Meet your new favorite healthy summer side dish! These grilled green beans are perfectly crisp, yet tender and charred just the right amount. They are the best accompaniment to any of your favorite grilled or baked entrees.

Lean, clean and full of antioxidants, green beans can be cooked in so many different ways… but grilling is one of the fastest, easiest methods. Learn how to grill your green beans to perfection in this quick and easy recipe!

Grilling takes basic green beans and elevates them into a slightly sweet, salty and perfectly craveable bite.

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Green beans are one of those side dishes that I learned to love as a kid. While I was a very picky eater, there were a few healthy things that I would consistently eat, thankfully. Green beans to the rescue!

As an adult, I love them even more. I’ve created a variety of green bean side dishes over the years, from this ever-popular Firehouse Green Beans recipe, to these Seasoned Green Beans, and Green Beans with Shallot Butter. You can even learn how to French Cut Green Beans here!

Now that Chris has a little more free time and flexibility, (read why here) we’ve recently rediscovered our love for grilling! It’s so much fun to throw things on the grill that we would have normally baked or cooked on the stove top.

After I realized just how incredible grilled baked potatoes and grilled sweet potatoes are, I knew I needed to perfect these grilled green beans. This method is beyond easy, and I know you’re going to love it!

A close up shot of grilled green beans with some charring from the grill.

Why You’ll Love These Grilled Green Beans

  • Tender, yet charred
  • They cook quickly on the grill
  • Perfect side dish with any protein – chicken, beef, seafood and more (see Steak Side Dishes and Salmon Side Dishes)
  • So healthy – Keto friendly, low carb and Whole 30 approved
A white oval serving dish, filled with grilled green beans, blue linen towel to the side.

Ingredients

  • Green beans – fresh, trimmed green beans are best.
  • Olive oil – any kind of oil will work, we tend to have extra virgin olive oil on hand.
  • Black pepper – fresh ground, largest flake.
  • Salt – to taste. I like to use a few cracks of sea salt from my grinder, but any kind of salt will work.

Seasoning Recommendations

You don’t have to stick with just salt and pepper here. Try adding a teaspoon of these fun homemade seasoning blends to take your grilled green beans to another level or match whatever entrée you’re serving.

How to Make Grilled Green Beans in Just Three Easy Steps

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine green beans, oil and seasoning.
  2. Preheat grill to medium heat, and brush grate with oil.
  3. Add green beans to grate horizontally or at an angle, grilling until slightly charred, rotating once. Remove from heat.

Watch the video where Julie will walk you through each step of this easy recipe. You will find a collection of recipe videos right here on our website with corresponding recipes.

A close up shot of grilled green beans with some charring from the grill.

Serving Suggestions

These green beans serve beautifully alongside a variety of main dishes and entrees. Consider serving them with the following:

Tips

  • Trimming – I generally buy green beans that have already been trimmed, just to eliminate an extra step. However, if you buy them untrimmed, it’s easiest to line them up in a group and do a big chop with your favorite knife. Goes so much faster than trying to do a couple at a time!
  • Charring – It’s so easy to tell when grilled green beans are done! You can customize the timing based completely on your preferred level of char. Simply toss and remove when they’ve reached the perfect exterior color!

Scaling up, down or substituting? You’ll love this printable Measurement Conversion Chart!

Frequently Asked Questions

Are green beans good for you?

Green beans a good source of vitamin K and calcium. Both of these nutrients help build strong bones. They are also low in calories, full of fiber and help boost antioxidants in your body.

They can also help boost your heart and gut health… so yes, they are really good for you!

Should I soak green beans before cooking?

Soaking your green beans prior to grilling is unnecessary. It could cut your cooking time down just a bit, but not enough to make the extra step worthwhile.

How to Store

  • Room Temperature – your grilled green beans can remain at room temperature for up to two hours while serving.
  • Refrigerate – Store for 3-5 days in an airtight container in your refrigerator.
  • Freeze – you can freeze grilled green beans in a tightly closed Ziploc bag or in an airtight container for up to three months.

What to Do with Leftovers

Dietary Considerations

  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
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Grilled Green Beans

Meet your new favorite healthy summer side dish! These grilled green beans are perfectly crisp, yet tender and charred just the right amount. They are the best accompaniment to any of your favorite grilled or baked entrees.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Total: 13 minutes
Servings: 8
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Ingredients  

  • 1 pound green beans fresh, trimmed
  • ¼ cup olive oil extra virgin
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper fresh ground, largest flake
  • salt to taste

Instructions 

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine green beans, oil, salt and pepper. Toss. Optional: Allow to marinate 15-30 minutes.
  • Preheat grill to medium heat.
  • Brush grate with oil.
  • Add green beans to grate horizontally or at an angle.
  • Grill 4 minutes until slightly charred and rotate. Grill 3-4 minutes and remove from heat.

Tips

Seasoning Variations

Add a teaspoon of any of the following seasoning blends for a different flavor profile in this grilled green beans recipe.

How to Store

  • Room Temperature – your grilled green beans can remain at room temperature for up to two hours while serving.
  • Refrigerate – Store for 3-5 days in an airtight container in your refrigerator.
  • Freeze – you can freeze grilled green beans in a tightly closed Ziploc bag or in an airtight container for up to three months.

Video

Calories: 77kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 121mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 392IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

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