Vegetarian BBQ Recipes – (42 Vegetarian Grilling Recipes YOU MUST TRY)

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Barbecues and cookouts are about delicious food with friends and family, and there are hundreds of BBQ dishes vegetarians can enjoy! So, if you’re looking for delicious vegetarian BBQ recipes, you’re in the right place.

From classic veggie burgers stacked high with fresh toppings to juicy portobello mushroom steaks dripping with marinade, vegetarian BBQ options are anything but boring. Imagine tender skewers adorned with colorful peppers, onions, perfectly charred zucchini, or a whole cauliflower roasted to smoky perfection.

Below, you can see all these delicious vegetarian recipes and more, perfect for cookouts, backyard BBQs, and holiday celebrations.

Smoked Mashed Potatoes

If you thought mashed potatoes were the tastiest side ever, wait until you try SMOKED mashed potatoes! Trust me when I say you’ll never have enough of this recipe at a cookout; it’s gone in a flash.

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Smoked Garlic Bread

When you thought garlic bread couldn’t get any better, someone smoked it! Smoking adds a delicious flavor, but it’s a simple side if your smoker is already going.

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Grilled Vegetable Sandwich

Ditch the bun and embrace the char! Forget the usual burger routine and elevate your summer lunch with a symphony of grilled vegetables. Imagine perfectly tender zucchini and vibrant red peppers, kissed by smoky flames, nestled on crusty rolls, and drizzled with vibrant pesto.

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Smoked Broccoli

Broccoli isn’t just a side dish anymore! This summer, we’re giving veggies the starring role on the grill. Imagine smoky broccoli florets rubbed with a fragrant spice blend, sharing the spotlight with vibrant veggie skewers and juicy portobello mushroom steaks.

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Sticky BBQ Vegan Ribs

Sticky and smoky, just like rib, but without the meat! This is the perfect vegetarian alternative to ribs!

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Grilled Eggplant Sandwiches With Miso Mayo

These Asian Grilled Eggplant Sandwiches are the perfect summer BBQ option for vegetarians. Marinated eggplant gets smoky and delicious on the grill, then piled onto buns with creamy miso mayo and spicy kimchi for a flavor explosion in every bite!

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BBQ Cauliflower Wings

These crispy bites are baked with a golden panko crust and tossed in a smoky-sweet BBQ sauce. Serve them up as an appetizer, a snack, or a delicious side dish – they’re sure to vanish faster than you can say “cauliflower”!


Smoked Mac and Cheese

Did you think mac and cheese was a good side dish? Well, wait until you try smoked macaroni and cheese! This is the most popular side dish at any cookout we host.

grilled mac n cheese

Smoked Cheesy Potatoes

Who said we need to make it complex? Sometimes simple is delicious! The combo of jacket potatoes and cheese is just that!

Smoked Carrots With Brown Butter 

Take your carrots to flavor town! Smoking them gives them a deep, delicious flavor. Adding the brown butter at the end makes them just mouth-watering.

Smoked Cheddar/ Smoked Gruyere

Want to make your cheese platter a bit tastier? Try smoking your cheese. Vegetarians will love the smoky flavors in this!

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Smoked Cheddar Cheese

Smoked Gruyere Cheese

Smoked Sweet Potatoes With Brown Butter

Smoking your sweet potatoes is a yummy way to serve your potatoes! It takes no effort at all! Just throw them on the grill, then enjoy!

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Vegetarian Smoked BBQ Baked Beans

Breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner, BBQ baked beans are king in my house. The trick here is to make a big batch and freeze it for a quick meal. You will never need tinned baked beans again.


Grilled Corn

These Mexican street corn cobs are a game-changer! They started as a summer side dish but have become a regular main event throughout summer. Remember, heaps of lime and hot sauce! 

Smoked Cauliflower

Recipe: Smoked Caulfilower

Smoked Zucchini With Feta and Olives

Smoking your zucchini is a quick and easy way to add flavor and whip up an easy side!

Recipe: Smoked Zucchini

Smoked Carrots in Brown Butter

Take the humble carrots and smoke it! You won’t believe how carrots are smoked! All you need is some butter and seasoning, and you will have an epic side!

Recipe: Smoked Carrots

Lemon Herb Roasted Asparagus

Level Up Your Asparagus! Ditch the plain roast and try this quick and easy recipe for Tangy Roasted Asparagus. Fresh lemon, herbs and a hint of garlic create a vibrant flavor that will elevate your side dish in minutes. Perfect for any summer BBQ!

