How to Grill Vegetables Perfectly

Wondering how to grill vegetables perfectly? Just follow these 5 easy steps!

Burgers, brats, steak, chicken, pork chops and all the flavors of fresh meat get all the love on the grill, but a well-rounded meal calls for sides and veggies.

Be sure to check out our other vegetarian recipes, too!

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How to Grill Vegetables Perfectly

Need a reason to eat more vegetables?

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, eating vegetables provides health benefits — people who eat more vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet are likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases.

Vegetables also provide nutrients vital for health and maintenance of your body.

5 Steps to Grill Vegetables

Before you plan your next backyard barbecue, incorporate tasty vegetables – peppers, asparagus, onions, tomatoes, zucchini and more – for an all-out blitz of fresh-grilled flavor.

Consider these simple steps to properly grill your crispy veggies:

perfectly grilled vegetables on skewers

1. Light the grill

Step one, of course, is to prep a hot grill.

For the best cooking experience, you’ll want medium-high heat or even high heat for quick, direct grilling.

By lighting the grill ahead of veggie prep, you’ll allow plenty of heating time to complete your other tasks.

2. Prepare vegetables

Depending on what you plan to cook, there’ll likely be some preparation to undertake, such as cutting off stems and blemishes or removing pits and seeds.

In addition to cleaning up your ingredients, you may want to chop, dice or slice based on the recipe.

grilled green peppers and zucchini

3. Coat vegetables with olive oil

Drizzling just a small amount of olive oil over your vegetables and tossing to coat adds a couple benefits.

First, it helps the outer layer crisp rather than dry out, plus it aids in seasonings – like salt and pepper – sticking to the vegetable instead of falling off while on the grill or in a pan.

4. Consider using foil packets or skewers

If char marks aren’t your thing, tossing chopped or diced veggies into a foil packet before hitting the grill steams them for a bit of a softer texture.

Alternately, wooden skewers soaked in water (to prevent burning) can help keep smaller chunks of veggies from slipping through the grill grates while still achieving a crispy exterior.

marinated grilled vegetables on skewers

5. Pay attention to grill times

Different types of vegetables and preparation methods call for different cook times, but 5-10 minutes over direct heat generally gets the job done.

The smaller you chunk, chop, slice or dice, the less time it’ll take.

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