There are a lot of grills out there on the market. It seems like every single one promises to be the best so how can you possibly know if they really are the best? The good news is we’ve got you covered.
We’ve sifted and sorted through all of the options to bring to you the 10 best tabletop grills in 2021. In this guide, we will share with you our top 10 picks and give you detailed reviews for each of the options.
Keep reading to learn all about the top gas and charcoal reviews and more!
Our Top 10 Best Tabletop Grills on the Market
We start out the list with one of our favorites from Weber. This grill is sleek and simple and will work perfectly on any tabletop setting. It has a good amount of cooking space with 280 square inches. This grill is unique in design and it looks very nice in person.
This gray grill from Weber has stainless steel burners that emit 12,000 BTU. The materials are durable, long-lasting materials. For example, this grill has porcelain-enameled and the cooking grates are cast iron.
You ignite this grill electronically and it uses liquid propane. It has a built-in thermometer on the lid so that you can track the temperature within the grill and work from there. There are also side tables that fold down as needed. This grill measures 15.5H x 51.4W x 19.5D.
It’s so easy to use and really easy to assemble as well. This is a highly-rated option that is going to last and has a lot of useful features and versatility.
Overall, this is a great grill. It doesn’t have quite enough power for the size but it does work well once you figure out how to work with the heat and get it cleaned well for the best heat production.
It has a lot of space and functionality and the side tables are a feature you won’t find on most tabletop grills.
This option from Hamilton Grill is a very nice choice for a tabletop grill. It is compact and sleek with a decent amount of cooking space. The grill advertises that it can hold 6 servings. This grill has a grilling plate, which is removable for cleaning and is designed to be non-stick.
This particular option is a searing grill but Hamilton Beach also has several other options, including a searing grill without the window or a smokeless grill. This is the best value for the money as far as options go and it’s highly-rated and well-made.
This grill has a high searing heat so you get the best flavor when using it. It’s super easy to clean. Pieces disassemble for cleaning and the plate, drip tray, and hood can all be washed in the dishwasher. The drip tray helps reduce mess overall by catching grease and juice.
This is another of our favorites and a really great value for the money. It has a 118 square inch grilling surface and an easy heat control dial. It measures 12.4L x 16.7W x 6.8H.
We love this grill because it can be an indoor grill to be used at home or it can be a transportable grill that you take and use wherever you want to.
It’s not your everyday grill when you think of something for outdoors and it does require a plug-in to use. It’s very compact and versatile but great for a kitchen.
If you prefer charcoal or you simply need a good budget-friendly option, this might be the right choice for you. This grill is super affordable and it is a small portable charcoal grill. Some of us just really love that charcoal grill flavor most of all.
This grill comes in red or black. It is small and compact but has everything you need to comfortably use it. It can be stood on a tabletop and has sturdy legs to hold it up. This grill is equipped with a chrome-plated cooking rack that provides 150 square inches of cooking space.
This portable grill has a dual venting system that lets you manage the temperature and the venting directly on the lid. It is also equipped with secure lid locks that hold the lid securely in place for portability.
This grill is easily portable and super lightweight. It weighs only about 2 pounds when it is empty and the lid locks down. It has an ash catcher tray as well. This grill measures 14.5 x 14.5 x 15 inches.
It can be tough to find a portable tabletop grill that operates with charcoal. This is the only charcoal option on our list and it earned its spot here. It’s portable and easy to use.
Be aware that you probably will need more charcoal than you think for the size. This one is great for charcoal lovers and the pocketbook!
If you want something versatile that can be tabletop or stand-alone, check out this option from Cuisinart. It’s rather unique in that it comes with a VersaStand that can be adjusted to stand on the ground or be shortened to be tabletop.
This stand also makes the grill easily portable as it folds up super small and compact. This grill weighs about 17 pounds so it’s still lightweight and easy to port. It has a nice carrying handle and everything locks in place.
This grill has a 160 square inch cooking surface and can hold up to 8 large burgers on it at one time. The burners are 5,500 BTU and start with an electric ignition. You get temperature control with a simple dial.
The grill also has a drip tray to make clean up super easy and reduce mess. It measures 19 x 11.5 x 10 inches when the stand is fully extended. When the stand is folded up, it sits comfortably on your table top.
We will let you in on a secret and tell you now that this grill is the real winner on our list. It’s versatile and simple and has a reasonably sized cooking area. It’s compact and has its own legs so you can have it stand on its own or convert it to tabletop use. It’s simple and convenient with great portability features.
This grill is large and mighty but also small and compact. It is a tabletop grill but it is made to be heavy-duty and do all the things a larger grill might do. There is no assembly and the grill is portable with a simple carrying handle.
This grill is stainless steel. It grills quickly and gets plenty hot. It weighs about 22 pounds, making it slightly heavier but still easy to transport. It is equipped with two burners instead of the single burner many of these grills have.
Cuisinart got it right with this option. It operates on 20,000 BTUs, which allows you to grill quickly. You have controls and ignition for each burner. This grill has quite a bit more cooking surface with 277 square inches of cooking space.
