Time to be honest – when it comes to cookouts, vegetarians deserve better. We’re sick of having various salads and potato chips as the only meatless options at summer gatherings. I want grilled burgers, sandwiches, and kebabs too, even though I don’t eat meat! Who’s with me?
Whether you have a vegetarian coming over, or have to bring something for yourself, don’t settle. Here are 20 delicious grilled vegetarian recipes for your next backyard BBQ or cookout!
1. Grilled Cajun Veggie Foil Packs
We have the perfect recipe for your July 4th party, grilling out, hanging by the pool, soaking up the sun enjoyment! This is a super simple yet versatile recipe. These veggie hobo packs are awesome on the grill, but you can also bake them in the oven or put them over some hot coals in your fire pit.
There aren’t any rules when it comes to the veggies. Don’t like mushrooms? Sub zucchini. Don’t have kale? Throw in some green peppers instead. The options are limitless — go crazy, kids! Veg out!
Here is the recipe for these Veggie Foil Packs.
2. Ultimate Grilled Veggie Burger
This mouthwatering veggie burger recipe is slathered with barbecue sauce and doesn’t fall apart on the grill! It’s truly the best you’ll find. Top with ketchup, mustard, bbq sauce, chipotle mayo, guacamole, or any other sauce of your choosing.
You won’t be able to tell the difference between this veggie burger and one made with real meat. This is one of my favorite vegetarian grilled recipes! Yum.
Here is the recipe for this Ultimate Grilled Veggie Burger.
3. Grilled Chipotle Lime Cauliflower Steaks
Are you excited for grilling season? Vegetables get so sexy and glamorous with a good set of grill marks, a little char around the edges, and that outdoorsy smoky flavor. These cauliflower “steaks” demonstrate that more than almost any other grilled vegetarian recipes; their tongue-in-cheek name is a good indicator of how satisfying a centerpiece they make on any table, vegetarian or not. They’re smoky and spicy, with a squirt of lime and flurry of cilantro.
Here is the recipe for these Grilled Cauliflower Steaks.
4. Pulled Portobello BBQ Sandwiches
A vegetarian BBQ sandwich? Yes please! Sweet. Smoky. Spicy. And finger-licking good! Pulled Portobello BBQ Sandwiches come together in about 30 minutes and are freezer friendly. This recipe is vegetarian, vegan and easily gluten free.
If you like this recipe, check out the several vegetarian taco recipes in this list that are made with portobello mushrooms. Simply delicious!
Here is the recipe for these Portobello BBQ Sandwiches.
5. Grilled Vegetables With Scallion Miso Butter
Let’s get fancy with this recipe! I’ve never heard of scallion miso butter, but after finding this recipe, I need to try it out ASAP. I love the aesthetic of this dish, with all the pretty colors of the tomatoes and scallions. This eggplant masterpiece would be an excellent main dish or appetizer for a more formal summer dinner party. But of course, eat it whenever you want!
Here is the recipe for these Grilled Vegetables.
6. Grilled Portobello Mushrooms With Spinach and Cheese
Enjoy these grilled portobello mushrooms with spinach and cheese as a meatless main dish, or a hearty side. Stuffed with a savory mixture of cream cheese, sharp cheddar, and fresh spinach, these mushrooms are unforgettable.
Here is the recipe for these Grilled Stuffed Mushrooms.
7. Grilled Zucchini Potato Rolls With Goat Cheese
These fantastic vegetarian grilled zucchini potato rolls with goat cheese are great as an appetizer or even a light lunch. The flavors in these zucchini potato rolls are headlined by paprika, rosemary and basil, working in concert to season both the roasted potatoes as well as the grilled zucchini.
Here is the recipe for these Grilled Zucchini Rolls.
8. Grilled Teriyaki Cauliflower Steaks With Asian Gremolata
Cauliflower is cut into steaks and marinated in a sweet and spicy teriyaki glaze, grilled and topped with a sweet herby sauce for a healthy vegetarian dinner even carnivores will love! Pair this with some flavorful Asian tofu recipes for a lovely Asian-themed dinner with tons of variety!
Here is the recipe for these Grilled Teriyaki Cauliflower Steaks.
9. Jamaican Jerk Grilled Eggplant
Eggplant is sliced into thick “steaks” and generously brushed with your jerk marinade, which is comprised of tamari, coconut sugar, fresh ginger, garlic, lime juice, chilies, onion, and an array of spices like cinnamon, coriander, and cayenne. The result is a sauce with BIG flavor that soaks right into the eggplant before they’re grilled to perfection. Mmmm.
Here is the recipe for this Jamaican Jerk Grilled Eggplant.
