Whether you are vegan or want to take a break from eating meat, you might just be surprised at how delicious a vegan BBQ is.
While it can never come as close to the real thing (yes, we are talking about meat), there are so many ways to enjoy a barbeque without resorting to using something like beef.
From delicious plant-based goodies to tasty tofu, there is a lot more to a vegan BBQ than you might think. There are so many wonderful flavors to get your teeth into.
Hey, you never know, you might make a vegan BBQ a tradition.
If you are looking for inspiration when it comes to vegan BBQ delights, then look no further. We have 35 of the best vegan BBQ recipes to delight those taste buds.
So, what are you waiting for? Let’s dive in!
To kick off this list we wanted to keep things simple. This recipe consists of cutting zucchini into strips, and then grilling them on the BBQ.
You will then add the white beans onto a platter and pop the salsa verde on top which you also made from scratch.
Simple at its finest, yet totally scrumptious too.
This recipe for grilled BBQ eggplant steaks takes them to a whole new level. The recipe calls for a dry, smoky rub, as well as a tangier sauce.
Both of these combined creates a delicious BBQ flavor that works exceptionally well on grilled eggplant.
Also, that is all it takes. They are very easy to make!
If you are craving the taste and texture of halloumi, then you will want to get your teeth stuck into this recipe.
It uses tofu instead, as well as nutritional yeast for the cheesy flavor. Give it a go, you might just be surprised.
This vegan-friendly BBQ side is perfect for adding to burgers and potato wedges. It includes warming spices and sweet sultanas.
It has the right balance of sweet and tart due to the use of vegan yogurt and mayonnaise to add some creaminess.
You might not go back to regular coleslaw after eating this.
Vegan-friendly BBQ pizza is a must. This recipe shows you how you can use jackfruit to create a tasty and, we’ve got to say it, addictive pizza.
It includes using a vegan-based mozzarella, barbecue jackfruit, and red onion. To make it even easier, use a store bought base. Nobody will ever know!
If you haven’t tasted a grilled avocado yet, then you haven’t lived.
This delicious recipe involves stuffing the avocado with a mixture of quinoa, tomatoes, lemon and parsley. However, you can add whatever you like.
Just make sure you remember to grill it, but only for several minutes.
You might be wondering what a vegan-friendly steak is. Afterall, they do look like real meat steaks.
For a vegan steak you will need to use seitan, which is very much like tofu yet chewier. It has a meaty flavor when different ingredients are added to it.
We are talking about spices and a wonderful marinade.
As a vegan, you have likely eaten a lot of cauliflower steaks, but have you ever tasted one with chimichurri?
It elevates the flavor of the cauliflower, which by the way, is very tender and super crisp in texture. It really doesn’t take much to make such a wow factor of a BBQ dish.
The overall taste is garlic and tangy, with a ‘meaty’ undertone.
These burgers have a deep purple color to them due to the beets. This immediately makes them interesting.
They are full of tasty ingredients like kidney beans, walnuts, beets, garlic, onion, mushrooms, and so much more.
This side dish is sure to stop a few people in their tracks. That is because they look mesmerizing. While easy to make, you might need some help trying to cut the zucchini thin enough.
You then put them onto skewers and add the sriracha marinade before grilling.
As a vegan, you might want to try an alternative to the regular meat-free sausage you can include in a hot dog.
This recipe is loaded with fun ways to create a dog. The buns are packed with juicy ingredients such as friend onions, red cabbage, baked beans, and so on.
The only problem is, it might be messy to eat – but who cares, right?
In place of chicken wings are these delightful cauliflower wings. While they do not have that meaty flavor, they somehow scratch that chicken itch.
The sauce that coats these is irresistibly sticky and sweet, with a hint of tanginess. Trust us, you will not be missing the ‘real deal’ while you are eating these.
If you are looking for a BBQ inspired salad which is also healthy, then look no further. It is both creamy and sweet, with a kick of heat.
This grilled corn and creamy avocado salad includes sweet corn, vegan butter, lime juice, pepper, avocado, red onion, and a few other ingredients.
It is really easy to make, just make sure you keep rotating the corn on the grill.
