17 Grilled Vegetables That'll Make You Forget About Your Oven

Grilled Zucchini and Eggplant with Basil Vinaigrette
Photo: Victor Protasio, Food Styling: Kellie Kelley, Prop Styling: Kay E Clarke

Backyard cookouts are the hallmark of warm, sunny summer days, but just because hamburgers and ribs are the kings of the grill doesn't mean they can't spare some room the grate. Share the flames with some of the season's finest produce, and you'll have an oven-free meal that'll let you keep you kitchen cool.

Just a hint of smoke and char from the grill is often all it takes to turn corn on the cob, zucchini, asparagus, or potatoes into a flavorful side. Some of our easiest grilled vegetable recipes just need a kiss on the grate and a pinch of seasoning. Other dishes use the char of one grilled veggie to add a richer, more complex flavor to a summer salad, like our Grilled Baby Zucchini-and-Tomato Salad. No matter which BBQ vegetable side you decide to fire up, get ready to pile your plate high.

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Classic Grilled Corn on the Cob

Classic Grilled Corn on the Cob
Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Recipe: Classic Grilled Corn on the Cob

You can't go wrong with corn at a cookout. This recipe offers flavorful twists with butters and toppings to take the classic summer side to the next level.

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Easy Grilled Asparagus

Easy Grilled Asparagus
Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Melissa Gray; Prop Styling: Missie Neville Crawford

Recipe: Easy Grilled Asparagus

It may have "easy" in its name, but its tastes anything but simple. Using bacon drippings for a tasty vinaigrette, this side is sure to step up your grilling game.

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Grilled Baby Zucchini-and-Tomato Salad

Grilled Baby Zucchini-and-Tomato Salad
Greg Dupree; Prop Styling: Ginny Branch; Food Styling: Anna Hampton

Recipe: Grilled Baby Zucchini-and-Tomato Salad

Fresh summer tomatoes meet baby zucchini in this colorful dish that only needs a two-minute kiss on the grill on each side.

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Grilled Sweet Potato Fries

Grilled Sweet Potato Fries
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Grilled Sweet Potato Fries

Topped with honey and salty queso fresco, these sweet potato fries are anything but ordinary.

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Smoked Corn on the Cob

Smoked Corn on the Cob
Photographer: Jennifer Causey; Food Stylist: Chelsea Zimmer

Recipe: Smoked Corn on the Cob

Celebrate corn season with a touch of smoke. Buttery with a subtly smoky flavor, this recipe has just a bit of a kick.

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Grilled Yellow Squash Roll-Ups

Grilled Yellow Squash Roll-Ups
Greg Dupree; Prop Styling: Ginny Branch; Food Styling: Anna Hampton

Recipe: Grilled Yellow Squash Roll-Ups

A dab of creamy goat cheese mixed with lemon and tarragon seals the deal on these cute, petite rolled veggies that are ready in under 30 minutes.

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Spicy Grilled Corn Salad

Spicy Grilled Corn Salad
Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Lydia Pursell; Food Styling: Toni Brogan

Recipe: Spicy Grilled Corn Salad

Inspired by Mexican-style street corn, this side delivers a fiesta in a bowl.

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BBQ Grilled Potato Salad

Grilled Potato Salad from Burn Co. Barbecue
Oxmoor House

Recipe: BBQ Grilled Potato Salad

Straight from Burn Co. BBQ in Tulsa, Oklahoma, this grilled potato side is a customer favorite.

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Grilled Ratatouille Skewers

Grilled Ratatouille Skewers
Photo: Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Cat Steele

Recipe: Grilled Ratatouille Skewers

Think kabobs need meat to stand out at a cookout? Think again. These skewers turn ratatouille into a portable side.

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Grilled Wedge Salad with Buttermilk-Blue Cheese Dressing

Grilled Wedge Salad with Buttermilk-Blue Cheese Dressing
Greg Dupree; Prop Styling: Ginny Branch; Food Styling: Anna Hampton

Recipe: Grilled Wedge Salad with Buttermilk-Blue Cheese Dressing

A light touch on the grill adds a nicely charred flavor to your everyday wedge.

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Grilled Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Grilled Stuffed Poblano Peppers
Greg Dupree; Prop Styling: Ginny Branch; Food Styling: Anna Hampton

Recipe: Grilled Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Poblano peppers are generally mild, so if you're looking for a kick try substituting halved medium-size bell peppers in this recipe.

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Grilled Bell Pepper Caprese

Grilled Bell Pepper Caprese
Greg Dupree; Prop Styling: Ginny Branch; Food Styling: Anna Hampton

Recipe: Grilled Bell Pepper Caprese

A drizzle of lime juice and olive oil completes this easy grilled caprese.

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Grilled Baby Eggplant Parmesan

Grilled Baby Eggplant Parmesan
Greg Dupree; Prop Styling: Ginny Branch; Food Styling: Anna Hampton

Recipe: Grilled Baby Eggplant Parmesan

No breading or frying here. Just a light, grilled eggplant parmesan that's hearty enough to be served as a main.

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Tortelloni-and-Grilled Vegetable Salad

Tortelloni-and-Grilled Vegetable Salad
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Tortelloni-and-Grilled Vegetable Salad

This recipe calls for zucchini and bell peppers, but you can pop almost any produce on the grill. It will pair nicely with this versatile pasta salad.

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Mexican Grilled-Corn Salad with Citrus Aioli

Mexican Grilled-Corn Salad with Citrus Aioli
Rick Poon

Recipe: Mexican Grilled-Corn Salad with Citrus Aioli

This confetti-like mix of corn, crumbled cheese, and cilantro is the packable side you need for your next park picnic.

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Grilled Baby Potato Salad

Grilled Baby Potato Salad
© Con Poulos

Recipe: Grilled Baby Potato Salad

While we're big mayo fans down South, we're always willing to try a new take on a classic mix. This mayo-free potato salad uses vinegar and olive oil in a way that won't make you think twice about the omission.

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Grilled Jalapeño-Lime Corn on the Cob

Grilled Jalapeño-Lime Corn on the Cob
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Grilled Jalapeño-Lime Corn on the Cob

Jalapeño peppers, cilantro, and lime juice are the jazzy trio your grilled corn on the cob needs for simple, south-of-the-border flavor.

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