Grilled Mushrooms

These grilled mushrooms are an easy, delicious summer side dish! Seasoned with tamari and balsamic vinegar, they're meaty, juicy, and SO flavorful.

Grilled mushrooms skewers

If you have a grill or grill pan, this grilled mushrooms recipe is one that you need in your back pocket. And if you don’t have a grill or grill pan, well, it might be worth getting one just to try this recipe. It’s insanely easy to make (we’re talking 6 ingredients and 15 minutes), and the flavor is out of this world. As the mushrooms cook on the grill, they become charred on the outside and juicy in the middle, and their savory, umami flavor intensifies. You can serve them as a knockout side dish with almost any summer meal, but you can also can slice them and stuff them into tacos or pile them onto a bun for a “meaty” vegetarian sandwich. And that’s just the start!

I’ve included instructions for making grilled portobello mushrooms and grilled creminis in the recipe below. When I want to serve the grilled mushrooms as a side dish, I typically make the grilled creminis. But when I’m making tacos, mushroom burgers, or another larger dish, I go with the portobellos. If you have a specific preparation in mind, use these suggestions as a guide. Otherwise, pick whichever type of mushroom sounds best to you. Both are delicious!

Cremini mushrooms on a baking sheet next to portobello mushroom caps wrapped in a striped dish towel

Grilled Mushrooms Recipe Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make this grilled mushrooms recipe:

  • Mushrooms, of course! I like grilling portobellos to use in tacos or as mushroom burgers. Grilled cremini mushrooms are a great veggie side dish.
  • Extra-virgin olive oil – It adds richness to the mushrooms and prevents them from drying out on the grill (or sticking to it!).
  • Balsamic vinegar and tamari – I often use these ingredients when I cook mushrooms, as they enhance the mushrooms’ natural umami flavor. They make these grilled mushrooms taste tangy, rich, and savory. You won’t believe how flavorful they are!
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper – The pepper gives the mushrooms a nice kick, and the salt makes all the flavors pop.

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

Hand pouring olive oil over cremini mushrooms on a baking sheet

How to Make Grilled Mushrooms

These grilled mushrooms are super easy to make! Here’s what you need to do:

First, clean the mushrooms. Whenever you clean mushrooms, you should wipe them clean with a damp paper towel or kitchen towel instead of rinsing them under running water. They act like little sponges, so if you do rinse them, they’ll become waterlogged, and they won’t soak up the delicious seasonings in the next step. Just wipe off any visible dirt, and you’ll be ready to cook!

Next, if you’re using portobellos, remove the stems. You can leave them on if you’re cooking creminis – just trim off any dried-out ends.

Hand pouring balsamic vinegar over creminis on a baking sheet with olive oil

Then, season the mushrooms. Place them on a large plate or baking sheet, and drizzle on the olive oil, balsamic, and tamari. You’ll notice that I don’t include measurements for these ingredients in my recipe. The amount doesn’t have to be exact – just make sure to drizzle generously! These ingredients are essential for creating the mushrooms’ juicy, meaty texture and bold flavor on the grill. You don’t want to skimp on them!

Creminis with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper on a baking sheet

Sprinkle on the salt and pepper, and use your hands to make sure the mushrooms are thoroughly coated in the oil and seasonings.

Seasoned cremini mushrooms ready to grill on a baking sheet

Next, assemble skewers. If you’re using cremini mushrooms, thread them onto metal or soaked wooden skewers. If you’re using portobellos, skip this step! You’ll put the whole caps right on the grill.

Finally, cook. Heat an outdoor grill or grill pan to medium heat. Place the cremini skewers on the grill, or set the portobellos on the grill, gill side up. Cook each until the mushrooms are charred on the first side, then flip the mushrooms. They’re ready when they’re tender, juicy, and charred on both sides.

That’s it!

Grilled mushrooms on a grill pan

Grilled Mushrooms Serving Suggestions

There are SO many ways to serve these easy grilled mushrooms! The simplest one is as a side dish. Enjoy the mushrooms plain, or dress them up with fresh herbs or a tasty sauce like chimichurri, Greek salad dressing, or cilantro lime dressing. We love them tossed in a little melted garlic butter, too.

Here are a few more delicious ways to serve them:

How do you like to serve grilled mushrooms? Let me know in the comments!

Grilled mushrooms recipe

More Favorite Grilling Recipes

If you love this grilled mushrooms recipe, try one of these veggie grilling recipes next:

Love mushroom recipes? Try my stuffed mushrooms, mushroom gravy, or mushroom pasta!

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Grilled Mushrooms

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5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Serves 4
These grilled mushrooms are such an easy, delicious summer side dish! They're also great in tacos, bowls, and more. Find my favorite ways to serve them in the post above.


  • 16 ounces cremini mushrooms or portobello mushrooms, about 4
  • Balsamic vinegar, for drizzling
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • Tamari, for drizzling
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Prepare the mushrooms by trimming the cremini mushroom stems and/or removing the portobello mushroom stems. Clean the caps with a damp cloth or paper towel. Place the mushrooms on a large rimmed plate and drizzle generously with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and tamari. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and use your hands to coat the mushrooms on all sides.
  • If using cremini mushrooms, thread them onto metal skewers (or wood skewers that have been soaked overnight).
  • Preheat an outdoor grill or grill pan to medium heat. Place the cremini skewers on the grill, or place the portobello mushrooms on the grill, gill side-up. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes per side, or until the mushrooms are tender.


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  1. Jen

    Will this work as a marinade for other vegetables as well? Looking to do some grilled veggie skewers for a BBQ but want them to have some flavor!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Jen, I think it would be nice with other veggies too!

  2. Dianne Percefull

    I love all of your recipes….you are my go to for vegan and plant based foods.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so happy to hear that!

  3. Jean

    Yum. I would like to try this one at home.

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