6 Great Vegetables To Get On The BBQ This Summer

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BBQ season is here, but don't reach for the burgers just yet. Grilling isn't just for meat lovers anymore. There are a variety of vegetables that make the perfect companion for your grill. Veggies are easy and fast to grill; plus, you don't have to worry about over or undercooking them as much as you do with meat.

 

In fact, grilling vegetables is a great way to enhance their flavor and even unlock some heat-activated health benefits. What could be more delicious on a summer evening than a lightly charred, slightly smoky ear of corn or skewer of bell peppers? So before you throw that steak on the grate, try one of these top-pick vegetables for grilling.

 

Corn

 

A longtime staple of food festivals and backyard barbeques alike, corn on the cob is a tried and true summertime favorite. Grilling corn is simple and a great way to bring out the vegetable's flavor. Leave the husk on for a hot, tender treat; or place the shucked ear directly on the grate, baste with a little butter, and enjoy the resulting rich, smoky sweetness.

 

Onions

 

The onion is one of those vegetables that taste amazing no matter how it's prepared. Roasted, sautéed, caramelized, even raw, onions are one versatile veggie. They're also the vegetable most transformed by grilling. When placed bare on a grate over medium heat, slices of sharp, strong onion develop a mellow, sweet flavor that pairs well with your favorite grilled meats, or makes a delightful snack on its own.

 

Asparagus

 

When it's in season, asparagus is perhaps one of the tastiest vegetables around, and it's even better when placed on the grill.  Asparagus cooks quickly, developing a nice char and tender crunch when placed over the open flame. Asparagus is also prone to roll off the grate and into said flame, so take care to watch this one when you grill.

 

Tomatoes

 

No full Scottish breakfast is complete without grilled tomatoes. No summer barbeque should be complete without these summertime staples, either. Although tomatoes are technically a fruit, they appear on this list because of the tangy, smoky, charred delight they provide when sliced in half and grilled. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and serve alone or with crusty bread, or try your hand at a grilled Caprese salad.

 

Bell Peppers

 

These kabob superstars don't need to be stuck on a stick with onion and steak to shine this summer. Bell peppers can be grilled whole or cut into chunks, depending on how you'd like to serve them. Whole grilled peppers are easy to peel and work well as sandwich toppers or in recipes that call for roasted peppers. Cut grilled peppers make a nice addition to a summer antipasto salad, or a dinnertime hash of grilled corn and potato chunks.

 

Potatoes

 

Parboiled potatoes are tasty when salted and finished on the grill. Sliced or chunked potatoes tossed in a little olive oil and lightly salted and peppered make a delicious faux fry. But get the grill going early; oil, salt, and pepper your whole potatoes; place them directly on the grate; and after about an hour, be prepared to never eat baked potatoes again.


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