In this guide, we will be talking specifically about Green Mountain vs Traeger grills. You probably already know that they’re great brands, but we’ll be combing through the differences so that you can actually decide which grill you should have for your backyard.
Overview of Green Mountain & Traeger
Comparing two great brands is never easy as they both have similar price points and features, but we’ll give you an overview of both brands so that it’ll be easier to pick a grill from either one.
You should first ask yourself what’s important to you, such as features so that you can base your decision on that.
- Green Mountain grills were the top dog as far as grills that have the technology. From 2019, both brands now have Wi-Fi (Traeger’s latest models).
- While most of the newer models from Traeger have Wi-Fi, one of the green mountain grills is portable which means you can bring it anywhere and it also has Wi-Fi.
- Green Mountain grills are much cheaper than Traeger grills hands down.
- Traeger grills offer more choices of grills in size and configurations.
- Traeger grills are usually larger
- You can buy Traeger grills online, where Green Mountain grills you’ll see at specific dealers in person.
- Green Mountain can outdo Traeger as far as higher temperatures by 50 degrees
- Both brands have a 3-year warranty which is always a huge plus
History of Green Mountain Grills
This brand has been around since 2008, but they’ve really become big in 2014 when they’ve lowered their prices and became a leading brand.
GMG is one of the reasons why Wi-Fi exists in pellet grills, which is why they are extremely popular. Buying one of green mountain pellet grills, you’ll know there’ll be a Wi-Fi connection to monitor your food from a distance. They’ve also always given the option of Wi-Fi on three of their main grills.
You will have a hard time finding this brand online because GMG prefers to focus on dealer networks instead.
History of Traeger
Traeger is one of the original brands to come up with pellet grills. They came about in the 1980’s by Joe Traeger.
What’s unique about Traeger is they were a small family company, until 2006 when their patent ended (created in the 80s) and a private equity group bought the company.
Today, they’re still the top brand for pellet grills, making $300 million in sales per year on them.
Top Green Mountain Grill Models
Daniel Boone Stainless Steel
This gorgeous stainless steel pellet grill has 458 square inches and 13.5” peaked lid, so plenty of room to grill a dozen rack of ribs. It also has a collapsible front shelf, a rotisserie mounting and super strong grates. You can control this grill with an app, the GMG smart control, and the temperature you can set this from is 150 to 550 degrees with 5-degree increments.
Jim Bowie Stainless Steel
Here is a stainless-steel green mountain pellet grill called the Jim Bowie. It has a collapsible front shelf, interior light inside, a rotisserie mount and stronger grates. It has 658 square inches for cooking and a 13. 5” peaked lid, which means you can look inside.
Daniel Boone Black
This gorgeous black pellet grill has 458 square inches and 13.5” peaked lid, so plenty of room to grill a dozen rack of ribs. It also has a collapsible front shelf, a rotisserie mounting and super strong grates. You can control this grill with an app, the GMG smart control, and the temperature you can set this from is 150 to 550 degrees with 5-degree increment.
Top Traeger Grills
This grill by Traeger is a massive smoker that you’ll want to show off for your friends. It has 885 square inches for cooking and has a 20lb hopper capacity. Like the newer Traeger grills, it has WIFIRE and can work with Amazon Alexa. It has a maximum temperature of 500 degrees.
Similar to the 885-pellet grill, this one varies in size for 650 square inches. It also has a 20-pound hopper so you know that the grill will be grilling or even smoking for hours without worries. Like the other Traeger grills, it has Wi-Fi and can work with Amazon Alexa. It has a maximum temperature of 450 degrees.
This Traeger grill has 780 inches to cook with and the temps can go up to 450 degrees. You can fit a whole turkey in this grill without issues. It also has a 20-pound hopper and like the other grills mentioned here, it has WI -FI and can work with Amazon Alexa.
Other brands to consider
There are other brands that you should consider because they too have earned a right in the grilling world to be recognized.
Broil King makes high-quality grills. All the materials are made in Canada & the USA, so you know the material is high quality. They are owned by Onward Manufacturing Company, a company that has been around since 1906.
They have manufacturing sites in Waterloo, Ontario and 2 locations in the US, one being Tennessee and the other Indiana.
The Broil King Regal 500 has unrivaled cooking accuracy and is a revolutionary BBQ grill. This pellet grill has an overall area of 825 square inches perfect for cookery in all sizes, made of 14-gauge steel painted in Black. The cast iron grids are very long-lasting and hard-wearing. You can watch the grill and food from just about anywhere with the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth digital interface and two electronic meat samples. The mighty pellet is moved from the 22lb hopper to the firebox so you will never think about fueling. A removable drip tray means the cleaning is a breeze after you’re done using it. This grill also comes with an accessories kit making this a very worthwhile investment.
