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Whether you are an avid camper looking to up your outdoor food game or are looking to maximize limited outdoor cooking space, the solution can be a portable tabletop gas grill.
There are a ton of options out there, and it can be a little daunting.
Also, spending more doesn’t necessarily mean you get the best grill.
Numbers like BTU and cooking space may seem a bit abstract and sound impressive, but how does it really translate to getting great food for your family in an easy manner.
We’ll review ten outstanding options and cut through the clutter to help you determine what tabletop gas grill best suits your needs.
First, we’ll examine some of the key features that may help you make your decision before we dig into some specific examples that you can easily find Amazon (links below!).
Lastly, we’ll hit you with a final verdict to give you our top choice for the beat tabletop grill.
Our Top 10 Picks for Best Tabletop Grills
Cuisinart is one of the top manufacturers for almost any kitchen product, so it shouldn’t come as a big surprise to see them top the charts for the best tabletop electric grill. This isn’t one of the bigger grills, coming in at 145 square inches of grilling area, but it packs plenty of versatility.
From a portability standpoint, the Cuisinart grill comes with foldaway legs and a briefcase-style handle for taking the grill on the go. It comes in at 13.5 pounds, so while it’s not incredibly lightweight, most people should have no problem hauling it where it needs to go.
It’s perfectly suitable for a permanent setup as well. The aluminum legs also come with stabilizing feet that make it a secure setup in most environments.
From a power standpoint, this grill is a horse, putting out 5,500 BTU, making it able to cook food quickly and evenly. The grates are enameled with porcelain, which makes for good heat retention and relatively easy cleaning. The high BTUs allow it to cook as evenly as a full-sized grill.
This particular grill is exceptionally easy to use. The propane-fueled grill offers a simple twist start ignition, which gets things started easily. The grates are removable and totally dishwasher safe, allowing you to truly sanitize between cooking.
For all of the features boasted by this tabletop grill, there are only a couple of drawbacks. It has a smaller cooking surface, as mentioned, which keeps it somewhat restrictive for bigger setups. In addition, the grill has only one burner, which makes it slightly limited for cooking items at different temperatures.
That being said, the benefits of this grill far outweigh the drawbacks. The fact that it comes in at a relatively low price point, making it a pretty solid value.
● Easy to remove and clean porcelain-enameled grates
● Quick heating and powerful, allowing for even cooking
● Easily portable, with a briefcase style handle
● Relatively smaller cooking space at 145 square inches
● Only a single burner
Cuisinart chimes in again with another product that cracks the top ten. It’s a step up in costs, but it does include some bonus features. However, it’s not enough to earn the top spot on this list, but it is still a very solid tabletop grill.
It is billed as a professional grill, and it packs a lot to back that up. It is clean and utilitarian with stainless steel and not a whole lot of bells and whistles. However, the cooking power this grill provides makes it a common choice for many who cook or cater for groups on the go more regularly.
While it is portable, it’s not quite a grab and go option. It clocks in at 22 pounds and fits into a compact car. That being said, it does take quite a bit of space, compared to other tabletop grills. The grill also uses a larger propane tank, 20 pounds, which isn’t included with the grill itself. All told, if you are looking for a good grill to quickly grab for a camping trip, this may not be the best choice.
However, there are plenty of positives that make this grill a formidable option. This grill features almost 280 square inches of cooking surface, making it great for big slabs of meat or for grilling up burgers for a large group.
Some tabletop grills can have a problem getting hot enough to get a restaurant-quality sear. That’s no problem here. Each of the two burners puts out 10,000 BTUs, and you can get temperatures up to 700 degrees in a relatively quick time.
The grill has a lot of features you’d normally find on a full-size grill, including stainless steel burners and grates, as well as an integrated thermometer. This grill is perfect for the grill master who wants the closest thing to a full-size set up in a somewhat smaller package.
