Baked potatoes are a classic side dish. They pair really well with just about any meal. But have you ever tried baking them on a Traeger grill?
The smoky flavor and crispy texture take this simple dish to a whole new level. In this recipe, I’ll show you how to make perfectly baked potatoes on your Traeger grill.
Table of Contents
- Ingredients For Traeger Baked Potatoes
- How to Cook Baked Potatoes on A Traeger Grill (Step-by-Step Guide)
- Why Bake Potatoes on a Traeger Grill?
- Tips for Perfectly Baked Potatoes
- Topping Ideas for Baked Potatoes
Ingredients For Traeger Baked Potatoes
- 4 large baking potatoes
- Olive oil
How to Cook Baked Potatoes on A Traeger Grill (Step-by-Step Guide)
Preheat your Traeger grill to 400°F.
Scrub the potatoes clean and pat them dry with a paper towel.
Poke a few holes in each potato with a fork to allow steam to escape during cooking.
Rub each potato with a little bit of olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
Place the potatoes directly on the grill grates. Close the lid and cook the potatoes for about 45 minutes to an hour or until they are tender when pierced with a fork.
Remove the potatoes from the grill. Let them cool for a few minutes.
Cut a slit in the top of each potato and use a fork to fluff the insides.
Serve with your favorite toppings, such as butter, sour cream, chives, or bacon bits.
Why Bake Potatoes on a Traeger Grill?
Baking potatoes on a Traeger grill gives them a smoky flavor that can’t be achieved with a traditional oven.
The grill’s high heat also results in a crispy skin that’s perfect for scooping out and eating with the soft potato inside.
Plus, using your grill to bake potatoes frees up your oven for other dishes, making it a convenient cooking method.
Tips for Perfectly Baked Potatoes
To ensure your potatoes come out perfectly baked, follow these tips:
Use Large Baking Potatoes
Smaller potatoes will cook faster and may dry out before they are fully cooked. Use large potatoes to ensure a creamy, tender center.
Poke Holes in The Potatoes
Poking holes in the potatoes allow steam to escape during cooking, preventing them from exploding.
Coat the Potatoes in Olive Oil
Rubbing the potatoes with olive oil helps to crisp up the skin and prevent sticking to the grill grates.
Don’t Forget the Salt
A sprinkle of salt enhances the flavor of the potatoes and helps to form a crispy skin.
Let the Potatoes Cool Before Cutting
Allowing them to cool for a few minutes before cutting into them helps them retain their shape and prevents the flesh from becoming mushy.
Topping Ideas for Baked Potatoes
While a simple pat of butter and a sprinkle of salt is delicious, there are many ways to top a baked potato.
Here are my favorite toppings:
Sour Cream and Chives
A classic topping that adds a tangy flavor and freshness to the potato.
Add your favorite cheese, such as cheddar or Parmesan, for a gooey, melty topping.
Crumbled bacon adds a smoky flavor and crispy texture to the potato.
Make sure to check out my other Traeger Potato Recipes here.