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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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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!
Alena Schowalter is a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with her husband, she founded nutriciously in 2015 and has been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages towards a healthy plant-based diet. She’s received training in the fields of nutrition, music therapy and social work. Alena enjoys discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature and creating new recipes.