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31 Best Traeger Recipes for Your Pellet Grill

Is your Traeger pellet grill collecting dust in your backyard? Try these mouth-watering Traeger recipes that will wow friends and family.

A Traeger grill is the best thing that’s ever happened to outdoor cooking. You use pellets to heat the grill, which hides a special secret. It seals the smoke in and keeps all that delicious flavor inside!

That means any meat you cook on this grill will be extra tasty. I don’t know about you, but I’m on board with any appliance that adds flavor without effort!

Whether you’ve just bought one or had one forever, these easy Traeger recipes will show you something new. Let’s dive in!

Traeger recipes

What is the Best Thing to Cook on a Traeger?

The thing that sets a Traeger pellet grill apart from other grills is smoke. You get all the flavor of grilling your meat with an extra dose of smokiness. It’s all thanks to the pellets and wood chips you use to cook.

Hearty meat like pork chops or whole chicken or vegetables are perfect for cooking on a Traeger smoker. They absorb a whole bunch of smoke and taste amazing when grilled.

Best of all, they’re super simple to prepare and grill. This is the grill you want on your side when you’re having a summer party or an outdoor get-together.

Best Traeger Grill Recipes

But which recipes are the best? Which recipes create mouth-watering delicious flavors and textures that your guests or family will love?

I have thirty-one options ready for you to experiment with, with your pellet smoker! Check out these best Traeger recipes.

1. Baby Back Ribs

baby back ribs


We’re not messing around today! Let’s kick things off with a fan favorite easy recipe: baby back ribs. While the name is a little odd, these ribs are one of the best things on the planet as a main dish.

Smoking the meat on the grill helps it fall right off the bone and fill it with smoke flavor. On top of that, the sticky glaze makes every bite twice as good as the last.

It’s the ultimate rib recipe and sure to become one of your favorite Traeger recipes!

2. Smoked Cheesecake

smoked cheesecake


We’re taking a hard left into dessert town with this recipe. This new recipe for cooking outdoors is great, especially if you love sweet things.

The grill’s smoke makes the cake’s caramel taste even better. A little sprinkle of salt breaks up the heaviness. It makes this cheesecake so addictive. This easy dessert with so much flavor is perfect for special occasions.

3. Smoked Tri Tip

smoked tri trip


In the world of barbecue, two-hour smoked tri-tip is insanely fast. That’s why I love this recipe so much!

Get everyone at the party fed in two hours with this fantastic method. The tri-tip comes out moist and juicy. No dry meat in sight here. Plus, the spice rub makes every bite to die for.

4. Prime Rib Roast

prime rib roast


Take your prime rib roast outdoors with this version of a family favorite. This is honestly so much better than an oven rib roast and it’s a great way to cook for holiday meals!

The wood pellets add amazing flavors, taking this dish to a new level with smoked flavor. If you cook your sides on the grill, too, you’ll have a dish that feels like it fits together perfectly.

This melt-in-your-mouth roast is a must Sunday dinner idea.

5. Smoked Chicken

smoked chicken


Chicken is one of the best meats to cook with smoke because it absorbs flavor quickly. This is a delicious summer meal everyone will love. Pair the amazing chicken rub with a hot day for a winner!

If you’re tired of the same roast chicken every Sunday, save oven space and give this easy smoker recipe a try. It’s super simple. Plus, it’s a great excuse to get outside.

This smoked chicken is a perfect Friday night dinner idea.

6. Baked Potatoes

baked potatoes


That’s right. You can cook vegetables on the grill too! These take a little longer than your average baked potato. But the wait is worth it.

Since they spend so long on the grill, these potatoes are smoky and delicious. Every bite sings with dark earthy smoke. They’re a perfect side dish to any meal you cook on the Traeger.

7. Smoked Chicken Thighs

smoked chicken thighs


Chicken thighs are perfect for smoking. Why? Because they’re dark meat! Dark meat is much less likely to dry while smoking, even if you leave it for hours.

That’s why these chicken thighs are so moist. Pair that with the tender teriyaki sauce for a sticky, sweet, delicious chicken thigh on the grill. 

8. Smoked Queso Dip

smoked queso dip


Are you gearing up for game day? This smoked queso dip will have your guests drooling at the mere smell!

I swear this is so easy to do. Get everyone outside for a drink and some great conversation while you work the grill. Serve it with some fresh vegetables and tortilla chips for a tasty treat.

9. Smoked Meatloaf

smoked meatloaf


Put a smoky spin on your favorite meatloaf with your Traeger! The smoky grill is the perfect way to add extra flavor to your loaf as it cooks.

