How Long to Cook a Potato on the Grill


When it comes to grilling, one of the most popular choices is the potato. Potatoes are easy to prepare and cook, but they do take a bit longer than other foods. This can be especially true if you’re grilling them in foil packets, which some people prefer because they think they won’t have any messy cleanup at all later. However, we’ll show you how long it takes to cook potatoes on the grill—and when exactly in their cooking process you need to put them on the grill too!

How Long to Cook a Potato on the Grill

How Long to Cook a Potato on the Grill

You can use this technique with any kind of potato, but it works best with small or medium-sized potatoes. If your grill doesn’t have a lid, cover the grill with aluminum foil before cooking to prevent moisture from escaping.

Heat your grill to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (204 Celsius). Place the whole potato directly over high heat and allow it to cook until it begins to blister and char, turning frequently so all sides get some color. This should take about 10 minutes for most types of potatoes in my experience–but keep an eye on them! You don’t want them burning because then they won’t be as tasty later when you eat them! Once both sides have begun to char (the skin should look blackened), remove from heat and let cool until cool enough for you hold comfortably without burning yourself before proceeding further steps below:

When to Put Potatoes on the Grill

  • When to Put Potatoes on the Grill
  • After the main course is done, but before you start cooking the main course. Potatoes take about 45 minutes to cook, so if you put them on at the same time as your steak or chicken, they’ll be ready just as everything else is ready. If there’s a lot of prep work involved in preparing your main course (like marinating meat), then this might be a good time for you to throw those spuds on too!

When Your Grill Is Ready to Cook Potatoes


When your grill is ready to cook potatoes, you should have:

  • A clean grill with no debris on it
  • The grill set at the proper temperature for cooking potatoes (375 degrees Fahrenheit) and maintained at that temperature throughout the duration of cooking time
  • Enough room on your grill so that you can place all of your potatoes in one layer without crowding them

Turn Your Grill Down for Potatoes

When you’re cooking potatoes on the grill, turn down the heat. The exact amount depends on how hot your grill is and how long you want to cook them for.

If you’re using a charcoal grill, use less fuel than usual–it’ll still work just fine! If you have an electric or gas grill with adjustable temperature controls, keep in mind that turning down by only 10% will make a huge difference in how long it takes for your spuds to get done.

Cooking potatoes on the grill takes more time than in an oven or microwave, but it’s worth it for that smoky flavor.

When you’re grilling potatoes, it’s important to keep in mind that they’ll take longer than other methods. Depending on the size of your grill and how many potatoes you’re cooking, expect about 45 minutes for each pound of potato.

Grilling is healthier than frying because it doesn’t require any oil or fat. The only thing that comes out of this process are some tasty char marks on your spuds’ skins!


We hope that you have a great time cooking potatoes on the grill. If you have any questions about this process, please feel free to reach out!

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