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37 Best Vegetarian BBQ Recipes (Easy Grilling Ideas)

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Open flame season is on, which means lots of get-togethers and smoky meals. Make space on the grate, chef, here comes our list of vegetarian BBQ ideas!

20 Vegetarian BBQ Recipes - Summer Starts Now | Hurry The Food Up

The point of a barbeque is really standing outside in the summer weather, having a nice time with friends and family and having something smoky and delicious to bite into.

How can I make a barbeque vegetarian?

While every vegetarian has met a meat-eater who likes to ramble about how they could ‘never give up burgers’, it turns out you can make a pretty fabulous barbeque with no meat at all.

To get on this list of vegetarian BBQ recipes, each recipe needs to have several things in common. It needs to be:

  • Easy
  • Tasty
  • Be suitable to serve at a BBQ/grill

We’ve found that it’s not too tough to find recipes that fit these requirements once you’re looking for the right things!

Plus, it doesn’t matter what camp you fall under; the loyal meat-eaters or devoted vegetarians, you’ll find many of these vegetarian recipes incredibly appealing.

Whether you’re in the mood for a quick snack or picking out easy dinners, there’s something in here to suit any meal and satisfy every craving.

And for the vegans out there, we’ve got lots of easy recipes for you as well. Check out our mouth-watering vegan potato salad or try some black bean burgers that are sure to set those taste buds tingling!

Down below is a compilation of great vegetarian barbecue recipes (including veggies on the grill!) that’ll make staunch chicken lovers create some room for veggie skewers.

So, if you’re searching for easy meat-free options for your next bbq, look no further!

Here are some healthy vegetarian BBQ ideas to spice up your food menu.

Quick vegetarian (and vegan) meals made from simple ingredients exist, and they are pretty tasty too! Check out our list below. Included, of course, are our favourite vegetables to grill!

1. Black Bean Burgers

Check out the recipe here
4.89 from 36 votes
Protein: 18g
Calories: 433kcal
Ready in:20 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Black bean burgers that don’t fall apart, taste awesome and can even be made vegan (if this sounds good, we have more veggie burger ideas over here)! What could be more BBQ perfect?

2. Fresh Mango Kiwi Salsa

Ready in: 10 minutes
Recipe by: Vegetarian Gastronomy

This salsa has all the raw ingredients, fresh flavors, sweet & salty, with a little heat. It takes only 10 minutes to make this can’t-stop-eating salsa!

3. Vegetable Foil Packets

Ready in: 40 minutes
Recipe by: Happy Foods Tube

These vegetable foil packets are perfect for oven, grill or campfire. A mix of vegetables is seasoned with a simple homemade spice mix and cooked in foil. Quick prep, fuss-free cooking, and easy clean-up!

4. Jamaican Jerk Grilled Eggplant

Ready in: 15 minutes
Recipe by: Went Here 8 This

Skewers of eggplant marinated in a Jamaican jerk marinade and grilled for just a few minutes for the perfect BBQ side dish! One of our favourite vegan BBQ ideas.

5. Grilled Corn with Herb Butter

Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: Peter’s Food Adventures

Just in time for summer entertaining. BBQ Grilled Corn on the Cob with fresh herb butter. Easy to make and full of flavour!

6. Damn Vegan Potato Salad

Check out the recipe here
4.72 from 25 votes
Protein: 6g
Calories: 235kcal
Ready in:35 minutes
Recipe by: Jansen

Damn Delicious Vegan Potato Salad – take your BBQ to the next level without oil or mayo in this delicious animal friendly classic.

7. Crispy Halloumi Burgers

Ready in: 15 minutes
Recipe by: Scrummy Lane

These crispy halloumi burgers might possibly be the quickest, easiest and best veggie burgers you’ll ever make (rivalled only perhaps by some of these awesome vegetarian burgers!). Just coat halloumi cheese slices in flour, shallow fry and assemble your delicious burger! An excellent vegetarian BBQ idea.

8. Grilled Paneer Salad

Ready in: 20 minutes
Recipe by: Joy Filled Eats

This Grilled Paneer Salad is the perfect way to satisfy your Indian craving in warmer weather. Paneer cheese, sweet peppers, and onions are coated with a cilantro-mint chutney and grilled to perfection.

9. Grilled Vegetables & Couscous Salad

Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: Lemon Blossoms

This grilled vegetables and couscous salad is healthy and delicious! Balsamic marinated vegetables, toasted Israeli couscous, and fresh herbs are tossed in a simple and flavorful lemon vinaigrette.

