Who says you can only cook meat on the Weber Q Grill?
The Weber Q is one of the most versatile cooking appliances available in the outdoor cooking market. You can cook almost anything. Yes! That also means cooking Weber Q potato bake.
Before I started using my Q, I used to cook a lot more on my Weber Kettle. But knowing what I know now, I very rarely go back to it.
I love to go camping with my family. Nothing can compare to getting away from your everyday life and getting yourself back to mother nature. Breathing in that beautiful country and mountain air, and listening to the waterfalls in the background while your sleeping. And being able to bring my Weber Q with me is a bonus.
My other passion is to push the boundaries of the Weber Q and what I can create. And doing this while camping allows me to get those creative juices flowing, combining both my passions.
The Herbs I Use In My Weber Q Potato Bake?
What I put into my potato bake is not necessarily what you might want to put into yours.
It really doesn't matter what you put into your own potato bake, but what does matter is whether it tastes good.
Herbs and spices are the answer to everything when creating any meal. I believe that anyway.
The herbs I chose for my Weber Q potato bake were easy. A combination of Rosemary, Thyme, and Garlic powder is all that is needed. But please, you are most welcome to try your own herbs.
I chose Rosemary and Thyme because these two herbs work together like peas and carrots. I have used these herbs on my Weber Q Roast Potato recipe, and my family loves it.
And garlic goes with just about anything. Just Sayin'.
Other Ingredients That I Believe Are Must-Haves
When I cook anything new, I love to get creative. It has to taste great while bursting with flavor.
I use diced bacon, which complements the potato with a little bit of salty goodness, followed by Spring Onion, which is a little less potent than your standard onion.
But you are most welcome to dice some brown or red onion instead. I chose Spring Onion simply to balance out the flavors throughout the potato bake.
The final two ingredients I chose are mushrooms and cheese. Mushrooms are a fantastic choice for Weber Q potato bake, they are not only good for you, but they are packed with iron and taste great when baked.
I chose a pizza blend of mild mozzarella, tasty, cheddar, and parmesan for the cheese. And boy, does that make a difference.
Who doesn't like cheese, right?
When combined with mushrooms, the flavors are pretty wild!
Cap that off with some salt and pepper for seasoning, and you will have the complete package in a beautifully cooked Weber Q potato bake.
Creating The First Layer
First, we need to peel 5 to 6 small to medium-sized potatoes and give them a good wash underwater. Try not to use large potatoes because they take a lot longer to bake and be a little firmer than they should be.
If you have a slicer, great! If not, try to slice the potatoes about ½cm thick at the most.
Grab a large-sized disposable aluminum tray and cover the base and sides with a small amount of your chosen oil. I use olive oil because it's a healthier option.
If you have an oil sprayer, it will be a lot easier to avoid putting too much oil in the tray. I use the decor' oil sprayer, and I love it. It is such a fantastic little sprayer to avoid adding too much oil.
Place your sliced pieces of potato onto the tray base until it is completely covered, and you can't see much of the bottom.
Slice up the spring onion into small rings and sprinkle them over the potato's top. Followed by the sliced mushrooms.
Now for the best part, adding your herbs.
Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, half a teaspoon of Rosemary, and half a teaspoon of Thyme over the top. This is the perfect balance of herbs and spices to not let the herbs overpower the ingredients.
But of course, please feel free to experiment with your herbs to your own liking.
Next, to end our first layer, we want to cap it off with our first cheese layer.
I use 1 cup of cheese for the first layer, but feel free to use less if you like. I just really love my cheese. Make sure to cover the first layer in cheese to maximize it melting over everything underneath.
Finally, finish it off with half a cup of diced bacon and spread it evenly over the cheese.
It's Time To Create The Second Layer
Great! The first layer is now done, now onto the second layer.
We just repeat everything we did in the first layer, but this time don't add the cheese. It will make sense later on.
Evenly sprinkle another ½ cup of diced bacon over the top.
The final ingredient we want to add is our cream. We want to add cream because that is what gives potato bake its creaminess. Well Duh!
A 300ml bottle of cream is more than enough. Spread the cream evenly to make sure it falls between the potato covering everything.
The first time I experimented with Weber Q potato bake, I used twice the cream, and my potato bake was swimming. Oh well, you live and learn.
Add salt and pepper to taste, and you are now ready to fire up your Weber Q.
To summarize the steps and make it easier to follow, this is the order:
- Spring Onion
- Garlic Powder, Rosemary, Thyme
- Diced Bacon
- Spring Onion
- Garlic, Rosemary, Thyme
- Diced Bacon
- Salt And Pepper
Starting Your Weber Q Grill.
Your Weber Q will need 10-15 minutes to heat up.
Ensure your grill is clean and free from any fats and grease; the last thing you want is that old smell from your last roast getting into your potato bake and ruining the fabulous flavors.
Place a clean convection tray and trivet on top of your Weber to turn your Weber into an oven. We do this to avoid burning the bottom of our food when compared to cooking over direct heat. This is called indirect cooking.
You can check out the ultimate guide to cooking on your Weber Q here if you are using your Weber Q for the first time.
If you have the family Q, turn both control knobs to the START/HI position or Baby Q owners the single control knob to the START/HI position and fire it up.
If you have a digital thermometer, now is the time to place it in your Weber Q underneath the trivet. Finally, close the lid and let your Weber Q heat up to its cooking temperature.
We need to maintain a temperature between 190°C (374°F) and 230°C (446°F) at all times. I use the iGrill 2 to help me maintain the temperature.
Cooking Your Weber Q Potato Bake
Before putting your potato bake into the Weber, cover the tray with aluminum foil to avoid the top layer from drying out.
Pop the tray onto the center of the trivet and close the lid.
