Vegetarian Grilling is Fun and Savory

Posted by Jennifer on 5/15/2014
Thoughts of barbequing typically involve the smells and sounds of sizzling marinated meats cooking over a hot grill. There are also plenty of delicious grilling options for vegetarians - or anyone who wants to explore their culinary creativity by trying some meatless options. Here are some ideas and suggestions for vegetarian grilling:

  • There are plenty of varieties of meatless foods including burgers, sausages and hot dogs. Be sure to check grilling instructions as these items do cook differently than actual meat.
  • Experiment with barbequing fruit. For example, grilled fresh pineapple rings are delicious with a hint of teriyaki and peach halves become even sweeter when heated. Both can make for perfect desserts.
  • Portabella mushrooms make for a savory burger. They fit perfectly on a hamburger roll. Add lettuce, tomato, red onion and you’ve got a great burger!
  • Pierce asparagus through with a bamboo skewer near the top and the bottom and keep repeating until these connected spears resemble a raft. Drizzle with a little olive oil and flip with ease on the grill. When cooked, add a little sea salt and cracked black pepper and then remove from bamboo.
  • Shish Kebabs can be made up of any variety of vegetables and add color and flavor to your spread. Children in particular enjoy creating these treats!
  • Grill marks on seasoned eggplant slices make for a tasty presentation on any platter.
  • A vegetable grilling basket is an excellent accessory to any barbeque and it will come in very handy for smaller items that might otherwise slip through the spaces on the grill rack. Grill on one side then flip the basket to cook evenly.
  • Corn on the cob is easy and delicious when grilled!
  • Potatoes can be thinly sliced on top without cutting all the way through with herbs, salt and olive oil added in between. Wrap up in aluminum foil and toss on the grill for a flavorful treat.
Delicious side salads, artisan breads and a homemade fruit granita will enhance any barbeque outing and ensure that your guests leave feeling satisfied, happy and perhaps even a little bit more open-minded. When it comes to grilling, some vegetarian creativity can lead to an endless string of healthy and delicious food items!