With summer fast approaching, you’re probably dreaming of the days where you can laze out in the sun, take off your thermal socks, and enjoy the fact that you can actually leave the confines of your house for the great outdoors. Of course, everyone knows that the best way to celebrate the summer months is to fit in as many BBQs as you can – so what are you waiting for? Whether you’re vegan yourself, whether you just want to try something different, or whether you have vegan guests making their way into your garden to enjoy the sunshine, these vegan BBQ recipes will certainly put a smile on everyone’s face. Yep, we’ve rounded up the most delicious vegan BBQ recipes that the internet has to offer, and we have no doubts about the fact that you’re going to be well fed this summer…
Hawaiian Seitan Skewers
Can you really have a BBQ without having at least one plate of skewers on the table? We think not. While there are so many different skewer recipes out there, we just can’t get enough of this Hawaiian Seitan Skewers recipe from The Nut-Free Vegan.
Chock-full of vegetables, meaty seitan, and a delicious glaze made from soy sauce, pineapple juice, brown sugar, garlic, and a little bit of red pepper, these skewers pack a punch, but they’re also pretty sweet in the process. If you place these in front of your guests, we have a feeling that they’ll be gone in no time…
Grilled Chilli Corn with Coconut Lime Cream
There really is nothing better than grilling corn on the cob on the BBQ. It’s crunchy, it’s sweet, it’s juicy, and it’s just so versatile. While you can just eat this grilled corn straight off the grill and smother it with butter – an old favourite, right? – you could also take advantage of this recipe from Hot for Food.
These guys have created a Grilled Chilli Corn with Coconut Lime Cream recipe that is packed full of flavour, and really brings out the tastes and the textures of the corn on the cob as a whole. The best part is that you don’t need to spend hours making this recipe a reality. Once you’ve made the sauce, all you need to do is pop it on the BBQ and wait for the magic to happen.
Homemade Chickpea Burger
Jamie Oliver is one of the latest celebrity chefs to give up meat completely, and it seems as though he has been embracing even more vegetarian and vegan recipes. Yep, it’s just another reason to love him. One of his most famous vegan BBQ recipes comes in the form of this burger – which is the staple of any BBQ event.
This particular burger is made from chickpeas and sweetcorn, and it’s seasoned with so many spices your mouth won’t know what’s hit it. The best part about this burger is the fact that you can not only cook it on the grill, but every single person can customise it to their own tastes. You should probably keep an eye on the people who put gherkins in their burgers, though…
Grilled Baby Potatoes with Rosemary
While BBQs are certainly all about the meat, there’s no doubt about the fact that these meats wouldn’t be complete without some sumptuous sides. We love this Grilled Baby Potatoes with Rosemary recipe from A Virtual Vegan, because it’s simple, it’s tasty, and it does exactly what it says on the tin.
There’s no real fuss when it comes to this recipe, as you simply have to parboil the potatoes, and then cover them with oil, rosemary, and salt, and then place them on the grill. It’s then up to you to decide how crispy you want them on the outside, but don’t worry, because they’re still going to be super fluffy on the inside!
All Natural Carrot Dogs
Just because you’ve decided that you don’t want to eat meat doesn’t mean that you have to give up hot dogs. There are so many plant-based hot dog recipes out there, but we’d be lying if we said that this recipe from Healthy Slow Cooking wasn’t our favourite. That’s because these hot dogs are actually made from carrots!
This recipe is perfect for those who can’t eat soy or avoid gluten, as it really is just made from carrots, rice vinegar, coconut aminos, garlic and black pepper, and liquid smoke. You can then just place them on the grill and top with as many deliciously vegan toppings as you like. The hot dog world is your oyster.
Candied Maple Balsamic Brussels Sprout Skewers
There are so many amazing skewer recipes out there, and we’d be doing you a disservice if we didn’t at least give you options, right? Most people put the likes of onion, pepper, and mushrooms on their vegetable skewers, but have you ever thought about putting Brussels sprouts on there? And what about coating it in a candied maple balsamic glaze?
Well, this recipe from The Food Network definitely did think of doing that – and they totally smashed it. Even those who claim to not like Brussels sprouts will be bowled over by this recipe because the chargrilled taste from the BBQ and the sweetness of the glaze complement each other so well.
