Compact gas grill challenges the big boys

Minden Outdoor Gas Grill is smaller than many family-size outdoor gas grills, yet it offers just as many convenient features--if not more.

One look is all it takes. Williams-Sonoma

A backyard behemoth of a grill can be an impressive sight, where even just a glance can trigger an emotional response that won't be satisfied until we find ourselves armed with a spatula, hovering over an array of flame-licked meats and vegetables. However, the deliciousness evident in such a grill session doesn't have to be reserved solely for king-size grills (leave that for the food). In fact, sometimes you get more for your punch in a smaller size.

The Minden Outdoor Gas Grill comes in a compact size without sacrificing features. Incorporating many amenities that larger, more expensive grills don't always have, this backyard grill impresses with versatility. Each of the side panels that flank the grill utilize space very efficiently: to the left there is a side burner, and to the right, a removable condiment tray. Additionally, each side has a fold-down tray, creating extra workspace while at the grill.

With a 365-sq.-inch grilling surface, the grill offers ample room to feed a crowd, yet is compact enough to fire up for solo grilling sessions. Three individually controlled burners create the versatility that is important in a grill of any size, while the easy-close attached lid gives users the necessary finesse to precisely manage the cooking. There's even a slide-out tray for the propane tank, so after all the heavy use this grill will see, it will still be easy to set it up for the next round.

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