35+ Tasty Vegan BBQ & Grilling Recipes

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These 35+ fantastic vegan BBQ recipes pack a whole lot of flavor, awesome texture and are true crowd-pleasers. From meaty burgers to creamy pasta salads, skewers and grilled desserts, these recipes will satisfy everyone at the table!

Planning your next cookout? Even though grilling season often focuses on meat as the main event, this list of vegan BBQ recipes proves that plant-based dishes can stand just as tall.

Some traditional barbecue sides are often either already vegan or easy to make vegan — just think of veggie skewers, grilled corn, roasted potatoes, rolls, green salads, or fruit salads.

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Definitely try some of the pulled jackfruit recipes, easy sides or different vegan mock meats like BBQ ribz, seitan steaks or vegan hot dogs to satisfy the carnivores on the table — and never skimp on the spices and sauces!

You can find lots of vegan recipes for meat lovers here, check out our vegan cookout guide or the following collections:

Enjoy our list of vibrant veggie dishes, seasonal salads and eye-catching grilling mains.

Easy Vegan BBQ Sides

Colorful Grilled Veggie Skewers
Colorful, healthy and so easy to make! Veggie skewers are a classic BBQ side or appetizer which you can prepare and bring with you. These feature zucchini, red onion and bell peppers drizzled with tangy balsamic vinegar and brushed with some garlic herb sauce.
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white surface with six colorful veggie skewers made with zucchini, bell pepper and onion
Easy Vegan Bruschetta
One of our favorite Italian appetizers that’s actually oftentimes already “accidentally vegan” is bruschetta. These crispy little slices of Italian bread are topped with fresh tomatoes, basil, balsamic and some olive oil.
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Grilled Corn on the Cob
There should be no summer BBQ without some grilled corn on the cob! Skip the butter and brush with some oil instead, then serve with this creamy avocado dill dressing for extra flavor and prettiness.
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white baking dish on a table filled with three grilled corn on the cob that are drizzled with some avocado dill dressing
Grilled Baby Potatoes
Deliciously browned on the outside and tender on the inside, these grilled baby potatoes tossed in lemon herb sauce are an awesome vegan BBQ side! Enjoy them all summer with fresh salads and scrumptious bean patties.
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large white bowl on a table with herby Grilled Baby Potatoes
Roasted Vegan Garlic Bread
Garlic bread is actually so easy to make vegan! Just whip up some roasted garlic with olive oil to create a creamy, flavor-packed emulsion, slather it on crusty Italian bread, then toast or grill to crispy perfection.
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several slices of freshly baked vegan garlic bread with olive oil and herbs
Grilled Quinoa Stuffed Avocado
Did you know that if you grill avocados, they largely keep their shape while offering the taste of melted butter? Load them up with some cooked grains of your liking (in this case, quinoa) and top with herbs and spices. Simple, genius and ready in under 30 minutes!
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table with five avocado halves that are stuffed with a quinoa veggie mixture next to two limes
BBQ Courgette With Salsa Verde
Courgette or zucchini taste fantastic when grilled! Featuring a nice char mark and topped with white beans, the grilled zucchini strips are served with an easy homemade salsa verde. Ready is your simple yet special vegan BBQ side!
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Grilled Potato Nacho Bowls
This humble bowl features grilled potatoes and peppers, tossed with black beans, corn, herbs and the most addicting chipotle-cashew sauce. It’s a fuss-free side you can customize to your needs and enjoy with the whole family!
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Curried Vegan Coleslaw
Every cookout needs a good coleslaw! Perfect for hot summer days, this simple vegan BBQ side is made with delicate Indian spices and stuffed with juicy sultanas. Try this recipe if you like these types of flavors and don’t be skimpy on the vegan mayo!
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Grilled Romaine & Radicchio Crostini
This colorful veggie-loaded crostini is topped with grilled sweet romaine and peppery radicchio and drizzled with a smoky charred carrot dressing. It’s basically like a huge sourdough bread crouton, finished with some salad and crispy cumin chickpeas. Must try!
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Classic Creamy Potato Salad
This (almost) classic potato salad is made with a creamy homemade vegan cashew mayo, crunchy celery, dill pickles and onions. So scrumptious, crowd-pleasing and totally whole food plant-based. It’s usually the first salad to be devoured completely at any BBQ!
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Grilled Corn Salad Bowl
Nobody who tries this colorful grilled salad bowl will ever say again that vegan food is boring and unsatisfying! Just look at this spread of beluga lentils, pickled onions, sliced avocado and grilled corn on a bed of arugula. It’s feeding your eyes and belly at the same time!
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large white bowl with leafy greens, sliced avocado, pickled onion, lentils, grilled corn and pine nuts
Vegan Pasta Salad With Quinoa
Bursting with color, flavor and nutrition, this delicious 30-minute vegan pasta salad Mediterranean-style is actually completely gluten-free and comes with a creamy yogurt garlic dressing. It’s a scrumptious, undetectably vegan classic cookout side, easily customizable and very refreshing.
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Grilled Vegetable Summer Salad
This grilled vegetable summer salad has so much more to offer than just leafy greens: marinated meaty portobello mushrooms, grilled asparagus and avocado, fresh basil and some vegan mozzarella (which can be skipped for convenience). Non-vegans are sure to love it!
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wooden bowl with leafy greens, grilled mushrooms, asparagus, tomato, avocado and vegan feta at a BBQ
Millet Tabbouleh Salad
If you’ve never tried millet, now is your chance! This fresh tabbouleh is gluten-free, ready in just 30 minutes and can be prepped in advance. Featuring a simple vinaigrette, fresh herbs and chopped veggies, it’s a simple “accidentally vegan” side salad.
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Watermelon Feta Salad
Refreshing, fruity and so easy to make! This vegan watermelon, mint and feta salad is perfect for a hot summer’s day and requires only 5 ingredients. Optional, delicious add-ins include olives, cucumber and arugula.
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Grilled Corn & Avocado Salad
With grilled corn being the star of this dish, this simple recipe has some amazing flavor thanks to the lime, red onion and creamy avocado. It’s gluten-free, fully vegan and you can enjoy any leftovers over the next few days when the flavors had more time to meld together!
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20-Minute Vegan Macaroni Salad
How about sneaking some veggies into your next potluck disguised as a delicious pasta salad? This vegan macaroni salad is packed with sweet peas, celery and arugula and drowned in a creamy lemony-dill dressing. We love this healthy and lighter recipe!
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Tasty Vegan BBQ Mains

