Being vegan doesn’t automatically mean that you need to miss out on all of the tasty food at a barbeque. If you’re new to a vegan or plant-based diet and are looking for delicious vegan recipes that are perfect for a summer cookout, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I will cover over 20 vegan grill party recipes, including satisfying sides and hearty mains. So, next time you have a barbeque, you have a few ideas in your back pocket.
Let’s get into it.
Vegan Side Dishes
A barbeque wouldn’t be a barbeque without a variety of different side dishes for your guests to snack on throughout the day. Whether you’re hosting an entirely vegan grill party, or you fancy bringing something delicious to someone else’s barbeque, you’re bound to find the perfect dish that appeals to everyone below!
Simple yet delicious, it doesn’t get much easier than this vegan pesto pasta salad. This recipe is not only a crowd pleaser, but it’s also a super yummy way of getting a tonne of veg in such a simple recipe.
The homemade pesto is made out of arugula, basil, lemon juice, garlic, walnuts, sea salt, and oil.
Stir through cooked pasta, cherry tomatoes, baby arugula, thawed garden peas, and toasted walnuts, and you’ve got yourself a delicious vegan pesto pasta salad.
If you’re looking for something spicy and refreshing, this spicy mango salad is the perfect side for your summer barbeque.
Made from fresh mangoes, cucumbers, and red onions tossed in a mango white balsamic vinegar and green chili olive oil dressing, this salad is sure to spice up your plate.
Garnish with a generous sprinkling of chopped cilantro, and finish with roasted peanuts, and you’ve got yourself an Asian-inspired salad that no one will ever forget!
Recipes that contain strawberries are often people’s favorite, and this strawberry spinach salad is no exception.
This simple strawberry spinach salad is made with nutritious spinach, ripe juicy strawberries and buttery avocado to create varied textures that are a match made in heaven.
Dressed with a fresh, oil-free, strawberry vinaigrette, this fruity salad is bound to impress all of your guests. If you’re feeling extra fancy, you can even garnish this salad with crumbled vegan feta and chopped nuts to give it a nice crunch.
Nothing says a barbeque side dish quite like buttery corn on the cob, and this vegan corn on the cob recipe is nothing short of heavenly.
Simply chuck your corn on the barbeque and grill it until it is nicely charred on each side.
The delicious grilled corn on the cob is then drizzled with a creamy tahini dressing made out of tahini, water, lemon juice, chopped parsley, and salt and pepper to taste. You won’t want to eat your corn any other way!
For a quick and easy barbeque side, why not opt for foil packet potatoes?
Simply chop up potatoes, sweet kernel corn on the cob, cloves of garlic, onion, vegan butter, and pesto and place them into a foil packet.
Seal up the foil packet with some butter and place it on the grill to cook. You’ll be left with a medley of deliciously buttery grilled veg that makes the perfect side to any barbecue main. It’s truly that easy!
You can’t think of barbeque side dishes without coleslaw, and this vegan alternative is so good you won’t even be able to tell the difference!
Made with shredded carrot, cabbage, and onion, this vegan alternative is then dressed in a creamy sauce that your guests will go crazy for.
This vegan sauce is made out of soaked cashews, mustard, white and cider vinegar, maple syrup, red or yellow onion, celery salt, and salt and pepper to taste. Dress the slaw and voila!
Kale makes a wonderful base for a raw salad, and this vegan kale salad with tahini dressing makes a super satisfying side for your barbeque.
Featuring massaged kale, sliced strawberries, and roasted turmeric chickpeas, this salad is packed full of goodness and achieves a delicious balance of flavors.
Finished with a creamy tahini dressing, and garnished with pomegranate seeds and sesame seeds, this is a side dish that works wonderfully with an array of different main meals suitable for vegans and non-vegans alike!
Who said broccoli had to be boring? This vegan broccoli salad is sure to impress your guests.
Made with finely chopped broccoli florets, red grapes, salted almonds, diced red onion, and dried cranberries, this colorful salad looks beautiful on your table and tastes delicious, too!
Dressed in a sauce made out of raw cashews, water, maple syrup, minced garlic, salt, and pepper, this salad is sure to impress your guests and might even convert them to eating their broccoli raw all of the time!
Potato salad is a classic barbeque side dish, and this simple vegan potato salad packs some flavor!
Featuring soft potatoes and diced vegetables such as celery, bell peppers, and red onion,
your non-vegan friends and family won’t believe how similar it tastes to normal potato salad!
The potato salad is then dressed in a creamy sauce made out of raw cashews, blended with water, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, spicy mustard, agave nectar, garlic, dried dill, and salt and pepper.
If you’re looking for a fun and delicious side dish, it doesn’t get much more colorful than this vegan Caribbean salad.
This salad combines cooked gungo peas with grated fresh carrots, mixed diced bell peppers, scallion, and creamy avocado for a variety of different textures.
It is then drizzled with a vinegar-free sweet lime dressing made out of lime juice, minced ginger, garlic, sesame seed oil, olive oil, coconut palm sugar, coconut aminos, dried thyme, and salt for a more-ish, zingy taste!