● Double burners which each put out a whopping 10,000 BTU
● Removable stainless-steel grates for easy cleaning
● Massive 276 square inches of cooking space
● At 22 pounds, not counting the 20-pound propane tank, this isn’t the most portable setup
● Fits in a compact car, not great for on the go cooking
Some appliances are fancy and delicate, and others are built to last and to be resilient. This Char-Broil grill definitely falls into the latter category. Built and constructed with a look reminiscent to a toolbox, this option is designed to be taken on the road, take a beating and keep on cooking.
The grilling area is a cast aluminum firebox, secured with stainless steel latches to secure the lid on the go. It weighs 20 pounds on its own, but it also packs a ton of durability into the package. It has sturdy carry handles on the side. It doesn’t require any extensive set up, which makes it easy to throw in a truck and take camping or to the tailgate.
Perhaps one of the most significant differences is the TRU Infrared heating system that the Char-Broil grill uses. Most grills use simple convection heat (simply hot air). However, the Char-Broil incorporates heating that comes from a minimum of 65% infrared sources. This heat gets spread all across the cooking surface without any drying out. This heat is present at all heat sources.
This grill is truly excellent for travel on the go, with plenty of easy to use features. The push-button ignition is built-in and requires no batteries to operate. The grates are stainless steel, which makes them easy and convenient to clean.
One incredibly smart design feature is the ignition. While many tabletop grills have ignitions, they have a tendency to break, especially when the grill is used on the go a lot. However, Char-Broil foresaw this issue and actually tucked the ignition away behind one of its legs, which makes it far less likely to break.
The cooking area is about 200 square inches, which means it is a moderate size with enough space for a good amount of cooking.
● Durable construction makes it an ideal on the go grill
● Infrared heat allows for a more even heat distribution
● Relatively easy to take on the go
● A single burner as opposed to a double
Coleman is a leader in making top notch outdoor equipment, and their propane tabletop grill falls right in the category. Compact and easy to travel, this particular propane grill is a solid option for camping or tailgating.
When camping, getting lots of uses out of an item that doesn’t take up much space is essential to a good experience. This level of versatility is something that sets this grill apart. While it has a standard grilling surface included, there are optional plates that could turn this grill into griddles or standard stove grates. Both are sold separately.
This gives you the ability to pack one item for your trip that can be a traditional grill, a griddle, or a regular stove, all with the ease of just switching out a few plates.
Designed to work easily with small propane tanks perfect for camping, it can also be used with an adapter that connects it to propane tanks up to 5 gallons for more permanent setups.
With the increased level of portability comes a lower surface cooking area. This one chimes in at 168 square inches. It still leaves enough space to cook for a small family but not much more than that.
Just because this grill is on the smaller side doesn’t mean it doesn’t pack a punch when it comes to heat. It puts out 8,500 BTUs of heat. Even better, this grill uses Perfect Heat technology, which distributes the heat evenly across the burners.
Cleanup is a breeze with this particular grill, as well. The grates are removable, which makes them easy to clean. In addition, the grill includes a removable drip tray to help get rid of any of the grease or other residues from cooking. All told, this lives up to the Coleman brand name as a great outdoor option.
● Ideal for camping, with easy portability
● Versatile uses including as a griddle or traditional stove
● Can be paired with up to a 5-gallon propane tank
● Portability leads to a smaller cooking area
As one of the premium names in making full-sized grills, it should come as no surprise that Weber makes one of our favorite tabletop grills as well. It does sit as one of the more premium priced tabletop grills on the market, but it does offer solid performance.
This Weber grill makes a great first impression because it arrives fully assembled. Take it out of the box, hook up a propane tank and you are ready to grill. Cutting down the time it takes from purchase to grilling, gives you delicious food on your plate much more quickly.
This grill is on the smaller side, clocking in at 189 square inches of cooking space. That being said, it offers some of the versatility you’d expect in bigger grills. It contains multiple, interchangeable, porcelain coated grates. With optional griddle or stove attachments, you can operate this as a stove and a griddle or other area simultaneously.
