When they're grilled, fresh veggies become caramelized and delicious. Grilled vegetables are not only delicious, but they're easy, too. We'll show you different ways to grill vegetables, including foil packets, grill baskets, and kabobs. Plus, get our must-have recipes for creative grilled veggies.

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It's so easy to grill veggies, and they're so delicious! Smoky heat does incredible things to vegetables, and we're always more excited to add asparagus, corn, zucchini, and more to our plates when we see those gorgeous grill marks. We've included tips below for how to grill vegetables like peppers, mushrooms, eggplants, and onions so you can serve them on the side of your summer cookouts or add smoky flavor to veggie sides. We included specific prepping and grilling instructions for each veggie, but to cook each one evenly without charring, keep the grill heat to medium. You should be able to hold your hand above the coals for 4 seconds before pulling it away.

grilled asparagus

Grilled Asparagus

Prep: Before you start cooking asparagus, snap off and discard the tough, woody bases from the stems.

Precook: No

Grill: 7 to 10 minutes, covered, over medium heat. Grill perpendicular to grates so asparagus does not fall through, or use a grill basket or a piece of heavy foil.

freshly grilled carrots on white background
Credit: Blaine Moats

Grilled Carrots

Prep: Cut off carrot tops. Wash and peel carrots.

Precook: Simmer for 3 to 5 minutes in a saucepan in a small amount of boiling water.

Grill: 3 to 5 minutes, covered, over medium heat. Grill your carrots perpendicular to the grates so they don't fall through, or place on a piece of heavy foil or use a grill basket.

Grilled Corn

Grilled Corn

Prep: Peel back husks and remove silks. Replace husks around the corn. Place corn with husks in a bowl or pan and cover with water. Soak for 1 hour; drain. Tie husks at the top with cotton kitchen string. Remove string to serve.

Precook: No

Grill: 25 to 30 minutes, covered, over medium heat.

grilled eggplant

Grilled Eggplant

Prep: Cut off tops. If smaller size, cut lengthwise into 1-inch strips. If larger, cut crosswise.

Precook: No

Grill: 8 to 12 minutes, covered, over medium heat.

grilled fennel on white background
Credit: Blaine Moats

Grilled Fennel

Prep: Snip off feathery fronds. Cut off the stems and base. Remove the core and cut into thick wedges.

Precook: Simmer for 5 minutes in a saucepan in a small amount of boiling water.

Grill: 8 minutes, covered, over medium heat.

Grilled Onion (White, Yellow, and Red)

Prep: Peel and cut crosswise into 1-inch slices.

Precook: No

Grill: 10 minutes, covered, over medium heat, turning halfway through grilling.

grilled peppers

Grilled Mini Peppers

Prep: No prep need for mini peppers. For regular size peppers, remove the stems, halve the peppers lengthwise, remove the seeds, and cut into 1-inch-wide strips.

Precook: No

Grill: 6 to 8 minutes, covered, over medium heat. If desired, you can also use a grill basket.

grilled mushrooms

Grilled Mushrooms

Prep: Remove stems and scrape out gills from larger mushrooms, such as portobellos.

Precook: No

Grill: Large portobellos: 10 to 12 minutes, covered, over medium heat; for smaller varieties: 6 to 8 minutes, covered, over medium heat on the grate, on a piece of heavy foil, or in a grill basket.

Grilled Potato in tin foil
Credit: Blaine Moats

Grilled Baking Potatoes

Prep: Scrub potatoes and prick with a fork. Wrap individually in a double-thickness of foil.

Precook: No

Grill: 1 to 1 ½ hours, covered, over medium heat, turning every 15 minutes.

grilled new potatoes

Grilled New Potatoes

Prep: Halve large potatoes.

Precook: Bring water to boiling in a saucepan. Simmer potatoes, covered, for 10 minutes or until nearly tender. Drain well.

Grill: 10 to 12 minutes, covered, over medium heat on the grate, on a piece of heavy foil, or in a grill basket.

grilled tomatoes in black pan
Credit: Carson Downing

Grilled Tomatoes

Prep: For large tomatoes, remove the cores and cut in half crosswise. No prep need for grape and cherry tomatoes.

Precook: No

Grill: Grill large tomatoes for 5 minutes, covered, over medium heat. Grill grape and cherry tomatoes for 5 to 7 minutes, covered, in a grill basket, stirring once halfway through.

Grilled Zucchini and Summer Squash

Grilled Zucchini and Summer Squash

Prep: Cut lengthwise into 1-inch slices.

Precook: No

Grill: 5 to 6 minutes, covered, over medium heat.

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Try Grilled Vegetables in Foil

Grilling in foil packets is one of our favorite ways to grill fresh veggies. Because a foil pack cooks with steam, it's essential to craft a tightly sealed pouch. Otherwise, the tasty juices will bubble away, leaving food to dry out or burn. Try adding a spoonful of our favorite flavor boosters for a unique taste: Beer, soy sauce, white wine, apple juice, red pepper sauce, or chicken broth.

  1. Place a 36x18-inch piece of foil on your work surface and fold in half to make an 18-inch square. Arrange veggies in the center of the square, leaving enough room around the edges to fold over the foil.
  2. Fold opposite sides to meet in the middle snugly against the vegetables. Fold the edges together several times to make a tight seam.
  3. Then fold the packet ends, rolling foil tightly. Toss the packet onto the grill immediately or refrigerate until ready to use.
Get the Lemon-Veggie Pack Recipe
grill basket

All About Grill Baskets

Using a grilling vegetable basket is one of our favorite ways to cook veggies on the grill. They come in handy when you want to grill a combination of vegetables or if you simply don't want to risk losing veggies through the grates of your grill.

We like perforated grill baskets. Perforated baskets with low sides are available in various shapes and sizes, making it easy to flip and turn ingredients.

Grill any vegetable combination you can imagine, which is easier if the vegetables have similar cooking times. If timing varies great, start the longer-cooking veggies first.

Before cooking, toss veggies with oil. Grill veggies, covered, checking for doneness every 5 minutes.

Grilled Bread and Veggie Kabobs
Credit: Jason Donnelly

Grilling Vegetable Skewers

Skewer up some veggie kabobs to cook a variety of vegetables. To make veggie skewers, slide cut veggies or whole smaller vegetables (like cherry tomatoes and small mushrooms) onto soaked bamboo skewers, like 10-inch Natural Bamboo Skewers ($5.68, Amazon), or metal skewers. Grill directly over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes or until veggies are browned and tender.

Get the Grilled Bread and Veggie Kabobs Recipe

Grilling vegetables is a great way to ensure you've got a serving of veggies on your plate at summer barbecues and cookouts. During the rest of the year, you can get your veggies crisp-tender in a similar way (minus the smoky flavor) by learning how to roast vegetables. Between grilling and roasting, you'll easily be able to keep veggie side dishes that everyone in your family will eat included on the table year-round.

Comments (1)

Better Homes & Gardens Member
April 23, 2020
Great tips and suggestions - can't wait for the weather to warm up in chilly Wisconsin so we can start the BBQs! You also mentioned ways to clean gas & charcoal grills; however, I'm wondering about the best way to clean an outdoor kettle-style ELECTRIC grill???? Stay home and stay safe, everyone! Thanks :)