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Outdoor Kitchen Trends (page 5 of 7)

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The urban griller

While a fully functional outdoor kitchen may fit nicely in a suburban setting, that doesn’t mean the outdoor living movement is confined to those with quarter-acre lots. Urban outdoor living is definitely on the rise as well, enabled by smaller grill units made specifically for balconies and shared patios.

Note that municipalities usually have ordinances that strictly govern the use of grills and cookers in open spaces. New York City, for example, forbids the use of a propane-fueled grill on a balcony. Check your local building authority.


  • With folding side shelves and a cabinet just under 2 feet wide, Char-Broil’s RED® Urban Infrared Grill fits neatly on a small patio or balcony. Despite its name it isn’t a true infrared burner, but rather relies on propane and radiant heat for its cooking power. Nevertheless, its under-$300 price tag makes it a popular choice.


  • Only 26 inches tall and weighing in at a mere 35 pounds, Weber’s portable Q 200 gas grill sports 280 square inches of grilling surface — big enough to cook 24 brats. For about $150, this little tiger of a grill will please the most demanding urban gourmet. As a bonus, the Q 200 is a willing companion for those fall tailgate parties.
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