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Best Grilled and Smoked Vegetable Recipes

Indulge your tastebuds with these delectable grilled and smoked vegetable recipes! These savory dishes can be served alongside your favorite proteins or enjoyed as the main course for any meal of the day.

Best grilled and smoked vegetables recipes

Why is grilling vegetables better than boiling?

Boiling vegetables can ruin their flavor and nutrients, leaving them mushy and bland. Grilling and smoking them adds delicious flavor and keeps most of the nutrients intact. This is great news for picky eaters and those who prepare their 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 the grocery store.

Timing is everything

Grilling vegetables is simple, but precise timing is the key to achieving the perfect balance of a lightly charred exterior with a tender crunch and optimal flavor. Keeping a close eye during cooking will help you pull the vegetables off the grill at the right moment.

1) Mexican Street Corn (Elote)


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

Middle Eastern Grilled Eggplant

This delectable Middle Eastern Grilled Eggplant works perfectly as an appetizer, side dish, or part of the main course. Its flame-kissed flavor is unmatched, and that’s why we’ve added it to our best grilled and smoked vegetable recipes list. Serve this grilled eggplant with pita and rice for a meatless meal or alongside chicken or lamb kebabs for meat lovers.

3) Smoked Butternut Squash

Smoked Butternut Squash Plated

Why smoke butternut squash? First, it is easy to do, and second, the smoking process imparts a delicious flavor to the squash. We’ve used it in other recipes like smoked butternut squash soup and, believe it or not, desserts! 

4) Smoked Hasselback Potatoes

Hasselback Potatoes

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 best side dish to pair with any of your smoked or grilled meats.

5) Grilled Keto Zucchini Skins

Grilled Zucchini Skins
Grilled Zucchini Skins/derrickriches.com

Grilled Keto Zucchini Skins are the perfect veggie meal for carb-watchers. This keto-friendly dish is a delicious swap out for traditional potato skins. The best part is that these grilled zucchini skins cook quickly!

6) Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

Green Beans-bacon wrapped
Green Beans-bacon wrapped/derrickriches.com

These green bean bundles are simple to make and super easy to grill. For best results, the beans should be equal in length, and thin-cut bacon should be used. These bacon wrapped green beans make a fantastic side dish, and let’s be honest, bacon makes everything better! We love serving them with smoked turkey or glazed ham

7) Easy Grilled Cauliflower Steaks

Easy Cauliflower Steaks

These easy, grilled cauliflower steaks make an amazing veggie 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

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

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 certainly one of our favorite grilled vegetable recipes.

10) Bacon Wrapped Corn Skewers

bacon wrapped corn -vegetables recipe

An easy method for preparing grilled bacon wrapped corn skewers. Cutting the corn in half and using a skewer makes them easier to move around on the grill and easier to eat. Use thin or regular cut bacon for this recipe, so it cooks at the same rate as the corn. Once you taste the sweet and salty morsels, you’ll see why we added this dish to the best grilled and smoked vegetable recipes.

11) Grilled Carrots with Maple Glaze

Grilled Carrots with Maple Glaze

Fresh, whole carrots are grilled to tender perfection, then coated in a silky, sweet maple glaze. This simple side dish will have you reaching for seconds in no time. So, gather your ingredients, preheat that grill, and get ready to make this easy grilled carrot recipe.

12) Smoked Onions

Smoked Onions -vegetables recipe

Not only are smoked onions easy to make, but they are also packed with a delicious, smoky flavor. We’ve used these onions on burgerssteaks, tacos, dips, soups, and much more. The best part is that this is a 4 ingredient recipe!

13) Cowboy Potato Skewers


The two-step process of parboiling then grilling offers the ease of contending with these skewers. In the end, you will end up with soft in the center, slightly crispy, perfectly cooked potato skewers. Delicious!

14) Easy Smoked Baked Potatoes

smoked baked potatoes

These smoked baked potatoes are easy to make and taste delicious! Not only do they make the perfect side dish, but these smoked potatoes can be cooked alongside your main protein. 

15) Smoked Green Bean Casserole

smoked-green-bean-casserole - best vegetables

This smoked green bean casserole recipe combines the goodness of fresh green beans nestled in a creamy mushroom sauce and topped with crispy french fried onions. But it doesn’t stop there. This green bean casserole gets a light kiss of smoke, taking it from good to incredibly delicious!

16) Skillet Gochujang Brussels Sprouts

close up shot of gochujang brussels sprouts

This brussels sprouts recipe combines the earthy flavors of gochujang with honey, and bacon, then finished with an added touch of smoke.

17) Smoked Corn on the Cob

Smoked Corn on the Cob plated with toppings

Smoking corn on the cob, whether prepared in your pellet grill or smoker, is an absolute must-try! It’s an effortless way to cook corn, and it tastes delicious! Smoked corn is versatile, too. Cut away the kernels and use them in your favorite dips, soups, stews, and casseroles with ease.

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