The 7 Best Grills for Apartment Dwellers and Folks with Tiny or Non-Existent Backyards

updated Mar 30, 2023
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One of the best pieces of advice I’ve received as an adult is to make friends with people who have backyards.

Summertime grilling

doing your own grilling at home, and if you don’t have much (or any) outdoor space to set up a grill in, don’t worry. We know several
small-space-friendly grills that can help you out.

These grills are great for apartment dwellers and take up just enough room to give you an authentic grilling experience (and not a square foot more). We also found options that work indoors so you can enjoy perfect grill marks from the convenience of your home kitchen. We recommend grabbing one of these now as the weather warms up so you’re ready when summer arrives. Check out our top grilling accessories, too, so you have everything you need for a season of chargrilled goodness.

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This little charcoal-powered guy is essentially a shrunken-down version of the classic kettle grill that Weber is famous for. The best part? It still has enough cooking space for four or five burgers, a few hot dogs, and some onions — all at the same time. It also has a heat-proof lid handle, a tray that’ll catch the ashes, and dampers that allow you to control the temp of the grill. Oh yeah, and it only weighs 9.5 pounds.

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This tabletop gas grill is a great choice for anyone who prefers the convenience of gas over charcoal. You simply hook it up to a propane tank and ignite! As its name implies, it’s great to use on a picnic table or even during a small tailgate party. The large porcelain-enameled cooking surface is easy to use and clean up. Plus, two foldable aluminum legs and a briefcase-style carrying handle make it incredibly portable and easy to carry around.

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Wanna grill inside your kitchen, where your landlord can’t yell at you and the bugs can’t annoy you? Try this indoor electric grill that's recommended by our resident gear pro. It comes with reversible plates so you can use it as a grill, griddle, or panini press.

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If you like to nerd out over kitchen gear, this portable charcoal grill has your name written all over it. Well, technically it has Heston Blumenthal's name on it because the science-minded, Michelin-star-winning chef designed it himself. It’s super techy yet still super cute.

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If you don’t want to lug a grill through the park or down the beach, grab this foldable gas grill with wheels that you can easily transport like a rolling suitcase. Once it's set up, it lights with the push of a button and has 285 square inches of grilling surface. Reviewers especially love it for camping.

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This popular electric grill is a smart alternative to getting the real grilling experience when you can't use an open-flame propane or charcoal grill. Its 15-serving grill plate is large enough to cook multiple wings, burgers, and steaks all at once, while the removable stand gives you the flexibility of packing it up and taking it anywhere. The plate can be removed for cleaning, and its nontick coating makes that task even easier.

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This compact grill uses infrared technology that heats up super quickly and produces delicious char marks without all the smoke. It heats up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit in minutes and plugs into any stardard outlet. Summer rainstorms will never be able to thwart your grill plans again.