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red and golden beets on white platter.

Grilled Beets

  • Author: Deb Belsha
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 27 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American


These grilled beets have a sweet and smokey flavor. Drizzled with a scallion vinaigrette sauce, it is a flavorful side dish for any meal.


Units Scale
  • 1 pound red and/or yellow beets (about 4 medium size)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Scallion Sauce

  • 2 green onions (scallions), chopped fine
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sherry wine vinegar *
  • 1-2 teaspoons sugar *
  • 2 sprigs of thyme, minced fine, or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper


  1. Preheat grill over medium heat.
  2. Make the scallion sauce:  Stir together the chopped scallions, Dijon, vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper and mayonnaise. Slowly pour in the olive oil and whisk together quickly to combine well.  Refrigerate until needed.
  3. Wash and peel beets.  Cut of the ends of the beets, discard or save to make broth. Cut the beets into 1/4 inch slices.
  4. Mix the oil and salt together and combine with sliced beets.  Stir to coat.
  5. Place beet slices on grill, close lid and cook for 6 minutes.  Turn flame to low -medium if the beets are getting too charred.
  6. Flip the beets over and cook another 6 minutes.
  7. Place beets on a platter.  Remove scallion sauce from refrigerator, whisk again to combine.  Drizzle over the beets and serve.


*You can use all red or all yellow beets as you prefer.

*To substitute the sherry wine vinegar, use white wine vinegar, red wine vinegar or balsamic.  The red wine and balsamic are a stronger flavor.  You may need to add an extra teaspoon of sugar.  Taste test the sauce before you add more of anything.

*To save some carbs, use granulated sugar substitute.

*The nutrition reflects only uses a few teaspoons of sauce.  If you use more, the calories will be higher.

Keywords: grilled beets, root vegetables, healthy side dishes