Used to be that tossing a frozen veggie burger patty on the backyard grill is as far as our interest in warm-weather vegetarian cooking went. Now our grills are bristling with amazingly inventive and delicious options. Here are 11 of our favorites.
1. Grilled Summer Squash with Feta and Mint
Throw some beautiful farmers market squashes on the coals and let the smoke and char do all the work. Use any type of summer squash in this recipe: zucchini, crookneck, pattypan—whatever looks great. Get our Grilled Summer Squash with Feta and Mint recipe.
2. Grilled Sweet Potatoes
Charred, smoky sweet potato wedges brushed with spicy oil are a satisfying side dish, or they can be the star of the picnic, topped with cooling lime sour cream, served with spicy jalapeño coleslaw. Get our Grilled Sweet Potatoes recipe.
3. Grilled Portobello Burger
A cheesy, bi-level structure, smoky grilled falvor, a slathering of pesto, and a crunchy ciabatta bun turn this into the ultimate veggie burger. Get our Grilled Portobello Burger recipe.
4. Grilled Eggplant and Red Pepper with Israeli Couscous
Inspired by Middle Eastern baba ghanoush (a smoky-tasting dip), this recipe merges grilled eggplant and red peppers with one of our favorite Middle Eastern starches. Get our Grilled Eggplant and Red Pepper with Israeli Couscous recipe.
5. Grilled Margherita Pizza
The timeless topping trio of tomato sauce, mozzarella, and a few basil leaves allows the smoky, lightly charred crust of this grilled pizza to shine. Get our Grilled Margherita Pizza recipe.
6. Grilled Corn with Cayenne, Lime, and Cotija
Inspired by street food, grilled corn glazed with mayonnaise spiked with cayenne pepper, rolled in Cotija cheese, and seasoned with a spritz of lime. The husk makes for a built-in handle. Get our Grilled Corn with Cayenne, Lime, and Cotija recipe.
7. Grilled Stuffed Poblano Peppers
These stuffed peppers are loaded, burrito-like, with rice, black beans, sour cream, cheese, tomatoes, and cilantro, then grilled until they’re charred and tender. Serve as a vegetarian main course. Get our Grilled Stuffed Poblano Peppers recipe.
8. Grilled Bruschetta Kebabs
All the elements of classic bruschetta, reconstructed on skewers. The pesto gets brushed on after the skewers leave the grill, so it stays bright green and fresh-tasting. Get our Grilled Bruschetta Kebabs recipe.
9. Grilled Haloumi and Vegetable Kebabs
Toss the halloumi (a salty cheese from Cyprus) with eggplant, mushrooms, and bell peppers with an easy blended tomato-artichoke sauce, then skewer and grill until charred. Get our Grilled Haloumi and Vegetable Kebabs recipe.
10. Grilled Asparagus Bruschetta
Chopped into bite-size pieces and mixed with toasted pine nuts and salty pecorino cheese, Grilled asparagus is especially delicious when the tips get toasty and charred but the spears retain a crisp snap. Get our Grilled Asparagus Bruschetta recipe.
11. Grilled Shishito Peppers
Shishito peppers are the Japanese cousin to Spain’s famed Padrón peppers. Delicately sweet and (mostly) mild, shishitos (the Japanese cousins to Spain’s padrón peppers) are an easy snack to throw on the grill. Get our Grilled Shishito Peppers recipe.