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Summer grilling isn’t just about juicy steaks and perfect burgers. It’s time to let side dishes take center stage, and these Grilled Green Beans in a Foil Packet are ready for their standing ovation. Quick, easy, and perfect for any quick-cooking grill pairing.

The final touch? A squeeze of fresh lemon juice to add just the right amount of zing. This is not just any green bean dish – this is the ultimate summer side that brings both freshness and flavor to your barbecue spread!

Give this easy, fast Grilled Green Beans Recipe in a foil packet a try!

Grilled green beans on a dark plate with parmesan cheese on top.
Give this easy, fast Grilled Green Beans Recipe in a foil packet a try!

🔥 What makes this recipe special?

We’re not just steaming beans. We’re grilling them. The grill gives the beans a charred, lightly smoky twist. This simple side dish becomes something special.

Also, it is a great way to make use of your grill space. This is a perfect dish to throw on with burgers, brats, or any quick grilling dish. 

Our foil packet is the secret. This is where flavors blend. Thyme gives an earthy aroma. Garlic brings a spicy warmth. Parmesan cheese adds savory depth. A squeeze of lemon provides a fresh finish. Every bite of these grilled green beans is a flavor party. This dish is the unsung hero of your summer grilling.

If you are looking for main grilling recipes, check out the Best Grilled Sirloin Burger recipe, grilled brats, or this Grilled Chicken Legs recipe. No matter what you grill, make sure to treat yourself!

🧀 Ingredients

Beans are the star of this recipe, but you will need some other ingredients. Here is a list:

Ingredients for grilled green beans in a tinfoil packet.
Green beans, olive oil, thyme, lemon, parmesan cheese, garlic, salt & pepper.
  • Green Beans
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Garlic
  • Fresh thyme
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Lemon juice

See the recipe card for quantities.

🍲 Instructions

Get ready to grill! Start by firing up your grill to about 375° Fahrenheit. It’s the perfect temp to cook our green beans just right.

Now, let’s prep our beans. In a mixing bowl, combine the beans, oil, salt, pepper, and garlic. Make sure every bean gets a good coating. Flavor is key here. Next, spread out a sheet of tin foil. It’s going to hold our tasty beans.

It’s layering time. Start with four sprigs of thyme on the foil. Then pile on your seasoned beans. Sprinkle the rest of your thyme leaves. Top it off with the Parmesan cheese. This will give us a cheesy, flavorful crust.

Cover it up with another tin foil sheet. Close each side. Make it tight. We want to keep all the flavors locked in. It’s now ready for the grill. Place your packet over direct heat. Set your timer for 15 minutes.

When the time’s up, you’re in for a treat. Carefully open your packet. Let the steam escape. A whiff of that savory, smoky aroma will tell you – you’ve made something amazing. Enjoy your grilled green beans!

🤷 Substitutions and variations

This recipe is versatile. You can change things up to suit your taste.

Not a fan of thyme? No problem. Swap it out for rosemary. Or try basil. Even a sprinkle of Italian seasoning works. Play with the herbs you love.

Cheese choices can change, too. If Parmesan is not your thing, try Pecorino Romano. It’s another hard cheese with a salty kick. Want to go softer? A sprinkle of crumbled feta adds a tangy touch.

Garlic lovers can add more. If garlic is not your favorite, leave it out. You could also try shallots. They add a delicate, sweet flavor.

The key with substitutions is balance. Switch things up. Keep the flavors harmonized. Each bite should make your taste buds sing. Experiment and enjoy!

📦 Storage

Made too many beans? No worries. Storage is simple. Here’s how to save those leftover grilled green beans.

Let your beans cool first. You don’t want to trap the steam. Once they’re room temperature, it’s time to pack them up. Use airtight containers. They keep your beans fresh.

Fridge or freezer? Both work. In the fridge, they’ll last about 3-4 days. Need to store them longer? Go for the freezer. They can stay fresh for up to 3 months there.

When you’re ready to eat, reheating is easy. If they’re frozen, let them thaw in the fridge overnight. Then, heat them on the stove or in the microwave. Just until they’re warm.

