You don’t have to be a grill master to master the grill—especially when it comes to veggies. All you need is a little olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper and you’re halfway to veggie heaven. (A grill or a grill pan helps too.) Though grilling vegetables is easier than meat—you can’t over or undercook veg (technically)—there are a few simple tricks that help to ensure they’re just the right amount of smoky and crispy.
For starters, don’t go wild with oil. Similar to roasting vegetables, a little oil goes a long way, and too much oil can yield soggy calorie bombs (not to mention, it’s a fire hazard). Another pro tip: Sear veggies on high heat and then move them to a cooler part of the grill—ideally a higher rack—to finish cooking. Cooking on too high of heat can burn the outer layer while the inside stays raw, especially when it comes to denser veg, like potatoes. We also love pre-cooking pieces and tossing them on the grill for a quick char, which leaves little room for error.
Whether you’re new to the grill or a seasoned pro, these 27 grilled vegetable recipes will bring new life—and all kinds of flavor—to your table. Light ’em up!