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Easy Grill Roasted Beets and Garlic

If you invite a friend who’s a master gardener to dinner and she asks what to bring–ask back, “What’s in your garden?,” you might end up with this delicious treat–grill roasted beets and garlic!

Beet wedges and Garlic cloves on sheet of aluminum foil

That’s how this recipe happened. Our friends surprised us with vivid bloodshot beets, just picked, washed and trimmed. All I added was a little olive oil—and whole garlic cloves. Packaged in a big sheet of aluminum foil, onto the grill they went.

We sat on the deck enjoying our park-like yard, drinking wine and telling tales. Whenever Robbie warned me that the grill thermometer was pegged all the way to 600 degrees, I got up, opened the grill to cool it down, and moved the packet of beets and garlic to another spot on the grill. Casual. No worries. After about 45 minutes I poked into the packet and both the beets and the garlic were soft to the fork!

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Grill Roasted Beets and Garlic on yellow plate with crackers and a butter knife, with nun salt and pepper shakers

Wow! The beets were caramelized on the bottom from the high heat, and subtly infused with roasted garlic flavor. They made a bright side for our veggie burgers!

We didn’t need condiments like mayonnaise, mustard, or ketchup. We mashed the buttery spreadable roasted garlic on the grill-toasted buns. Delicious!

fresh beets on wooden boards

The salt and pepper shakers in the photo came from my sister. We call them Sister Salty Mary and Sister Mary Pepper, and remember our elementary school teachers.

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  • laurie

    Yum I want those Reply · 6 August, 2014

    • Letty

      I’ll make them for you. Reply · 6 August, 2014

  • I’m not a huge fan of beets, but cooked this way they sound fabulous. Reply · 7 August, 2014

  • Letty,
    Thanks for this recipe! I’ve added it to the Farm Fresh Feasts Visual Recipe Index by Ingredient, a resource for folks who love to eat from the farm share.
    I appreciate it! Reply · 18 June, 2015

    • Letty

      Go farm shares! Reply · 18 June, 2015

  • William Jones

    My new go to method thanks! Reply · 11 August, 2019

  • I love beets and eat them almost daily. Your recipe is an excellent idea. I never thought about grilling these beets! How come you don’t crush the garlic and won’t the oil start to smoke when used on a grill? Reply · 9 February, 2023

    • Sam,
      Thank you for writing. Whole garlic cloves roast perfectly in a package or covered dish in the oven or on the grill. Cooked in a package there is no problem with smoking oil. Reply · 12 February, 2023

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