Vegan Beet & Kidney Bean Burgers
If there’s one veggie burger you make, this should be it! It’s hearty, filling, rich in Umami flavor and tender on the inside. Featuring deep purple beets, protein-rich beans and only a few other highly nutritious staple foods, this vegan burger is as delicious as it gets — meat-eater approved!
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two large and colorfully stuffed beet burger patties in whole wheat buns with avocado, mustard, BBQ sauce, greens and carrot on a plate
Grilled Cauliflower Steaks
One of the healthiest and easiest ways to serve some plant-based steak alternatives (though not really replicating meat at all) is cauliflower steaks! This versatile vegetable can be made into a delicious grilled and seasoned crispy side dish that’s approved even by veg skeptics.
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silver plate with two crispy grilled vegan cauliflower steaks, walnuts, herbs and slices of lemon
Cajun-Spiced Grilled Tofu
Let’s make tofu socially acceptable! This delicious meat substitute often gets a bad rep for being flavorless and having an awful texture — how about smothering it in a flavorful 5-ingredient marinade and then putting it on the grill along with some veggies? Easy to prep in advance and perfect to bring with you.
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white plate with grilled zucchini, beans, bell pepper and marinated tofu
Vegan Hot Dogs (3 Ways)
Whether you’re up for a more traditional all-American hot dog or are looking to experiment with some new flavors, this cookout classic can certainly be made fully vegan. Find recipes for a New York-style dog, a Kansas City one or a Seattle dog, all served without a side of animal cruelty.
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Chargrilled Eggplant with Carrot Top Pesto
This delicious plant-based side makes barbecues a vegan dream instead of a nightmare! Charcoal-grilled aubergine (or eggplant) halves are loved by pretty much everyone when dressed up with some creamy tahini and flavorful zero-waste carrot top pesto.
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chopping board with parchment paper on which eight slices of grilled aubergine that have been filled with lentils and drizzled with tahini lie
Asparagus Mushroom Fajitas
Loaded with mushrooms, asparagus, red bell peppers and onions, these fajitas bring some freshness to any cookout! The fire from the grill intensifies the flavor of the vegetables and the combination of corn tortillas and guacamole is just super delicious. Easy to make in 30 minutes!
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Easy Tofu Halloumi Burger
This vegan version of halloumi stands up to the grill or BBQ just as the dairy-based original, and whilst it might not be quite as squeaky, it definitely hits all the other textures and flavors. The tofu is marinated with delicious herbs, lemon, salt and oil and it tastes even better with lovely griddle marks!
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plate with some arugula and a homemade vegan Tofu Halloumi Burger
Vegan Honey BBQ Ribz
If you would love to have a barbecue but don’t own a grill, you can still make these awesome vegan ribz! Meaty, tender, sticky and super delicious, they are true crowd-pleasers and just a great meat substitute. Made with seitan and lots of hearty flavors, they can be cooked in a skillet or grill pan!
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white parchment paper with meaty vegan bbq ribz and a red dip
BBQ Jackfruit Burger
One of the healthiest and most delicious ways to replace meat on your plate is by using jackfruit. It adds a wonderful texture and smoky flavor to your burgers when smothered in some BBQ sauce. Try these pretty jackfruit sandwiches!
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Tofu Satay With Peanut Sauce
This tofu satay is marinated and grilled before being served with peanut sauce as a delicious appetizer or main course. High in protein, easy to make in 30 minutes and really flavorful, this recipe has serious potential to swoon anyone who doesn’t love tofu yet!
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Grilled Portobello Mushrooms
Try this easy 10-minute vegan side dish for your next cookout! Grilled portobello mushrooms can be enjoyed as steaks, burgers or put in tacos if you want to take these flavorfully marinated veggies one step further.
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Sweet & Spicy Black Bean Burgers
Raise the bar this summer with these easy grillable sweet vegan black bean burgers! They come with a sweet and spicy sidekick and are made with mango habanero cream for an added burst of flavor. Serve with some crunchy slaw and fries or chips!
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two plant-based bean burger with spicy sauce and lettuce on a black plate
Grilled Vegan BBQ Jackfruit Pizza
This delicious plant-based pizza is loaded with BBQ pulled jackfruit, tangy hemp seed cheddar cheese, onions, zesty ranch and fresh cilantro. We love this colorful comfort food that you can enjoy on a fun summer night without having to hold back!
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Incredible Juicy Vegan Steaks
These vegan steaks are perfectly tender and juicy and look so realistic, you could sneak them on the grill and no one would question you. They're filling, high in protein and surprisingly easy to make! Because of their main ingredient wheat gluten, they do have a meaty texture but the taste is definitely different.
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two white plates with grilled asparagus, mashed potatoes and homemade vegan steaks
Jamaican Jerk Tofu Skewers
Customizable, colorful, healthy and fun! These flavorful Jamaican jerk tofu skewers are full of great taste and perfect for grilling them on the barbecue or grill pan. Mind-blowingly easy to make and ready in just 15 minutes!
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Delicious Summer Desserts

