Favorite Traeger Holiday Recipes (2024)

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The holiday season is here, and I’ve collected my favorite Traeger Holiday Recipes here for you, right in one spot! We’ve got ham, beef roasts, turkey, big Tomahawk steaks, seafood feasts, and so much more!

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Family Favorite Traeger Holiday Recipes

Holiday gatherings are underway, and oven space is at a premium. Fire up your pellet grill and let’s save some space in that oven while making our favorite holiday appetizers, mains, and desserts right in the Traeger!

Main Dishes

These are the BIG ones. The show-stoppers. The dishes that your guests will be talking about until next year. Don't make these if you don't want to be hosting gatherings every year!

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Traeger Prime Rib Roast

Prime Rib on the Traeger is another must try. Like most things cooked on the T, it takes it to the next level. If you've cooked a prime rib roast before, then this will be a breeze.

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Traeger Smoked Beef Tenderloin

Traeger Smoked Beef Tenderloin is easy to make but ultra impressive to serve.

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Traeger Smoked Turkey

Traeger Smoked Turkey is going to quickly become your new favorite turkey method. Moist, tender, and with just enough smoke to keep it interesting - you'll be coming back for seconds.

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Traeger Smoked Spatchco*ck Turkey Recipe

Spatchco*ck Turkey is the best turkey! Get used to evenly cooked, moist, juicy, and delicious meat – both white AND dark.

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Traeger Surf and Turf Seafood Feast

An epic seafood extravaganza, all cooked right on the pellet grill! This is special occasion food, to the extreme. Load up your favorite person's favorite mix of seafood and steak and invite some friends over for the ultimate feast of your dreams.

A Traeger Pineapple-Glazed Double-Smoked Ham is perfect for your next big holiday dinner, or any random weekend, really. This ham is delicious, and a crowd-pleaser too.

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Traeger Grilled Lasagna

This easy homemade lasagna is made with a hearty meat sauce, a cheesy layer of cottage cheese, ricotta, and Italian seasoning, and all of the mozzarella. All of it.

Holiday Side Dishes

All you could possibly want, more than you needs, but exactly what you deserve. It has been a long year. Eat some good food to end it well.

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Smoked Potato Stacks with Parmesan Cream Sauce

Thinly sliced potatoes get seasoned, layered, and then smoked on the pellet grill until they are tender and a little crispy on the outside.

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Smoked Loaded Baked Potatoes

These Smoked Loaded Baked Potatoes are cooked right on your pellet grill, and make the best bakers! Fill them with all of the toppings you love, and then find a few new ones too.

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Traeger Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

These rich and creamy mashed potatoes are given some smoke on the grill and have copious amounts of smoked garlic in the mix! One of the most decadent mashed potatoes you'll ever have.

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Smoked Scalloped Potatoes

These delicious homemade scalloped potatoes are cooked right on your pellet grill! There's nothing like wood-fired flavor to add that missing piece to your next bbq.

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Grilled Butternut Squash

Grilled butternut squash is a simple fall and winter side dish that is all shades of versatile. Cooked with brown sugar and butter, this savory-sweet dish can be scooped right out of its shell, or mashed into oblivion and served mashed potato style.

Traditional Thanksgiving dressing gets the Traeger treatment! Save some oven space and use your pellet grill to cook Thanksgiving's best side dish.

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Caesar Dressing Recipe

This homemade creamy caesar salad dressing is savory, delicious, and one of my favorite homemade dressings! Mix some up for your next spaghetti night. Not made on the Traeger, but you can briefly grill the romaine if you'd like!

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Greek Salad

Big bold flavors are the star in this Greek Salad with leafy greens, olives, feta, cucumbers, tomatoes, and a homemade Greek vinaigrette. Perfect salad for potlucks, family gatherings, or your average weekday.

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Roasted Broccoli Casserole

This roasted broccoli casserole is perfect for your Thanksgiving or Christmas table. Smothered in a creamy sauce and covered with cheese, even the vegetable haters in your life will love this.


Appetizers on the holidays can make or break a feast. Throw down, treat your guests, and get those appetites prepared!

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Traeger Smoked Deviled Eggs

Traditional deviled eggs get a trip into the pellet grill for the ultimate deviled egg experience.

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Smoked Black Cod Dip

Easy Smoked Black Cod Dip is a snap to whip together and makes an amazing appetizer for any occasion!

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Traeger Smoked Cream Cheese

The TikTok sensation is hitting a grill near you! This smoked cream cheese dip is simple and delicious. You're going to want a slab of this in the fridge pretty much always.

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Double Smoked Artichoke Dip

This cheesy twist on a classic artichoke dip takes smoked cream cheese, roasted garlic, and artichokes and gives you this Double Smoked Artichoke Dip!

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Whipped Cranberry Goat Cheese

This delicious whipped goat cheese spread has a honey-sweetened cranberry layer that is perfect for all of your upcoming gatherings! Smoke the goat cheese at 180° for 30 minutes for a kick of wood-fired flavor.

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Smoked Garlic Goat Cheese

This is one of the easiest appetizers that you'll ever make, but it tastes like it is SO fancy. Smoked Garlic Goat Cheese is going to make you very popular at your next dinner party.

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Bacon Wrapped Scallops

Simple bacon wrapped scallops are grilled on the Traeger pellet grill until they are crisp, tender, and delicious.

