Traeger Lil Tex Elite

Traeger is easily the best known manufacturer of pellet grills for good reason. They've been around the longest, have a ubiquitous marketing presence, and make a fine set of products. One of our favorite budget grills is the Lil Tex Elite. It's the smallest of all Traegers, but will definitely fit the bill for your average family cookout.

If you're looking to dip your toe into the pellet grill market, this would be a solid choice.


  • Consistent Results
  • Easy to Move
  • Easy to Use
  • Drip Cup Collects Grease


  • Quality is just okay
  • Not great for high-temp searing
  • Cooking area is on the small side

From the manufacturer:

Gather friends and family for amazing flavor, the new Lil’ Tex 22 Elite grill has sturdier legs and a new Digital Elite Controller to keep temperatures within +/- 20 degrees F. Champion precision outdoor cooking on this 418 square inch grilling BBQ arena, then watch the delicious spoils of your labor quickly disappear.

  • 418 sq. in. (22" x 19") grilling area
  • Digital Elite Controller
  • Sturdy 2-inch legs
  • Easily holds up to 16 burgers | 4 chickens | 24 hot dogs | 5 rib racks

Reviews from around the web:

There's nothing fancy here. Instead of a touch-pad controller, Traeger employs an older-style digital dial controller. No WiFi or meat probes; just no-frills schmokin' from the industry leader.
- The Spruce

I got the Jr as a Christmas present but I felt it was too small. I contacted a local dealer and he was willing to let me trade it in for the Little Tex Elite. I also bought the grill cover and the thermal blanket. This is an awesome grill, I use it at least 4 times a month. I have used it more since I bought it then I did my old grill in the last 2 years. I have cooked butts, ribs, chicken, burgers, brats I even used it to make meatloaf and meatballs for spaghetti. You have to remember to vacuum out the fire pot regularly or it will not heat properly.
- Smoking Meat Forums