June 21 marks the official start of summer for the Northern Hemisphere, which means it’s time to fire up the grill! However, traditional grilled foods tend to be meat-heavy, which can lead to severe health implications such as cancer, obesity, heart disease, and more. But barbecue lovers needn’t fret. With a plant-based diet, one can maintain good health and enjoy all the sweet and smoky flavors of the grill. Whip out one of these crowd-pleasing recipes, and you’ll earn the title of Grill Master all summer long.

9 Vegan BBQ Recipes for Every Grill Master


1. BBQ Tofu Burger

Those who say they don’t like tofu just haven’t had it properly prepared. Like a burger, tofu is what you make of it. Few people enjoy a burger straight out of the package; it’s all about the char, seasoning, and condiments. With some flavorful grill marks and an outstanding barbecue sauce, you’ll convert everyone into tofu-lovers.

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2. Grilled Vegan Pizza Margherita

You don’t need an 800-degree wood-fired oven to make excellent vegan pizza – your grill will do just fine. For those that love a slightly crispy crust, you’ll never go back to oven-baked pizza again.

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3. Italian-Style Eggplant Sausages

We’ve mentioned carrot dogs, but eggplant is a new (and delicious) alternative to the classic sausage. It’s the perfect whole food replacement for those looking to eat more plant-based, and it’s carcinogen-free!

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4. Grilled Veggie Kebabs with Creamer Potatoes and Tofu

Sriracha and barbecue is the new ketchup and mustard. This sauce can make anything taste good. Even the veggie-adverse will chow down on these grilled plant-based kebabs when smothered with this spicy-sweet marinade.

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5. Sticky BBQ Ribs

All Hail Seitan! There are few ingredients that replicate meat as perfectly as this wheat-based staple. It’s dense and chewy texture create the perfect “meaty” bite, and it can be seasoned and cooked to mimic a variety of meats, including ribs. Just make sure you have napkins handy. You’re going to need them.

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6. BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches with Avocado Slaw

Jackfruit is the undisputed plant-based alternative to pulled pork. Its texture is spot-on, and let’s face it, when it comes to flavor, the sauce does all the work. Pile it high on a vegan hamburger bun, just note, you might have to knife-and-fork this one.

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7. Beer Battered “Fish” Tacos with Mango Salsa

Crack a cold one…and eat it. Alcohol is the secret ingredient in many battered foods. It makes the crust lighter and crispier, ensuring the breading doesn’t go soggy. We’ll drink to that!

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8. Smoky Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Cilantro & Lime

Sweet potatoes. Mashed, fried, baked, or steamed, we’ll eat them any way they come. But grilled? We’re on a whole new level. Serve as sweet potato steaks, make sweet potato burgers, or just nosh on them straight from the plate.

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9. Seitan Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce

 

Branch out from the traditional American-style grilling foods and try this Thai-inspired dish. You have the whole summer to grill up vegan burgers and hot dogs; mix it up with some international flavors.

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