10. Grilled Cauliflower Steaks

Ready in: 35 minutes
Recipe by: Apples for CJ

Cauliflower Steaks are so simple to prepare and a tasty meat-free addition to your cookouts. Lightly seasoned and then charred on the grill to perfection (Vegan & Gluten Free).

11. Tofu Skewers with Papaya Salsa

Ready in: 40 minutes
Recipe by: Tin and Thyme

Crispy yet succulent pieces of marinated tofu grilled with red peppers and onions and served with a sweet and sour papaya salsa.

12. Halloumi Skewers with Mushrooms

Ready in: 27 minutes
Recipe by: Kalyn’s Kitchen

These skewers with marinated and grilled Halloumi Cheese, mushrooms, and sweet onions are a unique idea for a summer side dish. Use the Diet-Type Index to find more low-carb recipes like this. One of many great vegetarian BBQ ideas.

13. Grilled Romaine Lettuce with Basil

Ready in: 15 minutes
Recipe by: Vindulge

Grilling romaine lettuce is easy to do and tastes incredible with some fresh tomatoes, basil, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. A great side for a BBQ or grill.

14. Vegetable Kabobs

Ready in: 15 mins
Recipe by: Yummy Mummy Kitchen

Fresh and colorful grilled vegetable shish kabobs with onions, zucchini, bell peppers, pineapple and tofu are going to be your new favorite vegetarian BBQ recipe.

15. Grilled Avocado With Quinoa

Ready in: 25 mins
Recipe by: Recipes From A Pantry

Fun veggie BBQ recipe – grilled avocado stuffed with veggie quinoa. This is vegan and gluten-free too.

16. Grilled Vegetable Pasta Salad

Ready in: 30 mins
Recipe by: Salt&Lavender

This grilled vegetable pasta salad is healthy and full of flavor! Zucchini, asparagus, corn, and yellow bell peppers are grilled to perfection and tossed with a fresh, lemony dressing. Easy to make and feeds a crowd!

17. Lentil Carrot Hot Dog

Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: Veggie Desserts

Make your own quick and tasty carrot hot dog with pureed veggies and lentils to give them a delicious taste and fine ‘veggie dog’-like texture. They’re fast, easy and full of goodness.

18. Smoked BBQ Tofu Bowls

Ready in: 35 minutes
Recipe by: Vindulge

An easy and delicious (and healthy!) vegan and gluten free recipe for the smoker or grill. Smoked BBQ Tofu bowls will please vegans and meat lovers alike.

19. Grilled Veggies & Chickpeas Sandwich

Ready in: 22 minutes
Recipe by: Chef de Home

Chickpeas Sandwich is not just a scrumptious combination of ‘Mediterranean Veggie Flavors’ on plate…. But also has a balanced proportion of lean-veggie protein, whole-wheat carbs, and 2 daily recommended serving of vegetables.

20. Simple, Sexy, Salsa

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4.75 from 8 votes
Protein: 5g
Calories: 105kcal
Ready in:5 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Simple Sexy Salsa. Spice up your salsa life with this delicious recipe. Only takes 5 minutes and uses easy to find ingredients. Vegetarian and healthy. If only all vegan BBQ ideas tasted this good.

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time:5 minutes
Total Time:5 minutes
Servings:2
Calories:105kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 small onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 chili
  • 1 tin tomatoes (chopped) (1 tin = 14oz)
  • ½ cup basil, fresh (dried will do the trick too. ½ cup fresh = 2 tsp dried)
  • ½ cup parsley, fresh (yep, you guessed it, dried is fine. You can buy dried parsley with crushed garlic already in it, and this works great too. ½ cup fresh parsley = 2 tsp dried)
  • 2 dashes Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Dice the onion and garlic.
  • Deseed the chilli if you don’t want it toooooo hot and chop it too (easiest way to do this is slice it length-ways then run a teaspoon down the middle, forcing the seeds out).
  • Throw all ingredients, including the salt and pepper, into a large mixing bowl.
  • Give it a good stir.
  • Ready.

NOTES

IF YOU LIKED THIS RECIPE: Did you know that pesto is as easy to make as this salsa? Well, it is, and it tastes just as awesome. Also, check out these tomato spinach quesadillas. This salsa would fit just right!

