Vegan barbecue: recipes and ideas

Vegan barbecues have become increasingly popular. Whether you’re a seasoned vegan or simply looking to reduce your meat intake, a vegan barbecue can be a great way to enjoy delicious food and spend time with friends and family. This article will explore some of the best vegan dishes you can serve at your next barbecue. 

What is a vegan BBQ?

Close up of a vegan barbecue featuring plant-based foods only

A vegan BBQ is a barbecue exclusively featuring plant-based foods and avoids using animal-derived products, such as meat, dairy, eggs or honey. This type of barbecue typically centres around vegetables, fruits, legumes, grains, and other plant-based ingredients that are prepared in a variety of ways, including grilling, roasting and smoking. Some common plant-based foods popular at vegan BBQs include veggie burgers, grilled veggies, tofu skewers, vegan sausages, plant-based dips and spreads and fresh fruit salads. 

Vegan BBQs can be enjoyed by vegans, vegetarians and anyone interested in exploring new flavours and recipes. In addition to being healthy and nutritious, vegan BBQs are also eco-friendly and sustainable, as they reduce the environmental impact of meat production and consumption. 

Mexican elotes

Small barbecue grill with some Mexican street corn known as Elotes

Elote – aka Mexican street corn – is a summer staple and easy to make. Simply top freshly-grilled corn on the cob with a tangy, smooth sauce, sprinkle with crumbled cheese and tuck in. Serve elotes as a refreshing treat at your next cookout or backyard BBQ. Elote is an easy dish to make. It only takes five to 10 minutes to prepare once your corn is cooked. Here’s how to make Mexican elote

Grilled portobello mushroom burgers

A tasty vegan burger made with grilled Portobello mushroom

Meaty, juicy and thick portobello mushrooms are a hit for vegans. They are a nutritional powerhouse, but the best reason to eat portobello mushrooms is that they are delicious and versatile. Few things are as tasty as grilled portobello mushrooms, and the basic grilling technique is very simple: remove the stems, brush with oil and grill until browned on both sides. 

Grilled pineapple skewers 

Dish of grilled pineapple skewer prepared on barbecue

Grilled pineapple skewers are an excellent choice for anyone looking to add unique and flavourful options to their barbecue menu. They have a distinctive sweet and smoky flavour – by grilling the pineapple, you caramelise the natural sugars, creating a rich and flavourful dessert or side dish that will impress your guests.

Grilled chickpea burger 

Close up of a grilled vegan burger made with chickpeas

Grilled chickpea burgers are a great choice for a vegan barbecue – they offer a delicious and satisfying alternative to traditional meat-based burgers. Chickpeas are the main ingredient in the recipe – a great source of plant-based protein, fibre and other essential nutrients. What makes this recipe particularly appealing is the wide range of herbs and spices used to season the burgers. The flavourful blend of cumin, coriander and red pepper gives the burgers a bold and complex taste. In addition, this recipe is highly versatile and can be adapted to include a variety of toppings and sauces based on your personal taste preferences.

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