The best two-burner gas grills often offer the convenience of being able to take them with you you, yet still can be used as the everyday grill living on your deck or patio. In recent years propane and even natural gas have started to take over the grilling world by storm.
The field of quality gas grills available to you can seem a little bit staggering and sometimes filled with complicated terminology. Yet with an experienced and educated eye, it is possible to filter down your options to find the best 2 burner gas grill that meets your needs.
In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the best two-burner gas grills. This includes some of the best gas grills that remain on your deck full-time as well as portable gas grills that you can take with you. A few of them might even be great at both.
Char-Broil Classic 280 2-Burner Liquid Propane Gas Grill with Side Burner
A tried and true grill with a convenient side burner for preparing side dishes.
Royal Gourmet GG2005 2-Burner Patio Propane Gas Grill
High-quality 2-burner gas grill for a deck or patio with limited space.
Pit Boss Grills PB 200 75275 Stainless Steel Two-Burner Portable Grill
A sturdy stainless steel grill that was designed to be portable, yet can also live on your deck at home.
Weber 44010001 Spirit II E-210 2-Burner Liquid Propane Grill
A premium 2-burner gas grill from one of the most trusted manufacturers in the industry.
Cuisinart CGG-240 All Foods Roll-Away Gas Grill
A great value, a portable 2-burner gas grill that can also live on your patio as your daily grill.
MASTER COOK Professional 2-Burner Liquid Propane Gas Grill
A compact 2-burner gas grill with collapsible side shelves and a cabinet base.
Char-Broil Signature TRU-Infrared 325 2-Burner Cabinet Liquid Propane Gas Grill
An affordable 2-burner gas grill that converts flame into infrared heat.
The 10 Best 2 Burner Gas Grills In 2020
- 1: Overall Best 2 Burner Gas Grill: Char-Broil Classic 280 2-Burner Liquid Propane Gas Grill with Side Burner
- 2: Best Under $300: Royal Gourmet GG2005 2-Burner Patio Propane Gas Grill
- 3: Best Stainless Steel: Pit Boss Grills PB 200 75275 Stainless Steel Two-Burner Portable Grill
- 4: Best Under $500: Weber 44010001 Spirit II E-210 2-Burner Liquid Propane Grill
- 5: Best For Tailgating: Cuisinart CGG-240 All Foods Roll-Away Gas Grill
- 6: Best Two-Burner Propane Grill: MASTER COOK Professional 2-Burner Liquid Propane Gas Grill
- 7: Best 2-Burner Infrared Grill: Char-Broil Signature TRU-Infrared 325 Liquid Propane Gas Grill
1: Overall Best 2 Burner Gas Grill: Char-Broil Classic 280 2-Burner Liquid Propane Gas Grill with Side Burner
True to its name the Char-Broil Classic is one of the most tried and true grills in their line.
You could argue it’s one of the grills that propelled them into long-term popularity with backyard chefs all across North America.
This means that they got it right the first time, or at least they have refined it over the years to the point where you can trust that it’s modern-day performance and value. You see this reflected in the impressive 5-year warranty that Char-Broil backs the 280 gas grill with.
The Char-Broil Classic 280 2-Burner Liquid Propane Gas Grill with Side Burner takes the two-burner model and evolves it a little bit by adding an 8,000 BTU per hour side burner to one of the two 12-inch by 13-inch side tables.
What you lose in shelf space, you gain in the ability to prepare side dishes without having to leave the grill for a quick run to the kitchen. While this is an increasingly popular feature with three and four-burner gas grills, it’s relatively rare in two-burner models.
The 280 square inch grill grates are large enough to grill for a family of four. Though there is no warming rack. They are coated with a protective non-stick layer of porcelain.
This again is something that’s rare in a grill this size. Not only does it help prevent food from sticking, but it also allows you to soak the grill grates in soapy water to release stubborn things like caramelized marinade.
If you did this with a chrome-plated or stainless steel grill grate, you’d be confronted by hideous rust in the next day or two. The porcelain coating essentially creates a barrier layer preventing water from accessing the underlying steel. Just bear in mind that the porcelain coating is somewhat thin.
