How to Grill Vegetables

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Grilled corn, bell peppers, onions, and eggplant are some of summer's best treats. Our handy grilling guide makes it all easy.

RED ONION
Prep: Peel; halve through root end. Brush with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Cook for about: 15 minutes
Done when: Slightly charred and tender
Also great for: Tuna salad, grilled cheese sandwiches

Image credit: Gourmet, Romulo Yanes

BELL PEPPER


Prep: Stem, quarter, seed. Brush with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Cook for about: 6 to 10 minutes
Done when: Skin is charred or blackened and blistered
Also great for: Pizza topping, sandwiches, scrambled eggs

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ZUCCHINI


Prep: Trim; cut 1/3 inch thick lengthwise. Brush with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Cook for about: 5 to 6 minutes
Done when: Slightly charred and tender
Also great for: Quesadillas, pasta with pesto and goat cheese

Image Credit: Getty Images

EGGPLANT


Prep: Slice 1/2 inch thick crosswise (globe) or lengthwise (Japanese). Brush with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Cook for about: 5 to 6 minutes
Done when: Slightly charred and tender
Also great for: A meatless burger, baked mozzarella and tomato sauce, a quick dip (mashed with fresh lemon juice, cumin, and chopped garlic)

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TOMATO, PLUM


Prep: None
Cook for about: 5 minutes
Done when: Skin is blistered and charred
Also great for: Polenta with basil and balsamic vinegar, burgers

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TOMATO, VINE-RIPENED


Prep: None
Cook for about: 12 minutes
Done when: Skin is charred and split
Also great for: A gratin with breadcrumbs, salsa

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CORN


Prep: Remove husk. Brush with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Cook for about: 15 minutes
Done when: Slightly charred and tender
Also great for: A sauté of lima beans and green beans, pureed corn soup

Image Credit: Ray Kachatorian

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Grilled corn, bell peppers, onions, and eggplant are some of summer's best treats. Our handy grilling guide makes it all easy.

Basic Grilling Tips from the Test Kitchen

  • Foil-lined rimmed baking sheets are great for prepping vegetables—and transporting them out to the grill, too.
  • To oil the grill, use an oil-soaked, crumpled paper towel.
  • Want distinct grill marks? Resist turning the veggies during the first few minutes. To prevent burning, move to spots with less heat; turn as needed.
  • Our favorite grill tool? Sturdy, long-handled stainless steel tongs for moving veggies on, off, and around the grill.

Check out the slideshow above to learn how to grill bell peppers, corn, eggplant, zucchini and more!

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