Have you ever tried grilling broccoli on the bbq or grill? If you haven’t, you’re in for a big surprise.  We’re super excited about sharing this grilled broccoli recipe because it was a surprise hit!

Grilled Broccoli Recipe or BBQ Broccoli Recipe with Cheddar Cheese on a grill

Grilled Broccoli Recipe

After a week of testing and filming Summer grilling recipes we went through our mental list of new veggies to grill. We absolutely love broccoli but didn’t think it would grill well and so broccoli wasn’t on our original list. Since we had a bunch of broccoli heads already in the fridge we decided to just give it a try. If it didn’t work out we thought that we could salvage it by finishing it off in the oven. But wow we didn’t have to go that far because this grilled broccoli recipe was a hit! Our whole team devoured the platter and were all super surprised at how delicious snd easy it was to make this grilled broccoli recipe broccoli recipe on the grill.

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Crispy Broccoli Loaded with Flavor

Wow the charred, crispy edges of the marinated broccoli was addicting and one of the most deli food vegetable dishes we’ve ever had. The flavorful garlic marinade and the edges of the bbq broccoli were fabulous. We invited one of our taste testers to try it and he was super pleased with everything about this grilled broccoli. The cheese on top added the perfect creamy texture and flavor. You guys this truly is going to be one of your favorite snd easy grilled vegetable dishes for Summer. Add this bbq broccoli as a side dish to your favorite ribs, brisket or grilled chicken. Kids will LOVE this and so will the big kids too (adults). So give it a try and let us know what you think. We’re totally obsessed about Summer grilled broccoli with cheese now.

Grilled Broccoli Recipe on a baking sheet pan
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Grilled Garlic Broccoli with Cheese

When slicing the head of broccoli, try to have as much stem included as possible. The stem is what holds them into “slabs” or one large slice. You’ll definitely have some random small broken pieces, but hopefully you’ll have at least several slices that are whole “slabs or steaks”. 
We tested 2 methods: Blanching then Grilling – Grilling w/o Blanching. Everyone preferred the former, but if you like a firmer broccoli, then grilling without blanching is great way to go.
Grill Baskets – Some days we just don't want to bother with carefully managing every single slab of broccoli. Throw them all into a grill basket and grill from there. Easy-peasy.
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  • 1 pound (454 g) broccoli , cut into thick slices
  • 1/4 cup (56 ml) oil
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) dried oregano , basil or Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) lemon pepper seasoning or seasoning salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt , or to taste
  • black pepper , to taste
  • 1/2 cup (57 g) grated cheddar cheese
  • optional , lemon wedges for serving



  • *Optional – see head note: In large pot of boiling water, quickly blanche the cut broccoli for about 1 minute. Drain the broccoli and rinse with cold water to keep the broccoli from cooking further. Blot broccoli with paper towels to remove excess moisture.
    Blanching broccoli
  • Pre-heat grill to medium-high to high heat. Scrape the grill grates to make sure they are clean.
    Preheat Grill
  • In bowl, combine oil, Worcestershire sauce, dried herbs, lemon pepper/seasoning salt, garlic powder, and onion powder. Whisk ingredients together.
    Whisking marinade
  • Brush the marinade on both all sides of the broccoli slices. Sprinkle salt and pepper to top of broccoli to taste.
    Brushing marinade on broccoli
  • Gently place marinated broccoli on grill. Cook the broccoli for about 2-4 minutes each side, or until nicely charred with crispy edges.
    Broccoli nearly finished being grilled
  • Lay broccoli on platter and sprinkle with cheese while the broccoli is still hot so cheese can melt. Serve with lemon wedges if desired!


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Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 228kcal, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 14mg, Sodium: 208mg, Potassium: 440mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 850IU, Vitamin C: 102.2mg, Calcium: 164mg, Iron: 1.5mg

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Oklahoma Joe’s Reverse Flow Offset Smoker –
Love this offset smoker. Solid construction. Isn’t perfect, but with a couple easy modifications it will smoke as well as the $1k + smokers. Can use the main chamber also as a regular charcoal grill. Love using it as a regular grill using lump charcoal or briquettes. Huge cooking surface.

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Why is the broccoli tough and chewy?

Did you pre-boil the broccoli? This helps make the broccoli more tender during grilling. Or if it’s still tough, then maybe you’re just grilling the broccoli at too high of a heat. If the heat or flames cook char the outside of the broccoli too quick, it doesn’t get a chance to cook the broccoli on the inside. So try reducing your flame or heat level.

What to serve with grilled broccoli?

  • There’s so many awesome ways to serve this bbq broccoli recipe. You can chop it up and make a salad, like our broccoli salad recipe here but using the grilled broccoli instead of the roasted broccoli.
  • You can serve it with any of our best grilling recipes. From grilled meats to seafood and chicken, there’s so many ways to enjoy this broccoli side dish.
  • If you’re a vegetarian, make a fantastic veggie sandwich. Layer the flavorful slices of crispy broccoli with some cheese, mayo, lettuce and tomato. This is a great vegetarian burger or sandwich with broccoli to replace the meat.

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