Grilled German Potato Salad


The usually undercooked potatoes and lack of mayo characteristic of German potato salad have usually hindered my appreciation for this dish. So in my version, the potatoes are grilled over some smoky coals until tender. Best enjoyed warm, or at least room temp, this is the perfect addition to a sunny picnic table.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
8 servings


  • 2 ½ pounds Yukon Gold potatoes

For the Dressing:

  • ½ pound bacon, sliced

  • 1 cup diced yellow onion

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste

  • ½ cup white wine vinegar

  • ¼ cup freshly chopped Italian parsley


  1. Preheat a grill for 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Add potatoes. Grill, flipping occasionally, until potatoes are barely just tender when poked with a skewer, about 15 minutes. Let sit until cool enough to handle.

  2. Cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat until grease becomes foamy, about 5 minutes. Remove half the bacon with a slotted spoon; reserve for the topping. Add onion to the rest of the bacon in the pan; cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, peel potatoes. Cut into quarters, then into 1/2-inch slices. Place in a bowl.

  4. Stir sugar, salt, black pepper, cayenne, and vinegar in with the bacon. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Stir and remove dressing from heat.

  5. Pour dressing over the potatoes; toss to combine. Let sit for 5 minutes. Mix again and add parsley. Top with reserved bacon. Enjoy warm.

Chef's Note:

I use a ton of bacon in my version, because it's bacon, but if you do decide to use less, you'll have to add some vegetable or olive oil to the dressing to make up the difference. If you want your dressing tangier, add more vinegar, but if you want it less so, you'll have to adjust with vegetable oil, since you can't add more bacon fat.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

184 Calories
4g Fat
31g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 184
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 706mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 4mg 22%
Calcium 10mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 96mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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