Best Grilled Potatoes Recipe – How to Make Grilled Potatoes

the pioneer's recipe for grilled potatoes

Caitlin Bensel

Whether they’re baked, mashed, or turned into a casserole…it’s no secret that Ree Drummond loves a good potato recipe! Reminiscent of Ree’s popular Crash Hot Potatoes, these grilled potatoes are summer’s crunchiest potato treat and require no house warming. The next time your menu includes roast chicken, steak, or pork chops, whip up some grilled potatoes to char along with. They are the perfect side dish for a BBQ!

Should you boil potatoes before grilling?

It’s very difficult to grill potatoes all the way through without them getting too crispy, charred, or the flesh dries out. The best way to prepare potatoes for the grill is to boil them first. Once cooked, drain the potatoes and let them cool to room temperature. This allows the skin to dry out, then crisp up on the grill, and also allows the meat to firm up so it doesn’t fall apart when the heat hits.

Can you put potatoes directly on the grill?

As long as the potatoes are wider than the grates, you can place the potatoes directly on the grate. Baby potatoes can be a bit tricky to mash as they roll around. Like the grilled shrimp, we found that placing the potatoes on a skewer helps make them easier to manage on the grill and reduces the chance of losing one of the flames.

How long does it take to grill potatoes?

Once the grill is very hot, the potatoes need about 6 to 8 minutes per side to get crispy and charred.

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8 to 10, 12-inch skewers

2 tbsp.

grated parmesan

2 tbsp.

chopped fresh parsley or chives

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  1. Place potatoes in a large pot or Dutch oven and cover with 1 inch of cold water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce to a simmer. Cook just until fork tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain and transfer to a plate to cool to room temperature.
  2. Preheat grill to medium-high heat (400 to 450°). Soak 10- to 12-inch wooden skewers in water.
  3. Meanwhile, combine butter and garlic in a microwave-safe bowl. Cook, covered, on high until melted, 30 to 60 seconds.
  4. Place 3 to 4 potatoes on each skewer. Brush all over with the butter mixture. Place the skewers over direct heat on the grill and cook until golden and lightly charred, 6 to 8 minutes per side.
  5. Transfer to a serving plate. Brush with remaining garlic oil, then sprinkle with Parmesan and fresh herbs.

Boil the potatoes only until done. Potatoes can vary in size. Start checking the super tiny potatoes at the 15 minute mark – they may need to come out of the water first.

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