Grilled Sweet Potatoes

Quick Summary

Grilled Sweet Potatoes- an easy and healthy side dish that goes great with any meal. Fire up the grill and enjoy grilled sweet potatoes with your favorite sauces and condiments!

Sweet potatoes are very versatile. I love them in salads, tacos, hash, roasted, mashed, stuffed, and of course we can’t forget about sweet potato fries.

Well, during the hot summer months, I love making Grilled Sweet Potatoes. Grilling adds great flavor and the best part? You don’t have to heat up the house.

Plus, you really only need two ingredients, sweet potatoes and oil. Well, and salt and pepper. Of course, you can jazz them up with a variety of seasonings, but they are SO good plain too.

Grill the potatoes until they are soft, tender, and have perfect grill marks. Serve as an appetizer or side dish with your favorite sauces. They go great with any meal! Kids and adults love them!

Simple Ingredients

  • Sweet potatoes– make sure you wash and scrub your sweet potatoes before using. I don’t peel them, but you can.
  • Oil– you can use olive oil or avocado oil.
  • Seasonings– I usually keep things simple and use salt and pepper. If you want to add more flavor, you can toss the sweet potatoes in additional seasonings. A few favorites include: smoked paprika, garlic powder, chili powder, rosemary, thyme, and if you want to add a spicy kick, add a little cayenne pepper. Be careful, a little goes a long way.

How to Grill Sweet Potatoes

  • Oil the grill grates and preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
  • Use a sharp knife to slice the potatoes 1/4-inch-thick rounds. Make sure you cut them the same size so they cook evenly.
  • Place the potatoes in a large bowl and toss with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Use tongs to place the sweet potatoes onto the hot grill. Cook for 4 to 7 minutes on each side or until the potatoes are tender and charred on each side. Check early to be safe, every grill is different.
  • Transfer the potatoes to a plate or platter and serve warm.

Serve with Sauces

The grilled sweet potatoes are good plain, or you can serve them with any of the following condiments.

  • cilantro pesto
  • chimichurri sauce
  • honey mustard sauce
  • creamy cilantro lime dressing
  • tahini dressing
  • avocado sauce
  • BBQ sauce
  • ketchup
  • basil pesto or basil vinaigrette
  • tzatziki

What to Serve with Grilled Sweet Potatoes

Grilled sweet potatoes can be served as an appetizer or side dish. They go great with almost any meal, but if you need ideas, here are a few of our favorites.

  • Guacamole Bacon Burger
  • Honey Mustard Chicken
  • Steak Kabobs
  • Black Bean Tacos
  • Fried Chicken Sandwich
  • Grilled Italian Sausage and Peppers
  • Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches
  • Smashed Chickpea & Avocado Salad Sandwich

How to Store

Grilled sweet potatoes are best the day they are might, fresh off the grill. If you have leftover sweet potatoes, you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

You can reheat them in the air fryer, to crisp them back up. You can also use the oven, microwave, or put them back on the grill for a minute or two.


Do you have to soak or boil the sweet potatoes before grilling?

No, you don’t have to soak potatoes in water or cook them before grilling. You can put them directly on the grill and they will cook up nicely. Make sure you cut them in even rounds, about 1/4-inch thick, so they cook evenly.

Do you have to peel sweet potatoes before grilling?

No, I leave the skins on, but certainly can peel them before grilling. It is personal preference.

Can you put sweet potatoes directly on the grill?

Yes, I put the sweet potato rounds directly on the grill so they cook quickly and get nice grill marks. I love the charred flavor.

If I don’t have an outdoor grill can I cook the potatoes on a grill pan inside?

Absolutely! You can cook the potatoes on a grill pan inside using the stove.

More Sweet Potato Recipes

  • Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges
  • Baked Sweet Potato Fries
  • Mashed Sweet Potatoes
  • Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes
  • Sweet Potato Hash
  • Loaded Sweet Potato Nachos

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