How To Roast Beets On The Grill
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Want to Know How To Roast Beets On The Grill?
So you’d want to grill beets? This is how you do it! Grilled beets are a great summer side dish to provide when you’re grilling. These are sweet and delicate, nicely cooked, and even better with a sprinkling of feta cheese on top. They take longer to cook than other grilled veggies, but they’re well worth the wait. Serve them with a few other grilled vegetables or summer salads to round off the meal. Here’s how to do it!
What You Should Do
To begin, let me state unequivocally that beets are great in any form! If you want to prepare beets quickly, we recommend Instant Pot beets, which take only 30 minutes to cook. They can also be roasted (our fave!) or boiled. But if you’re already planning on firing up the grill, try grilled beets! All you will need are a few easy and simple ingredients:
- Olive oil
- Italian seasoning (optional)
- Salt and pepper
A sprinkling of feta cheese on top before serving is also a wonderful touch (beets and feta are a great combination!). It distinguishes them as a more upscale side dish. However, it is not essential!
Make Foil-Grilled Beets
Yes, beets may be grilled directly on the grill grates. In this approach, however, the beets are grilled in a foil package. This is why:
- The foil package helps to keep the mess contained. Beets are a sloppy mess! When you touch chopped beets, beet liquid goes everywhere. This is why we don’t recommend putting the beets on the barbecue grates.
- In addition, the foil takes up less grill area. When you cook beets directly on the grates, they take up the entire grill, leaving no place for anything else! They take up significantly less space using the foil package approach, giving room for a grilled main course or other vegetables.
How To Use Grilled Beets
- Replace sliced tomatoes for beets in sandwiches and burgers—bacon beet burger, anyone? Alternatively, how about a BLB—bacon, lettuce, and beet? Distinctive, yet delectable.
- Try them in a salad with spicy greens like arugula or watercress and crumbly blue cheese or fresh cheeses like feta, cotija, or ricotta.
- Toss them with quinoa, farro, or bulgur and other vegetables in a grain salad.
- Serve with plain Greek yogurt and a dab of honey or maple syrup to bring out the sweetness. If you follow this path, people may begin to think of beets as dessert!
Tips On How To Grill Beets
Are you ready to start grilling? Here are a few cooking ideas for grilled beets:
- Time to cook: 35 to 50 minutes. The most important thing to remember about grilled beets is that they take longer to cook than any other grilled vegetable. (Don’t worry, it’s still faster than roasting!)
- To determine doneness, do a taste test. The exact timing is determined by how thick or thin you cut the beets, the age of the beets, and the temperature of the grill. Cook them on the grill, but keep in mind that you’ll need to taste test them!
- Heat the oil over medium-high heat. That translates to 375 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Season with Italian spice to give the beets a mild Mediterranean flavor! Use store-bought or homemade; we have a recipe for both.
- four medium beets
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tsp. Italian seasoning (purchased or homemade)
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- pepper, freshly ground
- Feta cheese, to serve (optional)
- Preheat the grill to medium-high (375 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit).
- Wash and peel the beets with a vegetable peeler before dicing them (caution: beet juice might stain!).
- Toss the beets in a medium sized bowl with olive oil, Italian seasoning, salt, and freshly ground pepper.
- Fold up the sides of a big sheet of aluminum foil and place the beets on top. Seal the seams by placing the second sheet of foil on top. Using a fork, make many holes in the package (to allow steam to escape).
- Cook for 35 to 50 minutes, or until the package is cooked, directly on the grill grates (open and test with a fork to assess doneness; exact timing depends on the size of pieces and exact grill temperature). Taste and season with some salt if required. Drizzle with olive oil and top with feta cheese to serve (optional).
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you check if beets are done roasting?
Beets are weldone when skewer slides easily to the middle of the beet. Small beets will cook more fast than large beets. first Peel the beets. Set the beets on the side until cool enough to handle.
How soft should beets be when roasted?
Cut the roots carefully and stem off and bake the whole beets in a baking tray covered with foil. Bake them at around 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about one hour. For this method, put in a fork into the beets. When the fork goes through perfectly and the inside is tender, the beets are done cooking.
Can I eat the peel of a roasted beet?
Sometimes beets are peeled before cooking. They may also be scrubbed and cooked til tender with skins on; the skins slip off easily aftergetting cooled. Some people are happy to remove the skins on; they are fine to eat. You can also pickle cooked beets.
Is it OK to eat beets everyday?
As with any food, the over eatsing of beets may lead to some health issues. Risks of over eating include; Increased risk of kidney stones: Since beets are greater in the compound oxalate, eating plenty of it can contribute to kidney stones formation.
Are red beets anti inflammatory?
The dark color of beets comes from the compounds called betalains. Betalains have strong antioxidant effects and can aid in reducing inflammation. Beets are also high in nitrates, which decreases inflammation by removing harmful compounds from your bloodstream.
Look no farther than these Grilled Beets for a nutritious and tasty grilled veggie! They’re simply seasoned and grilled to bring out the natural sweetness of the beets. They’re also healthful, so they’re a fantastic way to add some nutrition to your supper.