My Ultimate Guide to Traeger Wood-Pellet Grills! From common issues and mistakes to the best recipes to get you fired up and on the Traeger bandwagon.
Where to buy a Traeger?
You can buy a Traeger in a lot of different places. They sell them at Costco, and a lot of Costco members like to take advantage of those deals (and that return policy), but there are a lot of other options if you want to pick up one of these versatile grills.
In person – you can buy them at local hardware stores and places like Wilco or other farm/feed stores. These stores have competitive deals and prices. If you are waiting for a steal, watch for specials and/or close-out sales at the end of the grilling season.
What Size Traeger Is Best?
My advice is always to go bigger than you think you’ll need, but to stay within a reasonable budget. You might not need the top top of the line, but I’ve never thought to myself, “Self. I wish I had LESS room to make food on my grill.” Not once. I know not all of you have a zillion mouths to feed, but still. Bigger is definitely better in the grill game. If you buy a small Traeger, make it your 2nd T and not your primary.
Your First Traeger Cook
I always recommend something simple for your first cook. The Traeger road show reps and website love to recommend the Chicken Challenge, and that’s definitely a good plan. It was the thing we made first, and it immediately made us fall in love with the wood-pellet grill life.
These recipes are simple and really hard to screw up and are always family favorites.
Traeger grills come with almost everything you need to get started, but you’ll quickly find yourself wanting some accessories to make things even better. Here are the ones I’d recommend getting right away.
The first thing you have to get if your Traeger didn’t come with one is a shelf. I LOVE my front folding shelf on my Traeger, and it was really easy to install too.
Cooking over live fire means that you can really never just cook until a certain time has passed. You have to cook to temperature, instead. In order to do that and also be able to do some laundry, watch some tv, go putz around in the yard, or the millions of other things we might want to be doing that doesn’t involve babysitting the grill, a wireless thermometer with an alert when your food gets to temp is a life saver.
Thermopro is the best thermometer I’ve found. I’ve tried all the budget version you can possibly find on Amazon, and none of them even come close to the Thermopro smoke.
BONUS WIFI GATEWAY
If adding the ability to monitor things from your cell phone is a feature you’d enjoy, you might just want to pickup the WIFI gateway. It works with the Smoke to make it connect to your phone.
Common Questions When Getting Started
Q: Can I go to the store while I am grilling something?
A: Nope. You are cooking with live fire. Traegers are really reliable, but you still have an actual fire burning, and probably relatively close to your house. Make sure someone is home to watch it or send someone else to the store.
Q: Why did I get an LER error?
A: This means your fire went out, and the Traeger shut down. Some common causes of fires going out are when the pellets funnel and are no longer being fed into the hopper properly, there’s a clog in the feeder, your pellets are damp and/or mysterious reasons.
If your fire goes out due to tunneling, you need to follow the directions that came with your grill to restart.
Q: How to re-start your grill after it goes out because of pellets running out or funneling.
A: This is one of the most common problems that people have with Traegers, and it is one of the easiest to counteract.
First, make sure to top off your pellets often, especially if you are running a smaller model. Top them off at the start of every cook, and again when you are checking on your food. I monitor my pellets just like a monitor my meat.
Second, check in on the pellets at least once an hour. Gently pat them down and level them off, and add some more pellets on the top to keep it full.
Q: Can I use another brand of pellets?
A: I think it is possible, but we haven’t run any other brands through our machine. I’ve heard word that it may void the warranty, and we’ve been so happy with the variety and availability of Traeger pellets I haven’t found a need to stray yet.
Choose Your Own Adventure
Click through for recommendations for my favorite Traeger Recipes in all different categories. You’re going to find something for everyone here in this ever-expanding, all-encompassing list of the Best Traeger Recipes on the net! Or at least on this site.
