When you think of a cookout or summer barbecue, you generally think of hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill, right? While I have no problem with omnivores chowing down on some beef (or pork, or whatever your meat of choice is) sometimes the vegetarians get left behind. We’re stuck with a salad made of hamburger condiments and a pile of cole slaw. But not anymore. I’ve compiled a list of vegetarian summer recipes for your next cookout or party. These recipes are so delicious, even the meat eaters will be making room on their plate for these dishes! Ready? Let’s do this.

Hosting a cookout or barbecue? Try one of these summer recipes. Both vegetarians and meat eaters will love them!

Vegetarian Side Dishes

grilled pineapple salad

Grilled Pineapple, Black Bean, and Jicama Salad

Mexican Street Corn

Simple Onion Couscous

Black Bean & Corn Salad

Grilled Asparagus Salsa

Dilly Smashed Baby Potatoes with Horseradish Sauce

Curried Cauliflower Salad with Cashews

Baked Zucchini Fries

Grilled Polenta with Fresh Mozzarella and Tomatoes


Fig and Halloumi Kabobs

Grilled Tofu Skewers

Grilled Potato Salad

Four Cheese Jalapeno Poppers

Chargrilled Garlic Artichokes

creamy stuffed peppers

Creamy Feta Stuffed Peppers

Pina Colada Coleslaw

Grilled Pizza with Caramelized Onions and Gorgonzola

Grilled Portobello Mushroom Mini Steaks

Mexican Grilled Corn

Vegetarian Salad Recipes

kale salad with quinoa

Kidney Bean Salad with Parsley

Garlicky Kale and Quinoa Salad

Vegan German Noodle Salad

Raw Veggie Chopped Salad

Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad

Spicy Cucumber Melon Salad

Summer Fruit and Quinoa Salad


Southwestern Jicama Slaw

Beetroot, Goat Cheese, & Walnut Salad

White Balsamic Kale Salad with Strawberries

Strawberry Avocado Mozzarella Salad

Black Bean Pasta Salad

Grilled Eggplant and Spinach Salad

Vegetarian Burger Recipes


Black Bean Salsa Burgers

Lentil Veggie Burgers

Southwest Sweet Potato Bean Burger

Vegan Buffalo Burger

Carrot and Quinoa Veggie Burgers

Portobello Burger


Sun-Dried Tomato Chickpea Burger

Lentils & Black Rice Burger

Vegan Black Bean and Quinoa Burger

Chickpea Burgers with Avocado Sauce


Smashed Beet and Bean Burger

Quinoa Veggie Burgers with Avocado

Ethiopian Red Lentil Burgers

Millet and Chickpea Burgers

Soy Free Vegan Veggie Burgers

Quinoa Bean Burgers

So move aside bland potato salad, we’ve got a whole host of vegetarian summer recipes to serve!

What’s your favorite cookout food?

This post was originally published in July 2016. Updated August 2018.