Teppanyaki vs Gourmet Cooking | How do these 6 table grills compare?

by Joost Nusselder | Updated on:  June 3, 2020

Have you ever seen one of those ads that feature incredible backyard kitchens? The ones that are so amazing that make your indoor kitchen feel lacking?

If you’re the owner of one of those, congratulations! (and please have us over for dinner someday).

Teppanyaki or gourmet cooking

Some people, however, only have a small space available to grills, like a small patio or a balcony.

Others simply need to cook for smaller groups of people so they don’t really need a large grill.

Others might just happen to travel a lot and spend a large amount of time camping or RVing. All of these situations are excellent reasons to own a tabletop grill.

Now you get to choose between teppanyaki and gourmet tabletop grills. I personally prefer this Netsc19 Electric Teppanyaki Table Top over all the others, but that’s only because the tilted-build gives me plenty of control over the grilling experience.

Read on to get all the information you need to make the right choice just for you.

Teppanyaki Tabletop Grills

Things to Consider

There are many factors that need to be taken into account before you buy a teppanyaki grill. You need to keep in mind where, how and what you’ll be cooking with your grill. Taking these into account, you should choose a grill that is meant to perform.

Best overall: Netsc19 Electric Teppanyaki Table Top

Out of all the grills we reviewed this one had the most intriguing design. This Electric Teppanyaki Table Top Grill from Netsc19 is built on a tilt so it allows different areas of the grill to cook at varying temperatures. It also features raised edges that keep the food securely on the plate.

Netsc19 tabletop teppanyaki grill
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To compensate for the raised edges, the grill’s surface is extra wide which gives you more cooking space. The handles are also cool to the touch so you don’t risk getting burnt while transporting it during your camping trip, and you can cook anything on it!

Its non-stick surface is able to handle fried foods and vegetables with ease, while also allowing you to cook juicy and moist fish and meat. If you’re looking into getting a grill that lets you cook for a large crowd then this is the one for you.

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Portable Electric Teppanyaki Table Grill

If you’re looking to bring your own teppanyaki grill to a party, then you’ll be all set with the portable electric teppanyaki table grill from Barbecue Frying Pan. You might not actually take it to a party, but you can take it on trips with you when you go camping, or for a quick barbecue in the park, or simply a cozy grilled dinner at home.

This electric powered grill runs on 1200 watts and has an adjustable thermostat. You have the option of cooking on the grill plate or on the burners. It’s extremely easy to use both indoors and outdoors and the dual handles make it really easy to carry around.

Since the surface is non-stick, cleanup is a real breeze. And combined with its large grease pan, you won’t have to spend all the afternoon scraping the grill after you’re done using it. Since it’s portable and versatile, we highly recommend this teppanyaki grill.

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CHEFJOY Electric Teppanyaki Table Top Grill

You might dream of becoming a teppan chef at Benihana but you might still want to be able to cook teppanyaki-style Japanese cuisine. In order to accomplish that, you will need a high-quality teppanyaki grill such as the Electric Teppanyaki Table Top Grill from Chefjoy.

This set includes accessories so you can cook up all kinds of treats. It includes two non-stick egg rings so you can make perfectly round eggs. It also includes a large grease tray to catch meat drippings and the griddle comes with 6 wooden spatulas.

One thing that every teppanyaki grill must have is a cooking area that’s large enough for multiple meals. This grill is 35” by 9” big and its non-stick surface is extremely easy to clean. You’ll just need a damp cloth so you can wipe it down after cooking.

You can buy it here on Amazon

Gourmet Tabletop Grills

Things to consider

If you’re looking into buying a gourmet tabletop grill, it’s important to consider the following things:

Keep on reading to see our best picks and choose the right one for you.

If you’re more into Charcoal grilling, read about these top 3 Bincho grills I’ve reviewed recently

Cuisinart Cgg-200 12,000-BTU Tabletop Gas Grill

This is the barbeque for the ones out there looking to get a good grilling experience at home without having the grill take up all the available space, and maybe even take it with them on occasion.

It has many of the features you’d find on full-size grills, but they’re scaled down to fit in this convenient grill so you have the option to travel with it.

It uses propane as fuel, weighs only five pounds, has a cooking surface area of 240 sq in, 2 burners, a porcelain-enameled cast iron grate, a stainless steel lid, base, and side shelves and it also comes in black. It has 12,000 BTUs and a 3-year limited warranty on defects.

Do you ever remember a time when you didn’t know Cuisinart? Maybe they’re not the first brand to come to mind when you think about grilling but they’re definitely cooking experts. This is a product backed by a brand that we respect. And the foldable side tables are a neat feature that we really loved about this grill.

