This article will cover three very different pellet grills/smokers that fall under the category of small. We recommend each for different reasons. Affordability, portability and overall best. Let’s get started!
Before we dive into our list of the best small-sized pellet grills, let’s start by defining a pellet grill. A pellet grill, often referred to as a pellet smoker, combines elements of grilling, smoking, and ovens. Wood pellets stored in a hopper are fed to a fire pot with an auger. The fire pot is located under the grill. After a hot rod ignites the pellets, a fan stokes the fire creating a convection heat that cooks/smokes your food. However, it should be noted that ALL pellet grills need access to electricity the entire cooking process. The big advantage to pellet smoking over traditional grilling or smoking is allowing you to be little more hands off with your food. This method also offers a more subtle smoke flavor compared to traditional charcoal grills or charcoal smokers and versatility to allow you to grill, smoke, bake, roast, braise, and grill food.
The Traeger Lil Tex Elite 22 Pellet Grill is the best pellet grill on this list. The Traeger name is to pellet smokers as the Weber name is to charcoal grills. They are reputable and of the highest quality. It comes in at a higher price than the other two grills listed, and has about a hundred less square inches of grilling surface area than the Z Grill. It’s made of steel with a powder coat finish. It weighs a hefty 98 pounds, but it has wheels for easier maneuverability. The hopper capacity is 18 pounds, the largest on this list. The Traeger is the best looking grill of the three grills if style is important to you.
In summation, all three of the pellet smokers serve three different types of buyers. The Z Grill is great for someone wanting to get into pellet smoking, or someone that is on a budget and still seeking quality. The Green Mountain Grills “Davy Crockett” is perfect for the “on-the-go” griller, whether a beginner or expert, and priced very reasonably. The Trager Lil Tex Elite 22 is perfect for someone looking to upgrade from their current pellet grill, or simply wants the best small pellet grill money can buy. Hopefully this list helps lead you in the right direction as you search for the best small pellet grill/smoker for you!