Strawberry Coconut Popsicles
These vegan strawberry popsicles contain four simple ingredients for a refreshing and delicious frozen summertime treat! We especially love the addition of toasted coconut flakes which totally take this cold family-friendly dessert to the next level.
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ice cubes on which lie nine homemade strawberry and coconut popsicles which is a great vegan summer dessert
Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler
This healthy cobbler features delicious seasonal produce which makes it sweet, tart and super pink! Ever so slightly sweetened, it can be served warm with a scoop of coconut milk ice cream or even some coconut whip.
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one baking dish and two small plates all of which have some freshly baked vegan rhubarb berry cobbler
Vegan S’mores Brownies
Crispy graham crackers layered with fudgy flourless brownies, gooey marshmallows and melted chocolate chips — uhm, yes please! This really is an undetectably vegan festive summer dessert that everyone will love!
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Grilled Peaches with Ice Cream
Looking for a quick and easy way to use up your peaches? Grill them with a touch of maple syrup! These grilled peaches make for the perfect snack or dessert and are a great way to keep things light this summer.
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white plate with several bowls of halved grilled peaches with some creamy vegan ice cream
Grilled Fruit Kabobs
Here’s a really fun way to end your summer BBQ! These rainbow kabobs become nicely caramelized over the heat which brings out the natural sweetness. They are easy to make, totally customizable and great for kids.
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white plate with five grilled strawberry, pineapple, melon and banana kabobs

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37 Tasty Vegan BBQ & Grilling Recipes

by Alena Schowalter
No need to dread barbecues as a vegan! These 35+ fantastic vegan BBQ recipes pack a whole lot of flavor, awesome texture and are true crowd-pleasers. From meaty burgers to creamy pasta salads, skewers and grilled desserts, these recipes will satisfy everyone at the table!
Serves 5





  • Mushrooms
  • Eggplant
  • Zucchini
  • Baby potatoes
  • Avocado
  • Tofu steaks
  • Seitan steaks
  • Vegan sausages
  • Peaches

Chips & Dips



  • Make vegan burgers: grill your favorite store-bought or homemade vegan burger patties and serve them with lettuce, tomato, onion, sweet potato fries and your favorite sauces on burger buns!
  • Kabobs: slice your favorite veggies plus and cube marinated tofu, then pile them onto skewers; barbecue for a few minutes on each side and drizzle with garlic sauce!
  • For the grill: wash and prepare your favorite veggies, fruit and mock meats and place them on the grill until cooked.
  • Chips & dips: serve your favorite vegan chips with an array of dips in little separate bowls.
  • Salads: every good BBQ needs a lovely summer salad! Prepare a scrumptious vegan bowl with your favorite veggies, starches and sauces.


  • Find lots more vegan BBQ recipes and grilling ideas in the article above!
  • Feel free to make any swaps according to your taste and dietary needs.
  • Enjoy delicious summer recipes with your family and friends!
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Hi, I'm Alena Schowalter — a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with my husband, I founded nutriciously in 2015 and have been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages toward a healthy plant-based diet. I enjoy discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature, and creating new recipes. Read more about us here.


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