This puts out a solid amount of heat at 8,500 BTUs. However, one thing worth noting, particularly if you want to get a good sear on your food is that this grill requires a fair amount of preheating – about 10 to 15 minutes on high heat. That makes it so it isn’t the most efficient grill for propane use, but it still gets the job done.
Part of the reason that the grill requires some preheating time is that the grates have a cast iron core. Cast iron is notorious for needing some more extensive preheating time but retaining a ton of heat and getting some outstanding color on your food. You’ll need to be patient, but you’ll be rewarded for the wait.
Portability is possible but this grill is on the heavier side at 25 pounds. It doesn’t feature any of the travel features that you find in some of the other grills, but it is still relatively easy to pack up and take it on the go.
● Arrives fully assembled and ready to go
● Dual interchangeable plates allow you to grill and use a griddle or stove plate at the same time
● Cast iron, porcelain enameled grates
● Requires 10 to 15 minutes of preheating on high heat before ready to go
● On the heavier side at 25 pounds
Their third entry on the list, this is another Cuisinart grill that sets itself apart from the competition. This tabletop grill is touted as offering grillers a large grilling surface in a compact appliance.
Immediately noticeable is that it actually looks like a miniaturized version of a full-sized grill. While many tabletop grills focus solely on the cooking space, this appliance includes two square shelves on either side of the grilling surface. These ten-inch squares can hold food waiting for the grill, plates, tools, seasoning and more, making it a more comfortable experience for the cook.
These shelves don’t hinder the portability too much however as they can be folded into the side which makes it eminently more portable. Similar to an RV with slide outs, when traveling, it doesn’t take up much space, but it offers a deceptive amount of both cooking and storage space when you get it fully set up.
However, if you are looking for a more permanent appliance, you shouldn’t pass this up. While it comes ready to work with smaller propane canisters, you can purchase an optional adapter that makes the grill compatible with up to a 20-pound propane tank. Excellent for home setups that have a limited amount of space for a grill.
Cuisinart appliances specialize in some nice built in features that make cooking easy for the chef and this grill is no exception. There is a thermometer built in that allows you to monitor temperature throughout the cooking process. The twist start ignition eliminates the need for matches or lighters and gets you grilling in short order.
The grill is also pretty powerful, putting out 12,000 BTUs which offers nice heat on the cast iron, porcelain enameled grates which gives you solid heat control.
● Convenient side shelves allow for storage of tools in the cooking process
● Relatively portable, easy to store shelves leave it portable
● Able to work with smaller canisters or large 20-pound propane tanks
● Shelves don’t add any actual cooking space, just storage
One of the larger tabletop grills on this list, the Giantex gas grill, lives up to the brand name. Offering over 266 square inches of cooking space, this allows you to cook up food for a more massive gathering than many other grills.
It’s not as portable as other tabletop grills on this list, although that is to be expected with the size of the surface area. That’s not to say that this grill can’t be used on the go. It still clocks in at a reasonable 26 pounds, which makes it easy to load up into a car and take it on the go.
To aid in the portability of this grill, it features legs that fold up and a lid that can be locked in place. This makes it easy to store or fit in a crowded car for a camping excursion. Quickly set up in minutes, it goes from stored to grilling in a matter of minutes.
The added size of the cooking area does come with a few nice features. It includes two burners that each put out 10,000 BTU, giving you the ability to have different heat and temperature zones in areas across the grill.
These multiple burners also allow the grill to reach higher heats, getting good sears, and even cooking for delicious food. Made out of stainless steel, it is durable and easy to clean both inside and out.
One other nice feature is the length of the propane hose. Many of these grills come with shorter hoses for the setup, which can be inconvenient. However, this grill comes with a more reasonable 40-inch hose, which means you can set the propane tank up in a convenient spot.
