Traeger Grills SUED For False Advertised Pellets

A class action lawsuit alleges that Traeger Pellet Grills LLC sells cheap wood pellets infused with oils, passing them off as more expensive woods prized in grilling.

Plaintiff Michael Yates says he purchased Traeger wood pellets for grilling and discovered that the pellets were not actually made of the wood advertised.

Yates says that he is an enthusiastic amateur griller who carefully selects the wood with which he grills. He states that the different woods provide his food with different flavors.

According to Yates, he purchased both the Texas Beef Blend Pellets and the Mesquite BBQ Wood Pellets on multiple occasions.

The Traeger Grill class action states that the advertisements expressed that the Mesquite BBQ pellets were composed of 100 percent mesquite wood and the Texas Beef Blend Pellets also contained real mesquite wood.

However, Yates claims that when he grilled with the Mesquite BBQ Wood Pellets and the Texas Beef Blend Pellets, the flavor did not reflect mesquite wood.

He says that he then called Traeger’s customers service to inquire about the wood, at which point he was told that the Mesquite pellets were actually comprised of 100 percent alder or oak and no mesquite wood, and that mesquite oil was added to those woods to flavor them. 

The Traeger wood pellets class action lawsuit alleges that Traeger misrepresents the type of wood in many of its pellet varieties. The plaintiff claims that the company uses less expensive woods in place of more expensive woods and uses oils to make the woods smell like their more expensive counterparts.

The Traeger mesquite wood pellets class action lawsuit explains that wood pellets are used in the grilling process to give the meat being grilled a certain smokey flavor. Allegedly, grilling has become more popular in the last decade and an industry has sprung up around this popularity.

Wood pellets are reportedly used in more luxury grilling and are sought after by grillers. The Traeger false advertising class action lawsuit notes that for many people passionate about grilling, the type of pellets that they use are essential because different types of wood imparts different flavors.

As a result, many grillers are allegedly willing to pay a premium for high quality, grilling wood pellets. Traeger reportedly is aware of this preference and exploits customers’ preference for high-quality wood in the interest of its profits.

The Traeger pellet class action lawsuit says that Traeger knew customers had no choice but to rely on the advertisements and labeling of the wood pellets and intentionally sold customers a lower-quality product than what was advertised.

Do you seek out grilling pellets made out of a particular wood? Let us know in the comments below.

Yates is represented by Jared D. Scott and Heather M. Sneddon of Anderson & Karrenberg; and by Karl S. Kronenberger, Jeffery M. Rosenfeld, and Liana W. Chen of Kronenberger Rosenfeld LLP.

The Traeger Grilling Pellets Class Action Lawsuit is Michael Yates v. Traeger Pellet Grills LLC, Case No. 2:19-cv-00723-DBP, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah.

Source: 

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10 comments

This is straight up BS. If you advertise that it’s pure, then it needs to be. Very disappointed. Again, another example of greed.

Tony October 18, 2019

I’m new to this and recently purchased a Traeger grill. I’ve purchased 5 different types of pellets including the mesquite. I too am not happy that they always state to use their premium pellets but are misleading and false advertisement. Not happy!

John October 17, 2019

Only use their brand of pellets. Spent extra money because I thought I was getting the best. Very frustrated.

Stacey Klysen October 17, 2019

Cheap cost pellets are cheap, not a great deal. People who did not know traeger pellets are junk compared to other options are just not paying attention. Folks who fell for the “warranty voids if do not use traeger brand pellets are simply gullible. A glance at various pellets shows they are all about the same size thus there is no way one brand is gonna wrack a grill over the other.

But yeah Traeger made cash being fuzzy about product ingredients and should change their ways..

Kirby October 17, 2019

You pay good money and expect a good product, then they pull this.

Greg osland October 16, 2019

I have 3 traeger grills for the last 4 years maybe 5 and only use there pellets because it says to,,,, now I’m pissed…… REALLY PISSED

Steve Reindl October 16, 2019

I only use the Traeger Pellets, I usually wait until they are on sale at Costco, cause the sales people say only to use them and no other.

Cody October 16, 2019

Owned the Texas for about 8 years, I’ve called and complained multiple times, they always tell me mesquite is pure mesquite no additives, BS, but if you say you’re using other brand pellets, your warranty is void, they need to not advertise pure flavored wood if it’s not’

Jeff Brown October 16, 2019

Owned the Texas for about 8 years, I’ve called and complained multiple times, they always tell me mesquite is pure mesquite no additives, BS, but if you say you’re using other brand pellets, your warranty is void, they need to not advertise pure flavored wood if it’s not’

Jeff Brown October 16, 2019

I knew something was up with the pellets I was getting a build up on my food that made everything gray everyone said it was a dirty grill so I cleaned it did it again change pallets to different type and it went away tried the other pallets again and gray food again

Tim October 16, 2019

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