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8 of the Best Grilled Vegetarian Recipes to Sizzle Up

Grilled vegetable skewers resting on a hot grill.
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Grills are for so much more than just burgers or steaks. Here are eight satiating and delicious vegetarian recipes to prove it!

From portobello burgers to grilled jalapeno peppers, we’ve got a recipe for every occasion. So, whether you’re looking for some ideas for meatless Mondays or to round out your all summer-long vegetarian grilling experience, we’re here to help. Let’s dig in.

Veggie Naan-Wich with Tomato and Goat Cheese

Sandwiches are easily the best thing since sliced bread; until you’ve had naan-wich. You’ll start things off by creating a tangy-sweet marinade for your fresh grilled veggies.

Once your squash, zucchini, and mushrooms develop gorgeous char lines, you’ll move into making a sun-dried tomato and goat cheese spread. Once smeared on, you’ll build your sandwich with veggies, and enclose that masterpiece with soft grilled Naan bread.

Get the Recipe: Food Network

Grilled Vegetable Quesadillas

A hot quesadilla filled with grilled vegetables and melted cheese, sitting on a rustic cutting board.
Jo Cooks

In case you are skeptical about the idea of grilled quesadillas, we’ve got a recipe that can attest to it. Why use your hot stove in the summer when you’ve got a perfectly good outdoor cooking appliance waiting outside your door anyway?

After seasoning and grilling your vegetables of choice, using large flour tortillas, you’ll construct a glorious dinner. While the veggies already boast a natural and tasty flavor on their own, the pesto and mozzarella bring life to the dish.

Get the Recipe: Jo Cooks

Portobello Mushroom Burger

Vegetarian versions of meaty burgers are all the rage nowadays, but if you want to keep things simple, a portabella mushroom cap does the trick. Even meat lovers will enjoy this vegetarian version, especially for the savory marinade and veggies piled high.

Because portobellos are thick, you’ll get to experience a similar meaty texture without the extra calories. Enjoy your burgers with homemade sweet potato fries or a grilled veggie pasta salad.

Get the Recipe: Skinny Taste

Grilled Vegetable Pasta Salad

A cold bowl filled with rotini pasta salad full of grilled vegetables.
Salt and Lavender

This grilled vegetable pasta salad feeds a crowd and is always a hit at any summer barbecue. It’s filled with healthy grilled veggies, including bite-size asparagus, bell peppers, corn, and zucchini, all tossed in a scratch lemon vinaigrette.

Nothing adds quality freshness like fresh or in-season veggies, and cooking it all on the grill amps up the flavor like no other. Take it a step further, by visiting your local farmers market, to support your local small businesses and purchase the brightest produce available.

Get the Recipe: Salt and Lavender

Grilled Vegetable and Fontina Pizza

Using a simple store-bought (or homemade) refrigerated pizza dough, topped with an abundance of fresh vegetables, you’ll learn to make pizza on the grill.

It’s fun and exciting, especially for the kids, as you can get them involved with prepping the veggies and rolling out the dough. The very best part is that you won’t have to heat your house up as your grill will keep the heat outdoors.

Get the Recipe: My Recipes

Grilled Halloumi Pita Sandwiches

A pita sandwich stuffed with halloumi cheese, tomato, lettuce and red onion.
Serious Eats

Halloumi cheese, traditionally made from sheep and goat’s milk, offers a distinctive and unique squeakiness that many can’t get enough of. If you’ve ever had cheese curds from Canada, it’s similar, but halloumi comes in large blocks.

Because halloumi cheese has a high melting point, it will brown and develop gorgeous grill marks, without melting away on your grates. Enjoy this deliciously crispy and warm Greek cheese enveloped in soft pita bread, topped with fresh lettuce, tomato, onion, and of course, homemade Tzatziki.

Get the Recipe: Serious Eats

Grilled Jalapeno Poppers with Smoked Gouda

These hot poppers might serve better as a cookout appetizer or side dish, but either way it’s a recipe you won’t want to skip out on. The best part is you are working with only a few main ingredients, so it’s easy to make and delicious to eat.

After halving and seeding the jalapenos, you’ll add your gouda and cream cheese combination to your poppers, then place the halves back together. In under 10 minutes, you’ll have created the most simple, smokey, and spicy treat.

Get the Recipe: Epicurious

Easy Grilled Veggie Skewers

Six vibrantly colored skewers, fresh off the grill. Skewers include bell pepper, zucchini, and red onion.
The Forked Spoon

We can’t leave veggie skewers out; as its an absolute summertime classic, that again, kids can help prepare. Any firm veggies should do, but this specific recipe highlights red onion, zucchini, and bell pepper.

Feel free to add mushroom, eggplant, yellow squash, and cherry tomatoes if you’d like. Enjoy these with a cold pasta salad or with fresh Caprese sandwiches.

Get the Recipe: The Forked Spoon


Whether you want to add color to your meaty potluck or simply love eating vegetables on the reg, we always suggest cooking your summertime produce on an open flame.

Emilee Unterkoefler Emilee Unterkoefler
Emilee Unterkoefler is a freelance food writer, hiking enthusiast, and mama with over ten years of experience working in the food industry. Read Full Bio »

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