Grilla Grills Pellet Grills/Smokers in 2023

Hi, I’m Chris. I started back in 2007.

If you are researching the best wood pellet grills/smokers under $1,000 you should be considering a Grilla Grill. I feel a bit of a kindred spirit with Grilla Grills as their journey into the world of pellet grills is very similar to my own. It started with an interest in wood pellets as a heating fuel for furnaces which then developed into a passion for wood pellet grills/smokers. Today Grilla Grills offer a range of units including their very unique Grilla pellet grill, the more conventional Silverbac and their compact/portable unit the Chimp.

Grilla Grills Pellet Grills/Smokers
The Grilla Grills Silverbac AT (Left) and the Grilla (right) are very unique products in the current pellet grill/smoker market: Images –

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Introduction To Grilla Grills

As you will see below, Grilla Grills are constantly researching how they can improve their pellet grills/smokers while still offering their products at a competitive price point that most people can afford.

Based in Holland, Michigan, the foundation of Grilla Grills is a family-owned steel fabrication business that has been producing parts for the automobile industry, among others, for over 40 years.

While the main fabrication of their grills is not made in the USA, several of the accessories/components for the grills are.

The idea of developing their own range of pellet grills/smokers came about from looking at the competition and seeing an opportunity to make what they feel are better products while still keeping the price affordable to most people.

Mark Graham, Engineering Sales Manager at Grilla Grills, discussing how the company started and how they are continuing to improve and innovate with their pellet grills: Video –

The Grilla was the first pellet grill/smoker Grilla Grills produced. A very unique design of pellet grill/smoker (my personal favourite) which I’ll discuss more below.

Then came the Silverbac, which has the general appearance of many other pellet grills on the market, but has some notable improvements.

Finally, there is the Chimp, a small/portable grill that can be used for camping/RV/tailgating trips.

Update: Grilla Grills have now updated their entire range with their new Alpha Connect WiFi control panel.

Grilla Wood Pellet Grill/Smoker

I think its only natural that I start with the Grilla, as it was the first Grilla Grill to hit the market. You will not find another pellet grill out there like this one.

So let’s discuss the basic features first. Its got a 20lb pellet hopper, so while this unit looks (and is) very compact, it can still take a full bag of hardwood grill pellets in one go.

In terms of cooking area, again, the compact size of this unit can be deceptive as it provides a very reasonable 488 square inches. In terms of temperature range, the Grilla can be set between 180-500 degrees.

The Grilla is available with two control panel options, the Pro or Alpha. I’ll explain later in this post what the differences are between the Pro and Alpha, and why you should want to upgrade to the Alpha controller if your budget allows it.

A quick overview of the features of the Grilla pellet grill/smoker: Video –

Another notable feature of the Grilla (and all Grilla Grills) is the extensive use of stainless steel around and within the combustion zone.

The use of stainless steel will dramatically increase the service life of these pellet grills over much of the competition at this price point who use galvanized carbon steel.

The Grilla also comes with stainless steel cooking racks and grates, which again will last substantially longer than the wire carbon steel porcelain-coated racks used on many other pellet grills/smokers.

Grilla Grills also offer the option of GrillGrates during the ordering process, which I’ve previously discussed in the linked post above offers a lot of benefits.

Why Is The Grilla My Favourite Design of Grilla Grill?

So just to be clear, I don’t as yet personally own a Grilla Grill, I’m talking more from the perspective of if I was to order one, it would be the Grilla.

Why? Well, a couple of reasons. I like clever engineering/design solutions that provide multiple benefits. What do I mean by that?

Ok, first, the design of the Grilla is obviously very upright/vertical, which makes it easier to actually use.

Many pellet grills, especially units within this price bracket, are quite low down, so you will have to stoop over to use them.

Grilla Grills Grilla Swing Lid
The Keep Heat Swing Lid on the Grilla offers several benefits over lift-up lids found on horizontal pellet grills: Image –

Second, the round/inverted cone design of the pellet burn chamber and grate above will provide more even heat distribution over the cooking surface compared to grills with a horizontal design.

Furthermore, the Keep Heat Swing Lid is superior to a lift-up lid in several ways.

First, as the name implies, you can open the lid just enough to check on the food, and it will keep in more heat/smoke than conventional lift-up lids.

Its also much more user-friendly, even those with limited mobility/disabilities could easily use this pellet grill. And finally, well, the viewing glass to see and check on the pellet fire is just cool isn’t it!?

