Grilling lemons is a great way to add smoky and earthy flavor that comes with grilling over charcoal. Grilled Lemons are a fantastic way to finish a dish, or even use to garnish a summer cocktail!
Grilling lemons is an easy and delicious way to add great favor to your grilled food. Anytime I’m grillin’ up some chicken, or seafood, or vegetables, I throw on a couple lemon halves to heat up. While grilling, the heat intensifies the flavor, and while also loosening up the juices. This is one of my favorite secret weapons to adding bright flavor to any dish!
Squeezing some of that concentrated juice over your favorite foods adds a fantastic acidity and brightness, not to mention a nice sweet kiss. Grilled lemons are great over grilled chicken, seafood of all kinds, artichokes, broccolini, green beans, pork chops, you name it!
Bonus, these delicious grilled lemon wedges are also fantastic in a cocktail! Garnish your favorite summer beverage with one of these bright and colorful wedges, or use the juice to make a flavorful grilled lemon simple syrup and Bourbon Cocktail.
Tip: Meyer lemons work great too. The flavor is sweeter and more intensified. Large lemons tend to be more acidic and less sweet than Meyer.
How to Grill Lemons
- Preheat grill: set up for direct or single zone grilling with lump charcoal.
- Slice lemons: in half (or in wedges for cocktail garnish)
- Grill: place over direct heat until nice and caramelized (around 6-10 minutes)
- Serve: squeeze over your grilled foods or to garnish your favorite cocktail.
Recipes using this colorful garnish
- Bourbon Cocktail with Grilled Lemon Simple Syrup
- Grilled Shishito Peppers
- Perfect Grilled Salmon
- Grilled Mussels
- Lobster Tails with Red Chili Herb Butter!!!
- Grilled Caesar Salad
- Shrimp with Garlic Wine Butter Sauce
- Grilled Vegetables
And so much more! For more ideas, head to our recipe index and peruse.
Grilled Lemons Recipe
- 4 whole lemons (For cocktails – can also use Meyer Lemons)
- Prepare grill for direct or single zone grilling with lump charcoal. Target the temperature over direct heat between 450 and 500 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Slice the lemons in half and place over direct heat. When the lemons have caramelized, remove them from the grill, about 6 – 10 minutes depending on how hot the grill is.
- Immediately squeeze the warm lemons into your favorite grilled dish.