17 Best Vegan BBQ & Grilling Recipes

best vegan bbq grilling recipes and ideas

Barbecues can be intimidating for people who are trying to live a plant-based lifestyle.

How do you navigate around an event that is so deeply entrenched in meat cooking?

Luckily the answer isn’t to buy piles of expensive meat substitutes. There are lots of beautiful ideas that can be brought to life with regular, everyday vegetables.

So here are 17 of the best vegan BBQ ideas to prove that barbecues are for everyone!

Veggie beet and quinoa burger

Veggie beet and quinoa burger with avocado

Where else could we start? This beet and quinoa vegan burger has been one of our default recipes for years, and it’s not hard to see why.

It boasts beet, quinoa, onion and chili, all packed into one thick patty.

If stuffing your burger bun to its limits is your goal, then look no further.

Plus, that color is something to behold.


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Grilled veggie kebabs

Grilled veggie kebabs

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Vegetable skewers practically scream summer. Thankfully for someone as lazy as me, these take next to no time to put together.

They’re marinated in a creamy peanut and miso sauce before being chucked on the grill for just 5 or 10 minutes.

The marinade is what does it for me, and anything containing peanut has my attention. A great option for any veggie-skeptics at your party!

Vegan BBQ ribs

Vegan BBQ ribs

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Get a load of these drool-worthy vegan ribs. I did a double take on these just to make sure they weren’t meat, and I’m glad to say they’re the real deal!

Mushroom caps are used to form the meat texture, while a mashup of spices, seasoning, and smoke are used to give you something that is as close to the real thing as you’re ever likely to get.

Goes perfectly with crispy grilled potato wedges, or a vegan ranch dressing. Give it a go!

Spiced sweet potato & grilled portobello tacos

Spiced sweet potato & grilled portobello tacos

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You can’t go wrong with tacos, and they’re one of the best and easiest foods out there to ‘vegan-ize’.

This recipe is made with a beautiful combination of sweet potato, portobello mushroom, and cashews to give you a warm, hearty filling.

They’re then finished with jalapeños and lime for a bit of spice and kick. A seriously addictive combination.

Mixed vegetable satay with peanut sauce

Mixed vegetable satay with peanut sauce

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This satay and peanut sauce is the perfect finger food. Combining a beautiful blend of vegetables and tofu, it has a coconut marinade that adds a beautiful sweet finish to the whole thing.

With onions, baby corn and mushrooms also in the mix, there are enough flavors and textures going on here to keep you coming back!

Grilled cabbage with Asian lime dressing

Grilled cabbage with Asian lime dressing

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Some of the best recipes are the most simple, just like this grilled cabbage side.

The quick vegetable dish can be put together in just a couple of steps, and is also gluten-free and Paleo.

Topped with an Asian lime flavored dressing, it adds some beautiful crunch and sharp zest to your table.

Vegan mushroom burger

Vegan mushroom burger

The big challenge with egg-free burgers is getting them to stick together, especially while they’re grilled. Once the moisture starts to evaporate, problems can quickly arise.

Not with these bad boys. With button mushrooms and chickpeas, there’s plenty in his vegan burger to keep everything together.

All combined to make a delicious and healthy meat-free BBQ dinner.

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Grilled baby potatoes

Grilled baby potatoes

I’ve had a love-hate relationship with potatoes over the years but once I had them off the grill, I knew I was in love.

What sets this recipe apart is the charred skin on the potatoes. It gives them a crisp outside that matches perfectly with the soft and creamy inside.

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Hawaian seitan skewers

Hawaian seitan skewers

Seitan often makes it way onto best vegan BBQ recipe lists, and it’s no wonder why.

The versatile protein source can be used in so many BBQ recipes, like meat-free buffalo wings, but here we’re using it with these beautiful vegan skewers.

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Grilled Mexican street corn

Grilled Mexican street corn

No BBQ party would be complete without some grilled corn. Its sweet, charred taste is exactly what I think of when I daydream about summer grilling sides and appetizers.

This Mexican take on the classic is upgraded with a marinade containing almond milk, cilantro, paprika and cumin. It’s total barbecue heaven, and it’s totally mea-free.

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Grillable sweet and spicy black bean burgers

Grillable sweet and spicy black bean burgers

A lot of my meat-eating friends prefer veggie burgers over meat, and it’s this kind of recipe that demonstrates exactly why.

Black beans are the perfect veggie patty ingredient, with their meaty texture and moist binding agents.

This recipe is served with a delicious mango habenero cream to give you a burst of spicy and zesty flavor.

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Vegan and gluten-free tofu satay

Vegan and gluten-free tofu satay

When done right, tofu is the perfect chicken substitute. These tofu skewers show just why.

Served with a delicious peanut satay, the tofu is marinated in a tamari and peanut butter mix to lock in layers of added flavor.

Trust me, these are the real deal.

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Peanut carrot white bean burgers

Peanut carrot white bean burgers

If you’re not sure what topping or relish to include with your veggie burger then this is the recipe for you.

Richa’s white bean burgers are served with a carrot and peanut topping, giving you a rich layer of flavor in each bite.

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Vegan lentil burger

Vegan lentil burger

No list would be complete without a lentil ingredient, and what better way to serve it than in a burger?

If you want a bit more of a herb topping, then the basil mayonnaise might be the perfect fit for you.

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Mini coriander and lime burger

Mini coriander and lime burger

Not a lot of people like coriander (cilantro), but those who do… Boy, do they like it.

This recipe pairs the herb with lime for the perfect flavor balance. Combine in a blender with chickpeas and hazelnut, there’s a lot of taste packed in here.

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Seitan satay with spicy peanut sauce

Seitan satay with spicy peanut sauce

These skewers do away with the tofu, and swap in delicious seitan instead.

This recipe is rich in umami flavors and served with one of my favorite peanut dipping sauce recipes out there.

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Grilled barbecue tofu skewers

Grilled barbecue tofu skewers

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Tofu gets a bit of an unfair rep sometimes, but I find that people quickly change their mind once they’ve had it grilled.

If you ever miss the texture of meat, the dry, firm texture of tofu is the perfect substitute. These tofu skewers show just why.

Coated with just a touch of bbq sauce, they couldn’t be easier to throw together. Easy and only needs mere minutes to make. Perfect.

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