Cooking Food Grilling Recipe

Grilled Tater Tots

I tried grilling tater tots, because... why not?!

This evening I walked downstairs after putting the kids to bed, and wondered “hmmm… I wonder what would happen if I grilled tater tots.”

Notice that quote doesn’t end with a question mark. That’s because when you say the words “I wonder,” it’s actually a statement. Sorry, it just drives me nuts when people end an “I wonder” statement (or any other declaration) with incorrect punctuation.

I hate that?

Anyway. I took some tots out of the freezer, grabbed an aluminum pan and some spray, and got to work.

What you’ll need:

  • Tater tots
  • An aluminum pan
  • Nonstick spray
  • A grill
  • A spatula or some tongs

How I Grilled the Tots:

  1. Preheat the grill, but leave one of the burners on medium heat. For example, on my own grill, I have three burners, I turned the left and the middle on high, and left the right on medium.
  2. Spray the aluminum tray with nonstick spray, and place a layer of tots in the bottom of the pan.
  3. Once the grill is heated (mine was up around 450 on the built-in thermometer) place the tray of tots over the medium burner (far right for me)
  4. Close the lid and cook for 10 minutes.
  5. Check the tots, and carefully flip them with tongs or a spatula.
  6. Cook for another five minutes, and then flip again.
  7. Cook for a final 5-7 minutes, and remove them from the heat. Note: if you want crispier tots, crank up the heat and get them sizzling!

The verdict: This worked pretty well. The tots were cooked through, and had some crispiness to them. I’ll admit I was less than gentle when I flipped them, which is why some of them crumbled, but that’s an easy fix (be gentle). I was also cooking some bacon simultaneously, and I let a few of the pieces drip into the tot pan, which was delicious.

If you’re wondering, I think you should go for it!

Frozen tots in an aluminum tray (pre-sprayed with non-stick cooking spray)
I shoved it in the back corner of the grill for the first 10 mintues.
Here they are after the first 10…
…and after tossing them around a bit.
After another 5, you can really start to see that golden brown color coming out.
This is about when I stationed a couple pieces of bacon over the pan and let it drip drip drip on in for a few minutes.
About 5 minutes later I gave them a final (unfortunately violent) toss.
The final result (alongside a tasty chicken sandwich)

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