15 Vegetarian and Vegan Recipes to Step Up Your Grilling Game This Summer

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These flavorful plant-based dishes will please even the pickiest carnivore palettes at your next backyard shindig.

Crack open a beer and fire up the grill — it's officially summertime. With barbecues and backyard bashes on the brain (and on the pages of your iCal), it's time to start thinking about getting your menu into gear. Burgers, hot dogs and ribs are classics, but if you're looking to invite a few non-meat-eating mates around or simply step up your grilling game, you're going to need to think outside the box. And that doesn't mean unpacking a box of frozen veggie burger patties — your culinary sensibilities are so much better than that.

Cue the compliments because these 15 delicious veg-approved recipes that put fresh ingredients front row center are guaranteed to make even the most diehard carnivore drool.

  1. ​1. Grilled Halloumi and Peaches With Dukkah

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    Grilled Halloumi and Peaches With Dukkah by My New Roots

    Swap out classic kebabs for an anything-but-average dish that is a true treat for your taste buds. Savory, spicy and a little bit sweet, it hits all the right notes with its delicious blend of salty halloumi, fresh peaches and homemade dukkah. The best part? The entire recipe comes together quickly and the leftover dukkah can be sprinkled on salads, grain dishes and more.

  2. ​2. Grilled Beet Burgers

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    Grilled Beet Burgers by Green Kitchen Stories

    If you're in a burger state of mind, give this delightfully earthy interpretation a try (they blow the competition out of the water — sorry black bean burgers). Whether you wrap them in lettuce leaves or pile them high with all the fixin's, they'll never disappoint.

  3. ​3. Grilled Vegetable and Goat Cheese Pizza

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    Grilled Vegetable and Goat Cheese Pizza by Seasons & Suppers

    Pizza at a barbecue? Heck yes. Amp things up by ditching the oven and serving up your pie hot off the grill (for tips on how to grill pizza like a pro, click here!) — it's downright game-changing.

  4. 4. Mexican Street Corn

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    Mexican Street Corn by A House in the Hills

    This vegan take on a traditional dish will have your crew singing your praises long after the last cob is gone.

  5. ​5. Grilled Avocado Halves with Cumin-Spiced Quinoa

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    Grilled Avocado Halves with Cumin-Spiced Quinoa and Black Bean Salad by Gena Hamshaw

    Take your avocado obsession to all new heights with this unexpected dish that is satisfying, delicious and jam-packed with good-for-you ingredients. Sayonara tofu steaks.

  6. 6. Grilled Lemongrass and Coriander-Marinated Tofu Vietnamese Sandwiches (Vegan Banh Mi)

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    Grilled Lemongrass and Coriander-Marinated Tofu Vietnamese Sandwiches (Vegan Banh Mi) Recipe by Serious Eats

    Any excuse to indulge in a bit of Banh Mi must be seized (because, hello), so you'll want to add this vegan version to your lineup stat. Flavorful crispy tofu and fresh lemongrass make all the difference and just might have you rethinking restaurant-style sandwiches for good.

  7. ​7. Grilled Eggplant With Herbed Quinoa

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    Grilled Eggplant With Herbed Quinoa by Sprouted Kitchen

    Light, simple and summery, this effortless dish will fast become a regular in your rotation. Kick things up a notch with a squeeze of lemon, fresh cherry tomatoes and a sprinkling of feta.

  8. ​8. Grilled Spring Onions With Romesco

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    Grilled Spring Onions With Romesco by The Garum Factory

    Served as an app or alongside the main event, this to-die for pairing is guaranteed to elicit a few oohs and ahhs.

  9. 9. Sriracha-Grilled Tofu

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    Sriracha-Grilled Tofu by Bon Appétit

    Bland, boring tofu? Not on your watch. Sriracha makes everything better, especially when there are fresh scallions involved. Serve alongside quinoa salad or toss atop a noodle bowl for an easy meat-free dish that comes together like that.

  10. 10. Portobello Tacos With Vegan Jalapeño Sauce

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    Portobello Tacos With Vegan Jalapeño Sauce by Love & Lemons

    Forget Taco Tuesday: Anytime is a good time for tacos — your next barbecue included. Serve with pickled red onions, avocado and fresh squeezed margaritas for a standout meal that you'll make on repeat.

  11. 11. Grilled Corn Salad

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    Grilled Corn Salad by Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest via A Cup of Jo

    What's better than fresh corn on the cob? A protein-packed salad that showcases this summer favorite. Inspired by classic Mexican street corn, this perfect served as a side dish or on its own.

  12. 12. Soba Noodle Salad with Pesto and Grilled Eggplant

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    Soba Noodle Salad with Pesto and Grilled Eggplant by Food & Wine

    Sizzlin' temps call for refreshing dishes that don't skimp on flavor and this Japanese-meets-Mediterranean salad more than delivers.

  13. 13. Togarashi Grilled Cauliflower With Grilled Spring Onions

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    Togarashi Grilled Cauliflower With Grilled Spring Onions and Plums by Becky Reams

    This perfectly balanced summer salad is all things that are good. Looking for a bit of extra oomph? Toss it on top of lemony kale or a bed of mixed greens. ​

  14. 14. Grilled Artichokes and Polenta With Blistered Tomatoes and Pesto

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    Grilled Artichokes and Polenta With Blistered Tomatoes and Pesto by Feasting at Home

    A true feast for the senses, this rustic Italian meal is utter perfection. For an extra decadent dish, follow Sylvia's suggestion and add a a few dollops of Burrata cheese. ​

  15. ​15. Grilled Vegetable Quesadillas With Kale Pesto

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    Grilled Vegetable Quesadillas With Kale Pesto by The Iron You

    Is there actually anything easier than a quesadilla? We're going to go out on a limb and say no. Tortillas + grilled veggies + cheese = a zero effort recipe that everyone will love.