Grilled Potatoes in Foil

cubed potatoes topped with melted cheese and bacon in an open foil packet

Side Dish | July 18, 2019 | By

Grilled Potatoes in Foil ~ ranch seasoned diced potatoes and onions grilled in foil until tender and browned, topped with bacon and gooey melted cheddar cheese then finished off with a dollop of sour cream. This easy hobo pack is ideal for camping but can also be made in the oven.

Today we’re going old school to a recipe I used to make years ago so often we burned out on them. I resuscitated the potatoes later on a camping trip to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. My friend added onions to the foil packet and from that day forward they were dubbed Fletcher Potatoes after our friends.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that most people won’t search Google for Fletcher Potatoes so even though I’ve added even more goodness to an already delicious side dish, I went with a basic name that spells out exactly what they are: Grilled Potatoes in Foil because why overcomplicate things?

diced potatoes in open foil pack topped with melted cheese, bacon and chopped parsley

Don’t think for a minute you can only eat these potatoes after having slept in a tent all night. Au contraire. Any time. Any day. Camping. Glamping . . . or just in your own backyard. Really anytime you’re in the mood for one of the most delicious potatoes you’ve ever eaten.

Ingredients for Grilled Potatoes in Foil:

  • russet potatoes
  • onion
  • butter
  • olive oil
  • dry ranch seasoning
  • sharp cheddar cheese
  • precooked bacon pieces
  • cooking spray
  • aluminum foil
  • optional: sour cream, parsley

How to make Grilled Potatoes in Foil:

In a medium bowl melt the butter in the microwave then add the olive oil.

Cut the potatoes into about 1″ cubes leaving the skins on and thinly slice the onion then add to the bowl tossing to coat with the butter-olive oil. Sprinkle on the ranch seasoning and stir until it’s combined. 

Preheat the grill to medium high heat (about 400 degrees).

collage showing ingredients then seaoned potatoes in foil before grilling

Tear off 4 sheet of aluminum foil about 12″ each then lightly spray the center of each sheet with cooking spray. Divide the potatoes between the foil sheets then fold the foil around the potatoes, pinching the edges to seal them.

collage showing potatoes on grill and ensuing steps

Grill 20-25 minutes turning about every 5 minutes until the potatoes are tender. Open the foil packs and top with cheese and bacon then continue grilling with the lid closed about 5 more minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Serve with sour cream for topping the potatoes and eat right away.

fork inserted into grilled potatoes in foil topped with cheese and sour cream

Can I use a different kind of potatoes:

Sure! Red skins, Yukon gold potatoes or even sweet potatoes are all good substitutes.

Can I bake the foil packets in the oven instead?

Yes. This recipe is really versatile. Place the foil packs on a baking sheet then bake at 400° following the rest of the instructions.

open foil pack of grilled potatoes in foil topped with chopped parsley

What do I serve with these potatoes?

Naturally a good cheeseburger goes really well with these potatoes but I’d also recommend Grilled Honey Sriracha Chicken or this Marinated Flank Steak.

Enjoy!

pinterest pin showing diced potates in open foil pack topped with bacon and chopped parsley

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cubed potatoes topped with melted cheese and bacon in an open foil packet

Grilled Foil Potatoes

Grilled or oven baked ranch seasoned diced potatoes and onions grilled in foil until tender and browned, topped with bacon and gooey melted cheese then finished off with a dollop of sour cream.
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CourseSide Dish
CuisineAmerican
Keywordgrilled potatoes, camping recipes, hobo packs, grilled foil potatoes
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Servings4

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds Russet potatoes cut into about 1″ cubes (about 4 medium potatoes)
  • 1 small onion thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 ounce dry ranch seasoning package
  • 1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese grated (or more to taste)
  • 1 cup precooked bacon pieces
  • cooking spra
  • aluminum foil
  • OPTIONAL: sour cream, parsley

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl melt the butter in the microwave then add the olive oil.
  • Cut the potatoes into about 1″ cubes leaving the skins on and thinly slice the onion then add to the bowl tossing to coat with the butter-olive oil. Sprinkle on the ranch seasoning stirring until the potatoes and onions are coated.  
  • Preheat the grill to medium high heat (about 400 degrees).
  • Tear off 4 sheet of aluminum foil about 12″ each then lightly spray the center of each sheet with cooking spray. Divide the potatoes between the foil sheets then fold the foil around the potatoes, pinching the edges to seal them.
  • Grill 20-25 minutes turning about every 5 minutes until the potatoes are tender. Open the foil packs and top with cheese and bacon then continue grilling with the lid closed about 5 more minutes or until the cheese is melted. Serve right away with sour cream for topping.

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