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White bowl containing grilled green beans, topped with Parmesan cheese.
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Grilled Garlic Green Beans

These garlic green beans are the easiest, most delicious side dish for any meal! Crispy with incredible flavor, these grilled green beans are tossed in olive oil, chopped garlic, and fresh lemon juice, and then topped with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Deliciously charred and simply irresistible.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 36kcal
Author: Amanda Mason


  • Grilling Basket OR
  • Aluminum Foil


  • 8 oz fresh green beans, trimmed, cut, and washed
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • fresh grated Parmesan cheese, to taste


  • Cut the ends off the green beans and rinse thoroughly.
  • Put the beans, olive oil, chopped garlic, lemon juice, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a gallon sized sealable plastic bag or container. Mix well and set aside to allow the ingredients to marinate for 10 minutes.
  • Preheat the grill to medium-high heat until it reaches 375-400°F. Add the marinated beans to a grill basket and place on the grill. Close the lid and allow to grill for 3-5 minutes.
  • Open the lid and turn them frequently with a spatula or tongs until they begin to crisp and slightly charred, about 7-10 minutes.
  • When done, remove from the grill and place them into a bowl. Top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and serve immediately.


  • Only use fresh green beans. Canned and frozen do not work well.
  • If you want a more tender green bean, place the freshly trimmed beans in the water and bring them to a slow boil for 3-4 minutes. Drain and then place the hot vegetables in the container with the the olive oil, lemon juice, chopped garlic, garlic powder, and salt and pepper. Mix the ingredients and allow the beans to marinate for 10 minutes and then grill according to the instructions.
  • Make sure to preheat your grill to medium-high heat before adding the beans. I typically get my grill anywhere between 375 to 400°F and then I add the basket. They can grill at that temperature but ensure the temperature doesn't go over 450°F or they will grill too fast and become too charred.
  • When it comes to the garlic, you can use fresh chopped garlic, minced or whole garlic cloves.
  • You can substitute the olive oil for avocado oil. Avocado oil has a high smoke point and works really well when grilling. It tastes amazing and is incredibly good for you.
  • If you are preparing in advance, they can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days before grilling.
  • Try topping these with sesame seeds or toasted almonds.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 36kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 197mg | Potassium: 93mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 262IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg