Summer is officially in full swing, which means it\u2019s time to dust off and fire up the grill for your next BBQ or cookout. And whether you\u2019re a seasoned griller or a newbie\u2014vegan burgers and hot dogs are grilling musts! Looking for the best? Look no further. With a few plant-based meat recommendations and the right equipment, you can easily master the summer cookout. 19 Plant-Based Meats to Enjoy During a Summertime Cookout 1. Fry\u2019s Family Foods Desiring a big, juicy burger to bite into this summer? Fry\u2019s Family Foods offers three mouthwatering plant-based burgers that you can char to perfection. According to the company, its meat-free burgers are a BBF\u2014 a Bun\u2019s Best Friend.\u00a0 Try the brand\u2019s traditional burger, the protein-packed quinoa and brown rice burger, which is seasoned with rosemary, marjoram, and sage, and rolled in a light gluten-free crumb, or grill up the spicy quinoa and falafel burger. Or, stock up on Fry\u2019s newest meatless burger\u2014the Big Fry Burger. The beefless, soy-based burger, which is packed with 20 grams of protein, sizzles and tastes just like a ground beef patty.\u00a0 The brand, which was founded by former South African livestock agent Wally Fry in 1991. Fry\u2019s wide-range of vegan offerings include hot dogs, burgers, sausage rolls, nuggets, and prawns. Last summer, the brand launched in Costco Australia. Fry\u2019s burgers became the first plant-based product to be sold in the chain\u2019s chilled and freezer sections. \u201cOur aim as a company is to make plant-based food accessible to the masses,\u201d Fry\u2019s international marketing director, Tammy Fry, said in a statement about the launch. \u201cWe have to make it easy for people to choose vegan alternatives and this includes making sure they\u2019re affordable. We\u2019re thrilled to offer Costco customers the opportunity to feed the whole family with a healthy, more sustainable and cruelty-free burger at less than $1 per patty.\u201d 2. LikeMeat German vegan meat brand LikeMeat has everything you need to make your summer barbecue cookout a success. Stock up on LikeMeat\u2019s summer essentials: the brand\u2019s pea-based, gluten-free smoked sausages combine the smoky taste of ham with the texture of traditional sausage. Grill them on the barbecue or cook them in a pan, LikeMeat\u2019s Smoked Sausage is as quintessential as summer cookout foods go. The brand also carried curry sausage and bratwursts that are perfect for the barbecue. And for those craving a meaty burger, grill up LikeMeat\u2019s soya-based Like Burger. The juicy, plant-based burger\u2019s texture and taste are just like meat. The company was founded by Timo Recker in Wetschen, Germany in 2013. Recker grew up in a family that worked in the meat industry. But after he learned of the health and environmental benefits that plant-based proteins had compared to traditional meat, he made a shift away from animal products. Unsatisfied with the plant-based meat options in Germany, LikeMeat was born.\u00a0 \u201cI wanted to recreate all the things that I love\u2013chicken, kebabs, sausages\u2013in a healthy way and without losing any flavour or satisfaction,\u201d Recker said in a statement. He continued: \u201cAnd I wanted to make sure that you can stand next to your buddy at the BBQ and proudly throw on some pea sausages. For us, it\u2019s not about creating a substitute. It\u2019s about making amazing food.\u201d LikeMeat carries chilled and frozen meat-free products that are made with organic soy or pea protein. The brand is committed to sustainability and only uses GMO-free soy. 3. Oumph! With the barbecue season finally here, Swedish vegan meat brand Oumph! has all the grillable fixings to make your summer cookout a success.\u00a0 The brand\u2019s Sticky Smokehouse Oumph! rib style fillets are covered in a richly flavored, smoky barbecue sauce. Oumph! also carries spicy kebabs and a juicy veggie burger. \u201cThe barbecue season is the highlight of the year for many people. At Oumph! we are all about indulgence and with our range of products we are aiming to make the transition to plant-based food as easy and as tasty as possible. The Sticky Smokehouse Oumph! is no exception,\u201d Henrik \u00c5kerman, CMO at Oumph!, said in a statement.\u00a0 Oumph! recently joined the LIVEKINDLY co.\u2019s nascent collective of heritage and startup brands, along with Fry Family Food Co. and LikeMeat. \u201cBringing Oumph! into the LIVEKINDLY co. family was a natural next step for us,\u201d he continued. \u201cTheir commitment to plant-based food quality and protecting the planet mirrors our own as we accelerate our mission to make plant-based eating the new normal,\u201d Kees Kruythoff, CEO and Chairman of the LIVEKINDLY co., said in a statement. Oumph! first launched in 2015 in Swedish retailers. Its mission was to give consumers more sustainable food choices without sacrificing taste. Oumph!\u2019s meat alternatives are high in fiber and plant-based protein. They are also a good source of iron and folic acid.\u00a0 \u201cSince co-founding Oumph! five years ago, it\u2019s been an amazing journey to-date and I\u2019m incredibly proud of the work our team has done in creating exceptionally tasty plant-based food,\u201d Anders Wallerman, co-founder of Oumph!, said in a statement. 4. Field Roast Seattle-based Field Roast launched in 1997, and since then, has been making plant-based meat made from whole-food, quality ingredients. The brand carries a range of artisanal plant-based cheeses and meats, including sausages, roasts, and deli slices. To make its flavor-packed, plant-based meats, Field Roast combines uses whole-food ingredients\u2014including grains, vegetables, legumes, and spices. Field Roast\u2019s Frankfurters and FieldBurgers are must-haves for any summer cookout and they work perfectly on the grill. Throw the meat-free sausages in between hot dogs buns and load them with your favorite wiener toppings, such as sauerkraut, relish, ketchup, or mustard. Field Roast\u2019s juicy plant-based burgers can be charred to perfection atop the grill. The FieldBurgers are hand-crafted in Seattle and are made with barley, fresh carrots, and celery. The guilt-free burgers are also packed with 20 grams of protein per serving. 5. Lightlife Make the ultimate burgers and hot dogs with Lightlife\u2019s new range of pea protein-based meats. The brand\u2019s products are made with simple, recognizable \u201cingredients you know and taste you\u2019ll love.\u201d The company, which is \u201cdedicated to becoming the most sustainable plant-based protein company on the planet,\u201d launched the new line last year. The brand\u2019s new beef-like burgers will make the perfect addition to any summertime cookout meal spread. The new plant-based burgers are packed with 20 grams of protein per serving, contain zero cholesterol, and are soy- and gluten-free. The company even sells vegan ground beef. \u201cWe were the first to market with the ground product. You would use this just as you would use any type of ground beef product. So you could use it for meatballs or put it in your pasta or tacos or you could form it yourself to do burgers. So it gives complete versatility and it\u2019s absolutely positively terrific,\u201d Dan Curtin, CEO of Lightlife, said during an interview. \u00a0 For those craving a grilled hot dog\u2014the company also offers three different types of vegan hot dogs. Smart Dogs are a summertime classic and feature eight grams of protein per serving. Tofu Pups contain seven grams of protein per serving. Both options are a healthier alternative to meat-based hot dogs because they are free of saturated fat and contain zero cholesterol. Lightlife also carries Jumbo Smart Dogs, which are packed 14 grams of protein per serving. The vegan hot dogs have zero cholesterol and only contain 0.5 grams of saturated fat per serving. Lightlife\u2019s Plant-Based Bratwurst Sausages are also a healthier alternative to traditional brats as they contain zero cholesterol. Plus, they can be grilled up in under ten minutes. The meatless sausages are soy- and gluten-free and are packed with 14 grams of protein per serving.\u00a0 6. Sweet Earth Get your burger on with Nestl\u00e9\u2019s Sweet Earth Foods protein-packed vegan burger. The brand is known for its vegan seitan and frozen foods, including its pizzas, bowls, and burritos. But the plant-based food brand also sells a number of tasty meats that are perfect for grilling on the barbecue. Grill up the company\u2019s Awesome Burger and Awesome Bacon Burger\u2014both of which feature 26 grams of protein. 7. Beyond Meat Of course, a vegan barbecue get-together wouldn\u2019t be complete without the Beyond Burger. Beyond Meat\u2019s plant-based \u201cbleeding\u201d burgers are so flavorful and have a meaty texture that resembles the real thing. Grill the meatless patties \u201canimal-style\u201d with mustard on both sides and top them with grilled onions and pickles. Yum!\u00a0 Even Snoop Dogg\u2019s family indulges in Beyond Burgers. In a new ad for the company, the rapper explained how he got his family to try the vegan meat. \u201cI just slid it on them. I snuck it in,\u201d he said. He added: \u201cYou know, you got to sneak it in man because so many people are accustomed to, you know, a certain taste or a certain way of doing it. So you got to slide it in.\u201d And just in time for the barbecue season, Beyond Meat announced it will sell value packs of its plant-based burgers. The 10-pack retails for $15.99. The company also sells soy- and gluten-free plant-based brat sausages.\u00a0 8. Impossible Foods Have you tried Burger King\u2019s Impossible Whopper yet? Well, you can take that grilled-to-perfection taste home because Impossible Foods\u2019 vegan burgers can now be delivered straight to your door\u2014just in time for your summer barbecue. In addition to placement in a growing number of retailers, the brand recently launched a direct-to-consumer online store. The meatless burgers are available in four bulk options, which range in price between $49.99 and $69.99. Singer Katy Perry has been enjoying the plant-based burger during her pregnancy. \u201cFoods that gross me out now are beef. I\u2019m not really into red meat, thank god for the Impossible Burger,\u201d Perry said earlier this year during an Instagram Live. 9. Before the Butcher For a sizzle-worthy, grillable burger, get your hands on California-based startup Before the Butcher\u2019s Uncut meatless range. The brand launched its plant-based meats in the foodservice sector in 2018. Last year, the company hit store shelves with its Uncut meatless line. It offers three, barbecue-ready, plant-based burger options: a savory chicken burger, a roasted turkey burger, and a traditional plant-based burger. Serve the latter up this summer with a side of fries and a can of your favorite pop. 10. Amy's Kitchen Fire up the grill now, because Amy\u2019s Kitchen has a new vegan burger available. The Organic Summer Harvest Veggie Burger is made with a number of plant-based ingredients including protein quinoa, carrots, kale, and a tomato-based sauce for added juiciness. Amy\u2019s also sells an organic black bean veggie burger and an organic Sonoma veggie burger made with mushrooms, organic vegetables, and quinoa.\u00a0 11. Upton\u2019s Naturals What\u2019s a summer cookout without veggie dogs? Noticing there were few vegan hot dog options, Chicago-based brand Upton\u2019s Naturals\u2014which is known for its jackfruit- and seitan-based meats\u2014came to the rescue. Upton's Naturals founder Dan Staackmann told TrendHunter, "As popular as plant-based eating has become, the vegan hot dog category is still one that needed some help." The Updogs features a blend of yellow mustard seed and celery seed seasonings. They also feature 20 grams of protein per serving, are zero cholesterol, and contain no added sugars or artificial flavors. 12. Trader Joe's Stock up on all your summer barbecue vegan meat essentials at Trader Joe\u2019s. The grocery chain launched its own vegan meat burgers last year. Called Protein Patties, the meatless patties look and cook just like the popular plant-based Beyond Burger. The chain also launched its own-brand Turkeyless Protein Patties earlier this year. 13. Whole Foods Planning a barbecue, cookout extravaganza? Then take a trip over to Whole Foods (you probably were going to anyway). In addition to selling popular brands like Beyond Meat and Upton\u2019s Naturals, the chain also sells its own-brand vegan burgers. The plant-based burgers contain zero cholesterol and are a good source of protein and iron.\u00a0 14. Dr. Praeger's Famous for its veggie burgers, Dr. Praeger\u2019s recently introduced its "Perfect Burger." Similar to the Impossible Burger, the meatless burger is designed to taste and look like traditional meat.\u00a0 The patties are pea protein-based and are soy- and gluten-free. Dr. Praeger\u2019s also carries a vegan, pea protein-based turkey burger and a number of veggie burgers like the Kale Veggie and Black Bean Quinoa. 15. Gardein From its sweet and tangy barbecue wings to its new protein-packed Ultimate Plant-Based Burger, Gardein has everything you need for a complete summer cookout meal. The brand also sells chipotle black bean and beefless sliders.