When choosing between a gas grill and a charcoal grill, the right answer is to buy a pellet one. The main difference between a pellet grill and traditional, gas and coal grills is the type of fuel. Pellet grills are powered by electricity, while natural wood pellets are used as fuel. Thanks to the heat released during the combustion of wood pellets, the food is not directly exposed to fire. Mains power allows you to control the temperature and cooking mode. The main advantage of a pellet grill is its versatility. Everything that can be smoked or baked can also be cooked on a pellet grill, while the dishes will turn out to be no less flavorful than on a regular grill. Another indisputable plus is that pellet grills gain a temperature of 200+ degrees in 15 minutes. Let’s consider the top 5 models to suit every pocket.

1. PIT BOSS 10532 PB0500SP Wood Pellet Grill (under $450)

PIT BOSS Wood Pellet Grill

The Pit Boss grill is mounted on two straight legs, which make the grill more stable when cooking, and two durable wheels for easy movement. Cast-iron grates are directly above the heat source, which ensures even cooking. The large cooking surface makes the Pit Boss grill the best choice for cooking meals for your large family. The grill hopper has a large 15 lb capacity.

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2. Weber 23510001 SmokeFire EX6 Wood Fired Pellet Grill (under $1300)

Weber Wood Fired Pellet Grill

The model is equipped with Flavorizer bars, which replace a traditional diffuser plate. The space between the plates provides good circulation of the hot air flow, which allows you to set a high temperature. Another feature is the grill cleaning system. The burnt pellets (ash) are poured into a removable drawer and are easily removed. The grill is controlled via the Weber Connect application, in which you set the temperature and cooking time. The application will inform you about the temperature change in the grill, and the need to turn the dish.

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3. Broil King 496051 Regal 500 Pellet Grill (under $1500)

Broil King Pellet Grill

Broil King pellet grills are equipped with double-sided cast-iron grates for cooking steaks. The temperature control system allows you to control every degree in the Broil King application (information is received every 20 seconds). The combustion chamber damper filters out the ash into a removable container, which makes it easier to clean the grill. The fat that is released during cooking is removed by a clear out chute system into a fat container. The model is equipped with two electronic sensors for meat and an electric spit.

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4. Louisiana Grills 60700-LG700 LG 700 Pellet Grill (under $800)

Louisiana Grills Pellet Grill

The perfect grill for grilling steaks, chops and burgers. The unique combustion system creates a convection air flow for even cooking on the top, bottom and sides of the food. The cooking grates are made of porcelain-coated cast iron, and the removable cooking  rack is made of coated steel. The 707 square inches of cooking surfaceon two levels make this a great cooking solution for a large company, and the meat probe makes it easy to control the internal temperature of the food.

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5. Z GRILLS 550A 2021 Upgrade Wood Pellet Grill 8-in-1 BBQ Smoker with Digital Controller (under $400)

Z GRILLS Portable Wood Pellet Grill with Digital Controller

During cooking, forced convection is activated, distributing heat for more even roasting, baking and grilling. The grill has an automatic ignition for easy starting and an automatic feeding system that sends pellets to the fire to maintain heat and produce only the necessary amount of smoke. When cooking is complete, the waste oil collector makes it easier to remove oil and food droplets. it has 590 square inches of cooking area to feed 4 to 5 people.

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When choosing a pellet grill, you need to consider the following factors

1) Dimensions. How many people do you plan to cook for? Will you invite friends and arrange parties? Then you need a bigger grill.

2) Material. The most durable grills are always made of stainless steel.

3) Temperature range, the ability to choose modes for cooking different dishes – vegetables, steaks, fish, and so on.

4) Easy to use and clean. Many pellet grills have a special container for used fuel. This makes it easier to clean up after cooking.