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Grilled Onions with Pesto

These Smoky Onion Skewers with Pesto are a healthy and flavorful side dish perfect for summer BBQs. Just thread sliced onions onto skewers (no more falling through the grates!), grill them up smoky and delicious, and top with fresh pesto for a burst of flavor. It’s easy, healthy, and guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser!

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Veggie Skewers

These Rainbow Veggie Skewers are bursting with the colors and flavors of summer! Tender zucchini, juicy red onion, and vibrant bell peppers get grilled to perfection, capturing that smoky goodness we all love. A drizzle of tangy balsamic vinegar and a brush of garlicky herb sauce take them over the top, making them a delicious and easy addition to your next BBQ.

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Grilled Halloumi Cheese

Forget burgers and brats—there’s a new grilling star in town: halloumi cheese! This salty, buttery cheese perfectly holds its shape on the grill so you can enjoy it without the melty mess. Toss it on salads, add it to veggie burgers, or have it solo as a delicious side or even a main course. Get ready to experience cheese in a whole new way!

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Tropical Tofu Skewer with Avocado and Mango

These tofu kebabs with avocado and mango are the perfect summer main course for vegetarians. Marinated tofu cubes mingle with juicy mango and creamy avocado on skewers, ready to be kissed by the grill. Get ready for a burst of flavor in every bite!

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Greek Eggplant Dip

Greek melitzanosalata is a straightforward, rustic dip from roasted, smoky eggplants. It features garlic, lemon, vinegar, parsley and extra virgin olive oil. It is an ideal appetizer when served with pita or your favorite bread.

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Grilled Corn and Black Bean Salad with Zucchini

This corn and black bean salad is the perfect companion for any summer vegetarian BBQ. There’s nothing quite like the smoky, grilled flavor of corn and zucchini combined with the heartiness of black beans, all topped with luxurious feta.

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Tropical Tofu Skewer with Avocado and Mango

These zucchini tacos feature grilled corn and zucchini, tempeh taco meat, and black beans, all brought together with a creamy avocado dressing. Crisp toasted tortillas, juicy vegan tempeh taco meat, and perfectly roasted corn with zesty avocado dressing and spicy jalapenos on top.

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Grilled Potato Salad Recipe

Grilled potato salad for the bbq side dish win! Easy grilled potatoes are tossed with a mustard aioli and sprinkled with scallions for the most delicious potato salad you’ll ever have.

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BBQ Tofu Sandwiches

With smoky and crispy tofu piled high on toasted buns, this is a perfect main for a vegetarian BBQ!

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Vegan BBQ Burgers

Hearty plant-based burgers with barbecue sauce mixed right into the patties!

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Vegetarian Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

A delicious main or side dish, these vegetarian stuffed portobello mushrooms, filled with fresh vegetables, herbs and cheese, are a wonderful change of pace. These monsters hold a lot. We load them with healthy fresh chopped spinach, butternut squash, cheese, green onions, oregano, tomatoes and Panko.

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Caprese Grilled Asparagus And Lentils

Juicy summer tomatoes over grilled asparagus and lentils makes a flavorful side or entree. You will want this quick and easy recipe all summer long!

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Creamy Chickpea Salad

This Creamy Chickpea Salad is a protein packed vegetarian side dish that is the perfect recipe to make for your next summer barbecue.

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Smoked Potato Chips

Pellet grill potato chips are an easy crunchy snack, great for any bbq!

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Grilled Zucchini and Squash

Grilled Zucchini and Squash Salad combines grilled zucchini, yellow squash, and red onion, which are then tossed in a zesty lemon vinaigrette, topped with fresh herbs, and sprinkled with feta cheese. It’s an delicious vegetarian grilling recipe for the warm days of zucchini season!

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Grilled Camembert

Try this unique, and very French way of serving Camembert cheese on the barbecue. You’ll make it every time you fire up the grill simply because it’s incredibly easy, and crazy delicious!

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Grilled Tofu With Lemon & Rosemary

Grilled lemon rosemary tofu is a delicious & protein-packed main course.

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Smoked Pineapple With a Brown Sugar Glaze

This dish can be served as a main course or a side, depending on how much sugar you use. Both adults and kids absolutely love it!

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Smoked Pickles

These fried pickles are like crack! My kids can’t get enough of them. This recipe has become a staple in our house—it’s great for game snacks or as a side with a weeknight dinner. 

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Carrot Salad (With Hemp Hearts, Parsley, and Mint)

This salad is bursting with flavor and nutrition. It’s a delicious and versatile addition to any meal, packed with plant-based protein, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals.

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Whole Smoked Cabbage

Want an easy way to make vegetables taste delicious? Throw them in the smoker; cabbage is yummy when you throw in the smoker whole. Plus, it’s super easy!


