Grilled French Fries

Grilled French Fries are incredibly crispy cooked on the outdoor grill, perfect for backyard burgers or camping trips.

Grilled French Fries

Grilled French Fries

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

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How Do You Grill French Fries?

It is an easy enough operation to do fries on the grill. We can achieve this using frozen French  fries, which are partially  cooked before freezing, and usually bake in an oven.

Grilling them on a mesh rack with the lid closed creates an oven-like environment that is also filled with smoke. This adds the most wonderful flavor!

Grilled French Fries

Are Grilled French fries crispy?

You might be amazed at  the difference using frozen fries makes. Instead of having something similar to a roasted potato wedge, the krinkle cut fries get as crispy as if you made them in your kitchen oven. And they have little charred edges which are just wonderful.

Are Grilled French fries more healthy?

Grilled French fries are obviously lower in fat than deep fried potatoes. They do compare to doing frozen fries in either the oven or air fryer.

Do You Need a Grill Basket for Grilled French Fries?

It is probably a good idea to use either a grill basket or mesh grate to cook your potatoes on.  The fries will be turned frequently to prevent burning. And  as they turn, you don’t really want those falling  through your regular  grate.

What to Serve with Grilled French Fries?

Grilled French fries are the perfect accompaniment to backyard burgers, steaks and many kinds of barbecue  or sandwiches.

Do My Potatoes Need to Be Frozen?

You can start them rock solid frozen on the grill, just as with cooking frozen fries indoors. As well, you  can pack a bag  of frozen fries to take with you to a remote or park cookout  or even camping. Just keep those chilled in the  cooler. They will grill up thawed in  almost  the  same amount of time as the frozen ones. Give or take a minute or two.

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Grilled French Fries

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Grilled French Fries

Grilled French Fries

Sue Lau
4.62 from 13 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • BBQ Grill
  • Mesh Grill Grate or Grilling Basket


  • 16 ounce bag frozen krinkle cut French fries (can also be thawed)
  • 1-2 tablespoons oil
  • salt (as needed)
  • ketchup or bbq sauce (for dipping)


  • Place mesh grate or grill basket on the grill and heat grill to around 325-350F.
  • Lightly drizzle frozen or thawed fries with oil.
  • Place fries on the grill grate and close lid.
  • Grill for about 20-25 minutes, turning occasionally to prevent scorching, until they are golden and crisp.
  • Season to taste with salt and serve hot with dipping sauces.


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