Best Pellet Grills for Making Delicious and Fragrant Dishes

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 2, 2018
If you love freshly-made delicacies with the wood-fired food's smell and taste, we recommend you get a wood pellet grill. Just set the temperature, load the pellets, and it will help you prepare all kinds of delicious and fragrant grilled and smoked dishes. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Cooking surface
Pellet hopper capacity
Convenience
Dimensions
Warranty
 
PROS

The unit comes with non-stick porcelain grill grates allowing you to minimize food sticking. Moreover, you will have no difficulty removing both grease and odor, so the next dish prepared on this cooking surface will taste and smell as delicious as the first one. 

CONS

The handle heats up during the grilling process.

OUR VERDICT

If you are looking for a reliable pellet grill that allows you to preset the desired temperature and easily control the whole cooking process, this model is the one to go for. With this high end grill, even aspiring cooks will be able to prepare scrumptious steaks.

detailed parameters
Cooking surface

418 sq. in.

Pellet hopper capacity

18 lbs

Convenience

Digital temperature controller (up to 450°F), Electronic auto-start ignition, Pellet auto-feeding system, Drip tray with a grease bucket, Transport wheels

Dimensions

42" x 22" x 49"

98 lbs

Warranty

3 years

PROS

Thanks to the patented Ash Cleanout system, emptying the ash is a breeze. For hustle-free cleaning, just pull a clean-out port knob and the ash from the unit's firebox will drop into a removable ash cup (included in the box).

CONS

Blue numbers might be not so easy to read on a blue backlit display.

OUR VERDICT

Thought out to the tiniest detail, the Camp Chef DLX PG24 pellet grill has everything to make grilling as simple and enjoyable as possible. It has two shelves for cooking even more toothsome dishes and comes with a meat probe that will help you monitor meat temperature.

detailed parameters
Cooking surface

570 sq. in. (429 sq. in. + 141 sq. in.)

Pellet hopper capacity

18 lbs

Convenience

Digital temperature controller (up to 500°F), Electronic auto-start ignition, Pellet auto-feeding system, Ash cleanout system, Drip tray with a grease bucket, Transport wheels, Side shelf, Meat probe included

Dimensions

50" x 20" x 39"

140 lbs

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The unit has a bottom shelf that can be used for pellet bags and other accessories. Providing an extra storage space, it also serves as a reinforcement and adds to the item's stability. A built-in dome thermometer helps you monitor the cooking temperature.

CONS

When you transport the unit, the sound of the metal wheels might be pretty loud.

OUR VERDICT

If you are looking for a capacious pellet grill for barbeque parties with your friends, this Pit Boss model is an ideal choice. It offers an extra large (700 sq. in.) cooking surface and easy temperature control for preparing a variety of culinary masterpieces to pamper your guests.

detailed parameters
Cooking surface

700 sq. in. (507 sq. in. + 194 sq. in.)

Pellet hopper capacity

18 lbs

Convenience

Digital temperature controller (up to 500°F), Electronic auto-start ignition, Pellet auto-feeding system, Drip tray with a grease bucket, Transport wheels, Additional storage rack, Dome thermometer

Dimensions

42" x 27" x 44"

144 lbs

Warranty

1 year

PROS

On this portable unit's side rack, there are five hanging hooks for spatulas, tongs, barbecue gloves, and other accessories meant to make flipping steaks and performing other grilling tasks as safe and comfortable as possible.

CONS

The cooking surface is comparatively small.

OUR VERDICT

In pace with technology, this innovative appliance features a digital WiFi controller allowing you to preset the desired temperature and monitor the cooking process via your smartphone. Just download the Green Mountain Grills app (available for both iOS and Android) to get access to multiple smart functions.

detailed parameters
Cooking surface

219 sq. in.

