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Tender grilled pork loin chops with lemon and rosemary are topped with a simple balsamic glaze for a quick and easy summer dinner. 

grilled pork loin chops with garlic lemon and rosemary and balsamic glaze on platter

These boneless grilled pork loin chops are super easy to make on the grill and perfect for a quick summer dinner. Just marinate them for about a half an hour, and they cook in just a few minutes. If you’re looking for an easy grilled pork chop recipe, this is it!

When the weather is nice, we cook dinner on the grill whenever possible — no surprise there, right? I’m thinking that many of you do the same. Usually we grill chicken or beef, along with a simple side of whatever veggies are in season.

So last weekend, I sent the Hubs out to buy some chicken tenders from the local market. I didn’t have a definite plan, but I figured I would start out with a basic marinade that included lemon and garlic and go from there.

But apparently, the store was out of tenders, so the Hubs came home with a package of pork loin chops, instead. And that meant that it was time to move to Plan B.

How to Grill Thin Boneless Pork Chops

The pork chops were cut thin, but I figured that marinating them would help to add some flavor and keep them tender while grilling. Marinating the meat is key to keeping grilled pork chops tender and juicy!

Marinate the Pork Chops

I put the chops into a large zip-top bag, along with some olive oil, spices, lemon, rosemary and garlic — gotta have garlic! We happen to have two small rosemary bushes in the yard, and since pork goes so well with this herb, I added a couple of springs to the bag.

We also have basil plants that are starting to take off, so I also added a few basil leaves.

If you don’t have fresh rosemary, you can always use dried, instead. And if you don’t have fresh basil, don’t worry about it!

pork loin chops marinate in bag with lemon and rosemary

Use Foil for Grilling Thin Pork Chops

Because the chops were super thin, so we grilled them on a sheet of heavy-duty foil. I made a simple lemon balsamic sauce, and we kept basting the chops while they cooked.

If  you don’t have balsamic vinegar, or you don’t like it, you can leave it out. I just think it adds some extra tang to the sauce.

Baste Pork Chops while Grilling

baste pork chops while grilling

I cooked the remaining sauce and drizzled it over the pork chops right before I served them, but if you don’t like a lot of sauce, you can just skip this step. But I have to say that the extra sauce makes the chops even tastier!

grilled lemon rosemary pork chops on platter

If you do decide to use up the extra sauce, make sure to heat it up for about a minute before you pour it over the meat. It’s safer that way, and the balsamic vinegar starts to reduce and develop this amazing flavor.

We absolutely loved these grilled pork loin chops with lemon and rosemary! They had tons of flavor, and I loved that dinner was ready in about 30 minutes — definitely my kind of meal.

Grilled pork loin chops topped with balsamic and garnished with rosemary and lemon

More Easy Pork Chop Recipes

Grilled Pork Loin Chops with Lemon and Rosemary Recipe

5 from 6 votes

Grilled Pork Loin Chops with Lemon and Rosemary

By: Dee
Tender grilled pork loin chops with lemon and rosemary are topped with a simple balsamic glaze for a quick and easy summer dinner. 
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 1 pound boneless pork loin chops thin cut


  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 2 springs of rosemary
  • 6 leaves basil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
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  • Put the pork chops into a large zip-top bag, and fill with marinade of olive oil, garlic, rosemary, basil, sea salt and pepper 
  • Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk the lemon juice, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, sea salt and pepper together, and use for basting
  • Remove pork chops from bag, discard sauce, and set gas grill to medium heat
  • Grill chops on heavy-duty aluminum foil for about 4 minutes per side,(depending upon thickness) and baste with the sauce
  • Remove chops to a platter and cover with foil
  • Place remaining sauce in a small saucepan, and cook on medium high heat for about 1 minute or until sauce begins to thicken
  • Pour sauce over pork chops, and serve immediately


Pork should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees.
Make sure to heat sauce to boiling and reduce after basting pork.


Calories: 275kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 24g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 37mg, Sodium: 464mg, Potassium: 228mg, Vitamin A: 20IU, Vitamin C: 3.9mg, Calcium: 9mg, Iron: 0.5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main
Cuisine: American
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  1. Angie says:

    I love the rosemary and garlic combo, so delish!

  2. Jackie says:

    I fired up my grill last night and made these. They came off the grill with so much flavor, I can’t wait to make them again.5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Yay! So glad you liked them, Jackie! Thanks. 🙂

    2. Jack Christian says:

      Can I say this was far better than I even imagined. Had mine with a baked
      Potatoe and a small garden salad. Super stuffed

      The taste was delightful and adding the extra sauce on as a finishing touch BSMMM
      no leftovers from anyone’s plate. This is now a go to favorite

  3. James says:

    Easy and tons of flavor. Making them again this weekend5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      That’s awesome, James! Have fun grilling!

  4. Sara Welch says:

    What a great dinner for a nice spring evening! Looks perfectly juicy and tender!5 stars

  5. Taylor says:

    Love the added lemon and rosemary. Such great flavor!5 stars

  6. Lora says:

    These chops look fantastic and I love the balsamic sauce!! Perfect for grilling weather!

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks so much! We love these chops!

  7. Allison says:

    One of the first things we’re making on our new grill! Thanks for sharing!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      This is a great way to break in a new grill! 🙂

  8. Allyson Zea says:

    Wow these turned out soooooo juicy! Thank you for the easy recipe!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Awesome, Allyson! So glad you liked them!

  9. Easy Peasy Life Matters says:

    These sound soooo amazing my mouth won’t stop watering!! Pinned! 🙂

    1. Dee says:

      Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did! 🙂

  10. Carol says:

    Yum! I’m definitely trying this recipe!

    1. Dee says:

      It turned out so well — We really loved it, and it’s nice and light too. 🙂