Grilling can be for non-meat lovers too! As barbecue season is nearing, those of you who don’t eat meat might be in for a grilling season lacking creativity. While veggie dogs and veggie burgers definitely do hit the spot, often times you crave something more than just a processed fake meat patty. These non-meat grilling ideas are perfect for any such occasion! Use any of the ingredients we suggest below in sandwiches, kebabs, salads, tacos, flatbreads, pizzas, pastas, noodles or whatever else you can think of! These non-meat grilling ideas will hopefully bring you some inspiration as the grilling season begins!
1. Grilled Halloumi
Grilled halloumi (sorry vegans), is a salty and delicious cheese that might be best when grilled. Not only is this non-meat grilling option filling and tasty, but you can add it into or onto just about any summer barbecue dish. Try it on a kebab with other grilled vegetables, or between some bread for a truly killer sandwich!
2. Whole Grilled Corn
With this non-meat grilling option, you can eat your grilled corn right off the cob, or cut it off and incorporate it into just about any summer salad! Grilling corn allows the corn to get beautiful and smoky, a perfect little burst of flavour in any summer dish. Slather your corn with cotija cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, chile powder and lime for the best grilled Mexican street corn!
3. Grilled Veggie Tacos
Grilling any kind of vegetable is always a go to non-meat grilling idea. Peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, eggplant, just about any vegetable is good on the grill! Take your grilled vegetables one step further and try making grilled veggie tacos! Add some grilled veggies to tortillas, add salsa, sour cream or whatever other taco toppings you like, and you’ve got a tasty non-meat meal option.
4. Grilled Salads
Grilling lettuce is a really easy non-meat grilling idea. Lightly grill any sort of lettuce head you like, as the perfect taste addition to any summer salad. Grilling your lettuce will add a slightly smokey flavour to your salad, and the texture of the charred leaves is a good little crunch. Make a memorable summer salad by grilling your lettuce!
5. Grilled Cauliflower Steaks
Grilled cauliflower steaks are the PERFECT non-meat grilling option! You can sub in cauliflower steaks for any sort of meat option. Put grilled cauliflower steaks in sandwiches, burgers, tacos, salads, or serve it on its own like a true steak. You can season them with a steak seasoning as well, if you really wanna go that extra ‘meat’ mile!
6. Simple Grilled Eggplant
Grilled eggplant is another easy and interchangeable non-meat grilling idea. Grill your eggplant with olive, salt, pepper and you are good to go! Add grilled eggplant into any sandwich, burger, taco or sandwich (just like the cauliflower steaks) and you’ve got a winning non-meat dish!
7. Marinated Grilled Tofu
Grilling tofu is one of the best ways to use this on-meat option. Marinate your tofu with anything you want, grill it up, and add use it as a replacement for any meat dish. Marinated grilled tofu can be served as the focal point of any dish, and added into almost anything. Marinated grilled tofu is your new non-meat grilling summer go to!
8. Grilled Polenta
Grilling polenta takes more time than just about anything on this list, but they are a snack that will seriously impress. Make grilled polenta as a side dish, or as your main with some fun and fresh summer produce.
9. Grilled And Stuffed Portobellos
Stuff your portobello mushrooms with any filling, grill them on the BBQ, and you’ve got a delicious non-meat option that is just as hearty and deep in flavour as meat is. Stuffing your portobellos with vegetables and cheese, then topping them with breadcrumbs is a delectable main dish. Or, skip the breadcrumbs and you’ve got a tasty and different non-meat burger!
10. Grilled Peaches
Grilled peaches are a sweet little surprise that will end any meal off right. While you probably won’t eat this as your main dish, (but if you do, I’m not judging – this non-meat grilling option is YUMMY) serve grilled peaches even in a salad, sandwich, taco or obviously, as dessert!