Grilled Sweet Potatoes

LAST UPDATED: Jun 20, 2021 | PUBLISHED: Jun 09, 2021 | By:

These quick and easy grilled sweet potatoes in foil make an excellent side dish for all your favorite barbeque entrees! They are healthy, savory and so easy to customize to every individual’s tastes.

BBQ sweet potatoes also make an excellent main dish when topped with a wide array of toppings! You can top them with anything your heart desires, serve with a delicious side salad, and a fabulous summertime dinner is served.

These Grilled Sweet Potatoes are incredibly moist, tender and flavorful. They’re an easy side dish that you can make with very little hands on effort.

A grilled sweet potato on a white plate, gold fork to the side.

We are big fans of sweet potatoes in this house! I enjoy thinking of new ways to use them, knowing that the girls always devour them in any format.

Luckily, they are as good for you as they are delicious to eat! Sweet potatoes are simply bursting with goodness in every way.

We even enjoy a summertime dinner of grilled sweet potatoes in foil – I set out a variety of toppings and everyone gets to customize their own dinner! They serve beautifully with my favorite Red White and Blue Salad and Grilled Corn on the Cob for a quick little summer dinner.

These grilled sweet potatoes take just a few minutes of hands-on time to season and wrap in foil. Then you’ll let the grill do all the work, resulting in tender, perfectly sweet and salty sweet potatoes every time!

I’ve shared many versions of sweet potatoes with you, including these Healthy Sweet Potato Fries, Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Easy Smashed Sweet Potatoes and this Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe.

Check out these Grilled Baked Potatoes for another option you’ll crave!

A grilled sweet potato on a white plate, gold fork to the side.

What You Need to Make Grilled Sweet Potatoes

  • Aluminum Foil – I generally use a heavy duty foil because it’s so great for grilling.
  • Sweet Potatoes – Select sweet potatoes of similar size so that they grill evenly. Look for firm sweet potatoes at the store, with smooth skin, void of bruising or cracking.
  • Olive Oil – Canola oil or melted butter make great substitutes.
  • Optional – Sea salt and brown sugar. If you love all things sweet and salty, you’ll love this combination!

Variations

  • Use your favorite seasoning blends to customize the flavor.
  • Slice your sweet potatoes and place directly on the grill grates for grilled sweet potato fries
Grilled sweet potatoes on a white plate.

How to Grill Sweet Potatoes in Just Three Easy Steps

See how easy it is in this quick overview with step-by-step photos. You can find the full printable recipe card at the end of this post.

  1. Prep – Rinse and scrub to remove any dirt.
  2. Wrap – Brush with oil, sprinkle with salt and wrap in aluminum foil.
  3. Grill – Preheat grill and place away from heat, rotating halfway through.
Grilled sweet potatoes in foil on an outdoor grill.

Watch the video where Julie will walk you through each step of this easy recipe. You will find a collection of recipe videos right here on our website with corresponding recipes.

A sweet potato on a grill with a digital thermometer stuck in it.
Grilled sweet potatoes on a white plate.

Serving Suggestions

Grilled sweet potatoes on a white plate, cut open down the center.

Tips

  • Prep in advance! Just season and wrap your sweet potatoes in foil. Keep them in your fridge (or cooler for camping) for up to four days.
  • If you choose larger sweet potatoes, you’ll need to adjust your grill time to accommodate.
  • Choosing a longer, skinnier sweet potato means it will cook faster!
  • Poke each potato with a fork to release heat and steam as they bake on the grill.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Are sweet potatoes good for you?

YES! Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of potassium and magnesium, which regulates blood pressure and improves heart health.

Sweet potatoes are also full with fiber, vitamins and minerals and might even prevent cancer! They can also positively impact gut, brain, and eye health and boost your immune system.

Can you eat the skin of sweet potatoes?

Yes, the skin of your sweet potato is totally edible after cooking. However, some people don’t enjoy it, and prefer to skip the skin and just eat the center.

A grilled sweet potato on a white plate, gold fork to the side.

How to Store

  • At Room Temperature – Grilled sweet potatoes can sit out at room temperature for up to two hours while serving.
  • Refrigerate – You can refrigerate your grilled sweet potatoes for up to a week, when wrapped in an airtight container.
  • Freeze – You can freeze sweet potatoes! Leave them wrapped in foil and double up with a ziplock bag to store for up to three months in the freezer.

What to Do with Leftovers

  • Grilled sweet potatoes make an incredible lunch the next day! Fill with your favorite meats, veggies, and sauces for a great healthy lunch.
  • Dice and add to stir fry.
  • Mash and add to pancakes or waffles.
  • Make Sweet Potato Gnocchi.

Dietary Considerations

  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free

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Sweet Potatoes on the Grill

Author: Julie Blanner
These quick and easy grilled sweet potatoes in foil make an excellent side dish for all your favorite barbeque entrees! They are healthy, flavorful and so easy to customize to every individual's tastes.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 3 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 308 kcal

Equipment

  • aluminum foil

Ingredients
  

  • 4 sweet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons oil olive, canola or melted butter

Optional

  • 2 teaspoons sea salt thick flakes preferred
  • ¼ cup brown sugar loose

Instructions
 

  • Preheat grill to 450°F or medium low.
  • Rinse and scrub sweet 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 potatos 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 from heat and remove aluminum foil. Use a thermometer to ensure they are done. Internal temperature should reach around 210°F.

Optional

  • Sprinkle brown sugar over fresh grilled sweet potato.

Video

Notes

  • Prep in advance! Just season and wrap your sweet potatoes in foil. Keep them in your fridge (or cooler for camping) for up to four days.
  • If you choose larger sweet potatoes, you’ll need to adjust your grill time to accommodate.
  • Choosing a longer, skinnier sweet potato means it will cook faster!
  • Poke each potato with a fork to release heat and steam as they bake on the grill.

Nutrition

Calories:308kcalCarbohydrates:59gProtein:4gFat:7gSaturated Fat:1gPolyunsaturated Fat:2gMonounsaturated Fat:4gTrans Fat:1gSodium:1291mgPotassium:780mgFiber:7gSugar:23gVitamin A:32063IUVitamin C:5mgCalcium:80mgIron:1mg
5 from 2 votes
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