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A grilled artichoke half with some grilled lemon halves and a small bowl of lemon aioli.
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Grilled Artichoke Recipe

This Grilled Artichoke recipe has a delicate, smokey flavor thanks to the barbecue and is served with the most flavorful, amazing lemon aioli you will ever eat. Learn how to grill artichokes with this easy to follow recipe. If you like artichokes, you are going to love them grilled!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 318kcal


For Lemon Aioli

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 2 large garlic cloves 1 teaspoon, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley minced
  • salt & pepper to taste

For Artichokes

  • 4 artichokes fresh
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • pinch of salt
  • pepper freshly ground


Easy Lemon Aioli

  • Whisk together mayonnaise, lemon juice, garlic, and fresh parsley. Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Put in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before enjoying.

Grilled Artichokes

  • Start the grill if you are using a charcoal or wood grill up to medium high heat (350°-400°). Start propane grill after draining the artichokes from boiling water.
  • Fill a very large pot full of water, you will need enough to cover the artichokes. Add some salt and bring up to a boil. While you are waiting for the water, prepare your artichokes.
  • Wash artichokes well, rinsing under running water. Tear off any small, loose leaves at the bottom of the artichoke. Trim the ends of the stems and cut about 1 inch off the top of the artichokes. You can trim off the tips (the sharp points) of the artichoke leaves with scissors, if you like.
  • Place artichokes gently into the boiling water, bring water back up to a boil. Reduce heat and cover pot. Simmer for 25-30 minutes depending on the size of your artichokes.
  • Drain the water and place artichokes upside down on a clean towel or baking sheet to dry, pat dry with paper towels as needed.
  • If using a propane grill light it now.
  • Cut artichokes in half lengthwise. Remove the choke (the inedible spiky part of the artichoke) with a small spoon or melon baller, being careful not to scoop out the heart of the artichoke.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Brush the mixture on to the cut side of the artichokes.
  • Place artichokes cut side down onto the hot grill for about 10 minutes with lid closed. Flip the artichokes over and cook for 5 more minutes.
  • Serve with magical lemon aioli.


  • Trim the tips off each leaf with scissors. It's not necessary, (my mom never did this) it's mostly for looks.
  • Add a little lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to the water that the artichokes get boiled in for a little extra flavor.
  • Eat the inside of the stem, it is kind of like an extension of the tender heart.
  • Quicker boiling method: before you boil the artichokes, cut them in half. Scoop out the choke (the fuzzy, inedible part of the artichoke) and boil for about 15 minutes. They will boil in about half the time.
* Please note that all nutrition information are just estimates. Values will vary among brands, so we encourage you to calculate these on your own for most accurate results. 


Calories: 318kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 299mg | Potassium: 502mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 2mg