5 Best Pellet Grills Under $500 [Reviewed & Rated]

By Ben Isham-Smith


Backyard smoking and grilling doesn’t need to be expensive. Get the most of wood pellet cooking with our guide to the best pellet grills under $500.

best pellet grills under 500

Pellet grills offer the best of worlds in convenience and authentic smokey grilling.

Luckily, the price barrier is a lot lower than it used to be, and there are plenty of good budget-friendly grill options out there for newcomers.

Here are 5 of the best pellet grills under $500 to help you make that first step towards pellet grilling.

Got a bit more budget to play with? Take a look at our guide to the best pellet smokers.

Traeger Eastwood 22 Wood Pellet Grill

Traeger Eastwood 22 Wood Pellet Grill

Let us start our discussion with the Traeger Eastwood 22 Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker in Silver Vein. This grill is easy to operate all you need to do is to set your desired grill and its automated convection cooking system will handle it.

Yields only the best wood fired flavor with 100% all natural hardwood pellets. It’s super versatile as it is not just for grilling but also smoking, baking, roasting, braising, and of course BBQ! From ribs to pie all in one.

It’s super easy to use and guarantees consistent results and flavor. Got a decent cooking surface area and its digital elite controller is something to be desired.

You won’t miss out on this one, so go ahead and make that choice.


Digital controller for convenience and modernity
Great temp control for precision
Very versatile grill and smoker
Great size
Has additional slots for more tools

traeger eastwood on patio

Monument Pellet Grill with Manual Control

Monument Pellet Grill with Manual Control

Next up is the Monument Pellet Grill in Black with Manual Control and boy this product is so highly rated. And for a good reason! People are loving it and it’s from a brand that is top quality.

monument grilling grates large cooking area

It’s got a decent surface area and hopper capacity. It’s also easy to manage and clean so you can just focus on what matters most, cooking! It’s also quite mobile and very durable. Should this be the last pellet grill you’ll purchase? Well it’s sure worth finding out.


Solid cooking area
Good mobility
Great flavor
Convenient grill
Awesome grease management
Great temp control

monument firebox with open chamber

Traeger Tailgater 20

Traeger Tailgater 20

Second Traeger product on our list is the Traeger Tailgater 20 Pellet Grill. We admit that this one is a bit pricey (compared to the ones on this list) but maybe its modern features will make up for it.

Traeger Tailgater Firebox Control Panel

As usual, like most Traeger products this one doesn’t disappoint in versatility. Grill, Smoke, Braise, bake, roast or BBQ this sure is the grill of choice. It’s got a digital ARC controller w/ LED lights to boot for precision cooking.

It may not have large hopper capactiy but it will more than make up for it with its durability.


Very versatile pellet grill
Easy to set up and convenient to use
Ignition guaranteed
Sturdy and durable
Great reviews online
Lacks some desired features for its price
Low hopper capacity

Traeger Tailgater

Frontier Series Voyager

Frontier Series Voyager

Frontier Series enters the fray with the Voyager 711 square inch Wood Pellet Grill in Black. At a decent price you get most of the features of a pellet grill that you can ask for.

frontier series firebox

And did we say that it’s got a sleek design? Yes it does. It’s got a large cooking surface, larger than all grills on our list and its push button ignition system makes everything else easier.

Not much hopper capacity but it will make up with it with a traditional flavor that will keep you wanting for more. It also promises consistency and will sure make those grill times memorable.


Sleek design, great color
Great traditional flavor
Sturdy and long lasting pellet grill
Decent cooking surface
Convenient and easy to operate
Low hopper capacity

frontier series front view

Camp Chef SmokePro STX

Camp Chef SmokePro STX

If you want great value for your money then look no further, here is the Camp Chef SmokePro STX Wood Pellet Outdoor BBQ Grill and Smoker. Just look at the features of this pellet grill, you certainly wouldn’t ask for more.

Much like Camp Chef’s SmokePro DLX, the digital temperature will make sure everything goes as planned and the additional slots are meant for more tools to keep your cooking at its best.

It is perfect for backyard grilling no matter how many people you need to feed as it is heavy duty. It’s also quite durable as people are saying that it lasts for quite a long time.

Camp Chef SmokePro STX firebox


Super quick and easy to manage, clean, and operate
Great features for the price
Durable and heavy duty
Great accessories and additional tools
Digital temp control
Yields inferior flavor

campchef grill

About the Author

Ben Isham-Smith

A BBQ obsessive, Ben is behind 250+ of The Online Grill’s recipes, as well as countless barbecue guides to help barbecue newbies get to grips with the world’s best form of cooking.

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