These cheesy grilled potatoes in foil with bacon are easy to make and quick to clean up-you don’t even need dishes! They’re a perfect side or main dish.
Grilling = Life
I mentioned in my naan bread pizza post a few weeks back that grilling is my new summer obsession. I can’t stop with the grill and I am constantly trying to think of something new that I can cook in my propane-powered outdoor oven instead of heating up the house with my oven.
The funny thing is, this recipe was originally supposed to be grilled Monterey chicken – honey mustard chicken topped with bacon and cheese. And man, that’s a great recipe. But I saw a blogger that I follow post a nearly identical recipe the week that I was planning to take pictures of the Monterey chicken and decided that I needed to come up with a Plan B.
Cheesy Grilled Potatoes
I had been making grilled potatoes to go with the Monterey chicken so I decided that grilled potatoes were going to be the recipe that made the blog. Cheesy grilled potatoes in foil, to be exact. Oh yeah – cheesy grilled potatoes in foil with bacon. So there’s that. Because how can you go wrong when you combine potatoes with cheese and bacon and throw them on the grill?
One of the great things about these grilled potatoes is the foil packet that they are cooked in. It makes for easy clean-up and much less mess on the grill than if you were trying to use tongs to flip individual wedges of potatoes.
Mastering Grilled Potatoes
My recipe for cheesy grilled potatoes is adapted from a recipe from Master of the Grill from America’s Test Kitchen. It’s a great starting point to help you figure out how to grill just about anything. Their recipe is more basic than mine, so it took several tries to get the recipe just right. Here’s what I learned:
- Perfect grilled potatoes need to take a spin in the microwave for about 5-6 minutes before you grill them, or they will be nice and crunchy. And not in a good way. In a raw potato way.
- Get the potatoes good and dry before you put them in the foil.
- Add a little oil to help the seasonings stick!
- Grilling on high heat will get a great grilled flavor into the foil packets.
- The cheese and bacon need to be added at the end. If you add them at the beginning, you’ll end up with a whole bunch of cheese stuck to the inside of the foil and not a whole lot on the actual potatoes.
- If you don’t want to wash dishes, you can totally serve this in the foil. And cheesy grilled potatoes in foil can totally make a light summer meal!
Tossed in just a little bit of oil and a homemade ranch seasoning, grilled on high for ten minutes, with a little cheese melted on top and some bacon thrown in for good measure, these cheesy grilled potatoes in foil packets are great for a cookout or just for an easy, quick clean-up family dinner!
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Yield: 4-6 servings
10 minPrep Time:
17 minCook Time:
27 minTotal Time:
- 2 pounds red potatoes, scrubbed, cut into 16 wedges, and wedges cut in half
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- homemade ranch seasoning (recipe below) or 1 packet store-bought ranch seasoning mix
- 4 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1 cup of cheese)
- 4 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 2 teaspoons dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon dried dill
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- Preheat your grill to high heat for 15 minutes.
- Place the cut potatoes in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover with plastic wrap or a microwave-safe plate. Microwave on high for 3 minutes, shake to redistribute the potatoes, and microwave for another 3 minutes. Drain the potatoes in a colander and wipe out the bowl.
- Place the potatoes back in the bowl and toss with the olive oil and the ingredients for the homemade ranch seasoning or the packet of store-bought ranch seasoning.
- Tear off 4 12-inch pieces of aluminum foil. Divide the potatoes among the four sheets of foil and fold the sides to close them up and make a rectangular package.
- Using long tongs, place the packets on the grill. Grill for 5 minutes then flip and rotate the packages so that they cook evenly (for example, my grill is hotter in the back so I moved the packets that were in the front to the back and vice versa). Grill for another five minutes.
- Remove the packets from the grill and open up the top edge. Place 1/4 of the cheese and bacon into each packet and place the packets back on the grill for one minute to melt the cheese. Remove the packets from the grill and serve immediately.