Easy-to-make sides for dinner can be the hardest to think of when preparing dinner for the family. Typically, you go for options that don’t require too many ingredients and those that don’t take too many steps for a weekday dinner.
A fire pit grill can help you create a delicious, different and easy dinner for the family.
With the many cooking methods that can be done using a fire pit grill, you’ll surely think of several recipes to cook up as dinner sides.
To celebrate National Potato Day on August 19th, we’ve put together some mouthwatering potato recipes for the grill that you can use to make some tasty dinner sides!
1. GRILLED BASIL PESTO POTATOES
If grilled red potatoes are your thing, here is a unique potato recipe for the grill.
Grilled Basil Pesto Potato Ingredients:
For the Basil Pesto:
- 2 cups of fresh basil leaves
- 1/2 cup of freshly grated parmesan-reggiano cheese
- 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup of pine nuts
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- Ground black pepper
For the Red Potatoes:
- 5 red potatoes, washed and cut into cubes
- Non-stick cooking spray
Grilled Basil Pesto Potato Steps:
- Combine the basil, garlic, and pine nuts in a food processor or blender and pulse until coarsely chopped.
- With the machine running, slowly add the olive oil and process until smooth.
- Add the cheese and pulse until combined. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
- In a medium bowl, combine red potatoes and pesto. Mix until red potatoes are well covered.
- Spray a large piece of aluminum foil with cooking spray.
- Add the potatoes and wrap in a foil packet. Wrap another piece of foil around the packet so it is sturdy enough to grill.
- Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
- Place the potato packet on your fire pit grill.
- Cook for 15 minutes and then flip the packet.
- Cook for an additional 15 minutes, or until potatoes are tender and slightly crisp.
- Carefully remove the potatoes from the packet and serve warm.
2. GRILLED BACON RANCH POTATOES
This grilled bacon ranch potatoes recipe is an easy and delicious way to make grilled potatoes in foil.
Grilled Bacon Ranch Potatoes Ingredients:
- 1 1/2 lbs of potatoes
- 1/3 cup of ranch dressing
- 4 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 1/4 cup of shredded cheddar or colby jack cheese
- 2 tablespoons of fresh parsley, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- Non-stick cooking spray
Grilled Bacon Ranch Potatoes Steps:
- Preheat grill to 350 degrees. Use a grill safe thermometer to check temperature. Scrub and slice potatoes.
- Prepare foil. Use heavy duty foil if you have it. Otherwise, use a double layer. Cut off a piece large enough to fold over potatoes on all sides. Spray evenly with non-stick cooking spray.
- Mix potatoes with ranch dressing. Layer on foil. Top with bacon, shredded cheese, salt, pepper, and parsley.
- With heat on medium, place on your fire pit grill for about 15 minutes. Flip over and grill for another 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender.
3. GRILLED SWEET POTATOES IN CILANTRO & LIME
This is a relatively easy potato side to whip up and not your typical grilled sweet potatoes.
Grilled Sweet Potatoes in Cilantro & Lime Ingredients:
- 2 lbs of sweet Potatoes, scrubbed well and sliced lengthwise 1/4-inch thick
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 3 tablespoons of sweet & smoky BBQ dry rub mix
- Limes, halved
- Chopped cilantro
Grilled Sweet Potatoes in Cilantro & Lime Steps:
- Preheat your fire pit grill to medium-high (direct heat).
- Brush the sliced sweet potatoes with olive oil and rub with about 1 teaspoon of spice mix per side.
- Lay potatoes on the grill and cook until grill lines form - about 5-6 minutes.
- Flip and cook on the other side until cooked through and tender, about 5-6 more minutes.
- Remove from the grill and lay on a platter.
- Squeeze lime juice over the top and sprinkle with cilantro. Serve immediately.
4. GRILLED BAKED POTATOES
A simple two-step cooking recipes for potatoes on the grill! Take a look at this recipe for baked potatoes on grill.
Grilled Baked Potatoes Ingredients:
- 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup of finely chopped chives
- Chopped chives for garnish
- 1/2 cup of sour cream
- Sour cream for serving
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon of freshly ground pepper
- 4 10-ounce baking potatoes
Grilled Baked Potatoes Steps:
- In a medium bowl, combine the butter, 3/4 cup of chives, 1/2 cup of sour cream and the salt and pepper; mix until smooth. Transfer the butter to a large sheet of plastic wrap and form into a log. Wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.
