I wanted to have a small grill because I travel a lot and didn't want to be lugging around in a truck or packing some larger grill everywhere I go. When I bought my portable grill, I was very happy with the purchase. These grills are great for having all the advantages of cooking without the disadvantages of only having one place to cook. The size of the grill area is actually fairly sufficient. I never did it, but I think it'd be easy to do four burgers at a time or a couple steaks. Granted, this isn't the ideal grill for a party of 30, but how often do you really cook for more than four people? The time it takes to cook is actually fairly impressive with this grill and heats up even quicker than a normal sized grill. The turn on/off for the gas is very easy and I'm happy with how quickly my food is cooked as well. It cooks my meats through and is fairly easy to clean up as well (at least not harder than a normal grill). If you are wanting a grill to take on trips, this gas grill is a perfect fit for you!