The World’s Best Grilled Broccoli

best grilled broccoli

It’s an irrefutable fact that everything tastes better grilled. Broccoli is no exception.

And since it has been unusually hot this winter, we have been taking advantage of the extended grilling weather. Enjoy it while it lasts, folks! The snow is coming, and I’m sure it’s with a vengeance.

The first time I made this recipe, it was mostly out of laziness. Boy bought broccoli, and I figured we would just roast it (like we do with 99.9% of our vegetables). But I knew our main dish would have me down at the grill anyway, so I just decided it would be easiest to throw the broccoli on there too.

You probably have all the ingredients for the marinade in your pantry right now. I use Big Green Egg’s Whirly Bird seasoning, because we happen to have gallons of the stuff on-hand, but I’m sure any all-purpose seasoning would do the trick.

(I should mention here that I am in no way affiliated with Big Green Egg or any of their brands. But if they would like us to be, I’ll consider it in exchange for a backyard smoker).

Could you make this on an indoor grill pan instead? Probably. I haven’t tried that yet. I’m afraid it won’t be as tasty. But if you do, let me know how it turns out!

Start by blanching the broccoli for a few minutes.

World's Best Grilled Broccoli - blanching

World's Best Grilled Broccoli - blanching

Let it drain on a paper towel-lined plate, then dump in a ziploc bag.

Then make the super easy, tangy marinade. I whip mine up in a mason jar.

World's Best Grilled Broccoli - marinade

Pour the marinade into the bag with the broccoli…

World's Best Grilled Broccoli - pour in marinade

…and let it sit for at least 15 minutes.

World's Best Grilled Broccoli - marinating in ziploc bag

When you’re ready, just grill it for a few minutes on each side.

It’s easy. It’s different. It’s unbelievably delicious.

Guys. This broccoli. Just make it, okay?

Here’s the quick-and-dirty!

World's Best Grilled Broccoli
Serves 4
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Total Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
  1. 2 heads broccoli
  2. 1/4 cup olive oil
  3. 1/8 cup white wine vinegar
  4. 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  5. 1 tablespoon honey
  6. 1/2 tablespoon Big Green Egg Whirly Bird seasoning (or any all-purpose seasoning)
  7. 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  8. Sprinkle red pepper flakes
  1. Place pot of water on high.
  2. While that boils, chop the rough ends off broccoli and slice stalks into long slices. Boil 3 minutes, then plunge into bowl of ice water.
  3. While that boils, mix rest of ingredients together.
  4. When broccoli is cool, drain it on paper towels and place in large Ziploc bag. Dump in sauce, and marinate at least 15 minutes.
  5. Grill on medium heat for 5 minutes per side, or until browned a bit.
  1. Marinate up to 24 hours in advance!
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