So, when you scrape the grill grates down, try to use a stiff nylon bristle grill brush. If you use steel wool or an abrasive steel bristle grill brush it could scrape off some of the porcelain leaving the grate increasingly vulnerable to rust.
Inside the firebox of the Char-Broil Classic 280 2-Burner gas grill, you will find two independently controlled stainless steel liquid propane burners. Each is lit by a built-in piezo igniter which spares you having to fiddle with a lighter or matches.
Each burner is rated to produce 10,000 BTUs which is right on par for the heat level you want in a grill this size. They are also covered with heat tents, which not only protect the flame ports from clogging caused by errant drippings, it also helps to distribute the heat evenly across the 280 square inch grill grate. Each heat tent is also coated with protective nonstick porcelain which makes them easy to clean.
The cart body of the Char-Broil Classic 280 2-Burner gas grill is made from steel frame construction and tied together with a structural face which reduces the “Wobbliness” that you sometimes get with a lot of smaller grills.
There’s also a pair of wheels on one end, which allows you to store the Char-Broil Classic 280 2-Burner gas grill near the house when you’re not using it, yet you can easily wheel it out to a safe distance from the house when you do want to use it.
If you want a well-designed entry-level grill that lets you make your side dishes without frantically running back and forth to the kitchen, then the Char-Broil Classic 280 2-Burner gas grill needs to be near the top of your list.
What We Like
- A side burner attached to the side table of a two-burner propane grill is relatively rare.
- The sturdy cart base with easy to move wheels
- The protective porcelain coating for easy cleanup and prolonging the life of the grill.
What We Don’t Like
- The porcelain coating on the grill grate is a little bit on the thin side.
- There isn’t a warming rack included in the purchase.
- The lid is a little bit too shallow for tall foods.
- For all the convenience of the side burner, there isn’t any sort of protective cover or lid.
2: Best Under $300: Royal Gourmet GG2005 2-Burner Patio Propane Gas Grill
Two burner grills are often attractive to people with limited space on their deck or patio.
Yet you shouldn’t have to sacrifice quality for the sake of size and convenience. Answering this call is the Royal Gourmet GG2005 2-Burner Gas Grill.
Right off the bat what I really like about this grill is the ability to fold down the side shelves.
This means you have the room you need for prep and serving platters when you want to grill, yet you don’t have to sacrifice precious square feet on the patio when you aren’t grilling.
The lid of the Gourmet GG2005 2-Burner Gas Grill is especially tall for a two-burner gas grill, which means you have room to make things like a beer can chicken. It is also made from double-layer stainless steel for superior heat retention. Then it’s covered with a durable layer of heat resistant black powder coat, which also adds to the stylish look. There’s even an accurate thermometer built into the lid.
Inside the firebox, you will find a pair of stainless steel propane burners. Each is rated to produce up to 12,000 BTUs per hour for a total of 24,000 BTUs. This is on the high end of heat potential for a gas grill, which means you can sear up a really great steak! There are also dedicated heat tents over top of each burner element to protect it, while also vaporizing any errant drippings for more smoky, fire-kissed flavor. They’ve also been coated with nonstick protective porcelain.
Of course, the heat tents aren’t the only things with a protective porcelain layer. The grill grates themselves have a nice coating of porcelain, which is somewhat rare for a two-burner gas grill in this price range. It gives the 310 square inch grates nonstick properties, while also making them very easy to clean.
The base of the Gourmet GG2005 2-Burner Gas Grill is stylish and very sturdy for a pedestal-style cart. There is a bottle opener and a small spice rack built into the pedestal, which is handy. Just be careful, as they are just in the right place to accidentally clip your knee cap.
The Gourmet GG2005 2-Burner Gas Grill looks like it’s meant to sit in one place. Which is completely happy to do. However, there are four small casters built into it, which let you move it. Unfortunately, they don’t do well over an uneven surface. So, if you can set it in one spot and leave it there, it will save you the headache of trying to move the grill over deck boards or a cobblestone patio.
If space on your deck or patio is limited, and you don’t want to break the budget, but you also don’t want to cut corners on quality, then the Gourmet GG2005 2-Burner Gas Grill is the best gas grill for under $300.
What We Like
- The relatively large side shelves down when they aren’t in use to save space on a small deck or patio.
