Although many people think of grilling burgers, steaks and other meat when they think about barbecuing, there is no reason for vegetarians to feel left out. There are lots of delicious, vegetarian-friendly recipes that are perfect for grilling. Many of these recipes can be enjoyed by vegetarians and meat-eaters alike; whether you are grilling out for your vegetarian family or if you simply want to offer a few vegetarian-friendly choices for your guests, you will love these tasty ideas.
One fun and easy idea is to make vegetable packets. These packets turn out deliciously tender and flavorful, and they are incredibly easy to make. Vegetable packets are also a cinch to clean up, making them the perfect choice for a quick weeknight meal or for an elaborate summer barbecue party.
In order to make vegetable packets, you will need to choose a few favorite veggies. The possibilities are endless. Mushrooms, onions and green peppers work perfectly together, but you can also toss in potatoes, green beans or other favorites. Simply drop them in the center of a large piece of tin foil, drop in some butter or olive oil, sprinkle on a few favorite seasonings, wrap up the packet and toss it on the grill. Most vegetable packets are ready to eat after about 10 to 12 minutes of grilling on medium heat, but adjust the time as necessary based on the veggies that you are cooking and the degree of crispiness or tenderness that you prefer.
Grilled corn is a favorite among vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike, and it is inexpensive and easy to make. Simply husk a few ears of corn, wrap each one in aluminum foil and cook for about ten minutes. Serve with butter; if you like, you can mix your butter with a few spicy and flavorful seasonings in order to give your corn an extra bit of zest.
Tofu is actually perfect for grilling; it really soaks up the flavor and tastes wonderful on a hamburger bun. For the best results, marinate large slices of tofu overnight in your favorite barbecue marinade. After grilling, throw it on a thick hamburger bun with lettuce, tomato and tons of tasty condiments.
Vegetable kabobs are perfect for vegetarian barbecues, and they work well as side dishes for the meat eaters at your party as well. Simply thread peppers, onions, tomatoes, mushrooms and other tasty veggies on skewers and grill until done. For a sweet treat, try adding pineapple to a few skewers as well.
Black Bean Burgers
For a healthy, tasty and meat-free burger, try serving up black bean burgers at your barbecue. There are tons of recipes out there for black bean burgers, but most of them are pretty similar. Simply saute garlic, peppers and onion until they are done, then toss them in a food processor or blender with a can of black beans. Pulse until the mixture is mostly pulpy but still a little chunky, mix in a handful of bread crumbs and form into patties. Grill away, and then serve them with all of your favorite burger toppings.
For another tasty “burger” option, try grilling up tasty portobello mushrooms for the vegetarians at your barbecue. Simply remove the stems from several large portobello mushrooms, marinate the mushrooms in olive oil and balsamic vinegar overnight, then grill until they are done. These burgers go great on hamburger buns.
Veggie Burgers and Veggie Dogs
If you are looking for a simple vegetarian option for your barbecue, try purchasing pre-made veggie burgers, veggie hot dogs and veggie sausages from your local grocery store. There are tons of options out there, and many of them taste a lot like the real thing. They are also typically very easy to grill, making them an even better option.