Balsamic Grilled Asparagus 10

Balsamic Grilled Asparagus is one of the side dishes I make often on the grill, but for some reason I never posted it here. I’ve posted my other most made side dish, Grilled Romaine, but I never put grilled asparagus on the site. I have no idea why. It takes no time to prep or grill and, despite the stinky pee, is a fantastic side dish for just about any entree. And balsamic grilled asparagus is sooooo much better than boiled asparagus. As the recipe stands, it’s vegetarian, but if you wanted to skip the cheese, you can easily make it vegan (or use a cheese substitute)

Balsamic Grilled Asparagus Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 oz shaved/grated asiago cheese (omit to make it vegan)

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***Pro Tip ~ Buy the thicker asparagus spears. Some swear by the little skinny ones, but when grilling them, those turn to mush before they char. Just like steak, the thicker the better***

First, break off the base of the stalks of all the asparagus spears. Where do you break them? Wherever they give. If the base will not snap clean, move a little higher on the stalk. Once the bases of the spears have been snapped off and discarded, place the asparagus in a dish and apply balsamic vinegar:

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Then add the olive oil:

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Now that the wet stuff has been added, add the garlic, salt and pepper before working all the ingredients over the entire lengths of each asparagus spear:

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Prepare the grill, in this case a gas grill, but a charcoal grill will work, for high heat grilling and place the balsamic asparagus on the heat, but don’t dump out the stuff in the bottom of the dish, we’ll use that later:

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Pro Tip ~ As your steaks are just about finished grilling. put the asparagus on the grill. That way, when you pull those steaks off the grill a couple minutes later, the asparagus finishes grilling as the steaks rest. Then your steaks and asparagus will be done at the same time. Steaks and this asparagus recipe comprise the meal I cook most for my family. 

Now grill the balsamic asparagus for a few minutes until there are some nice grill marks on one side and then rotate the spears:

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Once the balsamic grilled asparagus is flipped over, brush it with the balsamic/oil/garlic from the bottom of the glass dish:

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Now that the asparagus has grill marks on both sides, remove from the grill and plate. Apply the shaved or grated asiago cheese, then serve (skip the cheese or use a cheese substitute to make it vegan):

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If grilled properly, the asparagus will still have a little snap to go along with that wonderful charring and caramelized balsamic vinegar. But the best part is the prep work is about 4 minutes and the grilling time is less than 10. That’s fantastic in both ease of execution and outstanding flavor. 

One more bonus when it comes to asparagus and kids. If you’ve got young boys like me that wrinkle their noses at something green with a funny name, all you have to do is tell them that it makes their pee smell funny and they can’t get enough. The day I made the asparagus shown above, I made more for dinner and my 5 and 3 year old boys mowed it down only after I told them about the added “bonus” of eating asparagus.

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Balsamic Grilled Asparagus

An extremely simple and elegant side dish that takes no time to both prepare and to grill.
Prep Time4 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time14 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: BBQ
Servings: 3 -4


  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 clove garlic minced
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 oz Asiago cheese shaved/grated, omit to make it vegan


  • Snap off the bases of the asparagus and place in a glass dish
  • Apply the balsamic vinegar and olive oil
  • Add the garlic, salt and pepper
  • Work the ingredients until they every millimeter of the asparagus spears
  • Prepare the grill for high heat grilling
  • Place the asparagus on the grill
  • After the asparagus gets some grill marks on one side, rotate to char the other side
  • Brush on some of the balsamic/olive oil/garlic mixture
  • Remove from the grill when both sides of the asparagus has been charred
  • Add the asiago and serve

Here’s a collage of the whole process:

Balsamic Grilled Asparagus

Scott Thomas

Scott Thomas

Scott Thomas, the Original Grillin’ Fool, was sent off to college with a suitcase and a grill where he overcooked, undercooked and burned every piece of meat he could find. After thousands of failures, and quite a few successes, nearly two decades later he started a website to show step by step, picture by picture, foolproof instructions on how to make great things out of doors so that others don’t have to repeat the mistakes he’s made on the grill.
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Don’t waste your time, OR a bunch of asparagus!!!!! I followed the recipe, grilled at 600 degrees (less than the recommended 700), for Half the time & ended up throwing all down the garbage disposal.



I’m so sorry to hear that the asparagus did not turn out well. With a coating of oil on the asparagus it should take at least that long at 600 degrees. That being said, all times are approximate as cooking times vary greatly depending on the heat of the grill, size of what is being cooked, etc. We always say to let the food tell you when it’s done and not a clock.

This was great. My kids actually ate asparagus. Using a charcoal grill so not sure what temp was but it was extremely hot. I used small asparagus tips and had a great crunch to them and an amazing taste. This is a keeper.


This grilled asparagus looks marvelous! I like thicker asparagus too. They’re easier to cook properly and I think they taste better. Love your tip to get kids to eat asparagus!


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