Lemon Basil Grilled Pork Chops

Lemon Basil Grilled Pork Chops - Bitz & Giggles

Raise your hand if you’re giving your grill a workout already this summer! I am! I am! Correction. My husband is! My husband is! Our old grill, I knew how to operate. We got a new one about two years ago and I’ve never touched it. Sad face. That means, in the summer, Josh does most of the cooking. Happy face.

I’ve mentioned it before on the blog but he likes to call himself the “Grill Master.” Now, while I still roll my eyes whenever I hear that, I will admit that he has gotten this grilling thing down to a science. One of his favorite meats to grill are thick cut pork chops. He sears them on the outside, sealing in the juices. When you cut into them, they are the most tender and juicy chops you’ve ever tasted. I used fresh herbs, lemon juice and garlic to season these Lemon Basil Grilled Pork Chops. They turned out DIVINE and gave a fresh summer twist to the meat.

Lemon Basil Grilled Pork Chops - Bitz & Giggles

Cooking and grilling with fresh herbs in the summer is something I look forward to all winter long! During the winter I use a lot of dried herbs and seasonings and it’s just not the same. This basil is from my little herb garden on the deck. I’m absolutely in love with it.

Lemon Basil Grilled Pork Chops - Bitz & Giggles

What I actually put together for the chops was a wet rub. I’m a garlic lover as you can see here in the bowl. Garlic is definitely one of the stars in this dish. I used minced. If you have time to use fresh and crush or mince your own, more power to you. I had about 35-40 minutes to prepare dinner, which is typical for week nights, so I need simple, fast and delicious recipes. That’s why you’re here, too, right?

Lemon Basil Grilled Pork Chops - Bitz & Giggles

The most difficult part of the entire preparation was finding enough patience to allow the wet rub to infuse the chops. I let the rub set on the chops for about 20 minutes before Josh threw them on the grill.

Lemon Basil Grilled Pork Chops - Bitz & Giggles

And let me tell you, that 20 minutes was well worth it! These chops were seasoned perfectly. I tasted the basil, the lemon and the garlic in each and every bite. YUM! Kudos to the “Grill Master.” He’s done it once again!

5.0 from 3 reviews
Lemon Basil Grilled Pork Chops
Serves: 4
Lemon, garlic and basil-infused pork chops - perfect for summer grilling!
  • 4 thick-cut, boneless pork loin chops
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ¾ teaspoon pepper
  1. Add olive oil, basil, garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper to a bowl and mix well.
  2. Spread both sides of the pork chops with the mixture and let the chops set for about 20 minutes.
  3. Grill chops over direct heat for about 5-6 minutes per side or until the internal temperature reaches at least 145 degrees.
  4. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.


  1. Oh! I have some Pork chops I was trying to figure out how to cook tonight… I think I know how now! Thanks SO much for Linking up at My Favorite Things Saturday!

  2. These look great! I have a hard time finding good pork chop recipes, thanks for sharing! 🙂

  3. Oooh, these look absolutely delicious!

  4. These sound so good! I think that’s what we will have for dinner. Thanks for the idea, LoL! Stopping by from Creative Spark Link Party.

  5. It’s hard to beat a grilled pork chop and these look wonderful! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  6. What a great recipe. I too am a garlic and basil lover. Thank you for linking up to The My Favorite Things Link Party. We are thrilled to have you.

  7. I usually don’t like pork chops too much because they are so bland, but these look perfect! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

  8. We just made these and they were GREAT! Thanks so much for the easy, delicious recipe!

  9. Made this tonight and WOW! The pork loin chops were so moist and flavorful! The hubs loved it too! Thanks for a great recipie!

  10. This looks wonderful and I’m making them tonight! Quick question- is the cup of basil leaves measured before mincing them?

    • After mincing, Laura. Even if it’s not exactly right, it will still taste great give or take a couple basil leaves! Enjoy!