Enjoy your beans, fresh or reheated. Every bite will remind you of your grilling success.

🎓 History tidbit

Green beans have been around a long time. Their history is fascinating. These beans have traveled the world.

Green beans started in South America. They have been in our diets for thousands of years. Then explorers came along. They took the beans on their journeys. Beans traveled to Europe, Africa, and Asia. They became a global veggie.

But they didn’t always look like they do today. The beans we know and love were bred over time. Breeders selected the best plants. They looked for long, green, and stringless pods. That’s how we got the green beans we grill today.

So when you’re grilling green beans, remember. You’re cooking a veggie that’s been around for millennia. It’s a little piece of history right on your grill.

❓ FAQ

How do I know when my grill is at the right temperature?

Use a grill thermometer. It will tell you the exact temp. Aim for about 375° Fahrenheit for these beans.

Can I grill frozen green beans?

Yes, you can. But thaw them first. Then, dry them off. This helps them grill better.

How can I prevent my beans from burning on the grill?

The foil packet is key. It protects the beans. It also helps them cook evenly.

What’s the best way to clean a grill?

Clean it while it’s still warm. Use a grill brush. Always make sure to remove any leftover food bits.

Can I grill other types of beans?

Sure! But cooking times might vary. Always check them for doneness.

What can I serve with grilled green beans?

They pair well with lots of dishes. Try them with grilled chicken, steak, or fish.

📝 Tips and tricks

  • Preheat the grill. A hot grill cooks beans evenly. Aim for about 375° Fahrenheit.
  • Mix well. Make sure the beans are well coated with oil and seasonings. Every bite should be flavorful.
  • Layer smart. Start with thyme on the foil. Then add the beans and more thyme. Finish with Parmesan. This gives a balance of flavors.
  • Seal tight. Close your foil packet well. We want all the flavors and juices to stay inside.
  • Let them cool. Be careful when opening the packet. Hot steam can burn. Let them cool for a bit before serving.
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Grilled green beans on a dark plate with parmesan cheese on top.

Grilled Green Beans in a Foil Packet

  • Author: Ben
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American
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Description

Get ready to fire up your grill and elevate your summer cookout with this easy, yet impressive side dish: Grilled Green Beans with in a Foil Packet. We’re taking fresh, crisp green beans, tossing them with aromatic thyme and a generous sprinkle of savory Parmesan. There’s a hint of garlic to make everything pop, and a squeeze of lemon juice for a zesty finish. All these flavors come together beautifully as we wrap them up in a foil packet and grill to perfection. This is a crowd-pleaser that’s sure to have everyone coming back for seconds!


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 pound Green Beans, cleaned
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt + more to flavor
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 Garlic clove, minced
  • 8 medium sprigs of fresh Thyme (about 2 teaspoons dried thyme)
  • 1/2 cup fresh parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice (about 1/2 lemon)

Instructions

  1. Preheat grill to about 375° Fahrenheit.
  2. In Mixing bowl, combine beans, oil, salt, pepper, and garlic.
  3. Spread out a sheet of tinfoil that will fit the green beans.
  4. Place 4 sprigs of Thyme on bottom of tin foil, add beans, remaining cleaned thyme leaves, and then spread parmesan cheese on top.
  5. Place a second sheet of tinfoil on top and close each of the sides. Try to eliminate any way for beans or liquid to escape
  6. Place over direct heat.
  7. Remove at 15 minutes, careful to open as steam will be hot, and serve. 

Notes

  • Preheat the grill. A hot grill cooks beans evenly. Aim for about 375° Fahrenheit.
  • Mix well. Make sure the beans are well coated with oil and seasonings. Every bite should be flavorful.
  • Layer smart. Start with thyme on the foil. Then add the beans and more thyme. Finish with Parmesan. This gives a balance of flavors.
  • Seal tight. Close your foil packet well. We want all the flavors and juices to stay inside.
  • Let them cool. Be careful when opening the packet. Hot steam can burn. Let them cool for a bit before serving.

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