Here are all the best vegetarian grill recipes for the season! These summer favorites feature everything from burgers to side dishes to salads.
When grill season rolls around, most people might think of burgers or hot dogs. But turns out, the grill is ideal for vegetables too! Yep, no need to load it up with meat. You can make endless recipes featuring the most delectable vegetables of the season: even main dishes like burgers and irresistible grilled sandwiches.
Here are our top vegetarian grill recipes that satisfy any eater! Start with our grillable veggie burger that doesn’t fall apart on the grill (really!). Then there are skewers, tasty grilled sandwiches, and even grilled eggplant Parmesan. Accessorize with a grilled vegetable side dish and you’re good to go. Ready to light the grill?
THE classic vegetarian grill recipe: the veggie burger! This one is something special: it actually stays together on the grill! It's got the perfect firm texture, and painted with BBQ sauce, it's completely satisfying. Top with your favorite toppings, like guacamole or special sauce.
This grilled veggie skewers are a tasty vegetarian recipe featuring colorful veggies and halloumi, a Greek cheese! The halloumi is super savory and makes it into a filling vegetarian recipe. Serve the skewers over pesto quinoa to make it a main dish. The bright green bed of grains looks beautiful for serving!
Another classic vegetarian grill recipe: the perfect portobello mushroom burger! This giant meaty grilled portobello mushroom is irresistible on is own. But add it to a burger bun and pile it high with toppings, and it’s downright outrageous! It's best eaten on the patio with the wafting smell of charcoal and sangria in hand.
These mango skewers are a fantastic vegetarian grill recipe that's full of big flavor! Thread your favorite vegetables onto skewers with chunks of sweet mango, then brush with homemade teriyaki sauce. The sweet, salty and savory all together is a symphony of flavor!
This vegetarian grill recipe will blow your mind with big flavors! The buffalo cauliflower is a play on buffalo chicken wings and is slathered in a spicy buffalo sauce. Grill the cauliflower on a charcoal grill, then top with a creamy blue cheese ranch sauce and a few fresh celery leaves. It’s an unforgettable (and a little messy) vegetarian sandwich! Also try: BBQ Grilled Cauliflower
Ever tried eggplant Parmesan...on the grill? Yes, grilling up the eggplant until it's tender, charred and smoky makes for the very best version of this Italian standard. It’s stunning enough to serve for entertaining, but a crowd pleaser that would work for a family dinner. Serve it with a glass of frose and a salad.
Here's a vegetarian grill recipe that's unexpectedly good: grilled tofu. It's simply irresistible, charred to perfection and then painted with a sweet and savory marinade! Grilled tofu is a healthy grilled dinner idea that’s full of plant-based protein. You might even convert the meat eaters when they take a taste…it’s darn delicious.
Grilled cheese on the grill? Yes, this grilled cheese is made on a charcoal grill, and once you've tried it you won't want to go back! Fire up the grill, grill the bread on both sides, and then top and grill until the cheese melts. The grill imparts a smoky flavor that’s a fine compliment to the gooey cheese and savory basil pesto.
Let's move to vegetarian grill recipes that are side dishes! These grilled potato wedges 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! Also try: Grilled Potatoes in Foil
This vegetarian grill recipe will absolutely blow your mind: grilled corn salad! The smoky flavor in each bite makes it impossible not to take another bite! The flavors here are reminiscent of Mexican street corn: a creamy sauce flavored with mayo, lime, chili powder and cumin. Mix in a few colorful veggies and a bit of feta cheese if you’d like, and you’ve got a sweet savory salad that’s bursting with summer flavor.
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.
Ready for a stellar vegetarian grill recipe? Because man is this grilled Caesar salad tasty! Grilled romaine is infused with an incredible smoky flavor that is irresistible. Drizzle with our creamy homemade Caesar dressing, and it's a little bit of heaven. If you'd like, add grilled avocado to take it over the top.
These grilled sweet potatoes are crisp on the outside and tender on the inside, the ideal grilled side recipe! 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 vegetarian dinner on the patio. They have just a few tricks to get them perfect.
One of the best grilled vegetables recipes: 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. Even better, add grilled onions.
Elote might be the perfect summer vegetarian grilled recipe! One bite of this irresistible Mexican grilled corn and you’ll be a believer: it’s sweet, smoky, savory, creamy, and tangy: all at once. It’s charred perfection and slathered in a creamy spiced sauce with cheese crumbles.
The savory, meaty flavor of mushrooms is made even more perfect by one thing: grilling them! Of all of the vegetarian grill recipes, these fungi bring in the best umami flavor! 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.
Take one bite of these grilled tomatoes 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 one of the best vegetarian grill recipes you could imagine.
Have you tried the revelation that is grilled broccoli? This at the top of our summer vegetarian 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.
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. Or, turn it into a Grilled Eggplant Sandwich.
Last up in our vegetarian grill recipes: grilled asparagus! Turns out the grill 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!
Grilled dessert recipes to pair
What to pair with these vegetarian grill recipes? Grilled desserts, of course! Here are some fun ideas for grilled dessert recipes:
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.
Grilled Pineapple Here’s how to grill pineapple perfectly! It’s so easy and comes out smoky and juicy: serve drizzled with honey or topped with vanilla ice cream.
Make the rice according to the package instructions or use our Instant Pot method. If making the rice directly before grilling, quickly cool it by spreading the rice into a single layer on a sheet pan and placing it in the freezer for 2 minutes until it cools. Otherwise, you can make the rice in advance and refrigerate until using.
Preheat a grill to medium heat.*
Mince the garlic and onion. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add the the onion and saute for 3 minutes, then add the garlic and saute for for 2 more minutes until golden and translucent. Remove from the heat.
Roll over the walnuts with a rolling pin until they are fine and crumbly.
Drain and rinse the garbanzo beans. Place them in the bottom of a large bowl and mash them with a fork. Mash until about 90% of the garbanzo beans are mashed; a few can remain whole.
Measure out 2 cups of the rice and add it to the bowl with the garbanzo beans. Then add the onion and garlic mixture, 2 tablespoons olive oil, walnuts, flour, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, kosher salt, black pepper. Mix together, smashing any rice clumps so that everything mixes evenly. Stir in 1 egg white, then mix until everything comes together into a sticky dough.
Using your hands, form five or six 1-inch thick patties by firmly patting and squeezing the dough together (making 5 results in a very thick burger; making 6 makes moderate-sized burgers). Set the patties on a baking sheet or plate for grilling. Brush both sides of the burgers with olive oil.
Place the burgers on a grill and grill for 10 to 12 minutes on one side, until firm and grill marks appear. Gently flip the burgers and brush them with barbecue sauce. Grill for an additional 10 to 12 minutes on the other side, then serve immediately.
To serve, place the burgers on a bun, topped with guacamole or another creamy sauce, tomato and lettuce (or other burger toppings of your choosing).
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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.