Can Vegetables Be Grilled on the BBQ? Grilling Tips
The barbecue is a favorite for cooking various cuts of
meat ... but eventually, someone is probably going to wonder about
grilling vegetables on the BBQ - you know, so that you can get some
extra flavors and nutrients from something other than meat!
be grilled on the BBQ? They sure can, and the results are very
tasty. Here are some tips to get you started.
- Nearly any type of vegetable will work on the grill, but some
work better than others. Perennial favorites are BBQ corn-on-the-cob,
asparagus, eggplant, mushrooms, garlic, onions, peppers,
zucchini, tomatoes, and (of course) barbecue potatoes.
- Vegetables will vary widely in grilling times. They do need to
be watched carefully to make sure they don't burn. Try to barbecue
veggies together that have similar cooking times.
- You can mix up vegetables with different cooking times if
you like... just be prepared to hover over the grill to add or remove
vegetables depending on the various grill times.
- Try to keep vegetable chunks / slices a consistent width -
generally about 1/2" to 3/4" thick.
- If need be, and you're not much into hovering over the BBQ but
you still want to grill up a variety of veggies, chop up veggies
that take longer to cook into smaller chunks or slices to help even
out the cook times.
A grilling basket
is a good and convenient way to make sure veggie
chunks don't fall through the cooking grate. You can always skewer
vegetables - alternate colorful veggies for an eye-catching appetizer
or side dish.
- No grill basket available? Tinfoil works too. Just wrap the
veggies in heavy-duty foil (or a couple of layers of regular foil)
and place on the BBQ.
- Use marinade or herbs if you like. It's not even necessary to
have a recipe - even a simple preparation can add a ton of flavor.
For example, a quick brush of olive oil and a sprinkle of a few
fresh herbs can make a world of difference in taste. Or give the
veggies a quick spritz of lemon juice.
- If you're not marinating your veggies, consider soaking them in
cold water for about 30 minutes before grilling. This will help to
prevent them from drying out. Pat them dry and brush lightly with
oil prior to grilling.
- A fresh rosemary sprig makes an excellent basting brush
and adds flavor as you baste!
- Veggies are done when they are lightly charred and are soft and cooked
in the middle. Don't overcook, or they'll be mushy.
If you've ever wondered, can vegetables be grilled on the BBQ? The
answer is a resounding, yes! Find more BBQ tips
for your next cookout, or check out BBQ vegetable recipes.
This website offers tips on how to BBQ
as well as
some of our favorite barbecue recipes
. We barbecue with a charcoal grill
in an outdoor kamado-style cooker called The Big Green Egg
We love food and we love the grill, and hope you enjoy our recipes!