Impress your guests by pairing grilled burgers, steak or fish with an array of grilled vegetables. Or make fresh grilled vegetables the focus of dinner!
Before you put them on the grill, you want to make sure you toss your veggies in a marinade so they don’t dry out. Try mixing a ½ cup of olive oil, a ¼ cup of balsamic vinegar and a ¼ cup of sesame oil. Add fresh minced garlic and your favorite chopped fresh herbs, plus salt and pepper to taste.
Be aware that vegetables vary widely in how long they take to cook on the grill. They key to cooking them just right is to sear them over high heat and then move them further from the heat source to finish cooking. You can also cook them part way before grilling and then finish them on the grill.
What veggies are divine on the grill? Check out some of our favorites below and come to Roche Bros. produce department for all of your summer vegetable grilling needs!
Corn on the Cob
Grilling corn on the cob brings out the sweetest of the corn in a way only the grill can do. And you can do it in the husk! Just peel it back until close to the end, remove the silk and brush it with a mixture of butter and salt. Then rewrap it and secure it with kitchen string and you’re set to grill. You can also wrap it in foil. We recommend grilling it on the top shelf of the grill for 15-20 minutes or until tender.
Grilled onions are a savory-sweet addition to a burger or veggie sandwich, or just on the side of the dinner plate. Cut onions in thick slices, at least a half an inch each, or make 1-inch wide wedges. But don’t cut them through the root or they will fall apart! Oil the grill and also brush both sides of the onions with olive oil and add salt, pepper and any herbs or seasonings you prefer. Grill them covered with a foil pan for 15-20 minutes or until tender. Keeping them covered helps them cook more evenly.
A skewer with a rainbow of veggies is often the most colorful – and most sought after – item on the cookout buffet! The beauty of the skewer is it allows you to grill smaller vegetables, or smaller pieces of vegetables, with less time and without losing them. Try them with red and yellow peppers, zucchini, summer squash, onion wedges, cherry tomatoes and more!
Portobello Mushroom Sandwiches
Portobellos make a great vegetarian sandwich at your barbecue. Marinate them in olive oil, balsamic vinegar and minced, fresh garlic, with salt and pepper to taste. Grill them for about 3 minutes per side. Nestle a portabello, a grilled onion and fresh mozzarella together on a bun and dinner is served!
Asparagus wrapped with Bacon
Make the side dish with your grilled sirloin more exciting with Grilled Asparagus wrapped with Bacon. Season asparagus with olive oil, salt and pepper. Wrap with bacon and grill for 4 -6 minutes on each side or until the bacon is crisp.