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How to Grill Vegetables

Don't reserve the barbecue for just burgers and steaks. Grill vegetables too and make the most of that heat! The grill intensifies their natural sugars, giving them fuller and richer flavours that bring out new and delicious tastes.

Pile of grilled vegetables sits on a wooden cutting board.
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Here are some simple steps to perfect vegetables from the grill:

Choose the Best

  • As always, use the best ingredients. Choose the freshest vegetables possible, free from signs of deterioration.

Size Matters

  • Cut the vegetables into uniform sizes so they cook evenly. If they are small, like cherry tomatoes or mushrooms, you can skewer them first or lay them in a seasoned grilling basket to prevent them from falling through the cracks. You can also place them in an aluminium tray or wrap them in aluminium foil, although you won't get those nice charring marks.


  • Vegetables low in moisture (think fennel, sweet potatoes, carrots and similar root vegetables) can benefit from a little pre-cooking. Vegetables with more moisture, like eggplant, zucchini, peppers, mushrooms and onions, cook quickly on the grill and can go on raw.
  • To create crosshatch grill marks, rotate your vegetables 90 degrees, halfway through cooking.
  • If the vegetables are cut thick or high in starch, they will retain heat and continue cooking longer after being removed from the grill. Keep that in mind and remove these vegetables a minute or two sooner to avoid over-cooking them.


  • If you're marinating the vegetables, drain the excess marinade off before grilling to avoid flare-ups. But don't throw it out! Use it for basting to boost flavour and prevent them from drying out.
  • Unless your marinade calls for enough salt and pepper already, season vegetables hot, so the seasoning will stick to them better.

Try out these grilled vegetable recipes today:

And why stop at vegetables? Try these flavour-filled grilled fruit recipes:

Originally published on Best Recipes Ever


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