- Light your fire pit grill.
- Using a sharp knife, slice each potato crosswise at 1/3-inch intervals, cutting down but not all the way through the potato.
- Cut the chive butter into thin slices, then carefully tuck the butter in between the potato slices. Wrap each potato tightly in aluminum foil.
- Set the potatoes on the fire pit grill over low heat, cover and cook, turning occasionally, until tender, 45 to 50 minutes.
- Unwrap the potatoes, garnish with finely chopped chives and serve with sour cream.
5. GRILLED SMASHED POTATOES
Smash up these potatoes if you’re up for a challenge!
Grilled Smashed Potatoes Ingredients:
- 1/2 cup of olive oil
- 2 tablespoons of minced garlic
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of chopped fresh rosemary
- 2 pounds of baby red bliss potatoes (no larger than 2 inches each), scrubbed well
- 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon of freshly round coarse black pepper
Grilled Smashed Potatoes Steps:
- Stir the olive oil, garlic, and rosemary together in a small bowl and let it sit at room temperature for at least 15 minutes for the flavors to infuse.
- Preheat your grill to medium-high. Place the potatoes in a pot of salted water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are tender when pierced with the tip of a knife - about 12 minutes. Drain the potatoes, discarding the water.
- Using a towel wrapped around the palm of your hand, gently smash each potato until the skin breaks, while trying to keep the potato whole (leaving it about 1 inch thick).
- Transfer the potatoes to a baking sheet. Generously brush both sides of the potatoes with the olive oil mixture, and season both sides with the salt and pepper.
- Place the potatoes on the grill and cook until grill marks appear and the potatoes are nicely caramelized, 3 to 4 minutes per side.
6. GRILLED CHEESY BACON POTATOES
Look for a savory potato recipe on the grill? This is your best bet!
GRILLED CHEESY BACON POTATOES INGREDIENTS:
- 14 Potatoes, thinly sliced
- Salt and Pepper
- 4 slices pre-cooked Bacon, crumbled
- 1 cup of shredded Cheddar Cheese
- 2 Green Onions, sliced
GRILLED CHEESY BACON POTATOES STEPS:
- Place potatoes in a large microwave-safe plate and microwave cook on high for 3-4 minutes until somewhat tender. Allow to cool.
- Preheat your fire pit grill to medium heat.
- Lay two large sheets of aluminum foil together and spray with cooking spray. Use a grill pan or cast iron skillet if you prefer.
- Place one single layer of potatoes on top. Season with salt and pepper. . Top with ⅓ cheese and ⅓ bacon.
- Repeat layers two more times until all potatoes, cheese and bacon are used. Fold up the sides of the foil and pinch the top closed. If using a grill pan or cast iron skillet, cover with a sheet of aluminum foil.
- Place directly on heat, cover grill and cook for 10-20 minutes, until potatoes are tender.
- Open foil and sprinkle with green onions. Serve immediately.
7. GRILLED CHICKEN BARBECUE POTATO SKINS
These grilled chicken BBQ potato skins can be an appetizer or a side.
GRILLED CHICKEN BARBECUE POTATO SKINS INGREDIENTS:
- 8 medium potatoes
- 1 cooked chicken breast, chopped (or about 1 1/2 cups cooked, diced chicken)
- 2 tablespoons of finely chopped red onion
- 1/2 cup of finely chopped pineapple
- 1/2 cup of barbecue sauce
- 1 cup + 1/2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
- Green onion or parsley for garnish
GRILLED CHICKEN BARBECUE POTATO SKINS STEPS:
- Boil or grill the potatoes until cooked through (this will depend on the size – they are done when a sharp knife goes in and out easily). Set aside until cool enough to handle.
- In a medium bowl, combine chicken, red onion, pineapple, barbecue sauce and 1 cup cheddar cheese.
- Slice each potato in half and scoop out the inside, leaving enough around the edge so that they are still sturdy enough to hold the filling.
- Spoon filling mixture into each potato half.
- Place on lightly grease nacho grilling platter (or suitable substitute).
- Preheat your grill to 400 degrees F. Place grilling platter on the grill and grill for 10-12 minutes or until cheese is melted and potato skins are heated through.
- Serve with green onion or parsley as garnish, or drizzle with additional barbecue sauce if desired.