10. Grilled General Tso’s Cauliflower Kabobs
A crunchy-sweet twist on a take-out favorite. These general tso’s grilled cauliflower kabobs are on the healthier side and are pretty awesome as a vegan hors d’oeuvre or snack.
Cauliflower florets are tossed in a soy, chili and oil marinade, then grilled on skewers and finished with a spicy savory-sweet sauce and toasted sesame seeds for a crunchy note. Serve by themselves as a snack, or on top of rice with some chickpeas to make them into a main entree.
Here is the recipe for these Cauliflower Kabobs.
11. Blackened Tofu Steaks
Impress your guests with these chewy blackened tofu steaks. Made with extra-firm tofu marinated in a mixture of sauces and spices and then grilled to perfection for a wholesome vegan and gluten-free meal. What a great vegan substitute for actual steaks, chicken, or brats on the grill.
Here is the recipe for these Blackened Tofu Steaks.
12. Grillable Veggie Burger
Easy, grillable veggie burgers with just 10 ingredients (give or take a spice)! Flavorful, hearty, and perfect for summertime grilling. Hearty enough to please meat-eaters and vegans alike.
Here is the recipe for this Grillable Veggie Burger.
13. Grilled Zucchini Hummus Wrap
Here’s something a little different in terms of grilled vegetarian recipes! Fresh veggies are grilled to perfection and packed in this grilled zucchini hummus wrap. I imagine having a wrap or sandwich “bar” where all of the grilled veggies and fillings are laid out and guests can make their own wraps. Sounds like a summer party winner to me!
Here is the recipe for this Grilled Zucchini Hummus Wrap.
14. Grilled Barbecue Tofu Skewers
If you’re on the hunt for a good vegan grilling recipe, look no further. These 2-Ingredient Grilled Barbecue Tofu Skewers are perfect for your summer cookouts. It’s so easy to make, ready in just 20 minutes and so dang good! This is definitely one of the easiest grilled vegetarian recipes on this list (hello, only 2 ingredients!).
Here is the recipe for these Tofu Skewers.
15. Southwestern Black Bean Burgers
Southwestern black bean burgers are incredibly flavorful with sweet corn and spicy chipotle in every bite. This vegetarian recipe is very easy to make and ready to eat in just 20 minutes. Because the burgers are already loaded with flavor, you can keep the toppings simple or pile on even more southwestern flare to really make them your own.
The recipe calls to cook on a skillet, not the grill. You can certainly try the grill, just make sure your patties are firm enough that they won’t break!
Here is the recipe for these Black Bean Burgeres.
16. Grilled Peach Caprese Naan
Wanna switch things up? Here’s the perfect recipe! These delicious naan flatbread pizzas are juicy, fresh, and absolutely delicious on the grill. Although the combination of peaches, basil, mozzarella, and balsamic vinegar sounds odd, trust me – you won’t be disappointed. This is a lovely and refreshing dish to have on those hot summer days!
Here is the recipe for this Peach Caprese Naan.
17. BBQ Jackfruit Pulled Pork Burgers
Okay, so obviously this recipe isn’t cooked on the grill, but I wanted to include some delicious vegetarian barbecue options. Jackfruit is the closest natural texture to real meat you can find. It’s just like shredded pork or chicken!
Make a big batch of this for any vegetarian/vegan eaters at a cookout, or bring it for yourself. You’ll be having the meat-eaters wanting some, it’s so delicious.
Here is the recipe for these Jackfruit Pulled Pork Burgers.
18. The Best Easy Grilled Vegetables
This grilled vegetable recipe is another that isn’t so much of a recipe but a method to master, and easy to master it is. These grilled vegetables skip the marinade and the skewers, and there’s no need for a grilled vegetable grilling basket either. Make these as a delicious side, or throw in a taco or salad as a flavorful veggie mix.
Here is the recipe for these Easy Grilled Vegetables.
19. Barbecue Pineapple and Tofu Kebabs
These barbecue grilled pineapple and tofu kebabs are the perfect summer meal! Easy, healthy and light, yet still super satisfying. I love the sweetness pineapple adds to any bbq dish – it’s so much tastier than added processed sugar. These kebabs are great for the weeknight or a weekend cookout!
Here is the recipe for these Tofu Kebabs.
20. Grilled Eggplant
This grilled eggplant is marinated in garlic and herbs, then cooked until tender and golden brown. It’s an easy and healthy side dish that pairs perfectly with a variety of grilled meats and seafood. Dress it up to turn it into a vegetarian main course on a salad or with hummus and beans.
Here is the recipe for this Grilled Egpplant.