25 Delicious Healthy Traeger Recipes 

When most people picture healthy food, their mind’s eye conjures jaded recipes prepared with bland ingredients and stifled flavors.

But all that’s about to change. Picture a juicy steak dripping with marinade sauce, suffused by smokey burning wood flavors, finger-licking delicious yet suitable for your health.

With a Traeger wood platter grill, there are many healthy ways to prepare flavourful, delicious, and hearty meals. A Traeger grill can come in handy if you want some baked chorizo, braised pork shoulders, a side of roasted squash, or some Texas-style BBQ beef.

Cooking outside just got better, and these 25 Healthy recipes will guide you into creating some of the most sensational meals for your entire family to enjoy.

1. Traeger Grilled Chicken Breast

This grilled chicken breast recipe infuses the boneless skinless chicken with robust woody flavors from the grill. The chicken comes out Juicy on the inside yet charred and crispy on the outside. The chipotle peppers used in the seasoning bring up the heat while adding robust and earthy tones to the chicken.


  • 3 pounds Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
  • For the Marinade (or use your favorite)
  • 1/3 cup (80g) Fresh Orange Juice (about 1 large navel orange)
  • 1/4 cup (60g) Lime Juice (about 2 limes)
  • 4 (20g) Garlic Cloves, peeled
  • 3.7 oz can Chipotle Peppers in Adobo
  • 2 handfuls (10g) Cilantro
  • 1 Tablespoon (16g) Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Kosher Salt (Diamond Crystal)
  • 1 Tablespoon Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin

2. Traeger Smoked Chicken Breast

If you are looking for moist, tender chicken with robust flavors, give this recipe a go. The low and slow smoking process allows the taste to entirely saturate the chicken resulting in sensationally delicious chicken that is moist and flavourful.


  • 6 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts (about 8 oz each – 3 lbs total)
  • 1 Tbsp (16g) Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Ground Coriander
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • For Glazing
  • 1/4 C (48g) Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp (30g) Hot Sauce (I used Yellowbird Habanero)
  • 1 Tbsp (15g) Lime Juice

3. Traeger Smoked BBQ Pork Tenderloin

This is a quick and easy way to enjoy a delicious meal⸺no need to drench your meat in marinade and let it sit for hours. You need to dry rub your favorite spices on the pork or glaze it with your favorite brine mixture before setting it on the grill. Pork tenderloins take on a smoky flavor highlighted by sweet, tangy barbecue notes.


  • 2 Pork Tenderloins (about 1.25 lbs each)
  • 1/4 C (48g) Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 Tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp Ground Cumin
  • 1/2 Tbsp Dry Mustard
  • 2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • For Brushing
  • 1/4 C (60g) BBQ Sauce*

4. Traeger Smoked Pork Tenderloin

This recipe is perfect for the days you want to put together a quick dinner. The meal is ripe with eclectic ingredients, featuring dried oregano, ground coriander, cinnamon, and hot sauce.

You can use pork shoulder if you don’t have pork tenderloins.


  • 2 Pork Tenderloins, about 1.25 lbs each
  • 1 Tbsp Chili Powder (I used chipotle)
  • 1 Tbsp Dried Oregano
  • 2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Ground Coriander
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • For Glazing
  • 1/4 C (48g) Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp (30g) Hot Sauce (I used Cholula)

5. Traeger Smoked Charro Beans

Beans are always an excellent choice when it comes to choosing side dishes. For one, they boast a good number of proteins, and they also provide fiber.

This recipe features juicy fire-roasted tomatoes, bacon slices, and a broth of your choosing.


  • 8 slices Center Cut Bacon, diced
  • 1/2 large (125g) Onion, diced
  • 1 Poblano Pepper, diced
  • 5 cloves Garlic, minced or grated on a microplane
  • 3 cans (15 oz each) Pinto Beans, undrained
  • 15 oz can Fire Roasted Crushed Tomatoes
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1-2 C Beef or Chicken Broth, as needed

6. Traeger Smoked Pot Roast

This is an excellent one-pot meal for days when you want a delicious filling meal with a savory, creamy broth.

The Worcestershire sauce gives a characteristic umami flavor featuring sweet, tangy notes, while the red wine vinegar brings out fruity flavors with powerful sourness notes.