Easy Grilled Apples With Cinnamon And Honey

These grilled apples make a perfect dessert for a barbecue or a flavorful side dish to accompany savory meats like pork chops or roasted chicken.


Smoked Corn on The Cob

There is nothing like the classic corn on the cob at a cookout! But why not take the flavor to the next level and smoke your corn? It’s delicious and healthy!

Recipe: Smoked Corn on The Cob

Caprese Salad

love fresh summer tomatoes? this caprese salad recipe is so easy, you’ll be whipping it up all season long!

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Smoked Brussel Sprouts 

If you don’t like Brussels sprouts, maybe it’s because you’ve never had them smoked. Smoking makes them tender inside, with crisp skin on the outside. To season, combine olive oil, salt, and black pepper and top with bacon bits. 

Recipe: Traeger Brussel Sprouts


Spicy Coleslaw

Calling all coleslaw lovers! This spicy version is the perfect addition to your next barbecue. Adjust the spice level to your taste, and get ready for compliments galore!

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Hibachi Vegetables

Summer veggie alert! These colorful beauties are packed with fresh flavors and perfect for any BBQ. They’re a delicious and hassle-free side dish that is easy to make on your Blackstone griddle or right on the stovetop.

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Cauliflower Potato Salad

Craving potato salad, but watching carbs? Try this Southern Cauliflower Potato Salad! It’s packed with classic flavors and a bit of extra crunch thanks to the cauliflower. Your taste buds won’t be disappointed!

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Chipotle Cole Slaw with Lime

Coleslaw craving? This recipe might just be the BBQ side dish champion! It’s ready in just 10 minutes and has a touch of smoky heat thanks to chipotle powder. Give it a try!

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Easy Spicy Cucumber Salad

Fresh and flavorful! This spicy cucumber salad is a perfect BBQ side dish. Packed with crisp cucumbers and a kick, it’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

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TikTok Carrot Salad

Calling all carrot fans! This cold salad is a refreshing side dish for any BBQ. Thick, juicy carrots are tossed in a flavorful vegan sauce for a simple and delicious side.

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Miso Glazed Carrots

Love carrots? Try these miso-glazed beauties! Roasted to perfection, they’re coated in a caramelized glaze that’s tangy, slightly sweet, and bursting with savory umami flavor. They’re a simple side dish that will liven up any meal!

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Zucchini Ribbon Salad

Light and refreshing! This easy zucchini ribbon salad with lemon and mint is a perfect summer side dish.

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Cherry Tomato Salad

Summer on a plate! This cherry tomato salad is the perfect side for your next BBQ. Bursting with fresh flavor, it’s made even better with a sweet and tangy dressing.

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Roasted Asparagus With Parmesan Topping

Asparagus lovers, rejoice! This recipe for fresh-roasted asparagus is a breeze to make and bursting with flavor. Skip the complicated sides and enjoy these cheesy, roasted spears – perfect for any summer BBQ!

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Asian Broccoli Stir Fry Recipe

Broccoli lovers, this is for you! Tender florets get perfectly crisp on the outside while staying juicy within. Tossed in a flavorful ginger-garlic sauce, this broccoli dish is light, delicious, and ready in just 25 minutes. A perfect summer side dish!

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Marinated Grilled Portobello Mushrooms

This Asian-inspired side dish is packed with umami flavor and pairs beautifully with anything you grill. Get ready for a burst of deliciousness!

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Pineapple Skewers

Summer sweetness on a stick! These pineapple skewers are easy to make with just 6 ingredients and sure to be a hit with everyone. Serve them with pita bread for a fun finger food or enjoy them on their own for a refreshing treat.


Artichoke & Roasted Red Pepper Salad 

his roasted red pepper salad is a vibrant vegetarian side dish bursting with flavor. Tender red peppers are joined by juicy artichoke hearts, crunchy toasted almonds, and a sprinkle of fresh herbs for a refreshing and satisfying addition to your next BBQ.

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Author: Charlie Reeves
Hi, I’m Charlie, I have been meat-smoking and grilling for the past 15 years. I have an array of different smokers, thermometers, and have a love for finding the right wood and charcoal combo My favourite recipes are my EXTRA CRISPY smoked pork belly, juicy pulled pork, smoked brisket, duck poppers, and ANY SEAFOOD I grill).

I loves sharing his tips with beginners, helping them navigate the world of smoking. I find it’s not just about cooking; it’s a quest for that perfect smoky flavor.

You will usually find me playing with the kids, perfecting my brisket bark, or sipping beers with boys around the fire. Can’t wait to share all my delicious smoking and grilling recipes with you!

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