Traeger® Lone Star Elite: Everything You Need to Know

By Bob McCarthy

The Traeger Lone Star Elite has a different look and alternate features than Traeger's other grills. Want to learn more about the differences between the Lone Stare Elite and other Traeger Grills? Read on!

What’s in a Name?

Over its thirty-year history, Traeger has made a lot of pellet grills that have gone by a multitude of names. We are here to help you understand the differences between the difference models. Usually, those differences are easily explained by size and type of controller.

In terms of size and type of digital controller, the Lone Star Elite is a close cousin to the Traeger Junior Elite, Tailgater Elite and Bronson Elite.

The Lone Star Elite is Similar to Other Traeger Grills

When it comes to pellet grills, the most important features, and the ones that largely determine price, are grill construction, the size of the primary grill grate, and the digital controller. (Read 6 Tips for Buying a Pellet Grill). All Traeger Grills feature the same powder-coated steel construction. In terms of size, their grills typically fall into three families: the 20 Series, the 22 Series, and the 34 Series. The number indicates the width of the primary grate in inches. As for controllers, Traeger currently has two types, their Digital Elite Controller and the more advanced Pro Series Controller.

The Lone Star Elite is part of Traeger’s 20 Series and features a Digital Elite Controller, just like the Traeger Junior Elite, Tailgater, and Bronson. Its primary grate is longer (20x19" vs 20x15") than the other 20 Series models, but that little bit of extra space comes at a higher price. As with the Renegade Elite, Traeger's other infomercial grill, the Lone Star is bundled with accessories. Here’s a breakdown of how the Lone Star compares to the other Traeger 20 Series grills and suggestions for creating your own customized bundle:

Traeger Lone Star Elite: $659 - The Lone Star package includes the grill, a 20x7” upper rack, a wire front shelf, a cover, and two bags of pellets. It's a very comprehensive package that offers a lot of what you'll need to get you started.

Traeger Junior Elite - $429: With a primary grate of 20x15" the Junior has a little less cooking area than the Lone Star. It's also shorter (36” vs 49”) and doesn’t have an upper rack. However, it costs $230 less.

Traeger Tailgater - $449: Shorter than the Lone Star Elite, the Tailgater features a 20x15" grate. It also doesn’t come with an upper rack or hooks. However, its legs fold up for easy transport, making it perfect for cooking in the backyard or packing it up for camping and tailgating. You also save $210..

Traeger Bronson - $499: The Bronson is shorter than the Lone Star and has a 20x15" grate. It also lacks hooks and an upper rack. However, it does feature Traeger’s new sawhorse chassis for more support and better mobility. It also costs $160 less.

FireCraft Traeger Outlaw Package - $699: The same price as the Lone Star Elite, this bundle package is built around the Junior Elite and includes 2 bags of pellets, a grill scraper, Maverick ET-735 Bluetooth thermometer, full-length grill cover, and a folding front shelf.

As you can see, if you're looking at the Lone Star Elite, you have a few other options worth considering, some of which might be a better fit for your budget and grilling needs.

Upgrade to the Traeger Pro Series 22

If you’re considering the Lone Star Elite, you should check out the Traeger Pro Series 22, the brand's flagship model. Added to the Traeger lineup in 2016, the Pro Series features Traeger's most advanced controller, beefier construction, and upgraded features not found on any other Traeger. At $799, it costs a little more than the Lone Star, but it's also a bigger grill. Part of Traeger's 22 Series, it has a larger primary cooking grate and offers more total cooking space than the 20 Series Lone Star.

  • 22x19” primary cooking grate, 418 square inches.
  • Pro Series Controller with Advanced Grilling Logic that maintains +/-15F, the best temperature control of any Traeger.
  • 2 integrated meat probes for monitoring food temperatures on the LCD display.
  • Included upper rack expands your total cooking area to 572 square inches.
  • Traeger's new sawhorse chassis for better stability.
  • All terrain wheels and easy lift side bar for better mobility.