12 Side Dishes to Throw on the Grill

If you are ready to entertain and grill out on the patio, make room on the grill for side dishes. No need to dirty another pan! Plus, the smoky flavor imparted by the grill makes veggies like corn, potatoes, and bell peppers irresistible.  

You’ll want to throw these on the grill starting tonight and they are so easy you can! Get ready for some NEW family favorites!  

 

Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus  

This super-easy side dish is as easy to prepare as it is to grill! Simply toss asparagus in olive oil with a pinch of salt and pepper and wrap a piece of bacon around each spear.  

If needed, secure the ends with toothpicks. Grill uncovered over medium heat until the bacon is cooked through and crisp, about 4-6 minutes on each side. Done!  

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 Credit: McCormick GrillMates  

 

Cedar Plank Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms  

These bacon, pork, pepper, and onion stuffed mushrooms are so hearty that it could be the main dish for a light dinner with a side salad and some potato wedges.  

 Grill master tip: when grilling with cedar planks, make sure to soak them for at least an hour before grilling so they don’t burn!  

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Grilled Peppers and Zucchini  

This simple yet versatile side dish is so easy to prepare but is delicious! Plus, grilling the veggies in a foil packet means that there is one less dish to wash.  

  •  Simply julienne 1 green pepper, 1 red pepper, and 2 medium-sized zucchini and place them on a double layer of heavy-duty tin foil.  
  • Dot with butter and drizzle with soy sauce.  
  • Sprinkle your favorite seasonings on top, such as salt and pepper,  
  • Fold the foil around the vegetables and seal tightly.  
  • Grill covered over medium heat for 5-7 minutes on each side, or until the vegetables are tender. 

 Credit: Taste of Home  

Full Recipe  

 

Grill those veggies: How to Grill Any Vegetable!  

 

Bacon-Corn Stuffed Peppers  

These pepper halves filled with corn, salsa, bacon, green onion, and mozzarella cheese are sure to liven up your next cookout and would be a great side dish for a steak or grilled chicken. Check out the recipe below for this fun twist on corn on the cob!  

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Grilled Corn with Chipotle-Lime Butter  

Grilling corn in the husks is so easy, and the grill adds a smoky flavor to the classic BBQ side dish of corn on the cob. Yum! Don’t forget to try the chipotle-lime butter for a zesty kick!  

 Full Recipe 

Credit: Taste of Home  

 

Related: Dining Alfresco Menu (includes some other can’t miss seasoned butter options!) 

 

Grilled Pineapple with Lime Dip  

Serve grilled pineapple as an appetizer, as dessert, or as a side dish with grilled fish. P.S.  Rolling the pineapple spears in flaked coconut is amazing!  

Credit: Dinner then Dessert  

 Full Recipe 

 

Creamy Grilled Potato Salad  

Everyone loves a great potato salad. With this one, there’s no need to turn on the oven to roast the potatoes! Grilling the potatoes adds an amazing smoky flavor to this potato salad.  

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Lime and Sesame Grilled Eggplant  

This Asian-inspired grilled side dish would pair perfectly with a steak or teriyaki chicken. Yum! 

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Grilled Cabbage 

This easy side dish doesn’t skimp on the flavor at all!  

  •  Cut the head of cabbage into eight wedges, and spread butter on the cut sides.  
  • Season lightly with onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.  
  • Place wedges on a piece of heavy-duty foil (make sure that there is enough to fold up around the cabbage) and fold the foil around the cabbage and seal tightly.  
  • Grill foil packet, covered, over medium heat until the cabbage is tender.  

 Full Recipe  

 

Quick Barbecued Baked Beans 

What’s a BBQ without baked beans? While simple and classic, the grill adds a smoky flavor to this baked bean recipe. Delicious!  

 Credit: Taste of Home 

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Lemon Garlic Mushrooms 

Basted whole button or baby portobello mushrooms with a lemony sauce will pair well with a perfectly grilled steak and a baked potato or a burger. Use skewers or a basket to turn them easily as they grill to perfection.  

Full Recipe 

 

Don’t Forget Dessert! 

 

Bloomin Grilled Apples 

End your backyard cookout with these delicious grilled apples filled with cinnamon sugar, caramel sauce, and pecans. Grilled until the apples are soft, these are best served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  

Credit: Delish

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