Blackstone Smashed Tator Tots are easy to make with easy ingredients. Frozen Tator Tots are smashed to make an easy side dish.

Smashed tator tots on a white plate with a side of ketchup
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Blackstone Smashed Tator Tots is a fun way to serve tator tots. The Frozen Tater Tots go directly on the griddle and then are smashed to make a yummy side dish.

The tator tots come out crispy on the outside and soft and tender on the inside. It takes less than 10 minutes total to cook the tots. Cooking these tots on the griddle is much faster than cooking the oven. You may also love these – Blackstone Fried Potatoes.

Can you Cook Frozen Tator Tots on the Grill?

Yes, you can cook frozen tator tots on the grill. Once you flatten the tator tots they come out as crispy smashed potatoes. Season the smash tater tots with salt and serve.

We have even boiled potatoes and smashed them on the grill. Blackstone smashed potato recipes are an easy side dish. You can even top the smashed potatoes with many different toppings.

Why We Love this Easy Side Dish

  • The smashed tator tots get soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. This adds so much flavor and texture to the tator tots.
  • The easiest side you will make on the grill. Serve them with Blackstone Steak Recipe and Blackstone Chicken Breast Recipe.
  • They cook directly on the grill. I can put them on the grill while I am finishing cooking my main dish.

Ingredients

Ingredients needed - frozen tator tots, oil, salt

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Variations Ideas

  • Change Seasonings – There are many different ways to season these smashed tots. You can season with chili powder, paprika, garlic or taco seasoning. Use what you have or prefer.
  • Add Topping – Smashed tots can be served with many different toppings. We like to top with sour cream, cheese, chopped bacon and green onions.
  • Extra Crispy – If you want your tator tots to be extra crispy, then leave the tots on the griddle a little longer.

How to Make Smashed Tator Tots on Blackstone 

  • Step 1 – Prepare Grill – Preheat the Blackstone Grill over medium low heat (approximately 350 degrees F). 
  • Step 2 – Add Oil to Grill – Spread the oil and butter out onto the grill. 
  • Step 3 – Add Tator Tots to Griddle – Place the frozen tator tots directly on the grill and heat them for a couple of minutes (moving frequently) to thaw out the tator tots.  
  • Step 4 – Turn up heat – Once the tator tots are thawed, turn up the heat on the Blackstone griddle to medium high heat (approximately 400 degrees F). 
  • Step 5 – Press Tator Tots – Then lay a piece of parchment paper on top of the tator tots. Then gently press down on the tator tots with a cast iron press or spatula.  
A cast iron press with parchment smashing tator tots on the griddle
  • Step 6 – Cook Tator Tots – Cook for a few minutes (2-4 minutes) until the tator tots are golden brown.  
Smashed Tator Tots on a griddle
  • Step 7 – Flip Tator Tots – Then gently flip the smashed tator tots and cook the other side for a few more minutes (2-4 minutes) until golden brown.  
Smashed tator tots on a griddle
  • Step 8 – Remove from the grill – season with the salt or your favorite seasoning.  
  • Step 9 – Serve and Enjoy – We recommend serving smashed tots warm.

Recipe Tips

  • Prepare Griddle – Prepare the griddle before placing the tator tots down on the flat top grill. The tator tots do not need to be thawed before placing the griddle.
  • Parchment Paper – For best results use parchment paper to lay on the tator tots before pressing with the burger press.
  • Cooking Time – Cooking time will vary based on your griddle and the top of tots that you use.
Smashed tator tots on a white plate with a side of ketchup

How to Store

These are best served fresh as they are crispy and delicious but you can also store the leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.  

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Smashed tator tots on a white plate with a side of ketchup

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Blackstone Smashed Tator Tots

5 from 48 votes
Blackstone Smashed Tator Tots are easy to make with easy ingredients. Frozen Tator Tots are smashed to make an easy side dish.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 4
Cuisine American
Course Side Dish
Calories 216

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Preheat the Blackstone Grill over medium low heat (approximately 350 degrees F).
  • Spread the oil out onto the grill.
  • Place the frozen tator tots directly on the grill and heat them for a couple of minutes (moving frequently) to thaw out the tator tots.
  • Once the tator tots are thawed, turn up the heat on the Blackstone grill to medium high heat (approximately 400 degrees F).
  • Then lay a piece of parchment paper on top of the tator tots and gently press down on the tator tots with a cast iron press or spatula.
  • Cook for a few minutes (2-4 minutes) until the tator tots are golden brown.
  • Then gently flip the smashed tator tots and cook the other side for a few more minutes (2-4 minutes) until golden brown.
  • Remove from the grill, season with the salt and enjoy!

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Recipe Notes

These are best served fresh as they are crispy and delicious but you can also store the leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.  

Nutrition Facts

Calories 216kcal, Carbohydrates 40g, Protein 5g, Fat 5g, Saturated Fat 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat 3g, Monounsaturated Fat 1g, Trans Fat 1g, Sodium 341mg, Potassium 646mg, Fiber 3g, Vitamin C 19mg, Calcium 23mg, Iron 2mg

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  1. kc says:

    5 stars
    These were delicious will have to make them with smashburgers next time. Used Three Brothers potatoe seasoning on them!!

  2. Carrie says:

    so glad you loved them! Easy side dish. 🙂