First, let's get some stereotypes out of the way: Grilling isn't just for meat-eaters and you don't need to be a vegetarian to like grilled vegetables or vegetarian grilling. As the following recipes will prove, there is a world beyond grilling meat.
Vegetables are amazing cooked on the grill -- eggplant, summer squash, mushrooms, peppers and so much more hold up terrifically to the high, searing heat. And instead of meat, there are meatless proteins like tofu and tempeh, which can be grilled very successfully -- and they don't taste as bland as you might think when marinated the right way. There's always the veggie burger standby for vegetarians, but instead of the store-bought ones, try a much more flavorful one made from scratch.
Whether you're a vegetarian, love grilling in a vegetarian-style or need some ideas to satisfy your vegetarian friends at an upcoming barbecue, we've got lots of options in the slideshow below.
Open-Faced Grilled Eggplant Sandwiches
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/22/open-faced-grilled-eggpla_n_1373858.html" target="_hplink">Open-Faced Grilled Eggplant Sandwiches recipe</a></strong> These hearty sandwiches are topped with grilled eggplant and onion, fresh tomato slices and then dressed with a celeriac sauce.
Grilled Vegetable Sandwiches
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-vegetable-sandwic_n_1058476.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Vegetable Sandwiches recipe</a></strong> Olive tapenade is the secret to making these grilled vegetable sandwiches extra flavorful. Make your own from scratch or use store-bought in a pinch.
Grilled Tomato and Scallions
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-tomato-and-scalli_n_1058471.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Tomato and Scallions recipe</a></strong> If you thought you couldn't grill tomatoes, think again. This dish combines grilled tomatoes and grilled scallions and then tops them with crumbled cheese.
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/chickpea-burgers-_n_1062451.html" target="_hplink">Chickpea Burgers recipe</a></strong> These burgers are similar to Middle Eastern falafel in that they're made from chickpeas, but they also include brown rice and wheat germ for an extra healthy boost. Serve with yogurt in pocket pitas.
Cheese-Stuffed Grilled Peppers
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/cheese-stuffed-grilled-pe_n_1058282.html" target="_hplink">Cheese-Stuffed Grilled Peppers recipe</a></strong> A mixture of ricotta, Parmesan and cream cheeses create the filling for these grilled peppers. Use your favorite peppers and chiles such as poblano, Cubanelle, Anaheim or even bell.
Barley And Grilled Vegetable Salad
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/barley-and-grilled-vegeta_n_1058222.html" target="_hplink">Barley and Grilled Vegetable Salad recipe</a></strong> Take your favorite grilled vegetables and combine them with barley to create this flavorful salad. Enjoy it as a main dish or side.
Minted Tomato, Onion And Glazed Tofu Kebabs
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/minted-tomato-onion--gl_n_1062418.html" target="_hplink">Minted Tomato, Onion and Glazed Tofu Kebabs recipe</a></strong> A simple marinade of lime juice, soy sauce and minced ginger is all you need to flavor these tofu kebabs. Thread the skeweres with fresh mint for heightened flavor.
Blue Cheese Portobello Burgers
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/19/blue-cheese-portobello-bu_n_1610238.html" target="_hplink">Blue Cheese Portobello Burgers recipe</a></strong> These portobello burgers are savory and amazing from a topping of blue cheese and caramelized onion. Serve with tomato and arugula on buns.
Grilled Peppers, Eggplant And Zucchini With Lemon-Harissa Dressing
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-peppers-eggplant_n_1060961.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Peppers, Eggplant and Zucchini with Lemon-Harissa Dressing recipe</a> </strong> This trio of summer vegetables takes on the flavors of North Africa with a spicy harissa dressing.
Mediterranean Grilled Pizza
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/mediterranean-grilled-piz_n_1061362.html" target="_hplink">Mediterranean Grilled Pizza recipe</a></strong> This grilled pizza takes inspiration from all over the Mediterranean region. It features a base of hummus and it's topped with asparagus, red peppers and goat cheese.
Sweet And Spicy Grilled Tofu With Cabbage-Carrot Slaw
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/sweet-and-spicy-grilled-t_n_1057194.html" target="_hplink">Sweet and Spicy Grilled Tofu with Cabbage-Carrot Slaw recipe</a></strong> A spicy Mexican-inspired rub flavors these tofu cubes before grilling. Serve with a refreshing slaw to cool the palate.
Grilled Goat Cheese Sandwich
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-goat-cheese-sandw_n_1061394.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Goat Cheese Sandwich recipe</a></strong> This grilled sandwich is so simple to make because it only has three ingredients between the bread slices: red pepper, goat cheese and fresh basil.
Grilled Zucchini And Summer Squash With Avocado
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-zucchini-and-summ_n_1057959.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Zucchini and Summer Squash with Avocado recipe</a></strong> This delightful salad combines a few spring and summer vegetable favorites: asparagus, squash and avocado. Serve topped with arugula and balsamic vinaigrette.
