In the past decade, there has been a flood of pellet grills on the market. They promise great grilling with the added benefit of also being great smokers. The truth is that many pellet grills out there struggle to reach grilling temperatures, have temperamental controls, and are not built to last. This list of the Best Pellet Grills between $1000 and $2000 represents great pellet grills that won't break the bank. Some of these offer direct grilling capability so they can put a sear on a steak and all rely on good temperature control units so they can hold the heat they promise without jumping or dipping through the cooking process. All of these can produce good wood smoke so you can count on them to make some great barbecue. They may not all be fancy, but they will get the job done.
Yoder focuses on the smoking side of pellet cooking, but this unit converts to a direct grill as well. The construction isn't just good, it is downright impressive. At well over 300 pounds, this is the heaviest pellet grill on this list. It is also one of the most solidly constructed. The cooking space is large and the heavy construction helps maintain a consistent heat. Whether you want to use this unit as a grill or a smoker, it is one of the best on the market.
Memphis Grills Beale Street
Memphis Grills are reknown for their high-end, stainless steel pellet grills. They were one of the first companies to build pellet grills after the Traeger Patent expired. Known for great quality and excellent service, Memphis makes great grills. The Beale Steet is the lower-end pellet grill. However, it is still around $2,000USD, so this isn't a mass market pellet grill. You get the beautiful design of Memphis Grills, plus full Wi-Fi control and monitoring. There is even an optional direct flame accessory that lets this pellet grill cook at very high temperatures. The Beale Street is new for 2019 and we will see if this is a new direction for Memphis Grills, but as a slight more affordable product, this is certainly a pellet grill worth looking at.
MAK grills is known for their innovation and superior technology. The pellet controller on this grill is one of the best on the market. It has all the features you want from a pellet grill since it is made by people who know pellet cooking and know that there is a better way to get it done. This model may be simple looking, but it has tremendous versatility and the best warranty in the industry. The solid construction makes this one of the longest lasting pellet grills on the market.
Fast Eddy PG500
Ed 'Fast Eddy' Maurin might be called the first pellethead. He has been an advocate of this style of cooker from the early days and has designed and built some of the best pellet smokers on the market. When given the chance to build a pellet grill he knew that it would have to stand up against gas grills, so this unit features a high-temperature direct grilling space in addition to great smoking capabilities. Made by Cookshack, the manufacturer of some of the best residential and commercial smokers on the market, this unit is all stainless steel, insulated and has a great pellet controller. The appearance might lean a little too heavy on the functional end, but it is packed with features and ready to get to work.
Traeger Timberline 850
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Traeger is, of course, the best known and oldest of the Pellet Grill makers. The Timberline 850 represents Traeger's dedication to improved technology. With a total of 850 square inches of cooking space, this Traeger is large enough for most anyone (though a larger version of this grill is available). You get full Wi-Fi interation and a double walled stainless steel (lower grade) cooking chamber. The side table folds down giving this large pellet grill/smoker a small footprint. Traeger has put a lot of hype into their products lately, but that aside, this is a pretty good pellet grill. Certainly not the best for the price, but given the wide distribution and large company backing, it is a pellet grill worth considering.
Also designed by Ed 'Fast Eddy' Maurin, this simplified version of the pellet grill above cuts the stainless and some of the features to bring the price in at just over $1000USD. It still retains all the functionality of the PG500 but does it with powder-coated steel instead. Either of these units is a great choice, it is just a matter of how much you are willing to spend.