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Best Tabletop Grills for Summer: Home Cooked May Be the Best

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With the arrival of warmer weather, the smell of freshly barbecued meat will start to come at us from all sides. No complaints there!

But what if you need to grill the meat while on the go? Could some of the best tabletop grills provide you with delicious food while you enjoy your camping trip?

The answer is “yes,” and these compact units are a dream-come-true for any avid outdoors person. Thus, let’s dive into the world of grilled meat and explore the features of the top-rated grills in 2020.

1.    Masterbuilt PT300B Smoke Hollow

To start the list in style, we will first take a look at a product of American ingenuity. The Masterbuilt Smoke Hollow PT300B  is a grill that comes from an all-American brand. Masterbuilt has been in the barbecue business since 1973, and they merged with Smoke Hollow in 2017.

The result of this merger is a line of highly regarded products. One of them is this durable grill, which weighs only 20 pounds.

On top of that, the Masterbuilt PT300B features folding legs and a large carry handle on the front. Plus, it comes with a locking lid that will keep the top in position.

The grilling surface of this model is 288 square inches, but you could expand it to 305 square inches if need be. So, this grill is perfect for small families or groups of friends who enjoy an occasional adventure in nature.

Masterbuilt PT300B features a U-shaped burner that delivers up to 10.000 BTUs. Of course, this device uses liquid propane for energy. You can find those in any store in America.

The chrome-coated racks are easy to clean, and the removable grease tray also helps with the maintenance. Plus, this device is as compact as they get. Therefore, it will fit in the back of your car without any issues.

2.    Char-Broil Grill2Go X200

The next entry on our list also comes from a famous name in the grilling industry. Believe it or not, Char-Broil first appeared way back in 1944! Nowadays, the HQ of the brand is in Columbus, Georgia.

Well, it seems that Char-Broil still got what it takes to make a top-rated tabletop grill. What’s more, the Char-Broil Grill2Go X200 may be the perfect option for outdoor enthusiasts.

The main reason for this is the rugged exterior of the unit. To be precise, Char-Broil Grill2Go is a durable and impact-resistant device. What’s more, you could even mistake this grill for a toolbox!

In simple terms, it can withstand almost everything. But how good can it cook the meat?

The cooking surface of this model is 200 square inches, which is enough for an average family. Yet, the cool thing about the X200 is that it uses TRU Infrared heating alongside the liquid propane.

As a result, this hybrid grill can generate plenty of heat without consuming too much energy. The temperature spreads evenly, which means that the food will turn out juicy and delicious. But you will need to keep an eye on the meat because this grill could burn the food within seconds if you are not careful.

3.    Weber Q2200

If you are looking for a grill that will look fantastic when you set it on the table, look no further than the Weber Q2200. The second iteration of this model offers improved performance, and that is why this model deserves a spot on our list.

For instance, this grill offers as much as 280 square inches of grilling surface! In other words, you can place lots of burgers and steaks onto the grilling area at once.

What’s more, Weber Q2200 comes with a revolutionary split grid combo. What this means is that the grilling surface consists of two different areas. The grate+griddle combination provides users with flexibility. It allows you to prepare the food in two ways for the price of one.

When it comes to food preparation, this device also features two work tables. They open up to the sides of the grill. The stylish appearance of the Weber Q2200 tabletop grill also includes the dome-shaped lid.

In terms of performance, Weber Q2200 will probably exceed your expectations. The burner creates as much as 12.000 BTUs, and the heat spreads all over the cooking surface. Of course, this grill uses the disposable LP cartridges.

4.    Blackstone 17-inch Grill

Blackstone is a relatively young manufacturer of grilling gear since the brand first appeared in 2005. Nevertheless, the rise of this company was impressive, and that is why Blackstone 17-inch Grill lands a spot on this list.

As you can guess, Blackstone offers different variations of this grill. When it comes to the 17-inch version, the cooking surface is 260 square inches.

Underneath the cooking area, you will find an integrated grease tray. Of course, this feature helps with the cleaning.

But the coolest thing about this grill is that it does not come with cooking racks. Instead, a flat plate sits above the H-shaped burner.

The burner can deliver up to 12.000 BTUs, which is more than enough to heat the entire plate within seconds. Heat distribution is off the charts with this model!

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg, and the Blackstone grill offers a wide range of useful features. For instance, it comes with adjustable rubberized feet.

Likewise, an oversized dial on the front of the unit will help you regulate the heat and grill the meat to perfection.

5.    Cuisinart CGG-180T

We decided to save the best for last because most experts will agree that the highest-rated grill is the Cuisinart CGG-180T.

The attributes that accompany this model include words like Petit and Gourmet. Of course, this speaks volumes about the compact size of the unit and the food quality.

The red color of this handy device will make it stand out from the crowd. Moreover, this unit will look great on any patio or a balcony. But you can take it with you on every fishing trip or a camping expedition as well.

Yet, the compact size of this model is a double-edged sword. To be precise, the smaller cooking surface (145 square inches) may even deter some customers.

Because of the small grilling area, the burner is also less potent than the rest of them on this list. The total output of the heater is 5.500 BTUs.

The briefcase-style carrying of the Cuisinart CGG-180T is a feature we all wanted to see.

On top of that, this unit also comes with an integrated lid lock as well as foldaway legs. As a result, you can place it anywhere and get the meat grilling in no time.

The Verdict

As you can see, the battle for the top spot is a fierce one. The abundance of options can even be overwhelming and confusing.

However, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that the convenient Cuisinart grill offers the best value for money.

Depending on your needs, you could go with an alternative model. But the crucial thing is that the units from this list will cook the food efficiently no matter how removed from the civilization you may find yourself.

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