<strong>Grilled <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-apricot-arugula-_n_1058431.html" target="_hplink">Apricot, Arugula and Goat Cheese Salad recipe</a></strong> Grilled fruit isn't just for dessert. In this recipe grilled apricots play the main part, balanced by tangy goat cheese, peppery arugula and all topped with a toasted pine nut dressing.
Grilled Gruyere And Zucchini Sandwiches With Smoky Pesto
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-gruyre-and-zucch_n_1058447.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Gruyere and Zucchini Sandwiches with Smoky Pesto recipe</a></strong> A little bit of smoked paprika adds so much flavor to the typical pesto. Here it's spread on grilled English muffins assembled with grilled zucchini and Swiss cheese.
Grilled Asparagus With Lemon Shallot Vinaigrette
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-asparagus-salad-w_n_1059867.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Asparagus with Lemon Shallot Vinaigrette recipe</a></strong> These tender spears of grilled asparagus get the perfect treatment with shaved Parmesan and a bright vinaigrette.
Grilled Tofu Steaks With Piquillo Salsa Verde
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-tofu-steaks-with-_n_1058470.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Tofu Steaks with Piquillo Salsa Verde recipe</a></strong> Firm tofu holds up very well to grilling. Here it's simply grilled with a brushing of oil and topped with a condiment made from jarred piquillo peppers, capers and parsley.
Grilled Eggplant And Portobello Sandwich
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-eggplant--portob_n_1062003.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Eggplant and Portobello Sandwich recipe</a></strong> Grilled eggplant and portobello are the perfect match in this grilled sandwich recipe. Spread the sandwiches with garlic mayo for extra flavor.
Grilled Beet Salad With Balsamic And Goat Cheese
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-beet-salad-with-b_n_1055740.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Beet Salad With Balsamic And Goat Cheese recipe</a></strong> The beets for this salad start off by being boiled. Grilling them afterward brings out their flavor even more. Serve with tangy goat cheese and balsamic vinaigrette.
Outdoor Grilled Cheese Sandwich
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/outdoor-grilled-cheese-sa_n_1055913.html" target="_hplink">Outdoor Grilled Cheese Sandwich recipe</a></strong> This grilled cheese is really unique not just because it's made on the grill. One long loaf of ciabbata is spread with mustard and nectarine chutney and then scattered over with two cheeses and arugula.
Grilled Eggplant Cannelloni
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-eggplant-cannello_n_1059175.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Eggplant Cannelloni recipe</a></strong> Grilled eggplant slices take the place of cannelloni pasta to create this dish. Each roll is filled with sweet tomato jam.
Grilled Curried Tofu With Sweet And Spicy Tamarind Chutney
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-curried-tofu-with_n_1049578.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Curried Tofu with Sweet and Spicy Tamarind Chutney recipe</a></strong> Curry powder gives firm tofu an Indian flair. Serve with tamarind chutney, which can be made from fresh tamarind or the concentrated pulp (find it in the freezer section of the supermarket).
Grilled Pizza With Pesto, Tomatoes And Feta
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-pizza-with-pesto_n_1048911.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Pizza with Pesto, Tomatoes and Feta recipe</a></strong> This isn't your typical grilled pizza. It's spread with pesto sauce instead of the usual tomato sauce, and it's topped with fresh tomatoes and tangy feta.
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-quesadillas_n_1057995.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Quesadilla recipe</a></strong> These grilled quesadillas feature cheese, scallions, tomatoes, chiles and sour cream between two tortillas. Grill, being careful not to lose any of the fillings, and then cut into wedges for serving.
Grilled Tempeh Salad With Sesame-Ginger Dressing
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/01/grilled-tempeh-salad-with_n_1563970.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Tempeh Salad with Sesame-Ginger Dressing recipe</a></strong> A flavorful sweet and spicy marinade coats the tempeh before grilling. Pair it with grilled pineapple and serve over a refreshing salad of mixed greens and snow peas.
Joe's Veggie Burgers
<strong>Get <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/joersquos-veggie-burger_n_1061170.html" target="_hplink">Joe's Veggie Burgers recipe</a></strong> These veggie burgers are packed with mushrooms, beans and three whole grains. A bit of miso paste gives them a savory flavor. After partially baking, the burgers are grilled.
Grilled Eggplant Panini
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-eggplant-panini_n_1049197.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Eggplant Panini recipe</a></strong> Panini are ideal for making on the outdoor grill. This recipe includes thick-cut grilled eggplant, roasted red pepper, and mozzarella between country bread slices.
Asian-Style Grilled Tofu
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/asian-style-grilled-tofu-_n_1049215.html" target="_hplink">Asian-Style Grilled Tofu recipe</a></strong> The blocks of tofu are marinated in a combination of honey, soy sauce and black-bean chile sauce before being grilled. Serve over salad greens tossed with carrot and miso dressing.
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