Traeger grilled croutons are an easy and delicious way to use up bread that is a little past its prime, and they taste fabulous!Get the Recipe
These easy Traeger grilled blackened fish tacos are an easy and healthy way to add some more fish in your family's diet! Super flavorful and fresh.Get the Recipe
This cheesy homemade Traeger Spinach Artichoke Dip is full of amazing cheeses, artichoke hearts, and sauteed spinach. The dip base is cream cheese, sour cream, and mayo.Get the Recipe
My smoked salmon scramble is rich and fluffy scrambled eggs mixed in with hot smoked salmon and all the cheese. You're going to love this on a toasted bagel or an English muffin!Get the Recipe
This homemade eggs benedict has a heaping helping of Traeger smoked salmon and lots of creamy homemade hollandaise sauce.Get the Recipe
This tender hot smoked salmon is coated in teriyaki sauce and smoked on the Traeger wood-pellet grill!Get the Recipe
These delicious homemade baked beans feature copious amounts of homemade brisket it the match to give it an extra meaty, smokey flavor that you'll be tempted to make into a meal.Get the Recipe
Fresh salmon is brined and then smoked on a wood-pellet grill with garlic dill seasoning!Get the Recipe
My easy smoked brisket recipe is cooked on a Traeger wood-pellet grill, and is one of the best meals I've ever had. Simple seasonings and attention to detail make for a piece of meat you won't soon forget.Get the Recipe
My shortcut pulled pork has all of the flavor of the traditionally smoked pork shoulder, but cuts HOURS off of the overall cook time. Take your pulled pork and fast-forward it, without sacrificing any flavor.Get the Recipe
These classic jalapeno poppers are smoked on a Traeger wood-pellet grill, and wrapped in bacon to make the traditional popper pop a little more.Get the Recipe
Deliciously bright and tender Traeger Lobster Rolls feature Traeger Grilled Lobster Tails, ALLLLL the lobster meat, and a fresh sauce.Get the Recipe
Fresh salmon is brined and then smoked on a wood-pellet grill with fresh lemon pepper seasoning!Get the Recipe
These easy and delicious Traeger Grilled Crab Legs cook in about 30 minutes, are seasoned with garlic, Old Bay, and lots of butter, and a shot of wine.Get the Recipe
Delicious hearty chili is made even better with the addition of leftover Traeger-smoked brisket. Use your favorite beans and your favorite toppings to make this chili your own!Get the Recipe
This delicious apple crisp is baked right on your Traeger wood-fired grill, includes enough dessert to feed your entire crowd, and is topped with a sweet, crunchy, oat topping.Get the Recipe
This tender Traeger bacon-wrapped shrimp are one of my favorite appetizers for the spring and summer months! Cookouts, potlucks, family gatherings, or just a regularly old day - your family will adore this flavor-packed shrimp appetizer!Get the Recipe
Delicious double-smoked and maple-glazed ham is a super simple pellet-grill recipe that is one of my favorite ways to enjoy ham!Get the Recipe
Fresh salmon is brined and then smoked on a wood-pellet grill with fresh lemon pepper seasoning!Get the Recipe
These delicious grilled chicken leg quarters are coated in copious amounts of seasoning rub, and then grilled on my wood-pellet grill. Tender, juicy, and super flavorful; your whole family is going to LOVE this economical meal!Get the Recipe
These delicious filet mignons are quickly grilled on the Traeger wood-pellet grill, and then served hot with your favorite sides!Get the Recipe
This Traeger Grilled Lobster Tail is quick to make, and fancy enough to serve your sweetheart for a fancy home-cooked Valentine's Day or special birthday dinner.Get the Recipe
Easy Smoked Salmon Dip is made with hot smoked salmon, cream cheese, and other common household staples you probably have laying around right now.Get the Recipe
This Traeger grilled hanger steak is not only one of my favorite cuts of beef, but also one of my favorite ways to cook steak, period. This cut is much more economical than tenderloin, but nearly matches it in flavor and tenderness.Get the Recipe
These easy smoked Cornish hens are the perfect size to split between two people, or keep one all for yourself! Use your favorite seasoning rub and customize these according to each person's favorite!Get the Recipe
