Enjoy sweet potatoes on the grill, with this easy recipe for grilled sweet potatoes! Grilled sweet potato fries, potato wedges, and even whole potatoes- Learn the tips and tricks to perfect grilled sweet potato. Naturally paleo, vegan, gluten-free and whole30 approved!
Grilled Sweet Potatoes
Crispy and tender on the outside, soft and moist on the inside, grilled sweet potatoes will become your favorite method of cooking potatoes!
I’d always been skeptical about whether or not sweet potatoes could be grilled VS fried or baked. Being a starchy vegetable, I wrongly assumed that sweet potato would take FOREVER to grill, and may not even end up fully cooked.
How incorrect I was.
This grilled sweet potato recipe is a game changer. Perfect on its own, or a healthy veggie side, it’s ridiculously easy and delicious. Not only is it paleo and vegan-friendly, but it’s also gluten-free and whole30 approved!
How to grill sweet potatoes on the grill
Step 1: Preheat the grill or barbeque
Depending on what brand of grill or barbeque you have, heat it to a medium-high setting (if yours has a 5 point scale, turn it to number 4).
Step 2: Coat the sweet potato disks on seasonings and oil
While the grill is heating up, slice up your sweet potato disks. In a large mixing bowl, add your spices and oil and mix until combined.
Place your sliced sweet potato disks in the mixing bowl and mix thoroughly, ensuring each sweet potato disk is evenly coated.
Step 3: Layer the sweet potato disks on the grill
Lightly grease your barbeque/grill with cooking spray or oil of choice. Place the sweet potato disks on an even layer.
Allow the sweet potato disks to grill, flipping halfway through. Ensure you cover the grill, to ensure the heat evenly cooks each slice.
Step 4: Remove from the grill and let sit
Remove the sweet potato disks from the grill and allow to sit for 2 minutes, before digging in!
How long to grill sweet potatoes
As mentioned earlier, grilling times differ depending on what grill/barbeque you use.
I tried it with two different grills (a charcoal grill and a Weber BBQ grill) and both (when covered) took 15 minutes to cook, flipping halfway through.
Other grills could take longer or shorter, so check up around the 8-minute mark. If the char-grill marks are evident and you can hear a strong sizzling noise, it is a sign that the potatoes should be flipped.
How to grill sweet potato fries and sweet potato wedges
Sweet potato fries and sweet potato wedges are generally thinner and smaller than sweet potato disks, and as such, require a shorter cooking time.
Cook as you would the disks, but flip the potatoes around the 3-4 minute mark (or once faint grill lines appear on the potatoes) and continue cooking until crispy and golden.
How to cook a whole sweet potato on the grill
Cooking a whole sweet potato on the grill is ridiculously simple, but is a little more time-consuming.
To bake a sweet potato on the bbq or grill, follow the process below.
Step 1: Preheat your grill to medium (dial 3 on a 1-5 scale).
Step 2: Cover each whole sweet potato in tin foil, and ensure it is wrapped tightly.
Step 3: Place the covered sweet potatoes on the grill and bake for 40-50 minutes, or until soft and tender (use a tong and gently squeeze).
Please note- These times are a rough estimate. If your grill is less powerful, you may need more time.
Can you grill sweet potatoes on a George Foreman grill?
You can easily grill sweet potatoes on a George Forman grill! I’ve tried both the full-sized grill and the portable small one.
Step 1: To grill sweet potato wedges, fries or disks on the George Foreman, preheat using the highest settings.
Step 2: Once hot, grease the George Foreman grill with cooking spray.
Step 3: Place the sweet potato slices on it and cover. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the grill lines appear.
Paleo Grilled Sweet Potatoes (Vegan, Gluten Free, Whole30)
- Preheat a grill or bbq to medium (number 3, on a 1-5 scale). Generously coat with cooking spray or brush with coconut oil.
- In a large mixing bowl, add the sweet potato discs and coconut oil and mix roughly.
- Add the granulated sweetener of choice, sea salt, smoked paprika and red pepper flakes and mix very well until potatoes are fully coated.
- Layer your sweet potato discs and cook for approximately 12-15 minutes, flipping when charred and soft on one side
Cooking time depends on the temperature and power of your grill. Mine was done within 15 minutes, flipping once. Leftover Paleo Grilled Sweet Potatoes (Vegan, Gluten Free, Whole30) can be stored in the fridge in a sealed container for up to 3 days.