Shockingly Grill-Friendly Vegetables

Related To:

We've all grown accustomed to accepting everything from juicy pineapple rings to crunchy romaine with grill marks. But why should you stop there? Push beyond the realm of hot dogs and hamburgers by getting ahold of some veggies that are shockingly good on the grill. Here's a list of favorites — and then some.

Now that the grill is involved, your beet salad game will never be the same. Just as you do before roasting, wrap beets in foil with a little olive oil before getting 'em on the grill. Once they're soft, your reinvented beets will possess an earthy, smoky sweetness that the salad bar just can't touch.

A heap of steamed edamame pods is the perfect introduction to your sushi meal, but that's only the beginning. Try grilling edamame in foil for a unanticipated appetizer at your next backyard barbecue. When you slide your teeth across the thick skin to extract the little pods, the smoky taste of the grill, plus the mandatory sprinkling of sea salt, will shine through.

The secret to grilling artichokes is all in the prep. Leave the true cooking to traditional boiling or steaming, but put the layered halves on the grill for a smokiness you can't achieve anywhere else.

A grilled romaine salad, likely of the Caesar variety, may have come as a shock to you in the past, but now we can't get enough of that unmatchable charred, yet so totally fresh, flavor. Next time, fire it up for kale in lieu of romaine. Just be careful to not overdo it. In the same way an oven can turn kale into crispy chips, grilling for too long can dry it out.

Keep Reading

Next Up

How to Make a Complete Kid-Friendly Meal on the Grill

Not just for big-bash cookouts, the grill can be put to work to make go-to family dinners.

Barbecue Party Calculator

Hosting a get-together this summer? Whether you're doing an informal outdoor barbecue or an evening cocktail party, we've got you covered on how to best calculate the amount of food and drinks you'll need to plan the right size soiree.

Last Chance to Win Summer

Send the sunny season off in style with our eight genius ways to win summer.

The Veggie Table: Raspberry-Lime Sorbet

This fruity, refreshing frozen treat is made with just 4 ingredients (and one of them is water!).

Grilled Apple Cider Chicken — Down-Home Comfort

I love to grill throughout the year, but in the summer it’s just practical to keep the heat out of the kitchen. Burgers and brats are brilliant, and steaks and seafood are stupendous, but my absolute favorite is cheap and cheerful chicken.

Stretching the Value of Steak — Weekend Cookout

Find out how to stretch the value of steak in your weekend cookout meals, and get an entire menu of recipes from Food Network.

Summer Cooking (and Eating), Alex Guarnaschelli Style

Hear from Alex Guarnaschelli to learn her favorite seasonal eats, plus what she piles on top of her ultimate burger.

When It Comes to Healthier Grilling, How to Tame the Flames and More

Is it possible to fire up the grill without flaring up the health risks? Yes, indeed. Here's a refresher course on healthy grilling practices.

The Neelys’ Top 5 Summer Grilling Tips

Food Network's First Family of Barbecue, Pat and Gina Neely, share simple suggestions, plus an easy dry rub recipe, for stress-free grilling all summer long.

Fighting Summer Stains: Barbecue

When it comes to barbecue stains,we’ve got you covered with these removal tips.