Grilled Honey Glazed Carrots

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As a kid, I always thought my grandmother made such weird food. She combined things that “shouldn’t” be combined, fed me things from other cultures and was always trying to introduce me to new things.

Inspired tastes

I was lucky to have her. While it might have been “weird” to me as a child, as an adult, I appreciate food so much more now. I see it as not only nourishment but art. It’s a way to express myself, it is a way to center myself and it makes me happy to make dishes that my family loves.

Honey Glazed Carrots


Today I know that her passion for making me try new things, and my other grandmother’s passion for cooking traditional dishes, helped me to find my place in the kitchen. (I say that as a feminist and in no way as a 1950’s housewife.)

Summer Showdown

Last summer, I was part of the Backyard Barbecue Sides competition for Woodbridge Wines. I knew things like potato salad and corn would be common and, perhaps like my grandmother, I wanted to make something a bit unique but just as delicious as the traditional favorites.

Honey Glazed Carrots

Honey Glazed Carrots

I try to eat lighter in the summer time so I also wanted something that wasn’t loaded with mayo, sour cream, breading or an additional barbecue sauce since it is likely your main dish will include that.

Grilled Honey Glazed Carrots

For my first recipe, I made these Grilled Honey Glazed Carrots, which is a variation on a recipe I’ve made before for my family in the oven. However, since this was a barbecue side dish, I thought I would grill them to show how versatile this dish can be.

If you’ve been invited to a barbecue, these carrots are something that you can easily prep ahead of time and then take with you to grill there. Or, you can make them at home in the oven for a side dish any night of the week.

They’re a great side to make when you’re having a hearty steak; filet minion; a simple, grilled chicken or a robust fish steak like halibut or swordfish.

Honey Glazed Carrots Honey Glazed Carrots

Honey Glazed Carrots

My recommendations 

The honey adds a beautiful sweetness to the Earthy carrot flavor. If you have a backyard garden and grow carrots, your personal carrots will make this recipe all the better. Whenever I grow them I just find they taste so much better and, somehow, more like a carrot.

I do recommend using either these baby carrots as in the photos or the large carrots with stalks versus just regular baby carrots in a bag that have already been cut and washed. You can really use either kind but I believe the larger carrots just taste better.

Grab the full recipe for these Honey Glazed Carrots below. Honey Glazed Carrots

Honey Glazed Carrots

Honey Glazed Carrots

5 from 21 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: honey glazed carrots
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Rachel Quenzer


  • 2 lbs. of carrots Either the baby carrots with stems or regular carrots with stems cut length wise.
  • 4 Tbsp. of butter Melted.
  • 4 Tbsp. of honey
  • 1 Tbsp. thyme or basil Either will work
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • Additional salt and pepper to taste.


  • Preheat your grill to just above medium. If you're cooking these in the oven, preheat it to 425. 
  • For the grill: After washing and peeling your carrots, place on a vegetable grill pan. Season with the kosher salt
    For the oven: After washing and peeling your carrots place them on a baking sheet. Don't overlap. Season with the kosher salt. 
  • In bowl, mix together your melted butter, honey and herb of choice. 
  • Pour 3/4 the honey mixture over the carrots and make sure each carrot is fully covered. 
  • Cook in oven for 15 minutes and cook on the grill for on grill  for 20 minutes. You want the carrots to be softer but not over cooked and mushy. If cooking on the grill you can also place the carrots on it directly to get nice grill lines. Just because of dripping honey. 
  • Remove from oven or grill and drizzle remaining sauce over the carrots. Season with additional herbs and salt and pepper to taste. 


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  1. 5 stars
    I am running to the store now to get the ingredients for this! These look great! I love carrots and am excited to try this new way to prepare them.

  2. 5 stars
    These carrots sound delicious and look so cute too! Making veggies as a BBQ side dish is so smart . . . those heavy mayo-based salads are not for me! My hubby isn’t a huge carrot fan but the bourbon might change his mind! LOL

  3. Carrots are one of the only veggies my kids will eat. I’m sure the alcohol in the bourbon burns off and I would like to try this variation soon!

  4. Your Honey Bourbon Carrots look absolutely mouthwatering! Just checked out the contest page and voted for you! Good luck!

  5. I have been on a carrots kick lately! I was so happy to see this recipe. I cannot wait to try it for dinner this week. I love that we can cook our meat and grill our veggies all outdoors! Yay!

  6. 5 stars
    We love to grill in the summer, and I’m always trying to find ways to incorporate more vegetables into our meals. These look delicious and I believe I have everything already!

  7. I must say I have never tried grilling vegetables before. I am always afraid I will burn them. I will be brave this summer and try these carrots. They look good.

  8. This is a carrot I may eat! Not a fan but bourbon and basil sure could change my mind. These really look amazingly delicious! I will be putting them on the the menu plan to try!

  9. 5 stars
    I love fresh carrots and how can you go wrong with bourbon and honey. We are grilling out twice this week and these will be making an appearance at one of these dinners. Now to see if my local farmer’s market has any for an even more amazing flavor.

  10. 5 stars
    I LOVE cooking and grilling with honey and I AM a bourbon person too! This is a perfect idea and I love how you used whole fresh carrots! I am drooling and you bet this is going on my next cookout list!

  11. Those grilled carrots look so savory and delicious. I’m going to have to try your recipe over the summer when we have guests over. Thanks for sharing your idea!

  12. These look like they would be an amazing side dish. I have never really cooked much with carrots but this makes me want to!

  13. 5 stars
    Being vegetarians we do not have many choices whenever we visit one of those restaurants specializing in BBQ. Usually, it is potatoes, cheese, pineapple, capsicum and stuff like that. But this is something new and different, would love to try the grilled carrots.

  14. These look really good and I can not wait to make them. I love carrots and also love to grill anything I can. This is a fun way to put the two things together and enjoy a meal with the family this weekend. We have to try this one out, thanks for sharing!

  15. 5 stars
    I just told my daughter just yesterday that we need to buy some fresh carrots and place them on the grill. I’m so excited to be able to try out your recipe, these carrots look so delicious.

  16. This looks delicious. I’m vegan so i have to get creative when i comes to barbecuing. I’d love to try this out soon.

  17. 5 stars
    Ohh la la, there are carrots, and there are CARROTS! I think I’ve been doing them wrong my entire life. Perfect side for a festive meal. So bookmarking and saving for the next family gathering.

  18. I love honey baked carrots but this recipe looks like it will blow mine out of the water. I’m totally cooking this TONIGHT! I love easy quick recipes for veggies that up them a notch or two from boring!

  19. not only do these look delicious but i know my kids would love eating them too- nothing says summer like delicious glazes honey carrots! YUM!

  20. 5 stars
    You are right, you were lucky to have your Grandma around to learn about great foods and different dishes. Clearly, she rubbed off on you. This carrot recipe is amazing.

  21. Just the description of these carrots had my mouth watering. They sound and look incredible. Carrots are definitely one of my favorite side dishes. I would looove to have my own little garden!

  22. This looks so good! I’m always looking for a new recipe to try and I can’t wait to give this one a go! Thank you!

  23. Yum! I don’t really like carrots so I always try to find ways to dress them up and make them tastier! Maybe this will be a way I can eat them!

  24. These sound delicious! I love fresh veggies in the summer and this sounds like the perfect recipe. I don’t think I have ever grilled carrots before.

  25. 5 stars
    Your grandma sounds like my mother. She’s gone now but when we were little, she would make food that had all kinds of different ingredients. Sometimes they can be tasty though and we loved her cooking! This recipe looks and sounds delish!


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