posted October 13, 2015
Perfect Grilled Beets
If you’re looking for a healthy and delicious grilled vegetable, look no further than these Grilled Beets! They’re lightly seasoned and roasted on the grill to bring out all the natural sweetness of the beets. They’re healthy as well, making them a great way to add some goodness to your dinner.
Can You Grill Beets?
Yes, you can grill beets!
You’d be surprised how many folks ask if you can grill certain vegetables, fruits, and sides. Honestly, if you can cook it in an oven, you can likely grill it as well. Beets are one vegetable that taste great grilled! In fact, grilled beets are one of the most delicious and flavorful ways to cook them!
Roasted beets done on the grill just make sense. Sure you can do these in your oven, but I grill stuff. It’s kind of my thing. So follow these steps to get some perfectly roasted beets on the grill and do something fancy with them, like throw them in a salad, drizzle them with lemon, or toss them with cheese and consume them as you’ve never actually tasted beets before.
Roasted Beets on the Grill
Fall harvest is here and that means fresh veg from the garden by the bowlful. Well not from my garden, but other people’s I’m sure. In my case, these beets are fresh from the produce aisle and were just begging to be grilled. I grew up on a steady diet of pickled beets and wanted to take the memories from my kid-hood and translate them into something a little more grown-up and delicious.
If you’re on the fence about beets, try these ones out before you count them out completely.
Grilling beets releases their internal sweetness. To be honest, raw beets do not taste much different than the ground they grew in, but grilled beets are on a completely different level. They are deep and earthy and rich and I just can’t get enough. Try something new with your beets; you’ll never look at those vibrant roots the same ever again.
How to Grill Beets
Grilling beets are fast, easy, and have minimal clean-up. Believe me, once you make these, you’ll wonder why you went so long before roasting beets on the grill!
- Preheat. These beets are cooked over indirect heat, so prep your gas, charcoal, or pellet grill with an indirect heat source with the target grill temperature around 400-425 degrees F. If you need a refresher on how to create an indirect heat source, check out my post for two-zone cooking.
- Season the beets. These beets are cooked in an aluminum foil packet and lightly seasoned prior to grilling. All you need is olive oil, salt, and fresh cracked pepper!
- Grill. Seal the aluminum foil packet and place the beets on the grill over your indirect heat. Cook the beets for around 25-30 minutes. Remove the beets when they have browned slightly and are fork-tender. You will need to flip the pouch occasionally with a spatula or tongs to ensure all the beets cook evenly.
- Serve. These beets are delicious served hot or cold. They make a great warm side alongside your favorite BBQ, or cooled off and tossed into your favorite salad. I love mixing mine with orange segments, goat cheese, and some toasted almonds! Enjoy them however you please.
More Grilled Vegetables
Looking for more healthy and delicious sides to add to your BBQ this week? Veggies are a great way to go! While you’re busy cooking up a brisket or ribs, toss some fresh vegetables on the grill to round out your meal. Check out a few of our favorites below!
Grilled Beets Recipe
Hey grillers, hey! We’ve made a few changes to this post. This post was originally published in October 2015. We recently updated it with more information and helpful tips. The recipe remains the same.
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Perfect Grilled Beets
- 4-5 medium beets (washed, peeled, and cubed)
- 1b Tablespoon olive oil (extra virgin)
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
- Preheat. Prepare your grill for indirect heat cooking. If you are using charcoal, place the coals to one side. If you are using propane, turn one burner to high and the other to low. If you are cooking on a pellet grill, set the temperature to High. Your target grill temperature should be around 400 to 425 degrees F.
- Season the beets. Tear two large pieces of aluminum foil, lay one on top of the other and fold the sides up into a basin. Place the cubed beets into the basin and drizzle with olive oil. Stir gently to evenly coat all of the beets. Season with the salt and pepper. Tear off another piece of foil and cover the beets. Crimp the foil together to create a tight seal.
- Grill. Place the foil pouch with the beets on the grill grates over indirect heat. Cook, occasionally flipping the pouch with a spatula, for 25-30 minutes or until the beets are fork tender and slightly browned.
- Serve warm or chill. Serve immediately as is, or mix into your favorite salad. Cooked beets will last several days in an airtight container in your refrigerator.
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