Here’s how to make the best grilled vegetables: a master recipe for every veggie you want to cook! The perfect easy side dish for grilled dinners.
It’s grilling season! The grill brings a crisp char and irresistible smoky flavor to everything it touches. And it’s not just for meat. This cooking method is even more perfect when veggies are involved. Introducing: how to make the best grilled vegetables!
Here’s a list of master recipes of how to grill any vegetable you want to cook. Infuse sweet smokiness into bell peppers. Try sizzling, meaty portobello mushrooms. Grill up some tender asparagus to go with your salmon. Even try grilled avocado or BBQ cauliflower for a unique twist! These truly are the best grilled vegetables to make at home…ready to make an appearance as an easy side dish at your next grilled meal.
One of the best grilled vegetables out there: corn on the cob! Say hello to the best grilled corn you'll have. Place it right on the grates and char it to perfection. Then serve the classic butter and salt, or step it up by making elote: Mexican grilled corn! The creamy, spiced sauce takes it over the top: it’s sweet, smoky, savory, creamy, and tangy all at once. Eat it on the cob or make it into this amazing Grilled Corn Salad.
Next up in the best grilled vegetables: bell peppers! Peppers are one of our favorite vegetables to grill because they are simply incredible. Throw them on the grill and they come out charred, smoky, tender and sweet. You won’t believe how flavorful they are! You can either place them right on the grill, or use a grill basket.
Ready to up your grilled vegetable game? Try these incredible grilled portobello mushrooms! They’re juicy and bursting with big, meaty umami. This method for grilling them is fast and easy: unlike most recipes, there’s no marinading time required. Just sprinkle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and pop them on the grill.
Out of all the vegetables imaginable: potatoes somehow always steal the show. These grilled potatoes are just how you’d want them: crisp on the outside and tender on the inside! They’re like the French fries of grilled vegetables, really. The outsides are just salty enough, seasoned with Old Bay to give them a hint of celery salt and paprika. Serve them with a dipping sauce and it’s hard to tear yourself away from the platter!
Turns out, zucchini is at its very best when it’s grilled. Throw thin slices on the grill and it comes out tender and charred, with an irresistibly smoky flavor! And if you combine with Italian-style flavors like basil, oregano, garlic powder, and onion powder: well, it’s sensational! Zucchini may be best known for zucchini bread: but we think grilled zucchini should be at the top of its greatest hits.
Onions are usually back up characters in a recipe; but have you tried them on the grill? Meet one of the best summer side dishes out there: grilled onions! The grill does wonders to this layered vegetable: the flavor turns from spicy to sweet and a little smoky. It becomes a tender and charred version of its former self, and the bright pink color is simply vibrant! Make sure to throw in red onions with a pile of other grilled vegetables: they add incredible flavor.
Speechless. That’s what you’ll be after trying these grilled tomatoes (at least, we hope!). Take one bite and it’s true magic: smoky, pure sweet tomato, with a melt-in-your-mouth quality that makes you immediately want to shout how delicious they are. These grilled tomatoes work as a side dish or appetizer for a grilled dinner. Drizzle with olive oil and top with fresh herbs, and it’s the very best summer treat you could imagine.
Have you tried the revelation that is grilled broccoli? This at the top of our summer side dishes: the grill transforms this tasty vegetable to be crisp tender and charred, with a hint of smoke. Cook it simply with olive oil, salt, and lemon juice, and it’s a fantastic side for any grilled dinner.
Are you a sweet potato fan? Then you absolutely must try grilled sweet potatoes! Crisp on the outside and tender on the inside, they’ve got a little smoky char to the flavor and are absolutely delicious! Cut into wedges, they’re the perfect side dish for a grilled dinner on the patio. They have just a few tricks to get them perfect.
You’ve got to try this grilled eggplant: it comes out smoky and tender, lightly charred and full of flavor. Top it with a sauce and you’ve got a killer summer side dish or appetizer! If you'd like, try with these sauces: a fresh tomato salsa fresca, and a creamy, lightly spicy white BBQ sauce. The combination of the two is spot on.
Turns out grilled asparagus might be the very best way to cook this healthy vegetable! It’s easy and requires only a few ingredients. And it comes out incredible: tender and charred, with a hint of smoke. Spritz it with lemon juice for a little brightness, and it’s a fresh and healthy side dish you won’t be able to stop eating!
Want an easy grilled side dish that you don’t have to baby at all? Try these grilled potatoes in foil! You can truly “set it and forget it” with this one. Throw these potatoes and onions in a foil packet and concentrate on the rest of the meal. In 30 minutes, they’re done! Moist and creamy, they’re flavored with herbs and butter and taste just like the ones you grew up eating (at least, we did!).
Turns out, the grill is the ideal way to cook green beans! Take a bite and it’s tender, with a burst of sweet, tangy, salty and charred flavor. Honestly, grilled green beans are just as addicting as French fries! You'll eat through a platter in record speed.
Wow, is this grilled vegetable tasty! Might we recommend this grilled cauliflower? Charcoal infuses irresistible smoky flavor into this tasty veggie: and painting it with our tangy homemade BBQ sauce puts it over the top. Serve it as a side dish, or in a Grilled Buffalo Cauliflower sandwich.
