35 Meatless Recipes for Grill Season


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Grilling doesn't have to be all about meat. In fact, grilling is an easy and quick way to infuse simple and inexpensive vegetables with flavor. Delight the vegetarians and vegans in your life with these recipes that celebrate summer with plant-based foods. And consider using a dedicated area of the grill for meat-free options, keeping them away from any meat juices and flavors.

Grilled Garlic Mushrooms
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When in doubt, mushrooms make a great vegetarian option when meat would usually be the star. Mushrooms not only have a naturally meaty texture and umami-rich flavor, they have a lot of protein, for just as much nutritional satisfaction.
Recipe: The Spruce

Grilled Veggie Kabobs
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Simply omitting meat from kabobs creates a diverse and colorful mix of vegetables with a similar flavor profile. It can also use up odds and ends of leftover veggies, cutting kitchen waste.
Recipe: VegNews Magazine

Grilled Black Bean Burgers
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Black bean burgers, as well as other veggie burgers, serve as a flavorful substitution for a traditional beef patty that works well with a variety of fixings.
Recipe: Allrecipes

Grilled Asparagus Salad
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Summer asparagus doesn't need much to take it to new flavor heights -- a slight char on the grill adds depth and complexity to its mild flavor. Dress it up even more by letting it star in a simple salad.
Recipe: Once Upon a Chef

Grilled Hearts of Romaine
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It may sound odd, but cooked lettuce has been a popular dish for centuries, and grilling is the most flavorful method. It is a quick way to work greens into otherwise heavy meals.
Recipe: Allrecipes

Grilled Cauliflower Steaks
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Cauliflower steaks are all the rage for a satisfying meatless entree and work well with a traditional grill preparation. The heat from the grill caramelizes the natural sugars, yielding a dish much cheaper than steak, and very similar in flavor.
Recipe: Bon Appétit

Grilled Corn Salsa
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Fresh sweet corn gets even sweeter when turned on the grill a few times. Combine it with a piquant dressing and bright herbs to make a hearty salad that can be served as a side dish or topping for other grilled goods.
Recipe: Epicurious

Grilled Pineapple Salsa
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Grilled pineapple's explosion of flavor is delicious on its own. Take it up a notch by building it into a salsa to add a tropical flair to a meal. A little bit goes a long way, enhancing meals for a small amount of money and effort.
Recipe: Carlsbad Cravings

Grilled Onions
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There's so much flavor in the caramelized sugar resulting from grilling naturally sweet onions of any variety, from scallions to vidalias. Serve them on the side to add flavor to grilled veggies, or as a filling for sandwiches and tacos.
Recipe: ChefSteps

Spicy Grilled Cabbage
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It's an unlikely stand-in for meat, but cabbage has a robust structure that can stand up to heat and retain a tender texture. Once you perfect the grilling method for this spicy Thai version, any seasonings can work.
Recipe: Serious Eats

Grilled Avocado Salad
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Adding a few grill marks to avocado lends an extra bit of flavor that helps them pop alongside other flavorful ingredients. It's also an inexpensive way to add flair and drama to plated food.
Recipe: Michael Chiarello

Grilled Peaches With Gorgonzola
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The sharp sweetness of grilled peaches with tangy and pungent blue cheese is a thing of beauty. This elegant dish comes together quickly and can be served as a side dish or even as dessert with a glass of sweet wine.
Recipe: Thriving Home

Corn on the Cob
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Fresh grilled corn is perfected with condiments such as mayonnaise and chili, a traditional street food treatment in Mexico. It can be made for less than $1, which means permission to serve smaller portions of high-cost ingredients without hurting a meal.
Recipe: Tyler Florence

Grilled Pizza
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Giving low-cost homemade pizza a flavor boost from the grill can be tricky at first, but pays off in the end. Get creative with toppings, or allow guests to customize their own.
Recipe: The Kitchn

Grilled Quesadillas
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While quesadillas might not be top-of-mind for grilling, it adds a distinct flavor that pairs well with melty cheese and crisp tortillas. Double up by using grilled veggies inside the quesadillas.
Recipe: Martha Stewart

Grilled Halloumi and Tomato Salad
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Halloumi is a mild cheese that is meant to be heated on a griddle or grill, getting firm and slightly crisp on the outside and melty on the inside. A thick cut is as satisfying as any piece of meat.
Recipe: Hannaford

