7 Meat-Free Costco Groceries You Can (and Should) Grill
Summer is unofficially here and, while I’ve been gearing up for the season for a few weeks, my most recent shopping efforts have had a singular focus. I’ve been stocking up on groceries you can grill. And no, I’m not talking about beef, poultry, or pork (I don’t eat meat). My list of must-haves includes meatless burger options, a frozen fish find, and a whole bunch of fresh produce — and you can get them all at Costco.
In my opinion, there’s no better place to stock up on groceries for the grill than Costco. (The warehouse even carries a number of grills if you’re looking for a new one!) Several of the items below are seasonal, which is why I keep an eye out for them this time of year. I highly recommend you do the same on your next Costco run.
1. Sweet Corn on the Cob, $5.99 for 8 whole ears of corn
I live in the South, and one of my favorite foods to grill down here during the summer is whole ears of corn, right on the cob. You can grill them with the husks on, but I prefer these pre-shucked ears. They make things super-easy and mess-free.
2. Hippie Organics Asparagus Spears, $7.99 for 2.25 pounds
I often pick up frozen asparagus at Costco, but when these fresh organic ones are in season you can be sure they have a spot in my cart. They have a crunchier texture than frozen spears, and are quick, easy, and tasty when cooked on the grill. (Pro tip: Use lemon.)
3. Dr. Praeger’s Organic California Veggie Burgers, $9.99 for 12 (3.5-ounce) burgers
Dr. Praeger’s has made one of the most popular veggie burgers on the market for over 10 years now. Made with carrots, onions, string beans, oat bran, and zucchini, among other ingredients, these burgers are hands-down my favorite to cook on the grill. In just five to seven minutes, they get crispy and slightly charred on the outside — just how I like them.
4. Little Potatoes Creamer Potatoes, $7.50 for 5 pounds
This big sack of little potatoes was Kitchn’s pick for the best bulk buy last month. And I’m here to second that nomination. I just chop them in half and sprinkle on some seasoning before tossing them on the grill. They get crispy like french fries (sans the oil) and have a sweet-yet-savory flavor.
5. Australis All Natural Barramundi, $17.99 for 2 pounds
I don’t eat fish all that often, so this recommendation is extra special. Barramundi has a mild, buttery flavor and meaty texture. It’s perfect for grilling. And because the fish is frozen just after being caught, it maintains its nutrition, flavor, and texture.
6. Organic Portabello Mushroom Caps, $5.99 for 16 ounces
If you haven’t had a grilled portabello mushroom burger, I think this is the summer to give it a go! Seriously, try it with some pesto or Gouda cheese and you won’t even miss the meat.
7. Organic Mixed Squash, $5.99 for 3.5 pounds
When grilled, these summer squash develop such a delicious, sweet flavor, I could easily eat two or three at a time. I personally love them sliced into coins and seasoned with some Mrs. Dash Original Seasoning Blend, which is also available at Costco.
What are your favorite Costco groceries to buy for the grill? Let us know!