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Traeger Grilled Clams

These delicious Traeger Grilled Clams are wonderful as an appetizer, or serve with some pasta or rice and make it a meal!

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Mignonette Sauce

Also technically NOT a grilled recipe, as these oysters pictured here are served raw. But if you bring out a plate of fresh, briny, raw oysters and our homemade mignonette? Your guests aren't going to care if they didn't technically come off the grill.

What’s your favorite part of a holiday meal?

Tell us in the comments below!

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Nicole Johnson


Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

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What is best cooked on a Traeger? ›

Top 10 Overall Best Recipes
  • Best Smoked Turkey. 4.5. Enjoy the best smoked turkey this holiday season. ...
  • Traeger Smoked Salmon. 4.7. ...
  • Traeger Ribs. 4.0. ...
  • Smoked Bologna. 4.9. ...
  • Texas-Style Smoked Beef Brisket by Doug Scheiding. 4.8. ...
  • Traeger Chicken Wings 3 Ways. 4.7. ...
  • Prime Rib on the Traeger. 4.1. ...
  • Smoked Spatchco*ck Turkey. 5.0.

What meat is good to smoke for Christmas? ›

The best meats to smoke over the holidays
  • Barbecue Chicken. This time of year, “The Bird” usually refers to the turkey. ...
  • Prime Rib. Ooh, our mouths are watering already. ...
  • Double-Smoked Ham. ...
  • You'll find plenty of other great ideas and recipes at How to BBQ Right.
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What is the first thing to try on a Traeger grill? ›

First Recipes to Cook

Simply coat a whole chicken with Traeger's Chicken Rub and cook for just over an hour. That's all you'll need to do for chicken perfection.

What is the easiest thing to smoke on a Traeger? ›

Brisket. One of the first things people want to know when buying their first Traeger is how to smoke brisket. It's pretty simple once you get the basics down. This cut of meat is so full of flavor, you won't need to add much seasoning or other extras, to make it shine.

What is the most tender meat on the Traeger grill? ›

For a delectable date night dinner, try out this Traeger filet mignon. Give this small and luxurious cut of meat a simple wood-firing, then enjoy the most tender, succulent piece of grilled beef on the planet.

What is the best first cook on a pellet grill? ›

Get Fired up!

All pellet smokers have a startup cycle. Before you do anything with the meat, go ahead and start her up. For a pork butt, you want to run between 225 and 250 degrees. Low and slow is the way to go.

What is the most popular meat at Christmas? ›

Turkey is definitely the most traditional meat for Christmas dinner and you can take a look at our wide selection of whole, rolled and diced turkeys here – perfect for your traditional Christmas dinner!

What is the most Christmassy meat? ›

The best Christmas meats for your festive feast | Christmas 2022
  1. Goose. Traditional and classic, the goose has slipped in popularity over the years compared to the turkey. ...
  2. Duck. ...
  3. Roasting Chicken. ...
  4. Rib of Beef. ...
  5. co*ckerel. ...
  6. Honey Roast Ham.

What is the tastiest meat to smoke? ›

Best Cuts of Meat for Smoking

Our top choices are brisket, pork shoulder (for pulled pork), pork chops, and ribs. You can also give our St. Louis Ribs a try in your new smoker. Beef brisket, pork shoulder, and ribs are three cuts that offer sufficient fat to keep them juicy and tender when done.

Is Traeger better than Pit Boss? ›

Traeger, however, earns a slight edge in temperature control with smaller increment settings and more precise heat management for the duration of cooks. There's also the matter of Wi-Fi compatibility with phone apps and other smart devices for mobile grill control, which Traeger features and Pit Boss doesn't.

What is a good meat to smoke for a beginner? ›

The best cuts for smoking tend to be thick cuts with lots of fat and connective tissue. Ribs, brisket and pork shoulder are a few of the classic examples.

What is the best smoke flavor on a Traeger? ›

We strongly recommend using Traeger pellets. The type of wood you use will have a significant impact on the flavor of your food. Hickory and mesquite provide stronger smoke flavor while cherry and apple will be more subtle.

What is the easiest meat to smoke for beginners? ›

Boston Butt (Pulled Pork)

If you're new to meat smoking, this is what we recommend starting with first. As it is often very well-marbled, it's by far the most forgiving cut of meat to smoke and is often a lot cheaper than experimenting on a brisket. Look for one with the bone still in it.

How do I get the most out of my Traeger? ›

Before cooking the first batch of food in your new Traeger, you will need to season your grill. This simple, one-time initial firing process will burn off any residual, non-toxic oils from the manufacturing process and help create non-stick surfaces so that you get the most out of your Traeger Wood Pellet Grill.

What is good to cook on a pellet grill? ›

On a pellet grill, you can cook anything from chicken thighs, chicken breasts, and even whole chicken. A smoked chicken is genuinely delicious and works well with any of your favorite seasonings. Smaller chicken breasts or thighs may take about an hour to cook, whereas a whole chicken may take several hours.

What should I smoke on my Traeger? ›

  1. 3-2-1 Ribs. 4.5. Our famously easy 3-2-1 ribs will make your rib game the envy of the neighborhood. ...
  2. Best Smoked Turkey. 4.5. Enjoy the best smoked turkey this holiday season. ...
  3. Smoked Pork Tenderloin. 4.6. Give your pork a sweet and smoky kick. ...
  4. Traeger Brisket. 4.6. ...
  5. Traeger Smoked Salmon. 4.7.


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