Gas grills are fantastic cooking appliances that allow for relaxed socializing with friends and family through barbecues and cookouts.
Unfortunately, many of the popular gas grill models available on the market are heavy and cumbersome pieces of equipment that are difficult to maneuver and set up. These grills often also present a problem when it comes to storage space since grills shouldn’t be left outside when not in use.
If you love the idea of being able to cook outdoors during fine weather but don’t have space in your home to store a traditional gas grill, don’t pack up your barbecuing dreams just yet!
Tabletop gas grills are quickly becoming one of the most popular grill types in the outdoor cooking market.
These compact grills are powered by propane and cook at much the same standard as larger appliances while remaining small and lightweight enough to sit on your table during your barbecue and be stored away neatly afterward.
With a tabletop gas grill, you can enjoy all the fun delicious food of cookouts without the inconvenience.
We’ve scoured the market for outdoor cooking equipment and selected the 5 best tabletop gas grills to streamline your barbecue game.
Burning with anticipation? Here’s our top choice:
OUR TOP PICK
OUR TOP PICK
Blackstone’s 17-inch tabletop gas grill is a firm favorite with the cookout community, and with all the convenient, ergonomic features built into its design, we’re not surprised!
This 21lb tabletop grill is fueled by propane and is compatible with 1lb gas bottles, so the convenience of the grill’s lightweight design won’t be canceled out by heavy fuel containers.
The Blackstone tabletop grill is light enough to take with you anywhere, whether that’s just out into the garden or on a camping trip.
The simple, easy-to-use electric ignition system saves you the hassle (and potential dangers) of manual lighting.
With the generous 260 square inches of griddle space, evenly heated by the powerful 12,000 BTU H-burner, you’ll be able to cook copious amounts of food to perfection in a matter of minutes!
The stainless steel and cast iron constriction of this tabletop grill is highly durable and easy to clean, which is ideal, especially since the main reported drawback to this grill is that food sometimes sticks to the griddle.
This model even has a built-in grease catcher that both facilitates the cleaning process and enhances the overall safety of the appliance.
- 12,000 BTU
- Lightweight and portable
- Simple electric ignition
- Durable construction
- Easy to clean
- Includes built-in grease catcher
- Food may stick to the griddle
The G1200 Liquid Propane grill from Weber is one of the most durable and compact tabletop grill models available to buy right now!
The construction of the Q1200 grill is one of the most impressive things about this model.
Featuring a stainless steel burner, aluminum body and lid, and cast iron cooking grills enameled with porcelain, this grill is sure to last you for many years of regular use.
But durability is by no means the only selling point of the Q1200. The thermometer built into the lid makes monitoring the cooking process without opening up the grill easier than ever.
The foldable side tables, meanwhile, allow for an extension of working space when required.
The Q1200 has a very respectable 189 inches of cooking space on which plenty of food can be heated through the 8500 BTU burner.
Any excess grease will be collected in the removable catch pan for an easy and mess-free grilling experience.
The only real inconvenience of this tabletop grill is the fact that instructions for assembly can only be accessed by downloading the BILT app, which might make the assembly process difficult for those without easy internet access.
- Highly durable construction
- Electric ignition
- Folding side tables
- Built-in thermometer
- Features removable catch pan
- Requires app download for assembly instructions
If you’ve done any research at all into gas grills of any kind, you’ve probably come across Cuisinart.
In fact, you’ve most likely heard of this brand purely due to the fact that Cuisinart has been one of America’s leading home appliance manufacturers for over 3 decades!
So, bearing all of this in mind, how does the Cuisinart CEG-980T Outdoor Electric Tabletop Grill match up to Cuisinart’s impressive reputation?
Well, the first thing to praise about this tabletop grill is its incredible cooking power.
With its powerful 5120 BTU burners, the CEG-980T provides a great deal of heat for quick and thorough grilling.
This is an especially ideal burner system for cooking thick cuts of meat, which are notoriously tricky to cook through properly.
Don’t worry, though - you don’t always have to cook at such a high heat with this grill: the temperature is adjustable using the temperature knobs, and a thermometer has been built into the grill for monitoring purposes.
Moreover, the ignition system for this grill is automatic, so you don’t have to waste time struggling to light to appliance manually.
- 5120 BTU burner
- Automatic ignition
- Foldable legs and carry handle
- Includes drip tray
- Built-in thermometer
- Not great for searing
Royal Gourmet’s PD1300 portable propane gas grill will definitely produce gourmet-quality food. Not only that, but it’s also extremely powerful in terms of heating and convenient in terms of cooking space.
The PD1300 features 3 burners at 9,000 BTU each, providing 27,000 BTU of total heat once ignited using the electric piezo ignition system.
The burners can be controlled separately so you can heat up individual areas of the grill and select the amount of heat you need.
Royal Gourmet’s PD1300 tabletop gas grill provides a very practical 316 square inches of cooking space, which is enough for up to 15 burgers! If you’re looking for a tabletop grill that will cater to large gatherings of people, this is the product for you.
The grill’s stainless steel construction makes this grill easy to maintain, as does the removable oil cup which collects grease as it drips through the grill.
The one word of caution we would add to this review, however, is that at 30lbs, this grill is heavier than the average portable or tabletop gas grill.
The extra weight is also contributed to by the fact that this grill uses a 20lb propane tank.
Of course, in the grand scheme of grills, 30lbs is still very manageable, but it’s clearly the heaviest model on our list and might not be the most convenient for travel.
- 27,000 BTU total power
- Stainless steel construction
- Easy piezo ignition
- Large cooking space
- Removable oil cup
- Slightly heavy
- Uses 20lb propane tank
Cuisinart’s CGG-059 portable propane gas grill is a highly practical and portable tabletop grill.
