If you live on your own you might think that grilling is not worth it. However, you couldn’t be more wrong. There are plenty of smaller sized grills out there to choose from. Isn’t it great to think you can come home after a hard day at work and just fire up your grill?
Once you’ve decided to buy a grill you must then decide what sort of grill you want. You have the choice between gas, charcoal and electric. Here I will tell you the pros and cons of each and then I will choose what I think are the best grills out there for one person.
Table of Contents
- 1 Best Gas Grills for One Person
- 2 Best Charcoal Grills for One Person
- 3 Best Electric Grills
- 4 Pros of a Gas Grill
- 5 Cons of a Gas Grill
- 6 Pros of Charcoal Grills
- 7 Cons of a Charcoal Grill
- 8 Pros of an Electric Grill
- 9 Cons of an Electric Grill
- 10 Final thoughts
Best Gas Grills for One Person
Weber 50006001 Q 1000 Liquid Propane Grill
The dimensions of this liquid propane gas grill are 14.5” H x 27” W x 16.5” D so it is a good size for just one person, but there is room for a little more food if you have guests. The burner is made of stainless steel; while the cooking grates are porcelain-enameled cast-iron and the lid and body are made from aluminum.
It uses disposable liquid propane gas cylinders which are light. The grill must be preheated on high for 15 minutes before you start cooking your food. There is an optional liquid propane adaptor available as an extra so you can attach a 20-pound tank to it if required.
- One stainless steel burner produces 8500 BTU-per-hour to heat 189 square-inch total cooking area
- Porcelain-enameled cast-iron cooking grates and cast aluminum lid and body
- Fully assembled out of box. Dimensions - lid closed (inches): 14.5H x 27W x 16.5D inches
- Push-button ignition and infinite control burner valve settings
- Uses disposable 14.1 or 16.4 oz. LP cylinder (sold separately). Grill must be preheated with burner on high for 10 to 15 minutes
Light enough for taking to the beach or camping. It weighs 28.5 pounds.
It has different heat settings.
It can be used either indoors or outside.
You can combine the grate with a griddle as it has split grates.
Some customers have complained that the pressure regulator doesn’t last long.
Cuisinart CGG -180T Petit Gourmet Portable Tabletop Gas Grill
This is a great grill for a single person as it is very compact. The dimensions are 16” L x 16.5” W x 13” D and it just weighs 13.5 pounds. On the other hand, there is enough space for entertaining. You can cook 8 burgers on it or 8 steaks, 6 chicken breasts or 4 pounds of fish.
- Portable gas grill with 145-square-inch grilling area and foldaway legs
- Cooks 8 burgers, 8 steaks, 6 to 10 chicken breasts, or 4 pounds of fish
- Powerful 5,500 BTU stainless-steel burner and even-heating porcelain-enameled grate
- Aluminum legs and stabilizing feet set up in seconds; integrated lid lock keeps lid secure
- Pronounced briefcase-style carrying handle; weighs 13.5 pounds
It has a powerful 5,500 BTU stainless steel burner which is easy to control. The legs are foldable and are made of aluminum and they have stabilizing feet making it very secure. It is fuelled by propane gas and has a spill-resistant drip tray.
It has a carrying handle so is easy to take out with you to the beach or camping.
It has a twist start ignition so lights very easily.
The grill gets hot very quickly.
It uses less gas than a full-sized grill.
A few customers have said that the burner knobs have broken.
Best Charcoal Grills for One Person
Weber 10020 Smokey Joe 14-inch Portable Grill
This charcoal grill is perfect for the single person as it is very compact at 17” H x 14.2” W x 14.5” D, but if you want to entertain you can cook 5 burgers on it. The lid is made from sturdy porcelain- enamel. The temperature can easily be controlled by dampers.
- Holds up to five burgers made with a Weber burger press
- Compact and lightweight for grilling on the go
- Porcelain-enameled lid and bowl retain heat, and won’t rust or peel
- Dampers allow you to easily control the temperature inside your grill
- Durable plated steel cooking grate retains heat and is easy to clean. Dimensions - Lid closed 17 H x 14.2 W x 14.5 D inches
The plated steel cooking grate stays hot for a long time and is very easy to clean.
It has a carrying handle so you can take it with you to the beach or camping.
This is a number 1 best seller so there are no cons at all.
