Grilled Stuffed Tomatoes

grilled stuffed tomatoes on a white plate

It’s July and it is HOT. So, I’m trying to keep the house cool. That means my grill and I have become best buds as we conspire to cook everything possible on the grill!

I especially love to find vegetarian items to grill, such as beets, zucchini or asparagus.

In this chapter of Keep the House Cool, we will select the right tomatoes, we’ll stuff ‘em and then grill ‘em. Easy!

How do you prep a tomato for stuffing?

If you have ever stuffed bell peppers, you already know how it’s done. Cut a slice from the top, scoop out the insides and then use the remaining shell for your filling. In the case of tomatoes, I like to use a grapefruit spoon for the scooping. Those serrated edges make it easy. You’ll end up with a hollow shell of tomato, ready to be filled.

Ingredients needed for stuffed tomatoes

First, choose your tomatoes. I like to buy tomatoes on the vine for this. It’s the easiest way to get 4-5 tomatoes of the same size. They are usually about 2-3 inches in diameter. Now, larger beefsteak tomatoes work, but then you’ll need either need more filling or fewer tomatoes.

The beauty of this recipe is that you can revise the filling to suit your taste. Please regard this recipe/ingredient list as a starting point.

  • Ricotta cheese
  • Fresh mozzarella cheese
  • Panko breadcrumbs (Italian seasoned)
  • Italian seasoning
  • Butter
  • Salt and pepper
Ingredients needed for stuffed tomatoes

How to make grilled stuffed tomatoes

Hollow out the tomatoes as described above. Invert the tomatoes onto paper towels to drain while you mix the filling.

The filling is mixed together and then used to stuff the tomatoes. It makes a “firm” mixture, so I like to divide it roughly into 5 portions (assuming I have 5 tomatoes) and then shape each portion so it fits the tomato.

Mix breadcrumbs with melted butter and sprinkle on top.

How to grill the stuffed tomatoes

In theory, tomatoes can be placed right on hot grill grates. But I prefer to use a grill basket for anything small and/or fragile. These tomatoes qualify. They might feel quite sturdy to start but as they cook the tomatoes get very soft. Best practice: lean tomatoes against the sides of the basket. This helps prevent tipping. Grill at medium heat for about 10-15 minutes. The tomatoes will soften and the breadcrumbs will be slightly toasted. Carefully remove from the grill and allow to cool slightly before serving

grilled stuffed tomatoes on a white plate
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Grilled Stuffed Tomatoes

Cheesy stuffed tomatoes on the grill!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 5
Calories: 160kcal
Author: Sula


  • 5 medium tomatoes on the vine for uniform size
  • 4 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 3 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs Italian seasoned (divided)
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon butter melted


  • Cut a thin slice from the top of each tomato. Scoop out and discard the pulp. Invert the tomatoes on a paper towel to drain.
  • Combine ricotta cheese with ¼ cup breadcrumbs, minced garlic and Italian seasoning. Cut or tear the mozzarella into small pieces and add. Mix and season with salt and pepper.
  • Spoon cheese mixture into tomato shells. Combine butter and remaining breadcrumbs, then sprinkle over tops of stuffed tomatoes.
  • Place a lightly greased grill basket on a grill warmed to medium heat. Place tomatoes in basket. Grill, closed, for 10-15 minutes, or until heated through. Cool slightly before serving.



Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 196mg | Potassium: 353mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1327IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 172mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.

Options and substitutions

For each of the ingredients listed, here are a few ideas to change the filling and make it your own:

Ricotta Cheese –

A similar recipe on inspired this one. For that version, mascarpone cheese was used, which is a tasty alternative to the ricotta.

Mozzarella cheese –

Honestly, I haven’t tried anything but fresh Mozzarella in this mix. IMHO, it’s tough to beat.

Italian seasoning –

If you love fresh basil, give that a try instead of the Italian seasoning. It gives a similar-but-different flavor punch to the filling.

Panko breadcrumbs –

Panko works great in this filling, but regular breadcrumbs will work as well. The panko just stays a little crispier. 😀

Lower carb version –

Eliminate the breadcrumbs. Chop up a little of the tomato pulp and add it to the filling. You could chop up some spinach to add in as well. Great way to sneak in some extra vegetables!

What goes with stuffed tomatoes

Whenever I grill meat, I “rest” the cooked meat for at least 10 minutes. Use this interval to grill these stuffed tomatoes. The grill is already hot, so it’s an easy transition. Stuffed tomatoes make a perfect side with pork tenderloin, grilled chicken, or even burgers.

More grilled side dishes

It’s so fun to make side dishes on the grill. Try any of these with your next meal:


30 thoughts on “Grilled Stuffed Tomatoes

  1. 5 stars
    These stuffed tomatoes were so good and perfect for summer time. We are going to have a ton of tomatoes from our garden soon and now I know what to do with them!

  2. 5 stars
    I make stuffed peppers very, very often, but in my entire life, I think I’ve only done stuffed tomatoes once. Blasphemy, I know. The ricotta filling is an absolute dream!

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