18 Vegetarian Recipes to Make on the Grill

updated Nov 16, 2023
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Firing up the grill doesn’t mean you’ve got to stick to the traditional meat-filled spread. There are plenty of veggies and vegetarian dishes that are made better by some time over the open flame.

These 18 vegetarian BBQ dishes will have you convinced that burgers might not always be the answer when it comes to summer cookouts. Plus, once you master a few of these, you’ll win the esteem of your vegetarian friends forever.

Vegetarian Recipes to Make on the Grill

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Garlicky Marinated Grilled Mushrooms
Cremini mushrooms are glazed in a garlicky, buttery marinade, then tossed on the grill until golden and caramelized.
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Smoky Portobello Mushroom Cheeseburgers
An easy grilling recipe for vegetarian portobello mushroom burgers topped with smoked Gouda, tangy peppers, and arugula.
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Best Grilled Pizza
Thanks to the extra-high heat of the grill, this method makes some of the best pizza you'll ever eat!
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Grilled Cabbage Wedges with Spicy Lime Dressing
Grilled cabbage wedges with a spicy lime vinaigrette.
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Cheesy Grilled Potato Packets

Go ahead and smother these in as much cheese as you’d like. The foil pouches keep everything inside and ensure even melting.

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Grilled Zucchini Roll-Ups with Ricotta and Herbs

Grill thin slices of zucchini to serve as the base for these roll-ups, then fill them with ricotta or your favorite soft cheese and a few herbs. Serve them as an appetizer and they won’t last long.

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Grilled Eggplant Burgers with Halloumi Cheese

Give your portobello burger a rest in favor of this eggplant version. The pesto spread and halloumi cheese are really just bonuses.

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Sweet Corn and Goat Cheese Stuffed Peppers

This recipe benefits from two trips to the grill. First the corn kernels are grilled on the cob, and then the stuffed peppers get a few minutes over the heat until the peppers blister.

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Roast Shishito Peppers
Roasted shishito and padron peppers are an easy, crowd-pleasing appetizer. Savory, salty, and occasionally spicy, it's hard to stop at just one!
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Grilled Radicchio with Creamy Cheese

Grilling your radicchio helps temper the bitter flavor and brings out a bit of caramelized sweetness. And of course, smothering it in creamy cheese doesn’t hurt either.

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Grilled Chipotle Lime Cauliflower Steaks

Think cauliflower is boring? Change your whole mindset toward the cruciferous vegetable with this spicy, citrusy grilled version.

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Grilled Stuffed Mushrooms

Dice up a bunch of peppers and onions, mix them with Gruyère and breadcrumbs, and then stuff them in cremini caps. Once you take them off the grill, we guarantee they’ll disappear in no time.

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Grilled Nacho Platters

How do you take your nachos to the next level? By preparing them on the grill. It’s a simple trick with an amazing presentation.

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Grill the Best Corn on the Cob
This simple method for grilling corn on the cob leaves you with juicy, smoky cobs you can happily serve on a weeknight or for a big summer bash.
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Summer Vegetable and Tofu Kebabs

If you want a classic BBQ dish, go for these veggie and tofu kebabs. They are perfect for summer (or even early fall) entertaining.

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Grilled Halloumi and Quinoa Salad

Halloumi, the firm Mediterranean cheese, is a grilling staple. It doesn’t melt too much that it drips onto the coals, and adds a great texture to this simple quinoa salad.

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Flatbread Stuffed with Curried Potatoes, Spinach, & Chickpeas

Once you’ve made this recipe, you can change up the fillings and create your own custom grilled, stuffed flatbread. (Although we think this curried veggie version will be tough to beat.)

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Garlicky Grilled Kale Salad with Grilled Bread

Salad on the grill? Absolutely. Char your kale directly on the grill for an even deeper flavor.

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