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Traeger Shepherd’s Pie Baked Potato

Discover the ultimate comfort food fusion with this Traeger Shepherd’s Pie Baked Potato recipe. Combining the smoky flavor of grilled Russet potatoes with the rich, savory filling of a traditional shepherd’s pie, this dish is a perfect weeknight meal or a hearty side for gatherings. Whether you choose ground beef or lamb, the filling is seasoned perfectly and thickened with a roux, offering a comforting and satisfying meal.

Shepherd’s Pie Baked Potatoes

This innovative recipe brings a twist to the classic shepherd’s pie by serving it atop smoky, grilled baked potatoes. The combination of flavors and textures makes this dish stand out. It’s an excellent way to enjoy the familiarity and budget-friendly option of a shepherd’s pie with the unique addition of a potato “bowl.”

Whether you’re using beef or lamb, the key to this dish is in the seasoning and the perfect blend of vegetables, making it a complete meal. The smoky grilled potatoes paired with the rich, savory filling make for a satisfying meal that your whole family will love. Whether as a main dish or a part of a baked potato bar, it’s a recipe that combines ease, nutrition, and the joy of grilling into one delightful package.

Shepherd’s Pie vs Cottage Pie

Shepherd’s pie is typically made with lamb, and cottage pie is made with beef. BUT – in the US the terms are used interchangeably. You can use either protein in this recipe or substitute ground venison, elk, moose, turkey, or chicken if you’d like. And call it whatever you want, it’ll be delicious and that’s what is important.

Why you’ll love this dish…

  • Smoky Flavor: The grilled potatoes add a unique smoky flavor that enhances the overall taste.
  • Comfort Food Made Easy: Combining two comfort foods into one, this dish is both satisfying and convenient.
  • Versatility: Works well with either ground beef or lamb, allowing you to customize it to your preference.
  • Nutritious and Filling: With vegetables and lean meat, it’s a hearty meal that satisfies.

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Traeger Shepherd's Pie Baked Potato

Shepherd’s Pie Baked Potato shopping list

Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Potatoes
  • Olive Oil
  • Kosher Salt
  • Lean Ground Beef or Lamb
  • Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Medium Onion
  • Garlic
  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Beef Stock
  • Sherry
  • Frozen Peas
  • Frozen Carrots

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Traeger Shepherd's Pie Baked Potato

How to make Shepherd’s Pie Baked Potatoes

Wondering what you’re getting yourself into when you make this dish? Here’s a quick overview of the process! Make sure you follow the instructions at the recipe card at the bottom of the post while you’re cooking.

  • Preheat and Prepare Potatoes:
    Preheat your pellet grill to 375°F, prepare the potatoes with olive oil and salt, and grill until tender.
  • Brown the Meat:
    In a skillet, brown the ground meat with seasonings, then add minced onion and garlic, cooking until soft.
  • Make the Roux:
    Add butter to the meat, then flour, stirring until well incorporated.
  • Create the Filling:
    Mix in beef stock, sherry, and frozen vegetables, simmering until thickened.
  • Assemble and Serve:
    Slice open the baked potatoes, fill with the meat mixture, and serve hot.

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Traeger Shepherd's Pie Baked Potato

Shepherd’s Pie Baked Potato FAQ

Can I make this ahead of time?

Yes, both the potatoes and filling can be prepared ahead and reheated. This is a great make-ahead dinner! It also freezes really well.

How do I store leftovers?

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Any tips for reheating?

Reheat in the oven, air fryer, or the grill for best results, to maintain the texture of the potatoes.

Can I use fresh vegetables instead of frozen?

Absolutely, just steam or blanch them until tender before adding to the meat mixture for the best results.

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Baked potatoes have never been better! We made a homemade Shepherd's Pie filling and heaped it on top of smoked baked potato.
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Course: Traeger Recipes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked potato
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Or Whatever You Do



  • 6 medium Russet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt

Shepherd’s Pie Filling

  • 1 pound lean ground beef or lamb 85/15
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt*
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 onion powder
  • 1 medium onion minced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 3 cups beef stock
  • 1/8 cup sherry
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup frozen carrots


  • Preheat your pellet grill or smoker to 375°F.
  • Wash off your potatoes and pat them dry. Rub with the olive oil and sprinkle all sides with salt.
  • Poke some holes into each of the potatoes and place onto the grill.
  • In a large skillet on the stovetop, brown the ground beef and break it up into small pieces.
  • While it is cooking, season the meat with the salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder.
  • Add the minced onion to the pan and let it cook along with the ground meat.
  • Once the meat is cooked, remove all but a few tablespoons of the grease from the pan.
  • Add the butter to the meat and let it melt.
  • Mix in the flour and stir until it is evenly incorporated into the meat.
  • Add the beef stock, sherry, and the frozen vegetables.
  • Let the mixture come up to a simmer and stir frequently until thickened. Keep warm until the potatoes are done cooking.
  • Once the potatoes are done, make a slice in the top and squeeze from both ends to open.
  • Heap the meat mixture on top and enjoy hot!


* If using table salt cut the amount to 1/2 teaspoon.


Serving: 1gCalories: 542kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 34gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 1899mgFiber: 5gSugar: 4g
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.

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