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Cheddar Bacon Potato Packets

Cheddar Bacon Potato Packets are cooked in foil over a grill or a campfire (or oven!) Tender potatoes topped with melted cheese and bacon!

GRILLING POTATOES

If I had to choose a favorite vegetable, it would have to be the potato. They are just so versatile (and filling!) I just love to make so much with taters. The possibilities are endless. Some of y’all might remember the Creamy Garlic Potato Packet recipe I shared a few years ago. This just takes those potatoes up a notch. I mean, really, how can you go wrong with cheese and bacon?

close up photo of cooked potatoes with melted cheese, crumbled bacon and sliced green onions.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

What is the best cheese to use?

I prefer a mild cheddar for this. It melts well and tastes great but you can use whatever cheese you enjoy. I think gouda cheese would be a perfect subsitute.

Can these potato packets be made in the oven?

Yes! Place packets on a baking sheet in a 375F degree oven for about 45 minutes (until potatoes are fork tender).

What kind of potato should I use?

I think russet potatoes or Yukon gold work best with this recipe. Yukon gold would give you a slightly more creamier texture.

Could I add meat to these packets?

Yes, you could add chicken or even perhaps a lean ground beef. If you want to see how I use ground beef in this style of packets, check out my Hamburger Hobo packets recipe!

Cheddar Bacon Potato Foil Campfire Packets recipe from The Country Cook, potatoes, bacon and cheese shown in a packet of aluminum foil.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • russet potatoes
  • salted butter
  • milk cheddar cheese
  • cooked & crumbled bacon
  • green onions
  • salt and pepper
russet potatoes, salted butter, milk, cheddar cheese, cooked crumbled bacon, green onions, salt and pepper.

HOW TO MAKE CHEDDAR BACON POTATO PACKETS:

Preheat grill to medium heat (make sure grates are clean). You’ll need 4 large squares of foil to make these packets. If you aren’t using nonstick aluminum foil, you’ll need to make sure you spray the foil really well with nonstick cooking spray to keep potatoes from sticking while cooking.

Place cubed potatoes on each of the 4 aluminum foil squares. Add 1 tablespoon. butter to each pile of potatoes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste.

diced cubed potatoes on aluminum foil and topped with butter.

 Cover potatoes with about 1/2 cup shredded cheese and 1/4 cup bacon pieces.

shredded cheese and bacon pieces on top of cubed potatoes and aluminum foil.

Wrap foil securely around potatoes. Pierce foil with a knife several times to vent steam while cooking. Place on grill. Cover and cook over medium heat for about 45-60 minutes until potatoes are tender.

four potato packets shown on grill.

Once potatoes are finished, sprinkle with sliced green onions. This makes 4 very generous servings. A large potato might be enough for 2 people to share.

forkful of potato, cheese and diced bacon.

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Cheddar Bacon Potato Packets (+Video)

Cheddar Bacon Potato Packets are cooked in foil over a grill or a campfire (or oven!) Tender potatoes topped with melted cheese and bacon!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 4 medium russet potatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 Tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 cups shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup cooked and crumbled bacon
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 squares aluminum foil large

Instructions

  • Preheat grill to medium heat (about 350F – 375F degrees.) Make sure grill grates are clean.
  • Cut 4 large squares of nonstick aluminum foil. If you aren't using nonstick aluminum foil, you'll need to make sure you spray the foil really well with nonstick cooking spray to keep potatoes from sticking while cooking.
  • Place cubed potatoes on each of the 4 aluminum foil squares.
  • Add 1 tbsp salted butter to each pile of potatoes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Cover potatoes with about 1/2 cup shredded cheese and 1/4 cup bacon pieces.
  • Wrap foil securely around potatoes.
  • Pierce foil with a knife several times to vent steam while cooking.
  • Place on preheated grill.
  • Cover and cook over medium heat for about 45-60 minutes until potatoes are tender.
  • Once potatoes are finished, sprinkle with sliced green onions.

Video

Notes

  • I prefer a mild cheddar for this. It melts well and tastes great but you can use whatever cheese you enjoy. I think gouda cheese would be a perfect subsitute.
  • These packets can be made in the oven. Place packets on a baking sheet in a 375F degree oven for about 45 minutes (until potatoes are fork tender).
  • I think russet potatoes work best for this particular recipe. Yukon gold would also work as well.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 528kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 33g | Sodium: 510mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Originally published: August 2012
Updated & republished: June 2021

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25 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This baked potato recipe is absolutely amazing and delicious. It didn’t take long to make and it was so easy. My whole family loved the potatoes. This recipe is definitely a keeper.

  2. I put all the ingredients in a baking dish, covered w/ foil, vented and baked with my dinner. It was AMAZING!! everyone enjoyed it. Will definitely make again. Also a great side dish for a party/crowd.

  3. I've struggled with making good breakfast potatoes for our guests. This would be perfect and with little fuss – I can concentrate on other things while the oven does all the work. Thanks for this!

  4. I will shield myself from the disapproving looks, but I baste the foil generously with clarified bacon drippings rather than use the spray. I can't help it, it's what I raised with and the potatoes taste great! (Ducking now…)

  5. PJ – good question! I'm not sure I have a good answer though. The trick is with broccoli is you want it to steam but not get too wilted down. I would probably add it in the last 20 minutes of cooking if you could handle taking them out, opening and putting broccoli in (being careful of the steam). If you try it – let me know!

  6. I have been spending a fortune every payday BUYING packages (many)of frozen potatoes and broccoli in a cheddar sauce due to a crazy addiction to them. Thanks to this posting, I will now begin mass production of these packages and freezing them for future use.

    How will the time and temp need to be changed if I add broccoli to this recipe and cook in the oven…..or will it? Thanks for sharing…..this is a lifesaver!

  7. I love the simplicity of the recipe. I can't wait to make it. I live in an apartment and we can not have a gas or charcoal grill on our patio. Will this work on a George Forman grill?

  8. I made these for my family and everyone loved them! They were a huge hit and little did they know how simple it was to make. It literally took me minutes to put together and cooked in the oven while I prepared the rest of the meal! Definitely a keeper. Thanks for sharing.

  9. These look delicious. I bet the would work with the frozen hash browns – the cubed ones, not the grated ones, too. That would make it even faster for when you are in a hurry.

  10. I started to scroll though this recipe, even though the name of the recipe really didn't catch my attention. Let me tell you though, when I saw the picture of cheesy goodness, I was absolutely sold and so glad I kept looking. Yum