Learn how to make baked potatoes on grill. An easy side dish for any grilled protein, these potatoes have a crispy skin and are tender inside!
Summer is the grilling season and what’s better than making your side dish on the grill as well? I mean a nice summer potato salad is always a good idea but if you want to make everything on the grill, this grilled baked potatoes recipe is for you.
Grilled baked potatoes in foil
These potatoes have the best texture since they’re wrapped in foil and then grilled. The skin is perfectly crispy with a hint of salt and the inside is so fluffy and soft, making it the perfect side dish.
The whole process is so simple and easy. Follow my instructions and tips to have the best grilled potatoes!
What kind of potatoes to use
When it comes to baked potatoes, russet potatoes are always my go-to. Their skin is thick enough and the inside is starchy. Starchy tomatoes end up being extra fluffy when baked.
How long do baked potatoes take on the grill?
Depending on the size of the potatoes, they take anywhere between 45 minutes to one hour to cook on the grill. The main part of cooking is done on indirect heat (more on that below) and then finished on direct heat.
How to cook baked potatoes on charcoal grill
Cooking baked potatoes on the grill is so easy and doesn’t require a lot of hands-on time. Simply follow these steps:
- Heat the charcoal grill and divide it into two zones, meaning have all the coals on one side. Now you have direct and indirect heat.
- Wash the potatoes very well and then pierce them in a few places using a fork.
- Rub each potato with some olive oil and sprinkle salt on them.
- Wrap the potatoes individually in aluminum foil and set aside.
- When the grill is ready, place the potatoes on the indirect heat and grill for one hour until fully cooked. Using a pair of tongs, place the potatoes on the direct heat for 5 minutes and then they’re ready to serve.
How would I know if the potatoes are ready?
To check if the potatoes are fully cooked, insert a knife into them and if the knife goes in easily, they are ready. If using an instant thermometer, the internal temperature should register at 215°F.
Can I make these without foil?
I don’t suggest making baked potatoes on the grill without foil because the skin could burn while the inside is still uncooked. The foil captures the heat inside the potato and helps it to cook evenly.
Once you’re ready to serve, unwrap the potatoes and cut them in half. Using a fork, fluff the inside a bit and then serve with some butter, salt, sour cream (if desired) and some parsley or chives.
Baked Potatoes On Grill
- 4 russet potatoes
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp salt
- Heat the grill into two zones (direct and indirect). If you're using a charcoal grill, this means having all the coals on one side of the grill.
- Wash the potatoes thoroughly and dry them using paper towels.
- Pierce the potatoes in a few places using a fork and rub them with olive oil. Sprinkle salt on them and wrap each in aluminum foil.
- Place the potatoes on indirect heat and grill for one hour. Then place them on the direct heat and grill for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Unwrap the potatoes and cut them in half. Fluff the inside using a fork and serve with butter, sour cream and chives.
- Depending on the size of the potatoes, it would take between 45 minutes to one hour for them to cook.
- The potatoes are fully cooked if a knife is inserted easily into the potato.
- Russet potatoes work best for this recipe because of their thick skin and starchy inside.