- The tall, double-layered lid allows you to make tall foods and helps with heat retention at low temperatures.
- The dripping’s pan makes it easy to dispose of grease and other drippings for quick cleanup.
- The dual 12,000 BTU stainless steel burner elements are on the hot end of the range without sacrificing thermal efficiency.
What We Don’t Like
- The bottle opener and side shelf on the pedestal will take a bite out of your knee cap one day.
- The casters on the bottom are very small and will stop dead on you in between deck boards.
- The 24,000 BTUs might struggle at cleanly burning at low temperatures.
3: Best Under $500: Weber 44010001 Spirit II E-210 2-Burner Liquid Propane Grill
Weber is one of the most well-established and trusted grill manufacturers in the industry.
Of course, they earned this reputation through decades of offering high-quality units to address just about any grilling interest.
The Spirit II E-210 features Weber’s innovative GS4 Grilling System. This includes features like an internal grease management system which was specifically designed to funnel all drippings into a removable tray.
The GS4 Grilling System also includes an infinity ignition system to fire up the two 13,000 BTU burner elements. The dual-element system is further protected by porcelain-coated “Flavorizer Bars” that vaporize drippings for added aroma and flavor, while also making for easy cleanup.
The Weber Spirit II E-210 has a primary grill grate that measures in at 380 square inches, which has been coated with special nonstick porcelain. This helps prevent food from sticking, while also making them easy to scrape down after you are done grilling.
Even if something like caramelized marinade doesn’t happen to get stubbornly stuck on the primary grates you can simply remove them for a nice long soak in warm soapy water without worrying about the grates rusting afterward. This grill also has a 114 square inch tuck-away warming rack.
If you are looking for a gas grill that will stand the test of time, with the performance to live up to every penny you invest, the Weber Spirit II E-210 is one of the best two burner gas grills for under $500.
What We Liked
- The GS4 Grilling System is a hallmark of cutting-edge grill design.
- The 380 square inches primary grill grate is large enough to grill for a family of four.
- The nonstick porcelain coating helps speed the cleanup process after you are done grilling.
- The 114 square inch warming rack tucks away neatly when you don’t want to use it.
- This grill is backed by an impressive 10-year warranty that the competitors don’t offer.
What We Don’t Like
- This grill doesn’t adapt to work with an accessory rotisserie.
- There is no propane to natural gas conversion kit available.
- The front locking casters are small and might make this grill hard to move over deck boards and stone patios.
4: Best For Tailgating: Cuisinart CGG-240 All Foods Roll-Away Gas Grill
Cuisinart isn’t necessarily one of the first names you think of when it comes to grilling. Yet they are one of the most trusted consumer cooking appliance brands. So, it was only a matter of time until they threw their hat into the ring of outdoor grills.
The Cuisinart CGG-240 All Foods Roll-Away Gas Grill was designed with portability in mind, yet it’s also sturdy enough to live on your deck or patio as your everyday grill station. When you want to take it with you the grill cart conveniently collapses which lets you roll it along with you. At the same time, there is two stainless steel fold outside shelves for a compact package.
Inside the firebox of the Cuisinart CGG-240, you will find a single loop burner element that replicates a two-burner effect without two control knobs. It’s lit by a built-in twit start ignition and is rated to produce up to 15,000 BTUs per hour.
The 240 square inch grill grates are made from cast iron with a protective nonstick porcelain coating. The cast iron provides superior heat retention for searing off steaks and chops, while the porcelain prevents food from sticking and prevents the cast iron from rusting.
The lid of the Cuisinart CGG-240 has a locking latch for when you need to take it on the move. It is a little bit shallow, but it does have a thermometer built into it, which is a nice touch. The handle also manages to stay relatively cool to the touch even during a long grilling session.
The Cuisinart CGG-240 was designed for portability, with the quality engineering and materials to make it one of the best two burner gas grills for tailgating.
What We Liked
- This grill folds up and collapses down into an easy to a wheeled cart.
- Can be used as a portable or as your daily griller.
- The cast iron grill grates retain heat to impart a superior sear and grill marks.
- The porcelain coating helps with easy cleanup of the grill grates.
