When looking for a quick side dish for a weeknight barbecue, baked potatoes are usually not an option. On the barbecue, potatoes can take awhile to bake through. So if you are looking for baked potato taste that does not take an hour or so to cook, Grilled Bacon and Cheddar Potatoes are a great alternative.
Baked potatoes with all the toppings are one of our favourite ways to enjoy potatoes, especially when grilling steaks. But the time it takes to make baked potatoes can be too long for a weeknight. That’s where this recipe comes in. It tastes like a baked potato and can be topped with all your favourite baked potato toppings, but takes less time to make.
More Prep, Less Cooking Time, All The Flavour
Because the potatoes are sliced into ¼ inch slices, the prep time is a little longer than a baked potato. But the cook time is much less, meaning that these take less time than a baked potato. I also save time by cooking the bacon on a rack over a baking sheet on the barbecue with the lid closed. Once the bacon is cooking, I slice the potatoes and place them on the grill beside the pan of bacon. This allows for the potato to crisp and partially cook at the same time as the bacon. You could also use precooked bacon, (when I cook bacon for any recipe, I cook an extra package and keep it in the fridge for later use).
By slicing the potatoes and grilling them on the barbecue, it cuts down on the time the potatoes need to cook. Once browned on both sides, I transfer the slices to a foil lined baking sheet. I grease the foil with a little butter or cooking spray to prevent sticking.
When it comes to the cheese, I usually use pre-shredded cheese. Sometimes it is a blend of orange and white cheddar. Other times it is a Tex-Mex blend or a blend of mozzarella and provolone mixed with cheddar. Topping the potatoes with grated Parmesan just before serving is another way to add some wonderful flavour to these potatoes.
Toppings For Grilled Bacon Cheddar Potatoes
Bacon and cheddar are two of the most popular toppings for baked potatoes. But there are so many great toppings for potatoes and these are no exception.
Grilled Bacon and Cheddar Potatoes can be topped any way you would top a baked potato. Chives, green onions and sour cream are just a few suggestions. My son likes to top these with jalapenos and hot sauce. My daughter prefers ranch dressing over sour cream. And then there is my second youngest son who adds ketchup because that is always his topping of choice. And that is what is great about this recipe, you can make it your own by adding the toppings of your choice.
Leftovers can be kept in the fridge in an air tight container for up to 2 days. Reheating can be done in the microwave for the oven.
Grilled Bacon and Cheddar Potatoes
- 1 Russet Potatoes
- 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- 6 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 1 cup shredded cheddar
- Preheat grill to 375°F
- Slice potatoes into ¼ inch thick slices
- Brush potato slices with vegetable oil and place on preheated grill
- Season with salt and pepper
- Cook 3-4 minutes per side
- Move slices to a foil lined baking sheet that has been greased with butter or cooking spray
- Top potatoes with crumbled bacon and cheddar.
- Return to barbecue and close lid.
- Cook 8-12 minutes until cheese is melted
- Serve hot with your favourite toppings