Oil-Free Potato Salad
Let’s be honest; it’s basically a crime to have a BBQ and not have a bowl of potato salad on the table. That’s just the way the world of BBQs goes. Of course, most vegans believe that they can’t have potato salad because of the egg that resides inside of the mayonnaise, but us vegans don’t let anything stop us from eating delicious food.
This vegan potato salad recipe from Nora Cooks is not only completely plant-based, but it’s also oil-free, which means that it’s essentially guilt-free as well. Vegan mayo is pretty easy to make, and once you’ve made it for this recipe, you’ll be making it every single day for the rest of your life.
Mediterranean Grilled Avocado Stuffed with Chickpeas and Tahini
Food Faith Fitness is all about bringing delicious and healthy food into our lives, and there’s no doubt about the fact that this BBQ recipe is something special. Just look at that chargrilled level of goodness! Avocados should be a staple within every vegan diet thanks to the nutrients and good fats that it contains, and this is a great recipe to give a plain ol’ avocado a bit more taste.
That’s because these fruits can simply be placed on the grill before being stuffed with crispy chickpeas, tomatoes, and cucumber, and then it can be drizzled with the tangy tahini sauce. What could really be better than that?
BBQ Short Ribs
There are two kinds of ribs on this list of the best vegan BBQ recipes, and that’s because they are both so different. This recipe from Vegan Heaven is primarily made using mushrooms – but mushroom haters out there don’t need to worry too much, because they don’t taste like mushrooms.
Mixed with wheat gluten, these mushrooms create a DIY seitan recipe that can then be mashed together with all kinds of herbs and spices to create these BBQ Short Ribs. Of course, it’s then up to you to decide how you want to serve them. You can eat them on their own and savour their delicious flavour, or you could serve them with all of the sides imaginable.
Seitan Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce
Most people think of smoked and spicy glazes when they think of summer BBQs, but we think it’s time to give satay its place in the limelight. Thankfully, Sunny Side Hanne thinks the same. Peanut sauces are always a good shout no matter the time or place, and this recipe is surprisingly easy to create.
Once you’ve prepped the seitan and the spicy peanut sauce, it’s then time to put everything on the grill and wait for the chargrilled goodness that will be the final result. We have a feeling that this recipe will go down a real treat with yourself, your friends, your family, and perhaps even the neighbours looking over the fence to see what the smell is.
Jackfruit Sandwiches with Avocado Slaw
Jackfruit is a godsend when it comes to BBQ recipes because it’s basically the same as pulled pork. You know, without being made from pork and coming from an actual pig. Because of this, the Minimalist Baker’s recipe for Jackfruit Sandwiches with Avocado Slaw is essentially just a pulled pork sandwich – and it’s pretty darn delicious.
While jackfruit can look pretty intimidating, once you’ve cooked with it once and tasted just how amazing it is, you’ll definitely be converted. Thankfully, this recipe is pretty easy to make, and the whole thing tastes amazing when you shove it on the grill and let the smoke and the flames work their magic.
BBQ Veggie Pizza
We bet you didn’t know that you could cook a pizza on the BBQ! It’s super easy to do this when you have a dough in place, as it’s basically just like cooking it on a real wood-burning oven – but in your garden. Of course, when you’re making a BBQ Veggie Pizza like the one that Vegan in the Freezer has made, it makes sense to make the whole thing extra saucy.
You can do this by adding BBQ sauce onto the dough rather than a tomato one, and then you can add all kinds of spices and seasoning to give it that extra kick. Don’t worry; you can cool your mouth down with the potato salad if your tongue starts to tingle…
Mac & Cheese with Smoked Tofu Bacon Bits
We’re gonna go ahead and assume that every single person on this planet loves mac & cheese. How can anyone not like it?! While it might not specifically be cooked on a BBQ, there’s no doubt about the fact that this dish should be present at every BBQ event – which is why this Exceedingly Vegan recipe will definitely float your boat.
That’s because this recipe isn’t just your average macaroni cheese recipe. Instead, it’s topped with smoked tofu bits, and that ultimately turns it into a dish that compliments the other smoked and charred pieces within your BBQ spread. The best part? Every single aspect of this Mac & Cheese with Smoked Tofu Bacon Bits recipe is completely vegan.
