Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Herb-Garlic-Pepper Coating


This grilled beef tenderloin is seasoned with rosemary, thyme, and garlic, then grilled to a rosy pink.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 25 mins

This grilled beef tenderloin recipe is impressive enough for the pickiest dinner guests, but surprisingly easy to make with simple ingredients. 

How to Grill Beef Tenderloin 

You'll find a detailed ingredient list and step-by-step instructions in the recipe below, but let's go over the basics:

How to Season Beef Tenderloin

This grilled beef tenderloin is seasoned with fresh garlic, fresh rosemary, coarsely ground black pepper, dried thyme leaves, and salt. 

How to Cook a Beef Tenderloin On the Grill

Here’s a brief overview of what you can expect when you make a beef tenderloin on the grill: 

  1. Trim the tenderloin and tie with twine. 
  2. Season the meat. 
  3. Grill until well-seasoned on both sides. 
Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Herb-Garlic-Pepper Coating

How Long to Grill Beef Tenderloin

Grill the meat until it’s rosy pink and a meat thermometer inserted in the thickest section registers 130 degrees F (54 degrees C), which should take about 45 to 60 minutes. Of course, the exact cook time will depend on the tenderloin size and the grill.

What to Serve With Grilled Beef Tenderloin

You can serve this grilled beef tenderloin with all sorts of side dishes. It’s incredibly versatile! This recipe pairs particularly well with these top-rated recipes:

How to Store Grilled Beef Tenderloin

Store your leftover grilled beef tenderloin in an airtight container for up to three days or freeze it for up to six months. 

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

“This made a perfect and delicious filet,” according to Donna Vesely. “All of my guests raved about it. The rub was a great addition for added flavor.”

“This is our Christmas dinner recipe for the past few years,” says Evelyn B. Schwin. “It is the BEST! We prefer to buy the meat already trimmed and tied – less hassle on an already busy day.”

“Excellent taste and very juicy,” raves Hmhunter08. “I coated the meat with the seasons in the morning and left it in the fridge until dinner. Let it sit out for 30 min before grilling, then put it on a hot grill and keep rotating to brown evenly all over.”

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 1 (5 pound) whole beef tenderloin

  • 8 large garlic cloves, minced

  • 6 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary

  • 2 tablespoons coarsely ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme leaves

  • 1 tablespoon salt


  1. Use a sharp knife or scissors to remove silverskin and trim excess fat from tenderloin. Fold the thinner end under to approximate the thickness of the rest of the roast and tie with butcher's twine to secure. Tie tenderloin in 1 1/2- to 2-inch intervals to help it keep its shape during cooking.

  2. Mix together garlic, oil, rosemary, pepper, thyme, and salt in a small bowl; rub over tenderloin to coat. Let sit while you preheat the grill.

  3. Light a charcoal fire in one half of a charcoal grill or preheat a gas grill to high for 10 minutes and lightly oil the grate.

  4. Place tenderloin on the hot grill and close the lid. Grill until well-seared, about 5 minutes. Flip and repeat on the other side.

  5. Move tenderloin to the cool side of the charcoal grill, or if using a gas grill, turn off the burner directly underneath the tenderloin and turn the remaining one or two burners (depending on grill style) to medium. Cook until rosy pink and a meat thermometer inserted in the thickest section registers 130 degrees F (54 degrees C), 45 to 60 minutes. Cook time will depend on tenderloin size and grill.

  6. Let tenderloin rest 15 minutes before carving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

509 Calories
40g Fat
1g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 509
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 40g 51%
Saturated Fat 15g 73%
Cholesterol 120mg 40%
Sodium 478mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 34g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 24mg 2%
Iron 5mg 27%
Potassium 489mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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