How To Grill French Fries [Inc. 11 Must-Try Recipes]

Are you tired of using the same old recipes to make french fries at home? Maybe you are preparing for a cookout, a campout, or just wanting to try something new. Grilling french fries is a tasteful alternative to the usual baking or frying of potatoes. Are you wondering how to grill your fries just right? We scoured through recipes and additional sources to break down how you can grill french fries, partnered with 11 recipes that will impress your friends, family, or just yourself.

French fries can be grilled. While there are many recipes with specifics on the process, there are basics across the board. Here are the basic steps to grilling your fries:

  1. Prepare your potatoes
  2. Place potatoes on the grill
  3. Cover and grill, flip, and repeat grill time
  4. Serve immediately

These steps are the core of grilling french fries, but there are many ways to dress up or flavor your fries. Keep reading as we give you flavorful recipes and break down how to cook fries on a griddle.

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Grilled French Fry Recipes You Will Love

You can stick with simple recipes or get creative with an array of unique flavors. There is something for everyone when it comes to grilling up fries. We'll provide you with both simple and inspired recipes below.

1. Grilled French Fries

This recipe is as simple as it gets for grilling french fries. All you need is your potatoes, seasoned salt, and olive oil. Grill the prepared potatoes for about 3-4 minutes on each side and serve immediately for that full flavor. Get the full recipe at Real Food Finds.

2. Grilled French Fries With Spicy Ketchup

These grilled fries have a touch of garlic and salt. Paired with spicy ketchup made with sweet chili and balsamic vinegar. To create an extra-crispy texture, take the cover off your fries for a few minutes before serving. See the full recipe here on Life, Love & Good Food.

3. Grilled Fries In A Pan

This recipe calls for the use of a cast-iron pan on the grill. The cooking time is slightly longer at 30-35 minutes, but the technique will leave you with well browned, delicious french fries. Have a look at the full recipe here on 101 Cooking For Two.

Have a look at this pre-seasoned cast iron skillet here on Amazon.

4. Grilled Foil Packet Loaded Cheese Fries

Looking for some added flavor? These loaded cheese fries are for you, with added tastes of bacon, cheese, and chives. These fries cook on the grill wrapped in foil, keeping all the flavor seeping into your fries. Get the full recipe here on Hip 2 Save.

You can get uncured bacon bits here on Amazon.

5. Grilled Potato Rounds

Instead of the standard cut fries, enjoy potato rounds on the grill. Using canola oil and your seasoned salt to perfect the taste of these grilled delights. Have a look at the full recipe here on A Mind “Full” Mom.

6. Grilled Sweet Potato Fries

These grilled sweet potato fries will leave you with a crispy and addictive snack or side dish. Bursting with paprika, garlic, and onion flavors, bring these potatoes to a crisp directly on the grill. Find the entire recipe here on Eating By Elaine.

7. Smoky Potato Wedges

These aren't your standard french fries. This recipe for smoky potato wedges brings many complimenting flavors using Dijon mustard, lemon juice, and parsley.  Get the full recipe here on Catz In The Kitchen.

Get a bottle of traditional Dijon mustard here on Amazon. 

8. Sesame Garlic Grilled Sweet Potato Fries With Yogurt Curry Dip

These healthy, flavorful sweet potato fries can be grilled up in just 20 minutes. Cut your fries about 1 inch thick and bathe them in a sesame oil and garlic mix before laying them on the grill. View the full recipe here on Ambitious Kitchen.

Have a look at this toasted sesame oil here on Amazon. 

9. BBQ Sweet Potato Fry Nachos

Make the perfect party snack using your grill and some waffle sweet potato fries.  Create that nacho flavor by topping your grilled fries with sour cream, jalapeño slices, and crumbled feta cheese.  Have a look at the full recipe here on Pizzazzerie.

10. Grilled French Fries With Diamond Grill Marks

Are you looking to perfect the presentation at your cookout? These diamond grill marks can help with that. Allow your fries to grill for about 8 minutes on each side, and finish them off with a garlic butter brush. See the full recipe here on Grilling 24x7.

You can find garlic butter seasoning here on Amazon. 

11. Campfire Chili Cheese Fries

Campfire chili cheese fries are an easy and delicious meal made on the grill. Gather your fries, a can of chili, and cheddar cheese in a tin foil packet, and allow the grill to do the rest. Have a look at the full recipe here on The Kitchen Magpie.

These are just a handful of recipes for grilling french fries. As you can see, there are many varieties and flavors to choose from. Stick to a simple, 3-ingredient grilled french fry, or try your hand at a unique change in taste. Either way, you will enjoy the outcome.

Read more on our blog post, “How To Cut French Fries With A Food Processor.”

Do You Season Fries Before Or After Grilling?

The point at which you season fries depends on which cooking method you are using. Deep-fried french fries get seasoned immediately after cooking; baked fries get seasoned before they are cooked.  The grilling method requires you to season your potatoes before you add them to the grill.

You can find an all-seasons salt great for fries here on Amazon. 

Learn more on our blog post, “How To Season French Fries [11 Super Tasty Suggestions].”

Can You Cook French Fries On A Griddle?

You can cook french fries on a griddle and should. You will end up with perfectly crispy fries. Get your oil, seasoning salt, and a large spatula for flipping. Ensure your griddle has been preheated and lay down your fries. Don't flip them until the downside has been browned.

You can find a full recipe for Blackstone griddle frozen french fries here on Or Whatever You Do. 

Take a look at this electric griddle offered here on Amazon. 

Read more on our blog post, “French Fries Too Soft And Soggy — What To Do?”

Can I Put Frozen French Fries On The Grill?

Frozen french fries can go on the grill. They may even turn out better than what you get in the oven. Frozen french fries can be laid directly on the grill or wrapped or laid on foil. If you have easy control of your grill's heat, defrost your fries on medium heat and then complete your grilling on medium-high heat.

Learn more on our blog post, “How To Make Extra Crispy French Fries [And Keep Them That Way].”

Can I Use Aluminum Foil For Fries?

Aluminum foil can be used for fries and is utilized in a few recipes we listed above. The campy method of grilling fries includes throwing your fries in an aluminum pouch with the added flavors of your choice. You then put the aluminum pouch on the grill or over the fire and let the heat do the work.

Foil gets utilized on more than just the grill. Many baked fry recipes call for a wrap of aluminum foil as well. Aluminum foil pouches or a baking sheet lined with foil are both acceptable when cooking up your french fries.

In Summary

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Grilling french fries is easy and offers many flavors. This cooking method is perfect for a camping trip, cookout, or if you have easy access to a grill. Create smoky fries, seasoned fries, and try your hand at sweet potato fries. Countless tastes are waiting for you. We hope you found this article insightful when choosing the perfect grilled french fry recipe for you. Happy grilling!

Looking for more information on fries? Have a look at our blog post, “French Fries Vs. American Home Fries — What's The Difference?”

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