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Grilled Sweet Potatoes

These grilled sweet potatoes are beautifully charred and caramelized on the outside and tender on the inside. Just a sprinkling of salt and pepper gives this standout vegetable a chance to show off its natural sweet flavors!

Grilled sweet potatoes on plate.
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Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges

One of the best things about BBQ season is it gives grilled vegetables a chance to shine. A really simple side dish goes a long way when the natural flavors are brought out. The char, the caramelization, and the way it provides a crispy tender result are all the reasons why grilled sweet potatoes are magic!

I LOVE sweet potatoes. Sweet potato fries, roasted sweet potatoes, and oven baked sweet potatoes are a few of my favorite ways to enjoy them. However, when grilling season starts, it’s all about the grilled sweet potato. Give me a side of garlic aioli or cilantro lime crema to dip them in and I could eat them by the bowl!

This is a quick and simple recipe with basic seasoning because again, the flavor of the sweet potato is really the star of the show. Once you master this recipe, the sky is the limit to however you choose to flavor them.

Cut sweet potato and seasonings in bowl.

Are Sweet Potatoes and Yams the Same Thing?

Nope! These two get confused all the time. Especially because they look so similar. They are different in that sweet potatoes are much more tender and yams are much starchier and fibrous and because of this, yams do much better when boiled. Sweet potatoes have a deeper orange color on the inside and yams are lighter. On the outside, yams actually resemble a russet potato more than a sweet potato.

Cut sweet potatoes on grill.

Tips and Variations

  • Slice your potato rounds into similar sizes for even grilling.
  • You can cut your potatoes into thick wedges instead of rounds if you prefer. Works awesome as finger food for dipping!
  • Drizzle with a little honey or maple syrup for added sweetness and caramelized crispiness.
  • Sprinkle with fresh herbs to finish them off at the end before serving.
  • I prefer to peel my potatoes before grilling them, but you can decide not to. When grilling wedges, you may want to leave the skin on.
  • You know your grill best. The potatoes are tossed in oil before being placed on the grill, but you’ll know whether you think you need to oil the grill beforehand.
Grilled sweet potatoes on plate.

What to Serve with Grilled Sweet Potatoes

Storing & Reheating

  • To store: Leftovers can be kept in an airtight container stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. Can be eaten cold tossed in salads or warmed back up again.
  • To reheat: For quick heat, you can use the microwave. If you want to get them back a slightly crispier consistency, and a nicer flavor, reheat in the air fryer or oven for 5 minutes at 300°F.


How can I add extra flavor to the sweet potatoes?

There are so many ways! Before you grill them toss them in taco seasoning or even chili seasoning. After they come off the grill sprinkle with brown sugar and butter or serve the classic way with butter and sour cream.

Should I soak sweet potatoes before grilling them?

I usually don’t, but if you like yours to be crispy on the surface soaking them can help remove the starches from the cut areas.

How to make grilled sweet potatoes?

Slice your sweet potato into desired shape then toss with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place potatoes directly on grill and grill 5 minutes. Flip and grill another 3-5 minutes.

Do I need to wrap the sweet potatoes in a foil packet?

No, this may cause them to steam rather than get that beautiful grilled and charred taste!

Grilled sweet potatoes on plate.

Ready to grilled more vegetables? Try grilled potatoes, grilled asparagus or grilled corn, next!

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Grilled Sweet Potatoes

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
These grilled sweet potatoes are beautifully charred and caramelized on the outside and tender on the inside. Just a sprinkling of salt and pepper gives this standout vegetable a chance to show off its natural sweet flavors!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes , washed and peeled
  • 2 to 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

For serving (optional): Freshly chopped parsley or cilantro, garlic aioli or cilantro lime crema


    • Clean your grill and preheat to 350°F. Slice sweet potatoes in 1/4-inch rounds or lengthwise 1/2-inch thick.
    • Place the potatoes in a bowl. Add the olive oil, salt and pepper. Toss until combined.
    • Place the potatoes on the grill grates using tongs. Close the grill lid and cook 5 minutes. Flip and cook an additional 3 to 5 minutes, or until they have grill marks and are slightly browned on the edges.
    • Transfer to a serving platter and serve while warm. Salt and pepper to taste. Add fresh herbs if desired.


    Storage: Store leftovers in a covered container for up to 3 days.
    Reheating: You can reheat in the microwave, however these taste best reheated on the grill, in an airfryer or the oven. Simply cook at 300°F for 5 minutes or until warm.
    Dipping sauce: These taste delicious dipping in a garlic aioli.
    Garlic aioli: Whisk together 1/3 cup mayo, 2 cloves minced garlic, 2 teaspoons lemon juice and 2 teaspoons olive oil. Salt and pepper to taste.


    Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 471mg | Potassium: 512mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 21451IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg

    Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

    Course: Side Dish
    Cuisine: American

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