How to Throw a Vegetarian BBQ
Whether you are a long-time plant-based eater or new to this way of life, throwing a vegetarian BBQ can be a fun and healthy way to mix up your summer routine! Summertime cookouts don’t have to be all about heavy meats, like brisket and pulled pork , and ice cream loaded with dairy. Instead, you can focus on pulling together a gathering centered around lighter foods, including fresh produce and meat-free grilling alternatives like Meatless Farms’. But before we dive into some of our favorite vegan grilling recipes, here are our five tips for throwing the ultimate vegetarian BBQ. There is a difference between vegan and vegetarian diets but these recipes are great for all different types of vegetarians!
- Think Outside the Box Now is not the time to stick to your family’s tried and true grilling recipes and just swap out the meat. If you attempt this method, we can nearly guarantee you and your guests will be left wanting something more from your meal. Instead, opt for vegetarian-centric ideas and get creative with how you use some of your favorite ingredients. After all, food should be fun!
- Try New Foods Similarly, be sure you are incorporating new foods into your grilling rotation. Make cauliflower steaks to throw on the grill, try a rotating array of vegetables such as grilled zucchini, tomato or bell pepper, for your vegan skewers. Additionally, consider something a little more exotic like halloumi skewers which can stand up to the heat of a grill without becoming a melty mess like other cheese. Maybe even try some grilled peach, BBQ jackfruit, or even grilled pineapple!
- Keep It Balanced The warmer weather of the summer months leaves many of us craving foods on the lighter side. So, as you plan your vegetarian BBQ menu, be sure to keep it balanced with lighter foods so your guests aren’t weighted down and groggy after the meal. If you have a decadent dessert, opt for a simple main and vice versa.
- Stay Trendy If you lack ideas, check out Pinterest and other sites for trending summer ideas. Even if the vast majority of the recipes you find are not vegetarian-friendly, they may spark a quick Google search that could lead to the perfect alternative recipe that will satisfy your guests. The possibilities are endless with vegetarian grilling!
- Serve Meatless Farm Ok, we might be a little biased, but we’d say that serving Meatless Farm products is the best way to guarantee your guests love the food you dish out at your next vegetarian BBQ! Wondering where to start? Check out the list of recipes below.
Vegan Grilling Recipes
At first thought, it may seem impossible to throw a vegetarian BBQ that could rival even the best traditional meat-centric gatherings. But with these vegan grilling recipes, we’re sure you and your guests won’t even miss the meat!
You can’t plan a summertime BBQ without having a burger on the menu! Try out this vegetarian recipe!
Simply brush your Meatless Farm patty with tamari or soy sauce for extra flavor, and then put it on the grill! Just be sure to place the patty on an area of the grill away from other meats if they are cooking too. Once cooked through, place your patty on a toasted burger bun with sliced pickles, ketchup, sliced onion, tomato, lettuce, a vegetarian barbecue sauce, or your vegan mayo of choice, and some dairy-free cheese if you’d like. Serve with a side of sweet potato fries, a salad, or a grilled vegetable on the side and enjoy!
Equally as important for a satisfying vegetarian BBQ is a great hot dog recipe. This one is loaded with flavor thanks to the veggie-packed coleslaw!
Start by throwing your Meatless Farm sausages on the grill. They’ll need to cook for about 8 to 10 minutes in total but should be rotated about 90 degrees every two to three minutes to ensure they cook evenly. While the sausages cook, mix shredded cabbage (half red, half green), carrots, and red onion in a bowl. In a smaller bowl, stir together some vegan mayo, apple cider vinegar, and a squeeze of mustard until well combined. Then pour the creamy sauce over your vegetables and mix. Finally, place your sausage in a bun and top with a generous helping of the coleslaw!
A fun alternative to the usual finds at a BBQ are these mouthwatering kebabs, and they are super easy to put together! They can even be made ahead of time to save you from being in the kitchen when your guests arrive.
Start by mixing all your ingredients in a bowl. This includes one package of Meatless Farm Meat Free Ground, very finely chopped red onion (water removed), chopped green chilies (to taste), ginger and garlic paste, ground carom seeds, allspice, chili powder, coriander, cumin, turmeric, garam masala, amchur powder, salt and pepper, and some finely chopped fresh coriander and mint. Once combined, cover and place the bowl in the fridge for at least one hour. Then, remove from the refrigerator and roll the mixture into equal-sized kebabs on a skewer (be careful not to make them too heavy!). Finally, throw your kebabs on the grill for about eight to ten minutes, frequently turning to cook them evenly. Pair with some grilled eggplant, zucchini, or veggie of your choice.
And there you have it – our top tips and recipes to throw a delicious vegetarian BBQ! These are just a few recipes that you can use but there are a ton of vegan summer recipes out there! The possibilities are endless!