The CGG-059 is almost shockingly lightweight at just 10lbs, meaning you’ll have absolutely no issues carrying this grill with you wherever you need it by hand.
This lightweight build is in spite of the durable enameled steel construction.
The 8,000 BTU burner is surprisingly effective at heating up the 146 square inches of cooking space. This cooking surface is also dishwasher safe, so you don’t have to worry about scraping and scrubbing after every use.
A gas regulator has been built into the CGG-059 grill for safety and efficiency purposes, and a drip tray is also provided so that any grease that drips off the cooking surface is easy to deal with.
However, some customers have reported having problems with the durability of the ignition system, in the sense that some products have stopped igniting electrically and need to be ignited with a lighter.
- Extremely lightweight
- Enameled steel construction
- Dishwasher-safe cooking surface
- Drip tray included
- Built-in gas regulator
- Small cooking space
- Some ignition durability issues
Tabletop Gas Grill Reviews Buying Guide
All of the tabletop grills we’ve reviewed in this article are high-quality products, but there are certain specific features and functions that might make one grill more suitable for your needs than another.
In this buyer’s guide, we’ll be running through the most fundamental features of tabletop gas grills so that you know exactly what to look for!
It’s always useful to start by talking about the overall construction of a tabletop gas grill. This encompasses the metal(s) used to make the body of the grill as well as the lid and griddle(s).
The main thing most grill users want from the construction of a tabletop grill is a build that is both durable and easy to clean.
For durability and easy cleaning, we recommend stainless steel since it’s corrosion-resistant, easy to wipe down, and strong enough to withstand extensive use. Aluminum and cast iron are also good choices for tabletop grill construction that meet all of these requirements.
For even more durability and extra-easy cleaning, we recommend enameling, which is the process of fusing a layer of glass to the metal. Not only will this provide better resistance to heat, chemicals, and wear, but it also makes surfaces easier to wipe down for efficient cleaning.
Size and Portability
The size of a tabletop gas grill can be a surprisingly tricky factor to measure because overall dimensions are often given for the product in its closed, storage-ready, or out-of-the-box form, rather than with lids open and extensions unfolded.
Therefore, most of the total dimensions specified in the product information for tabletop gas grills won’t actually tell you how much space the grill will take up when fully assembled and in use.
Luckily, the weight of the assembled grill will stay the same regardless of whether or not the grill is set up, so you can usually use this to estimate roughly how large the grill will be. This figure will also let you know how portable a grill model is.
Most tabletop grills weigh around 20lbs, which is ideal for a heavy-duty but easily portable grill. Some tabletop grills, however, can weigh as little as 10lbs or as much as 30lbs.
A 10lb grill will, of course, be very easy to transport, but you’ll probably need to compromise on cooking space (see below). A 30lb grill will be more difficult to carry around, but it’s likely that you’ll get more burners and cooking space for the extra weight.
The size of the propane tank a grill uses will also impact its portability. Compatible propane tanks can range from 1lb to 20lbs, so bear this in mind if you’re thinking of taking your tabletop grill with you on your travels.
Cooking space for tabletop grills is also highly variable. The grills on our list have anywhere between 142 square inches and 316 square inches of cooking space, so you can choose the grill size that best corresponds to your cooking needs.
For reference, 316 square inches is enough space to grill roughly 15 average-sized patties. Smaller cooking areas, however, can be compensated for with fold-out side tables which allow extra surface space for easy cooking.
The number of burners and BTU ratings can vary quite a lot between tabletop grills, so you’ll need to have a rough idea of how powerful you want your portable grill to be.
A single burner can provide around 8,000 to 12,000 BTU of heat, which is powerful enough to cook efficiently. However, when several burners are included, the total BTU can be as high as 27,000, which is ideal for cooking tougher cuts of meat all the way through in no time at all!
The advantage of having more than one burner is that most of the time, these burners can be controlled separately, meaning that you can adjust not only the heat but the area of the grill that is heated.
Certain burner shapes can also help to increase the efficacy of your tabletop grill. For example, H-burners are specifically designed to distribute heat evenly over the cooking surface.
The shape and number of burners included in a tabletop grill are important to consider, but it’s equally important to be aware of the ignition process to get your burners fired up.
All of the grills on our list feature some form of electric ignition system, which means that the burners can be started up electrically using a button or knob rather than manually. This is a much faster and easier process, and it’s also safer because you don’t need to risk burning yourself with matches or a lighter.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to use a tabletop gas grill inside?
No, please don’t use your tabletop gas grill inside your home.
Propane grills may leak and release carbon monoxide into the air, which can build to dangerous levels in unventilated areas.
How should I clean my tabletop gas grill?
Nobody relishes the idea of cleaning their tabletop grill after a delicious barbecue, but it has to be done to ensure hygienic, safe, and efficient cooking.
Failure to clean your grill between uses can result in a buildup of old, greasy food (yuck!) and this can be as dangerous as it is unappetizing.
Food remnants can fester inside your grill, contaminating fresh food as you cook. They can even present a fire hazard which is obviously something to be avoided at all costs, or impact the effectiveness of your grill’s cooking capabilities if the griddle becomes coated in food.
If you’re the proud owner of a grill with a dishwasher-safe cooking surface, the process of cleaning the griddle itself will be very easy. However, if this isn’t the case for you, the good news is that most tabletop grills are quick and easy to clean by hand using hot, soapy water and a sponge.
You can use a scouring pad for any more stubborn remnants, but try not to do this in areas where it isn’t necessary to minimize scratching. It can be helpful to heat up your grill before cleaning to either burn away or soften leftover pieces of food that might be stuck.
Please remember to check the product-specific cleaning instructions before you get scrubbing, though, since individual grill models might need to be cleaned in a specific way to avoid damage.