It has a twist ignition that makes lighting the gas safe and easy, it also features a built-in thermometer that helps you know when it’s ready to start cooking. Its enameled, modular grates and the removable drip tray make it really easy to clean up and it’s also very sturdy. It has plenty of readily available accessories such as a 20 lb LPG tank adaptor, cover, and stand.

On the other hand, even though it’s a tabletop unit, it’s not very portable when compared to our other choices. It’s a bit heavy and it doesn’t feature foldable legs. Also, the lid doesn’t lock so any contents would move in transit. It’s still a good choice for RVing and most excursions that don’t include backpacking, though.

Although it has two burners, you’re not able to control them separately. So if you had any plans to have dual temperature zones on a compact grill, this definitely won’t be the grill for you.

Finally, the cuisinart CGG-200 is a great grill but more likely to stay at home when it comes to tabletop grills. It’s a perfect equipment for someone who’s looking for a good home barbecue that won’t take up too much space.

You can easily put it away between uses so there’s another benefit when compared to larger grills. Moreso, being able to take it with you to the beach, the park, fishing or on a camping trip is a very nice bonus.

It’s a convenient grill that we really like, so I encourage you to look through the pictures and some user reviews to get a better idea of different experiences people have had with it.

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Cuisinart Cgg-180t Petit Gourmet Portable Tabletop Gas Grill

Cuisinart CGG-180T Petit Gourmet Portable Tabletop Gas Grill, Red
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If you think all picnics should include hot food, then you definitely need to add this portable grill to your must-haves since they’re easy to carry, transport and set up. So for anyone who considers portability and small sizes to be the most important aspects regarding their grill choice, this is the one worth looking into.

It’s fueled by propane (either in 16 oz or 14.1 oz portable bottles) and only weighs 5 pounds. With a cooking surface area of 145 sq in, a stainless steel lid and box, and a porcelain enameled grate this grill can compete with its bigger counterparts, even though it only has one burner.

It also features aluminum legs, comes in black or stainless steel colors, has 5,500 BTUs and offers a 3-year limited warranty on defects.

I really like that it’s so portable. Not many tabletop grills are as light as this one while also feature foldable legs and a lid that locks shut. The large handle lets you carry it around just like a briefcase which means you can set it up in seconds.

LPG cylinders and the twist ignition make this grill extremely convenient and will have you cooking in no time. You can really use it just about anywhere. As an added bonus, the grate is dishwasher safe.

On the other hand, you still need to keep in mind that it’s very small so you need to remember that you won’t be able to cook for large groups of people. And the only thing we think it’s missing is a temperature gauge for the occasional time when you cook with the lid closed.

In the end, anyone who enjoys going on picnics, camping, or tailgating will love this grill since it’s the most convenient travel grill we’ve seen. It’s best suited for individuals, couples or small families due to its size. So we definitely wouldn’t recommend it for backyard parties, but it’s still perfect for balconies or road trips.

Take the time to look for more images of this cute little grill and start considering one for your next outing. Customer reviews are always useful to get a larger picture of the item at hand.

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Pinty Portable Folding Tabletop Charcoal Grill

If you like to grill small amounts of food for your family or would like to be able to cook a hot meal while on an outing and don’t want to invest in gear that takes up too much space and just ends up being complicated, then this small grill might just be your thing. Sometimes basic items are just the thing,

It uses charcoal as fuel and weighs 92 pounds. Featuring a surface area of 250 sq in, a powder coated carbon steel lid and box, porcelain-enameled grates and silicone handles, this grill has a lot to offer.

This is a relatively basic model but still has enough features to keep charcoal grilling fun and have it not feel like a chore.

I really like the adjustable front and lid vents since they give plenty of control over the temperature which is great for controlled grilling. There’s also more than enough room for you to cook plenty of food, while still being able to fold the whole thing down and lock it shut for transportation.

It has enough grilling area to be perfect for a balcony or a patio while still giving you the advantage of being able to take it anywhere with you.

Sadly, there’s no easy way to clean it up after each use so you’ll have to remove the grate (the old way) and dump everything out which can get kind of messy. There’s also no temperature gauge which can be annoying, particularly since they’re not an expensive item to include.

To sum things up, if you prefer simple things in your life, you’ll fall in love with this portable grill. It’s perfect for grilling the occasional meal at home and still easy to pack it down and take it with you wherever life takes you. So there’s a small investment with a great return for casual grillers.

Check it out here on Amazon

Final Thoughts

Whichever you end up preferring, make sure you choose the grill that best suits your lifestyle and needs. You can never go wrong with choosing what works best for you. Make sure you take the time to analyze each grill’s pros and cons, as well as the features that are considered a “must” on your checklist.

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Bite My Bun is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new food with Japanese food at the heart of his passion, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with recipes and cooking tips.