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Grilled Baked Potatoes Recipe

Grilled baked potatoes are the perfect side dish with soft insides and thoroughly flavored skin rubbed with salt and olive oil. Top your grilled baked potato with cheddar cheese, chives, scallions, sour cream, or whatever else you like. 

Looking for some more baked potato recipes? Twice-baked potatoes are creamy and delicious. Try our Air Fryer Twice Baked Potatoes with cream cheese, sour cream, and green onions. Crispy Air Fryer Potatoes are also tasty made from baby red potatoes, parmesan cheese, and smoked paprika. 

It is so easy to grill baked potatoes next to whatever you happen to be barbecuing. You will not have to run inside to check your potatoes in the oven and there is no need to heat up the house if you don’t have to. When you preheat them in the microwave, you cut about 20 to 30 minutes off the cooking time as well.

This is a great side dish for any type of meat, either if you are cooking chicken, pork, or beef. In addition, it pairs well with seafood and fish. There is nothing better than a juicy steak served with a steamy baked potato.

Also, these are great to cook for summer bbq parties, you can make a toppings bar, that everyone can choose from. This way, from a side dish, you turn these into a fun and filling main meal.

Another way to enjoy your spuds is with this Buttery Boiled Potatoes recipe flavored with fresh rosemary and dill. Other easy recipes to enjoy as a side dish include this oven-roasted bok choy flavored with sesame seeds and red pepper flakes or german potato salad with dijon mustard, pickle juice, and red onions. 

Ingredients needed:

These are the simple ingredients for this grilled baked potatoes recipe. Scroll down to our recipe card for complete instructions and exact measurements.

  • Russet potatoes: Scrubbed and patted dry.
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Cheddar cheese: Shredded or thinly sliced.
  • Sour cream: For garnish.
  • Crumbled cooked bacon: For garnish.
  • Sliced scallions: For garnish.
  • Sliced chives: For garnish.

How to make grilled baked potatoes recipe?

  1. Preheat grill: First, preheat grill to 350 degrees F. Poke potatoes on all sides with a fork.
  2. Microwave potatoes: While waiting, make sure you wash and pat dry the potatoes. Then, place potatoes on a microwave-safe plate and cook in the microwave for eight minutes on medium power.
  3. Cool potatoes: Then, cool the potatoes for one minute before rubbing the skins with oil and seasoning with salt.
  4. Grill baked potatoes: Next, wrap each potato in two layers of aluminum foil and pierce it several times with a fork. Place each potato on the grill and cook with the lid closed for 45 minutes to one hour. The potatoes are done when you can easily insert a paring knife through the center of the potato with the foil on. You can also check them with an instant-read thermometer. The internal temperature should be 205 degrees F when done.
  5. Remove potatoes: Finally, remove potatoes from the grill and let them cool for two minutes. Keep potatoes in foil. Open a little bit and make a three-inch slice on the top of each baked potato. Use a spoon to widen the slit.
  6. Serve potatoes: Last, top baked potatoes with cheese, sour cream, and other toppings before serving.

How to make slow cooker baked potatoes:

  1. Prepare: First, poke your potatoes with a fork on all sides.
  2. Season: Next, rub each potato with butter or olive oil and sprinkle with kosher salt and pepper. 
  3. Wrap and cook: Then, wrap potatoes in foil and place them in your slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for three hours or until the internal temperature is 205 degrees F. 
  4. Serve: Finally, open the foil and cut a slit to open the top for butter and other toppings. 

Recipe variations:

  • Another oil: Feel free to use another oil instead of olive oil. 
  • Crispy skin: For crispy skin, take the aluminum foil off for the last 10 minutes on the grill. 
  • Onion or garlic powder: You can also rub onion or garlic powder on the skin before you grill potatoes.
  • Buttery skin: Before baking potatoes on the grill, rub with melted butter for soft delicate skin.
  • Black pepper: Add black pepper to the skin before cooking for even more flavor. 
  • Sweet potatoes: Use sweet potatoes instead of russets and top with brown sugar and butter. 

How to serve:

Serve your grilled baked potatoes with your favorite toppings and topped with melted butter. These grilled baked potatoes are perfect with any main dish from burgers to seafood and everything in between. You can also try one of these awesome serving ideas:

  • Make buffalo chicken potatoes by topping them with shredded chicken, buffalo sauce, and ranch seasoning.
  • Have a baked potato bar. Make six to eight grilled baked potatoes and set them out with a variety of desired toppings like bacon bits, chopped onions, chives, ground beef, sour cream, and whatever else you like.
  • Taco potatoes are also delicious topped with homemade taco seasoning, ground beef, beans, tomatoes, lettuce, shredded cheese, and sour cream. Don’t forget the taco sauce.
  • For a more healthy tater, add spinach, broccoli, and artichokes or avocados.
  • A grilled baked potato goes great with anything. Try it as a side dish to our air fryer jerk chicken wings with lime juice, jerk seasoning, and garlic. 
  • Spoon a bit of marinara sauce, sausage, and parmesan for an Italian spud.
  • Another kind of chicken these baked potatoes go with is our tangy grilled chicken made with red wine vinegar and lemon zest. 