  • 2.5 pound Chuck Tender Roast, fat trimmed*
  • 1 Tablespoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dried Rosemary
  • For Braising
  • 1.5 pounds Baby Potatoes, halved
  • 1 pound Carrots, peeled and cut into 2″ pieces
  • 2 cups Beef Broth
  • 2 Tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire
  • 1-2 sprigs Fresh Thyme and Rosemary (optional)
  • For the Gravy
  • 2 Tablespoons (16g) Cornstarch
  • 2 Tablespoons Water

7. Traeger Smoked Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

This recipe is perfect for those days when you want to host many people for an afternoon picnic. It’s also great as a meal prep recipe because you can easily prepare and freeze huge batches for later use. Every meatball is packed with gorgonzola cream cheese and then smoked to perfection.


  • 2 pounds Ground Chicken (97/3)
  • 1/2 cup (60g) Breadcrumbs
  • 2 oz Crumbled Gorgonzola
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 6 tablespoons (90g) Buffalo Sauce, divided
  • 1 tablespoon Ranch Seasoning
  • 1 small handful Freshly Chopped Parsley, Celery, or Green Onion (Optional)

8. Traeger Smoked BBQ Chicken Meatballs

If you want some delicious squishy meatballs stringy with parmesan cheese, make some Traeger Smoked BBQ Chicken Meatballs. The smoked flavor enriches these meatballs, making them a savory delicacy.

Fresh herbs add an earthy and spicy flavor that ties this dish together.


  • 2 lbs Ground Chicken (97/3)
  • 1/2 C (60g) Breadcrumbs
  • 2 oz Shredded Parmesan
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 2 handfuls Fresh Parsley, minced
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 3/4 C (216g) BBQ Sauce, divided*

9. Traeger Smoked Cauliflower

Smoking cauliflower florets on the Traeger grill can be a creative way to add flavor to otherwise dull vegetables. The BBQ and buffalo ranch sauce rub is what makes the recipe. The sauce adds slightly tangy, spicy, and creaminess to the cauliflowers. Traeger Smoked Cauliflower is the perfect side to any grilled or roasted meat.


  • 1 large head (about 25 oz) Cauliflower, broken into florets
  • 2 Tbsp (32g) Olive Oil
  • 4 tsp Seasoning (I used Franklin BBQ rub for half the cauliflower and buffalo ranch for the other half)

10. BBQ Smoked Chicken Thighs with Alabama White Sauce

The chicken thigh comes out sizzling hot, crispy on the outside, yet tender and moist inside. The Alabama white sauce pairs great with this chicken as it adds some spicy, tangy, and sweet notes to the chicken.


  • For the Chicken
  • 3 lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs, excess fat trimmed
  • 1/2 C (72g) Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Smoked Paprika
  • 2 tsp Cumin
  • 2 tsp Dry Mustard
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • For the Sauce
  • 1 C (240g) Light Mayo
  • 1/4 C Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 Tbsp Prepared Horseradish
  • 1 Tbsp Black Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Ground Mustard
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper

11. Smoked Jalapeño Poppers

This delightful recipe combines bacon, jalapeno peppers, and chorizo in a smoked wrap to infuse those flavourful smokey notes. This is the perfect healthy snack item to drench in your fat-free cream cheese and chow down anytime you feel famished.


  • 9 large Jalapeño Peppers*
  • 12 oz Lean Chorizo**
  • 8 oz Fat Free Cream Cheese
  • 1 pack (18 slices) Center Cut Bacon
  • 2 Tbsp (42g) Honey
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder

12. Traeger Smoked Twice Baked Potatoes

Traeger Smoked Twice Baked Potatoes features some nutritious ingredients, including fat-free greek yogurt brimming with protein and sweet-sour notes.

The fresh parsley, mint, and chives add herbaceous notes and are packed with essential vitamins and antioxidants. This dish can be a great appetizer or side that can pair well with roasted chicken or smoked salmon.


