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10 Vegetarian Grilling Options Everyone Will Love This Summer

With summer in full swing and grill season in high gear, maybe you’re starting to feel like you’re up to your neck in burgers, hot dogs, and steaks. There are only so many ways to reimagine those classics and keep them fresh before your palate is craving a change of pace. So why not give your tired tastebuds what they want and throw a non-meat option on the grill at your next barbecue? “Vegetarian” should never be a dirty word—especially when it comes to grilling. So we decided to think outside the box for ten meatless grilled options to spice up your grill this summer. Enjoy!

1. Portobello Mushrooms
Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms with Crispy Goat Cheese A large, foraged mushroom like a portobello has a texture similar to meat, so it holds up on the grill beautifully, especially when stuffed with a delicious combination of spinach, panko bread crumbs and tangy goat cheese. (Image: Blogging Over Thyme)

2. Eggplant
Grilled Eggplant with Tomatoes, Basil, and Feta We’re used to eggplant in heavy Italian dishes, but it can also be brightened up for summer when lightly charred on the grill and paired with cherry tomatoes, pine nuts, and Feta in a delightfully light summer salad. (Image: Martha Stewart)

3. Corn
Grilled Corn + Chipotle Lime and Cotija Cheese Butter Grilled corn or “elote” is a classic Mexican street food, so don’t overthink it — just toss whole, aluminum foil-wrapped ears of corn on the grill — then rub on a mixture of chipotle, lime, and cotija cheese. How do you say “heaven” in Spanish? (Image: Half Baked Harvest)

4. Romaine Hearts
Grilled Romaine Salad with Corn and Avocado Giving romaine hearts a turn on the grill is such an easy way to elevate a simple salad that we’re shocked everyone isn’t doing it. Drizzle the hearts in olive oil, cook for one to two minutes until lightly charred, and then finish with basil, avocado, corn, and a lemon-maple syrup vinaigrette for a deceptively hearty and complex salad. (Image: Floating Kitchen)

5. Grilled Peaches
Girlled Peach Salad & Mint Pesto The grill isn’t just for veggies — give fruit some of that cookout love too! The heat of the grill beautifully caramelizes halved peaches, providing a sweetness that melds perfectly with spicy arugula, creamy mozzarella, crunchy pine nuts, and an herbaceous mint pesto to tie it all together. Your fellow partygoers will be begging you for the recipe! (Image: Love and Lemons)

6. Kale
Grilled Kale Salad With Ricotta And Plums You’ve seen kale crop up everywhere, but never quite like this. The localized heat brings out a smoky depth of flavor in the greens, crisping them up and making them an ideal mate for tart plums and and a creamy ricotta with a drizzle of balsamic. (Image: Romulo Yanes for Bon Appetit)

7. Poblano Peppers
Stuffed Poblanos with Black Beans and Cheese Grilled peppers like poblanos are great on their own as well, with their blistery skin and mellowed-out taste, but take them to the next level by stuffing them with black beans, Basmati rice, and cotija cheese for a vegetarian entree that leaves you satisfied. (Image: Chow)

8. Fennel
Grilled Fennel Salad with Fresh Herbs and Parmesan When you grill fennel, it takes away some of the bite in that trademark licorice flavor, leaving you with a delicate sweetness just waiting to be complemented with salty Parmigiano Reggiano and lemon zest. (Image: Proud Italian Cook)

9. Broccoli
Grilled Broccoli Say goodbye to the days of having to talk your kids into eating broccoli with this simple recipe calling for only oil, vinegar, soy sauce, and a bit of salt — the way the grill crisps up the florets and leaves the stalks pleasantly charred will have even the pickiest eaters asking for more. (Image: Melina Hammer for The New York Times)

10. Cauliflower
Grilled Chipotle Lime Cauliflower Steaks Why should real steaks get all the glory when cauliflower steaks make just as beautiful of a centerpiece? They hold up well to heat and bold flavors, so try rubbing them down with a mixture of chipotle, paprika, and cilantro. You won’t miss the meat! (Image: The Kitchn)

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