Grilled Brussels Sprouts

Here’s how to make easy grilled Brussels sprouts! The grill makes them blackened and smoky; toss with balsamic sauce and they’re perfection.

Grilled Brussels sprouts

Who knew you could grill Brussels sprouts? You probably did, but we’re not sure how we went so long without this trick! The mighty Brussels sprout is a near and dear veggie over here, and our Crispy Brussels Sprouts are a fan favorite. But make room in your heart for these Grilled Brussels Sprouts! They’re tender and blackened, with a hint of smoky flavor. Toss them with a balsamic sauce they’re positively delightful! They’re easy to whip up as a side dish for a grilled dinner.

Ingredients for grilled Brussels sprouts

Grilled Brussels sprouts need only a bit of seasoning to come alive! These sprouts turn out like a cross between crispy roasted Brussels sprouts and steamed. Because the texture might come out a little dry, they’re perfect drenched in a simple balsamic sauce. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • Brussels sprouts
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Honey or maple syrup
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You’ll need a grill basket or aluminum foil for grilling Brussels sprouts

How to make grilled Brussels sprouts: in a grill basket

You’ll need a grill basket or aluminum foil (see below) to make grilled Brussels sprouts. Why? Brussels sprouts are fairly small, so if you dump them on the grill they’ll fall through the grates. A grill basket keeps all the veggies together and heats them evenly. Here are some tips on how to do it (or jump right to the recipe):

  • Preheat grill basket: Make sure to preheat the grill basket on the grill!
  • Slice and season: Slice the Brussels sprouts in half. Mix them with olive oil to coat and salt.
  • Grill about 12 to 16 minutes, until the veggies are charred and tender. Toss them a few times to ensure even cooking.
  • Toss with balsamic sauce! Because the Brussels can come out slightly dry, the sauce gives them the perfect consistency.
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Or, use aluminum foil!

Don’t have a grill basket? No problem. You can make a make-shift grill basket out of aluminum foil! Here’s what to do:

  • Fold a large piece of aluminum foil in half and prick several holes in it with a fork.
  • Fold up a 1-inch rim around the edge to make a makeshift tray. This isn’t required, but it’s helpful to keep all the veggies in the tray. Then you can use it like you would a grill basket!

Add a little heat if you like!

The balsamic sauce to toss the Brussels sprouts is made simply with balsamic vinegar and honey. It brings the perfect sweet tart zing to the flavors. If you love spicy food, here’s the place to add heat: add in about 1 teaspoon hot sauce into the balsamic sauce. It brings just the right amount of complexity. You can also then add drizzled hot sauce on top to taste. (This method is similar to our Spicy Brussels Sprouts.)

Grilled Brussels sprouts

Make it into a grilled meal!

The nice thing about grilled Brussels sprouts is they don’t take up too much space on the grill in the basket. That leaves plenty of space to make a main dish! Here are a few great ideas to try:

This grilled Brussels sprouts recipe is…

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

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Grilled Brussels sprouts

Grilled Brussels Sprouts


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Here’s how to make easy grilled Brussels sprouts! The grill makes them blackened and smoky; toss with balsamic sauce and they’re perfection.


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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Preheat a grill to medium-high heat (375 to 450 degrees). If using the grill basket, place it on the grill while preheating. Or, fold a large piece of aluminum foil in half and prick several holes in it with a fork, then fold up a 1-inch rim around the edge to make a makeshift tray.
  2. Slice off any hard ends of the Brussels sprouts, as needed. Slice them in half lengthwise and place them in a large bowl. Toss with olive oil and kosher salt.
  3. Grill in the grill basket or on the foil tray for 12 to 16 minutes until tender, turning the vegetables a few times to ensure even cooking.
  4. Stir together the balsamic vinegar and honey or maple syrup. When the Brussels sprouts are done, toss them with the sauce. Add a few pinches more salt (since it tends to fall off into the grill), to taste. Serve immediately.

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

Keywords: Grilled Brussels sprouts, How to grill Brussels sprouts

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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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