Grilla Specs

Grilla Grills Grilla Pellet Grill/Smoker
  • Total Cooking Area = 488 (346 at the main grate)
  • Pellet Hopper Capacity = 20 lbs
  • Temperature Range = 180 to 500 degrees
  • Direct-Flame Access? = No
  • PID Temperature Control? = Yes
  • WiFi/App Control? = Yes
  • Typical Price = $929
  • Availability =

Silverbac Wood Pellet Grill/Smoker

If you are looking for a more conventional pellet grill design, then you might want to consider the Silverbac. Like the Grilla, the Silverback features a 20lb pellet hopper.

Furthermore, the Silverbac is also offered with either the Pro or Alpha temperature control panel. Therefore, the temperature range is also between 180-500 degrees on the Silverbac as it is on the Grilla.

The Silverbac provides a total of 692 square inches of cooking space, therefore just over 200 square inches more than the Grilla.

A quick overview of the features of the Silverbac pellet grill/smoker: Video –

Just like the Grilla, the Silverbac features extensive use of stainless steel for the grease tray, heat deflector and pellet burn pot.

However, the Silverbac also features a 12-gauge reinforced stainless steel lid. The handles on the Silverbac and the hopper lid are also made from stainless steel.

The lower half of the Silverbac around the combustion zone is also twin-wall construction which acts as a thermal blanket.

This pays dividends in cold weather conditions, making sure more of the heat from the pellet fire goes up towards your food and not radiating through the sides of the grill. This also means pellet consumption is reduced when smoking/grilling during colder weather.

Grilla Grills Silverbac Pellet Grill Twin Wall Thermal Blanket Construction
It should be noted, the insulated twin wall construction of Grilla Grills is only typically found on pellet grills/smokers at a much higher price point: Image –

With the Silverbac though, you have a choice to make. You have the option of a lower cabinet with doors for the storage of bags of wood pellets.

Or you could choose to have the Silverbac pellet grill sit upon the all-terrain Pro Cart. There are a couple of different scenarios where the Pro Cart may be your best option.

Let’s say, for instance, you want to store your pellet grill in a garage/barn that’s quite far away from where you actually do your outdoor cooking next to the house.

In that case, the large 8″ by 2.5” poly foam run-flat ball-bearing wheels are going to make your life a whole lot easier when it comes to moving your grill around.

However, you may even want to take your Silverbac to compete in BBQ competitions, in that case, the Pro Cart is pretty much a no-brainer.

Want to frequently move your grill? Then the All-Terrain Silverbac is worth considering: Video –

However, there is also a third option. Perhaps you want an outdoor kitchen, maybe the Grilla Grills stainless steel modular kitchen units have caught your eye?

Well, in that case, you would want to opt for the built-in version of the Silverbac.

Silverbac Specs

Grilla Grills Silverbac
  • Total Cooking Area = 692 (507 at the main grate)
  • Pellet Hopper Capacity = 20 lbs
  • Temperature Range = 180 to 500 degrees
  • Direct-Flame Access? = No
  • PID Temperature Control? = Yes
  • WiFi/App Control? = Yes
  • Typical Price = $849 (Bult-in), $899 or $1,099 (AT)
  • Availability =

Chimp Wood Pellet Grill/Smoker

The latest pellet grill from Grilla Grills is the Chimp. While this may be a very compact and small grill compared to the Grilla and Silverbac it has all the same core features as those grills.

Namely, stainless steel internals and a 180-500 degree temperature range. In fact, the Chimp was the first Grilla Grill to include the Alpha control panel which I’ll discuss more below.

A quick overview of the features on the Chimp pellet grill/smoker: Video –

As should be expected, the Chimp features a slightly smaller pellet hopper than the Grilla and Silverbac at 15lbs.

However, that’s still sufficient for many hours of grilling, even at the maximum temperature setting of 500 degrees. Quick-release foldable legs, add to the convenience of this pellet grill as a truly portable unit.

The demand for portable pellet grills has grown significantly in recent years to fulfil peoples desires to have great tasting food out and about.

So whether you enjoy tailgating or an RV lifestyle, you can now take your portable pellet grill with you and enjoy pellet grilling pretty much anywhere.

Though you will still need a source of 120V AC power, but that’s easy to do with a suitable 12V DC to 120V AC inverter or portable power bank.

Chimp Specs

Grilla Grills Chimp Portable Pellet Grill/Smoker
  • Total Cooking Area = 460 (340 at the main grate)
  • Pellet Hopper Capacity = 15 lbs
  • Temperature Range = 180 to 500 degrees
  • Direct-Flame Access? = No
  • PID Temperature Control? = Yes
  • WiFi/App Control? = Yes
  • Typical Price = $599
  • Availability =

Grilla Grills Pro and Alpha Control Panels

Arguably the most important component on any pellet grill/smoker is its control panel. After all, there is no point in having pellet feed augers, hot-rod igniters and fans to create and feed a fire without the brains to control them.

