Expanding Your Gluten-Free Grilling Horizons

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When you think “Summer BBQ,” the first thing that comes to mind may be traditional Fourth of July burgers and hot dogs. Both can be made gluten-free and are great to enjoy. Why stop there? Grilling, as a cooking method, yields delicious results with all types of foods. In addition to meat, try grilling vegetables and fruits.

Looking for something new to try? How about ingredients and dishes with an international twist? Read on for some general tips – and recipes – to add to your list of fresh, gluten-free things to try this grilling season.

Find general tips for gluten-free grilling here:

Your Summertime Guide to Gluten-Free Grill and Chill


Grilling Vegetables

A quick marinade, or a little seasoning, is all you need for the flavor of your fresh summer produce to shine through. Grilling is a great way to incorporate these nutritious, colorful, and naturally gluten-free foods that we all need more of in our diets.

Many vegetables have a shape that works well on the grill such as asparagus spears, sliced eggplant or zucchini, and corn on the cob. Use a grill basket to open even more cooking options by making it easy to add smaller items like diced onion, tomato, and mushrooms. Think of your grill basket as an outdoor sauté pan.

Another option is putting veggies on a skewer: a fun way to get kids involved in cooking, too. Prep a bowl of bite-sized slices of red, green, and yellow pepper, cubes of zucchini, and small, whole mushrooms. Let the kids stack them up on the skewers in whatever order they’d like.



Recipes for getting started:

Grilled cauliflower

Grilled portobello mushrooms

Grilled eggplant

Moroccan vegetable skewers

Grilled asparagus


You can even grill a salad:

Grilled avocado caprese salad

Grilled cucumber salad


Grilling Fruit

Grilling fruit can be a tasty and healthy way to complement your meal or add zing as a surprising condiment. The sugars in fruits caramelize nicely on a grill, resulting in intense, sweet flavors. Try pears, pineapples, peaches, or bananas. Start with firm fruits that hold up during grilling.  

For bananas, cut them lengthwise while they are still in the peel, then grill fruit-side down. If you want to get fancy, use the banana as a base and top it off with a little chocolate sauce and/or ice cream.

Recipes for getting started:

Grilled banana

Grilled pineapple

Grilled peaches

Grilled spicy watermelon


Grilling with an International Flair

Cooking over fire is a technique that has been used all around the world for thousands of years. Go on a global culinary tour at your grill and add new spices as you cook over a wood fire, with briquettes, or using a gas grill.

Try some of the recipes below to experiment with different marinades and seasonings, or get inspired to create your own unique dishes. Love Mexican food? Marinate using chili, cumin, garlic, and tomato. For an Asian take, focus on gluten-free soy sauce or tamari, ginger, and a splash of rice vinegar.

Grilled Mediterranean chicken kabobs

Moroccan vegetable skewers

Brazilian churrasco

Swedish grilled shallots

Grilled Thai pork satay

Grilled Peruvian chicken

South African kebabs with apricots

Grilled Indian corn on the cob

Grilled Mexican street corn

Italian style grilled chicken

Looking for more inspiration at the grill? We’ve got you covered with these guides to gluten-free international cuisine:

Venturing into Indian Cuisine

Exploring Thai Cuisine on a Gluten-Free Diet

The Wonders of Gluten-Free Mexican Meals

Embark on an Exploration of Ethiopian Food

Japanese Cuisine When You’re Eating Gluten-Free

Exploring Gluten-Free Dishes in Middle Eastern Cuisine

Exploring Gluten-Free Foods of West Africa

Gluten-Free Korean Cuisine

Gluten-Free Irish Cuisine

Enjoying Gluten-Free Turkish Cuisine


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