Pellet hopper capacity

9 lbs

Convenience

Digital temperature controller (up to 500°F) with built-in Wi-fi, Electronic auto-start ignition, Pellet auto-feeding system, Drip tray with a grease bucket, Foldable legs, Side tray with utensil hooks, Meat probe included

Dimensions

34" x 23" x 32"

68 lbs

Warranty

2 years

PROS

Made of corrosion-resistant steel, the appliance features a powder coat finish that will prevent corrosion and rust even if you store it outside. Thanks to the highest quality materials used for its manufacturing, the Traeger TFB29LZA will look like new for years to come.

CONS

Its pellet hopper capacity is a bit low so you might need to add more pellets while grilling.

OUR VERDICT

This compact pellet smoker won't take much space on your patio or in your backyard. At the same time, its cooking surface is large enough for preparing two well-fed chickens or up to five filling burgers.

detailed parameters
Cooking surface

300 sq. in.

Pellet hopper capacity

8 lbs

Convenience

Digital temperature controller (up to 450°F), Electronic auto-start ignition, Pellet auto-feeding system, Drip tray with a grease bucket, Transport wheels

Dimensions

37" x 18" x 36"

60 lbs

Warranty

3 years

Traeger TFB42LZBC

Functional Appliance for Fire-Cooked Treats Lovers

Looking for a pellet grill to cook an assortment of dishes to pamper your family and friends? The Traeger TFB42LZBC model is that grill. This functional appliance can bake, smoke, steam, roast, BBQ, and braise foods, providing all your cooked meals with a mouth-watering fragrance. The unit features an integrated digital controller with a dial that enables you to adjust the temperature to have foods either fast or slow cooked. A practical LED display will allow you to monitor the grill temperature throughout the cooking process.

Unlike cooking on a fire, using a pellet grill is very simple: just load hardwood pellets into the hopper, turn on the grill, select the desired temperature, and have your dish cooked. An auger inside the machine will move the pallets to a special chamber - a firepot, where they are ignited. To ensure proper burning of pellets and provide the grills with an unmatched wood-fired taste, the unit is equipped with a draft induction fan that keeps the air circulating inside it.

Boasting a 418 sq. in. cooking surface, the Traeger TFB42LZBC will allow you to cook up to 4 whole chickens or 16 burgers at a time. The grill grates are made of special non-stick and easy-to-clean material, so none of those goodies will stick to them.

As user-friendly as it is, this pellet grill is made to last; robustly built from steel, it has a high-quality powder-coat finish so you can be sure that the unit will serve you for years to come.

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Camp Chef DLX PG24

Easy to Cook, Easy to Clean

While a pellet grill is an appliance that makes preparing toothsome dishes as simple as it could be, quite often they are not so easy to clean. The ashes left after all the treats are cooked and eaten remain in a fire chamber until you remove them with a vacuum cleaner, unless...

Unless your chosen model has a special design like this Camp Chef DLX PG24 grill and smoker. The unit features a patented Ash Cleanout system that allows you to empty the firebox by pulling the lever on the grill's housing. As you do this, the ashes pour into a special cup attached to the unit's bottom. But do keep in mind that the ash cup ought to always remain in its place when you are using the grill.

Moreover, this model is equipped with a pellet drain (it is recommended to remove the pellets if you are going to store the grill for a long time), allowing you to remove the pellets in a breeze. Please carefully follow the manufacturer's instructions and it will take you minimum time to clean the appliance after use and prepare it for storage; proper maintenance will help you to prolong the service life of the unit.

The Camp Chef DLX PG24 has a capacious pellet hopper and a large (570 sq. in.) cooking surface; it comes with a cooking grate and a warming rack allowing you to prepare even more dishes for the most delightful outdoor dining experience. An included meat probe will help you grill the foods to perfection.

In a word, this user-friendly appliance has every single feature to help you cook like a professional chef.

Review of Camp Chef DLX PG24 SmokePro Pellet Grill and Smoker

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Pit Boss 700FB

For Grill Parties

Now, if you are looking for an appliance that will allow you to cook a variety of foods for a big family or a group of friends, opt for a Pit Boss 700FB pellet grill. This model has two porcelain coated cast-iron racks with a total cooking area of 700 sq. in., ample for preparing filling meals for up to six people. The wood pellet grill has an effective exhaust system and a special dome heat shield so the heat is distributed evenly throughout the unit and the temperature inside the grill can go up to 600° Fahrenheit. Thanks to this thoughtful design solution, you can cook on both upper and lower rack of the unit.

