The Easiest Way to Roast Beets

The first time I found a recipe that included beets, I realized that I had no idea how to prepare them. Thankfully Google provides the answer to virtually every question known to man so eventually I was able to figure things out. Fast forward a few years, I’ve tried cooking them several different ways but this is the method that I find to be the easiest.

Start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees then remove the stems and greens from the beets. Next grab your handy dandy dish gloves and scrub the beets thoroughly under warm water.

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Dry them with a paper towel and place them on a cookie sheet lined with tin foil then drizzle (fo’ shizzle) olive oil on to them and rub them to make sure they are completely coated.

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Lastly, fold the edges of the tinfoil in so that the beets are completely covered.

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Pop them in the oven and cook for about 45 minutes. The larger the beets are, the longer they need to cook, so I usually use a 45 to 60 minute window depending on their size.

Once they are done, let them cool on the counter for a while. Then after they have cooled, leave them in the foil and place them in the refrigerator on a plate or in Tupperware. When you’re ready to eat them, take them out and put your dish gloves back on.

Remove the foil and rub the skins off while holding them over the sink.

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Once the skin is off, rinse the beets and place them on a cutting board. After that I like to scrape the skins out of the sink and eat them.

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Haha…just kidding. Gross! Confused smile

Once they’re all clean and shiny, slice them on the cutting board while still wearing dish gloves. The beets will stain your hands so keep them on the whole time!

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After I slice and dice them, I place them in a bowl with a little bit of salt & pepper and olive oil and microwave them for about a minute. Then they are ready to go as a yummy side!

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Tonight for dinner, I had my beets alongside my favorite store-bought veggie burger. Trust me, I have tried a lot of veggie burgers in my day. These are hands down, the best!


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No Bull Burgers are full of whole ingredients, easy to prepare, and taste amazing. And most importantly, the texture is perfect. Mushy burgers are not welcome in my house!

To make them I just heat ’em on the stove top with a tablespoon of olive oil and top with a slice of cheese (I used colby jack here).

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Oh, and there are many articles out there on why beets are such a great addition to your diet but I narrowed it down to one I found on WebMD that includes a yummy recipe for a salad with beets.

In case you’re curious:

P.S. Is anyone watching American Idol this year? I loved the girl at the end of the show last night with her little girl and husband who was recently in an accident. Ugh, tears came for sure when I saw that one. She has a beautiful voice!

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  • Tony B | Simple Awesome Cooking January 25, 2013, 9:46 am

    Hi Sarah – Great tips and photography! Roasted beets are the best…especially this time of year when they just keep getting sweeter and more delicious.

    Just discovered your blog and will be following for more.

    • Sarah January 26, 2013, 10:21 am

      Thanks Tony! I’m so happy you stopped by! :)

  • Laura January 26, 2013, 4:35 am

    I am watching too….and I also cried when I heard her voice!And her little girl is a doll!

    • Sarah January 26, 2013, 10:22 am

      Yeah, I think she’s my favorite so far!

  • Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl January 26, 2013, 8:10 pm

    Aww, that puppy video is absolutely adorable!

    Thanks for sharing your go-to, favorite pre-made veggie burgers. I love to make my own, but sometimes I just do not have the time. I have been trying to find a healthier veggie burger made with whole ingredients since many of the mainstream vegetarian products aren’t the healthiest. I will have to track some of these down!

    • Sarah January 27, 2013, 5:46 pm

      Hi Hannah! I like to make my own also but like you, I just get too busy sometimes. And at times I just feel like being lazy! Here is their website: so you can see if they sell them close to you. I had to have them shipped to California which was pretty pricey but I order them in bulk so it’s worth it in the end. Thanks for stopping by! :)

  • Jerilyn May 29, 2015, 4:10 pm

    Lovely post about roasting beets…thanks! I often just roast the golden ones so I don’t have to pull out the gloves…I thank you also for the info on the veggie burgers. I also live in CA and went on their website, hoping they were now in CA but they aren’t! I am going to contact the co. to see if they can expand into our state. It would so great to be able to walk into, let’s say a Whole Foods and be able to buy them there, so no crazy shipping charges occurred!

    • Sarah May 29, 2015, 10:34 pm

      I agree! It would be really nice if they sold them at Whole Foods. The shipping is outrageous to have them sent to your home!


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