This easy to make Traeger baked potato recipe is perfect for your summer time meal! Perfectly smoked and full of creaminess, these potatoes are a hit!
Pair them with your favorite toppings or make our smoked twice baked potatoes!
If you haven’t made smoked potatoes, stick around! I’m sharing how to make these simply on a Traeger pellet grill (or your favorite smoker!) These will become your new favorite summer side dish with the perfect amount of smoky flavor!
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This post has been updated from its original publish date of August 6, 2020. It has been updated to provide better photos, additional helpful information and step by step instructions.
Traeger Baked Potatoes
Keep the heat out of the kitchen during the summer when baking potatoes! This recipe can be made from start to finish completely on the Traeger!
However, if you would like to prep the potatoes before hand, they can be started in the oven and finished on the grill.
Favorite baked potato toppings:
There really are so many options for topping the Traeger baked potatoes! You really can’t go wrong with choosing some of the classic baked potato ingredients.
But if you’re looking for some fresh ideas, here’s a few of our favorites!
You could serve them with butter, fresh cracked black pepper, salt, and fresh herbs, or try one of these delicious flavor combinations for a load baked potato.
- Classic: Sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese (or mix it up with a smoked cheese like gouda), chives, bacon.
- Chili cheese: Chili, shredded cheddar cheese, green or purple onion, sour cream. This is a great use for leftover chili!
- Mexican style: Pico de Gallo or other favorite salsas/hot sauce, black beans, corn, cheddar cheese, sour cream, cilantro. Optional: top with a homemade guacamole.
Twice baked potato ingredients
Our favorite way for cooking baked potatoes on the Traeger is to make them twice baked! You can simply make a smoked baked potato.
Or you can stir in the green onions, salt, sour cream, and cheddar cheese for a super delicious side to go with your summer meal.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- large Yukon Gold potatoes – you can substitute for russet potatoes or red potatoes if desired, but I love the creaminess of the Yukon potatoes!
- green onions
- sour cream
- cheddar cheese
- drizzle of canola oil, olive oil, or avocado oil – this is used for creating a crispy potato skin and protects it from splitting open later.
Begin by preheating the Traeger to 400 degrees F, keeping the lid closed.
Wash and dry the potatoes – be sure to give them a good scrubbing to remove the dirt.
Place the potatoes on a baking sheet and rub them with the oil, be sure to coat all sides lightly.
You can add the potatoes pellet smoker while on the baking sheet. Or place them directly on the grill grates.
Bake the potatoes for 1 hour, making sure they’re cooked through. Use a fork or a sharp knife to pierce the potato skin and check for doneness.
At this point, you can allow them to cool slightly and serve with your favorite baked potato toppings. Or continue on to make smoked twice baked potatoes.
Allow the potatoes to cool slighly and then use a sharp knife, and slice each potato in half lengthwise.
Scoop out the insides of the potatoes and place into a large bowl. Try to be careful not to tear the shell. Leave a small amount of the potato on the skin of the potatoes for extra support.
Lay the hollowed out potato shells on a baking sheet.
Add the potatoes, half of the shredded cheese, sour cream, salt, green onions to a large mixing bowl and incorporate well.
Stuff the potato shells with the filling. It is totally fine if they are heaping! Top each potato with the remaining shredded cheese.
Place them in the preheated Traeger until the potato is warmed through, 15 to 20 minutes.
Allow the twice baked potatoes to cool slightly & enjoy!
How to store leftover Traeger baked potatoes
If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container inside of the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat them in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 10-15, or until warmed through.
FAQ (frequently asked questions)
It takes about 1 hour to bake a potato on a smoker or pellet grill at 400 degrees, F.
Any of the fruit wood chips are good like cherry and apple. Our favorite is apple. I would avoid using really strong flavors like mesquite or hickory for potatoes as they usually come out a bit overpowering.
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Smoked Twice Baked Potatoes
- 8 large Yukon gold potatoes
- 1 teaspoons salt
- 3 green onions
- 1 cup sour cream
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese divided
- drizzle of oil
- Preheat Traeger at 400 degree F.
- Wash and dry potatoes. Place the potatoes on a baking sheet and rub them with oil.
- Bake the potatoes for 1 hour, making sure they're cooked through.
- Allow the potatoes to cool slighly and then use a sharp knife, and slice each potato in half lengthwise.
- Scoop out the insides of the potatoes into a large bowl. Try to be careful not to tear the shell. Leave a small amount of the potato intact for extra support. Lay the hollowed out potato shells on a baking sheet.
- Add the potatoes, half of the shredded cheese, sour cream, salt, green onions to a large mixing bowl and incorporate well.
- Fill the potato shells with the filling. It is totally fine if they are heaping! Top each potato with the remaining shredded cheese and bake them in the Traeger until the potato is warmed through, 15 to 20 minutes.
- Serve & enjoy!