Grilled Baked Potatoes

LAST UPDATED: Jul 26, 2021 | PUBLISHED: Jun 14, 2021 | By:

These grilled baked potatoes are such an incredible side dish for all your summer grilling adventures! Baked potatoes on the grill are so much better than your oven – they have a perfectly moist, soft and fluffy interior but are incredibly crispy and salty on the outside.

BBQ baked potatoes make an amazing entrée, too! Load them up with all your favorite toppings and every family can customize to their own tastes.

If you’ve never made grilled baked potatoes in foil, today is your day! Come see how easy they are and I promise you’ll never go back to microwaved or traditionally baked potatoes.

grilled baked potatoes sliced open and placed on a white plate.

We’ve gotten more into grilling since we purchased our lake cottage several years back. There’s just something so relaxing and enjoyable about cooking outside!

Of course, we always throw our favorite tried and true classics on the grill, like these Bratwursts or Gourmet Burgers, but it’s been fun experimenting with new side dishes, as well.

Last week I brought you Grilled Sweet Potatoes and Grilled Corn on the Cob, and this week I’m sharing the easiest method for the fluffiest grilled baked potatoes in foil.

I’m not ashamed to admit that I had actually never made grilled baked potatoes before we experimented for this recipe. And oh my goodness… what have we been missing?

A grilled baked potato sliced open and topped with sour cream.

The insides of these grilled baked potatoes are fluffy, creamy and so soft, cooked to perfection. And the outsides? An extra minute of cooking over high heat at the end means they are crispy, salty, and such a perfect juxtaposition against the soft insides.

You’ve got to try these grilled baked potatoes!

These potatoes are incredible. In fact, I don’t think I’ll ever go back to traditional baked potatoes in the microwave or oven. Something about throwing them on the grill creates this experience of opposites attracting in the best possible way!

A single grilled baked potato on a white plate, topped with butter and sour cream.

Ingredients

  • Russet potatoes – these are the classic baking potatoes that are tried and true. Try to keep your potatoes a similar size so your grilling time is consistent.
  • Oil – olive, canola or melted butter will all work well.
  • Sea salt – thick flakes preferred, I like to use my sea salt grinder. You can also sub with Kosher salt.
  • Pepper – fresh cracked pepper is always best.

Variations

  • Add any seasoning on the potato skin that you prefer – try this Cajun Seasoning or even Fajita Seasoning for an extra level of spice.
  • Try with Yukon Golds instead of Russets
A single BBQ baked potato on a white plate, topped with butter and sour cream.

How to Make Grilled Baked Potatoes in Just Five Easy Steps

  1. Preheat grill to medium low.
  2. Rinse and scrub potatoes. Pat dry.
  3. Cut aluminum foil. Place each potato on a piece of foil and brush with oil and top with seasoning. A single russet potato laid on a sheet of aluminum foil. A russet potato on a sheet of foil, being brushed with olive oil. A single russet potato on a sheet of foil, topped with salt and pepper. A single russet potato on a sheet of foil, topped with salt and pepper. Wrap and repeat. Hands wrapping a grilled baked potato in foil.
  4. Using tongs, place potatoes on the shelf of the grill or away from direct heat. Grilled baked potatoes in foil on a grill grate.Close the lid and grill 30 minutes. Rotate with tongs and grill an additional 30 minutes.
  5. Using tongs, remove aluminum foil and place potatoes over direct heat for 1 minute per side. Remove from heat when they are done. Grilled baked potatoes on a grill grate.Grilled baked potatoes on a grill grate, one has a digital thermometer inside.

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Serving Suggestions

  • Make a baked potato bar for an easy family-friendly dinner night! Serve with a wide variety of toppings as suggested below so everyone can customize.
  • Of course, a grilled baked potato serves beautifully with the best Steak.
  • Serve alongside Chicken Kabobs or Steak Kabobs
  • Top with classic Chili for an easy family-friendly dinner
Crispy grilled baked potatoes on a white plate.

BBQ Baked Potato Toppings

Of course these are an incredible side dish, but grilled baked potatoes are so versatile that it’s easy to turn them into a whole meal, too!

grilled baked potatoes sliced open and placed on a white surface.

Tips

  • Be liberal with the salt and pepper, it helps create the most unbelievable crispy crust on your grilled baked potatoes.
  • To allow steam to escape, prick your potatoes with a fork before seasoning and wrapping with foil. I don’t always do this, and it’s not totally necessary, but some people really believe in it!
  • To be sure your potatoes will cook evenly, use russets that are as uniform in size as possible.

Scaling up, down or substituting? You’ll love this printable Measurement Conversion Chart!

Shortcuts

  • Want faster grilled baked potatoes? Put your potato in the microwave for five minutes, or until slightly beginning to soften. This will mean significantly less grilling time – you’ll be looking at more like 40 minutes in total instead of an hour.
grilled baked potatoes sliced open and placed on a white surface.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do baked potatoes cook faster with or without foil?

Actually, grilled baked potatoes in foil are a long-standing tradition, but not because they cook faster.
It’s generally believed that the foil does two things: first, it keeps steam from escaping as they cook, thereby keeping the potatoes more moist on the grill. And secondly, it keeps them warmer after they are cooked, too!

How long do baked potatoes stay hot in foil?

If you’re not using some kind of warmer like a restaurant, you can only expect them to stay hot for around 20-30 minutes. You can also keep them warm in your crockpot, which can be great for parties and making ahead!

How to Store

  • At Room Temperature – your baked potatoes can remain at room temperature for up to two hours while serving.
  • Refrigerate – remove from foil and store for up to five days in an airtight container in your refrigerator.
  • Freeze – you can freeze baked potatoes for up to six months in an airtight container.

What to Do with Leftovers

grilled baked potatoes sliced open and placed on a white plate.

Dietary Considerations

  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free

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grilled baked potatoes sliced open and placed on a white plate.

Grilled Baked Potatoes

Author: Julie Blanner
These grilled baked potatoes are such an incredible side dish for all your summer grilling adventures! They have a perfectly moist, soft and fluffy interior but are incredibly crispy and salty on the outside.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 233 kcal

Equipment

  • aluminum foil

Ingredients
  

  • 4 russet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons oil olive, canola or melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt thick flakes preferred
  • 2 teaspoons pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat grill to 450°F or medium low.
  • Rinse and scrub potatoes. Pat dry.
  • Cut 4 sheets of aluminum foil. Place each potato on a piece of foil and brush with oil and top with sea salt (optional).
    Wrap and repeat.
  • Using tongs, place potatoes on the shelf of the grill or away from direct heat evenly spaced so they are not touching. Close the lid and grill 30 minutes. Rotate with tongs and grill an additional 30 minutes.
  • Using tongs, remove aluminum foil and place potatoes over direct heat for 1 minute per side. Rotate and repeat. Use a thermometer to ensure they are done. Internal temperature should reach around 210°F. Remove from heat.

Notes

  • Be liberal with the salt and pepper, it helps create the most unbelievable crispy crust on your grilled baked potatoes.
  • To allow steam to escape, prick your potatoes with a fork before seasoning and wrapping with foil. I don’t always do this, and it’s not totally necessary, but some people really believe in it!
  • To be sure your potatoes will cook evenly, use russets that are as uniform in size as possible.

Nutrition

Calories:233kcalCarbohydrates:39gProtein:5gFat:7gSaturated Fat:1gPolyunsaturated Fat:2gMonounsaturated Fat:4gTrans Fat:1gSodium:1174mgPotassium:902mgFiber:3gSugar:1gVitamin A:8IUVitamin C:12mgCalcium:33mgIron:2mg
5 from 2 votes
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