A Traeger grill is essential to any outdoor kitchen. It features a large cooking area and offers precise temperature settings, which is similar to an oven. Traeger grill, thanks to its pellet wood fuel, will elevate your cooking. It will make you the proud grill master who serves the most flavorful dishes to friends and family. Also, Traeger grills are the most convenient grill to clean on the market.
When it comes to getting the right grill, there are plenty of options to choose from – charcoal grills, electric grills, and gas grills. Traeger grills stand on their own but to build out an extraordinary outdoor kitchen for all kinds of entertaining, pair a Traeger pellet smoker and grill with a traditional grill or ceramic smoker and add food prep areas, warming drawers, outdoor refrigeration and beverage centers. Why leave your guests and family to venture back into your home when everything you need can be at your fingertips?
Traeger grills offer ingenuity with wifi and smart app integration, something that other grills can only dream of. These bbq grills have "6-in-1 versatility", so that you can grill, smoke, bake, roast, braise, and bbq with pure, hardwood flavor. No other grill offers this wide range of cooking methods. We’ll show you why Traeger wood pellet grills and smokers are having their moment in the sun with such a meteoric rise in popularity. So, let’s learn more.
Why People Rave About Their Traeger Grill
Traeger grill is the go-to option for many people who love delicious barbecues made from a combination of wood-fire and smoke. Once you experience Traeger's unparalleled wood-fire taste and discover how easy it is to use, you'll see why people all over the world are choosing it over a gas grill. Here are the essential features that make Traeger grills irreplaceable in outdoor kitchens:
- It combines the features of both the electric and charcoal grills, allowing it to produce consistent heat while adding the fantastic wood-charcoal flavor to the barbecue.
- Traeger uses 100 percent wood as fuel to give your food that real flavor. From pecan to apple, from mesquite to hickory, you can customize the taste of your cooking like never before.
- The grills have a digital controller for temperature controls – whether you’re cooking low and slow at 160 degrees, or hot and fast up to 500 degrees – just like in regular ovens.
- The built-in wifi along with Traeger app gives you direct access to the grill from your mobile phone, to monitor, and adjust cook cycles and temperature.
- With 6-in-1 versatility you can grill, smoke, bake, roast, braise, and bbq with pure, hardwood flavor.
- There’s an enthusiastic and active online community via its mobile app where you can find tips and tricks, recipes, and draw inspiration from other food enthusiasts.
How Does a Traeger Grill Work
People all over the world choose Traeger for its top-quality design that guarantees optimum performance. If you’re wondering whether a Traeger grill is worth it, check out the features that make it outstanding:
Unique Design of the Traeger Grill
Do you want a grill that allows you to grill and smoke using wood pellets? Then Traeger is exactly what you need. It has a hopper, controller, auger, fire pot, and fan – all combining to cook your food while you spend more time with your guests. So, no matter the kind of meal you want to make over a hot grill, Traeger got you covered. The grill has a power cord and needs a power outlet to plug it in.
- Hopper holds the wood pellets, which serve as the fuel for the grill.
- Controller acts as the powerhouse and temperature regulator.
- Auger sends the pellets to the fire pot for burning.
- Fire pot sets the wood pellets on fire.
- Fan stokes the flames, distributing smoke and heat around your meal.
The Auger feeds the fire pot with wood pellets from the hopper. There's an auto-ignition of the pellets, and unlike charcoal grills, there’s no need for a charcoal starter. Also, you save yourself the stress of having to add charcoal to the grill midway through barbequing or smoking.
Performance and Durability
Traeger was designed to meet the industry standard of durability. It has essential features – such as a large grill area and ceramic grates – that make it an excellent choice for the outdoor kitchen area. Additionally, it has an easy-to-use temperature control system, allowing users to adjust the heat without opening the hood. Whether the weather is hot or cold, you can use your Traeger grill outdoors.
Endless Accessories of the Traeger Grill
Traeger has a hall of fame of grill accessories to help you customize your experience. Examples include a grill insulation blanket, folding front shelf, pellet storage bucket, lid and filter kit, BBQ food tray, grill grate scrape, and chicken throne. These accessories make it more convenient to use your grill. For example, you can use the BBQ food tray to serve barbecue to your guests, and use the pellet storage bucket to properly store your wood pellets for a later use.
Traeger Grill Series
With several years in business, Traeger has a lot of models to choose from. You can either choose to buy an older model or select from one of the newest series. Here’s a quick run-through of the latest lines of Traeger Grills:
This series is arguably the most popular medium-sized grill in the market at the moment. It has a wifi feature that allows control from the Traeger mobile app. The series also has a Turbo Temperature feature that lets you set your temperature up to 450F. The Pro Series Pro Series 575 Pellet Grill is Traeger’s main focus under these series2.
This option is an upgrade of the Pro Series, with added technology like TRU Convection and DownDraft Exhaust that makes cooking faster. It offers larger grill sizes and has an adjustable two-tier grate system and a double-walled insulation system. Like all Traeger recent versions, the models have wifi connectivity. Models under this series include Ironwood 650 Pellet Grill and Ironwood 885 Pellet Grill.
Timberline is the most expensive and largest series, offering you a cooking space of either 850 or 1300 square inches. With it comes all the features of the Ironwood series, including a Pellet Sensor that allows you to keep an eye on the pellet level via the Traeger app.
It has three-tier stainless-steel grates, bamboo cutting board, and a hidden grease management system. Popular models under this series are the Timberline 850 Pellet Grill and Timberline 850 Pellet Grill.