While this recipe comes with a meatloaf recipe, you can cook your usual recipe this way too. Pair it with buttery mashed potatoes and delicious greens for the perfect family dinner.

10. Smoked Burger

smoked burger


Is there anything better than a great burger? These smoked patties are a breeze to make. No matter what you like to put between the buns, these patties will be the show’s star.

Use your usual burger patty recipe, or try this new one. Either way, the smoke will soak into every inch of them. The result is a juicy and addictive patty everyone will be begging to try!

11. Smoked Salmon

smoked salmon


Smoked salmon can be a bit tricky to make with a standard smoker. But not with a Traeger! This super simple smoked salmon recipe has enough for the whole family.

This makes so much that you’ll probably have some leftovers. Don’t worry. You can save this tasty salmon in the fridge for up to ten days.

You can even use this smoky salmon in this salmon stir fry recipe!

12. Beef Ribs

beef ribs


Beef ribs are a whole different beast from pork ribs. This red meat needs to be treated with care and smoked very well. That’s why I love this rib recipe.

It takes all the fear out of smoking your beef ribs and makes it fun! Plus, the spice rub recipe creates a fantasticcrust on the delicious ribs.

13. Not Your Mama’s Meatloaf



Next is a recipe from Traeger themselves! This is not your mama’s traditional meatloaf recipe. Every bite is dripping with delicious smoky flavor from the apple pellets they recommend.

Top that off with an insane glaze from Traeger’s BBQ sauce and apple juice. It’s a sweet and sticky treat you just can’t beat.

14. Smoked Turkey

smoked turkey


Are you tired of doing Thanksgiving indoors? Put a smoky spin on your turkey with this straightforward method for Traeger smoked turkey. The best part? You don’t need to stand there and baste it every five minutes!

Wrap this turkey in seasonings and leave it on the grill. The Traeger will work its magic. Then you can return to a delicious turkey ready for the family to enjoy on Thanksgiving dinner.

Complete your Turkey dinner with one of these stove top stuffing recipes.

15. Honey Chicken Marinade

honey chicken marinade


While dark meat is excellent smoked, light chicken breast is just as good if you do it right! This incredible marinade makes your chicken breast sticky, smoky, spicy, and sweet.

Could you ask for anything else from a recipe?

16. Smoked Trout


smoked trout

Celebrate the catch of the day with this amazing smoked trout recipe. Fresh fish deserves to be treated right. Luckily, this recipe makes it super easy to do just that.

Enjoy crispy skin and flaky, succulent meat right off the bone. This showstopping dish is great for knocking your guests off their feet.

17. Smoked Queso Dip

smoked queso dip


Queso is the perfect dish to mess with. It has so much potential, and you can include anything you like. So it’s easy to create a signature version!

This smoked queso dip will help you on your journey to make your queso. This one uses plenty of chorizos and is ready in just an hour. It’s the perfect dip for a neighbourhood barbecue.

18. Smoked Stuffed Mushrooms

smoked stuffed mushrooms


I don’t know about you, but I think mushrooms aren’t appreciated enough. They’re so good at absorbing flavor. Their meaty texture is ideal for satisfying any vegetarians you’re serving.

These incredible smoked mushrooms come with an insanely cheesy stuffing. They’re creamy and smoky at the same time. In other words, they’re insanely addictive.

19. Chicken Legs Quarters

chicken leg quarters


Sometimes, simple is best. These smoked chicken legs embrace that idea! Each leg is basted in plenty of herbs and spices, then smoked to perfection.

The result is a plate of tender and juicy chicken legs everyone will love sinking their teeth into. They’re the best chicken legs, with crispy skin and tender meat.

20. Maple Salmon Jerky

maple salmon jerky


Heading out on a camping trip or road trip? Need something high-protein to keep in your pantry for the week? This maple salmon jerky has you covered.

This is a fantastic recipe to use if you have any leftover salmon you want to save. It’s packed with insane amounts of flavor and keeps for ages!

Try this herb crusted salmon if you love salmon!

21. Flat Iron Steak Marinade

flat iron steak marinade


Flat iron steak has quickly become more affordable meat than flank. The problem is that it can get tough and flavorless if overcooked.

Well, no need to worry with this recipe in your back pocket. Smoking the steak on your Traeger after soaking it in this marinade will deliver a tender and juicy steak everyone will be dying to taste.

22. Smoked Pork Butt

smoked pork butt


Pork ‘butt’ is actually pork shoulder, and it’s the best part of the animal to create pulled pork. This recipe is essential knowledge if you’re a fan of pulled pork sandwiches.

This one takes a long time, so it’s great for a relaxed Sunday. Spend the day outside with a cold drink, and a book as your pork smokes to perfection beside you. Use it for sandwiches, chillis, and more!

