My name is Ashley McLaughlin and this is my blog, Edible Perspective. To learn more about my journey head on over to my about + FAQ pages. I'm thrilled that you stopped by. Enjoy!


For the latest details be sure to check my book page!  


Baked Doughnuts For Everyone: From Sweet to Savory to Everything in Between, 101 Delicious Recipes, All Gluten-Free


« Breakfast Friday | Mini Blueberry Pancakes with Strawberry Sauce + Coconut Whipped Cream | Main | Feta & Herb Chickpea Quinoa Sliders »

Grill-Smashed Crispy Herb + Garlic Potatoes

Potatoes are one of my very favorite foods to grill. The oven just can’t match what the grill can do when you’re talking about potatoes. The grill adds this extra layer of magical crispy goodness that when paired with garlic, herbs, and salt makes you want to eat nothing but potatoes for the rest of your life.

Grill-Smashed Crispy Herb + Garlic Potatoes |

I hope it’s not just me.

Also. Word to the wise. There is a proper way to smash potatoes if you don’t want them to completely fall apart. Do not, do not, use a fork to smash your potatoes. I learned this the hard way and now have a freezer bag full of fork-smashed potatoes in my freezer.

There are probably a few methods that would work here but I use a towel and the heel of my hand.

Potato smashing success.

Also, use creamy potatoes. The starchier the potato the more it will break apart when smashed. I learned this, too.

Grill-Smashed Crispy Herb + Garlic Potatoes |

You may have a few straggler pieces after flipping the potatoes, but trust me you won’t mind. They’ll be your favorite crispy bites.

Grill-Smashed Crispy Herb + Garlic Potatoes |

While you may be like, “I have to BOIL the potatoes AND grill them?? UGH!” trust me, it’s not that bad. Whenever I cook potatoes solely on the grill they seem to take for-ever to cook, some crisp more than others, and/or they don’t fully cook on the inside. This method will ensure perfectly cooked AND crisped potatoes.

I mean, just look at them.

Grill-Smashed Crispy Herb + Garlic Potatoes |

Print this!

recipe adapted from: Shutterbean

Grill-Smashed Crispy Herb + Garlic Potatoes gluten-free, vegan // serves 2-4

  • 1lb baby red potatoes, scrubbed
  • 2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh herbs, [I used a mix of rosemary, thyme, and oregano]
  • 2-3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • salt + pepper

Place potatoes in a large pot and cover by about 1-inch with cold water. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat then reduce heat to simmer until fork tender. [Avoid over/under cooking.] Cook time will vary depending on the size of your potatoes.

Remove potatoes from the water and place on a kitchen towel to cool for a few minutes. Spread the potatoes out, leaving 2-inches between each. Place another towel over the potatoes and with the heel of your hand gently flatten each potato to about 1/2-inch thick. [Refer to photos above.]

Preheat your grill to 400* F. Place olive oil in a small bowl and carefully pick up each potato [one at a time] and coat with oil using your fingers. Place each potato on a slotted grill pan. Sprinkle garlic, about 3/4 of the herbs, and a liberal amount of salt and pepper over the potatoes.

Place on the grill [avoiding hotspots] for about 8-10 minutes, until golden brown. Gently flip over [some of the potatoes may break apart a bit], drizzle a little more oil on top, and sprinkle with the rest of the herbs. Grill for another 6-10 minutes, or until golden and crispy.

Serve hot and finish with more salt, pepper, fresh herbs, parmesan cheese, etc. if desired.

notes: If you don’t have a grill pan you can use a large cast iron skillet or a baking sheet that will fit on your grill. If you don’t have a grill you can make these in your oven on a baking sheet at 425*F. They may take a bit longer to crisp up. Do not smash potatoes with a fork or they will fully fall apart. The creamier the potato the better it will hold together when smashed.

Grill-Smashed Crispy Herb + Garlic Potatoes |

Time to get your smash on.


Reader Comments (23)

Next up: smashing my face right in that holy mess.
June 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBev Weidner
Next up: smashing my face right in that holy mess.
June 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBev Weidner
I love making smashed potatoes in the oven - I think I'd like this grilled version even more!
June 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn
i saw something similar at Shutterbean and now your grilled version is want to make it right now!
June 18, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdixya
Crispy smashed potatoes are one of my favorite things! These are so pretty!
I've been wanting to try smashed potatoes for ever! I've never seen them grilled, though. So smart!
I have that same grill pan and love it so much! And these potatoes?!?!?! Whoa now.... we love good smashed potatoes but on the grill??? That's a whole new thing to love. What a great idea!
June 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKate
What a smashingly great idea, Ashley. These will go perfect with any summer BBQ.
June 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatt Robinson
These look amaaazing! Love that you get the best of both worlds - fluffy middles but plenty of crispy bits :)
I've never smashed potatoes, I need to try it!!
June 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLivi
Usually Im that person that's like 'ugh boil AND grill', buuuut these look amazing and potatoes are my favorite ever, so I'm sold.
This looks delish. Could you please suggest potato variety types that are "creamy"? Thanks!
June 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLori
Oh man, do these potatoes ever sound delicious! It's definitely time to break out the grill now. :)
June 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEileen
These look wonderful. I'm happy to have found your blog - the story of how you started is very inspirational!
June 18, 2014 | Unregistered Commentersusan - ofeverymoment
Aaaaand I just found a new way to love potatoes! I don't usually buy potatoes other than sweet potatoes or yams. This needs to change. Also, when you posted this on instagram, I thought you meant that you grilled them as in bbq-ed them for some reason! Although that might still work?! Regardless, these look amazing.
OMG these look amazing. And so versatile too! It's moments like these that I lament living in the city, with no backyard and no grill :(
June 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlexandra
I love anything roasted or anything potato, so this sounds heavenly Ashley!
June 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMillie l Add A Little
A great way to make potatoes, look delicious:)
June 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHelena
Hello my potato-loving friend :)
These look IN-credible. Can't wait to try these as a side dish this summer!
love this! Bryant Terry has a similar recipe in his new book Afro-Vegan. Looks delicious. I mean, who doesn't love a perfectly crispy, squishy-smooth in the middle potato?
That's how I do mine too! Allow me to wipe away my drool, sorry!! Baby red smashed potatoes are my favorite!
Its different receipe, i will definetly try this..
This is such a great idea, especially for us who don't like cleaning up our messes! yum! these look super easy and tasty!
June 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAthletic Avocado

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
All HTML will be escaped. Hyperlinks will be created for URLs automatically.