24 Vegetarian Grilling Recipes That Are So Right for Summer

Photo: Jonathan Lovekin

Long gone are the days when "cookout" merely meant a grill full of hot dogs, ribs, and burgers. Vegetables take the spotlight in this selection of satisfying meatless recipes for the grill, and you'll find that our vegetarian burgers, grilled pizzas, stuffed and grilled vegetables, and more will delight your family and friends—and that's true whether or not they eat meat.

Whether you're hosting a big backyard barbecue or just want a healthy weeknight dinner with plenty of flavor, these vegetarian grilling recipes deliver. There's plenty of inspiration here for the long summer nights ahead, so get cooking!

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Barbecue Pulled Mushroom Sandwiches

Barbecue Pulled Mushroom Sandwiches
Yuki Sugiura

You'll need both hands and several napkins to relish every morsel of this meat-free twist on pulled-pork sandwiches. Maitake mushrooms are the main event; they're grilled then shredded using two forks, then it's time to stir them in our quick barbecue sauce. Mound the mixture on brioche buns, and top with vinegar-spiked slaw for that all-important crunch.

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Creamy Grilled-Corn Pizza

Creamy Grilled-corn Pizza
Yuki Sugiura

Hands down, the trickiest part of making grilled pizzas is handling the dough. Sometimes it's too dry; other times it's too gloppy and slips right through the grates. That's why this recipe starts with sturdy, store-bought naan or other flatbread, which plays perfectly with our toppings that are inspired by Mexican street corn. A blend of sour cream, mayonnaise, lime, and garlic lends tangy creaminess, while charred kernels provide juicy sweetness.

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Grilled Summer Squash with Hot Honey and Ricotta

Grilled Summer Squashes With Hot Honey and Ricotta
Yuki Sugiura

Next time you heat up the coals, make some room on the grates for this healthy, delicious recipe. Use a mix of zucchini and yellow squash and after grilling, brush them with a vinaigrette made with hot honey, sliced shallots, and jalapeños. Let sit for 10 minutes before serving with fresh ricotta and fresh mint, or transfer to the refrigerator to marinate for up to 12 hours, if the make-ahead aspect appeals.

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Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Rice and Peas

Grilled Sweet Potatoes With Rice and Beans
Yuki Sugiura

Grilling sliced sweet potatoes is a quick and easy way to get this nutritious tuber into your diet during the sweltering summer months when roasting them in the oven isn't so appealing. Serve them as a simple side or feature them as the main dish as we do here, along with a side of rice and peas.

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Grilled Cauliflower with Spiced Yogurt Sauce

Whole Grilled Cauliflower With Garam Masala
Yuki Sugiura

For a spectacular vegetable centerpiece, this dish can't be beat. A whole cauliflower is briefly steamed on the stovetop before transferring to the grill, this ensures the crucifer will be cooked all the way through and also get a nice brown crust from the grill.

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Eggplant Provoleta with Crispy Potato Wedges

Eggplant Provoleta With Crispy Potato Wedges
Yuki Sugiura

A staple of Argentine steak houses, provoleta is a provolone-type cheese that's served browned and bubbling; diners smear it on bread as a starter along with a dab of chimichurri. Our vegetarian makeover is a hearty main. Tomatoes are brushed with the spicy chimichurri pre-grill, and provolone is melted on top of grilled eggplant as it finishes cooking. Arrange it all on a platter, drizzle more sauce on top, and serve grilled potatoes alongside.

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Grilled Bread and Chiles with Burrata

grilled bread and chiles with burrata placed on an outdoor picnic table
Elizabeth Cecil

This dish uses creamy, cool burrata cheese as a foil for grilled fresh chiles. Mop it all up with grilled bread.

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Summer-Veggie Melts with Caper Sauce

Summer-Veggie Melts with Caper Sauce
Con Poulos

A meatless masterpiece, this vegetarian sandwich packs a colorful mix of grilled vegetables into a hoagie that gets a toasty crust on the grill but stays pillowy-soft in the center. Provolone, the perfect melting cheese, melds it all together while a generous smear of a zesty basil-caper aioli provides the finishing touch.

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Grilled Vegetables and Halloumi Cheese with Charred-Tomato Dressing

Jonathan Lovekin

This knife-and-fork salad is a feast of grilled vegetables, including mushrooms, radicchio, and summer squash, along with grilled Halloumi cheese. And the irresistible tomato dressing is made with grilled tomatoes!

