By Christie Vanover | Published August 31, 2022 | Last Updated September 13, 2022
I have found the best way to make baked potatoes is on a Ninja Grill. The easy recipe only has three ingredients, making it the perfect side dish.
Once you bake these potatoes, add your favorite toppings like cheddar cheese, bacon bits, sour cream or even pulled pork.
Substitutions: This recipe also works great with sweet potatoes.
How to bake potatoes in a Ninja Grill
- STEP ONE: Clean your potatoes by rinsing them in the sink. If there are any dirt spots, you can rub them off with paper towels. Then, pierce it a few times on each side with the tines of a fork.
- STEP TWO: Use a basting brush to spread vegetable oil or olive oil all over the potato. This will help crisp the skin. You only need a little oil. Just brush enough to make it shiny.
- STEP THREE: Set your Ninja Grill to bake and set the temperature to 375F degrees. Then, set the time to one hour and select start. Once the grill is heated, place potatoes on the grill, leaving space between them and close the lid.
- STEP FOUR: After about 45 minutes, start checking the potatoes. If you have an instant read thermometer, look for the internal temperature to be 205-210F degrees. Otherwise, pierce them with a fork. Once the fork glides in, they’re ready.
The baking time will vary, depending on the size of your potatoes. Smaller, medium size potatoes will take less time.
How to make loaded baked potatoes
With the crispy, salty skin and super soft interior, these potatoes are so delicious, you could eat them plain, but there are many different ways to make them even better.
Take a sharp knife and slice the potato down the center, being careful not to cut all the way through.
Then, push the ends together to expose the soft tender inside. You can mash that with a fork.
For a classic loaded baked potato, add some butter, cheddar cheese and bacon bits and return the potato to the Ninja Grill for 5 minutes, until the cheese is melted.
Then, add the cool ingredients like sour cream, chopped chives or chopped green onions.
You can also turn your baked potato into a main dish by topping it with pulled pork or chili. Or go healthier and add broccoli or grilled mushrooms. Get creative.
How to store Ninja grilled baked potatoes
Baked potatoes are great for meal planning because they actually store really well. You may want to make a few extra for lunches and future meals.
When you plan to store them, don’t load them up. Leave them whole. Allow them to cool for 20-30 minutes. Then, place them in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
They’ll last for 5-7 days.
If you don’t want to eat loaded baked potatoes all week, you can slice them, top them with cheese and add them to the Ninja Grill, until they are heated through and the cheese melts.
You can also scoop out the insides, combine them with butter and milk and make mashed potatoes.
Or make twice-baked potato skins by cutting them in half, scooping out the inside, mixing it with butter and milk and returning it to the skins. Top with cheese and bake in the Ninja Grill, until warmed through.
Frequently Asked Questions
When you cook the potatoes at 375F degrees on the bake setting it will take 45-50 minutes.
There is no need to wrap the potatoes in foil. Because the Ninja Grill uses convection, the potatoes cook great unwrapped.
I like using the bake setting. It cooks a perfectly soft potato inside with a nice crispy skin.
Recipes that go great with baked potatoes
Ninja Grilled Baked Potatoes
- 4 large Idaho or Russet potatoes
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 tsp kosher salt
Loaded Baked Potato Toppings
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese shredded
- 1 tbsp bacon bits
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 2 tsp chives chopped
- Heat Grill: Set the Ninja Grill to cook function bake. Set the temperature to 375F degrees and the time to 1 hour.
- Prep Potato: Clean the potatoes with water. Pierce all over with a fork.
- Season: Using a basting brush, spread oil all over each potato and sprinkle with salt.
- Cook: When the grill is ready, place the potatoes on the grill grate and cook until fork tender, about 45-50 minutes. If you have an instant read thermometer, aim for a temperature between 205-210F degrees.
- For Loaded Baked Potatoes: Run your knife down the center of the potato without cutting all the way through. Push the ends together, so the inside of the potato is more exposed. Add butter, cheese and bacon bits. Return to the grill for 5 minutes. Top with sour cream and chives.