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Aug 6, 2009 08:49 PM

Burgers, hot dogs for us -- what to grill for vegetarians?

Would like to do something more than the salad and cole slaw thing. Any ideas for what I can grill for them? Simple, please! Are those Boca things really edible? Thanks!

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  1. How about portabellos? Brush with olive oil, a few herbs....
    I'm not a vegetarian, but love these guys. Can even be served on a bun.


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    1. re: ArizonaDave

      That's it -- what can be easier -- thank you!

      1. re: Sarah

        Good luck!

        bagelman's suggestions below sound fantastic too - both for the meat eater and non.
        You may ask your guests how they feel about Bocas and Morning Star items as they may love them. I've never tried them because, well, I eat meat. I've heard both good and bad from those who have. Also, there are some out there who may not appreciate portabellos, or as I call them, "the meat of the fungi world".... but they do fit on a bun nicely!

        Hubert Keller makes a veg burger at Burger Bar that I've heard is so good it can satisfy carnivores. I saw him make it on Secrets of a Chef, but may not fit the "simple" part of your plan.


        1. re: Sarah

          I love this recipe for Grilled Balsamic Portabella Mushroom Burgers.

      2. Eggplant,
        Large spanish onions cut in half.
        Beefsteak tomatoes nsliced in 1" slices,
        Sweet Corn
        Boca Burgers,
        Morning Star Farms Phony sausages
        slices of corn bread or polenta

        Both my neices are vegetarian and these are common BBQ items we serve them

          1. Marinated tofu, and veggie skewers

            Here is a recipe for marinated grilled tofu from my Candle Cafe cookbook (it is a vegan cookbook from a restaurant in New York)

            1/2 c Shoyu or Tamari soy sauce
            2 Tablespoons toasted sesame seed oil
            2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
            2 LBS Firm tofu

            1. Combine the Shoyu or tamari soy sauce, sesame oil, and ginger in a jar with a tight fitting lid. Shake the ingredients together until well combined. Let the marinade stand for at least 2 hours. Any unused marinade will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.

            2. Prepare a gas or charcoal grill, or preheat the oven 400F

            3. Press any excess liquid from tofu. Cut each block lengthwise into 3 pieces, then cut in half crosswise to make 6 pieces. Brush all sides of the tofu slices with marinade.

            4. Grill the tofu slices over medium-hot coals for 5 minutes on each side. If you are baking the tofu, place the tofu slices on a baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, then turn the slices over and continue baking for an additional 15 minutes, until golden brown.

            Personally the boca style hamburgers that I have tried are disgusting, but there may be a good brand that we didn't try. We did have some pretty good vegan sausage that I added fresh sage to, but that won't work for what you are doing. I hope this helps. =)


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            1. re: DishDelish

              Hmmm - that sounds good too, and not too complicated. Thanks!