If you are tired of having the same old kind of pizzas, then you will be happy to check out this recipe for a BBQ chicken pizza.
Of course it isn’t really chicken. It uses a vegan chicken, along with ranch sauce, barbecue sauce, and cilantro.
It tastes just as amazing as it looks.
It is no surprise that these delicious Jamaican inspired jerk tofu skewers made the list. They are messy, gooey, and absolutely delicious. This makes them perfect for a BBQ.
They also include vibrant veggies and a thick coating of the jerk seasoning. Put them on the grill and they are done.
While jackfruit was in every vegan BBQ item a number of years back, there is a good reason people are still using it today. It makes a delicious meat alternative, especially when it comes to pulled-pork.
While a tropical fruit, it has a texture just like pulled-pork. You can add some wonderful spices to it, as well as some sauce and coleslaw, and you have the perfect vegan burger with vitamins to boot.
If you have never grilled romaine lettuce before, then you are in for a real treat.
This side salad includes doing just that. You will then add some cannellini beans along with a very creamy and tasty tahini-based sauce.
Just remember not to add the parmesan cheese!
These spicy plant-based burgers are jam-packed full of protein, and taste amazing in the center of a bun.
The vegan burgers include lots of quinoa and lentils, which are also very filling too. Add the dijon mustard, BBQ sauce and jalapenos and there you have it:
The ultimate vegan burger.
There is something amazing about seeing the grilled lines coating potato wedges. And guess what? They are so incredibly simple to make.
All you need to do is cut potatoes into wedge shapes and coat them with olive oil and lots of different spices.
You will then grill them until they have those wonderful charred grill lines.
If you have come across Mexican street corn before, then you will know that the original recipe isn’t vegan-friendly.
If you do want to make it suitable for vegans, then there is an option and this recipe is here to help you out.
You can use a cashew based sour cream along with a vegan feta and mayo. Then all you need to do is add the paprika, lime and cilantro, and there you go.
Once BBQ season begins, there is no excuse not to try this tempting grilled veggie salad. It is a healthy salad that includes grilling different veggies – the final choice is up to you.
For some tang, add some balsamic vinegar. If you want it to be creamier, then avocado is always the best way to go. Just remember to not add the cheese.
22. BBQ Tempeh
Tempeh is very similar to tofu, except it is a lot firmer and has a nut-like flavor. Made out of (just slightly) fermented soybeans, it is chewier in texture.
Once you give it a pan-fry it takes on a crispier texture that works well in vegan BBQ food.
Using tempeh is very easy. All you have to do is add your favorite sauce and add it to the pan.
If you aren’t planning to use a BBQ grill but want the flavors of a BBQ, then you can use a sheet pan as an alternative.
It means that there is less cleaning to do afterwards, and you do not need to cook outdoors. That is a winner in some people’s book.
This sheet pan option uses a spice rub that is said to mimic the flavors of a BBQ. You can also add in some veggies too.
If you are looking for a fun and joyful way to create tasty backyard food, then these grilled cajun veggie foil packs are a must.
They feature tender soft potatoes, mushrooms, and corn on the cob, while all being coated in cajun.
It is spicy and flavorful, and easy to make on the grill.
If you are in need of a burger to be both gluten-free and vegan-friendly, then you are going to love this black bean burger recipe.
The burger itself consists of canned black beans, green chile, sunflower seeds, Old Bay, and smoked paprika, among a few more ingredients.
Oh, it is also completely nut-free too!
Using a slow cooker to make any type of meat ball is the best thing ever. It is just the same with vegan meatballs too.
All you need to do is prepare the meatless vegan meatballs and throw them into the slow cooker along with apple cider vinegar, spices, and maple syrup.
You will be making this recipe again and again.
This BBQ wrap is full of protein goodness and it is filling to boot. You will find different flavors that make up tangy, spicy and sweet – all in one bite.
Inside the wrap is a deliciously soft sweet potato filling, chickpeas in a barbecue sauce coating, and poblanos which adds the spicy element.
You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to see that these are vegan-friendly. They make a warming and tasty side dish to any BBQ, vegan or not.
Use some rosemary to add herby flavor to the skin of the potatoes. Then all you need to do is grill them until they are ready.
However, this will take around 30 minutes to do.
