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Grilled avocado is the trick you didn’t know you needed! Top them with pico de gallo as a side, or use for smoky guacamole. Here’s how to grill an avocado.

Grilled avocado

It’s grilling season and surprise! We’ve got an important message for you. Next time you fire up the grill: GRILL SOME AVOCADOS. Yes, this magical green fruit just got even more magical! Grilling an avocado infuses a smoky flavor into every bite: and turns the bottom a bright green color! Here’s how to make grilled avocado and a few ideas on how to use them!

Grilled avocado

How to grill avocado

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Ready? I’m not obsessed with avocado. Gasp! I know, I know, avocado is seriously all the rage right now. Something about the texture throws me off. However, I do love me some guacamole and some avocado toast. And guess what? I also really like grilled avocado.

Grilling the avocado infuses a smoky flavor that I’m all about. (I’ve talked extensively about how smoke is my favorite flavor.) It is also a very easy side dish and takes only 5 minutes to grill! Consider it for all your summer potlucks and barbecues!

Here’s how to grill avocados:

  1. Preheat a grill to medium high heat.
  2. Cut the avocados in half and remove the pit. (See the video below for safe pit removal!)
  3. Place the avocado on the grill cut side down. Grill for 4 to 6 minutes until grill marks form.
  4. Remove from the grill and serve! See suggestions below.
Barbecue | Cookout | Summer entertaining

Video: How to cut an avocado

Wondering how to remove an avocado pit the best way? We have a great method for safe avocado pit removal in the beginning of this video: and then keep watching if you’d like to see how to cut it into slices.

Grilled avocado

Top ways to serve grilled avocado

How to serve grilled avocado? Of course, you can serve it literally right off the grill. We’d suggest drizzling with olive oil and then sprinkling with a little chili powder or some cayenne for some heat! If you’re looking for something a little fancier, here are a few other ways to serve them:

  1. Top with Black Bean Pico de Gallo. Wouldn’t this look lovely? As a plant-based main or side dish, adding beans would add protein to make it more filling. A similar option: Black Bean and Corn Salsa Fresca.
  2. Add Roasted Tomato Salsa and sour cream. Yum city! If you’re wanting to go plant-based, a dollop of cashew cream would be perfection. Want to spice it up? Use Pineapple Salsa or Mango Salsa instead.
  3. Make into Smoky Guacamole. I mean, how can you resist?
  4. Throw them into tacos! Might we suggest one of our 10 Best Vegan & Vegetarian Tacos, like Quinoa Tacos or Cauliflower Tacos?
  5. Make them into Avocado Grilled Cheese for a glamorous take on this classic.
Pico de Gallo Recipe | How to make pico de gallo
Top ’em: our Black Bean Pico de Gallo

There are loads of other ways to serve grilled avocado: how would you serve them?

Let us know in the comments! What else to do with an avocado? Head over our Best Easy Avocado Recipes to learn more about how to use this tasty fruit.

This grilled avocado recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free.

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Grilled avocado

Grilled Avocado

  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Grilled avocado is the trick you didn’t know you needed! Top them with pico de gallo as a side, or use for smoky guacamole. Here’s how to grill an avocado.




  1. Preheat a grill to medium high heat.
  2. Slice the avocados in half and remove the pits (see the video for safe pit removal!). Season the cut sides of the avocado halves lightly with kosher salt and lightly drizzle with olive oil.
  3. Grill the avocado halves cut sides down for 4 to 6 minutes total, until grill marks form.
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Grilled avocado, How to grill avocado

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About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you’ll want to make again and again.

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