Some of best grilled and smoked vegetable recipes that we know you’ll love! Serve as delicious side dishes for smoked and grilled meats, or serve as the main course for lunch or dinner.
Why is grilling vegetables better than boiling?
We can all agree that boiling vegetables run them. It robs them of flavor and nutrients and reduces them to mushy, bland morsels on your plate. Grilling and smoking add delicious flavor to vegetables and keep most nutrients intact. That is music to the ears of picky eaters and those who their prepare meals! Our best grilled and smoked vegetable recipes take it to a whole new level, so fire up the grill and make the most of the least expensive foods at your local grocery store.
1) Mexican Street Corn
Mexican Street Corn (elote) is topped with a creamy sauce, spices, cilantro, and crumbled cheese. This delicious corn on the cob is great served alongside grilled and smoked meats, and they are a wonderful option for the vegetarians in your group. Serve this popular Mexican street corn recipe at your next cookout or tailgating event.
2) Middle Eastern Grilled Eggplant
This delectable Middle Eastern Grilled Eggplant works perfectly as an appetizer, side dish, or part of the main course. The flame kissed is unmatched and we knew we had to add this to our best grilled and smoked vegetable recipes list. Serve this grilled eggplant with pita and rice for a meatless meal, or serve alongside chicken or lamb kebabs for meat lovers.
3) Smoked Butternut Squash
Why smoked butternut squash? First, it is easy to do, and second, the smoking process imparts a delicious flavor to the squash. I’ve used it in other recipes like smoked butternut squash soup and, believe it or not, desserts!
4) Smoked Hasselback Potatoes
These smoked hasselback potatoes are incredibly delicious and so easy to make! We skip the oven and place these perfectly sliced whole potatoes straight into the smoker. In 2 hours, you’ll have the perfect side dish to pair with any of your smoked or grilled meats.
5) Grilled Keto Zucchini Skins
Grilled Keto Zucchini Skins are perfect for those looking to cut their carb intake. These ketogenic-friendly morsels are a delicious swap out for traditional potato skins. The best part is that these grilled keto zucchini skins cook quickly!
6) Bacon Wrapped Green Beans
Bacon Wrapped Green Beans bundles are simple to make and easier to grill than you’d think. Make sure that the beans are equal in length and purchase a thinner variety of bacon. These bacon wrapped green beans make a fantastic side dish, and let’s be honest, bacon makes everything better! I love serving this with smoked turkey or glazed ham.
7) Easy Grilled Cauliflower Steaks
These easy grilled cauliflower steaks make an amazing low-carb side dish to pair with any of your barbecued or grilled proteins. In fact, these cauliflower steaks stand on their own as a main course. So if you have a vegan or vegetarian loved one, they will love them!
8) Grilled Bacon-Asparagus Skewers
Add a little wow factor to weeknight dinners with these delicious Grilled Bacon-Asparagus Skewers! You can’t go wrong with bacon, and when paired with asparagus, this low-carb grilled vegetable recipe makes a great side dish for grilled fish or chicken.
9) Cast Iron Baby Potatoes with Leeks and Onions
We don’t know about you, but we love a good cast iron potato dish. Add in some caramelized leeks and onions, and it’s pure heaven. This dish will become one of your favorite ‘go-to’ side dishes and it’s one of our favorite grilled vegetable recipes.
10) Bacon Wrapped Corn Skewers
An easy method for preparing bacon wrapped corn skewers cooked right on the grill. Cutting the corn in half and using a skewer makes it easier to move them around the grill and easier to eat. Use thin or regular cut bacon for this recipe, as it will cook a the same rate as the corn and crisp up nicely. Once you taste these you’ll see why it made our list of the best grilled and smoked vegetable recipes.
11) Grilled Carrots with Maple Glaze
Grilled Carrots with Maple Glaze are a side dish like no other. Fresh, whole carrots are grilled to tender perfection, then coated in a silky, sweet maple glaze. This easy side dish will have you reaching for a second helping in no time. So, gather your ingredients, preheat that grill, and get ready to make this easy grilled carrot recipe.