This Simple Tool Makes Grilling Veggies So Simple (and You Don’t Even Need a Grill!)

published May 12, 2023
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grilled zucchini on a platter
Credit: Photo: Joe Lingeman; Food Styling: Cyd McDowell

If there’s one thing I hate about living in Brooklyn, it’s not having space for a grill. Growing up in the ‘burbs, my folks grilled a lot — rain or shine, no matter the temperature, you could find my dad manning the grill out on the deck. And, while I have a soft spot for delicious grilled chicken, steak, and shrimp, grilling veggies is one of the joys of life. I can’t think of a better way to eat asparagus, eggplant, onions, and peppers than with those perfect sear marks and smoky flavor. Now, if you’re a big griller, you probably already have some sort of kebab situation at home, but if you’re new to the grilling game or are looking to upgrade your arsenal of cooking tools, you need to snag this sweet gadget that I found recently which allows you to easily grill a bunch of veggies at once without having to worry about dropping them through your grill grates. Allow me to introduce you to the Mesh Grill Bags from Uncommon Goods. 

These reinforced grilling bags are made with grommeted edges that keep your veggie slices, pineapple segments, or whatever you’re grilling up safely secured from falling through the cracks in your grill grate. They also make flipping veggies easy and quick — ensuring that everything gets evenly cooked — and they help keep delicious juices from getting all over your grill, which means you’ll be spending less time scrubbing your grates and more time kicking back with the family.  

Personally, I love using these bags to roast tomatillos, peppers, and onions directly on the burners of my gas stove. Because I live in New York City and don’t have a grill (unfortunately) it’s tough to get that blackened outside on veggies for, say, a salsa verde, without burning your hands or making a mess of your burners. Now, I can just pop whatever I want to roast in the bag, set the burner on low, and achieve that same grilling effect right on the stovetop. Easy! 

Credit: Uncommon Goods

And, with a high average rating on Uncommon Goods, me and my folks aren’t the only ones who have been digging the grill bags. “We have a combination air fryer grill, and these are the perfect size to fit on top of either the grill or the air fryer basket,” one reviewer explains. “They can be used to grill, but also to air fry! It makes it much easier to flip small foods over half way through cooking. They seem like they would work on a baking sheet in the oven as well. Dishwasher-safe!” Another reviewer mentioned that their father “immediately commented that these were so much easier than trying to cook vegetables on the grill without them” — so you know they’re dad-approved. So, if you’re looking for a simple and affordable addition to your grilling arsenal or a great gift for the grilling-obsessed person in your life, snag a pair of these mesh grill bags ASAP.

Buy: Mesh Grill Bags, Set of 2, $22