You have a built-in thermometer for temperature control. This grill has a 3-year warranty in place with it. It’s super easy and portable with more cooking space.
This grill is perfect for the all-out heavy-duty griller. It’s large and in charge! It’s very easy to port and has a lot of cooking space. It does get really hot so you have to allow for cooling time and you might need hot pads for handling. But, it’s a mighty grill that won’t let you down.
Blackstone is a well-known brand for griddle-style grills. The griddle top gives you a lot of versatility. You can grill your typical items like steaks and burgers but you can also make things like pancakes and eggs because of the griddle top. It’s convenient and that makes it a really good option for things like camping and more.
This is a portable option that is easy to store and move around. It is lightweight and simple. It connects to a small portable propane for use. The nice thing about this grill is it has simple and easy clean up. It has a drip tray for extra grease and the griddle top easily wipes down.
This grill has a large cooking surface of 260 square inches for your cooking needs. This is a large space with no grates to worry about! The grill cooks and heats evenly across the griddle. It operates on 12,000 BTU.
This grill is functional and durable. It is sturdy and reliable and has a large cooking area. The grill measures 15.25 x 17 inches.
We love this grill because it has a griddle top. Some grills have interchangeable tops but this one has the griddle functionality, which makes it pretty versatile. You can make a lot of different things so it really is ideal for camping trips and making multiple meals. Blackstone is a great brand and this grill fits the bill!
Here we bring you a small and compact grill that truly does sit on a tabletop. This grill stands on small legs to hold it off the table slightly. It is small but also has a reasonable cooking surface of 168 square inches, which cooks a decent amount of food still.
The burners are designed to radiate temperatures evenly within the cooking space. The grill connects to a small travel propane tank. You have a switch for ignition and a temperature control knob as well.
This grill operates on 8,500 BTUs. This grill is unique in that while it comes with the grated grill top, you can actually switch out the grate for a different cooktop. There are both griddle and stove tops sold separately that can be used.
This grill has a nice drip tray to help with the mess. It’s easy to use and easily portable as well. It measures approximately 12H x 16 x 20.
We like to call this grill small but mighty. It has a slightly smaller cooking surface but large enough for most needs. It is well-made and gets really hot. It almost gets too hot and cooks too quickly so you will need to keep an eye on it. For the space and the BTU, this puppy delivers!
The Cuisinart CGG 180TS Petit is very similar to the 180T portable grill that you saw in option #4. The primary difference is this grill’s legs do not extend to full length. The legs are foldable but they only extend a few inches as compared to a full-standing option. This is made for tabletops.
This is a portable grill and the lid latches for carrying purposes. The legs fold in to make it more compact as well. It has a nice carrying handle that also operates as the grill top handle. The grill heats quite quickly and operates with a small amount of propane on a travel-sized tank.
There is a knob for temperature control. This option is stainless steel but you can also find the same grill in red or black and silver options. This is a very simple grill that is compact and convenient but works quite nicely. It can sometimes be challenging to find in stock.
This 1 burner grill reaches up to 500 degrees for cooking. It has a spacious cooking surface that is 160 square inches. It weighs only about 13 pounds. This grill measures 16D x 31.5H x 16.5W.
This grill is a smaller version of our top pick. Overall, it has the same style and design as the other one but it’s not quite as well-made. If you expect it to be just like the Cuisinart 180 from our top pick, you will be disappointed. Otherwise, it is a good, reliable grill that works well and is very simple to use.
Here is another larger surface portable gas grill. This one is heavy-duty with all stainless steel exterior and controls. It looks very nice and works very nice as well. This is a powerful little tabletop grill that really packs a punch overall.
This grill is solid and durable and made with 430 stainless steel. It’s easy to clean most surfaces and easy to operate as well. This grill uses propane and has a simple ignition. There are two burners with two separate controls so you can use what you need.
The grill operates at 20,000 BTU when both burners are lit. It stands on 4 legs that fold up for portability and storage. The lid is thick for both durability and heat purposes. There is a stainless steel grease tray for trying to control the mess.
The lid has a built-in thermometer and there is ventilation on the sides of the grill. The grill is lightweight and simple to use. It measures 22L x 18W x 15H. The lid does latch closed for portability.
This is another large option that gives you PLENTY of cooking space and lots of power. This is a large grill that locks and transports just fine. It’s a bit heavier but it is still light enough to transport with ease. This has 2 burners and lots of space so be prepared to be put to work with this heavy-duty grill.
This Coleman grill closely resembles what you expect a charcoal grill to look like but is actually a small propane grill. It is simple and compact and has detachable legs to make portability simple. It comes with a bag for transport and storage as well.
This grill does not have a lid. It is much like a small cooking stove, and it is all open. It is compact and can be used for camping and tailgating and whatever other uses you might need. It’s a very simple grill that simply ignites to start.