Got a load of yellow summer squash? Try grilled squash! It’s simple but full of big flavor, seasoned with Italian herbs like basil and oregano. Even better: it takes only 5 minutes to grill! It’s one of those sides that screams summer: you can almost smell the charcoal and hear the buzz of the lawnmower. It's quick and hard to mess up.
You might not think of this as a top grilled vegetable...but please let us convince you. Somehow grilling romaine lettuce brings out an unexpectedly beautiful smoky flavor in this leafy green! It's easy to make, and topped with a little Parmesan cheese, it’s an easy appetizer or side dish. You can even make it into grilled Caesar salad topped with tomatoes and Caesar dressing.
Next time you fire up the grill: GRILL SOME AVOCADOS. Yes, this magical green fruit just got even more magical! Making grilled avocado infuses a smoky flavor into every bite of this healthy vegetable (or em, fruit). Stuff it with pico de gallo, or use it to make smoky guacamole.
Ever tried grilling cabbage? Well, it’s time you did. Turns outgrilled cabbage is absolutely worth trying! It comes out tender and charred, the flavor much sweeter than its raw self. Drizzle it in a tangy balsamic sauce and it’s a tasty side dish for a grilled meal!
The savory, meaty flavor of mushrooms is made even more perfect by one thing: grilling them! Of all of the grilled vegetables, these fungi might be the very best. Here’s our easy method for grilled baby bella or button mushrooms! You can get big flavor with no marinading time: just toss them with olive oil, lemon juice and herbs. Throw them on skewers and grill until tender, and they’re one of the best summer side dishes: hands down.
Who knew you could grill Brussels sprouts? The mighty Brussels sprout is a near and dear veggie over here, and our Crispy Brussels Sprouts are a fan favorite. But make room in your heart for these Grilled Brussels Sprouts! They’re tender and blackened, with a hint of smoky flavor. Toss them with a balsamic sauce they’re positively delightful! They’re easy to whip up as a side dish for a grilled dinner.
Are you a kale fan? Then let us introduce you to grilled kale! This grilled kale comes out crispy and charred, with a smoky undertone. It’s perfect for throwing onto a grill rack while you’re cooking a main dish or other vegetables. Eat it as an appetizer or side dish to a grilled meal: it’s almost like roasted kale meets kale chips.
Of course, the grill brings out a beautifully sweet flavor in these grilled carrots! Tossed with the lime juice, cilantro, and cumin, this healthy vegetable was an excellent treat! Eat as appetizer since they're best as finger food, or try them as a side dish.
Grilled beets are an ideal summer side dish for when you’re planning to fire up the grill! These come out sweet and tender, perfectly cooked and even better with a sprinkle of salty feta cheese. While they take a little longer than most grilled vegetables, they’re worth the wait. Serve them up with a a few other grilled veggies or summer salads, and they make the meal complete.
Hey, okra fans; we’ve got your new favorite recipe. Meet this easy grilled okra! Just 10 minutes on the grill and this tasty vegetable comes out tender and full of smoky flavor. There’s no need for fancy seasoning: just throw it on the grill and you’ll be amazed at how incredible it tastes. This okra recipe is the perfect summer side dish for a grilled dinner, or it works as a grilled appetizer when you serve it with a dipping sauce.
This one wins easy side dish hit of the summer: grilled bok choy! This tasty veggie is a type of Chinese cabbage, with a satisfying crunch and a peppery kick. Tossed on the grill with a quick soy miso sauce, it comes out lightly smoky, sweet, and perfectly seasoned. It’s easy to make and comes out impressive, the perfect side for grilled salmon or tofu.
Grilled main dishes & desserts to pair
Want to accessorize with these grilled vegetables? Here are some of our top grilled dinner ideas to pair…plus some tasty grilled desserts!
Here’s how to make the best grilled vegetables! The perfect easy side dish for grilled dinners. Note: See above for a master recipe for every veggie you want to cook.
4 portobello mushrooms, stems removed
2 bell peppers, cut into quarters
1 bunch Tuscan kale
2 avocados, halved with pit removed
Preheat a grill to medium-high heat (375 to 450 degrees).
Mix the vegetables with enough olive oil to coat, and sprinkle with kosher salt and fresh ground pepper. For the portobello mushrooms, coat liberally with olive oil and sprinkle with balsamic vinegar. Use the following timing to grill these vegetables (listed as stand-alone instructions for each, but grill them together!):
To grill the portobello mushrooms: Place the grill grates gill side up and grill 10 to 14 minutes until tender and juicy. Liquid will pool in the cap. Flip the mushrooms (this drains the liquid into the grates) and cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes until browned.
To grill the bell peppers: Place them directly on the grill grates, spaced as far apart as possible. Grill until tender, about 6 to 8 minutes, turning once.
To grill the kale: Grill over indirect heat, on an upper rack if available, for 6 to 9 minutes until lightly crispy, bright green and charred in parts.
To grill the avocado: Grill the avocado halves cut sides down for 4 to 6 minutes total, until grill marks form.
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Summer is all about the grill! To go with these grilled vegetables, we’ve got lots more recipes, from grilled dinners to summer drinks:
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.