Loaded Potato Salad

This Potato Salad has most components as the southern version. EXCEPT…I added bacon to take it up a notch. Serve at your next BBQ.

Updated 05/19/2020

A plate with a serving of Loaded Potato Salad and sliced up turkey sausage and a fork laying on the plate ready to scoop up a bite.

If you like potato salad, you will love.love.love this.  It is totally customizable if you want. But I’m thinking the ONLY reason you would customize this recipe would be if you can’t eat one of the ingredients due to an allergy. 

This potato salad is good with burgers, hot dogs, briskit, sausage, brats, basically any BBQ or cookout!!  So, what are you waiting for?  Go make you some!!

How do you make potato salad from scratch?

You came to one of the many places where you can learn to make your own from scratch.  Have you ever bought some at the store, or ordered it at a restaurant, and it’s just not exactly what you like? Well, you can make it how you like if you make it from scratch.  See the recipe below.

How far in advance can you make potato salad?

I, personally, make mine the day before so it has a chance to meld together and get cold. My husband prefers to eat it the minute it’s done, because it’s warm. So, it’s up to you when you make it vs when you eat it.  Potato Salad will keep in the fridge about 4-5 days. 

What kind are potatoes are best for potato salad?

Gold or Red. They keep their firmness better than the others. However, you can use the others as well.  Little tip – after you boil the potatoes and drain the water..let them sit and cool before mixing. This will help them to keep from “smushing” and turning into mashed potatoes instead.

Want some ideas of what to serve this potato salad with? Check these out…

Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog

Bacon Fried Onion CheeseBurger

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Loaded Potato Salad

This easy Potato Salad recipe has most components as the southern version. EXCEPT…I added bacon to take it up a notch. Serve at your next BBQ.
Course Sides
Cuisine American
Keyword easy potato salad recipe, loaded potato salad, potato salad with bacon, potato salad with eggs, southern potato salad recipe
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 45 minutes
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Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 20 People
Calories 332kcal


  • 6-8 quart boiling pot
  • 2 quart saucepan
  • Baking Sheet/Frying Pan for bacon
  • Large bowl


  • 14 Red Potatoes
  • 14 Slices Bacon
  • 7 Chopped Boiled Eggs
  • 1 Cup Diced Celery
  • 1/2 Cup Diced Onion
  • 1 tbsp Dill Pickle Juice
  • 1 tbsp Mustard
  • 1 Cup Mayo
  • 1 Cup Miracle Whip
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • Paprika to taste


  • Cut potatoes to about 1″ or so. You don’t want them too small or when you’re mixing everything together, you won’t have any potato chunks left.
  • Boil Potatoes & Eggs HINT: I boiled my eggs the night before. However, here’s a cool tip – you can put your eggs in with your potatoes and after they’ve boiled as long as you desire, remove the eggs and continue boiling the Potatoes.
  • Cook the bacon while the potatoes are boiling. I baked mine for 12 minutes at 350. You can cook yours however you like.
  • Dice the celery
  • Dice the onion
  • Chop the boiled eggs
  • Break up the bacon into small pieces
  • Drain the potatos and let sit for 1/2 – 1 hour. This will allow them to “set”. If you don’t wait, you will have mushy potato salad. Using a potato masher, mash bout 5-6 times.
  • Add the celery, onion, bacon, eggs, pickle juice, salt, pepper & paprika.
  • Add the mayo, miracle whip &mustard.
  • Stir, stir, stir. This is some thick/heavy stuff here. You will need some muscle


Serve, if you like it warm. Refrigerate for a few hours to overnight if you like it cold.
ITEMS/INGREDIENTS USED IN RECIPE – If you are interested in any of the items I may have used (or are similar to the items I used) in making this recipe, I have listed all or some of them above within the post. NOTE: These links are affiliate links of which I receive a small commission from the sale of certain item. This does not affect your price, it remains the same.


Calories: 332kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 194mg | Sodium: 383mg | Potassium: 796mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 302IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Yum! You had me at bacon! Thank you for linking up to Creative K Kid’s Tasty Tuesdays. I have pinned your post (or recipe) to the Tasty Tuesdays Pinterest Board
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    • Right…bacon will stop me in my tracks too 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and checking it out AND thanks bunches for pinning it!!

      Have a great day!

  2. This potato salad recipe sounds yummy. I have not had it w/ bacon before, thats gotta be good 😉
    Thanks for sharing & linking up at the Tasty Tuesday link up. I have pinned for later!
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    • Thanks Tamara…I started adding bacon in it a couple years back and that’s when it became a bigger hit than it was. So…bacon DOES make things better..LOL

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Have a great day!

  3. I should be there…thanks for wanting me ;))

  4. This sounds so good. I can’t wait to try it!


  5. You’re welcome Anna, my pleasure. You’ll have to give me a review when you try this. Thanks for stopping by and checkin it out!

    Have a great day!

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  7. Thanks for sharing with us at the #WWDParty!
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  8. Looks delicious! Thanks so much for sharing on The Creative Exchange!

  9. I can understand why you’re asked to bring this to every get together. Looks so good! Thanks for sharing.
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  10. Mmmm Bacon and potato, great together!! Thanks for linking up to Stumble Into The Weekend!!
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    • I think bacon takes the potato salad to a whole new level! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and checking it out!

      Have a great weekend!

  11. I have a recipe linky. Won’t you share your recipes with my readers? Thanks and have a great weekend 🙂 Following you. 🙂
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  12. Denyse @ Glitter, Glue & Paint

    This potato salad looks amazing!! I’m going to have to try this. Thank you for sharing Project Pin-it!!


  13. This potato salad sounds delicious!! I love the bacon and all the eggs you have in it. I believe you can never have enough eggs in potato salad. Yum!
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    • Thanks Dawn…appreciate you stopping by! I totally agree on the eggs. Maybe I should have called it Potato Egg Salad.

      Have a great day!

  14. Mmmm I love the idea of bacon in potato salad! Thanks for linking up with Hump Day Happenings.
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  15. Okay I love everything you put in this loaded potato salad so I know it’s going to be delicious. Pinned. Thanks for sharing it on Tasty Tuesdays
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  16. Okay G, I have to go to the store so I can make this tomorrow night for supper. This looks amazing. I love the ‘G’ thing/thang. My niece calls her grandfather Poppa G because my dad is Poppa!
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    • Hi Crystal! If you make it, I hope you come back and let me know what you thought. My entire family loves.loves.loves this potato salad.

      Thanks for stopping by and checking it out!

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