This spicy nacho bowl recipe calls for potatoes, black beans, jalapeno, corn, and peppers. You will then add a creamy and tasty chipotle sauce.
While it is only a vague vegan copy of nachos, it is still extremely delicious and easy to make.
If you want it to have a cheesy taste to it, add nutritional yeast to the ingredients list. It works, trust us.
30. Seitan Satay
Otherwise known as a vegan satay skewer with peanut sauce.
This recipe includes seitan, which looks very similar to tofu and tempeh. However, it is made from wheat gluten. This means that it is not suitable for those who are on a gluten-free diet.
Similar to tofu it has a neutral flavor that is often described as tasteless, so it is all about what ingredients you put with it.
The marinade for the skewers is both spicy and creamy.
It is true that people eat with their eyes. They will certainly be doing that with these beautiful teriyaki tofu skewers.
It includes bell peppers, pineapple, red onion and a cube of tofu, all drenched in teriyaki sauce.
It really doesn’t not matter that there is no meat here. It is utterly delicious.
We have had the skewers, and now we introduce you to the kebabs. Just like the teriyaki skewers, the kebabs include a rainbow mixture of veggies.
Included are bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, and zucchini. And then there is the protein packed tofu.
Give it a little press before you add it to the skewer stick. This ensures the tofu has crispy edges.
We are back with the seitan in this recipe. You can use this ingredient to make delicious Hawaiian inspired skewers.
It adds the summer vibe to any BBQ, and the best thing about this recipe is that it is fully vegan and completely free of nuts.
And just FYI, this is very similar to tofu-based Hawaiian skewers. The only difference is using seitan instead.
While you can buy a black bean-based patty, you can also make your own – which in our opinion is way better.
You won’t find any added sugar here either. Plus, they are super easy to make. You will find that this recipe is fully plant-based, and has many health benefits too because of it.
If you don’t want to add egg, use a flax egg instead. It will do the same job.
This delightful summer salad is perfect during those warmer months. What makes it BBQ inspired is the tempeh which has been drenched in maple BBQ sauce.
It also includes creamy avocado, sweet cherry tomatoes, and of course quinoa – among several other delicious ingredients.
You can also change the recipe to your liking too!
Can I Substitute Wagyu Beef in These Vegan BBQ Recipes?
These vegan BBQ recipes are savory and packed with flavorful plant-based ingredients. While wagyu beef is not suitable for a vegan diet, you can certainly experiment with plant-based alternatives to replicate the richness and texture it offers. Explore the diverse world of vegan meats and create delicious wagyu beef recipes that cater to your dietary preferences.
So, what did you think? That’s right, there are so many ideas when it comes to making a vegan BBQ. Did it surprise you?
You don’t have to eat bland vegan BBQ food that was bought from the store for a ridiculous amount of dollars compared to its meaty counterpart.
Instead, you can make your own vegan BBQ food. With the above recipes, you will notice that you can be adventurous with flavors, despite meat not being included.
If you are still skeptical about vegan BBQ food, then why not give it a try. There are so many recipes to choose from, that you are most certainly spoilt for choice.
From teriyaki tofu skewers, to jackfruit burgers and Mexican sweetcorn, the flavors are bursting from these recipes.
Hopefully you have really enjoyed the above recipes. Our website is full of inspiring recipes. Take a look to find out ideas for snacks, appetizers, dishes, brunches, cocktails, and plenty more.
Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely a vegan can enjoy a BBQ. While you might not want to go to a BBQ containing lots of meat, a BBQ can be made vegan-friendly.
This is because there are a lot of delicious vegan foods that can be made at a BBQ and enjoyed by everyone. For example, vegetable skewers, fruit salads, grilled corn, jackfruit ‘pulled pork’ burgers, and so on.
Vegan BBQ food is often said to be healthier, but also quicker to make. Often the food is made from basic veggie alternatives, meaning it contains vitamins, as well as less fat and more fiber.
However, do be aware that store bought vegan BBQ food often contains added salt. This does not make it healthy.
There are four main types of vegans. They are: religious vegans, health vegans, environmental vegans, and ethical vegans.
As you can see, there are many reasons why somebody may choose to be a vegan.