Our Best Vegetarian Grilling Recipes

Grilled Hen-of-the-Woods Mushrooms with Sesame

These terrific recipes include grilled eggplant and tomatoes with Parmesan-basil crumbs and cheese-stuffed grilled peppers.

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Spicy Jerk Vegetables with Yogurt-Scallion Sauce

Spicy Jerk Vegetables with Yogurt-Scallion Sauce

Spicy, fresh and satisfying, these make a spectacular vegetarian main course.

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Soba Noodle Salad with Pesto and Grilled Eggplant

Soba Noodle Salad with Pesto and Grilled Eggplant

"Buckwheat and basil actually work really well together," Bill Kim says about this unlikely match-up of Japanese and Mediterranean flavors. This chunky salad has a great mix of textures, too: velvety grilled eggplant, crunchy radishes and juicy cucumbers.

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Cheese-Stuffed Grilled Peppers

Cheese-Stuffed Grilled Peppers

Robert Perkins and John Lancaster love making this snack at backyard barbecues using all types of medium-sized peppers: As the peppers blister, the cheese mixture tucked inside turns warm and gooey.

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Grilled Eggplant and Tomatoes with Parmesan-Basil Crumbs

Grilled Eggplant and Tomatoes with Parmesan-Basil Crumbs
© John Kernick

Fresh bread crumbs are an underrated way of adding fabulous crunch to recipes. Here Francis Mallmann uses bread crumbs tossed with fresh basil and lots of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese to create a great topping for tender grilled vegetables.

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Open-Face Grilled Eggplant Sandwiches

Open-Face Grilled Eggplant Sandwiches

For this smoky version of eggplant Parmesan, Sam Calagione looked for a beer that could stand up to the grilled eggplant without overwhelming it, finally opting for Guinness.

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Honey-Buttered Grilled Corn

Honey-Buttered Grilled Corn

Spreading butter, honey and a pinch of spicy cayenne over fresh corn on the cob, then grilling it in the husk, makes it insanely good—sweet with a hint of heat.

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Grilled Bread and Marinated Tomato Salad

Grilled Bread and Marinated Tomato Salad
© John Kernick

Grilling the bread for this panzanella (bread salad) adds a slight smokiness and crunch. Marinate the tomatoes ahead of time so all you have to do is grill the bread and assemble the salad to serve.

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Grilled Manouri Cheese with Caramelized Plums

Grilled Manouri Cheese with Caramelized Plums

Michael Psilakis likes to riff on saganaki—fried cheese with lemon. He uses manouri, a fresh, milky white cheese made from the whey that's drained off during feta production. Like nearly all Greek cheeses, it's produced from either sheep's or goat's milk.

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Creamy Cucumber and Grilled Potato Salad

Creamy Cucumber and Grilled Potato Salad

The potatoes in this chunky salad are boiled and then grilled so they're smoky on the outside and creamy within.

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Grilled Hen-of-the-Woods Mushrooms with Sesame

Grilled Hen-of-the-Woods Mushrooms with Sesame

"Hen-of-the-woods are often shredded and sautéed, but when you cook them whole, they become crispy outside and meaty and moist inside," says Jean-Georges Vongerichten of his preferred method of preparing the coral-like mushroom. "I'm a purist when it comes to beautiful ingredients, so serving the mushrooms in big clusters keeps them the way they grow in the woods."

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Grilled Corn with Cotija and Quicos

Grilled Corn with Cotija and Quicos Recipe
Aubrie Pick

Traci des Jardins' version of Elote comes with extra crunch thanks to a helping of quicos, or corn nuts.

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Grilled Eggplant with Summer Marinara

Grilled Eggplant with Summer Marinara Recipe
Chelsea Kyle

An excellent way to make use of the abundance of summer vegetables, this combines grilled eggplant with a silky tomato sauce.

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