Delicious and hearty smoked salmon chowder is full of carrots, potato, celery, thyme, and of course all of the lemon pepper smoked salmon you can possibly take.Get the Recipe
These reverse seared flank steaks are tender, juicy, and perfectly cooked because of the reverse sear method.Get the Recipe
Delicious blackened pork chops cooked on the Traeger grill! These are juicy, flavorful, and delicious.Get the Recipe
This smoked macaroni and cheese has smoked cheese in it, and is finished off on your wood-fired grill! Just enough smoke to make it interesting.Get the Recipe
This bright dish filled with grilled salmon, Mediterreinean flavors, and vegetables as far as the eye can see.Get the Recipe
Easy smoked smashed potatoes are cooked over wood fire and have a crisp skin that crackles when you bite it, but creamy soft centers.Get the Recipe
Delicious smoked caramelized onions are a whole new level of onion awesomeness.Get the Recipe
Easy Traeger Togarashi Pork Tenderloin is grilled on your bbq grill or wood-pellet grill, covered in delicious Togarashi seasoning,Get the Recipe
This bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin is one of those recipes that LOOKS really fancy but is actually a snap to throw together.Get the Recipe
Delicious smoked beef tenderloin is easy to make, but ultra impressive to serve.Get the Recipe
These are the ultimate wing. The best of the best, and will go down in history as my all-time favorite appetizer. Quote me on it. They are SO GOOD. Smoked and Fried wings are my perfect match, and you have to try these at least once in your life, I feel that strongly about them.Get the Recipe
This easy Roast Beef Bowl is made with leftover steak or pot roast! A delicious way to use up that extra food and make it into something extraordinary!Get the Recipe
These easy beef and mushroom biscuit pockets use leftover roast beef or steak and turn it into a delicious, portable meal that your whole family will love! Make this in the oven if you don't want to fire up the wood-pellet grill.Get the Recipe
My Traeger Grilled Buffalo Chicken Legs are a delicious and more economical way to enjoy buffalo chicken without sacrificing any of the flavors of their buffalo wing relatives. Cooking these over wood fire gives it a hint of smoke too, which amplifies the whole buffalo experience.Get the Recipe
Get the taste of a buffalo chicken wing without all the mess. ThisÂ Traeger Grilled Cholula Buffalo Chicken RecipeÂ is made with a homemadeÂ Cholula buffalo sauce that is one of my favorite buffalo sauces! Toss these on your grill and periodically brush them with more buffalo sauce for a tender, juicy, and epically flavored chicken breasts.Get the Recipe
This Traeger Buffalo Chicken Flatbread is so easy to make on the grill, and bursting with flavor. Tender chunks of chicken, a buffalo sauce that carries a nice kick, and lots of melted cheese cover these pre-made mini Pita breads and seriously pushes the "easy button" on dinner.Get the Recipe
These easy Traeger Grilled Chile Lime Chicken Breasts are packed with flavor, super moist, and are good for SO MANY THINGS. Make these. You'll love it.Get the Recipe
This Traeger Cheeseburger Meatloaf is tender, juicy, and a little smokey, and even better the next day. This is the kind of meatloaf recipe that you should double so you can have leftover meatloaf sandwiches the next day. Or just leave it single if you don't have a giant family like mine because this recipe makes two loafs!Get the Recipe
These delicious homemade cheddar bay biscuit copycats are cooked on your wood-fired grill.Get the Recipe
Warm, hearty, filling, and delicious Traeger Beef Pot Pie utilizes leftover pot roast, fresh veggies, and rich gravy.Get the Recipe
Cheesy stuffed burgers are grilled over wood and topped with more cheese and grilled onions.Get the Recipe
Delicious creamy grilled vegetable bisque is an easy fall dinner featuring all the flavors of your favorite veggie tray!Get the Recipe
Easy grilled vegetables that are wood-fired and covered in delicious Traeger vegetable seasoning!Get the Recipe
Traeger Kalbi beef short ribs are the easy, and delicious way to begin your culinary journey into the many wonders of Korean cuisine.Get the Recipe
These delicious chicken legs are rubbed with oil and Korean BBQ Seasoning blend, and then cooked on the Traeger Wood-Pellet Grill!Get the Recipe
