44 Vegetarian Side Dishes for a BBQ (Easy BBQ Ideas)

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Craving the smoky flavors and vibrant atmosphere of a BBQ but want delicious vegetarian sides? The 39 declious vegetarian BBQ sides below are as exciting as the main course. We’ll ditch the focus on meat and delve straight into incredible vegetarian options that burst with flavor.

From refreshing salads to smoky grilled veggies, these sides will take your BBQ to the next level. We’ll cover a variety of dishes to keep everyone at the table happy, no matter their dietary preferences.

So fire up the grill and get ready for a flavor explosion! We’ve curated a selection of the most delicious vegetarian BBQ sides to make your cookout a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

Smoked Broccoli

Broccoli is another delicious vegetable that needs a spice rub and time in the smoker to become a delicious side dish.

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

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.


Grilled Onions with Pesto

Smoky, delicious grilled onions are easy to make and topped with fresh pesto! They’re a healthy side dish perfect for your summer barbecue. Thread the onion slices onto wooden skewers; they’ll never fall through the grates!

Veggie Skewers

Veggie Skewers featuring zucchini, red onion, and bell peppers are grilled to perfection, capturing the essence of summer grilling. These colorful skewers are enhanced with a drizzle of tangy balsamic vinegar and a brush of vibrant garlic herb sauce, making them a flavorful delight. 

Grilled Halloumi Cheese

Cheese on the grill?! Yes please! Salty, buttery-tasting halloumi has a very high melting point, making it the perfect cheese to warm on the grill without losing it through the grates. Serve it on salads, with veggie burgers, or on its own as a side or main.

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

Grilled Vegetable Sandwich

Grilled zucchini and red peppers join up with pesto, all served on crusty rolls. These grilled veggie sandwiches are the perfect sandwich for summer!

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. 

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

While it offers all the benefits of raw carrots, this salad is also packed with plant-based complete protein, healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Plus, it’s flavorful, vibrant, and incredibly versatile

Caprese Salad

Are you looking for ways to use your fresh garden tomatoes this year? Wait until you see how easy this caprese salad recipe is to make!

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

The best cole slaw you’ve ever made is one recipe away! Try this spicy cole slaw and make it as mild or spicy as you like for your next barbecue, and enjoy the accolades!

Hibachi Vegetables

Packed with fresh veggies and a simple flavoring sauce, these veggies are the perfect side dish for any BBQ recipe. They’re easy to make on a Blackstone or Stovetop.

Cauliflower Potato Salad

You will love this Southern Cauliflower Potato Salad if you love potato salad. This low carb salad has all your favorite flavors as the traditional version with a little added crunch.

Chipotle Cole Slaw with Lime

 This coleslaw recipe is the king of all BBQ side dishes. Ready in just 10 minutes, it has a little kick provided by the chipotle powder.

Easy Spicy Cucumber Salad

 Made with all fresh ingredients, this spicy cucumber salad is perfect for any BBQ side. So crunchy and flavorful!

TikTok Carrot Salad

This carrot salad is a great cold recipe to serve at any barbecue. Thick strips of carrots seasoned to perfection with the most delicious vegan sauce.

Miso Glazed Carrots

These miso-gazed carrots will liven up any meal with their tastiest flavor-packed combination. They come out of the oven perfectly roasted with a caramelized glaze that is zesty, subtly sweet, and filled with umami flavor!

Zucchini Ribbon Salad

This easy zucchini ribbon salad with lemon and fresh mint is the perfect low carb side dish.

Cherry Tomato Salad

Cherry tomato salad. The perfect summer side dish for your BBQ. Made even more delicious with a sweet and tangy dressing! 

Roasted Asparagus With Parmesan Topping

Fresh-roasted asparagus is a quick and easy yet delicious side dish. It’s low-carb, cheese-crusted, and delicious!

Asian Broccoli Stir Fry Recipe

Tender, crispy broccoli tossed with ginger, garlic, and a beautiful sauce glaze is an easy, light, and totally delicious recipe that takes just 25 minutes to prepare.

Marinated Grilled Portobello Mushrooms

This mushroom side dish is loaded with delicious Asian flavors and is lovely alongside almost anything you throw on the grill.

Pineapple Skewers

Make pineapple skewers this summer, using just 6 ingredients. These pineapple skewers are a hit with kids and grownups. Serve them with pita bread or eat them by itself.


Artichoke & Roasted Red Pepper Salad 

This bright and flavourful roasted red pepper salad is the perfect vegetarian side for any BBQ. It packs plenty of sweet red peppers with lots of artichoke hearts, some crunchy toasted almonds and an abundance of fresh herbs.

Lemon Herb Roasted Asparagus

 Roasted asparagus is tossed with a tangy dressing made with fresh lemon, herbs and garlic. This is an easy and quick side that’s a huge upgrade over plain roasted asparagus!

BBQ Cauliflower Wings

These BBQ Cauliflower Wings are a tasty alternative to traditional wings. They are baked to perfection with a crispy panko coating and a smoky-sweet barbecue sauce. Serve ’em up as an appetizer, snack, or tasty side dish. They’ll disappear fast!


Smoked Sweet Potatoes

Smoking sweet potatoes is the perfect way to add flavor without calories. Plus, it’s super easy! Just throw them on when you’re cooking your mains.

Tropical Tofu Skewer with Avocado and Mango

This recipe for tofu kebabs with avocado and mango is the perfect meatless main for summer grilling

Smoked Asparagus

Drenched in oil and smoked to perfection. This is the perfect low-carb side for your BBQ.

Sticky BBQ Vegan Ribs

Drenched in oil and smoked to perfection. This is the perfect low-carb side for your BBQ.

Grilled Eggplant Sandwiches With Miso Mayo

These Asian Grilled Eggplant Sandwiches are great vegetarian option for a summer BBQ! They’re made with sliced eggplant that’s served on buns with miso mayo and kimchi. 

Smoke On!


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!

You can read more about me on our About Us page.

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