● Dual burners offer excellent heat control
● Large amount of cooking space
● Easy set up and ignition
● On the heavier side at 26 pounds
Another tabletop grill designed for camping; this appliance excels at being a solid portable option while still offering a good amount of cooking space.
While many of the other grills on this list are designed to work with multiple propane tank canisters and sizes, this one is designed to work with the disposable one-pound tanks found in almost any outdoor or camping store. This has some positives and negatives.
It is exceptionally easy to find fuel for this grill and get it set up and ready to go. However, it is a bit of a drawback to not allow for more permanent setups.
That being said, this grill does the job of being a camping accessory very well. It features a single burner, but that burner puts out a very solid 10,000 BTU of heat, allowing for decently high temperatures to get your food cooking well.
It offers a total cooking area of 305 square inches. This is spread out over a couple of racks, one the traditional grate directly exposed to heat. There is also a warming rack which greatly expands the cooking area and is perfect for keeping food warm or cooking vegetables way from the direct heat of the flame.
If you are making a grill perfect for camping, then it better be portable. This appliance does the job very well. Not only does it have a handle that is easy to carry, but the legs can also fold up, and the lid locks in making it easy to take on the go without much trouble or fear of damage.
While this grill only features one burner, it is a stainless-steel u-shaped burner that distributes heat throughout the cooking surface, making it so there is more than one hot spot for good searing and grilling.
● Big cooking space, over 305 inches including a warming rack
● Carrying handle and other portability features make this easy to take on the go
● U-shaped burner allows for multiple hot spots on the surface
● Features only a single burner
● Utilizes only disposable 1-pound propane tanks
This grill tops the list as one of the biggest on the list and certainly one of the most versatile. For grill masters who want an experience similar to their home grill. With a whopping 354 inches of total cooking surface area, this may be a portable grill, but it certainly can cook enough food for a gathering.
One of the few drawbacks to this grill is that, despite its size, it features only one burner. To compensate for just having the solo heat source, it is u-shaped, which allows it to distribute heat evenly throughout the entire grill. In addition, there is a warming rack that doesn’t have access to direct heat, which gives you access to multiple heat zones, even with just the single burner.
This warming rack is removable with aids with a couple of things. A removable grate is always far easier to clean than one that is built into the appliance. Also, removing the rack gives you the access to cooking larger cuts of meat on the grill, utilizing the space to cook however you see fit.
Also, while some may worry about a single burner grill being able to put out enough heat over a larger grilling surface, this Martin Portable Propane grill will quickly put those fears aside with the 14,000 BTUs it is capable of putting out.
Like any good portable grill, this appliance requires no outside power source to get ignited and rolling, due to its easy piezo ignition system. Adding to this easy portability is the fact that the support legs can be folded within, making it easier to pack in a car while offering it stability for grilling.
Keeping a campsite clean is always key to a fun time, and this grill has a very effective grease trap that is removable and easy to clean. This keeps your grilling area clean and allows you to quickly and easily get cleaned up after a meal, which we all know is the worst part of cooking!
● 14,000 BTU burner puts out plenty of heat for the large cooking area
● 354 square inches of cooking space makes this the biggest grill on the list
● Easy portability and no external power source required
● Only one burner featured
When it comes to the Cadillac of tabletop grills, the Oberdome EZQ-4016B Electric BBQ & Multi-Oven might blow you over. With the capability of roasting a meal, as well as baking and grilling, there are several options available with this one. It has one major distinction as it is the only electric grill on the list.
You may think this is a drawback but what it lacks in using gas, it makes up for in versatility.
It is designed more for small townhomes and patios. It would be perfect for that outdoor entertainment, without having to worry about purchasing a new propane tank or running low on gas when you are wanting to throw a party.
Also, if you like to camp with an RV and have access to electricity at the campsite, this can be a lovely addition to the built-in kitchens in the trailer.
