Grilled Red Potatoes

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Grilled Red Potatoes are a great side dish for your next backyard barbecue.  While we often make Grilled Potatoes in Foil we love these baby potatoes with crispy skin and a tender fluffy interior.

With only 4 ingredients they are super easy to prepare and perfect served next to grilled chicken or grilled pork chops.

Potato Skewers with red onion on a tray with dip

While mashed potatoes or roasted potatoes are the perfect comfort foods in cooler months, these spuds are great for warmer months since the cooking can be done outdoors!

Why Baby Potatoes?

Baby potatoes are also known as new potatoes and they can have either red or white skins. They are harvested before fully developed, which makes them sweeter than their larger “adult” version.

Other Potatoes to Use

You don’t have to stick to grilled red potatoes.

  • Fingerling Potatoes, which are long and narrow potatoes are also delicious grilled.
  • Thin Skinned Potatoes such as larger red potatoes and white potatoes work well. Just cut into chunks.

Potato Skewers with red onion

How to Grill Red Potatoes

Cooking potatoes on the grill is a snap. Prep work is minimal since you don’t even have to peel them. You will have to pre-cook them but this can be done up to 48 hours in advance!

Just follow these steps:

  1. Wash the potatoes, and parboil until barely tender enough for a fork to penetrate.
  2. Cool slightly and alternate potatoes with onion on metal or wooden skewers.
  3. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  4. Place on grill until crisp on the outside, and the onion has softened and slightly charred.

If using wood skewers, be sure to soak in water for 30 minutes before grilling. This prevents burning and falling apart on the grill.

Making Potato Skewers with red onion

How Long to Grill Potatoes

Once the potatoes have been partially boiled, they should require only about 10 – 12 minutes on the grill before they are soft and fully cooked on the inside and crispy on the outside.

Here are some other fave ways to make baked potatoes on a grill:

  • Grilling basket method: Place your baby potatoes or chunks into a grill basket after parboiling. (This is a terrific way to prepare rosemary roasted potatoes!)
  • Aluminum foil method: Tightly wrap potatoes in aluminum foil and place on grill.
    • Whole potatoes will need to be turned every 5-10 minutes for about 40-50 minutes, or until soft in the center.
    • Sliced potatoes will need about 30 minutes and to be turned every 15 min or so.

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Potato Skewers with red onion on a tray with dip
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Grilled Red Potatoes

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
These grilled baby potatoes are only 4 ingredients at take less than 30 minutes to boil and grill!


  • 3 pounds baby potatoes
  • 1 small red onion
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt & pepper to taste

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  • Soak wood skewers at least 30 minutes if using.
  • Wash potatoes and poke each with a fork a couple of times. Place in a pot of water, bring to a boil and cook 12-14 minutes or just until fork tender. (Do not overcook)
  • Preheat grill to medium high heat.
  • Meanwhile, cut onion into large chunks. Thread potatoes onto wooden (or metal skewers) alternating with onion chunks.
  • Brush with olive oil and season with garlic powder and salt & pepper to taste.
  • Place potatoes on the grill and cook 10-12 minutes or until crisp on the outside.
  • Serve warm with sour cream.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 224, Carbohydrates: 42g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 15mg, Potassium: 982mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin C: 46mg, Calcium: 31mg, Iron: 1.8mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
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