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Best Built-in Pellet Grills for 2022

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As pellet grills have exploded in popularity there isn’t a niche of the market that they haven’t entered. These days you can choose from a wide range of built-in pellet grills for your outdoor kitchen. Here are my picks for the absolute best built-in pellet grills.

Best Built-in Pellet Grills
Best Built-in Pellet Grills

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Until recently, if you wanted a custom outdoor kitchen you either had a charcoal grill made for you or you selected a gas grill. These days there are so many more options including pellet grills. These Best Built-in Pellet Grills are designed specifically to fit into a custom enclosure. This gives you the freedom to design your outdoor space with a grill that can also do low and slow smoking.

The first reason why you should consider a wood pellet grill as your built-in grill is based on the advantages of this style of cooking. Pellet grills burn real wood. That produces real smoke. Because of their ability to hold low cooking temperatures, they make great smokers, as well as good grills. In the Built-in Category, there isn’t a lot to choose from so far, but as the market expands, I’m certain that other manufacturers will begin adding these to their product lineup.

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Best Built-in Pellet Grills

When considering a built-in pellet grill, it is important to consider its layout. The model Memphis Grills has a rear-mounted pellet hopper where the wood pellets are added and stored. This means that they must be accessible from behind. This can be something of a design limit. However, these are the best built-in pellet grills on the market even considering this limitation and their high price. Make sure you read through the installation instructions before making your purchase so you know exactly what you are getting yourself into.

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As with any built-in grill, pellet cookers need to be mounted into a solid, fire-proof enclosure. Pellet grills require electricity so, that enclosure must be wired for power.  This means dealing with all the standard electrical safety concerns for outdoor installation. The makers of these grills recommended that you add a main power switch to any pellet grill installation. This will cut power to the grill when not in use, reducing the likelihood of failure of electric components.

I suggest that you read through the installation guide provided by the manufacturer before making a purchase. This will help avoid any complications with installation.

The Best Built-in Pellet Grills

Memphis Pro Pellet Grill Built-in

Memphis Pro

Memphis Wood Fire Grills is one of the top of the line manufacturers of pellet grills. They approach this category with the idea of making a product that looks and works much like a gas grill. They are good-looking (the best looking in the industry) and convenient. These grills are not, however, inexpensive. This particular model runs around $5,300USD and it is the mid-sized version of their built-in line. On the other hand, this pellet grill has 562 square inches of primary grill space and direct grilling capabilities. In fact, this pellet grill can put a serious sear on a steak and still be able to smoke a brisket for as long as you desire. It is the perfect balance of functionality, beauty, and performance.

The control panel for this pellet grill is separate is a highly intuitive screen mounted on the side of the grill. You can connect your smart device via WiFi to be able to monitor the grill remotely.

Specifications

  • Cooking Area: 562 Square Inches
  • Hopper Capacity: 18 Pounds
  • Temperature Range: 180° to 650° F
  • Connectivity: Full WiFi with App
  • Three temperature probe ports

If this grill isn’t big enough for you, take a look at the Memphis Elite Built-in Pellet Grill.

Read my Full Review of the Memphis Wood Fire Pellet Grill

If the price of the Memphis Pro seems a little high (and yes it is) you could consider the Memphis Beale Street which is a smaller and simpler pellet grill for a little over $2,000USD.


Twin Eagles Pellet Grill Built-in

Twin Eagles Wi-Fi Controlled 36-Inch

First things first. This pellet grill is at just over $6,000USD. Add in the full rotisserie system and you are looking at nearly $7,000USD. If you are not looking to spend in this neighborhood, move down the list. On the other hand, the Twin Eagles Wi-Fi Controlled 36-Inch Pellet Grill is simply amazing. Of course, it is. Twin Eagles makes it. The construction quality is the best in the industry and no one has this level of attention to detail. This really is the pellet grill that can replace not just a gas grill, but the best of the best in gas grills. It really is that good. You can even run this pellet grill on charcoal if you want to. It has phenomenal searing power and yet it still smokes like the best pellet smokers on the market. If you can afford the best, then this is the built-in pellet grill for you.

The hopper can only hold 13 pounds of pellets, which is comparatively small. However, do the heavily insulated body and airtight lid, the Twin Eagles Pellet Grill is extremely efficient with heavy-duty construction. This allows the grill to be operated for well over 12 hours without refueling.

Specifications

  • Cooking Area: 948 Square Inches
  • Hopper Capacity: 13 Pounds
  • Temperature Range: 140° to 725° F
  • Connectivity: Full WiFi with App
  • Three temperature probe ports
  • Full Rotisserie System Included

Read my Full Review of the Twin Eagles 36-Inch Pellet Grill


Traeger Timberline XL Built-in Pellet Grill

Traeger Timberline XL

New for 2022! Traeger has reached deep into the luxury pellet grill category with their new redesign of the Timberline Grill. They have packed this model with features and years of experience, making it one of the most technologically advanced pellet grills while also one of the easiest to use. This pellet grill runs nearly $4,000USD so don’t think it is a discount model. While not a shiny stainless steel grill, it is very serious.

As a built-in, this is really just the Timberline XL freestanding with a special trim kit to give it a more “counter friendly” look. It is still sitting on casters, but the front plate locks the grill in place. The side table-mounted electric induction burner now fits into a custom cut-out in our countertop. This is an easy way to get a built-in look without extra cabinetry.