- The cool touch handle helps avoid accidental burns when opening the grill’s lid.
What We Don’t Like
- The lid is very low, making it difficult to grill many tall cuts of meat.
- The loop-style burner element can lead to clogged flame ports.
- There as sometimes hot and cold spots around the burner element.
- This grill is also a little too small to accommodate any sort of grease management system.
5: Best Two-Burner Propane Grill: MASTER COOK Professional 2-Burner Liquid Propane Gas Grill
The Master Cook Two-Burner Propane Grill might be very appealing to you if you have a limited amount of space on your deck or patio, yet you still need to grill for a family of four.It has collapsing side tables to minimize the space it takes up when you aren’t using it.
Yet the tables also lock firmly into place, and they are large enough to hold an average prep platter on one side and a serving platter on the other. This is great for preventing problems with cross-contamination when grilling things like raw chicken!
The lid of the MASTER COOK Professional 2-Burner Propane Grill is made from stainless steel and has a very accurate thermometer built into it. It also has enough height volume to grill up tall things like a beer can chicken.
There is also a cabinet base with a door, that lets you store your propane tank out of sight, with room for some other basic grill tools. Just keep in mind that like a lot of cabinet bases it isn’t watertight. So, it might be a good idea to keep metal items in a small sealable, plastic tote.
In the firebox, you will find two independently controlled stainless steel propane burners that are linked to a push-button ignition system in the exterior control knobs. This allows you to produce two distinct heat zones for doing things like hybrid grilling.
Each one is capable of producing up to 16,000 BTUs of heat per hour, for a grand total of 32,000. This is on the very high end of the spectrum for gas grills in this size category. It translates into the ability to grill up pieces of meat that do well over direct high heat flame-like steaks and chops.
The primary grill grate measures in at 312 square inches which are relatively large for a two-burner grill. This is more than enough room to say grill up hamburger patties for a family of four. They are nicely coated with a protective nonstick layer or porcelain for easy release and cleanup. There’s also a 90-square inch warming rack.
If you are a big fan of grilling with propane, and you want a quality unit deserving of your money yet you don’t want to “Pay For The Name” of a major brand, then the MASTER COOK Professional may be the best 2-Burner Propane Grill for you.
What We Liked
- The porcelain-coated grill grates make for easy release and cleanup after you are done grilling.
- The folding side shelves reduce the overall footprint of the grill.
- The side tables are large enough to truly hold a serving and prep platter at the same time.
- The side tables lock firmly in place.
- The cabinet base provides a lot of convenient storage.
What We Don’t Like
- The casters under the base are small and might be hard to move around.
- The warming rack is also a little on the small side.
6: Best 2-Burner Infrared Grill: Char-Broil Signature TRU-Infrared 325 Liquid Propane Gas Grill
These days there are a variety of ways to use a propane or natural gas flame to produce infrared heat, which has a tendency to cook meat faster while helping it to retain more of its natural juices.
The Char-Broil Signature TRU-Infrared 325 employs a special type of heating element that directly radiates infrared heat without directly exposing the food to open flame. The result is far fewer flareups, while also having the ability to sear at very high temperatures.
The Char-Broil Signature TRU-Infrared 325 has two independently controlled propane burners that generate a combined 18,000 BTUs of heat. Though the way the infrared element works you can’t really produce two distinct heat zones. For fans of natural gas, there is also a conversion kit available.
It has a large primary grill grate made from cast iron and measuring in at an impressive 325 square inches. There’s also a large 125 square inch warming rack. Both grates are coated with nonstick porcelain.
If space is at a premium on your deck the side tables fold down. The cart base also has a cabinet built into it for storing a 25-pound liquid propane tank.
If you are interested in an infrared grill for high heat searing, but you don’t want to sink a lot of money into a large expensive grill, then the Char-Broil Signature TRU-Infrared 325 might just be the best infrared gas grill for the money.
What We Liked
- The primary grates and the warming rack are coated with nonstick porcelain for easy release and cleanup.
- The natural gas conversion kit is inexpensive as well as easy to install.
What We Don’t Like
- Doesn’t handle low heat hybrid grilling well.
- Doesn’t have the heat characteristics to be improvised as a smoker for hot barbecue.
