Until recently, if you wanted a custom outdoor kitchen you either had a charcoal grill made for you or you were forced to select a gas grill. These days there are so many more options including pellet grills. These models are built to look like most gas grill inserts all shiny stainless steel and smooth surfaces.
The first reason why you should consider a 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 choose from so far, but as the market expands, I'm certain that other manufacturers will begin adding these to their product line up.
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When considering a built-in pellet grill, it is important to consider their layout. The two units from Memphis grills have rear-mounted pellet hoppers (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, but these are the best built-in pellet grills on the market even considering this limitation and their high price.
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As with any built-in grill, pellet cookers need to be mounted into a solid, fire-proof enclosure. They require electricity so that enclosure must be wired for power. This means dealing with all the standard electrical safety concerns for outdoor installation. Since they do not require gas, however. This is a way of avoiding extra plumbing when building an outdoor kitchen.
It is worth noting that pellet grills are more expensive to operate than gas grills. Wood pellets can be expensive, though, with the growing popularity of this style of cooking, they have become easier to find. Natural gas, which is the fuel of choice for built-in gas grills is relatively cheap, in fact, it is the cheapest fuel for outdoor cooking. Gas, of course, doesn't provide flavor, however, wood pellets do.
Twin Eagles Wi-Fi Controlled 36-Inch
First things first. This pellet grill 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.
Memphis Grill is one of the top of the line manufacturer's 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. They are not, however, inexpensive. This particular model runs around $3900USD and it is the smaller 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.
If this grill isn't big enough for you, take a look at the Memphis Elite Built-in Pellet Grill
Built in many ways like the other grills on this list, the Coyote 36-Inch 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. You get multiple temperature probes, and 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 than the grills above but more expensive than the grills below. That is how it works sometimes. I do, recommend that you take a serious look at this unit. You get most everything that you find on more expensive units, just not the same construction or engineering quality.
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. As the least expensive built-in pellet grill, it offers good grilling and great smoking capabilities without breaking the bank.