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These baked potatoes are cooked on the grill, making them a super easy side dish to make whenever you’re grilling out! They have crispy skin, a salt crust, and are so fluffy on the inside, plus they’re naturally vegan and Whole30 compliant. Load them up with plenty of toppings and serve alongside grilled protein.

Baked potatoes from the grill on a plate open with pats of butter and chives

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Did you know you can make baked potatoes on the grill?

And that the insides are fluffy and the skins are nice and crispy?

No more running back into the kitchen and back out to the grill to handle side dishes, just steakhouse-worthy baked potatoes made super easily on the grill. And uh, did I mention they have a salt crust?

Because a baked potato with a salt crust is like everything.

What Makes These Potatoes So Good

  • Their insides are fluffy and the skins are nice and crisp with a salt crust for added texture and flavor.
  • They’re super easy to make, with step by step pictures and directions in this article.
  • You can cook them right on the grill alongside whatever else you’re grilling, meaning you get to fully enjoy the patio and your company!
  • These baked potatoes are precooked in the microwave before they go on the grill to make the insides fluffier and help them cook a bit faster.

Preheating Your Grill

Preheating your grill properly is a super important part of this and any grilling recipe. You’ll want to make sure the grill is good and hot, about 350º F (176º C), before putting the potatoes on. Preheat your grill about 15 minutes with the lid closed to bring it up to the right temperature.

Chef’s Tips

  • Coating the potato in salt is optional but creates a lovely crisp and flavorful crust. I highly recommend it.
  • Prick your potato all over with a fork before microwaving to prevent any potato explosions.
  • If you need to open the lid to cook other items on the grill, expect the cooking time to take longer, like 40+ minutes. Try to keep the lid closed when cooking other items if possible. This allows the grill to function like an oven for the potatoes.
  • Wrap your potato in two layers of foil to really prevent flare ups or bare spots.
  • Buy equally sized potatoes to promote even cooking.
  • Microwave your potato for 4-5 minutes or until softened when squeezed (Making sure you use a towel or potholder to protect your hand). You can do this hours ahead and finish on the grill if desired.
  • Use a wide, shallow bowl to roll your potatoes in salt to easily crust the exterior.

Toppings Ideas

Butter, cheese, sour cream, bacon bits, green onions, ranch dressing, salsa, diced tomatoes, grilled chicken, steamed broccoli, cheese sauce, chili.

Try vegan butter for vegan or ghee for Whole30.

Vegan cheese shreds for vegan or my Vegan Queso for vegan or Whole30.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do baked potatoes cook faster wrapped in foil?

Aluminum foil does conduct heat, as well as letting your baked potatoes stay hot longer.

Do you poke holes in baked potatoes on the grill?

Yes! Just like when you bake your potatoes any other way, you want to poke them a few times with a fork so that steam can escape. Otherwise, your potatoes can explode!

A row of baked potatoes from the grill open on a white plate with butter

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Recipe By: Cheryl Malik
5 from 18 votes

Baked Potatoes on the Grill


Prep 15 minutes
Cook 40 minutes
Total 55 minutes
These baked potatoes are cooked on the grill, making them a perfect side dish for any grilled protein. Their insides are fluffy and the skins are crisp with a flavorful salt crust. Perfection!
4 potatoes

Equipment

  • grill
  • Fork
  • 2 medium bowls
  • Microwave
  • large, microwave-safe plate or bowl
  • 8 sheets aluminum foil (2 sheets per potato)

Ingredients

  • 4 medium russet potatoes evenly sized
  • 4 tablespoons neutral oil like avocado oil
  • sea salt enough to coat potatoes

Instructions

  • Preheat grill with lid closed to 350° Fahrenheit. While grill preheats, place one russet potato in medium bowl. Prick potato with fork then coat with neutral oil. Set potato aside and repeat with remaining potatoes.
  • Pour salt into second medium bowl, using enough salt to fully cover bottom of bowl. Place one oiled potato in bowl and flip until potato is coated with thin layer of salt. Transfer to microwave-safe plate or bowl and repeat process with remaining potatoes.
  • When all potatoes have been oiled and salted, place in microwave. Microwave all potatoes together on high for 4 minutes. Remove potatoes from microwave and wrap each potato securely in 2 sheets of aluminum foil.
  • Place foil-wrapped potatoes directly on grill grate. Shut grill lid and grill potatoes 30 to 40 minutes, with lid closed entire time. Note: grill time will increase every time lid is opened.
  • Begin checking doneness of potatoes after 30 minutes by slightly unwrapping one potato and piercing skin with fork or skewer. When fork or skewer pierces completely through potato easily with no resistance, remove potatoes from grill.
  • Unwrap grilled potatoes and discard foil. Cut potato open by slicing lengthwise down center of potato, then gently press ends of potato to open wide. Fluff potato flesh with fork and serve immediately with desired toppings.
  • Important: Make sure that your grill is fully preheated before you add the potatoes.
  • Refrigerate leftover potatoes in an airtight container up to 5 days.

