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How to Make a Baked Potato on the Grill

If you’ve ever wondered how to make a baked potato on the grill, I’m going to show you how simple and time-saving it can be! Pair it with a perfectly cooked ribeye steak for one amazing meal!

baked potato cut in half topped with sour cream and chives on black plate

I’m all about making dinner as simple and stress-free as possible.  And when the weather is warm enough, I love firing up the grill and keeping the cooking mess outside.  So, if I’m going to grill, then I’d rather make the whole meal right there.  Making the main dish and the side dishes on the grill takes a little planning, but keeps things simple because there’s no need to run in and out checking on different things or worrying about starting a fire.  One side that pairs well just about any main course is baked potatoes, so today I’d love to share with you how to make a baked potato on the grill.

5 potatoes on a baking sheet ready to coat with olive oil and kosher salt

What kind of potatoes should you use?

The short answer would be whichever ones you like best, but let’s walk through the options.

  • Russet – more of a mealy texture, larger in size and good for baking (but not my favorite)
  • Red potatoes – great flavor and more firm, but can be a little firm for baking (better for soups, etc.)
  • Gold potatoes – a great alternative to russet, good for baking but a smoother texture (my favorite!)

If you’d like to dig more into the types of potatoes, this article has great info for you.  Long story short, choose what you prefer, but if looking for a suggestion, I recommend you go for the gold! Yukon gold, that is 😉

Yukon gold potato ready to bake topped with salt and sitting on foil

How to prepare the potatoes for baking:

  • wash, dry and pierce with fork
  • rub with olive or avocado oil
  • coat with kosher salt
  • wrap with foil

foil wrapped potatoes on a baking sheet ready to go on the grill

They key will be to consider how long your potatoes need to cook and time everything just right.  It’s okay if your potatoes get done a little early, they can sit and rest and cool a bit while you finish up everything else.  Also, it’s okay to cook the potatoes at the temp of the other food, just remember to adjust cooking times accordingly.

baked potatoes with salt and parsley in a large bowl

No time to grill?

Another quick and easy way to make “baked” potatoes is using your Instant Pot!

Love to grill?

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baked potatoes with salt and parsley in a large bowl
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Baked Potato on the Grill

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If you've ever wondered how to make a baked potato on the grill, I'm going to show you how simple and time-saving it can be!
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Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:45 mins
Total Time:1 hr

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat grill to 450 degrees (see below for notes on temps)
  • Scrub and dry potatoes and pierce with fork
  • Rub each potato with oil and sprinkle with salt
  • Wrap individually with foil and place on heated grill
  • Bake/Grill for 25-30 minutes until fork tender 

Notes

Temperature notes:

If using larger potatoes or cooking at lower temps (down to 350) potatoes will take longer to cook (up to 1 hour or more).  To quicken cooking time, pierce and microwave potatoes for 3-5 minutes then prepare for grill.

Topping ideas:

  • sour cream
  • greek yogurt
  • butter
  • shredded cheese
  • chives
  • leftover chili

Nutrition

Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 2342mg | Potassium: 702mg | Fiber: 4g | Vitamin C: 19.4mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 5.5mg
Servings: 6
Calories: 139kcal
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If you've ever wondered how to make a baked potato on the grill, I'm going to show you how simple and time-saving it can be! #grillrecipe #potato #bakedpotato

3 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Super easy and the potatoes turn out so tasty! I usually just use butter but olive oil sounds like a much healthier option! Plus the kosher salt sticks easier with olive oil.

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