Grilled Vegetarian Dinner Recipes Everyone at Your Cookout Will Devour

Vegetable Pizzas recipe peppers
Photo: Blaine Moats

Burgers and steak are nice, but these vegetarian grilling recipes will be your new summer favorites. Grilled veggies spend plenty of time in our spotlight, naturally, but you'll also find pizzas, tacos, tofu, and veggie burgers. If there are any vegans in your cookout crowd, use these vegetarian grill ideas as a starting point and make one or two simple tweaks.

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Grilled Corn and Halloumi Salad

Grilled Corn & Halloumi Salad
Andy Lyons

Grilled cheese? Yes, please, but it's not quite what you think. Halloumi is a firm Greek cheese that can stand up to the heat without oozing away. A few minutes on the grill give it a crispy exterior with gooey, melty cheese inside. It's one of the best vegetarian things to grill to satisfy everyone in your cookout crowd (each serving of this salad has 20 grams of protein), especially when served with corn and radicchio. Double-check your package of Halloumi to confirm it is free of animal-derived rennet to keep it vegetarian.

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Pinto Bean Burgers

pinto bean burgers
Karla Conrad

It's burger time. If you want a hearty, satisfying grilled vegetarian dinner, look no further than a meatless burger. This recipe combines pinto beans, egg, bread crumbs, and salsa for a no-meat burger with a bit of a kick. Grab your favorite toppings and dig in.

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Vegetable Pizzas

Vegetable Pizzas recipe peppers
Blaine Moats

This grilled vegetarian recipe will make pizza a staple at all of your summer cookouts. You may have tried grilled flatbread before, but these toppings take a classic to a new level. For smoky summer flavor in every bite, grill zucchini, summer squash, and red bell peppers, then add them to the flatbread as the cheese melts.

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Grilled Vegetable Tostadas with Quick Mole Sauce

Grilled Vegetable Tostadas with Quick Mole Sauce
Andy Lyons

Zucchini, summer squash, and eggplant are the main toppings for this grilled vegetarian meal. Served on top of toasted tortillas with a spicy dark chocolate mole sauce, this Mexican-inspired recipe brings bold flavors to your barbecue. Top with fresh avocado slices and cilantro (and don't forget the chips and salsa on the side).

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Plank-Smoked Portobello Mushrooms

Plank-Smoked Portobello Mushrooms
Andy Lyons

Grilling on a wood plank helps give these mushrooms a deeper, smokier flavor than placing them directly on the grates. Stuffed with tons of goodies like spinach, bread crumbs, pecans, and sharp white cheddar cheese, it's a super-satisfying grilled vegetarian meal.

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Zucchini Pizza Tacos

Zucchini Pizza Tacos
Con Poulos

Pizza and tacos? You know them and love them, and they're even better together, no question. Grill pizza dough to make the taco shell, then fill it with zucchini slices hot off the grill. Make this grilled vegetarian dinner prettier and tastier by adding a squash blossom to each pizza taco just before serving. We do call for ricotta here, which is traditionally made with rennet. If you cannot find ricotta made with plant-based rennet, try making your own ricotta at home.

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Artichoke Flatbread

Artichoke Flatbread
Andy Lyons

Grilled flatbread imparts smoky flavor to spinach, tomatoes, and artichoke hearts. And because everyone gets their own flatbread, they can customize it. Vegetarian, strictly vegan, or meat-lover, all will be happy when this vegetarian grill option is on the menu. Remember to check the goat cheese you use to be sure it's vegetarian friendly (made from plant-based rennet or microbial rennet).

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Portobello Burgers

portobello burgers
Andy Lyons

Mushrooms, especially portobellos, have rich, meaty umami flavor, which makes them a fitting vegetarian-friendly replacement for meat. Turn mushroom caps into vegetarian grill options for burgers with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of Italian seasoning. Use your favorite toppings or try a combo of provolone cheese, roasted peppers, and basil.

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Grilled Okra Tacos

Grilled Okra Tacos
Andy Lyons

Try a taste of Southern cooking by filling vegetarian tacos with grilled okra. Just a few minutes over the coals give the okra a delicious crispiness, perfect for taking the starring role in an easy grilled vegetarian dinner. A zesty sweet-and-spicy, fresh berry salsa makes a yummy topper, along with crumbles of queso fresco (if you can't find vegetarian queso fresco, try substituting queso blanco, which doesn't usually require rennet).

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Grilled Tofu Teriyaki with Spicy Spinach Udon

Grilled Tofu Teriyaki with Spicy Spinach Udon
Blaine Moats

Asian-inspired food should definitely be making more appearances at your barbecues, and this vegetarian grill recipe is just one of the reasons why. Grilled tofu teriyaki is a downright delish entrée. When the tofu comes off the grill, serve it with udon noodles, fresh grape tomatoes, and a mouthwatering peanut sauce.

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Eggplant Panzanella

Eggplant Panzanella
Andy Lyons

This panzanella salad gets a double dose of grilled flavor after both the eggplant slices and French bread take their turn on the grill. Add garden-fresh tomatoes to the mix and you have a surefire winner in this grilled vegetarian dinner. Plus, you can easily make this hearty salad vegan by leaving out the mozzarella or subbing in your favorite vegan cheese.

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Grilled Romaine Salad with Tomato and Corn Tumble

Grilled Romaine Salad with Tomato and Corn Tumble
Andy Lyons

Have you ever grilled romaine lettuce? If not, you need to try it. A touch of heat wilts some of the leaves to contrast with the crispiness of others. Top with grilled corn, fresh grape tomatoes, and homemade vinaigrette. Crumbled cheese adds a little richness to this grilled vegetarian meal, but leave it off if you can't find a vegetarian-friendly cheese option.

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Grilled Vegetable and Mozzarella Ensalada

Grilled Vegetable and Mozzarella Ensalada
Jason Donnelly

Cheese makes every salad better, and this grilled veggie and mozzarella recipe is no exception (check that your package of mozzarella is free of animal rennet to keep it vegetarian). The mozzarella may not hit the grill, but it'll be melty, smoky, and totally irresistible when tossed with hot-off-the-grill zucchini, tomatoes, bell pepper, and onion wedges. It's hearty enough for dinner, but it's also one of the best vegetarian grill recipes to serve as a side in smaller portions.

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Grilled Veggie Sandwiches

Grilled Veggie Sandwiches
Andy Lyons

Grilled veggies are delicious on their own, but sometimes they need a little help becoming a hearty, satisfying vegetarian meal. And that's where these grilled veggie sandwiches come in: Serving grilled zucchini and red onion slices on ciabatta rolls makes a tasty sandwich that will also fill you up. Remember to check the feta you buy to ensure it fits a vegetarian diet.

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