- The folding side shelves are also a little on the small side.
7: Best Stainless Steel Gas Grill: Pit Boss Grills PB 200 75275 Stainless Steel Two-Burner Portable Grill
The lid has a thermometer built into it, which isn’t always the case with smaller, portable grills like this. It also has locking latches to hold the lid in place. This also means you can stow your grill gear under the lid for taking it to the beach or stadium parking lot tailgate party. The legs also fold up for compact storage and easy transport.
Inside the firebox, you will find a pair of stainless steel liquid propane burners. Each is rated to produce 10,000 BTUs per hour for a total of 20,000 BTUs of consistent heat. This is right on par with what you want in a grill this size. They are lit by a push-button igniter built into each control knob.
Sitting over top of the burner elements are what Pit Boss calls “Flavor Enhancers.” These are technically heat tents that help vaporize drippings to accentuate the smoky flavors that so many charcoal purists love. The Flavor Enhancers also help divert any drippings that don’t vaporize into the lower grease management system, which deposits them in a relatively large drippings cup.
The grill grates are made from 304 stainless steel, which is a little bit on the sticky side. When I grill with this type of grid, I will lightly rub them down with an oil-soaked paper towel a moment before laying down the meat. This trick is especially helpful when grilling lean cuts like pork tenderloin or skinless chicken.
The Pit Boss PB 200 comes with a 38-inch propane hose, which isn’t something you see with many of its nearest competitors. It’s set up to connect to a 20-pound liquid propane tank. If you want to connect this to a DOT 39 one-pound propane cylinder you will need to buy a special, yet inexpensive adaptor.
Just bear in mind that the way 304 stainless steel is cut and welded can sometimes make for sharp points and edges. Give it a careful look, and you might want to consider using a fine-tooth mill file of automotive sandpaper to lightly buff down any potential sharp spots.
With its built-in grease management system and portable engineering, the Pit Boss PB 200 is one of the best stainless steel gas grills on the market today.
What We Liked
- The locking lid and folding legs maximize overall portability.
- The lower firebox with a grease management system and a drippings cup is large for the size of the grill.
- The thermometer built into the locking lid is somewhat rare for a gas grills this size.
What We Don’t Like
- Some of the edges are a little on the sharp side and may need to be buffed to prevent accidental cuts
- The stainless steel might be overly bright on a sunny day.
- There isn’t a 1-pound propane cylinder adaptor in the initial purchase.
Two burner gas grills are incredibly popular with people who perhaps have a small patio or deck, as well as those who want a grill that they can take with them on the go. In the past, small grills like this were cheap, and if you did buy one, you expected it to survive a single summer or two.
Today modern grill manufacturers have refined their design and manufacturing techniques while embracing the kind of quality materials necessary to let a small gas grill live beyond a well-loved summer.
How Did I Pick The Best Two Burner Gas Grills?
The gas grill market today can leave the average consumer feeling a little spoiled for choice. It takes a discerning eye to make sure you are really getting into a two-burner gas grill that’s worthy of your hard-earned money.
I started by looking at quality manufacturers that either has a long-standing reputation for producing high-quality grills, as well as manufacturers who have been coming on strong, even if they are a little new to the marketplace. This step alone helps weed out a lot of two-burner grills that suffer from cut corners and low-quality materials.
Along the way, I also kept a keen eye out for important features and characteristics that help define quality in design, and engineering as well as the proper use of the best materials. This includes the following features.
You might be surprised to find out that there are a lot of different things a grill grate can be made out of. While some of them like expanded metal will do the job of keeping a piece of meat from falling into the flames, they don’t always hold up to the test of time. With many of the cheaper materials, the rust and corrosion that kills them can also end up on your food, which is definitely not what I would call a “Tasty Seasoning.”
Whenever possible I tried to gravitate toward grill grates that had some type of protective layer like a coating of non-stick porcelain. Not only does it help keep things like lean meats from sticking to the grate, but they are also very easy to clean up. A gentle scraping usually does the trick, but even if something like caramelized marinade gets stuck on to the grates, you can just give them a good long soak in warm soapy water. The porcelain material will protect the underlying metal to prevent rust and corrosion.
