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Smoked Traeger Scalloped Potatoes

This recipe for homemade Traeger Scalloped Potatoes is simple, creamy, and my go-to for a side for our Easter ham! We also like this next to our Beef Tenderloins, and even for brunch! Simple ingredients make this a classic made-from-scratch recipe really taste special!

Traeger Scalloped Potatoes

Smoked Scalloped Potatoes

When you need a filling, hearty, comforting side to serve next to almost any main, I present to you one of the most classic pans of comfort food you’ll ever meet.

Scalloped Potatoes have always been a favorite here, but when you cook them over live fire on a pellet grill, something amazing happens.

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The ingredients list is as unfussy as you would expect. You can adjust the seasonings to your liking if there are choices that you aren’t particularly fond of, these scalloped potatoes are a forgiving recipe.

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  • Russet Potatoes
  • butter
  • flour
  • garlic
  • cream
  • whole milk
  • salt and pepper
  • onion and garlic powder

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What kind of pellets are best?

Cherry would be my first choice. You could use any kind of pellets that you like, but I think cherry gives these scalloped potatoes a mild smoked flavor that everyone just loves. It’s not too overwhelming and adds the extra kick that really puts these potatoes over the top.

Other fruit woods would have a similar profile, so don’t feel like you have to skip out on this recipe if you don’t have cherry wood pellets on hand!

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Traeger Scalloped Potatoes close up showing thyme on top

Can you use a different kind of pan for these?

Yup! You can use pretty much any grill-safe pan for this recipe if you don’t have an oval baking dish. I love mine though, and use it all the time, so pick one up from Made In (also makes a great gift), or grab on when you are out and about if you see one. It is a great size!

If you just prefer to use something else or you need something for quick and easy cleanup, you can use disposable aluminum pans. In that case, make sure to keep an eye on the cooking process. They’re thinner and the heat will distribute differently and your cooking times might be impacted by these differences.

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How to make scalloped potatoes on the Traeger

Making scalloped potatoes on your pellet grill is super easy. The great thing about a pellet grill is that you can basically use it just like an oven. If you run it at higher temperatures, you won’t catch too much smoke flavor but JUST enough to know it was cooked over a live fire. 

  1. Preheat your grill
  2. Prep your pan
  3. Mix up the sauce
  4. Prep your potatoes
  5. Layer it all
  6. Grill it!
  7. Top with more cheese
  8. Grill some more
  9. Try not to burn your face off sneaking bites of it before dinner is ready

See? So easy!

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Can you use another type of grill for these potatoes?


I love using my Traeger grill to make these but you can use your choice of grill or smoker to cook this recipe. 

I will say, the great thing about Traeger grills is that they are so convenient. Making anything smoked or grilled used to mean a whole extra mess in the cooking process. With Traeger products, I get the great smoked flavor I want with the added convenience and ease of use that I need in this crazy busy life.

It also keeps you from heating up your house if it happens to be warm where you are at.

You can even make these potatoes in the oven, if you don’t have a Traeger and you feel like firing it up!

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What should you serve with scalloped potatoes?

Anything you want. Personally, I could make these into a full meal, but in the interest of living past 40, I suggest having these on the side. 

Possibly on the side of something like….

Double-Smoked Ham

My Traeger Double-Smoked Ham, Smoked Pineapple-Glazed Ham, or our Brown-Sugar Glazed Ham.

This is such a treat, and you don’t have to reserve it for a traditional holiday meal. Smoked ham is available nearly year-round, and you can do this double-smoked ham whenever the craving hits you. 

Grilled Seafood

Seafood is the perfect accompaniment to hearty, creamy, potatoes. It is one of my favorite ways to eat them, in fact. Grilled King Crab legs, Snow Crab Legs, Lobster Tails, or Shrimp Scampi. Any of them would be perfect. Heck, make them ALL and have a seafood feast!

Whatever you serve with them, whoever is eating is going to be super excited. 

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Traeger Scalloped Potatoes
Yield: 8 servings

Traeger Scalloped Potatoes

Traeger Scalloped Potatoes

These delicious homemade scalloped potatoes are cooked right on your pellet grill! There's nothing like wood-fired flavor to add that missing piece to your next bbq or holiday meal.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes


  • 4 large Russet Potatoes, peeled and sliced ¼ inch thick
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons flour, all-purpose
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


    1. Preheat your pellet grill to 225°, following to factory instructions.
    2. Coat a 2.5 quart baking dish with butter. Layer your sliced potatoes inside.
    3. In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, melt your butter. Whisk in the flour until there are no more lumps. Cook, whisking frequently, for 5 minutes. Stir in the cream, milk, salt, onion & garlic powders, and the black pepper. Heat over medium heat until simmering, stirring continuously, until thickened.
    4. Pour the sauce over the potatoes, and place into the pellet grill.
    5. Smoke for one hour at 225°. Turn the heat up to 325°. Cook for an additional hour, or until the potatoes are fork tender. (How long this takes depends on the type of potato, how thick they are sliced, and how thick they are layered.)
    6. Let cook for 5 minutes before serving.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 353Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 335mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 6g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!

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Where’s the cheese??

This recipe was originally published with a version that included cheese. Having since learned that traditionally scalloped potatoes do not include cheese, we revamped the recipe, but if you know and love the original as I know a few of you did, you can download the printable version here.

Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.


Wednesday 28th of April 2021

I love scalloped potatoes and am exited to try them on the Traeger. The last time I made scalloped potatoes I added in some leftover brisket and it was absolutely delicious!

Nicole Johnson

Wednesday 28th of April 2021

That sounds incredible. What a good idea!


Wednesday 18th of November 2020

Can you use a aluminum pan to cook the potatoes

Nicole Johnson

Wednesday 18th of November 2020

Yup! That should work just fine. Spray it really well with some cooking spray though!


Friday 31st of July 2020

Why is the Sharp Cheddar Cheese and Mozzarella Cheese divided? I've read this recipe numerous times and can't find the reason.

Nicole Johnson

Friday 31st of July 2020

Hey Karen! Good catch. That was a mistake. I've corrected it. You can combine the 3 cheeses and top the potatoes with them during the last 15-20 minutes of the cook. Thanks for visiting!


Monday 4th of November 2019

Could box scallops potatoes work?

Nicole Johnson

Tuesday 5th of November 2019

Absolutely. I have a very soft place in my heart for boxed scalloped potatoes. :D

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