You’re most likely in the market for a great tabletop grill if you fall into one of two categories:
1) You have a small yard or patio and need to conserve space or 2) You love to grill on the go and are looking for a portable grill companion to set up at tailgates, parks or even boating.
Tabletop grills often get overlooked, but all of our favorite grill makers have a tabletop model and have developed ways to shrink some of their best features and grill technology into a smaller package.
We think that if you’re a serious griller, a solid and dependable tabletop grill that can fit a decent amount of food, handle being packed up and carted around and can reach max heat consistently is a must-have.
Our favorites are even capable of grilling enough food at one time to feed your average family of 4-5. You’ll be surprised at how much you can cook up at any given time.
This list compiles all of our favorites at different sizes and price points to help you select the best fit for your lifestyle, needs and budget. There’s a little something for everyone, happy grilling!
If you’ve spent any time on this site, you’ll know that we’re fans of the Weber brand. They are an industry favorite for quality components and reliable ease of use. The good news is that extends to their smaller range of grills, like the tabletop Q2200.
If you’re going to invest in a tabletop and want to buy once and once only, then this is your grill. You’re not going to need to replace it season after season and the grill experience is so good, this one can even double as your regular backyard grill hub if you’re cooking for a smaller group.
The cooking area on the Q2200 is a solid 280 square inches with the stainless steel burner output at 12,000 BTUs – among the most powerful for this size. The cooking grates are the same as on Weber’s bigger grills: porcelain-coated cast iron for even heating and a long cook life.
Ignition is push button electronic for a quick and easy start and the lid features a built-in thermometer.
Weber gets that grilling is an experience so the Q2200 has two folding work tables, one on each side for prep and to hold a pile of hot dogs fresh off the grate while you finish off some burgers.
Construction is cast aluminum, which keeps it light and portable.
I also appreciate that you have the option to purchase and switch in an optional griddle, which is a great add-on if you’re a regular camper and want to use the Weber to bust out some pancakes and eggs to start the day.
If you plan to use this grill off a tabletop, you can purchase the optional cart base for a little added flexibility.
This is a solid grill that performs like it’s bigger Weber counterparts and is a reliable, no regrets pick if ‘re seeking something you can depend on for a consistent, easy cook.
If you’re looking for the ultra-portable, this petit Cuisinart is practically pocket sized.
The CGG-180T is not a full size grill shrunk down. If you’re looking for a more traditional experience, then you need the Weber, but what we do love about this grill is that it is the ultimate space saver, performs reliably and fits pretty much everyone’s budget.
Total grilling area is 145 square inches (I warned you it’s a little guy), with a single 5,500 BTU stainless steel burner. I know that reads pretty small, but let’s break it down to terms we all understand: that’s the equivalent of 8 burgers, 8 steaks, 6-10 chicken breasts or 4 lbs of fish. Respectable, right?
Like the Weber, it offers porcelain coated cooking grates for consistent heat distribution, and an aluminum body to keep it light and easy to carry.
The whole unit folds up briefcase style and could easily fit in a handled grocery bag – it’s that compact.
I like this grill best for taking to picnics and park parties. For a tailgate, this isn’t going to impress your fellow die-hards, but it is a killer space-saver that heats up quick (600 degrees in under 10), and won’t empty your wallet.
I call this grill from Giantex the “baby beast” – it is powerful and compact and offers a really easy cooking experience.
So what are you getting? The Giantex is almost as roomy as the Weber at 266 square inches of cooking space. It offers 2 stainless steel U-shaped burners, a little unusual for a table top, with 20,000 BTUs of combined power.
The dual burners offer a little more flexibility and fine-tuning than some of the other options on our list, which is why it snags a top spot.
It’s constructed of 430-stainless steel for maximum durability and longevity. It’s easy to clean and offers foldable legs with a locking lid so you can carry it suitcase-style by the handle.
The cooking grates are heavy-duty stainless steel and heating is even and consistent. It cooks like the big boys, looks shiny and professional like the big boys, but can easy be stowed in a cabinet in your RV or popped in a trunk for tailgate parties.
The baby beast is a solid pick for grill enthusiasts who want the big grill experience while away from home.
Blackstone is killing it in the flat top grill game and this smaller, 22’’ model ranks in the top 5 on our list for overall value and quality of experience.
This grill is light – and comes in two size choices: 17 inches or 22 inches. It offers a massive 330 square inches of cooking space, which is just about perfect for the average family. If you’re cooking for a big group or planning on a bunch of social events, then you’ll want to look at the options in our top 2 spots instead.
