Roasted Beets and Sweets in Brown Butter Maple Glaze

Roasted Beets and Sweets in Brown Butter Maple Glaze are going to be your go-to side dish for Thanksgiving, Christmas or any dinner at home! An easy roasted beets recipe that everyone will gobble up!

Roasting vegetables brings out all their natural sweetness, which is why our favorite Corn On The Cob recipe is oven roasted! We’ll even make a sprout fan out of you when you try these Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts!

Roasted Beets and Sweets in Brown Butter Maple Glaze, perfect for Thanksgiving!

An Easy Roasted Beets Recipe

Don’t save this Roasted Beets and Sweets in Brown Butter Maple Glaze for Thanksgiving, you’re going to want to make it a lot more often than that.

All the sides for Thanksgiving kind of make the whole dinner, don’t you think? With the artichokes and mashed potatoes, stuffing for sure – lots of stuffing…the more sides the better!

Easy side dish recipes can bee a life saver when planning holiday menus, or even just busy weeknight dinners are home! This roasted vegetable recipe is one that the whole family will love!

Yep, there’s a whole stick of butter in this recipe but there are also a LOT of sweet potatoes and beets going on here. This is going to serve at least 6, but I’ll say your safe with serving 8 if you’ve got a lot of other sides going on too.

How to Roast Beets and Sweet Potatoes

Start out by peeling and cubing the potatoes and beets. This will be the most time consuming part of the recipe but still should only take you about 15 minutes or so. Get the kids in the kitchen and have them do the peeling for you!

Toss the beets and sweet potatoes with salt and pepper and olive oil and bake in the oven for 30 minutes.

Roasted Beets and Sweets with Brown Butter Maple Glaze roast in the oven with olive oil, salt and pepper.

While the beets and sweet potatoes are in the oven you can make the brown butter maple glaze. Sounds a lot more fancy than it actually is but it’s only 3 ingredients and it’s ready in about 5 minutes.

A whole stick of butter goes into the pan with 3 or 4 thyme sprigs…wait until that butter gets brown, add in real maple syrup and then remove it from the heat.

Brown butter maple glaze is done, it doesn’t get much easier than that!

Roasted Beets with Brown Butter Maple Glaze

Take the potatoes and beets out of the oven after the 30 minutes are up and toss them in the brown butter glaze, snack on a few, then get them back into the oven. You want to try and get the vegetables in a single layer on the sheet pan so that they caramelize instead of steaming.

When you take them out again after 15 minutes they’re going to look like this…

Roasted Beets with Brown Butter Maple Glaze are going to be a hit at Thanksgiving!

I’m going to say on the level of indulgent foods at a Thanksgiving table these Roasted Beets and Sweets in Brown Butter Maple Glaze are way down there on the list.

When you’re talking about all the other indulgent side dishes going on, these are nearly as bad, even with that whole stick of butter!

Roasted Beets and Sweets with Brown Butter Maple Glaze is sure to become your favorite side dish!

Can You Make This Recipe Ahead Of Time?

I would make this about halfway through. Stop after the first 30 minutes of roasting the vegetables and then you can let them cool and stash them in your refrigerator.

When it gets near cooking time, take them out of the fridge and let them come to room temperature for about 30 minutes and then continue with the recipe!

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Roasted Beets and Sweets with Brown Butter Maple Glaze is sure to become your favorite side dish!

Roasted Beets and Sweets with Brown Butter Maple Glaze

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 1x

Roasted beets and sweet potatoes with a buttery sweet glaze that is a delicious side dish to any meal!



  • 6 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed (small, 1 inch dice)
  • 4 beets, peeled and cubed (small, 1 inch dice)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

For the Glaze

  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 tablespoons real maple syrup
  • 34 fresh thyme sprigs, plus 2 tablespoons more chopped for garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 435 degrees.
  2. Spray 2 baking sheets with cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, toss together the beets, sweet potatoes, salt and pepper.
  4. Roast in the oven for 30 minutes.
  5. While the potatoes and beets are in the oven, make the brown butter glaze by adding 1 stick of butter to a skillet along with the fresh thyme sprigs.
  6. Melt the butter down until just browned (about 5 minutes) then stir in the maple syrup and remove from the heat.
  7. After 30 minutes, remove the potatoes and beets from the oven and toss with the brown butter glaze.
  8. Place back in the oven for 15 minutes then remove to a large serving plater and garnish with the two tablespoons of reserved chopped thyme.
  • Category: vegetable side dish
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: American


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26 Responses
  1. Kristen

    First of all this is GORGEOUS!! And the flavors are perfection. Now off to check out your whiskey brussel sprouts.

    1. Daisywulf

      Wondering if this could be done in advance? Maybe cook the first 30 min, but then store in the fridge until the day of, bring to room temp while making the glaze, then mix and bake for the final 15 min?

  2. Liz

    Do you think I could get similar if not the same result in a crock pot? Without knowing the end result consistency, I’m a tad hesitant, but it sure would be an over-space-saver on Thanksgiving.

    1. Dan

      Liz, I don’t think it would work in the slow cooker. The best part about these is the crispy outside you get from roasting them in a hot oven…I think in the slow cooker they would just be mushy. What you could do though is get them all ready for the oven and once you pull out your turkey you can throw these in. By the time your turkey rests and gets carved these will be done!

  3. Georgia

    I made this for a weeknight dinner tonight with chicken and rice. It was so good and so beautiful to look at. I’m a big fan of Thanksgiving all year :)

  4. Joyce

    I have made these twice. It’s such an easy side dish, and they are so gorgeous! I go a little easier on the butter, and they still taste delicious. His is a perfect Thanksgiving side dish, but it also makes a great addition to a brunch or ordinary weekday dinner. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    1. Dan

      I’m not sure why that happened, Natalie. You were using raw beets, right? Maybe just keep them separate before roasting, then when you toss them after the first 15 minutes with the butter it should be fine.

  5. Shea

    Do you think a substitution of butternut squash would work? I bought that and beets and then decided to look at recipes.

  6. Jodi

    This recipe is fantastic! Roasted caramelized beets and sweet potatoes together are magical. This is the second time I have made this recipe. I followed the recipe (a little less butter) and both times the result has been delicious. My husband and children all loved this and there is enough to snack on the next day. Thank you!

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