This fresh shrimp ceviche is grilled on the Traeger before being marinated in a classic ceviche mix with lime, onions, tomato, cucumber, and cilantro.Get the Recipe
This easy Traeger grilled rockfish recipe cooks in about 20-25 minutes, and features fresh rockfish, lemon, and simple seasoning to really let the fresh fish shine.Get the Recipe
These delicious smoked pork chops are heavily seasoned with a Chili Garlic blend, and then slow smoked on a wood-pellet grill. So tender.Get the Recipe
These Asian Miso Chicken wings are big and bold and grilled over a wood fire in your Traeger pellet grill. Delicious and spicy, any wing lover will be a fan of these.Get the Recipe
These delicious Traeger Grilled Clams are wonderful as an appetizer, or serve with some pasta or rice and make it a meal!Get the Recipe
These fall-off-the-bone tender braised beef short ribs are cooked right on your Traeger grill after being seared in the Dutch oven. Big onions, all the red wine, and one of the best comfort foods there is.Get the Recipe
Traeger Smoked Meatball Rigatoni is a hearty, rich, pasta dish that is packed full of cheese, meatballs, and delicious marinara.Get the Recipe
These Traeger Smoked Italian Meatballs are smoked for about an hour, and then finished off at 325 until they are done. Packed with Italian flavor, these are great on their own as appetizers, in a meatball sub, or in some smoked meatball marinara.Get the Recipe
These Traeger Bacon Sausage Bites are a perfect appetizer for your next gathering! Salty, smoky, and sweet – these hit alllll the right notes.Get the Recipe
This chicken lives up to ALLLLLL of the hype. Traeger Grilled Chicken is going to be the best roasted and grilled chicken you've ever had.Get the Recipe
This fast weekend meal will have you firing on your Traeger on a weekly basis to cook a few of these awesome chickens so you too can have Traeger Grilled Chicken Sandwiches.Get the Recipe
Homemade vegetable soup is full of fresh vegetables, and the cooking liquid becomes the base of the soup. Make this to add to casseroles, or serve all on its own.Get the Recipe
Whether you like or love beef jerky and making things yourself is in your DNA, then this recipe for beef jerky made on the Traeger is the one for you. Sweet, salty, smokey and spicy. It's my go to every couple of weeks. Easy to make, less expensive than store bought, and so good you'll want to slap a sasquatch. Traeger Beef Jerky!Get the Recipe
Prime Rib on the Traeger is another must try. Like most things cooked on the T, it takes it to the next level. If you've cooked a prime rib roast before, then this will be a breeze.Get the Recipe
Traeger Smoked Salsa Verde is a simple grilled salsa that has a touch of smoke, a bit of heat, and heaps of fresh flavor. Lime juice adds a touch of acidity to this flavorful salsa, which whips up in under an hour.Get the Recipe
This simple salmon recipe is flavored with a delicious lemon pepper rub, cooks quickly, and is delicious!Get the Recipe
Delicious and creamy homemade alfredo sauce with Traeger-grilled shrimp and scallops is one of the best meals I've eaten all year. Easy prep. Easy cook. Fancy dinner DONE.Get the Recipe
This easy grilled Corn on the Cob is cooked on your Traeger or other wood-pellet grill. Check it out, and make it today!Get the Recipe
Traeger White Wine Chicken and Mushrooms is a fancy dinner that is more than up for any company you can throw at it.Get the Recipe
Traeger Grilled Bacon is easy, and makes the BEST bacon ever!Get the Recipe
Easy and delicious Traeger Smoked Salmon recipe. Homemade taste, fresh flavor, delicious real maple glaze.Get the Recipe
My Traeger Smoked Beef Roast is BBQ Beef, but like on overdrive. This starts out on your wood-fired grill or smoker, and smokes on low heat for 6 hours, and then gets a slow beer braise on the stovetop until that roast is fork-tender and shreddable.Get the Recipe
My Traeger Grilled Pork Ribs leaped immediately to #1 on my favorite grill recipes list. These aren't quick, but they ARE easy. 5-4-1 take on the 3-2-1 method.Get the Recipe
Easy Wood-Pellet Traeger Grilled Shrimp Scampi cooks in about 10 minutes, and is the best scampi I've ever had. Don't heat up your house this summer when you can fire up your grill and get that kiss of wood-fired flavor on this classic dish.Get the Recipe
Easy Grilled Scallops get a touch of smoke from the wood-fired grill, and stay tender and delicate by cooking in a cast iron butter bath.Get the Recipe
