|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 2g||3%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||2%|
|Total Carbohydrate 3g||1%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||2%|
|Total Sugars 3g|
|Vitamin C 1mg||6%|
|*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.|
Beets are great boiled, pickled, grated raw into salads, and, of course, roasted. But you can grill beets, too. Perhaps it's a cooking method you haven't yet considered, but the hot fire of the grill brings out the earthy sweetness of beets with an added hint of smoky flavor and an almost candied, caramelized coating. It's a brand new way to enjoy this veggie.
Grilled beets make a delicious and beautiful addition to any grilled vegetable platter. Other recipes will have you wrap the beets in foil, but that just really just steams or roasting them on the grill, and doesn't truly grill them. The smoky-sweet power of true grilling is the key to their appeal here.
If you are grilling the beets along with other foods and you need a hotter grill to cook those other things, cook the beets on the cooler edges of the grill.
4 medium beets
1 tablespoon olive oil, or vegetable oil
Kosher salt, 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.
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.
How to Store Grilled Beets
Beets will keep in the fridge for 4 to 5 days. You can eat them at room temperature, reheat them on the stovetop or in the oven.
You can also freeze grilled beets for up to 3 months if you wrap them well in foil and then store them in zip-close freezer bags.
Grilled beets are good as they are, and you can 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? Different, yet delicious.
- Try 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!