Imagine biting into a perfectly grilled baked potato, with crispy skin and a fluffy, flavorful interior. It’s the ultimate side dish that pairs perfectly with any grilled protein. And the best part? It’s incredibly easy to make! In this article, we’ll show you how to make baked potatoes on the grill that will impress your guests and take your grilling game to the next level.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Did you know that you can make baked potatoes on the grill? Not only are they simple to prepare, but the result is a mouthwatering potato with a crispy salt crust and a fluffy interior. No more running back and forth between the kitchen and the grill to handle side dishes. With this recipe, you can effortlessly create steakhouse-worthy baked potatoes right on your grill.
What Makes These Potatoes So Good
- The insides are fluffy, and the skins are crispy with a salt crust, adding extra texture and flavor.
- This recipe provides step-by-step instructions and pictures to guide you through the process, making it foolproof.
- You can cook these potatoes alongside anything else you’re grilling, allowing you to fully embrace the outdoor cooking experience and enjoy the company of your guests.
- The potatoes are precooked in the microwave before grilling, making the insides even fluffier and helping them cook faster.
How to Make Them
To begin, select equally-sized Russet potatoes to ensure even cooking. Preheat your grill to about 350º F with the lid closed for approximately 15 minutes.
Next, prepare the potatoes by washing them and pricking them all over with a fork. Pat them dry and coat them with avocado or another neutral oil. You can do this by pouring about 3 tablespoons of oil into a wide, shallow bowl and turning the potatoes to coat them evenly. Let the excess oil drip off before moving on to the next step.
In another wide, shallow bowl, place a layer of Kosher or sea salt. Transfer the oil-coated potatoes to the salt bowl and turn them to coat them completely.
Wrap each potato individually in two layers of foil, ensuring there are no exposed spots. Place the wrapped potatoes directly on the grill and close the lid. Cook them for about 30-40 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle of the potato goes through easily.
Remove the potatoes from the grill and unwrap them from the foil. Cut a slit down the top of each potato with a knife, then press the ends of the potato towards the center to open it up. Serve the potatoes with an assortment of delicious toppings!
Preheating Your Grill
Properly preheating your grill is a crucial step in any grilling recipe, including this one. You want to ensure that the grill is hot enough, around 350º F (176º C), before placing the potatoes on it. Preheat your grill for about 15 minutes with the lid closed to reach the optimal temperature.
- Make sure to properly preheat your grill, as mentioned above.
- Coating the potatoes in salt is optional but highly recommended, as it creates a crispy and flavorful crust.
- Prick the potatoes all over with a fork before microwaving them to prevent any explosions.
- If you need to open the lid to cook other items on the grill, expect the cooking time to be longer, around 40+ minutes. Try to keep the lid closed when cooking other items if possible, as it allows the grill to function like an oven for the potatoes.
- Wrap each potato in two layers of foil to prevent flare-ups or bare spots.
- Choose equally-sized potatoes to ensure even cooking.
- You can microwave the potatoes for 4-5 minutes, or until softened when squeezed, ahead of time. This can be done hours in advance, and you can finish them on the grill if desired.
- Use a wide, shallow bowl to roll the potatoes in salt, making it easy to coat the exterior.
The possibilities for toppings are endless! Consider adding butter, cheese, sour cream, bacon bits, green onions, ranch dressing, salsa, diced tomatoes, grilled chicken, steamed broccoli, cheese sauce, or chili. If you follow a vegan or Whole30 diet, you can substitute with vegan butter, vegan cheese shreds, or my Vegan Queso.
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- Whole30 Loaded Sweet Potato Fries (Paleo, Dairy Free, Gluten Free)
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- Asparagus Casserole
- Tajin Chicken on the Grill
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