21 Vegetarian BBQ Ideas To Grill At Your Next Backyard Party

21 Vegetarian BBQ Ideas To Grill At Your Next Backyard Party

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Calling all veggie-lovers! If you’re looking to amp up your outdoor barbecue food menu without the meat,  you’re in luck—because we found 21 healthy, summery and vegetarian BBQ recipe ideas. Barbecues are not solely reserved for grilling up juicy burgers and smoked chicken breasts. From fresh veggies to tofu and veggie burgers, these BBQ ideas will make you want to heat up the grill and have people over ASAP. In fact, these recipes are so appealing, they could distract any meat-lover from cheeseburger FOMO. Seriously, just wait until you see the grilled cauliflower tacos. We’re drooling already.

Whether you’re someone who eats vegetarian every single day or you just want to add some veggies to your barbecue menu, we’ve got exactly what you need to make your next backyard party a truly delicious one. While vegetables aren’t always at the top of the list when you think of the most delicious foods of all time, they can easily be transformed into summer-ready and tasty barbecue menu items. Thought you couldn’t grill sweet potatoes, pineapples and onions to create drool-worthy meals? Think again.

Below, you’ll find 21 different vegetarian BBQ ideas that are sure to have everyone asking for the recipe. Grab a bag of coals and some lighter fluid, queue up your summer-vibes Spotify playlist to get the party going, and let’s get grilling. You might never look at your veggies the same way again—and that’s a good thing.


1. Grilled Cauliflower Tacos

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Hot for Food.

Grilled cauliflower tacos with mango slaw and drizzled with avocado crema… Are you drooling, too?


2. Grilled & Breaded Tofu Steaks

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Divine Healthy Food.

With or without the spinach salad, your guests won’t be able to tell the difference between these grilled, breaded tofu steaks and grilled, breaded chicken.


3. Grilled Flatbreads

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Jamie Oliver.

Be sure to serve these grilled flatbreads drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with the rosemary leaves the second they come off the barbecue.


4. Grilled Sweet Potatoes

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Cookin’ Canuck.

These grilled sweet potatoes topped with a cilantro vinaigrette will quickly become one of your summer BBQ staples.


5. Grilled Zucchini & Corn Tostados

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Noming Through Life.

You can never go wrong with grilled corn, grill zucchini and a hummus spread.


6. Grilled Zucchini Nachos

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Closet Cooking.

If you thought a heaping meatless mound of nachos wasn’t worth it, Closet Cooking will prove you wrong with its grilled zucchini nachos recipe.


7. Grilled Veggie Burgers

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Minimalist Baker.

It’s true: You can grill these veggie burgers. Curious what’s inside? We’ll tell you: walnuts and spices, sautéed onions, panko bread crumbs, brown rice, BBQ sauce, and black beans.


8. Grilled Zucchini Caprese

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Little Broken.

A grilled caprese salad with zucchinis? Count us in.


9. Grilled Mexican Street Corn

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The Street Critic.

This grilled Mexican street corn is slathered in a mayonnaise and sour cream cilantro mixture and then dusted with parmesan cheese and chili powder. Oh my god.


10. Grilled Portobello Mushrooms With Spinach & Cheese

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Rachel Cooks.

Who needs chicken breasts when you can grill portobello mushrooms and stuff ’em with spinach and cheese?


11. Grilled Pineapple

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Wine and Glue.

It’s the cinnamon honey drizzle that really elevates this grilled pineapple recipe.


12. Hawaiian Veggie Burgers

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Dish Knowledge.

Bound to be a hit with your guests are these Hawaiian veggie burgers: tropical black bean patties topped with grilled pineapple and Swiss cheese.


13. Grilled Rainbow Peppers

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Skinny Taste.

These grilled rainbow peppers stuffed with herb cream cheese look almost too pretty to eat… OK, not really, we’d still eat them.


14. Grilled Turnips With Dill Olive Oil

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Naturally Ella.

Grilled turnips with dill olive oil? We’ll take four skewers, please and thank you.


15. Grilled Mushroom Skewers

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The cayenne pepper, garlic, and balsamic vinegar take these grilled mushroom skewers to a whole other level.


16. Caprese Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

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Cafe Delites.

We can’t describe it better than Cafe Delites: “Garlic butter smothered portobello mushrooms stuffed and grilled with fresh mozzarella cheese, grape tomato slices, and drizzled with a rich balsamic glaze!”


17. Garlic Roasted Cabbage Wedges

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Cooking Classy.

If you’re a cabbage stan, then try out these garlic roasted cabbage wedges topped with fresh parsley, fresh lemon wedges and/or crumbled bacon.


18. Grilled Blossom Onions

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Proud Italian Cook.

Behold: a healthier version of the famous Bloomin’ Onion at Outback Steakhouse. It’s served with a red pepper aioli sauce for dipping, too.


19. Garlic Parmesan Broccoli & Potatoes

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Damn Delicious.

Garlic, parmesan, potatoes, and broccoli: a perfect combination.


20. Grilled Vegetable Quesadillas

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Jo Cooks.

Who doesn’t love quesadillas? Throw in some grilled veggies, and you have a healthy crowd-pleaser.


21. Mediterranean Grilled Avocados

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Food Faith Fitness.

This one’s pure Mediterranean heaven: grilled avocados stuffed with chickpeas and drizzled with tahini.


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A version of this article was originally published in May 2016.