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The 3 best BBQs for your balcony

Barbecues for when you just don't have the space for a giant four-burner beast.

3 best barbecues for your balcony
Last updated: 30 December 2020

You don't have to have a big backyard to enjoy deliciously smoky or satisfyingly charred food from a barbecue. 

There are dozens of models suitable for smaller outdoor spaces and – as long as you comply with your building's rules and regulations – you can still grill in the great outdoors.

We look at the three bbqs for balconies that topped our tests – as well as one to avoid.

How to clean your barbecue

CHOICE tips on how to clean your barbecue, and when and how often to clean it. 

How much should I pay for a balcony BBQ?

Small barbecues usually retail from just under $200 to around $800. If you're paying a higher price, you should expect extra features like electronic gas ignition, fold-out side tables and a more solid construction. 

There's a range of different features that can account for a hefty price tag, and you may find the bargain barbecue doesn't last as long as a pricier model. Look for a barbecue with a solid construction that uses quality materials, as it'll be out in the elements and will need protection.

"Barbecues are one of those appliances that I find you generally get what you pay for," says CHOICE's expert barbecue tester Fiona Mair.

Keep it safe

If you're planning a balcony barbie, there are some safety considerations:

  • Check the by-laws for your complex and/or the owner's corporation to see if there are any restrictions on using a gas BBQ on your balcony. (If you're struggling to find this info, it could be hidden somewhere obscure, such as in a section relating to storage of hazardous material, i.e. an LPG gas cylinder.)
  • Renting? Check for restrictions in your contract. 

Got the all-clear? Before you go ahead:

  • Never store more than one gas cylinder on your balcony – and never store them indoors, including in your garage, shed or under the house. Keep them outdoors so any gas leak will vent safely. 
  • Make sure you use the BBQ in a well-ventilated space. The fumes can be toxic.
  • Don't BBQ in an enclosed balcony. Even spaces with louvres, cafe blinds or a significant amount of privacy screening pose a fire risk.

Another option is to go for an electric barbecue rather than gas. They produce less smoke, have accurate temperature control and are easier to clean. Unfortunately, there aren't many of them on the market. To find the best electric BBQs, check out our BBQ reviews.


This George Foreman BBQ is definitely not on fire.

The worst balcony BBQ

It's cheap, it's tiny, it's endorsed by a (quasi) celebrity – but as tempting as it may seem, don't bother spending your money on the George Foreman (so-called) Easy To Clean Indoor/Outdoor BBQ Grill - GGR300AU. It fails to live up to its name, scoring just 60% for ease of cleaning, and scores a lukewarm 42% overall. 

What are the top 3 balcony BBQs?

We recommend BBQs with an overall score of 80% or above. 

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Our BBQ experts recommend this LPG barbecue from Everdure by Heston Blumenthal.

1. Everdure by Heston Blumenthal FORCE 2 Burner Gas BBQ with Stand

  • CHOICE Expert Rating: 80%
  • Price: $899
  • LPG fuel type
  • Recommended

Our experts scored this LPG barbecue 84% for cooking performance and praised its ease of assembly and comprehensive assembly instructions. Plus, it's pretty easy on the eye so could make a stylish addition to your balcony. 

Read our review of the Everdure by Heston Blumenthal Force 2 Burner Gas BBQ.


If you're in the market for an electric BBQ, this Breville delivers the goods.

2. Breville Smart Grill BGR840BSS

  • CHOICE Expert Rating: 78%
  • Price: $489
  • Electric fuel type
  • Recommended

One of only a handful of electric BBQs on the market, this Breville Smart Grill doubles as a sandwich press, extending its use year-round. It delivered a very good cooking performance in our tests but may be somewhat challenging to clean.

Read our review of the Breville Smart Grill BGR840BSS.

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The Weber Pulse 2000 is another electric BBQ that scored well in our tests.

3. Weber Pulse 2000 (with trolley)

  • CHOICE Expert Rating: 78%
  • Price: $998
  • Electric fuel type
  • Recommended

Another high-scoring electric BBQ, this Weber delivered a very good cooking performance result in our tests. It comes with two iGrill probes to help you barbecue to perfection. Plus, Weber took out CHOICE's Best BBQ Brand, which is based on results for more than 50 barbecues we've tested over the past six years, and scored 91% for both reliability and satisfaction in our BBQ reliability survey.

Read our review of the Weber Pulse 2000.

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