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
37 Best Vegetarian BBQ Recipes (Easy Grilling Ideas)
Serving Size
 
396 g
Amount per Serving
Calories
105
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
1
g
2
%
Sodium
 
366
mg
16
%
Potassium
 
837
mg
24
%
Carbohydrates
 
24
g
8
%
Fiber
 
6.2
g
26
%
Sugar
 
10.9
g
12
%
Protein
 
5
g
10
%
Vitamin A
 
3600
IU
72
%
Vitamin C
 
100.7
mg
122
%
Calcium
 
170
mg
17
%
Iron
 
4.9
mg
27
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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21. Grilled Peach Summer Salad

Ready in: 11 mins
Recipe by:  Healthful Blondie

A simple, naturally sweet, delicious, and fresh salad, ideal for a summer grill. If you’re looking for a light and fresh option, this gluten-free, grain-free, low-carb Balsamic Peach Summer Salad is perfect!

22. Grilled Caesar Salad

Ready in: 16 mins
Recipe by:  Drugstore Divas

There’s nearly no limit to what you can grill, so why not get creative? Here’s a fun twist on a traditional Caesar Salad, the grilled Ceasar salad, garnished with homemade croutons because if you’re gonna go out, you might as well go all out.

23. Crispy Cheesy Grilled Potatoes

Ready in: 20 mins
Recipe by:  Bet On Dinner

These grilled potatoes go with anything, and they couldn’t be easier! Crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, a smoky flavor and topped with melty cheese. SO GOOD. 

24. Grilled Baby Potatoes

Ready in: 35 mins
Recipe by:  A Virtual Vegan

Grilled Baby Potatoes are a delicious addition to any meal! Slightly charred and crispy outside and creamy and sweet on the inside, they will be your most requested side this BBQ season!!

25. Grilled Mushrooms

Ready in: 27 mins
Recipe by: Kalyn’s Kitchen

Grilled Mushrooms are so ridiculously easy to make, so delicious, and so healthy, that you’ll want to make them at least once a week when it’s grilling season. And a recipe couldn’t get much easier than this one with only two ingredients!

26. Grilled Bruschetta with Mozzarella

Ready in: 15 mins
Recipe by:  Gathering Dreams

This delicious Italian grilled bruschetta with mozzarella will make your summer BBQ special. And the best part is, it’s quick and requires little effort!

27. Grilled Vegetables

Ready in: 35 mins
Recipe by: What A Girl Eats

We love a grilled vegetable side dish on a hot summer day, and this grilled vegetable marinade is the best I’ve ever tasted. Made with lemon, butter, and thyme, it is the perfect marinade and hot sauce for summer! It’s also Paleo, Keto, low-carb and Whole30 compliant!

28. Grilled Garlic Scapes

Ready in: 20 mins
Recipe by: Homemade & Yummy

Grilling garlic is so delicious. Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside with a mild garlic taste. You don’t want to miss this garlic scape season!

29. Grilled Pineapple Slices

Ready in: 35 mins
Recipe by: Dancing Through the Rain

This grilled pineapple slices recipe is going to be a new summertime treat. Who doesn’t love a fresh fruit recipe that can be an easy side dish or healthy dessert?

30. Thai Tofu Skewers

Ready in: 31 mins
Recipe by: Easy Cooking with Molly

Thai Tofu Skewers (Grilled, Baked & Air Fryer) delicious and flavorful Thai skewers using tofu, veggies (zucchini, onion, tomatoes, and bell pepper) and homemade sweet-spicy Thai-basil sauce. Grilled, Baked and Air Fryer options ~ Vegan + Gluten-free.

31. Grilled Watermelon Salad

Ready in: 12 mins
Recipe by: Don’t Go Bacon My Heart

This Grilled Watermelon Salad is absolutely bursting with flavour! Topped with Arugula, Pistachios, Blue cheese, and a balsamic Glaze. After trying this recipe, you won’t grill watermelon any other way!

32. BBQ Asparagus

Ready in: 35 mins
Recipe by:  Fab Food 4 All

Asparagus coated in seasoned olive oil and garlic, grilled on wooden skewers – just delicious. BBQ vegetarian skewers – an easy recipe for this barbecue season!

33. BBQ Cheesy Rice

Ready in: 30 mins
Recipe by: This Wife Cooks

This quick and easy side dish is great for potlucks and casual family dinners!

34. Grilled Veggie Sandwich

Ready in: 35 mins
Recipe by:  Lemon Blossoms

This Grilled Veggie Sandwich is a masterpiece! Loaded with marinated grilled vegetables, fresh mozzarella and a super flavorful and easy-to-make basil aioli.