Lodge Cast Iron Sportsman’s Grill
This is another compact grill, the dimensions being 19” H x 8.2” W x 10.2” D so is suitable for a single person, but it can also be used for entertaining a small group of friends.
It is made of cast iron which is very durable. It has two doors; a draft door which regulates the heat and another door for the coals.
The grill comes seasoned with 100% vegetable oil which gets better the more you use it. It is easy to clean. Just use mild soap and water. Dry straight away with a paper towel.
Easy to transport for beach or camping use.
The iron can rust with prolonged use.
Best Electric Grills
Weber 52020001 Q1400 Electric Grill
This electric grill has a 1560-watt heating element which gives out plenty of heat. It is best to cook with the lid down which gives a surprisingly grilled taste. It is a nice size for one person or for entertaining a few friends.
It is 14.5” H x 27” W x 16.5 D and has a 189 square inch cooking surface. The grates are very strong as they are made of porcelain-enameled cast iron and the outside is made of aluminum.
- 1560-watt electric heating element to heat 189 square-inch total cooking area
- Porcelain-enameled cast-iron cooking grates and cast aluminum lid and body
- Fully assembled out of box
- Infinite control burner valve settings
- 6-foot grounded cord
It is a durable appliance.
It can be used out on the balcony or patio as it has a 6-foot cord.
It takes around 20 minutes to preheat.
Philips Kitchen Appliances HD6371/98 Premium Smokeless Electric Indoor Grill
This is an indoor grill which is very compact and suitable for a single person, though there is room to prepare some food for entertaining. There’s no need to adjust the heat as it stays at a steady 446F which is the ideal temperature for searing meat.
It is made with smokeless technology so your kitchen won’t be full of smoke. It is made of non-stick aluminum and has removable parts which are dishwasher safe.
- Enjoy grilled favorites rain or shine, year round with the only award winning smoke-less indoor grill
- Make delicious, evenly grilled food indoors with virtually no smoke thanks to the patented smoke-less technology that guides heat toward the food while minimizing smoke and grease and fat splattering
- No need to adjust the heat! The grill quickly heats up to a consistent 446°F, the optimal temperature for searing meat, leaving it juicy and tender on the inside.
- Spend more time with your family and less on prepping with a quick and easy one-minute setup and dishwasher-safe removable parts
- Non-stick cast aluminum grill with wide grates for perfect grill marks on everything from grilled meat, chicken and fish to grilled fruits, vegetables, and even flatbread pizza
It is very compact at 7.5 H x 21.9 W x 16.9 D so fits in a small kitchen.
It heats up within a minute.
It has wide grills which will leave grill marks on your food just like a charcoal grill does.
Come with a ceramic scraper for easy cleaning.
It only grills on one side unlike some other electric grills so you will have to turn the food over.
Pros of a Gas Grill
- They are easy to use. All you do is flick the switch.
- Gas fuel is generally cheaper than charcoal.
- A gas grill is easier to clean than a charcoal one.
- You can connect a gas grill to your household gas supply.
- Gas grills give off steam and this adds moisture to meats.
- You can get a smoke box to give that charcoal smell.
Cons of a Gas Grill
- Gas grills cost more than charcoal grills.
- They’re not as mobile because the gas bottles can be heavy although some do come with smaller bottles.
- Again, they’re not mobile if you connect them to the house gas supply.
- Gas doesn’t supply as much heat as a charcoal grill does.
- They can cause a fire hazard as they sometimes flare-up.
Pros of Charcoal Grills
- They are not as expensive as gas grills.
- They don’t flare up like gas grills can do.
- Charcoal is usually hotter than gas.
- They are more portable than gas grills.
- They give a smoked flavor to your food.
Cons of a Charcoal Grill
- It takes around 20 minutes for the charcoal to heat up.
- Charcoal grills take more cleaning up than gas grills.
- Ashes can get into your food.
- If you use a charcoal fluid, it can give out a petrochemical smell which can affect the taste of your food.
Pros of an Electric Grill
- It can easily be used in a small space like an apartment.
Cons of an Electric Grill
- Like a charcoal grill, it can take some time to heat up.
- It can be difficult to get enough heat to cook properly.
- There is no authentic smoky flavor in your food.
It’s not difficult to find a grill to suit if you are generally on your own. There’s plenty of choices out there, whether you want gas, electric or charcoal. All have their advantages and I hope you’ve enjoyed my choices.