Vegetarian Recipes For When You Just Don't Want Meat

Cookouts aren't just for carnivores thanks to these vegetarian grilling recipes

While "meat" and "grill" generally go hand-in-hand, there's an underrated world of vegetarian ingredients perfectly suited for grilling. If you're in a burger mood but don't want to go the beef route, don't worry. Our meat-free burgers are as good as any hamburger. We've got a black bean burger flavored with cumin, paprika, coriander, and both poblano and chipotle chiles; a portobello mushroom burger topped with blue cheese and sautéed red onions; and a quinoa burger with carrot, celery, arugula, and beans topped with a roasted red pepper relish.

Grilled vegetables add an interesting flavor and texture to other salads. In our endive salad, the vegetable is steamed, grilled, and dressed with a bee pollen vinaigrette. Beets, asparagus, eggplant, cauliflower, and fennel come together into a warm, smoky salad when grilled and tossed with lemon juice and zest. And for dessert, try grilling fruit—the heat causes the sugars to caramelize. Try cantaloupe dressed with a peach agrodolce and served with blueberries and basil.

Find all of these dishes and more in our collection great vegetarian grilling recipes.

Pickled Stone Fruit and Burrata Flatbread

Pickled Stone Fruit and Burrata Flatbread
A light vegetarian lunch, or even savory summer dessert, the sugary pickling brine in this recipe helps the peaches and plums caramelize on the grill. Get the recipe for Pickled Stone Fruit and Burrata Flatbread »Michael Turek

Grilled Vegetable and Barley Salad

Grilled Vegetable and Barley Salad
Barley is typically eaten in a pudding for breakfast or dessert in Egypt, but in this recipe from cookbook author Suzanne Zeidy, it's turned into a hearty salad, seasoned with cumin and chiles, and tossed with grilled vegetables, feta, and pistachios. Get the recipe for Grilled Vegetable and Barley Salad »Helen Cathcart

Grilled Greens and Leek Tops with Chile-Garlic Sauce

Grilled Greens and Leek Tops with Chile-Garlic Sauce
When buying leeks for this dish, cookbook author Amy Thielen says to look for ones that have all or most of their dark green tops still attached. If trimmed leeks are all you can find, use the dark and light green parts only. Get the recipe for Grilled Greens and Leek Tops with Chile-Garlic Sauce »William Hereford

Grilled Shiitake Mushroom with Chile and Thyme

Grilled Shiitake Mushroom with Chile and Thyme
Chef Chris Fischer likes to lay out these charred mushrooms at the start of a meal for snacking—they put cheese plates and crudités to shame. Tossing them with the marinade infuses them with deep flavor. Get the recipe for Grilled Shiitake Mushroom with Chile and Thyme »Elizabeth Cecil

Shaved Fennel and Grilled Corn Salad

Shaved Fennel and Grilled Corn Salad
A base of crunchy, fresh fennel contrasts perfectly with grilled corn kernels and crumbled feta cheese in this summer salad. Get the recipe for Shaved Fennel and Grilled Corn Salad »Elizabeth Cecil

Grilled Calçots and Asparagus with Romesco Sauce

Grilled Calçots and Asparagus with Romesco Sauce
Chef José Andrés likes to cook these calçots, here served with asparagus, in the traditional manner: in a newspaper. The newspaper traps in steam from the cooling calçots, making them more tender and soaking up any excess oil. These tender Spanish green onions, always served with Romesco sauce, are a classic springtime treat. Get the recipe for Grilled Calçots and Asparagus with Romesco Sauce »Farideh Sadeghin

Grilled Cantaloupe with Peach Agrodolce

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In this elegant dessert, cantaloupe is grilled until it caramelizes and is then dressed with agrodolce, a sour-sweet Italian sauce made by reducing vinegar and sugar. Get the recipe for Grilled Cantaloupe with Peach Agrodolce »Drew Anthony Smith

Charred Cabbage Slaw

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In this offbeat slaw, raw red cabbage adds a textural contrast to the grilled green cabbage, and a zippy, spicy-sweet-salty dressing goes well with the charred bits. Get the recipe for Charred Cabbage Slaw »Drew Anthony Smith

Summer Succotash Salad

Summer Succotash Salad
Grilled sweet corn, plus fresh edamame in place of the traditional limas, elevates this light summer salad. Get the recipe for Summer Succotash Salad »James Oseland

Grilled Corn with Pesto

Grilled Corn with Pesto
Grilled ears of corn take on a smokiness that pairs well with a garlicky pesto. Get the recipe for Grilled Corn with Pesto »Todd Coleman

Grilled Corn with Herbed Goat Cheese Butter

Grilled Corn with Herbed Goat Cheese Butter
Sweet corn grilled in its husk is enhanced by an herbal goat cheese compound butter. Get the recipe for Grilled Corn with Herbed Goat Cheese Butter »Todd Coleman

