Easy Grilled Asparagus

Easy Grilled Asparagus

Have you ever watched people make grilled asparagus before? It seems to be an exercise in patience–at least it always was when I tried grilling them. When I am hungry, I do not want to play chicken with the open grill grates or even mess with fancy grill pans. Instead, I whip out my secret grilling weapon…foil packet.

Grilled Asparagus–the Easy Way

My secret weapon also enables me to cook for several people or meals at the same time. Since I am cooking for 1 or 2 people most the time, it insures we can pop the rest in the frig for easy to sides the rest of the week. So what’s this secret weapon? Foil… yep, that roll of kitchen covering that most everyone has in their cabinets.

This super simple kitchen..er grill… hack can be used on a variety of vegetables and typically are done in about the same time it takes to cook an average sized steak on the grill. All you do is add a serving size of vegetables to the middle of a sheet of foil, add about 1/2 – 1 T of butter to each packet, then fold. (Learn to make your own butter here!)

When folding the packets, you do need to be careful not to puncture the foil. If you do, you will loose the steaming power of the packet and your butter will leak all over your grill. (If you do puncture the foil, just fold another sheet around the original.)

To Fold the Packets:

  • Fold the Long Sides Up to Meet in the Middle
  • Roll Down to Seal
  • Roll Each End Upward

Adding Other Vegetables to the Grill

Typically, when I’m throwing veggies on the grill there are a couple different kinds. When I was making asparagus the other night, I wrapped a some corn individually with almost a tablespoon of butter in each packet. Then threw them on the grill. This is the best way to make corn on the cob! Just load all your packets on a sheet pan, take to the grill, and cook. Your sheet pan is the perfect transport container after all your grilled treasures are done!

Recipes For the Grill

When you are finished making grilled asparagus, use your grill to prepare some poblano peppers for this Cheesy Chile Relleno recipe!

steak on a bed of grilled asparagus next to potato salad. All on a white plate

Easy Grilled Asparagus

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes


  • Asparagus (or squash, corn, your favorite summer veggie)
  • 1/2-1 T butter for each packet
  • Salt-to taste
  • Pepper-to taste
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Lemon–optional


  1. Place a serving size of vegetables in the middle of a sheet of foil.
  2. Add butter
  3. Salt and Pepper to taste
  4. Fold grill packets
  5. Grill for 8-10 minutes (or until vegetables are cooked to your liking).
  6. Squeeze a little lemon juice over your grilled asparagus to brighten up your dish if you’d like!

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