Grilled Twice Baked Potatoes are easy to make on the grill to get a nice creamy textured potato with cheese and bacon, stuffed in a crispy textured shell.
If you are a potato lover, you will definitely enjoy these grilled twice baked potatoes. The smoky flavor from the grilling process and the creamy potato mixture create a pretty perfect side dish for your barbecue.
The crispy texture on the outside of the potato contrasts nicely with the soft and fluffy potato filling. They do take a little while to bake on the grill, but it’s worth the wait. You can even bake the potatoes the day before and just finish them on the grill when you’re cooking your other grilled foods.
Why are Grilled Twice Baked Potatoes Great For the Grill
Grilled Twice Baked Potatoes are a great option for the grill because the high heat creates a crispy and slightly charred skin on the outside of the potato, adding an extra layer of texture and flavor. The grill also infuses a smoky taste into the potatoes, giving them a unique and delicious flavor profile.
Additionally, grilling allows the potatoes to cook evenly and thoroughly, ensuring that they are fully cooked and fluffy on the inside. During the summer months, we like to make these potatoes on the grill alongside whatever else we’re cooking up. They go great with any grilled meat, from tri tip to chicken.
What are Twice Baked Potatoes?
Twice Baked Potatoes are a tasty side dish that is made by first baking potatoes on the grill, then scooping out the inside of the potato and mixing it with various ingredients like cheese, butter, bacon, and herbs.
The mixture is then placed back into the potato shell and grilled again until the cheese is melted and the tops are slightly browned. While they’re really great baked or even air fried, they are incredible on the grill.
- Large Russet Potatoes – I like to use russets because they’re large enough to scoop out the middle. You can use a different type of potato if you prefer.
- Olive Oil – Seasoning the outside of the potato with olive oil to ensure that it gets nice and crispy when grilled and doesn’t dry out.
- Bacon – Use your favorite type of bacon – you can grill it at the same time as the potatoes, then crumble it to put in with the potato flesh.
- Shredded Cheddar Cheese – Shredded cheddar adds flavor and creaminess to the dish. Monterey Jack, pepper jack, Colby, or Gouda all work well.
- Milk – A little bit of milk or cream will help make the potato filling creamy and not dry.
- Butter – Use a salted butter to give extra flavor to the potatoes. They need a lot of salt.
- Salt & Pepper
- Green Onions – for garnish
- Sour Cream – The addition of sour cream brings a tangy and creamy taste to the filling, making it a perfect complement to the potatoes.
What Temperature Should Twice Baked Potatoes Be Grilled At?
A good temperature range for baking potatoes on the grill is a moderate temperature of around 350-375°F (175-190°C) using indirect heat. This will ensure that the potatoes cook through evenly without burning. You want them to develop a nice crispy exterior while becoming tender and fluffy inside.
If you cook them too fast or over too high a heat, they will burn on the outside before the inside is cooked. I will often cook them on indirect heat at 350 degrees, then put them over more direct heat once they’ve been stuffed, so they get a crispier crust.
It is important to monitor the temperature while grilling and adjust accordingly to ensure that the potatoes are cooked to perfection.
How Long Does it Take to Grill Twice Baked Potatoes?
Grilling time for baked potatoes can vary depending on the thickness of the potatoes and the grill temperature you’ve chosen. However, on average, it takes about 40 – 45 minutes to grill the potato.
Once the potatoes are cooked through, you’re not quite done yet. You’ll have to give the potato a bit of time to cool down, so you can scoop out the insides. Mix up the stuffing and place it back into the potato shells. Then it will take a bout 10-15 more minutes on the grill to get the cheese melted and the outside crisp.
To speed up the process, you can cook the potatoes in the microwave or in the oven the day before and just prepare them for the grill when you’re ready. Cooking potatoes to tender in the microwave takes just about 10-15 minutes.
How to Grill Twice Baked Potatoes
Preheat the grill to medium-high heat (approximately 350° F) with an area of indirect heat. Light one burner and leave the other off, or stack the charcoal on one side of the grill.
Clean and pat dry the potatoes. Pierce each potato 3-4 times with a fork, rub with olive oil, and then wrap tightly in tinfoil.
Place the potatoes over indirect heat on the grill and cook for 45 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 205° F. The cooking will vary according to the size of your potatoes.
Meanwhile, cook the bacon and crumble it.
When the potatoes are cooked, remove them from the grill and let them cool for 5-10 minutes.
Slice the potatoes in half lengthwise and scoop out the flesh, up to 1/4″ from the skin. You want to leave enough potato around the inside so the skin doesn’t break open.
Place the scooped out insides into a mixing bowl. Add the crumbled bacon, sour cream, milk, butter, salt, and pepper, plus half the shredded cheese then stir well to combine. You can mix this by hand or with a hand mixer.
Scoop the mixture back into the potato shells and top with the remaining cheese. Place the potatoes directly on the grill and cook for 10-15 minutes more, until the cheese is fully melted and the potato is a bit crispy.
Finally, garnish with green onions and additional sour cream and serve.
Some Tips for Making Grilled Twice Baked Potatoes
- Prick the potatoes with a fork before grilling to allow steam to escape and prevent them from bursting.
- Rotate the potatoes occasionally to ensure even cooking and prevent hot spots.
- Fill the potato shells generously with the filling, but be careful not to overfill them as it may cause the potatoes to fall apart.
- Keep a close eye on the potatoes when grilling with the filling, as they can easily burn due to the cheese melting.
- If you prefer a spicier filling, you can add chopped jalapenos, cayenne pepper, or hot sauce to the filling mixture.
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How to Store Twice Baked Potatoes
To store grilled twice baked potatoes, allow them to cool to room temperature and then place them in an airtight container or wrap them tightly with plastic wrap. They can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
How to Reheat
When reheating, it is recommended to place the potatoes in a preheated oven or grill for 10-15 minutes, or until heated through. To prevent the potatoes from becoming too dry, you can brush them lightly with olive oil or butter before reheating them.
More Grilled and Smoked Potatoes to Try
- Grilled Hasselback Potatoes
- The Best Smoked Sweet Potatoes
- Simple & Delicious Traeger Baked Potatoes
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Grilled Twice Baked Potatoes
- 4 large russet potatoes or similar
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 4 slices bacon
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese divided
- 2 green onions sliced divided
- Preheat the grill to medium-high heat (approximately 350° F) with an area of indirect heat (ie, light one burner and leave the other off, or stack the charcoal on one side of the grill). Clean and pat dry the potatoes. Pierce each potato 3-4 times with a fork. Rub with olive oil. Wrap tightly in tinfoil.
- Place the potatoes over indirect heat on the grill and cook for 45 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 205° F. Cook time will vary according to the size of your potatoes.
- Meanwhile, cook the bacon and crumble it.
- When the potatoes are cooked, remove them from the grill and cool for 5-10 minutes.
- Slice the potatoes in half lengthwise and scoop out the flesh up to 1/4″ from the skin.
- Place the scooped out insides into a mixing bowl. Add the crumbled bacon, sour cream, milk, butter, salt and pepper, plus half the shredded cheese. Stir well to combine. You can mix this by hand or with a hand mixer.
- Scoop the mixture back into the potato shells. Top with remaining cheese. Place the potatoes directly on the grill and cook for 10-15 minutes more, until the cheese is fully melted and the potato is a bit crispy.
- Garnish with green onions and serve.
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