Louisiana Grills vs Traeger: Which is a Better Buy?

Pellet grills are a big thing in barbeque for good reasons. I am sure you have heard about this amazing backyard cookers. These cookers are getting the interest of both beginners and pro BBQers and of course, we would not like to be left behind.

When you start looking into pellet grills, two brands always pop up. The Traeger is what you would most likely stumble into first because it is the originator of pellet grills and a well-known brand. Check other options and Louisiana Grills instantly appears. This brings a lot of homemakers and professionals to compare louisiana grills vs traeger. Which of these two brands would make the best buy?

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Pellet grills are easy to use and are great cookers to enjoy a traditional barbeque in your backyard. Since these grills are perfect for blue ribbon food, professional BBQers have come to instantly rely on them.


Louisiana Grills vs Traeger

Louisiana Grills LG700 Wood Pellet

Traeger Pro Series 22

Temperature Range

180°F - 600°F ( 5°F increments)

1800-4250F (25°F increments)

Construction

Powder Coated Steel

Powder Coated Steel

Configuration

Freestanding

Freestanding

Freestanding (enclosed)

Tabletop

Cooking Grid Material

Porcelain Cast Iron (Main grid)

Porcelain Steel (Upper/(Removable)

Porcelain Coated Steel

Cooking Surface

26” x 19” primary grid

497 Sq in cooking surface

210 Sq in upper rack

707 Sq in total cooking area

22x19” primary grid

418 Sq in cooking surface

154 Sq in upper rack

572 Sq in total cooking area

LED Display

Grill Temp & Probe Temp

Grill Temp & Probe Temp

Control Type

Digital Controls

Digital Controls

Meat Probes

Programmable

2 Meat probes

Hopper Capacity

14 pounds

18 pounds

Both the Louisiana and Traeger use cooking-wood pellets instead of charcoal, propane or gas. Natural wood pellets provide food with the flavors derived from cooking in real wood.

In our eagerness to dig deeper into pellet grills to allow us to make the best buying decision, let us attempt to compare the Louisiana Grills LG700 vs Traeger Pro Series 22. Of course, the best pellet grill will always be one that will suit your needs and budget.

Louisiana Grills LG700

This Louisiana features a 497 square inch cooking grate made from porcelain-coated cast iron. With an upper rack of 210 square inch, the grill has a total cooking surface of 707 square inch. It is a size ideal for grilling food for 2 to 4 persons. Steaks are perfectly cooked in the frame broiler (adjustable). It is equipped with a digital control center to ensure accurate temperatures and the easy monitoring of food temperatures (internal). It is a durable pellet grill with a 14-gauge powder-coated steel design construction.

Ease in Operation

This pellet grill features an easy to operate digital control center with accurate controls of between 1700F to 6000F with 50F increments to ensure fast and even cooking from hot smoke to searing. Temperatures can be maintained within +/-5°F for even cooking. Temperatures are maintained even when cooking in cold weather.

The meat probe can be programmed to “Set It” and “Forget It” allowing the grill to lower heat when cooking is done for hassle-free and accurate cooking. The meat probe also allows easy food temperature monitoring.

It is equipped with an electric ignition allowing automatic and fast start up and cooling down times. It operates through a fan type forced air acceleration to ensure a bright burning flame with more than enough convection heat. Smoke emitted by this grill is flavorful as it is clean.

Direct and indirect cooking is provided by the flame broiler to bring back flavors and get rid of excess oil. The exhaust system also allows for simultaneously even cooking in the main grate and upper rack.

Design and Construction

This pellet grill is made from high temperature 14 gauge powder coated steel. The grill is housed in a tough cart with a metal storage shelf at the bottom. According to Louisiana, the lid and the body of the grill are rolled out of the same piece of steel to make sure they perfectly fit to prevent any heat loss.

Performance

Open-flame grilling with a high maximum temperature of 600°F ensures trouble-free cooking in high heat and searing as well.

Features that Stand Out

The adjustable flame broiler, digital control center and programmable meat probe provide this pellet griller with the ability to accurately control cooking temperatures. This is important in cooking good quality food. Being able to grill in high heat amidst an open flame in this pellet griller is something to rejoice because it is possible even without using a charcoal or gas grill.