\u00a0\u00a0 Singer Lance Bass took to Instagram on National Burger Day to share his love for the new vegan burger. \u201cThe grill is fired up and so am I, because I\u2019ve got the new Gardein Ultimate Plant-Based Burger. The look, smell and taste of meat are all here, even though this burger is meat-free! Whether you\u2019re vegan, vegetarian or a flexitarian like me, going to fall in love with this burger just like I did,\u201d he wrote. 16. Boca Boca and barbecue just go together. The vegan and vegetarian brand has a handful of burger options that are perfect for this season\u2019s grilling. Boca\u2019s original vegan veggie burgers and vegan turkey burgers are a must-buy. 17. Tofurky Char vegan meat company Tofurky\u2019s plant-based hot dogs, beer brats, and burgers to perfection. Throw them on buns and top with mustard and ketchup for pure barbecue bliss.\u00a0 18. MorningStar Farms Another brand to offer countless plant-based BBQ options\u2014MorningStar Farms\u2019 vegan burgers are a meat lover\u2019s dream. The juicy quarter-pounders look and taste just like traditional meat. Plus, they\u2019re packed with 27 grams of protein.\u00a0 19. Hilary\u2019s Offering crave-able, grillable plant-based frozen foods, Hilary\u2019s vegan meats are packed with whole veggies, grains, and beans and are free from the top 12 allergens. The brand carries a number of burger options, including a black bean burger, a cauliflower burger, and a hemp and greens veggie burger. Grill them up and serve them between two buns\u2014don\u2019t forget to add a slice of non-dairy cheese. And what\u2019s a vegan burger without dairy-free cheese? Here are a handful of vegan cheese brands to top off that grilled-to-perfection burger. 5 Non-Dairy Cheese Brands 1. Field Roast - Chao Top off your delectable, grilled-to-perfection FieldBurger, with Field Roast\u2019s meltable collection of Chao non-dairy slices. The sliced vegan cheese slices are sold in grocery chains across the country, including Walmart and Whole Foods. From the brand\u2019s delectable Coconut Herb With Black Pepper Slices to its Tomato Cayenne With Spicy Peppers Slices and even its Creamy Original Slices\u2014you\u2019ll be guaranteed to savor every last bite.\u00a0 2. Miyoko\u2019s Creamery What\u2019s a juicy, meatless burger without Miyoko\u2019s Creamery? The artisanal cheese company offers Farmhouse Cheddar Slices and Pepper Jack Slices for the ultimate double-double cheeseburger. 3. Follow Your Heart Calling all cheese connoisseurs! Follow Your Heart\u2019s vegan Pepper Jack style cheese slices is where it\u2019s at! The brand behind your favorite vegan mayonnaise also makes a number of vegan cheese slices. Layer your burger with the company\u2019s American Style, Mozzarella Style, Provolone Style, or Smoked Gouda Style cheese slices. 4. Whole Foods Whole Foods Market sells its own vegan cheese through its private label brand, 365. It currently has coconut-based cheddar and smoked gouda slices that melt and stretch like the real thing\u2014a perfect topping for vegan cheeseburgers. 5. Sainsbury's UK supermarket chain Sainsbury\u2019s offers coconut-based cheddar cheese through its Free From range. It comes in slices or you can pick up a block and slice it yourself. Best Grilling Equipment Whether you have a gas, charcoal, pellet, or portable grill, you\u2019ll need a grilling tool kit. A basic kit will typically include a spatula, tongs, a two-prong fork, skewers, and a grill brush.\u00a0 As far as cleaning brushes go, opt for a stainless steel coil brush or a wooden grill scraper for a superior clean. And if you prefer to cook over a charcoal grill, which tends to burn drier and hotter than its gas counterpart, you may also want to snag a chimney starter. A chimney starter, or charcoal chimney, is a grilling device that is used to ignite the charcoal. In addition to being relatively inexpensive, chimney starters eliminate the need for lighter fluid\u2014which can add a harsh chemical taste to grilled food. They also heat up coals in half the time compared to traditional lighting methods. For those sensitive to heat, a grilling mitt may be helpful. If you want to grill batches of vegetables, a grilling basket may also be useful. And if you don\u2019t have outdoor grilling space, you can always opt for an electric or indoor grill. Looking for sides to serve at your next cookout? Check out this vegan macaroni salad recipe, which features Farfalle noodles, veggies, and eggless mayo. Or try this sweet potato cauliflower vegan mac and cheese recipe.\u00a0 Happy grilling! 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