Specialty Traeger Grills
Besides the three major series discussed above, Traeger also offers Legacy series, Portable Grills, and Lil' Pig Pellet Grill – all designed to meet specific needs.
Legacy Series Gen1
The Legacy Series Gen 1 are the top-selling wood pellet grills in the United States. They come with a digital Controller for temperature regulation and precision cooking. The Gen 1 grills are more affordable than the recent Pro series. The Pro Series 22 Pellet Grill (Gen 1) - Bronze that sells for $599 and the Pro Series 34 Pellet Grill (Gen 1) - Bronze that sells for $699 are the models available under this series.
Portable Pellet Grill Series
Traeger’s portable grills give you the same splendid Traeger wood pellet taste and performance, offering more convenience for their small size. Popular models under this series include the Tailgater 20 Pellet Grill ($469.99), Tailgater Pellet Grill – Bronze ($449.99), and Ranger Pellet Grill ($399.99).
Lil’ Pig Pellet Grill
This pink color, 425-square-inch grill takes the shape of a pig, and gives your food that Traeger flavor you love. It has the capacity for four full chickens or 16 burgers, and sells for $1599.99.
Is it Easy to Clean the Traeger Grill?
Traeger grills are easy to maintain and clean. Regular light intensity cleaning will ensure longevity and your overall enjoyment. Also, it's crucial to check the flow of pellets from time to time as pellets may get stuck in the Auger. All in all, the cleaning procedure for your Traeger grill goes as follows:
- You'll need a grease cleaner, paper towels, bottle brush, disposable gloves, and a scour pad.
- Spray the grill grates and chimney with grease cleaner.
- Remove and clean the grates with a bottle brush and paper towels.
- Remove the old foil.
- Remove the drip tray, heat baffle, and vacuum inside of the grill.
- Scrub the chimney with a brush.
- Spray the walls of the grills with grease cleaner, then wipe with paper towels.
- Reinsert the grill interiors.
Our Best Traeger Grill Models
To make your bbq purchase decision a lot easier, we’ve reviewed our selections for the best Traeger grill models.
1) Traeger Pro 575 Wood Pellet Grill
This grill is the 575 square-inch model of the Traeger Pro Series. Its main grilling area is 418 square inches and a secondary grilling area of 154 square inches, with both having enough space to cook about four chickens at once. The model comes in either black or brown color, with wifi connectivity to the mobile app.
The Pro D2 Controller lets you cook to a maximum temperature of 450F, with an RTD probe (in Traeger jargon RTD stands for "Resistance Temperature Detector" i.e. fancy word for temperature probe) that monitors the temperature for fluctuations beyond 15 degrees. There’s also an added benefit of the Turbo Temperature Fast Startup that kick-starts your cooking immediately.
The 18-pound hopper comes with a cleanout feature that allows you to change the wood pellet flavor while cooking. The grill is energy-efficient, consuming about 2 pounds of wood pellets every hour. However, the Pro 575 isn't a great fit if you intend to do lots of searing due to its maximum temperature of 450F.
2) Traeger Ironwood 650 Wood Pellet Grill
Ranking as the latest introduction to the Traeger Wood Pellet Grill family, the Ironwood 650 has a cooking capacity of 650 square inches, making it a larger grill compared to the Pro 575. It has a maximum temperature of 500F, and a pellet hopper capacity of 20 pounds.
The Ironwood 650 has features that help circulate fresh smoke, ensuring the heat spread evenly throughout the chamber. It has options that let you customize your cooking using a digital panel or the Traeger app. Compared to the Pro 575, it has better insulation and temperature control system. However, these features add to the price tag over Pro 575.
3) Traeger Timberline 1300 Wood Pellet Grill
If you're looking for large cooking space, the Timberline 1300 Wood Pellet Grill offers you 1,300 square inches across 3 tiers of adjustable, stainless steel grates. To give you the correct perspective on a 1,300 sq. in. surface you can cook up to 38 burgers, 5 large chickens, 50+ hot dogs, or 9 rib racks. Weighing 238 pounds, Traeger Timberline has a pellet hopper capacity of 24 pounds.
One of the most remarkable features of this model is its Pellet Sensor that monitors the pellet usage, ensuring you never run out of fuel without knowing. It has three removable grill grates handy for searing.
4) Tailgater Portable Pellet Grill
This portable grill offers a 300-square-inch porcelain coated cooking surface capacity while maintaining the convenience and pellet flavor Traeger is known for. Measuring 36 x 37 x 18 inches, it can carry two full chickens, three rib racks, or 12 burgers
The grill consumes about 1.5 pounds of pellets every hour, allowing around 6 hours of cooking before having to refill the 8-pound Hopper. Its legs are foldable, letting you wheel it into your truck. However, the grill lacks exciting features, such as wifi, found in other Traeger models. Nevertheless, it's a great grill option, especially for camping due to its compact size.
5) Traeger Bronson 20-inch Pellet Grill
Specially designed by Traeger for smaller families, Bronson offers 300 square inches of cooking capacity. Its wheels make it easy to carry from one place to another, but the legs are not foldable.
You can have a feast with 2 chickens, 3 racks of ribs, or 12 burgers on this versatile grill.
We’ve seen a meteoric rise in the popularity of Traeger Grills and for good reason. Cooking with wood pellets eliminates the inconsistent heat and flare-ups of charcoal and you also aren’t dependent on a propane tank. Many of us have picked up and shaken a propane tank wondering if we had enough fuel in there for our barbecue. With the Traeger Wood Pellet Grills, our favorite feature is consistent temperature over a large cooking area so that we can all socialize, sit and eat together. After all, isn’t that the point of hosting a barbecue for family and friends?
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