Nothing beats a good sear, and since the best tabletop grills are both portable and easy to use, they make achieving those mouth-watering grill marks easier. But, since there are tons of options for portable grills, it's important to consider which type works best for you before you buy. For example, a common complaint of compact, mobile grills is they don't get quite as hot as a larger unit with more power. If you find you need something warmer, consider a wood-fired grill that can really crank up the heat. Or if you'd prefer something that doesn't require wood chips, pellets, or charcoal, there are plenty of gas and electric options that can get the job done.
Another thing to consider is the kind of crowd you're cooking for and where you plan to do your grilling. If you're only cooking for a few people at a tailgate, be sure to check out a more compact, space-saving option that's still big enough to cook up a few hot dogs. But if you know you'll be BBQing for the entire neighborhood picnic, a big option with more heating power is probably a better bet.
Gas or electric? Smoke-free or wood-fired? It can be tough to pick exactly which grill you need. Here's a list of some of the best tabletop grills on the market to get you started.