This easy lemon dill salmon is Traeger grilled and spectacular.Get the Recipe
Delicious flaky walleye grilled on the Traeger with an easy and bright lemon cream sauce! You'll never want walleye another way ever again.Get the Recipe
Traeger Smoked Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas are one of the best homemade enchiladas that I've ever eaten. Who knew that grilled enchiladas could be this easy AND delicious?Get the Recipe
This Traeger Pulled Pork takes a while to get on the table, but the long cook is mostly hands off, and totally worth it.Get the Recipe
Easy Traeger Grilled Prosciutto Asparagus only takes about 10 minutes to prep, and another 10-15 to grill, and you are left with the meatiest and fanciest appetizers or side dishes that you ever did see!Get the Recipe
Traeger Grilled Pork Chops are a perfect way to use those amazing bone-in chops you find, and keep them tender and juicy and full of flavor.Get the Recipe
Traeger Smoked Spicy Candied Bacon is the easiest crowd-pleaser you are ever going to make. Much easier than pan-fried bacon, on any day of the week, this one is special enough for a Sunday full of company or a housefull of football fans invading your house for a game.Get the Recipe
Cooking large meals is always a challenge. I get it. You don’t have a lot of time, but you want what you serve to still be tasty. If you find yourself in this boat, I’ve got a go-to meal for you. So, whether you’re cooking for a crowd, or you have a large family like me, sheet pan chicken fajitas are the way to go.Get the Recipe
This salmon is SO easy, but is one of my favorite meals! Togarashi is my new "go-to" seasoning these days, so buckle up! it packs a little kick from the spice, but nothing that you can't handle.Get the Recipe
Delicious grilled shrimp kabobs are simple, fast, and a perfect way to highlight the complexity and fresh flavor of shrimp!Get the Recipe
Traeger Grilled Shrimp Tacos are a quick and easy weeknight meal! Taco seasoning can sub in for Chili Margarita seasoning if you aren't on the Spiceologist train yet, but I highly recommend getting some!Get the Recipe
Traeger Smoked Turkey is going to quickly become your new favorite turkey method. Moist, tender, and with just enough smoke to keep it interesting - you'll be coming back for seconds.Get the Recipe
Delicious Togarashi Grilled Asparagus uses a super flavorful Japanese seasoning mix to make grilled asparagus even more amazing than it already was. Like whoa.Get the Recipe
These teriyaki smoked shrimp are quickly grilled on a hot Traeger wood-pellet grill, tossed in a thick teriyaki sauce, and garnished with sriracha mayo and green onions.Get the Recipe
This asparagus is grilled and amazing. I don't bestow the "perfect" title easily. This one deserves it.Get the Recipe
These marinated grilled chicken kabobs are tender, juicy, and super easy. The marinade contains fresh, staple ingredients that you probably have in your pantry. Experiement with vegetables here!Get the Recipe
This Traeger Grilled Chicken Wings recipe is going to have you buying wings in BULK.Get the Recipe
"Quick" and easy barbecue recipe that you can make for dinner on a weeknight. Delicious cut of beef that is tender and juicy and cooked medium-rare.Get the Recipe
This easy shrimp recipe cooks in a flash, and if soon going to be your favorite BBQ meal.Get the Recipe
Try my Honey Balsamic Traeger Grilled Chicken Legs and prepare to love them. With the right amount of sweet from the honey and tang from the vinegar, these are bursting with flavor! Cooking them on the Traeger just adds a whole new level of awesome.Get the Recipe
Spatchcock Turkey is the best turkey! Get used to evenly cooked, moist, juicy, and delicious meat – both white AND dark.Get the Recipe
These grilled pork tenderloin sliders have a piece of grilled pineapple on top, delicious teriyaki sauce, and are served on toasted Hawaiian rolls.Get the Recipe
Grilled Chicken Tacos features El Yucateco Hot SaucesGet the Recipe
There's nothing like a really good piece of meat, seasoned well, and grilled on a warm summer night. This Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Fresh Herb Sauce is juicy and tender and cooks in 15 minutes.Get the Recipe
My favorite wing sauce, ever, and the best way to grill wings.Get the Recipe