Why not take the stress of the Thanksgiving kitchen away by making one of the most popular sides out on the grill? This Grilled Sweet Potato Casserole takes an old fashioned classic out for a spin by cooking it out on the grill with an alternative crunchy topping.
When Thanksgiving rolls around, it’s the perfect time to step up your grilling game and show some muscle here. The best part of this recipe is you are going to look like a life saver standing outside making one of the most important sides to hit the table. Yet, for you, it’s time away from the craziness of the kitchen. Granted, this will only take 30-45 minutes, but there are always ways to DRAG this out even longer. 😀😀
The best part is if you are grilling or spatchcocking a full bird or smoking turkey breasts or thighs this year, you can make this out on the grill in the time that the turkey is removed, tented and resting for perfect timing.
🍽️ Why This Works
Simple | This is a super simple recipe with a little bit of a spin to it that makes it just a bit different, yet it still stays within the “addicting” category.
Quick | After cooking the sweet potatoes indoors or out on the grill (this is my choice as I am out of the house with all the chaos), you can toss this together in about 5-7 minutes before putting on the grill.
Great for Entertaining | This is the most incredible tasting recipe that is great when you have guests. They love the Great Grains Cereal topping. It is a fun alternative to the classic brown sugar + pecans. As a bonus, this makes enough for a crowd.
Opens up the Oven | When trying to juggle Thanksgiving or other special holidays, it’s hard to work around the busy oven. This is your solution right here, just make this bad boy outside. Spoiler alert: it tastes better anyways.
Sweet Potato | We like to use the sweet potatoes from the grill but you can bake these in the oven.
Great Grains Cereal | If you haven’t used this cereal before, you are missing out and I’m so glad you are making this recipe. This cereal is adding so much crunchy goodness. The raisins, oats, dates and pecans are all packed together so you don’t have to go out and buy each item. You can always add in extra brown sugar or nuts, if desired. We used the Crunchy Pecan version but the Cranberry Almond Crunch would work great here as well.
Step One: Heat grill to 350-375 degrees over indirect heat.
Step Two: Combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, cloves, nutmeg and orange juice into a bowl and stir. Combine that mixture with the mashed sweet potatoes and eggs and stir well.
Step Three: Pour the sweet potato mixture into an aluminum pan that is sprayed with non stick spray. Sprinkle with the Great Grains Cereal and pecans, if choosing to do so.
Step Four: Place the casserole over the grill and cook for 30-45 minutes or until golden brown.
❗ Expert Tips
Use a disposable pan. Who wants to add more dishes to a busy and hectic day?
Divide up the sweet potato mixture and make ½ with the cereal mixture and ½ with the hold fashioned classic brown sugar/pecans.
Watch the heat as you don’t want this to burn. Take note that we did grill this on INDIRECT for that reason. We explain all of that here if you haven’t specifically used indirect heat before.
If you don’t want to cook the sweet potatoes out on the grill, consider baking them the day before and putting them in the refrigerator until you are ready to mix them up. It is just a quick way to take more stress off of the day.
Add a bit of orange zest or a bit of crushed pineapples to give it a bit of tropical flair.
The eggs are used to stiffen it up and hold the mixture together. It also helps it become lighter than being a dense blob of sweet potatoes.
Nope. The sweet potatoes are golden orange and taper at the ends. The yams are white and cylindrical. Sweet potatoes taste sweet and yams are dry and have a lot more starch in them.
You most likely overcooked the sweet potatoes. Make sure to check them often when you are cooking them to ensure they are just done and not too soft.
Since sweet potato casserole is suppose to be a savory dish, it’s tough to make sure it is not too sweet. If your version is a little too much on the sweet side, add a little bit of sour cream or buttermilk to cut it down. If you think it might be too sweet to begin with, cut out the brown sugar or only use ½ of it. It’s much easier to ADD then take out.
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Grilled Sweet Potato Casserole
- Disposable Pan
Sweet Potato Casserole
- 4 Sweet Potatoes cooked and mashed
- 2 Eggs
- ¼ cup Brown Sugar
- ½ cup Orange Juice
- ½ tsp Cinnamon
- ½ tsp Salt
- ¼ tsp Ground Cloves
- ¼ tsp Nutmeg
- 1 cup Great Grains Cereal
- ½ cup Pecans chopped, optional
- Heat grill to 350-375 degrees over indirect heat.
- Combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, cloves, nutmeg and orange juice into a bowl and stir. Combine that mixture with the mashed sweet potatoes and eggs and stir well.
- Pour the sweet potato mixture into an aluminum pan that is sprayed with non stick spray. Sprinkle with the Great Grains Cereal and pecans, if choosing to do so.
- Place the casserole over the grill and cook for 30-45 minutes or until golden brown.