Healthy Vegetarian BBQ & Grilling Recipes

Find healthy, delicious grilled vegetarian BBQ recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Avocado & Corn Salad

Rating: 5 stars 5
In this fresh summer salad recipe, sweet corn and honey balance nicely with tomatoes, avocado and lime juice. Bring it along to your next summer picnic or pair it with grilled shrimp or chicken for an easy weeknight meal.
By Ali Ramee

Grilled Blooming Onion

An onion blooms into a show-stopping side dish when it's cut just right and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and seasonings. Just grab the tender onion petals off the onion and dip them in the creamy barbecue sauce for a fun and festive vegetable side dish.

Mexican Corn (Esquites)

Rating: 5 stars 1
This street corn dish, known as esquites, is served in cups instead of on the cob for all the flavor of elote without the mess.
By Breana Killeen

Summer Vegetable Gnocchi Salad

Rating: 5 stars 3
This riff on pasta salad is best served warm while the gnocchi are nice and tender. Plus, the grilled veggies taste extra-good fresh off the fire in this easy gnocchi recipe.
By Devon O'Brien

Stuffed Eggplant with Couscous & Almonds

Rating: 5 stars 1
Smoky almonds, meaty eggplant and whole-grain couscous with herbs make this meal plenty satisfying. Harissa gives the creamy sauce a little kick.
By Carolyn Malcoun

Vegetarian All-American Portobello Burgers

Rating: 5 stars 1
Portobello mushrooms stand in for meat patties in this recipe for veggie burgers with all the fixings. Mushrooms are a source of glutamate, a naturally occurring compound that gives the fungi their umami flavor. But to really give these "patties" a savory boost, we brush them with steak sauce. Add a simple side salad or some grilled veggies for a satisfying and easy dinner on the grill.
By Carolyn Malcoun

Grilled Eggplant & Tomato Pasta

Rating: 4.5 stars 5
The combination of slightly smoky grilled eggplant and sweet tomatoes is delightful. The eggplant-tomato mixture served over whole-wheat pasta with fresh basil and a bit of salty cheese makes an easy, healthy weeknight dinner.
By Adam Dolge

Marinated Grilled Vegetable Kebabs

Tender vegetables soak up this tangy marinade and turn delicately smoky and tender on a hot grill. These kebabs make a wonderful side dish with grilled meats or fish.
By Carolyn Casner

Build-Your-Own Grilled Cheese

It's called a grilled cheese, so why not make it on the grill? Multiply this recipe by the number of people you're serving, then set out all the toppings and let everyone make their own creations.
By Breana Killeen

Eggplant Gyros

Rating: 5 stars 1
Eggplant's meaty texture is a delicious vegetarian stand-in for the lamb that typically fills a gyro sandwich. The vegetable absorbs the lemony-herby-spicy marinade like a sponge, so if you have time, let it marinate for the full day.
By Carolyn Malcoun

Basil Pesto Pasta with Grilled Vegetables

Rating: 5 stars 2
This dish is an easy way to turn grilled vegetables into a satisfying meal, thanks to hearty whole-grain pasta and a quick homemade pesto.
By Sara Haas, R.D.N., L.D.N.

Easy Grilled Zucchini

Looking for a new way to cook zucchini? Try grilling it.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Inspiration and Ideas

21 Easy Vegetarian Mains for the Grill
Make a delicious vegetarian recipe using your grill. The grill adds a great smoky flavor to meaty vegetables like eggplant and portobello mushrooms. These main dishes are so filling and tasty that you won't even notice there's no meat. Recipes like Grilled Eggplant & Tomato Pasta and Ricotta-Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms with Arugula Salad are healthy, flavorful and easy to make on the grill this summer.
18 Vegetarian Grilling Recipes in 30 Minutes or Less
These vegetarian grilling recipes are a delicious and easy way to eat your vegetables. Vegetables like portobello mushrooms, eggplant and cauliflower are hearty and filling so you won't even notice the absence of meat. Recipes like Grilled Eggplant & Tomato Pasta and Greek Summer-Squash Grilled Pizza are healthy, tasty and make the most of two of summer's best offerings: veggies and grilling.
Grilled Zucchini with Parmesan
Rating: 5 stars 1

Grilled zucchini is one of the great food joys of summer. In this easy recipe, the crunchy, bright breadcrumbs offset the sweet, soft zucchini in the most delightful way. Serve this healthy side with grilled chicken, fish or shrimp or as part of a vegetarian summer meal. This recipe is easily doubled or tripled if you have a bumper crop of zucchini.