Plant-Based Grilling Options

August 1, 2022
| Created by Marisa Gutierrez MS, RDN, CD

When we think of grilling, the first foods that often come to mind are all sorts of meat items. However, there are just as many plant-based options that are filling and packed with flavor! Whether as a side dish, main course, or even dessert, these recipes are sure to be fan favorites. 


Because of the sugar in fruits, grilling creates a delicious caramel taste that mixes well with the smoky flavors from the grill. The sweet and tart flavor of pineapple pairs perfectly with savory flavors such as grilled chicken. Grilling watermelon creates beautiful grill marks for a more unique side dish. For dessert, grill peaches and immediately top with frozen yogurt and granola. The result is a hot-and-cold dessert that is sweet and satisfying!


Corn is one of my favorite vegetables to grill because it is delicious enough to eat as-is. If you like to dress it up, try one of these recipes: Grilled Harissa Corn or Grilled Corn Cobettes with Hoisin-Orange Butter. Another option is to remove the corn from the cob and use it in a recipe such as this Grilled Romaine with Corn and Avocado 

Plant-based burgers

While grilling up hamburger patties, be sure to throw on a couple plant-based versions as well. Mushrooms and beans make for a great homemade plant-based burger that is filling. For a simpler version, add steak seasoning, balsamic vinegar, oil, and low-sodium soy sauce to a portobello mushroom. If you prefer to use premade patties, try these Dietitians Choice and vegan patties. 

Vegetable side dishes

Filling half of your plate with vegetables becomes so much easier when you can cook them alongside the rest of your foods on the grill. Harmons vegetable kabobs are easy to throw on the grill and pair with your main dish. You can grill items like eggplant, zucchini, or asparagus to add depth to dishes. Try these Grilled Zucchini and Cheese Roll-Ups or this Grilled Purple Cabbage Wedge Salad. 

Looking for other ways to go more plant-based? Email your Harmons dietitian at