The appliance is incredibly versatile - you can grill, char-grill, smoke, sear, braise, bake, roast, or barbeque. For searing over an open flame, you just need to slide the plate. An ergonomic digital control board will help you set the desired temperature in a matter of seconds, so you can enjoy spending time with your family and friends while mouth-watering fragrances tempt your appetite.

We should also mention that this model has a durable design; its bottom storage rack not only adds to the item's functionality but also makes the whole construction even more stable.

Summing up, this capacious, ergonomic, and reliable pellet smoker is a must for grill parties.

Review of Pit Boss 700FB Pellet Grill

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Green Mountain Grills DCWF

For Campers and RVers

Most pellet grills are rather bulky and difficult to transport, so they are more suitable for your backyard. This Green Mountain Grills model, however, has all the features you would expect in a portable appliance, perfect for camping, hunting, tailgating, house-boating, etc.

First of all, it was designed to run on 12V or 120AC. Next, It can be easily transported in your car trunk: this model only weighs 68 pounds and has foldable legs. As compact as it is, the unit features a convenience tray with hanging hooks for tongs, spatulas, and other utensils.

What makes the GMG wood pellet grill stand out from the crowd is that it is equipped with a WiFi controller, allowing you to monitor the cooking process through a mobile application available for both iOS and Android. The unit itself has an LCD screen and a handy operation panel for easy temperature adjustment and the highest quality thermal sensor for monitoring the temperature inside the grill. A meat probe for checking your dishes temperature is also included in the box.

Summing up, if you are looking for a compact pellet smoker to take on a camping or fishing trip, this GMG model is just what you need.

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Traeger TFB29LZA

For a Small Family

This model is for those who seek a portable yet functional appliance that will provide enough cooking space to enjoy grilled dainties in a small company.

Featuring compact dimensions (22 x 35 x 38 inches), the Traeger TFB29LZA won't take much space in your backyard or on your patio. That said, when you feel like spending a weekend outside, enjoying grilled or smoked delicacies with your family, this model is the right choice. Though the unit doesn't have the largest grilling area, it can accommodate two whole chickens or 3 racks of ribs. The foods won't stick to the porcelain grill grates, besides, this type of cooking surface is way easier to clean.

Both cooking temperature and grilling modes are easy to adjust thanks to an ergonomic dial and an informative LED display; you can set the temperature within a 20-degree range to have the meals cooked just as you like them. The only downside is that the hopper is a bit small, so you might need to add a few pellets if you are going to grill for a long time. Finally, this wood pellet grill, like any other Traeger appliance, is made to last, so it will help you pamper yourself and your family with incredibly delicious foods for years to come.

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What Is a Pellet Grill?

Versatility is one of the coolest features any piece of cookware can have, and a pellet grill is, in the first place, the most versatile outdoor cooking gear. It can help you grill, bake, smoke, BBQ, braise, and roast foods; it allows cooking on both high and low heat for either faster crunchy results or more consistent slow cooking. Whichever method you choose, all your dishes will have that incomparable wood-fired flavor, impossible to achieve using a charcoal, gas, or electric grill. Well, to be more specific, pellet grills do use electric power. But they don't use it for heating the cooking surface. The electric power is there to feed the pellets into the burn pot by rotating an auger that connects the hopper with this pot, and for igniting them. Plus, any wood pellet grill has a digital temperature controller and an LCD screen, allowing you to monitor the appliance's performance. This way, you can preset the cooking temperature and other parameters and enjoy outdoor rest while your flavorsome treats are made. In this article, we've shortlisted the five best pellet smokers available on the market so you can choose among the best models.

To illuminate your cooking area when the party lasts well into the night, you can get a grill light. And to quickly clean the cooking grates after use, we would recommend using a specially designed grill brush.
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Publish Date: 2018-10-02 11:48:52