Stainless steel and other metals are also in play. There are some grill manufacturers who use them as a dedicated part of their “Brand Image.” They are a little bit sticky. Especially when it comes to lean meats like skinless chicken. You can get around this problem by giving the grill grates a light rub down with an oiled paper towel right before placing the meat down.
Drippings or Grease Management
One of the common problems you run into with relatively small two-burner gas grills is the lack of a drippings or grease management system. Usually, you have to step up to a three-burner model, to get that level of functionality and engineering.
So, if you do spot a two-burner gas grill with a drippings tray or some type of grease management system engineered into the lower part of the grill body it’s a definite bonus! Not only does it make clean up easier, but it also reduces the chances of a grease fire breaking out in the lower portion of the firebox.
Still, if you find a two-burner gas grill that you love but it doesn’t have a grease management system built-in, you could simply line the lower portion of the grill box with heavy-duty aluminum foil. That way you can just pull it out after the grill cools down and the fats solidify. This will spare you an awful lot of annoying wiping and scraping!
A lid might not seem like a big deal, but it can be a factor when shopping for a two-burner gas grill. With some things like simple hot dogs and hamburgers grilled up at a tailgate party or beach trip, you probably won’t care if there’s a lid or not.
When it comes to using a two-burner grill for making things like bone-in cuts of chicken, stuffed pork chops, and other pieces of meat that need a lower flame to cook through safely, the grill lid becomes a much more important factor. When it’s closed the heat from the burners is refracted and reflected to infuse the heat through the meat more efficiently.
A thermometer built into the lid is also an especially nice touch. It lets you know just what’s going on in there without having to open the top, which will ultimately change the heating characteristics. It’s also worth bearing in mind that there are some manufacturers who don’t install thermometers in their grill lids. So, when a unit had one, I made sure to move it up my list.
How Did I Test?
Once I filtered out the best options, I applied a lot of the same techniques you will find in a lot of professional tests kitchens. This calls for making a selection of popular grilled foods and examining the overall performance. This includes things like bone-in, skin-on cuts of chicken, inexpensive pork tenderloins, hamburger patties, and hot dogs.
The grill’s performance with these popular meats also translates into how they would perform with similar cuts. The detritus left behind in the form of stuck-on bits, rendered fat, and grease also shed light on just how easy or difficult it might be to clean the grill afterward.
Is There Really A Difference Between Propane And Natural Gas?
While they are both hydrocarbon gasses, there are some notable differences between propane and natural gas. For starters, propane has nearly three times the energy density per unit, which means you can compress it into a temporary liquid form for storage in a portable tank.
Natural gas occurs in nature, but because it isn’t as energy-dense, it’s only available to homes via a municipal supply line. If your city doesn’t offer natural gas, you cannot operate a natural gas grill. It’s also worth bearing in mind that it is very unsafe to use natural gas to fuel a propane grill and vice versa.
What Is A “Loop Burner?”
A loop burner is essentially a single propane burner element in a tight U shape. It’s technically only one burner that gives you consistent flame control. The benefit is consistency in temperature so that all the food gets done at the same time. Unfortunately, it also means you can’t create two distinct heat zones like you can with a gas grill that has two independent control knobs.
Honestly, you would notice this more with a larger grill, but since most two-burner gas grills are small, you will rarely need to create two different heat zones.
Can I Use A Portable Gas Grill As My Daily Grill Station?
Just a decade ago, portable gas grills were cheap pieces of metal that you may be brought with you camping, or for a trip to the beach. Today many of the high-end units are so well designed and use quality materials deserving of life on your deck or patio.
The best two-burner gas grill for you will be influenced by how you are most likely to use it. If you just want a small grill that lives on your deck most of the year, you might prioritize things like a cart or cabinet base. If you want a gas grill that can come with you to the stadium parking lot for tailgating and trips to the beach, you might want to prioritize one that collapses or has a wheeled base.
Along the way try to think about things like the number of people you will most often need to grill for. This will influence the size of the grill grates your need, as well as whether or not you need a warming rack.
Features like porcelain coated grill grates, grease management systems, and dripping’s cups might also be something to keep an eye out for. They certainly help with the cleanup and preventing a mess in the back of your SUV.