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Here’s how to make the best grilled green beans! Each bite is tender with a burst of salty, charred flavor: they’re simply irresistible.

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When it comes to grilling vegetables, we’ve tried them all. (Almost.) And this vegetable surprised us: grilled green beans! Turns out, the grill is the ideal way to cook this green summer vegetable. Take a bite and it’s tender, with a burst of sweet, tangy, salty and charred flavor.

Why we love this recipe: Honestly, these grilled green beans are just as addicting as French fries! We plowed quickly through a platter and then wondered: why don’t we make grilled green beans more often? They’re now a part of our repertoire: and we hope you’ll add them to yours, too.

Ingredients for grilled green beans

The grill is such a fantastic way to cook green beans, you need only a handful of ingredients to make them taste stellar. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Fresh green beans: Choose firm, bright green beans with minimal blemishes, as these will hold their shape best on the grill.
  • Olive oil: Olive oil is our cooking oil of choice for grilling.
  • Lemon and salt: We like flavoring these beans with salt and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
How to trim green beans: Cut off the other end

A quick way to trim green beans

Trimming green beans is one of the prep steps I find most unexciting (not sure why!). So Alex and I have developed a quick method so you don’t have to spend hours snapping off the tops and bottoms. Here’s the fast way to trim green beans:

  1. Grab 15 to 20 beans and place them on the cutting board. Working quickly, make a uniform pile with them all lined up lengthwise. They don’t all need to be facing the same way!
  2. Line up the ends of the beans against your knife edge. Grab them in one hand and cut off the ends with a knife.
  3. Quickly flip the beans the other way, then push them towards your knife blade so that the other ends line up. Grab the pile and slice off the ends.

How to grill green beans (step by step)

A nice thing about grilled green beans: you can place them directly on the oven grates! There’s no need for a grill basket. If you do have a grill basket, you can also use it: it just results in less charred green beans. Our preferred method is the grates: we love the char marks! Here are the basic steps (or jump to the full recipe):

How to trim green beans

Step 1: Preheat a grill to medium-high heat (375 to 450°F). Trim the green beans, then mix them with olive oil, salt and pepper.

How to grill green beans

Step 2: Grill on the grates 5 minutes per side. Flip with a spatula and grill until tender and charred!

Grilled green beans

Step 3: Transfer to a serving plate or platter. Spritz with fresh lemon juice and enjoy.

Make it a meal!

Green beans work with almost anything—they can fit into many cuisines! Here are a few recipes we’d pair them with to make a grilled meal (and drinks!):

Grilled green beans

More green beans recipes

Love green beans? Us too. Here are some of our favorite green bean recipes:

Dietary notes

This grilled green beans recipe is vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

Frequently asked questions

What kind of green beans are best for grilling?

Look for fresh, firm green beans with vibrant green color. Avoid limp or spotted beans. Choose thinner beans for even cooking, or thicker beans for a heartier bite.

Do I need to pre-cook my green beans before grilling?

No pre-cooking is necessary! Grilling them directly allows them to char slightly while remaining crisp-tender inside.

Should I use a grill basket?

You can if you want! A basket helps prevent them from falling through the grates and makes them easier to flip. However, they don’t get as charred.

How can I add extra flavor to my grilled green beans?

The possibilities are endless! Here are some ideas:
Seasonings: Toss the beans with your favorite spices like paprika, chili powder, or garlic powder before grilling.
Sauces: Drizzle the grilled beans with a flavorful sauce like balsamic glaze, chimichurri, or a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

How can I tell when my green beans are done grilling?

Look for bright green color with some char marks. The beans should be crisp-tender, not mushy. You can also test one with a fork; it should pierce easily but still have a slight snap.

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
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Here’s how to make the best grilled green beans! Each bite is tender with a burst of salty, charred flavor: they’re simply irresistible.


  • 1 pound fresh green beans
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • Lemon wedges, for serving


  1. Preheat a grill to medium-high heat (375 to 450°F).
  2. Wash and trim the green beans. Pat them dry with a towel. In a bowl, mix the green beans with the olive oil, kosher salt and plenty of fresh ground black pepper.
  3. Place the green beans directly on the grill grates and grill for about 4 to 5 minutes per side (8 to 10 minutes total), until charred and tender. (For a less charred result, you can cook them in grill basket for 12 to 14 minutes until tender.)
  4. Remove the beans from the grill and spritz them with lemon juice from wedges. Taste and add a few more pinches of kosher salt, if needed.
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

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About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Kristen Greer says:

    I wouldn’t recommend grilling directly on the grates, unless you want to lose the bulk of your green beans between them. Which I did. Use a grill basket or just put a double sheet of foil down and sauté on top of that.

  2. tom ivicak says:

    Can i grill these ahead of time or will they get soggy?

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      They maintain pretty well!

  3. Sonja Overhiser says:

    Let us know if you have any questions!