MEAT YOUR SUPERIOR
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
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
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
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.
GRILLED ASPARAGUS SALAD
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
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.
GRILLED CAULIFLOWER STEAKS
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 SALAD
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.
GRILLED PINEAPPLE SALSA
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
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.
SPICY GRILLED CABBAGE
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
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
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
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.
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 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 RANCH POTATOES
This full-flavored dish combines crispy-edged potatoes with creamy ranch for a universally loved dish -- and one fit to be a main dish.
GRILLED CARROT HOT DOG
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.
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
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.
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 VEGETABLE AND MOZZARELLA SANDWICH
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.
GRILLED MUSHROOM TACOS
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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