35. Roasted Cauliflower Steaks

Ready in: 30 mins
Recipe by: Stacey Homemaker

Roasted vegan cauliflower steaks coated with harissa and topped with creamy cucumber mint yoghurt sauce, a wildly flavorful 30-minute meal to enjoy any night of the week. Serve with cilantro-lime quinoa and grilled veggies for a vibrant and filling dinner!

36. Sweetcorn with Salsa Dressing

Ready in: 25 mins
Recipe by:  Cooking Odyssey

Instead of having plainly roasted sweetcorn, you can jazz up your corn on the cob with this Barbecued Sweetcorn with Roasted Pepper Salsa Dressing. Everything in the salsa gives the corn an extra kick, it is rich in flavor and color without being overpowering!

37. Grilled Corn & Zucchini Salad

Ready in: 25 mins
Recipe by: Salt&Lavender

This grilled corn and zucchini salad is fresh, fast, and bursting with flavor. And the good news is only a few simple ingredients are needed to make this delicious summer salad!

Veggie BBQ FAQ

Before you’re off to your barby, let’s answer some questions that might have brought you here as well!

What vegetables grill best?

Onions, asparagus, mushrooms, zucchinis, corn, and potatoes work best on a grill. Grilled aubergine (eggplant) is a base for the popular dip “baba ganoush”.

Grilling is a great way to cook veggies and according to Harvard Health, it dries them out, increasing the concentration of those veggie flavors.

Do you put oil on veggies before grilling?

The crowd is pretty much split when it comes to this. On one hand, we’ve got the “coaters” who brush or toss their vegetables with a bit of oil before placing them on the heat.

On the other, the “grate enthusiasts” who’d rather get their grates greasy instead.

What fruits can be grilled?

Apples and bananas, watermelons and cantaloupes, mangoes and pineapples, grapes and, who can deny the sweetness of some smoky caramelised peaches?

As long as they’re still firm, not soft and overripe, they’d be perfect grilled. Make the most out of the open-flame season with some warm singed fruits!

Is a vegetarian BBQ healthier?

As it turns out, the only really unhealthy part of a BBQ is all the high-fat meat that’s involved. So if you’re sticking to vegetarian BBQ recipes, you’re in the clear.

In fact, barbecued vegetables, vegetarian skewers and veggie burgers might be healthier than other cooking methods as you often use less oil!

And no matter what you’re grilling, you get that smoky flavour that makes barbeque so delicious because grilling can accentuate natural flavours.

What our readers are saying

There are some really good and creative ideas on here for sure, especially the vegetable foil packets, very cool. Thanks for sharing these great recipes!

Vanessa

Thanks for helping our family transition to vegan. It will be a while before we get there completely. But coming from a BBQ culture where chicken is almost seen as a vegetable, these recipes help a lot to make the experience fun. Thanks to all who share their knowledge here.

Melinda

I am loving all these recipes. So tasty and good for you! And who can resist a sexy salsa? Love them!

Kathy

There you have it, folks! A wonderful compilation of vegetarian bbq recipe ideas! Goes to show veggies can hold their own at a hot summer grill just as well as any beef cut.

So, when you’re planning your next outdoor event, there’s no need to rack your brain for healthy and tasty options to get your guests drooling. Some of these “grate” veggie bbq meals will do just the trick!

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16 comments
  1. Thank You So Much for this awesome sharing! Excited to try this Tonight

  2. Thanks for helping our family transition to vegan. It will be a while before we get there completely. But coming from a BBQ culture where chicken is almost seen as a vegetable, these recipes help a lot to make the experience fun. Thanks to all who share their knowledge here.

    1. You’re very welcome, Melinda!! Really awesome to hear your progressing with your journey!

  3. Thanks for including my mushroom and halloumi skewers!

    1. They’re great, thanks for letting us share them! 🙂

  4. Thank you so much for including our recipes in your round up!

    1. Cheers Sean, it deserves to be shared!

  5. I am loving all these recipes. So tasty and good for you! And who can resist a sexy salsa? Love them!
    Thanks for including my grilled veggie and couscous salad!

    1. Haha, who indeed? Thanks Kathy – the same to you! Love the recipe 🙂

  6. Oh these BBQ recipes are so timely. We’re having a protracted heatwave here in the UK and everyone wants to BBQ. Thanks for featuring one of my recipes. I shall be trying some of the others out.

    1. You’re very welcome, Choclette!! Glad you like the collection 🙂
      Enjoy the summer!

  7. What a great collection of BBQ ideas here! I really love the grilled romaine lettuce. Thanks for sharing my Jamaican Jerk Eggplant!

    1. Thanks for letting us share your recipe, it’s delish!