13 Meatless Grill Swaps That Make Your Backyard BBQ More Eco-Friendly

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"These vegetarian grill recipes are must-tries, from rainbow veggie skewers to tempeh ribs."

If you go to a traditional barbecue, you’ll likely find meat on the grill. Cheeseburgers, brats, kebabs—you name it. But if you’ve been trying to make some sustainable swaps, you’re in luck: There are plenty of vegetarian grill recipes that taste just as good… if not better.

These vegetarian grill recipes are nutritious, packed with flavor, and—most importantly—planet-friendly. There’s rainbow veggie skewers, meaty ribs made with tempeh, chickpea patties, and even stuffed peppers. With this list, it’s safe to say your summer gatherings definitely won’t be boring.

13 Vegetarian Grill Recipes for All Your BBQ Needs

1. Grilled Veggie Skewers

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Photo: The Forked Spoon

No meat needed on these veggie skewers. This option includes zucchini, red onion, and bell peppers and is drizzled with balsamic vinegar and brushed with a garlic herb sauce. Yum.

2. Barbecue Tempeh Ribs

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Photo: Connoisseurus Veg

Ribs, but make them meatless. This vegetarian grill recipe swaps in protein-packed tempeh. Slather on some BBQ sauce, then grill them up to perfection.

3. Grilled Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

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Photo: Urban Foodie Kitchen

These stuffed peppers feature a wealth of different flavors. They’re loaded with couscous, cucumber, red onion, and fresh herbs, then topped with a creamy Greek yogurt-based sauce.

4. Vegan Hot Dogs

Photo: Elephantastic Vegan

Even though these hot dogs look meaty, they’re actually made with plant-based ingredients like chickpeas, fennel seeds, and vital wheat gluten.

5. Pesto Grilled Cheese on the Grill

Photo: A Couple Cooks

Grilled cheese sandwiches aren’t typically made on the grill. But you better believe they’re even better that way. This version pairs provolone cheese with a fresh mint pesto that’s packed with flavor.

6. Grilled Guacamole

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Photo: How Sweet Eats

Grilled guacamole? Yes, please. Simply grill the avocados, scoop them out of the peels, and add in some jalapeños, diced onion, cilantro, and lime. Then dip away.

7. Chickpea Burgers

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Photo: Loving It Vegan

This recipe is great for planning ahead. All you need to do is make the veggie burgers as instructed, then cook them on the grill to give them that nice charred finish. For more options, check out our community’s recipe database.

8. Grilled Baja Tofu Tacos

Photo: The Simple Veganista

Tofu makes the perfect meatless protein swap for your tacos. After marinating it and grilling it up, put it in a tortilla with a red cabbage slaw and creamy chipotle mayo.

9. Grilled Vegetable Pizza

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Photo: Kitchen Confidante

You won’t even miss the sausage or pepperoni with this veggie-loaded pizza. It’s topped with eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms, onion, cherry tomatoes, and more.

10. Grilled Corn with Sriracha Aioli

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Photo: Minimalist Baker

Sweet corn on the grill is a summer staple. Top it with a Sriracha aioli made from raw cashews, and you’ve got yourself a delicious side dish.

11. Grilled BBQ Tofu Skewers

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Photo: Sweet Simple Vegan

These grilled BBQ tofu skewers only require two ingredients: tofu and your sauce of choice. Put the tofu on reusable metal skewers, brush on the sauce, and cook until there’s grill marks.

12. Grilled Veggie Quesadilla

Photo: Spiced

This quesadilla is loaded with flavor thanks to first grilling the veggies, then stuffing them in the quesadilla with some cheese and grilling the entire thing.

13. Grilled Eggplant Baba Ghanoush

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Photo: Platings + Pairings

Baba ghanoush is super easy to make on the grill. All you need to do is occasionally flip the eggplant. Once it’s ready, combine it with a handful of other ingredients in a food processor.


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These vegetarian grill recipes are must-tries, from rainbow veggie skewers to tempeh ribs.

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