Beer. Fast-food. Grilled stuff. Things wrapped in (vegan) bacon. This is dude food. We know every dad is unique and has his own tastes and preferences, but inside many men is that primal desire to retreat into a man cave and subsist off alcohol and junk food while watching sports, playing video games, or shooting pool.

On Father’s Day, let Dad do his thing, and treat him by whipping up vegan dishes that take him back to his bachelor pad days of Styrofoam take-out containers and three-day-old pizza boxes, of local IPAs at a pool party and late night drive-thrus ending with three soft tacos, two chalupas, and a Crunch Wrap Supreme. We’ve rounded up the best vegan dude food out there, which includes plenty of barbecue and beer.

7 Dude-Approved Vegan Recipes Inspired By Beer, BBQ, and Microwave Classics


1.Thai Barbecue Beer Cabbage Burger

Beer Cabbage
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Take a cabbage. Gut it. Stuff a beer can into it. Grill. Slather with barbecue sauce. Stuff into a burger. This barbecue-meets-beer recipe combines Dad’s love of grilling, beer, and burgers all into one. You could also take the beer-infused cabbage and make tacos or hoagies, depending on your dad’s favorite dish. It also makes a terrific Buddha Bowl filling. Drink some beer and get creative!

Get the recipe here.

2. Pizza Hut Stuffed Crust Pizza

Pizza Hut may have vegan cheese in other countries, but the chain hasn’t made the switch in the US. Make your dad his own vegan stuffed-crust pizza and watch the waves of nostalgia wash over him.

Get the recipe here.

3. BBQ Pressed Portabella Quesadillas

BBQ Quesadillas
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You won’t find this at any late-night drive-thru, but there’s no doubt Dad will prefer it to those mass-produced Mexican “inspired” meals of his youth. You’ll want to use the Coffee-Garlic BBQ Dry Rub on everything, including mushrooms, tofu, seitan, and even hearty veggies like cauliflower. Fast-food will never be the same again.

Get the recipe here.

4. Vegan Biscuit, Bacon, & Egg Breakfast Trifle

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Trifle? Oh, you fancy, huh? Wow Dad as he groggily gets out of bed in the morning with the show-stopping tower of savory epicness. Just be sure to get up early – this masterpiece takes time to create.

Get the recipe here.

5. Vegan Ham & Cheese Hot Pockets

Hot Pockets
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Give a dad a microwave and he can survive for days. Okay, forever. These homemade vegan “hot pockets” may take a bit more work, but they are totally worth it. Make a big batch and freeze the leftovers for Dad to munch on throughout the week.

Get the recipe here.

6. Vegan Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich

Philly Cheesesteak
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“Make me a sandwich.” When the inevitable question (or demand) comes, make this sandwich. Just make sure he follows up with a “please” and “thank you.”

Get the recipe here.

7. Chocolate Stout Cake With Whiskey Ganache

Stout Cake
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Every dad deserves something sweet to put a cap on the perfect Father’s Day. This boozy Guinness chocolate cake will certainly end the day on a high note. Note: you’ll have extra whiskey left over. Spend a bit more than usual on the bottle and it can double as a Father’s Day gift.

Get the recipe here.