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These grilled potatoes in foil are so easy to make, and they’re always a hit! Throw them on and forget about them while you make the rest of the meal.

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Want an easy grilled side dish that you don’t have to baby at all? Try these Grilled Potatoes in Foil! You can truly “set it and forget it” with this one. Throw these potatoes and onions in a foil packet and concentrate on the rest of the meal. In 30 minutes, they’re done! Grilled potatoes come out crispy like french fries; grilled potatoes in foil are something different altogether. Moist and creamy, they’re flavored with herbs and butter and taste just like the ones you grew up eating (at least, we did!). Here’s how to make them!

Want crispy potatoes? Try these Grilled Potato Wedges instead.

Ingredients for grilled potatoes in foil

These grilled potatoes in foil are perfect for when you’re making a grilled dinner and want to throw on an easy side dish that you can forget about. We love our grilled potatoes, which take just 15 minutes to grill, but they require boiling in advance and turning on the grill. With these, you’ll just throw them in the packet! Here are the ingredients you need for grilled potatoes in foil:

  • Potatoes: red or yellow work: we like using a mix to get a variety in color!
  • Onion: pick any color
  • Olive oil and butter: the combination brings big flavor, but you can skip the butter for vegan
  • Fresh herbs: we used fresh thyme and oregano
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt & pepper
Grilled potatoes in foil

How to grill potatoes in foil

You might think grilling potatoes in foil is simply throwing potatoes into aluminum foil and grilling them. You’d be right! There’s really no trick to this recipe. However, it’s nice to know the grill temperature, approximate timing, and level of seasoning. That’s where we come in! Here are the basic steps (or jump to the recipe below):

  • Preheat a grill to medium high heat. That’s 375 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature for most grilled vegetables.
  • Chop the veggies and throw them on foil with the seasonings. See the recipe below. Place a piece of foil on top, seal the seams, and poke holes to let the steam escape.
  • Grill the packet for about 30 minutes. Test with a fork to assess doneness.
Grilled potatoes in foil
Packet ready to get on the grill!

Variations on seasoning for grilled potatoes

The fresh thyme and oregano we used in this recipe bring an herbaeous flair to these potatoes in foil! As we ate them, Alex and I kept exclaiming: wow, these are so good! But there are so many other ways to season them. Here are some ideas:

Important: Keep in mind many of these blends have salt included. Use ¼ teaspoon of the salt below, then sprinkle with the seasoning.

Grilled potatoes in aluminum foil

More grilled veggie sides to pair!

There are lots of grilled veggies to throw on the grill alongside these potatoes in foil to make them a meal! Here are a few of our favorites we’d recommend:

And that’s it! Let us know if you try these grilled potatoes in foil in the comments below.

This recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

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Grilled potatoes in foil

Grilled Potatoes in Foil

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 3 to 4 servings 1x


These grilled potatoes in foil are so easy to make, and they’re always a hit! Throw them on and forget about them while you make the rest of the meal.


  • 1 pound red or yellow potatoes*
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh herbs (we used thyme and oregano)
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter (or olive oil for vegan)


  1. Preheat a grill to medium-high heat (375 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit).
  2. Chop the potatoes and onions into bite-sized pieces. Place them in a medium bowl and mix them with the olive oil, chopped fresh herbs, garlic powder, kosher salt, and several grinds of black pepper.
  3. Place the potatoes and onions on a large sheet of foil and fold up sides. Place the butter, cut into thin pats, on top. Place second piece of foil on top and seal the seams. Poke several holes in the packet with fork (to allow stem to escape).
  4. Place directly on the grill grates and cook for 25 to 30 minutes until tender (open and test with a fork to assess doneness; exact timing depends on the size of pieces and exact grill temperature). Taste and add additional salt as necessary.


*Easy to double or 1.5 for larger servings!

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

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About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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