Grilled Beets

Here’s how to make perfect grilled beets! They come out sweet and tender, ideal as a side dish for a summer grilled meal.

Grilled beets

So you want to grill beets? Here’s how to do it! Grilled beets are an ideal summer side dish for when you’re planning to fire up the grill. These come out sweet and tender, perfectly cooked and even better with a sprinkle of feta cheese. While they take a little longer than most grilled vegetables, they’re worth the wait. Serve them up with a a few other grilled veggies or summer salads, and they make the meal complete. Here’s how to make them!

Ingredients for grilled beets

Let’s clarify one thing first: beets are delicious no matter which way you cook them! If you’re looking simply to cook beets quickly, we recommend Instant Pot beets, which takes only 30 minutes. You can also roast them (our favorite!) and boil them. But if you’re already planning to fire up the grill: you should definitely try grilled beets! All you’ll need is a few ingredients:

  • Beets
  • Olive oil
  • Italian seasoning (optional)
  • Salt and pepper

For serving, adding a sprinkle of feta cheese is nice too (beets and feta are a perfect pairing!). It makes them stand out as a fancier side dish. But it’s certainly not required!

Grilled beets

Make grilled beets in foil

Yes, you can grill beets directly on the grill grates. But for this method, the beets are grilled in a foil packet. (You can also use the foil method for potatoes and corn.) Here’s why:

  • The foil packet helps contain the mess. Beets are messy! The beet juice gets everywhere when you handle cut beets. This is why we don’t suggest placing the beets right onto the grill grates.
  • The foil also takes up less grill space. Try to grill beets right on the grates, and they take up the entire grill with no room for anything else! With the foil packet method, they take up much less space, leaving room for a grilled main or other veggies.
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How to grill beets: tips!

Ready to get grilling? Here are a few tips for making grilled beets:

  • Cook time: 35 to 50 minutes. The biggest thing to note about grilled beets is the cook time: they do take longer than any other grilled vegetable. (Don’t worry: this is still quicker than roasting!)
  • Taste test to assess doneness. The exact timing depends on how thick or thin you cut them, the age of the beets, and the exact grill temperature. Throw them on the grill and be aware that you’ll need to taste test them!
  • Cook over medium high heat. That’s 375 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Add Italian seasoning: it gives the beets a subtle Mediterranean-style flair! Use purchased or we have a recipe for homemade.

Once they’re done, top with feta cheese to add a salty element. Not required: but we love them that way!

Grilled beets in foil

Make it a meal!

Grilled beets go well with lots of summer main dishes! Here are some ideas for pairings that go alongside:

This grilled beets recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free (feta cheese is optional).

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Grilled beets

Grilled Beets


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

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Here’s how to make perfect grilled beets! They come out sweet and tender, ideal as a side dish for a summer grilled meal.


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Ingredients

  • 4 medium beets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for serving
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning (purchased or homemade)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • Feta cheese, for serving (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat a grill to medium-high heat (375 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit).
  2. Wash and peel the beets with a vegetable peeler, then dice them (take care: the beet juice can stain!).
  3. In a bowl, toss the beets with the olive oil, Italian seasoning, salt, and plenty of fresh ground pepper.
  4. Place the beets on a large sheet of aluminum foil and fold up the sides. Place a second piece of foil on top and seal the seams. Poke several holes in the packet with fork (to allow stem to escape).
  5. Place the packet directly on the grill grates and cook for 35 to 50 minutes until tender (open and test with a fork to assess doneness; exact timing depends on the size of pieces and exact grill temperature). Taste and add additional salt as necessary. To serve, drizzle with olive oil and crumble on feta cheese (optional).

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Grilled beets, How to grill beets

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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