|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 2g||3%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||2%|
|Total Carbohydrate 2g||1%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||2%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Yes, you can grill beets! The hot fire of the grill brings out the earthy sweetness of beets with an added hint of smoky flavor and an almost candied coating. Grilled beets make a delicious and beautiful addition to any grilled vegetable platter. Other recipes will have you wrap the beets in foil, which is really just steaming or roasting them on the grill, not truly grilling them. The smoky sweetening power of true grilling is key to their appeal here.
- 4 medium beets
- 1 tablespoon olive oil (or vegetable oil)
- Salt (for sprinkling, to taste)
Gather the ingredients.
Heat a charcoal or gas grill to medium-hot (you should be able to hold your hand about an inch over the cooking grate for about 2 seconds)—if the grill is too hot the beets will burn before they cook through. If you need a hotter grill to cook other things, cook the beets on the cooler edges of the grill.
While the grill heats, peel and slice the beets.
Brush the beets with olive oil or vegetable oil. (Or, put the slices in a large bowl, drizzle with the oil and toss to coat the beets evenly.)
Place the beets on the grill and sprinkle lightly with salt, if you like.
If using a gas grill, close the cover and cook 8 to 10 minutes.
Turn the beets over and continue cooking until the beets are tender and grill-marked, another 8 to 10 minutes.
Serve the beets hot, warm, or at room temperature. Drizzle them with additional olive oil for serving, if you like. Enjoy!
Grilled beets are good as-is, but if you feel like dressing them up, there are plenty of options. Use them much as you would use roasted beets.
How to Use Grilled Beets
- Add them in place of sliced tomatoes in sandwiches and burgers—bacon beet burger, anyone? Or how about a BLB (bacon, lettuce, and beet)? It may sound weird, but it's delicious.
- Use them in a salad with strong, peppery greens like arugula or watercress and some crumbly bold blue cheese or fresh cheeses such as feta, cotija, or ricotta.
- Chop them and toss them with a grain salad with quinoa, farro, or bulgur, and other veggies.
- Bring out the sweetness with a drizzle of honey or maple syrup and eat it alongside plain Greek yogurt. (Watch out, people may start experiencing beets as dessert if you go this route!)