conductive material depending on your preferences.
The three primary materials used for grill grates are cast-iron, mild steel, and stainless steel, though they can also be treated with porcelain-enamel. Of the two primary materials, cast-iron conducts heat much better than stainless steel, allowing it to cook better all-around. Stainless steel actually does not retain heat all that well, though some grades perform better at this than others. However, stainless steel is significantly easier to clean than cast-iron and holds up better against water, grease, and general corrosion.
Mild steel is definitely the least common material used for grill grates, though it occupies a bit of a Goldilocks position in terms of capability. Basically, mild steel retains heat better and provides superior thermal conductivity than stainless steel and is easier to clean and maintain than cast-iron. Of course, many manufacturers coat grates made of any material in porcelain-enamel which makes them easier to clean, protects them from wear and tear as well as the elements, and increases thermal conductivity.
Why Choose a 2-Burner Gas Grill?
Depending on the type of gas grill you choose may play a role in answering this question, but there is no getting around the fact that 2-burner gas grills rarely offer the same breadth of capability as larger models– regardless of the type. As such, one of the biggest reasons to choose a 2-burner gas grill often comes down to simple cost. Basically, a 2-burner gas grill is less expensive than their larger models, often by hundreds of dollars if not outright half the cost. Granted, some 2-burner gas grills may cost more than average, but they also often provide comparable cooking performances as well.
However, another big reason to choose a 2-burner gas grill comes down to the size which is not always a luxury everyone can afford. If you do not have a large outdoor space, an impressive 3- or 4-burner gas grill may not be an option. This is especially relevant for people who rent an apartment or multi-family home but still want to grill food and entertain guests from time to time. Finally, though there are varying degrees of functionality in this regard, a 2-burner gas grill is almost always somewhat portable– even if it is a standard model.
What Type of 2-Burner Gas Grill?
The type of 2-burner gas grill you choose should hinge on how you use your grill and your cooking experience. It is worth noting that experienced grillers can get by using a type of gas grill that might not be ideal for their given situation. That said, one of the more important factors to consider when choosing your gas grill is where you intend to use it. Basically, if you want to use your gas grill anywhere but your own home, it is a better idea to get a portable gas grill. While some standard gas grills may be portable enough to take for tailgating, they will require a larger transport vehicle and secure fastening.
That said, even when opting for a portable gas grill, it is important to figure out how powerful of a grill you need and exactly where you will be. This is because the portable grill type can be further broken down into tabletop grills and camping grills. Camping grills are often much smaller and lighter than tabletop grills but offer significantly less cooking power. On top of that, camping grills are usually nowhere near as durable as tabletop grills, though they are often much cheaper.
Of course, if you need to cook for a larger group of people, you likely want to go with a standard grill. Not only does a standard grill generally afford more cooking area, but they will also often provide a warming rack. This allows you to cook many different types of food simultaneously without having to worry about a rotating cooking schedule. That said, it is worth noting that a 2-burner gas grill will not offer that large of a cooking area and is best reserved for medium-sized gatherings. On top of that, standard gas grills tend to retain heat better than either type of portable grill, making them a better choice for cooking at higher temperatures or with the hood open.
What to Look for?
While the heat generated is definitely one of the more important factors to consider, the different designs associated with the various types of 2-burner gas grills make this a bit more difficult to gauge. Basically, even a portable gas grill can often generate high temperatures due to their smaller space, though you will often need to be more careful when cooking at high temperatures on a portable grill. This makes the heat generated come down more to your familiarity with grills and your cooking experience in general.
Outside of the heat generated, one of the most important qualities to consider is the grates, specifically their materials. There is no getting around the fact that even the most thermally conductive stainless steel grates perform nowhere near as well as cast-iron grates. While stainless steel grates may include a porcelain-enamel coating to increase their thermal conductivity, that still does not bring them to the level of raw cast-iron– not to even mention cast-iron with its own coating.
That said, the need for high-end thermal conductivity depends a bit more on what you cook with hamburgers and hotdogs not necessarily requiring the same kind of cooking quality as thick cuts of beef. In this instance, if you do not grill trickier foods, you may want to opt for a gas grill that is easier to use instead. In terms of ease, by far one of the more important aspects involves how easy or difficult it is to clean the grill. While stainless steel may not provide the best heat transference or retention, it is far easier to clean than mild steel or cast-iron– though porcelain-enamel can make cleaning those materials easier in their own right.
In the end, your level of cooking proficiency, need for portability, and general party size will ultimately determine which is the best 2-burner gas grill for you. The Cuisinart CGG-306 is easily the most capable tabletop grill on our list with a superior design and more heat, though you do need to be watchful. The Char-Broil provides plenty of heat and a larger cooking area than most, but it is difficult to assemble. The Cuisinart Grillster might be the most portable tabletop grill on our list, but it is also the least powerful and also needs to be watched carefully. The Weber puts out the most heat and has the largest cooking area but comes with too many QC issues for the price. Finally, the Coleman Classic is great for camping trips when you want to cut carrying weight, but is not the most reliable option we found.