Grilled Artichokes with Creamy Lemon Dip

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Grilled Artichokes with Creamy Lemon Dip is an irresistible appetizer that is easy to make and fun to eat! Tender, smokey artichoke pieces are perfect dipped in creamy, tangy sauce. 

Grilled Artichokes on 2 plates with lemon dip

Grilled Artichokes with Creamy Lemon Dip

Grilled Artichokes are one of my very favorite appetizers right now. They also work great as a side dish when we are grilling our favorite marinated chicken or steak. I’m crazy about these tender vegetables, charred slightly, crisped to perfection, then dipped in creamy, tangy, cool mayo dip. On hot summer evenings, my family will grill a few artichoke halves and eat them right off the grill around the kitchen island for dinner! Other times we serve them instead of chips and dip at parties, and let me tell you, they always go quick! If you’re intimidated by cooking artichokes, never fear! They may look different, but they are actually very easy to prepare, and even though they take a little bit of time, every single bite is worth it!

A close up of an artichoke leaf with Lemmon dip on it

Suggestions for Perfect Grilled Artichokes

Grilled artichokes take on a smoky flavor and crisp, slightly tender texture that just can’t be beat! We try to grill our veggies as often as possible; they taste so much better than when steamed or boiled. Follow these simple tips for perfect grilled artichokes:

  • The trick to great grilled artichokes is doing a lot of the cooking before firing up the grill. Steam them in a pot on the stove, cooking until fully tender but not too soft, usually about 30-40 minutes.
  • You can even boil the artichokes ahead of time, then put them in a plastic bag in the fridge until you’re ready to cook them. They’ll stay nice and fresh for a couple of days.
  • Once you can easily pick off the outside leaves easily, the artichokes are done. Let them cool.
  • Then cut each one in half and remove the fuzzy center.
  • Next, brush them with a mouthwatering mixture of melted butter, lemon juice, salt and pepper and garlic. YUM!
  • Grill each half open side down on the grill until they’re nicely charred and tender. Then flip them over and brush the insides with more butter mixture.
  • Serve them warm on a plate with cool creamy lemon dip on the side. You’ve never tasted anything so fresh, zesty and delicious!
A plate with two grilled artichokes and lemon dip in the center

Creamy Lemon Dip

While your artichokes are cooking, mix up the easy lemon dip or aioli. It’s just two simple ingredients: mayo and lemon juice. We like Best Foods Mayonnaise and fresh lemon juice. You only need about one to two teaspoons of lemon juice, or about half a lemon.

More Grilled Dishes

Grilled vegetables are my favorite side dishes! Not only are they healthy (you can eat an entire artichoke half for 40 calories) but they are tasty, crispy, tender and absolutely delicious. Try some of these tasty grilled dishes:

How to Make Grilled Artichokes with Creamy Lemon Dip

Grilled Artichokes on 2 plates with lemon dip

Grilled Artichokes with Dip

5 from 8 votes
Grilled Artichokes with creamy lemon dip is an irresistible appetizer that is easy to make and fun to eat! Tender, smokey artichoke pieces are perfectly dipped in a creamy, tangy sauce.
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Grill/BBQ
Servings 4


  • Outdoor Barbecue Grill


For Basting:

Lemon Mayo Dip

  • ½ cup Best Foods Mayonnaise
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons lemon juice


  • Fill a large pot (that can hold the artichokes side by side) with water and bring to a boil over the stove. Add some olive oil and lemon juice to the water, to taste.
    Boiling Water on the stove.
  • Cut the top section (so you catch the sharp ends of the leaves) off the artichoke. Cut a little off the stem and any stray little leaves off the stem. Add the artichokes to the boiling water and cook for 30 to 40 minutes, or until outside leaves pull off easily.
    Cutting artichokes on a white cutting board.
  • While the artichokes are boiling make the dipping sauce. Mix up the lemon and mayo and set aside in the fridge for later.
    Mayo and lemon juice in a bowl.
  • When cooked, remove from water and place the artichokes upside down to cool and drain.
    Boiled Artichokes on a white plate.
  • Cut the artichokes in half with a large sharp knife and remove the fuzzy center (also known as the choke) with a spoon.
    Cutting boiled artichokes in half.
  • Combine the basting mix and brush all over the inside of each artichoke half (try to reserve a little for the end of grilling). Grill cut sides down over medium-high heat. When the edges get nice and toasty, flip over and brush the insides again with any remaining butter/seasoning mix.
    Artichoke halves on the grill.
  • Serve hot with the chilled lemon mayo dip along with lemon wedges.
    A plate with two grilled artichokes and lemon dip in the center

Nutrition Information

Calories: 437kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 3gFat: 45gSaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 75mgSodium: 927mgPotassium: 237mgFiber: 4gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 755IUVitamin C: 9.8mgCalcium: 38mgIron: 0.9mg

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Emily Walker

Emily lives in Meridian, Idaho, with her husband, Beau, a physician assistant, and her three incredible children: a son and two daughters. Travel is one of her favorite ways to experience new cultures and cuisines, and she has a love for all things Disney.

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  1. 5 stars
    Growing up in California my husband loves artichokes. This recipe and the sauce made them amazing! Now I love them too. Thanks