Grilled to Perfection: Potato Packets

Summer has now come, which means one thing: time for all the grilling! We love to grill a lot during the hot months, as it keeps the high temp of cooking outside with the rest of the heat. We do all of the basics: burgers, hot dogs, steaks, chicken.

But there is one staple that we can’t live without and do all summer long: Potato Packets!

These are super simple and very customizable by what your tastes are! So what are potato packets? Pretty much exactly what it sounds like: cut up potatoes cooked in a foil packet on the grill. All you need to get started is aluminum foil, spray oil, potatoes, and any toppings or seasonings you desire.

You can cut the potatoes however you like, but know that the cooking time will depend both on the temp of the grill and how big the potatoes are. I actually prefer to slice my potatoes with a mandolin. That makes quick work of it and allows the potato packets to cook fairly quickly!

Mandolin slicer and potatoes

Once I have my potatoes sliced up, I pat them down and get the excess starchy juice off of them. Then I pull out a sheet of aluminum foil (about 14-18 inches in length) and spray lightly with spray oil.

Prepare foil for grilling

I lay down my first layer of potato slices. After that, I put down my toppings of choice and then layer again. Once I’m done, I either put a little butter (1-2 tablespoons) or a drizzle of olive oil.

Grilled to Perfection: Potato Packets with Toppings

Then I fold the foil around the potatoes the long way (think like a hot dog) and then roll up the ends to create a nice little packet for the potatoes to cook in.

Foil Packets

Then toss them on the grill and cook!

I usually start them on direct heat and then move them to an upper rack after about 10 minutes to ensure they don’t burn on the bottom. Typically they are on the grill for about 20 minutes. Once they are done, you pull them off, open them, and enjoy!

Grilled to Perfection: Potato Packets

Here are some of our favorite flavor combinations for the packets (also, keep in mind there are no exact measurements, I just sprinkle to my heart’s desire). Cut the potatoes how you like them, then use the following ingredients (and don’t forget to add butter or oil at the top to help with cooking!):

Bacon Ranch

  • Dry Ranch Seasoning
    Bacon Bits
    Parmesan Cheese

Italian Parm

  • Dry Italian dressing seasoning (you can get this in the salad dressing aisle)
    Parmesan cheese

Loaded Baked Potato

  • Bacon Bits
    Chives
    Sharp cheddar
    *Serve with sour cream

Taco-riffic

  • Taco Seasoning
    Onion
    Jalapeno
    Green peppers
    Cheddar
    *Serve with Salsa, sour cream, and black olives

Garlic and herbs

  • Minced Garlic
    Thyme
    Rosemary

Veggie Packet

  • Onions
    Peppers
    Mushrooms

Broccoli and Cheese

  • Finely chopped broccoli (lightly toss in olive oil to help with cooking)
    Cheddar

Irish Potatoes

  • Corned beef
    Shredded cabbage

Cheddar Ale

  • Cheddar
    Small splash of beer

Tex Mex

  • Onion
    Jalapeno
    peppers
    Corn
    Black Beans
    Taco seasoning
    Cheddar
    *Serve with salsa and sour cream

Creole

  • Shrimp
    Corn
    Old Bay seasoning
    Cajun seasoning

And of course, you can always just do plain old potatoes with some salt and pepper! That is also a favorite in our home!

These are really so easy to do and keep it fresh all summer long with the sides. I promise these potato packets will become a family favorite!

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Courtney likes to describe herself as a lover of lists and post-its, all things nerdy, and as an all-around pretty awesome person. She lives in Marion with her husband, Jon, their two sons, and their two crazy cats. Both of her boys are rainbow babies, with Everett arriving in December 2013, and Hendrix in March 2016. Courtney is a Penn State graduate, and currently works as a team lead for a state agency. Aside from attempting to be successful at this parenting thing, she likes to go on adventures with her family that includes trying out all the local parks and ice cream stops. Courtney also likes to binge watch Netflix, attempt all things from Pinterest, and can be occasionally be found on her couch doing both