Many people confuse between tabletop grills and portable barbeque grills. In reality, the two are not exactly the same. There is a slight difference in both design and cooking performance.
As with portable grills, you have the option of choosing either a tabletop gas grill, charcoal or electric model. Each has its own strength and weaknesses.
What make tabletop grills different are their super small size and light weight design, perfect for tailgating and regular outdoor camping trips.
The drawback to these types of grills are their cooking power. Low end models sold under $50 might not be able to properly sear even small size steaks, chicken fillets or other thick slices of meat. Though these units are usually light enough to carry on one hand - and that's what they are sold for.
Tabletop gas grill is the most popular amongst three available fuel types. With charcoal grills you have to prepare the coals and spend time lighting them up - which is not very easy and can be frustrating at times (e.g. wet rainy weather). This problem is eliminated by using light propane gas tanks. However, charcoal cookers grill meat with smoked flavor that can not be duplicated by any other types of grills.
On the other hand, electric tabletop grill does not require initial ignition, but you need to find a source for electricity supply, which restricts it to most indoor kitchen use. But electric models have their advantages - simple and easy cleaning.
So it all depends on your own circumstance to decide which fuel type to go for. Below you'll find three grill reviews, two gas types and one electric.
As the name implies, this is one of the most portable tabletop grills Weber has to offer. It has also received many positive reviews for good balance between small size, budget price and overall a good barbeque cooker.
For under $50, This tabletop gas grill is an excellent choice for tailgate parties and frequent on the road travels for its super compact size and light weight build.
Getting close to $200, Meco electric tabletop grill is different from many portable electric grills in the market, because it uses infrared technology to cook barbecue. (You can read more about infrared gas grills here)