How to Cook Green Beans on a Gas Grill

by Zora Hughes

That gas grill of yours isn't just for grilling up steaks. You can grill almost any type of vegetable as well with the right techniques. Items that can easily slip through the grill grate, like green beans, need to be placed in a grill basket or skillet, or wrapped in foil. If your grill is big enough, you can cook them in one area of the grill while preparing burgers, steaks or corn on the cob in another. Just remember to keep the lid closed as much as possible, as heat escapes quickly.

Grill Basket or Skillet

Set your grill to medium-high and place your grill basket or pan directly on the heat.

Rinse the green beans under cold running water and trim off the stem ends. Pat dry with paper towels.

Place the green beans in a large bowl and toss with a generous drizzle of olive oil, so that all the green beans are fully coated. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Add the green beans to the hot grill basket or grill pan and reduce the heat to medium. Cover the grill and let the green beans cook, lightly tossing them every 3 or 4 minutes and checking for tenderness. The green beans are ready when they are fork tender, but still have a slight crunch.

Foil Packet

Prepare the grill for medium-high heat and toss washed, trimmed green beans in a bowl with olive oil. Season to your liking with salt and pepper.

Place the green beans in the center of a large sheet of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Fold the longer sides over the green beans so that one side overlaps the other, then fold the shorter ends over to form a packet with the green beans enclosed.

Place the foil packet on the grill and close the lid. Allow the green beans to cook in the foil packet for 15 to 20 minutes, turning the packed over about halfway through. Start checking for doneness after 15 minutes.

Items you will need

  • Olive oil
  • Bowl
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  • Add soaked wood chips to your gas grill's smoker box to impart a smoky flavor to green beans.


  • Use heat-proof rubber gloves when handling the hot grill basket or pan to avoid burning yourself and use long barbecue tongs to turn the foil packet.
  • Always check your gas grill for any leaks, holes or blockages on the grill hose and propane tank before turning on the gas on your grill. Follow the manufacturer's directions on your specific grill on how to check your grill for safety purposes.

About the Author

Based in Los Angeles, Zora Hughes has been writing travel, parenting, cooking and relationship articles since 2010. Her work includes writing city profiles for Groupon. She also writes screenplays and won the S. Randolph Playwriting Award in 2004. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in television writing/producing and a Master of Arts Management in entertainment media management, both from Columbia College.

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