The entire Grilla Grills range has now been updated with their latest Alpha Connect WiFi/PID control panel. It includes some pretty cool and unique features for controlling the Grilla Grills pellet grills, which I’ve written about in my Alpha Connect article.

The latest Alpha Connect control panel from Grilla Grills now features WiFi connectivity: Video –

So as you can see from the video above, the Alpha Connect control panel is a combination control panel.

It provides both the time/pause-based logic of the Pro controller and the option of PID (Proportional Integral Derivative) temperature control. In this regard, the Alpha Connect control panel is very unique.

Its the only control panel from any pellet grill manufacturer that I’m currently aware of that contains time-based and PID-based temperature control in a single control panel.

But why would you even want that feature, and what the heck does PID really mean anyway?

The Pros and Cons of PID Controllers

You will find many websites (including mine) which discuss and review the specs on pellet grills/smokers singing the praises of PID temperature controllers.

Why? Well, if you are looking for the most accurate temperature control on a pellet grill/smoker, you want to opt for PID if its within your budget. I’m going to use the analogy of a modern engine to explain why.

The computer (ECU) in your car/truck is constantly and precisely measuring and monitoring the fuel/air mixture in the engine to give you the best efficiency and power.

On a pellet grill/smoker, a PID temperature controller is constantly looking at the internal temperature of your grill and comparing it to your set temperature.

A PID temperature controller will then precisely adjust the pellet feed auger and fan speed/run-time (fuel/air mixture) to get the grill up to the set temperature and hold it there within a 5-degree range.

Brilliant! However, very accurate temperature control can come at the cost of smoke production. After all, smoke is produced by inefficient combustion. In other words, when the fuel/air mixture is not perfectly balanced.

Pellet grill temperature controllers purely based on PID technology, while very accurate in some cases, achieve that accuracy at the cost of producing less smoke: Video –

The ProSmoke mode on the Grilla Grills Alpha Connect control panel, as the video above shows, deliberately creates a swing in the feed rate of pellets into the firepot.

This imbalance in the fuel/air mixture creates smoke, but in doing so, the temperature will swing roughly 25 degrees from the set temperature.

Now depending on what you’re cooking and how smoky you want your food to actually taste with the Alpha Connect controller, you can easily and quickly jump between the Pro and Alpha smoke modes on the control panel or with your phone via the App.

In other words, you can quickly change between increased smoke production or more precise temperature control.

Grilla Grills Owner Reviews

Whenever I do my spec analysis articles on different makes and models of pellet grills, when I can find them, I like to add in owners’ reviews.

Where possible, I like to reference reviews from people who have owned the grill over a decent length of time, to show how its has held up.

Well, the video I want to reference below is from Jus’ Piddlin BBQ. This is an inspection of the Grilla Grill Silverbac after two years of use and apparently 200-300 cooks.

Jus’ Piddlin BBQ and his review of his 2-year-old Grilla Grills Silverback

As you can see from the video above, the Silverbac has held up pretty well, with no signs of corrosion/rust. All of the components are original and in working order.

As stated in his video, the control panel did need to be changed, but he explains the reasons why.

It should also be noted, as is stated in the video above, that particular Silverbac is an older model. The current Silverbac has a full stainless steel combustion zone (burn pot, heat deflector, grease tray).

Also, the current Silverbac benefits from a reinforced lid to resolve any potential issues of warping under high temperatures.

Conclusions On The Grilla Grills Pellet Grill Range

I’m impressed with the range of pellet grills/smokers Grilla Grills are offering, especially for their price point of under and around $1,000.

I think they have found a good balance of using higher quality materials where it counts while at the same time keeping the cost of their pellet grills affordable to most people.

With the Silverbac that’s catering to those who will be cooking for a large group of family/friends. Whether you need the standard unit, a built-in option or the all-terrain cart option.

The Grilla, while slightly smaller in cooking area, I still think is going to be sufficient for most people/for most events. Furthermore, the unique design and benefits of the Grilla make it stand out from other pellet grills.

Finally, the Chimp meets a growing demand for small/portable pellet grills to take in an RV or to go tailgating.

That’s it! Thanks for reading, I hope this analysis of the Grilla Grills range of pellet grills has been interesting/informative. You may want to check out my ZGrills vs Grilla Grills or Traeger vs Grilla Grills articles.

If you want to pick up a Grilla Grill, you can do so directly through If you would like to review my other articles on various makes/models of pellet grills, please check out my Wood Pellet Grill/Smoker Guide. 🙂

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Hi, I’m Chris. I started back in 2007. This website is intended to be an educational resource on BBQ pellets, pellet grills & smokers. I hope you find the information useful.

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