15 Grilled Veggie Dishes That Hold Their Own With Meat


Barbecuing and grilling out doesn't always have to be about meat, meat, meat. Beef, chicken, pork, and other meats can be pricey, less than healthy, and not everyone is a carnivore. Not only are vegetables and fruits totally delicious grilled, there are also loads of grilled veggie recipes that can hold their own against meat any day.

I'm talking hearty, filling, and satisfying vegetarian dishes that will have eaters of all kind praising your grilling skills. Check out the following recipes for some delicious grilled dishes that put vegetables in the spotlight.

1. Grilled Asparagus, Zucchini, and Bread Salad With Olive-Caper Dressing

Panzanella salad is a summer classic, and this version takes it into new, greener territory. Fresh asparagus and zucchini take the place of tomatoes, and everything — including the lemon — is grilled. It's a salad with tons of flavor, and so much more than a side dish.

2. Grilled Black Bean and Pineapple Burgers

For an easy but flavorful no-meat burger, grilled black bean burgers are the answer. This recipe has great texture and flavor, and is topped off with a grilled slice of pineapple. It's a little tropical, a little meaty, and totally delicious.

3. Grilled Veggie Enchiladas

These vegetarian enchiladas take grilled mushrooms, zucchini, squash, red onion, and melty cheese and wrap it all up in corn tortillas soaked with enchilada sauce. Served with fresh salsa and beans, no one is going to miss the meat in this Mexican dish.

4. Grilled Vegetable and Rice Salad With Fish Sauce Vinaigrette

Smoky grilled okra pods, fresh corn, zucchini, and hearty eggplant are combined with rice and tossed with a fresh, Asian-style dressing in this summery recipe. The rice adds texture and turns this grilled vegetable dish from a side salad to a main dish.

5. Roasted Veg Tacos With Avocado Cream and Feta

Everyone loves tacos, and with char-grilled fresh veggies as the filling, all types of eaters will be happy. Top the veggie tacos with avocado and cheese for creamy goodness, and serve with salsa and hot sauce to punch up the flavor.

6. Grilled Eggplant Parmesan

This grilled version of the Italian-American staple feels meaty and satisfying. Thick slices of eggplant are grilled on one side, and then flipped and topped with tomatoes and cheese. The result is eggplant parmesan that's smoky, bright, and cheesy.

7. Grilled Vegetable Pizza

Don't be scared to grill your pizza! Just follow a few tips, and you'll have a truly delicious main dish on your hands. This grilled pizza recipe makes use of peak summer produce like corn, tomatoes, and onions, but get creative with your veggie toppings.

8. Flatbread Stuffed With Curried Potatoes, Spinach, and Chickpeas

If you're looking to throw something a little different on your grill, why not make stuffed flatbreads? These Indian-style calzones have a robust filling of potatoes, spinach, and chickpeas with spices, and are surrounded by a fluffy flatbread.

9. Poblano-and-Cheddar-Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

A mixture of grilled poblano peppers, rice, cheese, and spinach is stuffed into meaty, grilled portobello mushroom caps. It's a meal conveniently packed into one delicious dish.

10. Panzanella Salad With Bell Peppers, Summer Squash, and Tomatoes

For a more traditional panzanella, use summer vegetables like bell peppers, squash, and fresh tomatoes. Take it up a notch by grilling your ingredients, bread and all, and you're sure to please your meat eaters and non-meat eaters alike.

11. Toasty Feta Kebabs

These vegetarian skewers combine creamy and salty feta cheese with toasty bread, lemon, and ripe cherry tomatoes. It's a tasty combo, and will go great with your typical summer vegetable skewers.

12. Grilled Chipotle Lime Cauliflower Steaks

Cauliflower is surprisingly great for grilling, and the texture and smoky flavors of this recipe make a solid meat stand-in. Spices accentuate the smokiness of the grill, and lime juice and cilantro brighten up the cauliflower steaks.

13. The Ultimate Veggie Burger

If you've been searching for a great homemade veggie burger with no luck, then look no further. A great non-meat burger can be hard to find, but if you're willing to get through the long list of ingredients, you'll be rewarded with burgers than even the biggest meat lovers will swoon over.

14. Grilled New Potato Salad

Potato salad is a mainstay of summer gatherings, but have you thought about grilling your potatoes? A trip on the grill makes the potatoes lightly crispy and tender, and softens the onions perfectly. The dish is smoky and oh-so-good, and feels more substantial than your standard potato salad.

15. Grilled Vegetable Sandwiches

Grilled vegetables sandwiches really are a thing of beauty. Throw your favorite veggies on the grill — in this case, mushrooms, squash, peppers, and onions — and grill until tender and well-marked. Add a flavorful (preferably cheesy) spread and some great bread, and you have a noteworthy summer meal.

What are your favorite grilled veggie dishes?

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