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A Guide to Vegetarian Grilling

Is there any better way to celebrate the arrival of warm weather than by grilling in the great outdoors? Whether you want to tap into your inner caveman and cook up Flintstone-sized ribs or you want to keep it lean with fish and veggies, GAYOT has you covered with the Best Barbecue Grills.

These charcoal, gas and propane grills promise all the bells and whistles needed for an epic BBQ cookout, plus they come at different price points for every budget.

1) Weber 741001 Charcoal Grill | 2) Char-Broil 180 Electric Grill | 3) Camp Solutions BBQ Grill, Stainless Steel | 4) Hape Gourmet BBQ Grill | 5) Napoleon BILEX605RBINSS Natural Gas | 6) George Foreman GP200R Portable Grill | 7) Weber 50060001 Q1000 Grill | 8) Steel Fire Ring Camping Park Grill | 9) Master Cook Smart Space Living Gas Grill | 10) Cal Flame LBK-402-A Stucco Gas Grill | 11) Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner Range | 12) Broil King Regal S440 Pro Gas Grill | 13) Char-Griller 3001 Grillin’ Gas Grill | 14) Bull Outdoor Products 87049 Gas Drop-In Grill | 15) Weber 721001 Smokey Charcoal Smoker | 16) Camp Chef Professional Barbecue Box | 17) Char-Broil Standard Electric Smoker | 18) Pit Boss 71220 Kamado BBQ Ceramic Grill | 19) 32″ deluxe stainless charcoal kebab grill | 20) Rancher Fire Pit Charcoal Grill | 21) Party Griller Charcoal Barbecue Grill | 22) Blackstone 3-in-1 Kabob Charcoal Grill | 23) SANNO BBQ Compact Folding Portable Grill | 24) Smoke Hollow VT280B1-VTS Vector Series Gas Grill | 25) Kingsford OGD2001901-KF Grill | 26) Heavy Duty Park Style Charcoal Grill | 27) Cuisinart CGG-200 All-Foods Gas Grill | 28) Masterbuilt 20150414R Electric Grill | 29) Fox Outfitters Stainless Steel BBQ Grill | 30) Kuuma Stow and Go 160 Propane Grill | 31) Mongolian BBQ Grill | 32) Commercial LP Gas BBQ Grill | 33) Rotisserie Grill Roaster Stainless Steel | 34) Smoke Hollow 205 Gas Grill | 35) Philips Smoke-less Indoor Grill | 36) Blackstone Portable Table Top Camp Griddle | 37) VMI M-00118 Round Charcoal BBQ Grill | 38) Dyna-Glo DGE Series Propane Grill | 39) Cuisinart CGG-180TS Petit Gas Grill | 40) Char-Broil Charcoal Grill, 780 |

Gas Grills

Gas and propane grills are for serious grilling. They range in price from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand. If I were Vicki Gunvalson and I had an awesome outdoor kitchen and a pool with a grotto, I would invest in an expensive grill like the one pictured here, but I am not Vicki Gunvalson and since we don’t grill all that often, we’ve decided a gas grill isn’t worth the investment for us.

Pros: Temperature control gives you more reliability and predictability in cooking. This is nice! Many gas grills even have temperature zones so you can cook a variety of foods at the same time and cleanup is easier than with charcoal grills.

Cons: Although there are inexpensive gas grills, they’re still the priciest grilling option. You also need outdoor space — if you live in an apartment, a gas grill is probably out of the question for you.

Charcoal Grills

If the whole cooking outdoors thing appeals to you, but you don’t want to commit to a gas grill, then a charcoal grill might be perfect for you. There are some more expensive options, but you can get a small charcoal grill for as little as $30 and it works just fine for a small family.

Pros: Some people say charcoal grills produce better tasting food. Charcoal grills are cheaper and more portable than their gas counterparts. Small charcoal grills can be brought to picnics or on vacation.

Cons: Coal isn’t exactly environmentally friendly and both lighting the coals and cleaning up afterwards can be a pain. Without precise temperature controls, cooking is a little more unpredictable than with a gas grill.

Indoor Grill

While I have a small charcoal grill, I swear by my Cuisinart Griddler and that’s what I use most for grilling. No, that’s not very outdoorsy of me, but it’s no muss, no fuss, and easy cleanup. If you don’t have outdoor space and you don’t anticipate grilling very often, an indoor grill is a good investment.

Pros: Many indoor grills have a variety of functions, so you can use them as griddles, waffle makers, and more. They’re great for cooks who don’t have outdoor space and they can be used year-round. Indoor grills are portable and they don’t take up much space.

Cons: Indoor grills are lacking when it comes to that smoky grilled flavor — that’s a pretty big con. Many don’t heat up as quickly or as hot as charcoal or gas grills and the small size that makes them portable can be a negative too — if you’re making a lot of food, you’ll have to cook in batches.

Grill Pans

Grill pans! If you are a commitment-phobe, a grill pan is for you. They take up virtually no space, need very little cleanup, and they’re pretty inexpensive, depending on the kind you buy — while cast iron grill pans are more expensive, most will last for decades.

Pros: Like indoor grills, they’re portable, take up very little space, and can be used year-round.

Cons: Most of the cons for grill pans are the same as with indoor grills — while you can get that nice searing from the grill, the smoky flavor is missing. Grill pans are the smallest of all the grill options, so you’ll very likely have to make your food in batches rather than cooking it all at once.

Now let’s get to the good stuff: FOOD. In general, anything that’s not meat will grill much faster than steaks and burgers, so if you’re used to cooking meat on a grill, be aware that many vegetarian grilling staples will be done after only a few minutes of cooking when you’re using a charcoal or gas grill.

Because these foods don’t have fat in them like meat does, you’ll need to make sure your grill is well-oiled with a high smoke point oil to prevent sticking.

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