3 Vegetarian Ideas For Your Next BBQ

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BBQs with friends and family always give you a wonderful time. They can be a bit tricky to navigate for vegetarians though. Amidst hot dogs, ribs, and pork, vegetarians cannot survive on corn on the cob alone. Barbecue options need not be restricted to meat.

You may incorporate some delicious vegetarian recipes for your BBQ to keep your vegetarian friends equally happy. People who don’t eat meat still get to enjoy salad, fruits, chips, juices, and shakes. You can cook them on a Traeger Elite Grill¬† to make them feel appreciated.

And you don’t own a Traeger grill, make sure to check out our assessment of Traeger grills to find the right one for your needs.

Here are 3 vegetarian ideas for your next BBQ:

EggPlant Panini With Pesto

You need eggplant, mozzarella, tomatoes and skinny pesto with french bread to make delicious eggplant paninis for your vegetarian friends. Paninis are very simple to make, and eggplant paninis are the perfect meatless dish, even meat lovers will enjoy.


  • Large Eggplant
  • French Bread
  • Olive Oil Spray
  • Kosher Salt
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Sliced Tomato
  • Skinny Pesto


Slice the eggplant into thin slices. Season them with kosher salt and wrap them in a paper towel. Set them aside for half an hour to draw moisture out of them. Spray olive oil on the eggplant slices and season them salt and pepper.

Preheat the grill. Grill your eggplant slices for about five minutes. Turn the slices to ensure even cooking on the both sides.

Slice the bread and place two slices of mozzarella on each side. Add one-third of a tablespoon of pesto on each mozzarella slice. Place three slices of grilled eggplant and place two slices of tomatoes between them.

Close and spray some olive oil at the top of the bread. Grill it with a Panini Press and let the cheese melt. Once, the bread is toasted and cheese melts, cut it half diagonally and serve it hot.

Grilled Halloumi And Quinoa Salad

You can sear some halloumi in no time to prepare quinoa salad. Halloumi is sheep’s or goat’s milk cheese with a high melting point. Grilling turns into a golden-crusted cheese with a soft milky core.

You can prepare a nutritious and delicious halloumi salad with quinoa, mint, parsley, pickled-cucumber, and vinegar.


  • Half a cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • One cup water
  • Half lemon
  • One-fourth cup of chopped parsley
  • Two tablespoons of chopped mint
  • Three cups of lettuce leaves
  • Eight slices of one ounce halloumi cheese
  • One Persian cucumber, diced
  • One chopped scallion
  • Two tablespoons of red wine vinegar
  • One garlic clove
  • Kosher salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1/8 of teaspoon of red pepper flakes


Take a mixing bowl and whisk red wine vinegar with red pepper flakes, garlic, salt, pepper, and sugar. Add diced cucumber and scallion to the bowl and mix them. Cover the bowl and keep it aside.

Take quinoa and water in a saucepan. Bring water to boil and simmer until quinoa absorbs all liquid. Remove from the heat and cool it by spreading it on a parchment paper.

Take a large bowl. Add olive oil and lemon juice. Add cooled quinoa, lettuce, mint, and parsley into the bowl. Keep it aside.

Grill halloumi for a few minutes until it becomes golden on both sides. Squeeze some lemon juice over the cheese.

Take quinoa salad on a plate and top it up with halloumi and cucumber.

Mediterranean Portobello Burger

Portobello mushrooms with earthy and nutty flavor are perfect alternatives to the hamburgers for vegetarians. Top it up with some extra virgin oil, red pepper, feta cheese and salad greens.


  • One minced garlic clove
  • Some Kosher salt
  • Two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • Four portobello mushrooms
  • Four large bread slices
  • Half a cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup of feta cheese
  • Two tablespoon olives
  • 2 tablespoon olives
  • 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 2 cups salad greens
  • 1/2 a cup roasted, red-sweet peppers


Preheat grill to medium-high. Press garlic into the paste using a garlic presser. Mix garlic paste with one tablespoon of olive oil and salt. Cover portobellos with this mixture and spread the mixture on the bread slices.

Take a mixing bowl and combine tomatoes, feta cheese, red peppers, olives, vinegar, oregano and one tablespoon of olive oil.

Grill portobellos for five to six minutes and grill bread slices until crisp.

Add red pepper mixture to salad greens. Place grilled portobellos on the bread slices and top them up with green salad mixture.

Your Mediterranean Portobello Burger is ready to serve. Enjoy.

Your vegetarian friends don’t have to work hard to find suitable options for themselves at your BBQ. You can try these recipes at your next BBQ, and your vegetarian friends will thank you.

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