Specifications

  • Cooking Area: 1320 Square Inches
  • Hopper Capacity: 22 Pounds
  • Temperature Range: 180° to 500° F
  • Connectivity: Full WiFi with App
  • Two temperature probe ports plus Two MEATER wireless probes

Read my Full Review of the Traeger Timberline Pellet Grill


Coyote 36-Inch Built-in Pellet Grill

Coyote 36-Inch

Built-in many ways like the other grills on this list, the Coyote Pellet Grill is packed with features. You get an all-stainless steel unit that can hit 700 degrees F on the high end and yet hold low and slow smoking temperatures on the bottom end. There are multiple temperature probes, an easy-to-use cooking system, and a number of features. You will notice right off the bat, the laser-cut stainless steel plate cooking grates. Inconsequential for smoking, but great for high-temperature grilling. While this is a very good pellet grill, you might notice that when you look at this list, you get what you pay for. This grill runs around $3000USD, so it is cheaper when compared to many other outdoor cooking appliances. That is how it works sometimes. I do, recommend that you take a serious look at this unit. You get almost everything that you find on more expensive units, just not the same construction or engineering quality.

Specifications

  • Cooking Area: 1056 Square Inches
  • Hopper Capacity: 15 Pounds
  • Temperature Range: 175° to 700° F
  • Connectivity: None
  • Three temperature probe ports

Note: Unlike most of the pellet grills on this list, the Coyote does not have wireless connectivity and can not be monitored or controlled via a smart device.

Read my Full Review of the Coyote 36-Inch Pellet Grill


recteq RT-1070 Built-in Pellet Grill

recteq RT-1070

recteq (formerly REC-TEC) has developed this all stainless steel pellet grill insert with and goal of beating the price of all the competition. This is a large, WiFi-enabled grill with a price tag well under $1,500USD. That means that only the Grilla Silverbac (listed below) has a lower price. Of course, you don’t get the quality of the Twin Eagles or the Memphis pellet grills listed above, but for an inexpensive built-in solution, it is hard to beat the RT-1070.

This pellet grill has a large cooking area and a large, front-mounted hopper. It has WiFi connectivity and can be controlled from your phone, so it has all the convenience factors. On the other hand, the hood is a single layer of stainless steel, so this unit is not terribly efficient or heavy on the insulation. But recteq has been in the pellet grill business for many years and has earned a very good reputation. If you are trying to save money, but want that outdoor kitchen experience, I strongly suggest you take a serious look at this model.

Specifications

  • Cooking Area: 1070 Square Inches
  • Hopper Capacity: 30 Pounds
  • Temperature Range: 180° to 700° F
  • Connectivity: WiFi with recteq App
  • Two temperature probe ports

Grilla Silverbac Built-in Pellet Grill

Grilla Silverbac

Not all built-in pellet grills are luxury grills. Grilla, one of the early makers of pellet grills and one of the more innovative has recently launched into the outdoor kitchen market with a discount setup that has it all for a reasonable price. At the center of this is a built-in version of the Grilla Silverbac. It doesn’t have all the stainless steel, but it is a design that has proven to perform. Best of all, you can get this insert pellet grill for under $900USD. You still get wireless monitoring and control, plenty of cooking space, and almost all the extras that can be found on the much more expensive units on this list.

Specifications

  • Cooking Area: 692 Square Inches
  • Hopper Capacity: 20 Pound
  • Temperature Range: 180° to 500° F
  • Connectivity: WiFi with App
  • One temperature probe port

Read my Full Review of the Grilla Silverbac Pellet Grill


Louisiana Grills Estate Pellet Grill Built-in

Louisiana Grills Estate

Louisiana Grills might not be as well known, but they offer a product line larger and more diverse than industry giant Traeger. This built-in unit is a basic pellet grill, but with a large capacity and stainless steel construction, its $2000USD price tag is very reasonable. While entirely stainless steel, this is a basic pellet grill. Yes, it is large, but the Louisiana Grills Estate does not have wireless connectivity and has only one temperature probe port.

Specifications Cooking Area: 860 Square Inches

  • Cooking Area: 860 Square Inches
  • Hopper Capacity: 28 lbs
  • Temperature Range: 180° to 600° F
  • Connectivity: None
  • One temperature probe port

DIY Built-in Pellet Grills

Virtually all pellet grills on the market sit on legs. These legs do nothing more than keeping the pellet grill off the ground. It is possible to build almost any pellet grill into a custom enclosure by removing the legs and mounting the unit onto a fireproof platform. However, this will void warranties and is not recommended by any of the manufacturers. Still, people do it. If you choose to go this route (and I am not saying you should) consult with someone who knows at least basic construction. Use a fireproof material for the enclosure. And, keep the unit unplugged when not in use.

If you are attempting to take a freestanding pellet grill and build it into a custom enclosure there are many factors to consider. First of all, you have just voided your warranty. And fires or damage to your grill are not going to be covered and the manufacturer can not be held liable if you are not using their product the way they intended. Secondly, pellet grills need airflow, so you need to make sure that the fan that feeds the fire pot is not blocked or obstructed. Also, the auger needs to be allowed space to move about, these are not rigidly mounted.

I just want to give you this warning and as a way of any legal disclaimers, I am not telling you that this is okay. Basically, you didn’t hear it from me.

About Me

I have been writing about Barbecue & Grilling for 25 years. I have cooked on almost every grill or smoker ever built. In that time, I have endeavored to match people with the grill or smoker that is right for them. I believe that the right product is the one that you find easy to use, capable of doing everything you want, and is reliable. If you have a good first experience, you will be back for more. In this way, we grow barbecue for the next generation. I want you to make the memories that your children will cherish.

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Derrick Riches

I began writing about Barbecue & Grilling in 1997 with one mission, to help the backyard chef have the best experience possible.

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