Approximate Information for One Serving

Serving Size: 1potatoCalories: 261calProtein: 5gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 11mgPotassium: 888mgTotal Carbs: 38gFiber: 3gSugar: 1gNet Carbs: 35gVitamin A: 2IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 28mgIron: 2mg
Nutrition Disclaimers
Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.

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46 Comments

  1. Even an idiot could make perfect potatoes this way. Dead simple, turned out great.5 stars

    1. Avatar Jessica | 40 Aprons Team says:

      So glad you enjoyed them, Sarah! 😊

  2. Avatar Terry Sprague says:

    Would have been nice to know about the microwave trick at the beginning?

    1. Megan | 40 Aprons Team Megan | 40 Aprons Team says:

      I’m sorry, Terry, I’m not sure I understand what you mean? Microwaving the potatoes is the first cooking step of the instructions, after poking holes in them and seasoning them.

      1. Avatar Deanne De Lima says:

        I had the same problem as Terry. The microwave step is missing from the instruction narrative/blog portion before the recipe itself. I just got done following every instruction and have my raw potatoes all oiled, salted, and wrapped in foil. There was no microwave step.

        1. Megan | 40 Aprons Team Megan | 40 Aprons Team says:

          I apologize Deanne! We have a note at the beginning of that section alerting that it’s just an overview of the process, and that the full recipe with complete instructions is down below. We’ll update the post to be more clear. Thank you for the feedback!

  3. Avatar Brad Panther says:

    Not sure if I just used “too small” of a potato but dang, with the salt coating on the skin these were insanely too salty to eat.

    1. Megan | 40 Aprons Team Megan | 40 Aprons Team says:

      So sorry these didn’t work out for you, Brad! We intentionally list “salt” without a specific measurement so that each person can adjust the amount they use to their liking, since everyone’s palates are different. Since the salt was the issue, I hope you’ll give these another try with less salt next time!

  4. Avatar Perry Colon says:

    Came out Delicious 😋, and I was also cooking sweet potatoes 🥔 too5 stars

    1. Avatar Jessica | 40 Aprons Team says:

      Sounds like the best of both worlds with baked potatoes and sweet potatoes! Glad you enjoyed them, Perry. 🙂

  5. First time doing baked potatoes on bbq and turned out great 🙂5 stars

    1. Avatar Jessica | 40 Aprons Team says:

      Yay, so glad you enjoyed them! Thanks for sharing. 😊

  6. Your recipe looks good. I’m going to try your recipe next weekend on a camping trip. Question: Do you use coarse sea salt? Or does it matter?

    1. Megan | 40 Aprons Team Megan | 40 Aprons Team says:

      It doesn’t matter!

  7. Worked just as described. Delicious.5 stars

    1. Anna Claire | 40 Aprons Team Anna Claire | 40 Aprons Team says:

      So glad you enjoyed it! 🙂5 stars

  8. Avatar Valentina says:

    I love sweet baked potatoes to eat as a snack or meal time.5 stars

    1. Anna Claire | 40 Aprons Team Anna Claire | 40 Aprons Team says:

      Same!5 stars

  9. Followed directions exactly, potato wasn’t done at 59 mins. Steak and other vegetables are now cold waiting for these to finish.

    1. Anna Claire | 40 Aprons Team Anna Claire | 40 Aprons Team says:

      We’re sorry you had this experience, Jeffrey. This shouldn’t happen if the potatoes are microwaved before being wrapped securely in foil and grilling. Regardless, thank you for sharing this feedback.5 stars

  10. Thank you!!
    I did exactly as you described, used avocado oil and sea salt. Soooo good. I did need to bbq for 55 minutes as the potatos I had were exceptionally big.5 stars

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