Bottom Line

For its price and size, it can be difficult to find a pellet griller with digital controls, options for direct grilling and a programmable meat probe. These along with some other amazing features make the Louisiana Grills LG700 an ideal choice for beginner pellet grill users and those wishing to upgrade from entry-level grillers.

Louisiana Grills vs Traeger Which is a Better Buy

Louisiana Grills vs Traeger Which is a Better Buy

Traeger Pro Series 22

This bronze pellet griller comes with a sawhorse type design. It has a side bar for added stability. It comes with a powder coated steel (cold rolled) construction for maximum durability. Preset temperatures for accurate cooking with the digital pro controller is within +/- 150F. It features two probe meat temperatures to allow the grilling of different meat cuts at different temperatures. Fast smoke flavor changes are possible with the 18 pound hopper capacity.

Ease in Operation

The controller of this pro series Traeger model features an advanced grilling logic control. The knob type control has temperature settings of within 180-425°F with increments set at 25°F.

It comes with 2 meat probes for easy monitoring of food temperatures. Its pellet hopper allows for easy changing of pellet flavors. It also allows the fast unloading of pellets for easy clean-up.

Design and Construction

This pellet grid is 22”x19”with a primary grid of 418 square inches and an upper rack of 154 sq in for a total of 572 square inches cooking area.

It is constructed from powder-coated steel and comes with a sawhorse designed chassis for stability. Its handle (side-mounted) and wheels (all-terrain) provides easy mobility.

Performance

The controller of with advanced grilling logic of this pellet griller is able to maintain temperatures of +/-15°F. This is similar to what you would get from your kitchen oven. This allows for fast and even smoking and searing. Traeger however says that this temperature range is for ideal weather conditions and may fluctuate on windy or cold days.

Features that Stand Out

The Advanced Grilling Logic of this pellet griller provides sharper and more accurate temperature settings.

The 2 meat probes makes simultaneous cooking of meat cuts easy and convenient

The innovative sawhorse-designed chassis not only provides a sleek look but also makes the griller more stable.

Bottom Line

The upper cooking rack and 2 meat probes are accessories that can be most desired by pellet grill users. This pellet grill model is of top grade quality and is so much better than most of the rather low priced pellet grillers currently flooding the market. It is an ideal choice for first-time pellet grill users and those wanting to upgrade their current models.


Louisiana Grills 60700-LG700 LG 700 Pellet Grill, 707 Square Inch

Louisiana Grills 60700-LG700 LG 700 Pellet Grill, 707 Square Inch

Quality

Price

Our rating

The Louisiana Grill LG700 features a meat probe can be easily programmed and is capable of direct grilling with its adjustable flame broiler. It features a one touch digital control that can be set within 1800F to 6000F with increments of 50F and can maintain temperature within +/- 5°F.

Louisiana Grills, headquartered in Alberta, Canada manufactures the LG Series which includes the Louisiana Grills LG700. It is one of the first to introduce pellet grillers and to long-time users of pellet grills, Louisiana Grills is an established name in the market of pellet smoke.

Pros:

  • Large capacity with a total of 707 square inch cooking area.
  • Built-in meat probe for easy monitoring of food.
  • Burner and exhaust air circulation system allows higher temperatures to be quickly reached.
  • Convection cooking method allows even cooking and tastier food.

Cons:

  • Small pellet hopper which needs to be often reloaded
  • Too lightweight means it is not very stable
  • Construction appears cheap and paint job is inferior.
  • Absence of a small door makes changing of pellets a bit difficult.
  • Lacks container for cooking utensils.

This Louisiana pellet grill allows you to grill food the easy and convenient way. Automatic temperature settings, an automatic shut off system and a built-in probe for easy monitoring combine with a wide cooking area to create perfect food right in your backyard.

This pellet grill is ideal for users who are new to pellet style grilling. It is a good size griller for 2-4 persons. It is also a good choice for current pellet grill users who want to upgrade to a model with more desirable features.

