Welcome to the season of cookouts and outdoor celebrations! Here are 35 vegan barbecue recipes to help you get your party on — everything from starters and sides to main dishes and sweet treats!
It's no secret that summer isn't my favorite time of year. I'm not into the heat and bugs and all that stuff. I put a positive spin on the season by looking at it as prep for fall (which is my favorite!).
One thing I can get behind when it comes to summer is cookout food (even if sometimes I choose to enjoy it inside the comfort of my air-conditioned home). And vegan cookout food is the best cookout food around, if you ask me. Here are 35 of the most delicious vegan bbq recipes, covering everything from grillables to sides to desserts.
Sandwiches & Burgers
Sandwiches of all kinds are always cookout favorites. Fortunately, you don't need meat to create a killer cookout-worthy sandwich. Whether you're looking for a vegan burger, hot dog, or cold picnic sandwich, there are plenty of vegan options.
Greek Chickpea Burgers
These veggie burgers pack in the flavor! With Kalamata olives, lemon, garlic and fresh herbs, they'll knock your socks off!
Maple Buffalo Pulled Jackfruit Sandwiches
Jackfruit stands in for meat in these spicy sandwiches. You might even fool some of your meat-eating guests!
Portobello Mushroom Hot Dogs
Looking for something meatless to stuff your hot dog buns with? Slice up some smoky marinated portobello mushrooms. You'll be amazed at how delicious and easy these vegan hot dogs are!
Prefer cold sandwiches at your vegan barbecue? This muffaletta is perfect! It's sized for a crowd and keeps well — in fact, the flavors improve as it sits!
Balsamic Beet Burgers
These are the veggie burgers for veggie lovers! Made with vibrant beets, fresh dill and zippy balsamic vinegar, they're healthy and loaded with flavor.
Smoky Black Bean Burgers
These aren't your ordinary black bean burgers...these patties are loaded with intensely smoky and spicy flavor!
I get it. I was totally skeptical of carrot dogs too. But they're actually amazing! And no, they don't taste like hot dogs. They taste like grilled smoky carrot sandwiches...in the best way!
Many of these meatless mains can be cooked on the grill, and they're all delicious! Make one of them the star of your vegan barbecue.
Mediterranean-Spiced Tofu Kebabs
These delicious kebabs are made with skewers loaded with spiced tofu and summer veggies. The best part? They cook up perfect in the oven OR on the grill!
These "ribs" aren't actually going to fool anyone, but they're still a delicious way to enjoy tempeh and satisfy your barbecue cravings!
Barbecue Chickpea & Cauliflower Pizza
Pizza at a barbecue? Why not? This bbq sauce sauce smothered-pie is perfect for vegan cookouts!
This is the vegan cookout recipe for Thai food lovers! It's made with zesty lemongrass marinated tofu and served with a dreamy peanut sauce.
Vegan Crab Cakes with Sriracha Aioli
These summery crabless cakes are perfect for cookouts. Artichoke hearts are the secret ingredient for that perfect flavor and tender, flaky texture!
Grilled Tofu with Mango Salsa
Believe it or not, tofu cooks up really well on the grill! In this recipe, cedar planks infuse it with smoky flavor and mango salsa adds a burst of sweetness.
Round out your cookout with a few of these sides. My suggestion is to go with one hot side dish and one cool salad so you get the best of both worlds.
Vegan Pasta Salad
This is a vegan pasta salad that all your guests will love! It's made with zesty balsamic dressing and antipasto-inspired mix-ins like olives, roasted red peppers, and artichoke hearts.
Classic Vegan Caesar Salad
Traditional Caesar dressing is made with dairy and anchovies....totally not vegan! But this delicious salad is covered in a creamy cashew-based dressing — and it tastes just like the real deal.
Vegan Mac & Cheese
Nobody will miss the dairy in this luscious, incredibly decadent vegan spin on classic mac & cheese!
Creamy Vegan Coleslaw
This stuff tastes just like the classic coleslaw you grew up eating, but it's dairy free!
Mexican Grilled Corn
This show-stealing side is cooked up on the grill! Made with fresh corn on the cob, Mexican spices, a dreamy butter sauce, and a sprinkle of fresh cilantro...SO GOOD!
Vegan Macaroni Salad
It wouldn't be a cookout without macaroni salad! This is the best macaroni salad you'll ever have...and it just happens to be vegan!
Garlic Smashed Potatoes with Basil Aioli
Not mashed potatoes. Smashed potatoes. And dare I say that smashed are better than mashed? Tender on the inside, crispy on the outside, and smothered in basil aioli...watch out because these are additive!
Avocado Corn Salad
This refreshing salad is packed with fresh summer vegetables and flavored with a hint of lime!
Best Ever Vegan Baked Beans
Even meat-eaters agree, these baked beans really are the best, thanks to caramelized onions and a touch of whiskey.
Vegan Potato Salad
This stuff tastes just like traditional potato salad you grew up eating...but it's made without any eggs or dairy!
Don't go hungry while you await the main course — snack on one or two of these delicious vegan starters.
That's Nacho Cauliflower Cheese!
Yes, that's nacho cheese that's made from cauliflower. You need to try it to believe it!
Vegan Zucchini Fritters
Do you like to grow zucchini in the summer? Put them in some fritters! Then take those fritters to a vegan barbecue to impress all your friends.
If hummus is your go-to party dip, it's time to give muhammara a try! This zesty dip is made with roasted red peppers and walnuts...and it's good enough to eat by the spoonful!
Traditional ceviche recipes call for seafood. This one uses chickpeas instead. It's super easy to make and refreshing on a hot day!
Vegan Summer Rolls
Whip up a batch of these vegan summer rolls if you really want to impress your cookout guests! Made with mangoes, veggies, noodles, and flavorful tofu, they're perfect with some creamy peanut sauce for dipping!
Cheesy Puff Pastry Tomato Tart
This easy tart is a delicious way to use those juicy summer tomatoes!
Pico de Gallo
This scrumptious dip is the perfect appetizer to make if you've got juicy summer tomatoes to use up! Serve it with tortilla chips and watch it disappear fast!
These desserts are sweet, refreshing, and deliciously indulgent. Perfect for wrapping up your barbecue!
Vegan Strawberry Crisp
This easy crisp is a delicious way to use summer strawberries, and is perfect with a scoop of dairy-free vanilla ice cream!
Vegan Blueberry Pie
This vegan blueberry pie is absolutely delicious, and pretty simple to make, as far as pies go. There's no chopping or precooking the filling — just mix it up, fill your crust and bake!
Black Bottom Raw Cheesecake
Not only is this dairy-free cheesecake delicious and refreshing...it's also totally raw. That means you don't even have to turn on the oven to make it!
Maple Ginger Vegan Strawberry Shortcake
This isn't just any strawberry shortcake. This one is made with coconut whipped cream and maple ginger soaked berries!
Vegan Peach Cobbler
This irresistible cobbler is made with juicy peach filling swirled among layers of sweet vanilla cake.
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