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Mushroom Tacos with Charred-Corn Salsa

mushroom tacos with charred corn salsa
Chris Simpson

Ready in just over 30 minutes, these hearty portobello tacos are wonderfully uncomplicated to make and absolutely delicious to eat. This smoky dinner can be vegan, too—just skip the sour cream

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Grilled Zucchini with Miso

grilled zucchini with miso
Dana Gallagher

This umami-packed vegetable side packs a most delicious flavor punch. Thick slabs of zucchini are brushed with a soy-miso glaze before grilling.

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Grilled-Halloumi-and-Vegetable Wraps

grilled-halloumi-and-veggie wraps
Paola + Murray

Easy to make and easy to eat, we rate these wraps for a quick weeknight dinner. Halloumi is without doubt the best cheese for grilling, it stays firm and gets a tasty char from the grates.

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Whole Grilled Eggplant with Rice Pilaf

whole grilled eggplant with rice pilaf
Christopher Testani

For an unexpected grilled vegan main, grill whole until the skin is charred and the flesh goes soft and creamy. To serve, split the eggplants and top with pomegranate molasses and lemony tahini sauce, then spoon the insides onto herby, pistachio-scented rice pilaf and dust lightly with fragrant za'atar.

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Grilled Vegetable Pizzas

grilled vegetable pizzas
Christopher Testani

Here's a pizza you can make on a weeknight. Turn on the grill because this recipe starts with store-bought flatbread and it bucks tradition all the way. No marinara sauce here, just plenty of grilled vegetables—mushrooms, zucchini, red onion, and kale—and two cheeses, mozzarella and blue cheese, then a drizzle of mustard vinaigrette brings it all together.

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Grilled Vegetables and White-Bean Fattoush

Grilled Vegetables and White-Bean Fattoush
Con Poulos

Hearty and colorful, this main dish salad combines grilled peppers and red onion with briny feta and herb-coated cannellini beans. Pita chips and a generous drizzle of red-wine vinaigrette bring crunch and brightness.

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Tofu Kebabs with Cilantro Sauce


Marinate tofu cubes and scallions in a zesty puree of cilantro, jalapeño, ginger, and lime juice before threading onto skewers. Grill alongside summer squash kebabs and serve with the leftover marinade for dipping.

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Grilled-Eggplant Parmesan

grilled-eggplant parmesan
Sidney Bensimon

A healthier twist on eggplant parmesan, this version skips the breading and deep-frying and instead opts for grilling. It's delicious on a charcoal or wood fired grill for an extra smoky flavor, but you can prepare this in a grill pan year-round.

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Grilled-Asparagus, Tomato, and Fontina Pizzette

grilled-asparagus, tomato, and fontina pizzette
Paola + Murray

Classic pizza dough is the base for this grilled vegetarian delight. The crust gets extra crispy thanks to the high heat and smoke, and the vegetables take on some of that same smoky flavor that lets us taste summer.

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Grilled Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

grilled vegetarian stuffed peppers
Armando Rafael

This colorful stuffed peppers is altogether different—no oven needed! It uses the grill in two different ways; direct heat to grill the peppers, then indirect heat to cook some of the stuffing ingredients—couscous, tomato, and raisins—in a skillet for the stuffing. Once stuffed, the peppers are cooked through in the same pan on top of the grill.

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Balsamic Portobello Burgers with Bell Pepper and Goat Cheese


Portobello mushrooms, a favorite take on the vegetarian burger, are marinated along with red bell peppers in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and minced garlic. Serve on toasted buns with fresh goat cheese and lettuce.

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West Coast Grilled Vegetable Pizza


No California-style pizza would be complete without avocado! Store-bought pizza dough is grilled and topped with tomatoes, scallions, and goat cheese. Then a fresh salad of spinach and diced avocado is dressed and piled onto the pizzas just before serving.

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Tomato and Basil Pizza


These rounds of grilled homemade (or store-bought) pizza dough are so simple yet so delicious. Make your own tomato sauce with this recipe or use your favorite store-bought variety, then scatter fresh mozzarella and basil leaves over the top.

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Chickpea Burger


Scallions, cumin, ginger, and peanuts add lively flavor to these chickpea patties. Serve the grilled burgers on whole-wheat English muffins with mayonnaise and Dijon mustard.

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Grilled Vegetable Tostadas


Top flour tortillas with grilled zucchini, portobello mushrooms, and scallions—grilling makes these vegetables tender and caramelized. Crumbled feta cheese and fresh tomato salsa are the perfect finishing touches.

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