Traeger Junior Elite Pellet Grill Review

7.5 Total Score
Good Buy

Traegar's Junior Elite Pellet Grill is their entry level pellet grill that is the perfect pellet grill for tailgating or small households. There aren't alot of bells and whistles on this pellet grill as there is only one smoking level and no internal meat probe, but overall it is a great option for backyard enthusiasts.

Cooking Quality
User Rating: 2.79 (19 votes)


Traeger’s Junior Elite Pellet Grill (MODEL TFB29LZA) is their latest starter pellet grill and is a replacement in their lineup from their older Junior edition. Traeger heard the complaints of the controller not have enough setting options and upgraded the Junior elite to include a controller that has 11 temperature adjustments on the knob including a shut-down mode for easy cleanup and shut-down. It comes easy to assemble and has a cooking area of 305 square inches making it a perfect option for the backyard enthusiast. It did not rank as well as it’s competition, the Camp Chef PG 24,  in our reviews because the Camp Chef is only $20 more and has a much larger cooking area and several other cooking features that make it stand out. Check out the Camp Chef PG 24 full review here.


Traeger Junior Elite Features

Although the Traeger Junior Elite Pellet Grill does not have all the bells and whistles of fancier pellet grills there are several important features we will describe so you can make an informed decision if this pellet grill is the right choice for you.

Multiple Options Digital Controller

Traeger ControllerTraeger heard the complaints about their older version which only had a 3 option knob and installed this new digital controller that has an easy to read digital LCD screen to show the internal temperature and 11 knob adjustments to control your temperature. One thing we don’t like about this model is there is no plug for an internal meat probe to show the cooking temperature inside your meats while smoking. The controller has an option for shut down which will make sure your auger is emptied out while cooling down the pellet grill.





Adequate Rack Grilling Space

055-grateThe Traeger Elite Junior doesn’t have the biggest rack space for grilling but it is adequate for cooking for a small family or that tailgating party. It has 305 square inches availability but there is not an upper rack like in higher end models.





Easy To Clean Grease Management System


bucketThe Traeger Junior Elite is designed where any grease during cooking is dropped onto a grease panel which tilts down and drains into an easily removable bucket for easy cleanup. Lining the bucket with tinfoil makes cleanup a snap.





Traeger Junior Elite Specifications

  • 19500 BTU’s
  • 305 sq. in. (20 X 15) Grilling Area

Dimensions & Weight

  • Height: 38 inches
  • Width: 36 inches
  • Depth: 16 inches
  • Weight: 68 lbs.

Traeger is one of the most popular and has been around and an established pellet grill manufacturer since the early 1990’s. Approximately 85% of pellet smokers in the USA are Traeger.


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Traeger TFB30LZB Tailgater 20 Series Freestanding Grill, Bronze

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  • 300 sq. In. Grilling area
  • Digital Elite controller with LED display
  • Fueled by 100% pure hardwood pellets
  • Real wood, real flavor electronic auto-start ignition
  • Ez-fold legs
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