This little Blackstone is a roomy, solid performer and its 2 H burners are controlled independently. You can have one burner grilling some veggies and the other cooking up a few juicy burgers.
This grill is a griddle-style, but I have found the advantages of this style of grilling mean there’s less risk of flare-ups and flavor leaks. If you’re cooking up a lot of meat, you’re less likely to overcook your meal and end up with a charred mess.
This model comes outfitted with a rear grease management system, that will draw the grease away from your food with easy clean up afterward.
Consider this little powerhouse the carry-on version of Blackstone’s 36 inch 4 burner with a price tag that is is super reasonable. It’s a great pick if you’re looking for something compact to take along for camping and tailgating.
Like the Cuisinart in our #2 spot, the Chef’s Style CGG-306 is another solid tabletop option with a slightly higher price tag and a bigger profile if you’re looking to cook for a larger crowd.
The CGG-306 offers 2 stainless burners boasting a pretty impressive 20,000 BTUs (significantly higher than the Petit Gourmet) and an overall cooking space of 276 square inches.
All stainless steel construction, twist start ignition, foldaway legs, adjustable burner knobs and total temperature control round out the feature list.
This model would be cosnidered an upgrade on the Petit Gourmet, but for the overall size and price, I would recommend bumping up to the Weber.
Pit Boss makes some of my favorite pellet-style grills so I’m thrilled that they make a great tabletop grill that we can share on this list.
This falls in the mid-range size category for the tabletop-style with 205 square inches of total cooking are with a single 10,000 BTU stainless U-shaped burner.
Overall construction is also stainless steel with matching cooking grates. Ignition is electronic push-button and a lower grease tray slides out for easy cleanup. Heat-up is pretty quick for the size at under 20 minutes for max heat.
The price tag on this grill falls to the lower end so it’s a great value if you’re looking for a little extra space and power but don’t quite have the budget for the Weber.
The styling on this grill from Char-Broil reminds me of some kind of heavy-duty military storage container.
It stands out and is built to take a beating, a better choice than some of the all- stainless options on this list if it’s going to see some serious road time.
Total size is 200 square inches of cooking space with a single 9,500 BTU burner and stainless steel cooking grate.
It features a no flare-up TRU-Infrared cooking system to improve heat distribution and comes with push-button ignition and top-mounted temp gauge.
Overall construction is die cast aluminum with a locking lid and side handles. It’s easy to throw in a trunk and totally road-worthy so you don’t have to worry about it getting knocked around.
When it comes to camping, you probably remember Coleman products dominating your equipment as a kid.
As an adult, Coleman tabletop grills are solid performers and offer a reasonable price tag for weekend campers and day-trippers.
The NXT Lite is one of their smaller models offering 168 square inches of cook space and a single burner delivering 8,500 BTUs. Coleman’s “even-temp” burner is designed to distribute heat evenly across your grilling surface for a consistent, reliable cook.
Grill grates can be swapped out for griddle tops, which make this a great pick for campers looking for the flexibility to cook up a plate of pancakes and a grill full of hot dogs and burgers.
Ignition is push button and the overall construction is steel.
If the NXT Lite is for weekend campers, the Coleman Party Propane Grill is for well, weekend partiers.
This is a fun grill to take tailgating because it has that great saucer-look and is fool-proof to use. Ultra-compact, it offers a 122 square inch cooking area and delivers 8,000 BTUs of power from the single burner.
It also comes with a push-button ignition, PerfectFlow technology to keep heating even and high, even in inclement weather and detachable legs to make it easy to break down and stow in the matching travel bag.
The price tag is also the most affordable on our list, think under $50!
When it comes tot able top grills, this basic go-anywhere from Weber is a classic.
Let’s be clear: this is a no-frills grill. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have it’s place in the tabletop world. If your budget is a top concern and you don’t mind getting a little old-school, this is a solid pick.
The overall cooking area is 160 square inches with one stainless steel burner at 6,500 BTUs. The cooking grate on this is porcelain enameled steel (not quite the cast-iron of our top pick), and overall construction is porcelain-enameled to match.
Ignition is push-button and simple to use.
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I am a grill freak! It's hard to pick my favorite thing to grill, but if I had to choose... it is still a tie between pork ribs and a juicy beef burger. I am currently grilling on a Weber S210(I live in a small space) but my dream grill is definitely a summit. Those things are bad ass. Anyways I would love to hear from you, leave a comment or question below!