Grilled Pesto Potatoes

This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy.

I love walking out our back door to pick fresh herbs. One of the many joys of summer. Earlier this week, I went outside to grab some fresh basil to make crostini. Our basil plants were exploding, so I decided to pick a bunch and make pesto. I used the pesto to make Grilled Pesto Potatoes.

I love making these potatoes because they are easy to prepare, full of flavor, and go great with any meal. Josh fired up the grill while I made the pesto. I covered red potatoes in pesto and put them in a foil packet. I love using foil packets because there is no clean up!

Josh grilled the potatoes to perfection and we served them with a Watermelon Feta Salad and sweet corn. I just love summer!

If you have leftover pesto you can make a Parmesan Crusted Grilled Cheese Sandwich or Crispy Gnocchi with Basil Pesto. We love these pesto recipes!

Don’t heat up the house this weekend. Get out the grill and grill up some Grilled Pesto Potatoes! They are the perfect side dish to any summer meal.

Email Yourself This Recipe
Just enter your email and get it sent to your inbox! Plus, you’ll get NEW recipes from us every week!

Grilled Pesto Potatoes

Grilled red potatoes with basil pesto. These simple potatoes are a great side dish to any meal.
No ratings yet


To make the basil pesto:

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves packed
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan-Reggiano cheese
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

For the Potatoes:

  • 5 red potatoes washed and cut into cubes
  • Cooking Spray
  • Aluminum Foil


  • Combine the basil, garlic, and pine nuts in a food processor or blender and pulse until coarsely chopped. With the machine running, slowly add the olive oil and process until smooth. Add the cheese and pulse until combined. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • In a medium bowl, combine potatoes and pesto. Mix until potatoes are well covered. Spray a large piece of aluminum foil with cooking spray. Add the potatoes and wrap in a foil packet. Wrap another piece of foil around the packet so it is sturdy enough to grill.
  • Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Place the potato packet on the grill. Cook for 15 minutes and then flip the packet. Cook for an additional 15 minutes, or until potatoes are tender and slightly crisp. Carefully remove the potatoes from the packet and serve warm.

Have you tried this recipe?

Leave a comment below and share a photo on Instagram. Tag @twopeasandpod and hashtag it with #twopeasandtheirpod

If you like these Grilled Pesto Potatoes, you might also like:

Get the best of the best!
4 Recipes Guaranteed to be New Favorites


I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
Read More

Vegetarian Kid Friendly Gluten-Free Side Dishes

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating


Leave a comment

  1. Hi, I would love to be able to pick herbs out of my garden. However I am left with store bought versions (also great I guess) and a loft apartment with no garden!! At least I have a great view over Johannesburg. Love this recipe, I would eat this as a meal on its own really – such a carb junky! Thanx for this!

  2. oh my goodness, maria – these look incredible! I’m seeing these with eggs for breakfast… haha

  3. This looks so good! We have potatoes in the garden for the first time this year, and are looking for recipes! I cant wait to make this!

  4. These are beautiful!! Now I’m regretting not growing my own herbs…I have a feeling store bought won’t taste nearly as good!!

  5. I made a pesto potato salad recently with taters that I had boiled but I’m thinking the smoky grill flavor would be infinitely better!

  6. These look awesome! I love potatoes, and my basil is having an awesome summer, so this is a perfect excuse to make a big batch of pesto!

  7. I love this so much!! Grilled potatoes are so good and with this pesto, they must be even better!

  8. I love homemade pesto! I never would have thought to put them on grilled potatoes though, not sure why. Will have to try once my basil plant explodes!

  9. I love grilling potatoes and will be using herbs de Provence for my Bastille dinner tomorrow night

  10. I LOVE pesto!! Such a great way to use it on these potatoes 🙂
    Congrats on your Babble listing!

  11. I’ve never thought of pesto on potatoes! Such a great idea! Sounds soo delicious.

  12. I love potatoes with pesto – well, I love anything with pesto, basically 🙂

  13. mmmmmmmm. I made a pesto potato salad last summer and it was sooooo good! Any veggies + pesto= winning combo!

  14. Oh heeeeeeeck yeah, gurl. I just made a potato salad as well! The pesto on this has me weepy. Divine.

  15. I just made these and they were great, although I have to confess, I used premade pesto because I had it on hand. They turned out great, and I will definitely make my own pesto next time, following this recipe. Make sure to wrap up the potatoes really well; otherwise, it is a bit tricky to get them off the bbq.

  16. There is nothing like picking vegetables and herbs out of your own garden. It’s theraputic and healthy and fun! I love your basil pesto – I have one plant growing at the moment though probably not enough for a whole batch of pesto…would gladly supplement using basil fom the store. Your grilled potatoes look fantastic – party in your back yard!!

  17. I will have to try the foil packets on the grill, that is brilliant! Pesto makes everything better.

  18. i’ve been eating plain baked potatoes with butter – again like a kid, but these sound great!

  19. aww I wish i had a basil plant!! Pesto is so awesome, and I would eat it every day if I could! I love that you put it on potatoes. 🙂 so creative!

  20. We make lots of pesto in the summer using basil, garlic scapes, Swiss chard and even beet greens. Love the idea of using pesto in these grilled potatoes.

  21. Yum! I have some potatoes that I picked up at the farmer’s market last week and I didn’t have any plans for them. Now I think I did 🙂

  22. Pesto is the absolute best! I just tried a great zucchini pesto from a farmers’ market the other day.

  23. Had company over for dinner last night and made these – a big hit! I did sub out the pine nuts for almonds, however. I always have almonds in my pantry and rarely think about buying pine nuts. It tasted excellent and was a great way to use up all that basil growing happily in my back yard! Thanks for the recipe!