Grilled Stuffed Zucchini

Let me share a little secret with you. I’ve never really liked stuffed zucchini. I think it’s because every time I’ve eaten it, it’s been baked in the oven and the zucchini has that mushy, slimy texture and it’s filled with spaghetti sauce. But I like the idea of stuffed zucchini- so I thought I’d come up with one that was more my style. To the grill it is! You can do this on an indoor grill pan as well. You’ll want zucchini that aren’t huge, but just a little bit bigger than normal. About 10 inches or so. If you have really big ones, just add more diced zucchini flesh to the recipe to increase the filling, or double the filling all together. You can also substitute more zucchini flesh in place of the sausage for a vegetarian version.


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Garden Fresh Salsa


  1. I've had stuffed zucchini before, but have never seen a grilled version! This is great. I like the use of the turkey sausage instead of beef or ground turkey as well. I'm sure it adds lots of extra flavor.

  2. Those look really good! I agree, the only 2 ways to eat zucchini are raw or on the grill I usually just slice then lengthwise into 3-4 pieces, then brush both sides with olive oil and then seasoning with salt and pepper. Grill both sides and they are fabulous. I will have to try this recipe, looks so good!

  3. I love zucchini, but I've never had ti stuffed w/ more yumminess! I love love love grilled zucchini, it's one of my favs to toss on the grill in the summer time. I'll definitely have to add this to my zucchini love!!!

  4. YES! I have loads of zucchini and have been looking all over for some good recipes. The hubby is sick of just plain grilled zucchini, so this should mix things up very nicely.

  5. Hahaha, Go figure. I made stuffed zucchini last night. I came on yesterday looking for a recipe but didn't find one. Im making yours next time. It looks better, plus I never would have thought about grilling it. Smart, then I wouldn't have heated up the house. I still have some zucchini so I will definitely make it again.

  6. I am not to crazy about Italaian sausage, but it sounds really good. I am going to try it with ground turkey.

  7. wow…those look delicious AND healthy! something i will definately be trying! :o) thanks ladies!!

  8. those are so pretty! i feel like i should do as much with zucchini as i can before it isn't at the farmer's market anymore. stuffed veggies here i come.

  9. I've been waiting for this one! I just happen to have some zucchinis that are just the right size… one of which I have to save for my garden veggie spaghetti (fairly similar to your lemon-herb zucchini fettuccine) that I plan on making this weekend. This would make a great appetizer!

  10. I love stuffed zucchini, its a good way to serve a veggie that everyone wants to eat. I have to try grilling them your pics look great.

  11. These are really beautiful! I might have to try this with the little ones that I see for appetizers, Thanks!

  12. I LOVE the sound of this dish! Perfect for summer's bounty, and a great excuse to get out of the kitchen and fire up the grill. I bet it would work beautifully with a topping of vegan feta, too. I must try this!

  13. These look great! I will definitely be making these as soon as we get more zucchini in the garden! Thanks for the idea

  14. I made these for dinner tonight, and they were FANTASTIC. The flavor just blew my mind! This recipe is a definite keeper, thanks!

  15. I've had this starred for a couple weeks, ready and waiting. And now I'm in tears because I waited so long. OH. MY. GOSH. This is going on my list of top 10 recipes! My husband and I thought we were eating Supreme Pizza with a slightly zucchini flavored crust. And yet… healthier and not greasy. And my kids (ages 4 and 1) gobbled it up (though that might have been because I told them they got to eat "boats" for dinner). 🙂 Thank you! Of course, I threw the health factor out the window when I made the Rosemary Bread and the four of us proceeded to eat both loaves in one sitting…. ah, well.

  16. This was the best stuffed zuchini I ever had, I tweaked recipe based on what I had which was Lebanese zucchini (we planted the wrong kind and I haven't known what to do with it, they are basically much fatter) so I doubled the filling to fill them, also since Lebanese zucchini are meant for stuffing there is no usable zuke to add to mixture so I upped onions & tomatoes, also had apple & onion sausage (not turkey) and instead of basil I used ground all spice (~ 1 tsp) since that is traditional to Lebanese zucchini. Steps were perfect, time was perfect and it came out amazing. Will make this again soon.

