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7 Delicious Vegetarian Grilling Ideas To Add To Your Next Barbecue

You’ve been experimenting with outdoor cooking techniques, learning how to master your grill, or even trying your hand at smoking big cuts like brisket. Now you’ve planned a barbecue for some friends and family to come and enjoy some of your BBQ skills. But, what happens when one of them is vegetarian?

There are some great vegetarian grill ideas you can include that are easy and delicious. Many vegetables and fruits hold up very well on the grill. Then, everyone gets some great-tasting food at your next barbecue get-together and you can elevate your outdoor cooking skills even more. Plus, some of these vegetarian items make great sides that anyone can enjoy.

We’ve put together seven vegetarian grilling ideas for you to choose from. Let’s take a look:


Cheese-Stuffed Grilled Peppers


grilled peppers | vegetarian grilling ideas | vegetarian grill ideasSource: Food & Wine


Peppers are one example of a vegetable that does really well on a grill. These cheese-stuffed grilled peppers make for a delicious vegetarian side that anyone can enjoy. 

This easy-to-make recipe by Robert Perkins and John Lancaster uses a delicious blend of three different kinds of cheese stuffed into different types of medium-sized peppers. As the peppers blister on the grill, the cheese mixture on the inside melts into a deliciously gooey combination. 

These peppers can be prepared and stuffed beforehand and stored in the refrigerator. Just make sure to bring them to room temperature before grilling for the best results.


Beer-Can Cabbage Sandwiches


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Source: Epicurious


Burgers have long been a staple item of backyard barbecues and tailgate parties. So, for your vegetarian guests, these beer-can cabbage sandwiches make a great substitution for a beef burger and can utilize a lot of the same toppings. 

This hearty vegetarian sandwich from Epicurious features a beer-steaming-plus-grilling technique and results in a mouth-watering smoky, sweet flavor.


Sweet & Spicy Paneer Kebabs


vegetarian grilled kebabs | vegetarian grilling ideas | vegetarian BBQ ideasSource: The Spruce Eats


Kebabs are always a great option when it comes to grilling, especially when you are looking for vegetarian BBQ ideas. These sweet & spicy kebabs from The Spruce use Paneer cheese and are an elevated fusion of both Indian and Chinese flavors. 

These easy-to-make kebabs are marinated in tandoori masala and only take about 25 minutes to grill.

Check out our article on tips for grilling kebabs to get the inside scoop on how to successfully grill them every time, no matter what type you are cooking. 


Blue Cheese-Crusted Tomatoes


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Tomatoes are another delicious vegetable that can be easily cooked on the grill.  These grilled tomatoes topped with blue cheese from Bon Appetit are both rich in flavor and filling, yet easy to prepare and cook. 

For this recipe, remember to look for medium to large ripe tomatoes. They’ll only take about 13 minutes to cook and you’ll have a delicious choice for your vegetarian guests.


Charred Sweet Potatoes


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A combination of Japanese sweet potatoes, honey, and olive oil makes for a mouth-watering sweet and savory combination. With this recipe from Epicurious, you’ll have another delicious vegetarian grill option. Japanese sweet potatoes are actually starchier than yams and can hold up well on the grill.

Insider tip: If you steam the sweet potatoes before they go on the grill you’ll get a perfectly moist interior with the right touch of char on the exterior.


Open-Face Grilled Eggplant Sandwiches


grilled eggplant sandwich | Vegetarian grilling ideas | vegetarian grill ideasSource: Food & Wine


For a smoky version of eggplant parmesan, try this delicious open-face grilled eggplant recipe from Food & Wine. Eggplant holds up well when grilled and takes on a rich and smoky flavor. Combine this with buffalo mozzarella, tomato, and basil on grilled peasant bread and you’ve got another hearty, delectable entree option. 

Pairing this sandwich with the bold taste of a cold Guinness makes for a delicious pair. (Check out our article on beer and barbecue pairings for more great info on this.)


Grilled Pineapple Dessert


grilled pineapple | Vegetarian grilling ideas | vegetarian BBQ ideasSource: The Spruce Eats


If you are looking for a grilled dessert option, pineapple always makes a great choice. When grilled, this popular juicy and sweet fruit can take on completely different flavor profiles. In this grilled pineapple recipe from The Spruce, a combination of Tequila, brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla will have everyone coming back for more. 

You can either grill the pineapple in large rings or cut it into smaller pieces and skewer it. Also, if you’re not a fan of Tequila, Rum makes a great alternative in this recipe. 


Try One Of These Vegetarian BBQ Ideas Today

As you can see, there are some great vegetarian grilling ideas to choose from. Include one or two of these at your barbecue get-together for your vegetarian friends or family. You’ll get to show off your outdoor cooking skills and have everyone smiling. 

Have you mastered any of these meat-free items already? Do you know of more great vegetarian grill ideas that you like? Leave a comment below, we want to hear from you!   


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