How to Use a Vegetable Grill Basket

How to Use a Vegetable Grill Basket

It’s not hard to use a grill basket for vegetables. You just need to know a few simple tricks to ensure your veggies cook evenly and don’t dry out. A vegetable grill basket lets you cook your entire meal on the grill, allowing you more time and opportunity to enjoy your friends, family and the great outdoors.


Ah, the wonders of outdoor grilling! The sun, the fresh air, the smell of meat working up a nice char, friends and family relaxing around the grill. Who wants to be stuck inside cooking the rest of the meal? You can round out your grilled steaks, burgers or chicken with a healthy dose of veggies cooked in a grilling basket.

The grill basket will cook your vegetables quickly and evenly with just an occasional tossing. In about 10 minutes, your vegetables will be ready to enjoy.

Some vegetables — like corn, eggplant or zucchini — may not need a grill basket, but you will want to use a vegetable grill basket if you want to:

  • Save space on your grill grates
  • Cook several different vegetables all together for blended flavors
  • Prevent vegetable pieces from falling through the grates



Cut up vegetables with similar density and moisture content into same-sized chunks for even cooking. Onions and peppers take just a few minutes to cook, while potatoes can take longer. If you want all of the vegetables to be done at the same time, everything in the basket should be similar density.


Marinate your vegetables just a little bit of oil to keep the vegetables from drying out. You can season the oil with a bit of salt and/or garlic powder or your favorite herbs for additional flavor.


Preheat your grill and the grill basket with the cover closed for about 10 minutes. This will help to keep the vegetables from sticking to the basket.


Grill the vegetables in the basket over the heat. Toss the vegetables every three or four minutes or turn them over after five minutes. You can add more seasoned oil with a brush.

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