  17. This is the BEST stuffed zucchini ever! My husband even loved it which is saying something.
    However I did use regular breakfast sausage instead of italian because we really don't care for italian sasuage. I put some thyme and sage in my sasuage while it was browning too.

  18. Oh My!!!! I made this as a main dish and my family loved them, this will be a yummy addition to our dinner selection!!!

  19. This looks amazing! I can’t wait to make it for my Mom’s Bday! But where did your “printer friendly” button go??

  20. Oh man, I have been drooling over these since I got the cookbook for mother’s day. But everytime I go to the grocery store, all they have are these little baby zucchini the size of a pickle. And I have tried several different stores, but no good size ones yet, so anxious to make em, they look amazing!!!

  21. This was SO TASTY! We got a HUGE (like over a foot and a half huge) zucchini from family this weekend & we turned half of it into a stuffed zucchini and the other half grilled on foil with onion – super filling and way more than the 2 of us could eat. THANKS & YUM

  22. This sounds lovely! Just uncovered 2 huge zucchini hiding in my garden; perfect for tonight’s dinner. Thanks.

  23. Made this tonight & we LOVED it! My husband asked what it was called & I told him, he said we should call it Zucchini Gondola!

  24. Delicious! I discovered my grill had no propane, so I had to use my little countertop electric grill. To solve the “no lid” problem, I took the bottom of a broiling pan and put it on top. Worked perfectly. I was also naughty and used pork Italian sausage instead of turkey – can’t say I have regrets. 🙂

  25. These were so delicious! It was like eating pizza without the heavy bread. I noticed someone commented that she was waiting for larger zucchini… I just used 4 5-6 inch zucchini, and they turned out great!

  26. This was our main dish tonight….. VERY satisfied people at the dinner table 🙂 thanks for the recipe!!!

  27. We made these a couple nights ago! They were sooo good! I used an italian pork sausage and it was so flavorful! Will definitely make these a regular during the summertime when we have plenty of zucchini!

  28. Replace the sausage with some lentils cooked in veggie stock and a bay leaf, then just saute some onion and garlic to put into the mixture. You can really create any flavor you want using different herbs, cheeses and stuff: herbs de province, curry, southwest, etc. Awesome!

  29. I made this the other night & they were so good! My 15 yr old ate 2 halves! The younger kids didn’t even want to try them, so they had something else. I figured ‘hey, more for us’! Yummy recipe. Thanks!

  30. I have made stuffed zucchini before and have always been dissapointed. It never turns out the way I imagine. But my garden is being plentiful right now and I needed to do something with it. I ran across this recipe and decided to try stuffed zucchini once more. And I’m so glad I did. This recipe is awesome! I think grilling made all the difference. Thanks so much!!

  31. This was absolutely fantastic. I had gigantic zucchinis and it worked well. They just needed a little more time. I plan to make this a lot.

  32. Making this for the second time and got too confident… I out 1 1/2 T of the dried Basil, not 1 teaspoon like the recipe states. Looks like we’re going spicy tonight!

  33. SOOO YUMMY! We used a more meat than it called for but we had much larger zucchinis also. Next time I want to try and add a bit more veggies like mushrooms maybe cauliflower. We had zucchinis that had been laying around for weeks because I was so done with squash season and this recipe was a great way to use them up!

  34. This sounds delicious and I have a bunch of zucchini coming up in my garden already! Is there a way to make plain bread crumbs into Italian-style bread crumbs? Can I just add some Italian Seasoning or something? Thanks for the recipe, I can’t wait to try it!

  35. Nevermind – I just saw on another recipe (Baked Zucchini Fries) that you can add some seasonings to plain bread crumbs to get Italian-style. Thanks!

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