How long do you grill vegetables

22. May 2017 Grilling Times 0

grill vegetables rightMost folks get so caught up in grilling the perfect burger or serving the juiciest steak, they totally overlook one of the most crucial parts of a winning meal – the vegetables.

This underappreciated, underutilized group foods can bring a level of flavor and color to your backyard party that’s unmatched by almost any other – often in a matter of minutes and with very little fuss.

For starters, when you grill vegetables, you’ll keep their natural flavors and precious nutrients fully intact…

Their rich, vibrant colors will make the dish your serve eye-catching and irresistible…

Plus, you and your guests will enjoy an entirely new, succulent flavor sensations thanks to the caramelization caused by the hot racks and dry heat…

And you can wow your guests even further by adding delightful touch of smokiness with the use of charcoal or a few wood chips

Best of all, the are dozens of veggies suitable for grilling and most can be cooked in 15 minutes or less.

Now, let’s take a look what it takes to grill vegetables right…

Here’s a list of popular vegetables – along with grill temperatures and approximate grilling times – to get you started … along with a list of charcoal temperatures beneath it:

VegetableSizeApproximate Time
Artichoke12oz, whole14-18 minutes: boil 10-12 minutes, cut in half, then grill 4-6 minutes over direct medium heat
Asparagus1/2" thick4-6 minutes over direct medium heat
Beet6oz, whole1-1 1/2 hours over direct medium heat
Bell pepper: cookwhole10-15 minutes over direct medium heat, rotate often
Bell pepper: charwhole16-24 minutes over direct high heat, rotate often
Bell or chili pepper1/4" slices6-8 minutes over direct medium heat
Cabbage2 lb, cored and shredded1-1 1/2 hours over indirect medium heat
Carrot1" thick7-11 minutes: boil 4-6 minutes then grill 3-5 over direct medium heat
corn on cob, huskless10-15 minutes over direct medium heat
Corn on cob in husk25-30 minutes over direct medium heat
Eggplant1 lb, whole20-30 minutes over direct high heat, peel when cool
Eggplant1/2" slices8-10 minutes over direct medium heat
Fennel1/2" slices10-12 minutes over direct medium heat
Garlicwhole bulb45-60 minutes over direct medium heat
Garliccloves, skewered8-16 minutes over direct high heat
Lettuce: radicchio, endive, romainehalved lengthwise8-10 minutes over direct high heat
Mushrooms: button, shiitake, morels8-12 minutes over direct medium heat
Mushrooms: portabello10-15 minutes over direct medium heat
Onionhalved35-40 minutes over indirect medium heat
Onion1/2" slices8-12 minutes over direct medium heat
Potatowhole3/4 - 1 1/4 hours over indirect medium heat
Potato1/2" slices14-16 minutes over direct medium heat
Potato, small: new or fingerlinghalved15-20 minutes over direct medium heat
Scallionwhole3-4 minutes over direct medium heat
Squash, acorn1 1/2 lbs, halved40-60 minutes over indirect medium heat
Squash, yellow1/2" slices3-5 minutes over direct medium heat
Squash, yellowhalved lengthwise4-6 minutes over direct medium heat
Sweet potatowhole50-60 minutes over indirect medium heat
Sweet potato1/4" slices8-10 minutes over direct medium heat
Tomato, gardenhalved6-8 minutes over direct medium heat
Tomato, garden1/2" slices2-4 minutes over direct medium heat
Tomato, plumhalved6-8 minutes over direct medium heat
Tomato, plumwhole8-10 minutes over direct medium heat
tofu, extra firm1/2" slices8-12 minutes over direct high heat (be sure to gently press tofu for 1 hour beforehand to drain excess moisture)
Zucchini1/2" slices3-5 minutes over direct medium heat
Zucchinihalved lengthwise4-6 minutes over direct medium heat

 

Charcoal Temperature, Time, and Appearance

Heat/TemperatureTypical Time for Coals to Reach HeatAppearance
High (450° - 650° F)5-10 minutesGlowing very bright orange
Medium-high (400° F)10-15 minutesGlowing bright orange with a touch of ash around edges
Medium (325° - 350° F)15-25 minutesGlowing orange with a light layer of ash
Medium-low (300° F)25-30 minutesPale orange with a moderate layer of ash
Low (225° - 250° F)30-40 minutesFaint orange with thick layer of ash