The cooking space is fairly small with about 122 square inches of space. It operates on 8,000 BTUs and is designed to perform consistently and evenly across the space. The burner heat is adjustable.
We like this option because it’s affordable and simple. It doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles. It’s just a basic portable propane grill with a reasonable cooking surface.
We love this grill because it’s simple and efficient. It is unique in its own way with a design that is unmatched with the other choices. It is budget-friendly and it works well enough. It has a pretty small cooking surface but it gets the job done and transports easily as needed.
What to Look for in a Tabletop Gas BBQ
Now that we’ve covered our top reviews and even shared with you our final verdict, let’s talk about the things that qualify grills as a top option. There are many features and aspects of functionality that you should be aware of as you choose your grill.
These are things that you simply want to understand for your grill choice and know what you are looking for when it comes to these features and characteristics.
Here is a quick list of the top things to look for.
- Cooking Surface Area
- Gas or Charcoal
- Number of Burners
- Ease of Use
Now, let’s break these down with a bit more detail.
Primarily, all of the grills shared here are designed for portability purposes. When you are looking at tabletop grills, portability is a design feature that is fairly important. Chances are, you are either looking for a tabletop specifically for portability or because you have a small space to use it.
Either way, you will need portability for transport and storage. This means you want something that will be easy to maneuver as needed.
Look for some of these portability features:
- Locking lid
- Folding or detachable legs
- Overall size
Consider that you will most likely be taking this grill on the go. You want it to be able to fit in your provided space and to easily transport without a lot of additional effort required.
How challenging is it to lock or fold? Is the portability factor easy or does it require disassembly? Does is fold small enough to fit your portable space?
These are all important factors in regards to portability.
Cooking Surface Area
You can get a compact portable grill that only holds 4 items. But there are also portable grills that have much larger cooking areas. The question here is how much cooking area do you need?
Sometimes, you will pay more to get more cooking area. There are budget-friendly options that have sizable cooking areas as well. Be sure to pay attention to these measurements and understand what you need.
If you want to cook more than 4 items at a time, we recommend that you get a grill with a cooking area of no less than 160 square inches. Of course, these are portable, tabletop grills so you probably will not find more than 300 square inches for this purpose.
Most grills also tell you how many servings they can hold so you might refer to the specifics for the grills that you consider.
Gas or Charcoal
Gas or charcoal is primarily a matter of personal preference. It can be challenging to find a portable charcoal tabletop grill but there are options out there and we’ve shared one with you.
Gas tends to be easier and less messy when it comes to portability.
Again, this is mostly a matter of preference but you will want to know what your grill is capable of and what size of propane tank it uses if you go with a gas option.
Number of Burners
Tabletop grills will not have a large number of burners like your typical standing grill. Remember that these tend to be compact in nature. However, if you are looking at more cooking space, you will want the burners to cover it.
Having two burners gives you a lot of versatility for using what you need. For tabletop grills, you will notice either 1 or 2 burners for the most part. If it is 180 square inches or less, 1 burner is probably sufficient for the task.
As far as BTUs, you want to consider having 75-100 BTUs per square inch of cooking surface.
This is an important factor that is often overlooked until it is needed. How easy will it be to clean the grill and store the grill? What kind of maintenance will be required for optimal functionality?
We’ve made an effort to point out the grills that could be a bit more challenging to clean. Cleaning a grill is an essential part of maintenance. This is perhaps one of the most important aspects of maintenance.
You will want to be aware of what kind of maintenance is required and whether or not it will be simple to maintain and care for your grill.
Ease of Use
Finally, be aware of whether or not your grill is going to be simple or complicated to use. There are a few different factors here. For example, does your grill require complicated assembly procedures?
Is it going to be challenging to light or ignite the grill? Most grills have a simple ignition switch to start. Just check out the functionality pieces such as this and be sure the grill you choose will not be complicated to use.
You will want to keep in mind that you may not have extra tools available when you’re ready to use the grill, particularly if you purchase it to use on the go. Choose a grill that is simple and easy to understand and use.
Best Tabletop Grill Review Final Verdict
We’ve shared some really great grill options here. These are versatile with a broad range of options. Keep in mind that you might prefer something different then what we choose as our winner.
Everyone needs something different out of their grill and therefore the winner can fluctuate. We wanted to share with you our top pick overall, just in case you need a little extra boost to make a decision.
When it comes down to the final verdict, our top pick for the best tabletop grill goes to the Cuisinart CGG 180 Petit Gourmet Gas Grill. This is the option listed in our 4th review of grills. We really like this grill because it is versatile and simple.
The Cuisinart 180 has extendable legs that can be used as a stand-alone. You can also retract the legs and use this on a table top. The grill has a good amount of cooking space with 160 square inches. It is well-made and durable, as well as being easy to use!
If we were to choose a runner-up, we would spring for the Weber Grill listed in the #1 spot on the reviews. This grill has handy side tables that none of the other grills offer. It is compact and well-made but a bit challenging to clean. It has a really large cooking area and is well-made.
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