  • 8 Russet Potatoes
  • 12 slices Center Cut Bacon
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil, divided
  • 1 bulb Garlic
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 2 C (556g) Fat Free Greek Yogurt
  • 10 oz Shredded Cheddar or Cheddar Jack, divided
  • 2 small handfuls (10-15g) Fresh Parsley, minced
  • 1/2-1 tsp Black Pepper, to taste
  • 1 handful Chives, for garnish

13. Traeger Tri-Tip: Reverse Sears Style

Smoked tri-tip infuses Texas-style spice rub on the steak before slowly smoking it until the desired temperature is reached. The steak is then seared directly on the grill to give off that charred surface while the inside remains tender and moist.


  • 4 lbs Tri Tip Trimmed
  • Kosher Salt
  • Your Favorite Beef Rub Homemade or Store Bought!

14. Texas Brisket Style Traeger Smoked Tri-Tip

If you love brisket, make this lean-cut beef just like you would a brisket. The result? A low-fat, high-protein delicacy with a charred back and a juicy, tender interior.


  • 3 1/2 pound Prime Sirloin Tri Tip Roast, excess fat trimmed
  • 2 Tablespoons Beef Tallow or Butter (optional)
  • For the Seasoning Rub
  • 1 Tablespoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Black Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Ground Coffee
  • 1 Tablespoon Dark Brown Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder

15. Best Keto Beef Jerky Recipe

This is not your typical sugar-loaded beef jerky. Instead, the recipe boasts keto friendliness and is bursting with healthy ingredients, including a sugar substitute like brown swerve, a dash of rosemary to boost your metabolic health, and a drizzle of lemon juice for that vitamin C boost.


  • 1 litre diet Dr Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup brown Swerve
  • 1 Tbsp coarse black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp coarse salt
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 2 garlic cloves thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tsp steak spice

16. Traeger Smoked Turkey Breast

First, you’ll drench your turkey with a delicious marinade bursting with umami goodness. Second, you’ll set it directly on the grill and let the wafts of flavors fill every corner of your backyard. The turkey comes out flavorful, tender, and moist.


  • ¼ cup unsalted butter (melted)
  • ¼ cup avocado oil
  • 2 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (or black pepper)
  • Other Ingredients
  • 7 lbs turkey breast
  • 1 tablespoon Tajin seasoning
  • 2 teaspoon creole seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon sage
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

17. Traeger Smoked Pulled Pork Loin

This recipe swaps pork shoulders for pork loins in a smoked BBQ cooking combo to create juicy yet tender meat bursting with flavors.


  • 3 pound Boneless Pork Loin, excess fat and silver skin trimmed
  • 1/4 cup (48g) Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Ground Cumin
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Dry Mustard
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Black Pepper
  • For the Sauce
  • 1 cup Apple Juice (or water/broth to reduce sugar)
  • 1 cup (240g) Sugar Free BBQ Sauce (I used G Hughes Sweet and Spicy)

18. Rather Healthy DoubleTree Cookies

Double-Tree Cookies already boast lower carbs and high protein; with this cooking method, they’ll explode with intense flavors. First, you’ll slowly smoke them before setting them to bake. The result will be a crispy-edged, lightly chewy cookie that’s incredibly delicious and loaded with walnuts, oats, and chocolate chips.


  • 1/4 C + 2 Tbsp (72g) Swerve Brown (or a brown sugar substitute)
  • 1/4 C + 2 Tbsp (72g) Swerve Granular (or a granulated sugar substitute)
  • 1/2 C (112g) Salted Butter*
  • 1 large Egg
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/8 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 C (60g) All Purpose Flour
  • 2 scoops (62g) Vanilla PEScience Select Protein Powder
  • 1/4 C (20g) Rolled Oats
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 2/3 C (148g) Dark Chocolate Chips**
  • 1/2 C (60g) Shelled Walnuts

19. Traeger Smoked Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Peppers

There’s nothing more delicious than creamy chicken broth. And this one is chock full of flavors. The buffalo sauce adds depth to the broth with those tangy sweet notes.

The ranch seasoning mellows out the flavors, adding those fresh, herbaceous notes. The stuffed peppers here present a perfect side that is equally creamy and flavourful.


  • 1 Tbsp (16g) Olive Oil
  • 1 large (350g) Onion, diced
  • 5-6 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp Ranch Seasoning
  • 1/2 C (120g) Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Sauce
  • 1 C (240g) Chicken Broth
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese, cut into small pieces
  • 4 oz Shredded Cheddar Jack, divided
  • 4 oz Gorgonzola
  • 6 large Bell Peppers
  • 20 oz Pulled Rotisserie Chicken (no skin)*

20. Smoked Asparagus

For the moment, you want a quick and easy snack or a healthy side to your meal. Set some asparagus on the grill and let them slow smoke for that intense herby flavor.