This electric option heats up quickly, giving you the option to put a meal on the table a little faster, which when you are dealing with hungry folks, makes this a perfect option. It also gives you two color options, so you have a bit more flexibility when it comes to the new model you purchase.
With three heat settings, you can decide exactly how you want to use this piece of perfection on a nightly basis. Versatility is the claim to fame for this appliance.
Want to grill up steaks? No problem, this gem does it.
Feeling like a pizza night? This appliance’s oven feature lets you make a solid 12-inch pizza.
Got a sweet tooth? You can even bake a cake in this one.
Throw in the fact that this appliance is a relatively light 17 pounds and you can understand why the versatility of this electric appliance earns it a spot on this list that is otherwise chock full of traditional propane grills.
● Perfect for apartment balconies and patio
● Heats up to more than 600° and uses only 1750 watts
● Cooks faster
● More like an oven
When it comes to narrowing down the best tabletop grills, we know that portability is crucial, especially for those who are expert campers. When you want everything to be simple, easy to move, and less stress, we recommend the Cuisinart CGG-180T Petit Gourmet Portable Tabletop Gas Grill. While this has quite a few amazing features, it is also easily portable, which is very important in the long run.
As you are preparing to head out to your camping area, one of the biggest concerns is going to be access to certain amenities. While there are campsites that offer electrical hook-ups, if you are deep woods camping, then this will not be an option. Propane is then going to be one of your best friends, especially if you are camping in inclement weather, and unsure of having dry firewood.
However you choose to cook your meals or the optional features that are available, you are going to get the best bang for your buck with this beauty.
Small and portable, and light enough that even the kids can help haul this to your camping location!
We are confident in our choice of product, and we know that you will have many happy camping seasons, enjoying delicious and fresh meals with the best tabletop gas grill!
What To Look For in a Tabletop Gas BBQ
There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to selecting the best tabletop propane grill. There are a few elements that you should consider to help get the most bang for your buck. Here are some key areas for you to consider to help you whittle down the choices from the many available.
Your intended use makes portability either a significant factor or not a factor at all. If you are planning on outfitting a smaller outdoor space, say an apartment, and the location will be permanent, then the ability to take your tabletop grill on the go isn’t a big deal.
However, if you are outdoorsy and want to take your grill to the beach or camping, then the ability to easy grab and go will make it convenient.
Cooking Surface Area
Let’s face it – you’ll never be hosting a cookout for 20 people on even the best tabletop gas grill. However, there is still an array of cooking sizes and spaces available for these smaller grills. The cooking surface is normally provided in terms of square inches.
This can be a little abstract unless you have a very spatial mind, or you want to break out a tape measure and diagram it out. Here is a fairly easy benchmark to remember: 150 square inches of cooking area is generally enough to cook 8 burgers or 6 to 10 chicken breasts. Keep in mind how many people you will normally be feeding to ensure you get the right amount of grill space.
Another aspect of the cooking surface is the presence of warming racks. The ability to keep things hot while you finish grilling something else makes culinary multitasking a bit more palatable. It can also help you finish the cooking on an item like a chicken breast without drying it out.
Number of Burners
This may seem like it is related to the cooking surface area, but there is a key difference. The number of burners allows for more specific heat control. Each burner allows you to select a specific heat range for the area.
Single burner grills only allow for one setting while tabletop grills with multiple burners will give you multiple heat areas, which makes cooking different items at the same time a bit easier.
Ease of Use
Another aspect that can make the decision as to the best tabletop grill for you is features that make the grill easy to use.
Ignition is obviously essential to operating one of these tabletop gas grills. Some of these grills require a lighter or matches to get the fire going. One of the convenient features you can find in the best tabletop grills is auto igniting or easy lighting.
One of the things that makes grilling great is the fact that it can be a little messy. Tabletop grills need to be cleaned frequently to keep functioning properly. Easy access drip trays, grates that lend themselves to cleaning and material that’s stain-resistant all make the grilling process a little bit easier.