For Family Q owners, turn the smaller control off and the large control knob to the roast position halfway, and close the lid.
Baby Q owners just need to turn the control knob to the roast position, which is halfway.
Don't be tempted to peak now; we need that heat to be high at the beginning of the cooking process.
Set a timer for 30 minutes, and don't worry about the high temperature. This is Weber Q cooking.
After the first 30 minutes, open the lid and remove the aluminum cover we placed on it earlier.
Close the lid and set a timer for a further 30 minutes.
Adding The Second Layer Of Cheese
After the second 30 minutes has passed, it's now time to add the second layer of cheese to our Weber Q potato bake, as I mentioned earlier.
Open the lid and evenly sprinkle 1 cup of pizza blend cheese over the top, Again making sure to cover the potatoes as much as possible.
The purpose of adding the cheese later is to avoid it from burning before time was given for the potatoes to cook thoroughly.
Next, we want to close the lid and maintain that optimal cooking temperature between 190°C (374°F) and 230°C (446°F).
If the temperature falls below 190°C (374°F), remember to adjust the control knob to get your Weber Q back within this range.
Set a timer for another 30 minutes.
Let's Check Our Weber Q Potato Bake For The Final Time
Yay! You're up to the final stage, and if it is smelling awesome, you know you've done everything correctly.
Open the lid and check on the cheese. We want it to be a beautiful shade of golden brown. If you don't see this after the first 30 minutes, then cook for a further 15-30 minutes until you have achieved the desired results.
It will brown, I promise but don't worry, you won't burn the potato bake by cooking it longer. The cheesy crust is the most essential part.
What Can I Serve With My Weber Q Potato Bake
Sadly the Weber Q is a bit small to cook a lot of things on it simultaneously. And if you are camping, it can be a little more complicated.
If you are semi health-conscious, a great option is steaming or roasting vegetables. The Weber Q is fantastic at roasting vegetables and an excellent choice when looking for something to compliment your potato bake.
This could be asparagus, roasted pumpkin, onions, broccoli, corn, and cauliflower just for starters.
Other options are a simple Ceaser Salad. And if you don't mind being overloaded on potatoes, you can try my wife's awesome Bacon and Egg Potato salad.
These are great options to compliment my Weber Q potato bake.
Hopefully, your Weber Q potato bake has come out perfectly, and your family thoroughly enjoys it.
But sadly, with Weber Q cooking, it can sometimes be hit and miss. There are many reasons food just doesn't come out perfect, and temperatures play a huge role.
For example, using your Weber Q on a windy day can play havoc on the temperature.
Check out my ultimate Weber Q guide to understand how the elements can play a part when cooking outdoors.
You may face such problems as the cheese browning, and the potatoes are still too firm.
To avoid this, you can add another 15 minutes to the first and second stages.
This will give the potatoes more time to cook.
If you have any problems cooking my delicious Weber Q potato bake, please reach out, and I will do my best to help you.
Weber Q Potato Bake That's Perfect For Camping
- Olive Oil Extra Virgin
- 5-6 Small to Medium Potatoes Cut to ½ cm thick
- ¾ Cup Spring Onion Cut
- 1 Cup Mushrooms
- 1 Cup Diced Bacon
- 2 Cup Pizza Blend Cheese Shredded
- 2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- ½ teaspoon Rosemary
- ½ teaspoon Thyme
- Salt & Pepper To Taste
- 300 ml Heavy Whipping Cream (thickened cream)
Prepping The Potato Bake Layer 1
- Wash and peel potatoes, then slice approx ½cm in thick.
- In a large aluminum tray cover bottom and sides with a small amount of olive oil.
- Place sliced potato pieces onto the bottom of the tray making sure to cover as much of the bottom as possible.
- Sprinkle the spring onion and mushrooms evenly over the potatoes.
- Sprinkle garlic powder, rosemary and thyme evenly.
- Add the pizza blend cheese and spread evenly over the top, making sure to cover as much as possible.
- Spread diced bacon evenly over the cheese.
Prepping The Potato Bake Layer 2
- Repeat layer 1 until the garlic powder, rosemary and thyme has been added.
- Skip adding the pizza blend cheese for layer 2, but add more diced bacon sprinkling it evenly.
- Evenly pour 300ml of thickened cream over the potatoes, making sure to fill the gaps. Finally season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Cover the top of the tray with aluminum.
Starting The Weber Q Grill
- Place a new convection tray onto the grill and the trivet onto the convection tray.
- For Weber Q Family Owners Start the Weber Q by turning the large control knob to the START/HI position and the small control to the High Position and Ignite.Weber Baby Q owners turn the control knob to the START/HIGH position and Ignite.
- Close the lid and let it heat up for 10-15 minutes.
Cooking The Potato Bake First Stage: 30 Minutes
- Lift the lid on the Weber Q and place the potato bake onto the trivet and close the lid.
- For Weber Q family owners turn the small control to the off position and the large control knob the the roast setting which is halfway.For Weber Baby Q owners turn the control knob to the roast setting which is halfway.
- Let the temperature fall naturally and set a timer for 30 minutes.
Cooking The Potato Bake Second Stage: 30 Minutes
- Lift the lid of the Weber Q and remove the aluminum cover that was placed earlier onto the potato bake. Set a timer for a further 30 minuites.
- Close the lid and try to maintain the temperature at all times between 190°C (374°F) and 230°C (446°F)
Cooking The Potato Bake Third Stage: 30-45 Minutes
- Lift the lid of the Weber Q and add the final layer of pizza blend cheese evenly across the top covering as much as possible of the potatoes. Add a dash more salt and pepper if required.
- Set a timer for a further 30 minutes or add more time as required until cheese is golden brown.
- Set aside and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before serving. Turn the control knob to the off position and turn of the gas.