17 recipes for an unforgettable vegan barbecue

The grill isn’t reserved for meat. Below, you’ll find awesome recipes that are not only free of animal products, but are sure to make for a memorable barbecue. We’ve picked main dishes, sides, drinks and desserts to inspire your next summer cookout.

“Meats”

1. Portobello mushroom burgers

Grilled mushrooms are great on their own, or you can build them into burgers with a bun, onions, vegan cheese, and all the fixins.’

2. BBQ Tempeh

A favorite meat alternative, this tempeh recipe is a great way to use your favorite bbq sauce.

3. Southwest chipotle chickpea burgers

© Jaymi Heimbuch

Spice up that veggie burger! These burgers aren’t intended to be cooked on the grill, but they make for a satisfying summer sandwich.

Sides

4. Vegan potato salad

© Namely Marly

Summer cookouts are incomplete without potato salad. Luckily, vegan mayo makes it a snap with this recipe from Namely Marly.

5. Avocado potato salad

For a twist on the classic potato salad, try adding avocados.

6. Balsamic grilled zucchini

© From Valerie's Kitchen

Marinated zucchini strips could be a main dish or a filling side.

7. Grilled avocado guacamole

Speaking of avocados, this fruit goes great on the grill too!

8. Grilled watermelon and tomato salad

© Kelly Rossiter

This refreshing salad combines two wonderful summer foods.

9. Grilled chili lime corn cobs

Grilled corn is delicious with just a little salt and pepper, or dressed up with seasonings from the south.

10. Mango avocado salsa

© Jaymi Heimbuch

Can’t choose between guac and salsa? This fruity combo is the best of both worlds.

11. Grilled fruit kabobs

Mix and match grilled watermelon and pineapple on a skewer. This recipe features a coconut glaze inspired by pina kolada. You can also throw strawberries into the mix.

Drinks

12. Watermelon sweet tea

This southern classic is sweetened with agave nectar.

13. Vanilla berry lemonade

Pick the sweetest berries of the season for this fresh take on pink lemonade.

14. Raspberry and serrano sangria

If your bbq calls for something boozy and bubbly, this fruity cocktail is sure to please!

Dessert

15. Cinnamon sugar peaches
Mike McCune/CC BY 3.0
Grilled peaches are one of my favorite things. Use just enough sugar to give the fruit a light caramelized glaze.

16. Strawberry basil creamsicles

No, you won’t be making these on the grill, but your guests are sure to be delighted when you break these popsicles out of the freezer!

17. Mini key lime pies
© Minimalist Baker
This recipe from Minimalist Baker has just seven ingredients!

Do you have a favorite vegan recipe for the grill? We'd love to hear about it in the comments.

Tags: Cooking | Green Entertaining | Grill Recipes | Summer | Vegan | Vegetarian

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