Frequently asked questions

What are the nutrition facts for one potato?

An entire potato only has about 250 calories, 35 carbs, 11 grams of fat, and only 1 milligram of saturated fat. You also get 12 milligrams of vitamin C, 28 milligrams of calcium, 2 milligrams of iron, and almost 900 milligrams of potassium.

How long does it take to preheat a grill?

Although it depends on the type and brand of grill, most can be heated and ready to go in 15 to 20 minutes. Many grills have a thermometer on the lid, allowing you to know exactly when your grill is at the right temperature. If not, get a grill surface temp thermometer.

What are the best spuds for grilled baked potatoes?

The best type of potatoes to cook on the grill are russet potatoes which are about eight ounces. The potatoes will cook evenly if they are all about the same size. A russet potato and Idaho potato are the same things, but an Idaho potato is a russet potato that came from Idaho.

The name russet comes from the color of the skin because they are a brownish color like russet. These are typically long and thick and will cook up to have crispy skin and a fluffy interior. They have a lot of starch, which makes a fluffiness that cannot be beaten.

Why do you poke a potato before grilling?

One reason to poke holes in your potatoes before the cooking process is to prevent them from exploding. The holes allow steam to escape so it does not build up in the potato. Another reason is that the holes allow the potatoes on the grill to absorb that smoky flavor we love.

How to store leftovers:

  • Store: Place leftover potatoes in an airtight container. You can also leave them wrapped in aluminum foil to protect them from absorbing odors.
  • Freeze: Make extras and freeze them in individual freezer bags for easy side dishes on the go.
  • Thaw: Let your leftovers thaw out in the fridge overnight for best results.
  • Reheat: To reheat, pop them on the grill on medium-high heat wrapped in foil for 10 to 15 minutes or microwave in microwave-safe plastic wrap for one to three minutes. 

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Cooking tips:

  • Make sure you have equally sized russet potatoes so they cook evenly.
  • Cook potatoes until the internal temperature reaches 205 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer inserted in the middle of each potato. 
  • Keep the lid closed on the grill to prevent flare-ups. 
  • Place each baked potato on the grill on direct heat to get the fluffy insides.
  • A grilled baked potato is the perfect side dish for any meal or you can make it the main dish with your favorite toppings. 
  • Save on prep time by using pre-cut veggies for topping. 
  • Cooking potatoes in foil is recommended on the grill because it protects them from flare-ups. 
  • To make it easier, use a shallow bowl to roll each baked potato in salt before you put them on the grill.

Grilled Baked Potatoes

Grilled baked potatoes are the perfect side dish with soft insides and thoroughly flavored skin, served with your favorite toppings.

grilled baked potatoes with toppings on a serving plate
  • Prep Time15 MIN
  • Cook Time1H
  • Servings 6


  • 4-6 russet potatoes about 8 oz. each
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt


  • 6 oz. Cheddar cheese shredded
  • Sour cream
  • Crumbled crispy bacon
  • Sliced green onion
  • Sliced chives


  • Heat the grill to 350 degrees F.
  • Scrub well and after that pat dry the potatoes.
  • Prick them with a fork on all sides.
  • Place the potatoes on a microwave-safe plate and microwave on medium for 8 minutes.
  • Let them cool so they are easy to handle, then rub the skins with oil and season with salt.
  • Wrap each potato in aluminum foil. Pierce the foil several times with a fork, then place it on the preheated grill.
  • Close the grill and cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until the potatoes are fork-tender.
  • Remove them from the grill and let cool for 2-5 minutes.
  • Open the foil packets and make a deep vertical slice on top of each potato. Use a spoon to widen the indentation.
  • Top with your favorite toppings, then serve.

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We love a good baked potato over here. Those baked potatoes look so enticing.



I love grilled potatoes. This sounds amazing! Perfect for summer BBQs!



Baked potatoes are so delicious! We just bought a grill, and I'm excited to make them on the grill.

Melanie Edjourian

Melanie Edjourian

I've not had a grilled potato in ages. These ones really do stand out and look delicious!

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