Potatoes on the Grill

Extra crispy potatoes, hot off the grill

The Best Way to Grill Potatoes

From how long, to what temperature, learn more about grilling potatoes

Cooking directly over fire is a skill that humans have been doing since the dawn of time. Grilling is a dry cooking technique in which food is heated from the bottom through direct heat.

Grilling foods allows for subtle char, smoky notes, and beautiful caramelization. Due to the nature of grilling, minimal cooking equipment is required, and grilling is considered one of the more healthful ways to prepare food. Potatoes are particularly well suited for grilling, they brown nicely, hold up to the higher temperatures and make a wonderful accompaniment to many classic barbecue dishes.

Try grilled potatoes in a summertime salad, pair them with grilled fish and other meats, skewer them and make zesty kabobs, make veggie burgers with potatoes as the main ingredient and crisp them up over the open flame for a backyard celebration everyone will remember. So, fire up that grill and get cooking with potatoes.

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Potatoes on the Grill...A Cooking Series

Join America’s BBQ Chef, Jason Morse, and Spud Chef, RJ Harvey, as they go over some great grilling basics featuring America’s favorite vegetable, potatoes! Learn how to do perfect baked potatoes on any type of grill, tender breakfast potatoes for any time of day in foil pouches, beautiful potato bruschetta for a summertime treat, and even bring Hasselbacks to your favorite outdoor get together. Fire up the grill, load the cooler, invite some friends, and get ready to grill out with potatoes!

Yellow Potato Bruschetta

  • Ready Time:30min
  • Prep Time:10min
  • Cook Time:20min
  • Serves:4
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Recipe by: Potatoes USA

Chargrilled potatoes topped with ripe cherry tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, and fresh basil. No gluten? No problem!


  • 1-pound Yellow Potatoes, sliced ½ inch thick slices
  • 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 cup Cherry Tomatoes, cut into quarters
  • 1 cup Ciliegine Mozzarella (Cherry sized Mozzarella), cut into quarters
  • ¼ cup Onions, chopped fine
  • ¼ cup Fresh Basil, Chopped
  • Salt and pepper as needed


  1. Rinse, scrub, and slice the potatoes into ½ inch slices.
  2. Place the potatoes in a pot and cover with water, just enough to cover them.
  3. Place over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium, and allow the potatoes to cook for 8-10 minutes or until they can be pierced easily with the tip of a knife.  Drain the potatoes and arrange them on a plate.
  4. Heat a grill pan or an outdoor grill to medium-high. Brush the potatoes with the olive oil and place on the grill for 3-5 minutes on each side or until grill marks are achieved.  Remove from the heat and arrange the grilled potatoes on a platter.
  5. In a medium-sized bowl combine the tomatoes, mozzarella, onions and basil. Adjust the seasoning to your liking using salt and pepper. Top each potato plank with a spoonful of the tomato-mozzarella mixture and enjoy!


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Culinary Tips

Selecting the Right Potato

While all potatoes work great on the grill, certain potato types are particularly well suited for grilling.

  • Russet Potatoes: Easily the most widely used potato in America, russets are best on the grill when cooking whole potatoes for baked potatoes or sliced then grilled for potato planks or “toasts”. Even steak fries can be cut and grilled. Due to their moisture content, it is recommended to either marinate or lightly oil the sliced russets, so they do not dry out on the grill. Try a whole roasted baked potato, classic grilled Hasselback potatoes, or grilled potato toasts topped with anything under the sun.
  • Yellow Potatoes: Colorful and vibrant yellow potatoes are best grilled after slicing. They caramelize very nicely and their intrinsic buttery flavor means less fat is needed when flavoring these potatoes. Try yellow potatoes for grilled potato bruschetta, potatoes in foil pouches, or as a side dish for grilled chicken and seafood.
  • White Potatoes: White potatoes get nice and crispy on the grill. After slicing or dicing them, try tossing them with olive oil, lemon, and herbs before placing them on the grill. White potatoes are also great for grilled potato salads. Try grilled white potatoes alongside grilled lamb, smoked salmon, or in a great breakfast burrito at the campsite.
  • Red Potatoes: Red potatoes on the grill provide amazing color contrast. Depending on their size they are perfect for roasting whole or sliced. Grilled red potatoes brushed with some garlic butter and paired with shrimp scampi is particularly good or slice red potatoes before grilling and top with a shredded Thai chicken salad loaded with fresh herbs and a spicy peanut dressing.
  • Purple Potatoes: Purple potatoes have an earthy flavor which goes excellent with the smoky notes the grill imparts. Grilling purple potatoes also helps retain their vibrant color which other cooking methods can mute. Purple potatoes on the grill make for an incredible conversation starter, either as a base for shrimp ceviche, or a brilliant addition to a grilled vegetable platter with a simple lemon and herb vinaigrette.
  • Fingerling and Petite Potatoes: While the benefit of these potatoes is little to no prep work, these potatoes present one challenge on the grill and that is the propensity to fall through the grill grates. This can be overcome by using a perforated pan specifically made for the grill. The best method for grilling fingerlings and petites is either skewering them or wrapping them in aluminum foil and placing them over the flame.  Grilled tandoori style potato kabobs with mint, cucumber, and tahini are delicious in a grilled pita for a summer lunch. Smoked petite potatoes can be topped with an egg, chopped bacon, and chopped green onions for a simple and fast breakfast by the river.

Grill Options

Charcoal Grill

Imparts more “natural” flavor than other synthetically fueled grills. Charcoal takes longer to heat than gas grills, but the extra flavor they promote is why some folks prefer them over others. Grilling on a Charcoal Grill

Gas (Butane/Propane/Natural Gas)

These grills heat up fast and are relatively easy to clean and maintain. The learning curb on gas grills is minimal and controlling the heat is very easy for most folks. Grilling on a Gas Grill

Pellet Grill

Pellet grills have grown in popularity over recent years. Pellet grills allow for the smoky flavor that one may get from a traditional smoker but allows for higher temperatures which are crucial for char and caramelization. Grilling on a Pellet Grill

Kamado Grill

Kamado grills are a type of charcoal grill which have a thick ceramic body. These grills influence great heat circulation and exceptionally high temperatures even in cold weather. Grilling on a Kamado Grill


Dedicated smokers typically operate at lower temperatures. Smoker

Electric Grill

Electric grills are perfect for those who live in studios or apartments with limited outdoor space where gas or charcoal grilling is not allowed. Grilling on an Electric Grill


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