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Jun 10, 2014

The Art of Grilling Vegetables

For a lot of people, summertime means cooking outside. Aside from enjoying time outside with family and friends, grilling also gives you the added advantage of imparting flavor to whatever you’re cooking.

Whether you prefer cooking on gas or over live coals, there are thousands of recipes for grilling meat and fish. There aren’t as many grill recipes for vegetables, naturally, but they are out there.

For dozens of great grilling recipes for vegetarians, check out AllRecipes.com’s vegetarian grilling and BBQ recipes.

Grilling Vegetables

What can you grill?
The question should be, “What can’t you grill?” You can grill practically anything, including corn, eggplant, portabella mushrooms, squash, potatoes, veggie burgers – even pizza and tofu. The list is practically endless. Can’t decide on what you want? Make kabobs!

Don’t overcook
Vegetables require more attention than meat. The secret to grilling vegetables is to keep them away from the flame while still getting the heat necessary to cook them through. The goal for most meats is to turn them once or not at all. The same is true of bigger vegetables such as portabella mushrooms, squash and eggplant. However, for most vegetables, you should turn them often to avoid high and uneven heat generated on a grill.

Most grilling recipes for vegetables call for seasonings that you don’t always see around a grill. Salt and pepper, of course, but you’ll also want to keep garlic, paprika, thyme, rosemary and basil handy, as they go with a lot of different vegetables.

Use the right tools for grilling vegetables
Whether you’re a vegetarian or simply want to cook your vegetables while you put a sear on steak, chicken or fish, there are some tools you should consider keeping by the grill in addition to the standard tongs and spatulas:

  • Grill topper – A perforated metal plate that is put on top of the grill to cook vegetables and other small items that might fall through the grill
  • Skewers – Used to make kabobs
  • Basket – Hinged wire with long handles, great for vegetables and seafood
  • Aluminum foil – Perfect for roasting corn, potatoes and more

For more grilling ideas, tips and tricks, check out Weber Nation.