Mediterranean Stuffed Tomatoes & Portobello Mushrooms
There’s just something about stuffing vegetables with other goodness that really gets people in the party mood, so why not bring these out to the table at your next BBQ? This Mediterranean Stuffed Tomatoes & Portobello Mushrooms from Mina Made is quick, easy, but downright delicious.
The best thing about this recipe is that you could swap out either the stuffed tomatoes or the portobello mushrooms with peppers instead if you wanted to because the stuffing of spiced quinoa can be placed inside any vegetable you please. Then, all you have to do is grill them and wait until you can chow down on them. What could be better than that?
Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger
No BBQ would be complete without a burger of sorts, and if chickpeas aren’t your thing, then maybe this Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger will tickle your pickle. The Minimalist Baker has some seriously good recipes on their websites, and this is just one of the many that we have adopted into our own lives.
That’s because this burger is perfect for any occasion – but it’s especially good when the summer rolls around, and you whip out the BBQ. Made from mashed up sweet potato, rice, black beans, onions, and a whole load of spices, it’s fair to say that this burger is packed full of goodness – and that’s before you take into account the toppings.
Grilled Pineapple & Cinnamon Coconut Cream
Although BBQs are all about delicious savoury food, you’ve gotta throw some sweetness into the mix, right? This recipe from Veganosity is one of our favourite desserts, and you don’t have to worry about it being too naughty for you, either. After all, the main ingredient is a pineapple!
This fruit tastes amazing when it is grilled on a BBQ, but then you can really turn it up a notch by adding Cinnamon Coconut Cream on top. To make this, you’ll need coconut milk, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon. The end result is really something special, so you might want to stock up on a few pineapples – because it’s going to go down a storm when you host your BBQ this summer.
Sticky BBQ Ribs
The Avant Garde Vegan is a huge name in the vegan game, and would you believe he has even designed new dishes for Wagamama?! Because of this, the recipes on this website are truly extraordinary, and this recipe for Sticky BBQ Ribs is one of them. Made from seitan, these ribs are pretty similar to the ones we’ve already seen, but the clincher for this recipe is the fact that the glaze is so delicious and sticky that you won’t be able to get enough of it.
The main ingredients for this sauce include Tomato Ketchup, English mustard, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, Coca-Cola, spices, and liquid smoke. It’s a bit fiddly, but if you prepare this dish before your guests arrive, you can simply pop the ribs on the grill and let them do their thing.
Smoky Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Cilantro & Lime
Everyone loves potatoes, right? Sweet potatoes are a great addition to any BBQ, so you might want to add Kitchen Treaty’s recipe for Smoky Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Cilantro & Lime to your bookmarks. Although there are very few ingredients involved in this recipe, that doesn’t mean that it’s not tasty.
The vibrant mix of sweet potatoes, olive oil, BBQ dry rub mix, limes, and cilantro really is a match made in heaven, and they are so easy to just pick up and tuck into. They’re also super easy to make, which means that you can cook some more up if they are eaten as soon as your guests arrive for your vegan BBQ.
Brown Sugar BBQ Baked Beans
Come on; you didn’t think that you could have a BBQ without adding some BBQ Baked Beans into the mix, did you? These made a summer feast even more exciting, as there’s nothing better than grabbing a spoonful of these beans or topping your burgers, your hot dogs, and even your potatoes in these things.
The Veg Life has summed this recipe up perfectly, and while you can just use Baked Beans that you buy from the shop, it’s much more fun to make them from scratch. For this, you’ll need a can of Pinto beans and all of the seasoning laid out by this epic vegan chef. The best part? You can make these beans all year round if you want to.
Tofu and Pineapple Skewers
Tofu is a vegan’s best friend, and it’s fair to say that this food is perfect when it’s put on skewers and paired with some delicious fruits and vegetables. On this occasion, Food Porn Vegan Style has created a Tofu and Pineapple Skewers – and we want to eat at least six of them immediately.
For this recipe, you’ll need tofu, pineapple, pepper, onions, and coriander, and then you’ll need the likes of avocado, lime, salt, and pepper to create the sauce that drizzles on top. When you pop these bad boys on the grill, the sauces marinate the tofu, the fruit, and the vegetables, and it adds a serious crunch and chargrilled effect that you just can’t get from a normal oven.
Many people assume that BBQs aren’t for vegans – but that’s just a load of tosh. There are so many amazing vegan BBQ recipes out there, and they’re guaranteed to leave your stomach full and your heart happy.