Grilled Beets

Grilled Beets

With summer in full swing, a lot of cooking happens on the grill. But that doesn’t mean just meat. Many vegetables are both easy and delicious when grilled. One such is the beet.

Beet love

For many people, beets seem to fall into either the “love” or “hate” category. For me, I SUPER love (new category) beets (but not pickled, because I just don’t think you should do that to a perfectly good vegetable).

You’ve heard of sugar beets, right? They’re called that for a reason: Beets are naturally sweet, due to their high sugar content. But here’s the magic: sugar + heat = caramelization = scrumptious flavor produced by char grilling (think barbeque sauce, for example). That is the magic of grilled beets.

Finding a good sized beet for grilling

When I decided to grill beets, I purchased a small bunch – one medium and a couple smaller sized beets. They were delicious, but the smaller slices cooked very quickly. Too quickly. I walked away from the grill for a moment and bang! the smallest slices were toast. So I went to a different grocery store, hoping to find something “a little bigger.”

red and gold beet

I think I succeeded!

The golden beet weighed 1 lb 3oz.

The red beet was a whopping 1 lb 14oz.

If you can only find (or prefer) smaller beets, and would like to grill them in foil, I have included directions for that method right after the recipe card below.

How to grill beets

Prep

Grilling beets is very easy. First, peel them.

large beet

Note: The red beet juice can be very messy and tends to stain, so I always wear gloves for this step. The golden beets don’t have this problem, which is probably why they’ve become so popular.

Once peeled, cut the beets into slices, about ¼ inch thick.

Cook

Then brush each side of the slices with olive oil, and place on the hot grill. I like to cook these over medium heat on a closed grill for about 8 minutes per side. While cooking, give the slices a little squeeze with the grill tongs to check for “doneness”: either pierce with a knife or squeeze with your tongs. When cooked the slices will still be firm but “give” slightly when squeezed. As I remove the cooked slices, I put them on a plate and cover with foil to retain the heat allowing the pieces to cook through.

beets on the grill

Now, with two ginormous sized beets like I had, it took up pretty much my entire grill surface. But with normal-sized beets there should be plenty of room for other yummies you will be making to go with those grilled beets.

Ready to serve

grilled beets

The two main ways I serve grilled beets is either as a simple side to go with other grilled food, or as part of a beet salad, which is delicious!

Grilled Beets, roasted beets on grill

Give this a try. You can’t “beet” it!

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5 from 18 votes

Grilled Beets

Veggies on the grill-yum!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time16 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 80kcal
Author: Sula

Ingredients

  • 1-2 lb beets
  • 1 TB olive oil

Instructions

  • Peel beets and cut into ¼ inch slices.
  • Brush both cut edges with olive oil.
  • Heat grill to medium and place the beets directly on the grate. Close the grill and cook for 8 minutes, then flip the slices to cook the other side for another 8 minutes.
  • Check for doneness and adjust times as needed.

Video

Nutrition

Calories: 80kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 89mg | Potassium: 369mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 5.5mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 0.9mg

Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.

How to grill beets in foil

Sometimes, grilling beets in foil is an easier approach. I like to use foil when I have smaller beets and would rather just cut them into small pieces. It’s too much work to keep track of a ton of little circles on the grill LOL. Instead, cut the beets up into equal sized pieces and wrap in foil.

I make the cooking “package” with two sheets of foil. Place the cut-up beets in the center of one sheet, then cover with the other sheet. Fold up the edges a couple times to make a very secure edge, all the way around. You want to be able to flip it without all your beets falling out!

Cooking times will vary some according to the size of your pieces. In general, I cook for at least 20 minutes on indirect heat for bite-sized pieces and up to 30 for wedges. Flip the foil package at least every 10 minutes to promote even heating.

I like to remove the foil packet and let it rest for ten minutes to cool slightly. This also lets the beets steam/finish cooking undisturbed.

Of course, you won’t get the grill marks/caramelization on the beets when using foil. It’s more like you are making roasted beets on the grill. The only other disadvantage to this method is you can’t easily give a “squeeze” to test for doneness. However, after cooking on the grill and letting the beets steam a little, I typically have tender and delicious beet pieces, ready to eat. My backup plan? The microwave. 😀

More grilling ideas

While you’ve got the grill fired up, try some Sweet and Sour Pork Kabobs!

And to make your burgers a little more interesting, try a Juicy Lucy!

Plus, everyone should try Grilled Pizza. So good!

Need more sides? Try a grilled baked potato or grilled broccoli. Delish!

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    38 thoughts on “Grilled Beets

    1. 5 stars
      OMGGG! Beets are so good and so good for you! Plus, with this recipe, I bet it would be easy to replace this in a traditional hamburger! I am going to try that. Thank you for the recipe, Sula!

    2. I love finding grilling recipes that aren’t just meat. There are so many things to grill but sometimes I forget that and just focus on traditional meats for grilling. Well, forget no more. Saving this recipe for later.

    3. 5 stars
      I do really like beets and grill quite a few other veggies but have never thought to grill beets – must give them a try!

    4. 5 stars
      Lovvvve these grilled beets. This recipe is so easy…thanks for always bringing the AWESOME into my kitchen and to my grill 🤩

    5. 5 stars
      I never thought to grill beets but that’s such a great idea!! I have a salad recipe with roasted beets that would be even better with grilled beets instead….

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