Endive Salad with Bee Pollen Vinaigrette

Endive Salad with Bee Pollen Vinaigrette
A thick honey vinaigrette pairs with pleasingly bitter endives that are steamed, grilled, and marinated in this recipe from Castle Hill Inn in Newport, Rhode Island. Get the recipe for Endive Salad with Bee Pollen Vinaigrette »Ingalls Photography

Grilled Shallots with Dill (Schalottenlök i Folie)

Grilled Shallots with Dill (Schalottenlök i Folie)
Wrap these Swedish-style shallots in foil and let them cook slowly over the fire while you prepare the rest of the meal. Get the recipe for Grilled Shallots with Dill (Schalottenlök i Folie) »Felix Odell

Spinach, Chive, and Yogurt Soup with Grilled Scallions

Spinach, Chive, and Yogurt Soup with Grilled Scallions
This tangy chilled soup is topped with charred scallions. Get the recipe for Spinach, Chive, and Yogurt Soup with Grilled Scallions »Romulo Yanes

Grilled Vegetable Salad (Sallad på Rostade Grönsaker)

Grilled Vegetable Salad
Beets, asparagus, eggplant, cauliflower, and fennel are slathered in olive oil and grilled, then tossed with lemon juice and zest to make this warm, smoky grilled salad. Get the recipe for Grilled Vegetable Salad (Sallad på Rostade Grönsaker) »Felix Odell
Warm Red Potato Salad

Warm Red Potato Salad

Tender grilled red-skinned potatoes are doused in herb vinaigrette in this warm salad. Get the recipe for Warm Red Potato Salad »Laura Sant

Grilled Eggplant with Basil Vinaigrette

Grilled Eggplant with Basil Vinaigrette
Sliced, grilled vegetables served in a simple marinade or vinaigrette are a fixture at many Tuscan meals. Get the recipe for Grilled Eggplant with Basil Vinaigrette »Maxime Iattoni

Tadashi's Grilled Tomatoes

Tadashi's Grilled Tomatoes
Ripe tomatoes develop umami-rich flavor when grilled with a soy sauce marinade. Mitsuba, a Japanese relative of parsley, lends a mild cilantro-like freshness. Get the recipe for Tadashi's Grilled Tomatoes »Todd Coleman

Black Bean Burger with Salsa Fresca and Avocado Crema

Black Bean Burger with Salsa Fresca and Avocado Crema
Cumin, paprika, coriander, and both poblano and chipotle chiles lend their robust flavor to this earthy black bean burger. Dredged in cornmeal, it's a hearty base for a bright salsa fresca and smooth avocado crema. Get the recipe for Black Bean Burger with Salsa Fresca and Avocado Crema »Helen Rosner

Portobello Burgers with Blue Cheese and Sauteed Red Onions

Portobello Burgers with Blue Cheese and Sauteed Red Onions
A far cry from the standard grilled-mushroom-cap-as-burger, these ultra-savory portobello patties get a further umami boost from garlic and steak sauce—a perfect match for a flavorful topping of melted blue cheese and tangy caramelized red onions. Get the recipe for Portobello Burgers with Blue Cheese and Sauteed Red Onions »Helen Rosner

Quinoa Veggie Burger with Roasted Red Pepper Relish

Quinoa Veggie Burger with Roasted Red Pepper Relish
Our take on a classic meatless burger calls on a slew of vegetables for flavor, color, and texture: carrot, celery, arugula, beans, and quinoa, the high-protein South American grain that has a nutty flavor and toothsome bite. Get the recipe for Quinoa Veggie Burger with Roasted Red Pepper Relish »Helen Rosner

Eggplant and Parsley Dip (Melintzanosalata)

Eggplant and Parsley Dip (Melintzanosalata)
Chiles lend heat to this smoky dip from Kea, Greece. Get the recipe for Eggplant and Parsley Dip (Melintzanosalata) »Penny De Los Santos

Parsley and Onion Salad

Parsley and Onion Salad
Fresh onions add cool spice to this simple parsley salad. Get the recipe for Parsley and Onion Salad »Todd Coleman

Pasta with Grilled Artichokes

Pasta with Grilled Artichokes
Baby artichokes, dressed with olive oil and garlic, take center stage in this lemony dish. Get the recipe for Pasta with Grilled Artichokes »Todd Coleman

Grilled Polenta

Grilled Polenta
Polenta is a popular dish in Venice and is often served grilled as a side, though you can also eat it without grilling it if you like. Get the recipe for Grilled Polenta »Maxime Iattoni

Grilled Peaches with Honey-Almond Streusel

Grilled Peaches with Honey-Almond Streusel
These succulent grilled peaches are topped with almond flour streusel and drizzled with acacia honey, a sweet, unexpected treat for dessert or brunch. Get the recipe for Grilled Peaches with Honey-Almond Streusel »Leah Koenig