  11. I just made these and I have to say, we loved them!! My husband raved 🙂 Thank you for sharing! The only problem I had and always tend to have, is tough chops! What am I doing wrong?

    • Amber, if you made them on the grill, the secret is to “sear” them on the outside, sealing in the juices and then turn the burners down a bit and let them cook slowly. Using thicker cuts of chops also works much better and believe it or not, it’s okay if the chops are a “little” pink when you take them off the grill.

  12. OMG! just made these tonight and it tasted like a steak from an expensive restaurant! Thank-you so much for sharing. I usually hate pork chops but I loved these! The basil does not come thru as strong as you would expect, just juicy lemon and the garlic bits get all roasted and crunchy..,YUM

    • Jenna, I’m so glad you enjoyed the pork chops. The basil definitely is subtle and the lemon just gives them a wonderful flavor!

  13. I just took pork chops out of the freezer before work today. I am going to make these tonight. I am a bone-in pork chop person though so may have to adjust cooking time a little. Can’t wait to try them. PS: I love your pictures! 🙂

  14. Phenomemal! Made these pork chops tonight in my cast iron skillet (due to weather!) and they were so flavorful. My husband can’t wait to try them on the grill and neither can I. Thanks for sharing such a delicious recipe!

    • I’m glad you enjoyed them, Debbie! I bet they tasted incredible in your cast iron skillet. I can’t wait until you and your husband put them on the grill!

  15. I bet these have a light and fresh taste! Thanks for sharing!

  16. This was very tasty! I used some lemon basil that I had in my garden. The timing was just perfect on the grill too! Very moist and juicy! Served with veggies and a crisp white wine=perfect summer dinner! Thanks!!

  17. We made these tonight and they are SO GOOD! I had to use a combo of fresh lemon and lime as that is what I had. I also had to use half fresh and half dried basil. I let them sit in the mixture for a couple of hours as well… even the kids liked them.

  18. These pork chop looks absolutely yummy! A must try for sure!

  19. lilia garcia says:

    Do ypu think these will work on a george forman? I guess searing would be a problem.

  20. Hi, if I’m not able to grill them and need to cook them in a pan on the stove how long do you think they need to cook for and what temp? Med or med-high? These sound so yummy and I want to try them, but have never cooked pork chops so just want to make sure I do it right! Thanks 🙂

    • If you’re not grilling the chops you could always try broiling them on top of a broiler pan in the oven. I’m not quite sure they would turn out the same in a pan on the stove.

  21. This looks so yummy!! The calories information, is that per serving?

    • The calorie information is off, Rachelle. I just switched over to a different recipe plug-in and some of the information did not transfer correctly. Until I can get things in order, I don’t have exact numbers to share with you, but I can tell you that the number that’s there is way too high!

  22. These look delicious and so light! Pinning for sure!

  23. Made exactly as written and these chops were delicious as well as quick! Definitely a keeper.

  24. Hi! I just made this last nite and it was really good!😋👍 Thanks for the recipe.

  25. Kathryn says:

    WOW! This is now my new fav way to make pork chops. I love them and am always looking for a new way to prepare them. I just knew by the ingredients I was going to love these and boy was I right. Can’t wait to try other recipes on your blog. Thank you so much!!!!!! Don’t and wouldn’t change a thing!

  26. Leaving the pork in the marinade too long and with too much lemon juice will lead to tough chops.

    I grill the same pork chops from our farmers market every time, and they are always tender, but this time, I let them marinate for 30 minutes (a little over what was in the recipe). This made them really tough.

    After doing some research (http://www.finecooking.com/articles/marinades-flavor-tenderize.aspx), I learned that acidic marinades can cause toughness. You can either reduce the time of marination or reduce the amount of lemon juice.

    In fact, it might be better to remove the lemon juice from the marinade and use the other ingredients. After removing from the grill, you can douse the pork chops with lemon juice. Adding the acid at the end will still add the flavor while bringing out the flavor of the pork. I learned this from a class with chef Tim Love. This tip also works for any other grilled meats.


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