  • 2 pounds asparagus trimmed and washed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper

21. Traeger Smoked BBQ  Chicken Breast

This grilled chicken breast recipe features flavourful sauces, including bbq sauce to add that smokey, sweet flavor, the coconut aminos to add that salty umami flavor, and poultry seasoning to enhance the flavor by adding herby, tangy notes.


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • ¼ cup avocado oil or olive oil
  • 2 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1-2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ tbsp poultry seasoning or your favorite blend
  • ¾ cup BBQ sauce

22. Traeger Smoked Buffalo Shrimp

Try this recipe if you want something that is easy to make and will hit your dining table in less than five minutes. These shrimps will come out firm and slightly chewy but with a delicious buttery texture.


  • 1 pound (with tails) whole raw shrimp, peeled & deveined
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 cup buffalo sauce

23. Baked Stuffed Avocados

If you’re looking for a creamy, cheezy delicacy you can have as a main dish or side, turn to Baked Stuffed Avocados.

The avocados are scooped slightly to create room for the egg cheese stuffing, then topped with bright, sweet cherry tomatoes and sharp peppery scallions.


  • 4 avocados, halved and pit removed
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 Cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 Cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 4 Slices Bacon, cooked & chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced

24. Traeger Grilled Salmon Recipe Easy and Healthy

The grilled salmon in this recipe will come out buttery soft, full of smoky flavor, and delicately moist. In addition, the recipe boasts a little prep time—no need to spend endless hours prepping ingredients. Grilled salmon is versatile and can pair well with your favorite dishes.


  • 2 lb whole salmon fillet
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ lemon sliced

25. Traeger Smoked Sausage

The ground pork, black pepper, garlic powder, onions, and mustard pair so well in this recipe to create a deliciously tender sausage sufficed with woody, smoky flavors. 


  • 3 Pound ground pork
  • 1/2 Tablespoon ground mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon pink curing salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Kosher salt
  • 4 Teaspoon Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 Cup ice water
  • Hog casings, soaked and rinsed in cold water

Healthy eating gets a significant boost with these delicious recipes that will leave you returning for more.

With a Traeger grill on hand, you can make a host of delicious food infused with woody, smoky flavors for the entire family to enjoy.

These recipes are also flexible for you to tweak and add that personal touch. So go ahead and have a splendid gorge-down session as you try these recipes.

FAQS on Healthy Traeger Recipes

Why use a Traeger Grill to Cook?

Using a Traeger pellet grill is an excellent investment when looking for a versatile cooker that is easy to use.

With this grill, you can smoke, bake, braise, grill, and roast your food, all at the same place.

What’s more, the foods come out extra delicious because of the smoky woodfired flavors that the food cooks infuse.

Every day will be great for grilling, with a never-ending list of things you can make on these wood chip pallets.

Can you cook burgers on a Traeger?

Whether you want to grill or smoke your burgers, a Traeger grill can come in handy. For best results, use mesquite or hickory wood. They burn hotter and add a delicious smoky flavor to your burgers.

Can you grill a steak on a Traeger?

You can perfectly grill a steak on a Traeger grill. Set the grill to a temperature of 225° F and preheat the grill for about 15 minutes. You then place your steak on the grill, cover the lead and let it sit for about 45 minutes.

What’s the best thing to cook on a Traeger?

Traeger beer can chicken, Traeger turkey, Traeger smoked potatoes, smoked ribs, Traeger smoked potato, and smoked brisket and teriyaki, all cooked great on a Traeger grill.

Does Traeger taste smoky?

Yes, Traeger grills use wood pellets to smoke or cook the foods you like. Wood pallets burn to produce smoke that infuses the food, adding bold flavors that make the food more delicious.

Can I use my Traeger like an oven?

The grill will function more like an oven at internal temperatures between 300° and 400°F and won’t produce as much smoke. So you can cook anything you would typically bake in an oven, like a pie, casserole, or biscuits, at that temperature.