Features:

  • Total cooking area of 707 square inch with 497 square inch of cooking surface and 210 square inch upper rack allow you to simultaneously cook food for the entire bunch.
  • 1800 F to 6000F temperature range with 50F increments allows fast and even cooking in high heat. Temperature can be maintained within +/- 5°F regardless if weather condition to guarantee even cooking
  • Frame broiler slide plate for direct cooking in open-flame without any worries of over-burning food.
  • Built-in probe for monitoring cooking progress.
  • Porcelain-coated grids for maximum heat retention and durability.

Traeger Pro Series 22 Wood Pellet Grill, Bronze

Traeger Pro Series 22 Wood Pellet Grill, Bronze

Quality

Price

Our rating

This pellet comes with durable construction featuring a sawhorse-type base and all-terrain wheels making it easy to move. It features a patented grilling logic for accurate cooking within +/-150F with a maximum temperature range of between 1800F-4250F with 25°F increments.

Traeger, the originator, invented the first pellet grill and produced its first in 1988. It has since been the biggest name in pellet grills in the market. It started developing the pellet grill in 1985, patented it in 1986 and for the next 20 years was the only pellet grill available in the market.

Pros:

  • Accurate digital controller for fast heating and heating retention
  • Hopper has a capacity of 19 pounds of pellets minimizing constant reloading.
  • Stable legs for added durability and durability and all-terrain wheels for easy mobility
  • Large cooking are for simultaneous cooking
  • Advanced Grilling Technology for more accurate temperature settings.

Cons:

  • Low 4500F maximum temperature.

The Advanced Grilling Logic of this Traeger pellet grill reaches and maintains optimal temperature to allow the ideal smoking and grilling of different meat cuts.

This top quality pellet griller is an upgraded model of the cheap pellet grills available in the market. It is an intelligent choice for first-time pellet grill buyers and for those who need an upgrade from their basic pellet grill unit.

Features / Benefits:

  • Made from powder coated steel (cold-rolled) for maximum durability and stability.
  • Digital Pro Controller maintains pre-set temperatures within +/- 15 0F for accurate and even cooking.
  • Dual probes allows the grilling of varied meat cuts at different temperatures.
  • Large 18 pound hopper with clean out allows the fast shifting to different smoke flavors.
  • Sawhorse design chassis allowed this griller to have thick legs and a durable frame.

Customer Reviews

Hear what the customers of the Louisiana Grills LG700 and the Traeger Pro Series 22 have to say about their pellet grilling experiences.

Louisiana Grills LG700

Just love the versatility of my LG700 from 12 hour brisket to smoked pecan cornbread, this grill is truly amazing.

- Frank Vaclav

The Lousiana Grills LG 700 is equipped with amazing features that allows you to make world class barbeque right in your backyard at any time you feel like indulging in one. It is a durable beast that is well built from Heavy Duty 14 Gauge Steel.

Traeger Pro Series 22

I have been using wood fired pellet Traegers for over 10 years. I have over 400 BBQ trophies at my house competing with the very best pellet smokers. You got propane grills, everyone seems to have them, the problem is they don’t give any flavor. At the end of the day, you’re grilling’ like a villain having a great time. Traeger Grills take my everyday and make it extraordinary with wood fired flavor goodness

Danielle "Diva Q", World BBQ Champion

This Traeger pellet can be used any time - winter, spring summer and fall. With this griller, you will never have to buy propane again. Chicken beef, pork and fish have an amazing flavor.

Bottom line

Both the Louisiana Grills LG700 and the Traeger Pro Series 22 are amazing pellet grillers with superb features. I am bias to the Louisiana Grills LG700 though because of its larger cooking area. 497 Sq cooking surface and an additional 210 Sq in the upper rack. Its temperature range is another I like 180°F - 600°F as it allows me to cook at high temperatures. This is my first pellet griller and I should say, I just love it.

Say good bye to grilling with gas. Get a pellet griller and enjoy the different flavors it provides.


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Megan Ann
 

I’m Megan Ann, mama to 2 and wife to James F. Core. I love meeting new people and hearing their stories. In this blog, I try to write useful and informative articles to help you as much as I can with my knowledge.

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