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How to grill lemons

Grilled Lemons

Grilled Lemons are a fantastic way to finish a dish, or even use to garnish a summer cocktail! And grilling lemons is super easy to do!
Course Appetizer, garnish
Cuisine American, barbecue
Keyword grilled lemon, grilled lemons
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 cup (depending on size of lemons)
Cost $3.00


  • 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.


For cocktails we recommend Meyer lemons, as they are sweeter. However they tend to be smaller, so double the batch size.
Yield: The amount of juice you will get from a lemon will depend on its size. Plan on roughly one cup of grilled lemon juice from 4 large lemons.