Grilled Potato Salad
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The bold flavors of grilled, quartered potatoes makes the salad feel more hearty as a side, or work as a main entree salad alongside other fresh sides.
Recipe: Melissa d'Arabian

Stuffed Jalapenos
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The key is grilling on indirect heat, without leaving char or grill marks. The peppers still take on a slightly smoky flavor, and soften up to make them easy to eat.
Recipe: Taste of Home

Grilled Eggplant
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Grilled eggplant gets soft and smoky, ideal for layering onto sandwiches or blitzing into a dip. It's simple to make while the grill is hot, and yields one of the most diverse vegetarian options.
Recipe: Genius Kitchen

Grilled Cheese
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Typically we enjoy grilled cheeses made on a griddle or from a pan to get a uniform crust. Using an actual grill is a lighter product with a deeper char flavor that contrasts and balances pungent cheeses.
Recipe: Fix

Grilled Ranch Potatoes
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This full-flavored dish combines crispy-edged potatoes with creamy ranch for a universally loved dish -- and one fit to be a main dish.
Recipe: Delish

Grilled Carrot Hot Dog
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This ingenious vegan twist on a grilled classic requires some preparation, but the result is well worth it. Guests who prefer plant-based meals will be impressed and satisfied.
Recipe: Peta

Barbecue Tempeh
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Tempeh is a meat substitute that can be used in kabobs or straight on the grill. The key to getting it just right is to pre-cook so the grill imparts crisp edges.
Recipe: Organic Authority

Grilled Zucchini
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Zucchini goes quick on the grill, thanks to its high water content, and in the warm seasons is guaranteed to be cheap. Keeping a few on hand ensures being prepared for vegetarian friends.
Recipe: Allrecipes

Grilled Artichokes
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The mild, unique flavor of artichokes benefits from extra caramelization on the grill, and high heat means they cook quickly. Served simply with a squeeze of lemon or garlic aioli, they can be the centerpiece of a grilled meatless meal.
Recipe: Eating Well

Grilled Watermelon Salad
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Grilling fruit heightens the natural sweetness by caramelizing the sugars as well as adding a char flavor for contrast. It is perfect just served on a platter, or can be the star of a unique salad.
Recipe: Health.com

Grilled Panini with Vegetables
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If veggie burgers aren't wanted, try a hearty grilled vegetable sandwich with oozy mozzarella. The full flavor comes from using grilled vegetables as well as grilling the bread.
Recipe: Tablespoon

Grilled Mushroom Tacos
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Making tacos is quick and easy on a hot grill. Prep the ingredients and lay them out for a make- your-own bar.
Recipe: Food Network

Grilled Tofu Sandwich
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Tofu is full of vegetable protein and super versatile, but it's not very flavorful on it's own. Marinating and grilling the tofu ensures every bite will have flavor.
Recipe: Whole Foods Market

Spicy Grilled Broccoli
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Turning broccoli into a craveable part of a grilled spread requires some flavorings. Add spice to the mix with chili flakes, tangy vinegar, and smoked paprika to create an impressive vegan dish.
Recipe: Taste of Home

Grilled Okra
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Even those who don't love okra tend to like slightly crisp grilled okra. The chip-like quality makes it so easy to pop in the mouth and enjoy as a snack or use to add bulk to burgers.
Recipe: Allrecipes

Grilled Panzanella
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This classic summer salad gets a grill-marked twist: Instead of using day-old bread, give it a turn on the grill to slightly dry it out. The bread soaks up juices from the salad for maximum flavor.
Recipe: Ina Garten

Grilled Curry Cauliflower
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Cauliflower and curry are a tasty combination in any form, from soup to roasted florets. This inexpensive blend works as well on the grill.
Recipe: Serious Eats

Grilled Pound Cake With Berries
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Grilling pound cake puts a summery spin on an easy-to-assemble treat. Since grilling adds a bold flavor, keep other elements simple with fresh berries and whipped cream.
Recipe: Good Morning America

Grilled Banana Split
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It's hard to make building a banana split any more fun, but grilling just might do it. Caramelized bananas take on an even sweeter, candy-like flavor and texture, taking this treat to new, indulgent heights.
Recipe: Martha Stewart

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