Weber was born around 1952 in Chicago, Illinois by George Stephen. Those dome-looking grills that are associated with Weber actually came from the idea of a buoy, where a real one had its string cut and legs were put on it.
Today you’ll see everything from a kettle grill to a full BBQ grill that resembles the shape of a buoy.
This charcoal grill is actually one of the first Weber grills, being a kettle one and all. It’s 22 inches and it’s about 32 pounds, so it’s very portable. You get 363 square inches of cooking space, so it’s perfect for a small meal. You won’t be able to cook for a large party but if it’s just you and a couple of people, it’s perfect. You can move the grate if you need to, so that you can put more charcoal in it. One of the coolest features, being a charcoal grill, that it has a built-in thermometer so that you can monitor the temperature without opening the lid. The lid stands at 7.5 inches so you can have a beer can chicken in it if you really want. All in all, it’s a classic grill that’s durable and reliable.
Being around since 1948, they were literally the first charcoal grills on the market. Since then, they have much more modern grills. They have everything from turkey fryers to full-on gas grills. Char broil is also known as affordable, which is why they’re one the leading BBQ grills on the market. In 1984, they were named the world’s best BBQ grill, so that should say something about the quality of their grills. Since 2016, they’ve officially started to put a charcoal tray with their gas grills so that you can get that smoky, BBQ taste that you are looking for.
For starters, this is a beautiful stainless-steel grill by Char-Broil that will look amazing on your porch or backyard. What’s great about this grill that you can literally just push a button, and boom the grill is on. You get four stainless steel burners inside with each one producing 9000 BTU so you know that you’ll get a lot of heat and power on each burner. But that’s technically on the low side compared to competitors, as they usually are 10,000-12,000 BTU, so you’ll feel it’s a little weak if trying to get that sear on the steak. It helps that the grates are made from cast iron, so you’ll get that iconic grill mark that you want on your food. You get 425 square inches of cooking space and 150 square inch warming rack.
The Best Green Mountain Grill
This green mountain pellet grill is the one that everyone knows about. It is the Davy Crocket It features a digital Wi-Fi controller, a flesh sample, the top-of-the-line rib rack lid, a utensil-controlled handle and our latest open-flame flashes technology tray. The thermal sensor that controls the grilled temperature at all times, Sense-Mate is also included. It has temperatures ranging from 150-500F, so if you want to sear a steak on this grill, you could probably get that perfect sear that you are looking for. The grill can be powered 12V or 120AC because it’s great for home or camping. The Davy Crocket weighs 57lbs and has fold-able legs to make it easy to put into any trunk of cars or back of the pickup truck.
It is the perfect tailgating grill that you can bring along with you. Of course, the only downside is that it does need to be connected to an electrical outlet. But it does have a WIFI mode that is super cool because you can connect it to the WIFI and check on the grill when the timer on the app goes off.
All in all, it’s a grill that you should consider if you’re looking for the bells and whistles and need it to be portable.
The Best Traeger Grill
Another fantastic Wi-Fi pellet grill that you should have in your home is this one. It has Wi-Fi and can also bind to Alexa by using voice for temperature/time monitoring, which, in our view, is a cool touch. This grill is fairly pricey ($990.85). The construction is made of powdered steel and is very durable because you know it won’t crack. It is built with a bronze lid and has all the field wheels so you can pull it anywhere you can pull it physically. You have 575 square inches to cook with so that’s plenty of room if you’re cooking for a crowd. There’s also an 18-pound hopper which is bigger than the last pellet grill we mentioned, so you can actually allow your food to cook for 20 hours or more unattended at 350 F. We should mention that the hopper can cook 1 pound per hour, and you’ll be environmentally friendly as you’re not using charcoal.
The coolest feature about this grill is the Wi-Fi capability. Luckily, this model has WIFIRE (as it’s one of Traeger’s newer models) which means you can connect to an app that can connect Google Home and Amazon Alexa, if you have those smart devices. Basically, this is the perfect grill for someone who has other things they need to do while grilling.
We hope that you enjoyed reading the differences between Green Mountain grills and Traeger grills. They both got their own unique features and price points, but we promise they’re both great brands. Obviously, the Green Mountain grill is cheaper than the Traeger one, but it really depends on what your budget is. If you have enjoyed reading this guide, please leave us a comment!