These 45 Vegetarian BBQ Recipes Will Have Everyone Running For Seconds (2024)

Meatless Monday can last all summer long.

By Camille Lowder
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What if, hear us out, grilling isn't just about burgers and ribs, and BBQS aren't just for omnivores? Whether you’re vegetarian for life or just looking to eat less meat, you don’t have to miss out this season. Please your plant-based partygoers with these creative, flavorful, and filling vegetarian BBQ recipes—we bet you’ll come back to them again and again this summer.

It’s FINALLY summer, so you’re going to want to put all that warm weather produce to the best use possible. That could mean grilling veggies directly on the grill, like our grilled carrots or grilled green beans; whipping up super-fresh sides, like our , our Greek chickpea salad, or our summer couscous salad; or assembling mini meals on skewers, like our Buffalo cauliflower kebabs or our tomato gnocchi kebabs. Trust us, fresh veggies are a MUST—they’re what turn a good outdoor BBQ into a great one.

Maybe grilling isn’t just about hamburgers, but there is something pretty wonderful about biting into a flavorful patty tucked between a soft and squishy bun. Lucky for you, we’ve got tons of options for meatless burgers, like our copycat Shake Shake shroom burger, our shroomami burger, or our meat lover’s veggie burger (making two thinner patties instead of one big one is the BEST hack to keep them from falling apart). Once you get the hang of making meatless patties, check out our fave burger toppings for ideas too (we think the lemon yogurt sauce from our lamb burger or the white cheddar and caramelized onions from our bison burger would go great with any of our meatless patties).

Looking for more meat-free ideas? Try our amazing grilled vegetables, our best veggie burger recipes, and our fave grilled fruit recipes too.

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Grilled Tofu

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Miso and soy sauce are both high in umami, meaning they infuse the tofu here with savory depth. Once you've marinated the tofu, it takes less than 15 minutes to grill the planks, during which you can make the garlicky ginger-scallion sauce.

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Shroomami Burger

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We here at Delish love a regular burger, but something about a flavor-packed veggie burger can be SO satisfying in its own way. This mushroom-based version is a symphony of salty, complex flavors. Paired with a bright citrus slaw and spicy vegan mayo, it might be our favorite plant-based burger ever.

Get the Shroomami Burger recipe.

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Gnocchi Foil Packets

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These foil packs trap in steam from the wine and juices from the tomato and corn as everything grills, which in turn cooks the gnocchi to perfectly tender while infusing the pasta with all the flavors of the dish. Bonus: Some of the meal browns a bit on the bottom right before it finishes cooking, adding extra flavor.

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BBQ Tofu

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Who needs meat? Tofu isn't just for vegetarians and vegans. Be sure to serve the tofu with more of the spicy BBQ sauce on the side, and it will compete with all your classics like brisket, short ribs, and chicken.

Get the BBQ Tofu recipe.

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Vegan Chili Dogs

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Sure, it's hard to replicate the snap of a true hot dog with plant-based ingredients, but this complex chili is world-changing. You're going to want to put it on way more than just veggie dogs. We see chili mac, tamale pie, and plenty of chili fries in your future.

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BBQ Tempeh Sandwiches

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The grill adds subtle, almost bacon-like smoky flavor to these tempeh steaks, but there's no meat in sight. Add a whiskey-infused homemade BBQ sauce, a cooling, creamy coleslaw, and a toasted buttered bun for the perfect summer sandwich.

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Campfire Caprese Brie

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We used a big wheel of brie to fit perfectly inside a 10" skillet. It was almost THREE POUNDS. You can definitely use something a bit smaller, depending on the size (and brie obsession level) of your crowd.

Get the Campfire Caprese Brie recipe.

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Eggplant Steak Frites With Chimichurri

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How do you successfully accomplish steak night without the steak? Sub in creamy eggplant for a grilled mash-up of the classic French combo. An Argentine herb sauce, chimichurri, transforms it to a fancy dinner, but feel free to sub in your fave sauce too.

Get the Eggplant Steak Frites With Chimichurri recipe.

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Greek Orzo Salad

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Move aside plain ol' pasta saladorzo is here to shake things up. While we love it in comforting, warming dishes (we're looking at you, creamy Tuscan orz0), it also makes for a great salad base. This easy, fresh recipe is filled with bright Mediterranean flavors and mix-ins, but feel free to swap in and out your faves.

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Watermelon Quinoa Salad

We love to snack on bites of watermelon all summer long, but one of our favorite ways to enjoy the juicy, sweet fruit is in a refreshing salad. With mint, feta, red onion, cucumber, and a balsamic glaze, this one's got everything you love about traditional watermelon salad, but with an additional protein boost from one of our favorite grains, fluffy and nutritious quinoa.

Get the Watermelon Quinoa Salad recipe.

11

Nashville Hot Cauliflower

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Nashville hot chicken may be king in the land of regional American food, but Nashville hot cauliflower is coming to steal the crown. Coated in hot sauce-spiked buttermilk batter, fried to golden brown perfection, and drizzled with the iconic spicy oil, this entrée is so crispy, flavorful, and delicious that “vegetarian” is almost beside the point.

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12

Coleslaw

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When it comes to summer BBQs, potlucks, and picnics, coleslaw is a classic, staple side dish to rely on. Everyone needs a go-to recipe, and we happen to think that ours is the one you should reach for.

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Grilled Carrots

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Carrot's natural sweetness comes out during cooking, a complementary foil to the smoky char achieved on the grill. We love serving this veggie side atop creamy ricotta, with a punchy carrot top-based chimichurri sauce for some brightness.

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Classic Macaroni Salad

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As a vegetarian, macaroni salad is too often one of the only non-meat options at a BBQ, which is why it's such a disappointment when it is too dry or soggy. Not to fear—this recipe guarantees perfection ever time.

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Summer Couscous Salad

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Here we're using couscous as the base for a confetti of colored vegetables (cucumbers! bell peppers! red onion!), doused in a creamy lemon Dijon dressing. We’ve also added tangy feta and sun-dried tomatoes, crunchy toasted almonds, and nutty, earthy chickpeas to give it a little added oomph. It’s simple and light, but still special enough for a celebration.

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Grilled Balsamic Mushrooms

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Grilled veggies can get sidelined at a barbecue as the lame side dish for vegetarians, but when tossed in a balsamic-soy glaze, these mushrooms will get all the attention.

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Grilled Pizza

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Here's our #1 tip for success: Prep everything you are going to need for your pizza before you start grilling. The grilling part goes fast. We're talking 4 minutes tops, so don't wait to, say, slice your tomatoes until it's is on the grill. Have everything ready and near you so that as soon as you flip the pizza crust, you can start topping and pull your pizza off the grill as soon as it's done.

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Greek Chickpea Salad

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We’re no strangers to a great chickpea salad, so coming up with a Greek-inspired one was a no-brainer. It’s got all the flavors you love from Greek salad, turned into something more substantial and filling that pairs well with almost anything.

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Tomato Gnocchi Kebabs

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Sure gnocchi is amazing served in a bowl with a sauce, but have you ever had nicely browned gnocchi taken straight off the grill? The gnocchi paired with blistered grilled tomatoes and tender red onion make for a perfect summer dinner or side dish.

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Black Bean Burger

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Listen, no one has ever bitten into a bean burger and said "Wait, is this meat?" Burgers made from black beans are never going to taste exactly like a hamburger, so why not get a little creative with the seasonings? We chose to lean in to the black bean vibe and add some cilantro, cumin, chili powder, and paprika for smokiness. Any chopped herbs or spices would be delicious here, so try out your favorites!

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