23. Meatloaf



Don’t worry. Our keto friends aren’t left out of the party! This smoked meatloaf is keto-friendly and bursts with a smoky flavor.

Instead of bread, this recipe uses fried pork rinds that have been shredded to a fine consistency. Not only is it a great binder, but it also packs the meatloaf with even more flavor. What’s not to love?

If you are wondering what’s for dinner tonight, this smoky meatloaf must be it.

24. Asparagus



That’s right. The Traeger can even make asparagus indulgent. Your family – kids included – will be begging you to make this recipe every summer evening!

It’s such a simple recipe. You only need a few ingredients, and it can cook alongside whatever your main meat is on the grill. Talk about a delicious dish-free dinner!

25. Grilled Vegetables

grilled vegetables


Speaking of grilled vegetables, this summer salad is the perfect light element for a BBQ lunch. It has a touch of smoky flavor, but the lemon vinaigrette helps brighten the taste.

That’s what makes this so great for summer days. Balance the hearty meat on the table with this refreshing dish for a well-rounded meal the family will love.

26. Tomahawk Steak

tomahawk steak


Slow-smoke your steak and give it a quick sear before serving it to a delighted crowd. The slow smoking makes the meat tender and flavorful. The quick sear adds a delicious crust.

Combine the two, and you’ve got a tomahawk steak that belongs in a hall of fame. Seriously, this recipe is to-die-for!

27. Smoked Bacon

smoked bacon


The only thing that could make bacon even better is a little smoke. With this super simple recipe, you can create your own smoked bacon at home.

Choose your marinade and pellets to vary the flavors hiding in this salty treat. Use the smoked bacon on sandwiches, in stews, or even as an indulgent snack!

28. Chicken Wings

chicken wings


Chicken wings are a tried and true dish that belongs on every gameday table. These wings might beat the rest of the recipes! A bold statement, I know, but here’s my argument.

Each bite comes with a big hit of smoke, but there’s plenty of sweetness hiding underneath. The tender meat is a huge plus, and the crispy skin offers the perfect contrast. See what I mean?

Check out these honey chicken wings.

29. Mac and Cheese

mac and cheese


Macaroni and cheese is already one of the best dishes you can have on a bad day. It just turns everything around. Now, add a healthy dose of smoke. You’ve got something special!

The white sauce and pasta absorb the pellet smoke with ease. The creamy flavor and texture paired with that hit of smoke are addictive.

30. Smoked Beef Chuck Roast

smoked beef and chuck roast


Don’t want to spend much money on a brisket? This smoked beef chuck roast gives you the same flavor at a lesser cost. It also cooks faster than a traditional brisket!

Trust me. This can happily replace your Sunday night brisket with all the same fixings.

Try these mouth-watering chuck steak recipes.

31. Smoked Brisket

smoked brisket


If you’re tied to your brisket, try adding a little smoke. This takes it to a whole new level of flavor! Every slice of brisket is more tender and juicy than the last, with a dark hit of smoke.

Paired with a sweet glaze and your favorite brisket sides, there’s nothing better.

So, have I convinced you to invest in a Traeger yet? Which recipe is hitting the grill first if you’ve already got one? Let me know in the comments!

beef ribs

31 Best Traeger Recipes for your Pellet Grill

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Get inspired by these Traeger recipes for grilling and smoking your meat, vegetables and more. This list covers some of the best pellet grill recipes, perfect for any occasion!


  • 1. Baby Back Ribs
  • 2. Smoked Cheesecake
  • 3. Smoked Tri Tip
  • 4. Prime Rib Roast
  • 5. Smoked Chicken
  • 6. Baked Potatoes
  • 7. Smoked Chicken Thighs
  • 8. Smoked Queso Dip
  • 9. Smoked Meatloaf
  • 10. Smoked Burger
  • 11. Smoked Salmon
  • 12. Beef Ribs
  • 13. Not Your Mama’s Meatloaf
  • 14. Smoked Turkey
  • 15. Honey Chicken Marinade
  • 16. Smoked Trout
  • 17. Smoked Queso Dip
  • 18. Smoked Stuffed Mushrooms
  • 19. Chicken Legs Quarters
  • 20. Maple Salmon Jerky
  • 21. Flat Iron Steak Marinade
  • 22. Smoked Pork Butt
  • 23. Meatloaf
  • 24. Asparagus
  • 25. Grilled Vegetables
  • 26. Tomahawk Steak
  • 27. Smoked Bacon
  • 28. Chicken Wings
  • 29. Mac and Cheese
  • 30. Smoked Beef Chuck Roast
  • 31. Smoked Brisket


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