Your Grill Is the Secret to the Best-Ever Guacamole

updated Jan 29, 2020
4th of july
Grilled Guacamole

Grilling avocados creates a lightly smoky, rich and silky guacamole.

Serves2 to 4

Prep10 minutes

Cook10 minutes

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Holy moley, grilled guacamole? Well, yes! Have you tried it? If not, you should. It’s easy, smoky, and so, so good. Here’s how to make it!

Grilled guacamole is very simple: Just grill the avocados! This doesn’t have to be terribly neat or scientific; just peel the avocados and throw them on the grill for a few minutes. If you don’t have a grill, try cooking them for a few minutes under the broiler, or on a grill pan.

The result is a lightly smoky, rich and silky guacamole. I love all sorts of guacamole, but here I was a purist: I smashed the grilled avocados with nothing more than a bit of lime juice, salt and pepper. (If you like you can add some garlic, onion, or cilantro.)

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It was some of the most delicious guac I’ve had in a long time! I love that rich, smoky flavor, and the subtle twist on an old favorite. Have you ever tried this?

Grilled Guacamole

Grilling avocados creates a lightly smoky, rich and silky guacamole.

Prep time 10 minutes

Cook time 10 minutes

Serves 2 to 4

Nutritional Info


  • Olive oil

  • 4

    medium Hass avocados, ripe but not squishy

  • Juice of 1/2 medium lime

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground pepper

  • 1/3 cup

    fresh cilantro, finely chopped (optional)

  • 1/4

    medium red onion, finely chopped (optional)

  • 1 clove

    garlic, minced or pressed (optional)


  1. Heat a gas or charcoal grill for low heat. Oil the grates lightly. Split each avocado skin with a sharp knife, just piercing the skin. Peel the skin away, leaving the avocado whole. Cut the avocado in half lengthwise, and remove and discard the pit. Lightly brush each avocado half with oil.

  2. Place the avocados cut-side down on the grill. Cover and grill until heated through and grill marks appear, about 5 minutes per side. (Keep an eye on them; I was doing them on a low heat; depending on your grill it could take less — or more! — time.)

  3. Transfer the avocados to a large bowl and let them cool slightly. Smash with a fork. Stir in the lime juice, and season with salt and pepper. Stir in the cilantro, onion, and garlic, if desired. Serve immediately with chips.