20 Best Summer Vegetarian Recipes

Here are all the best summer vegetarian recipes, from dinner ideas to sides! These recipes highlight all the colorful produce of the season.

Summer salads

Summer is the most exciting season to eat! There’s loads of beautiful fresh produce and the smoky, charred flavors of the grill. You might get stuck in a burger and hot dog rut, but never fear! There are multitudes of beautiful and delicious vegetarian recipes for the season.

Here are all our favorite summer vegetarian recipes! There’s vegetarian grill recipes like portobello mushroom burgers and tomato basil pasta, fresh summer salads, and charred grilled potatoes. For recipes to compliment like summer drinks and desserts, scroll to the end of the post. Let’s get cooking!

And now, the best summer vegetarian recipes!

Drink recipes to pair

Now, what drinks to pair with all those summer vegetarian recipes? We’ve got lots of summer drinks choose from:

Summer dessert recipes

And finally: let’s finish the meal off with some summer dessert recipes! Here are our top favorites:

tes. Use it to impress guests, or as a fast and easy dinner that’s over-the-top tasty.

  • Classic Strawberry Shortcake Tender, biscuit-like shortcakes meet sweet berries and fluffy homemade whipped cream.
  • Grilled Apples a La Mode Grill them with sugar and spices until tender, then serve them with “a la mode” with melty vanilla ice cream.
  • “Magic” Blueberry Cobbler This easy cobbler has a little “magic”: pour in the batter and top with blueberries. After baking, the blueberries sink and the cobbler rises!
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Portobello mushroom burger

Summer Portobello Burger

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Here’s how to make a summer portobello mushroom burger that everyone loves: grilled or roasted! Savory and meaty, it’s irresistible with cheese and special sauce.



  • 4 portobello mushrooms
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 8 slices provolone or sharp cheddar cheese (or substitute vegan cheese)
  • For serving: Buns, lettuce, tomato, red onion, Basil Pesto (optional), Special Burger Sauce


  1. Preheat a grill to medium-high heat (375 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit) or preheat an oven to 450 degrees*.
  2. Clean the portobello mushrooms and remove the stems. Place them on a baking sheet gill side up. Drizzle the tops the olive oil and use your hands to rub on the bottoms. Then place them back on the sheet gill side up and sprinkle with garlic powder, smoked paprika, kosher salt and several grinds of black pepper. Rub them until evenly coated.
  3. For the grilled method: Place the mushrooms directly on the 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). Then top with the add cheese slices and cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes until melted. Tip: Step up your burger and grill the burger buns for about 1 minute on one side until lightly toasted!
  4. For the roasted method: Place the baking sheet in the oven and roast for 15 minutes until tender. Drain of any excess liquid, then top with cheese and roast another 1 minute until the cheese melts.
  5. Serve: Place the mushrooms on buns. Top with lettuce, tomato, red onion, basil pesto (optional), and Special Burger Sauce.


*If you want to infuse a little smoky flavor to the roasted version, add a few shakes of liquid smoke to each mushroom (it’s potent, so don’t overdo it).

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Grilled or Roasted
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Summer Vegetarian Recipes

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

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

Cookbook Author and photographer

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.

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