For something a little different, this millet tabbouleh salad is a dreamy side that is also super filling! As this recipe contains millet instead of traditional bulgur, it’s actually entirely gluten-free as well as vegan.
Made with cooked millet, parsley, mint, tomato, and red onion that is dressed with a lemon juice sauce of lemon juice, olive, and garlic powder, this fresh salad packs a punch.
Allow the tabbouleh to chill and marinate for at least 30 minutes, serve and enjoy!
Vegan Grill Recipes
Just because you don’t eat meat doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a super satisfying main dish at a barbeque.For the main event, there are a variety of different vegan grill recipes you can opt for.
If you’re a fan of mushrooms, then these grilled Portobello mushroom steaks are the perfect dish for you.
These beautiful Portobello mushrooms are marinated in a sauce made of balsamic vinegar, gluten-free tamari, grapeseed oil, vegan Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, garlic, granulated onion, and salt and pepper.
Once they’ve been allowed to soak all that delicious flavor up, you simply grill them on both sides until they are brown and tender. Enjoy!
If you’re in the mood for something slightly meatier, why not opt for vegan bbq ribs with sticky tamarind bbq sauce?
These sticky, mouth-watering bbq ribs get their meaty texture from seitan, and would impress any meat lover! Doused in a sweet bbq sauce made from tamarind concentrate, hoisin sauce, chili sauce, minced ginger, minced garlic, mirin, toasted sesame oil, maple syrup, soy sauce, and rice wine vinegar, eating these ribs is a truly special experience.
Make them ahead of time and then throw them on the grill when your guests arrive.
If you’re looking for a healthier version of hot dogs, these vegan carrot hots with crazy-good slaw are an excellent vegan alternative.
You won’t believe how authentic these carrot hot dogs taste with a simple, well-seasoned marinade.
Place in your favorite soft buns and top with a slaw made of green cabbage, red onion, fresh fennel, and cilantro that is tossed in a dressing made of apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, coconut sugar, and salt. Yummy!
It wouldn’t be a barbeque without a burger, and these delicious beet bean burgers are the perfect vegan alternative.
These hearty beet bean burgers are vibrant in color and never compromise on taste! Packed full of flavor, the patties are made with kidney beans, beets, button mushrooms, flax seeds, walnuts, garlic, and parsley. The patties are also flavored with soy sauce, salt, and pepper, and spiced with cumin.
Layer your beet burger with your favorite soft buns and toppings such as greens, avocado, pickles, mustard, and ketchup.
It wouldn’t be a complete barbeque without skewers, and these grilled lemongrass tofu skewers pack a punch!
Marinated in lemon grass, garlic, shallots, maple syrup, sesame oil, soy sauce, turmeric, black pepper, hot pepper flakes, and sesame seeds, these tofu skewers are far from the bland flavor profile people often associate with tofu.
Layer your lemongrass tofu with tomatoes, mushrooms, bell pepper chunks, and red onion, and chuck them on the grill!
Sausages are a barbeque must have, and once you try these vegan Andouille sausages, you’d be surprised how little you miss their meat counterpart.
These spicy vegan seitan sausages are super simple to prepare in your kitchen in advance of the barbeque and can be tossed right on the grill for reheating before you serve them up!
Chuck them in a standard hot dog bun with your favorite toppings, and you’ve got yourself a delicious meal.
If you prefer the taste of chicken, then this vegan seitan chicken is definitely a recipe well worth your time.
With a great texture and delicious flavor, this seitan chicken is incredibly easy to make at home.
Whether you decide to eat it as is or slathered with a sweet and sticky barbeque sauce, you’re bound to love this chicken alternative!
If you want another vegan burger alternative at your cookout, these vegan chickpea burgers are a winner every time!
Made with chickpeas, onion, garlic, cilantro, paprika, coriander powder, and cumin, these burgers are spiced to perfection.
Place in a bun and top with all of the classic burger toppings such as tomato, lettuce, pickles, and a condiment of your choice for a delicious eating experience.
Are you wanting to take your bland cauliflower and turn it into something spectacular? Grilled cauliflower steaks are the perfect choice for your vegan grill party.
The cauliflower is dressed with olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, honey, red pepper flakes, fresh parsley, and toasted walnuts for a crunchy texture.
Once the cauliflower has been dressed, get the grill super hot and grill the steaks on both sides until golden brown. Tasty!
Although tofu can be quite a controversial ingredient if you don’t cook it right, when it’s spiced and seasoned to perfection like it is in this recipe, you’ll be converted for life!
This healthy cajun-spiced grilled tofu is not only absolutely divine to eat, but is also incredibly easy to make.
Marinated in a sauce made of olive oil, soy sauce, cajun spice powder, honey, garlic powder, and salt, the tofu soaks up all of that delicious flavor when you allow it to sit in the marinade.
Grill both sides of the tofu, and serve with a variety of your favorite vegan side dishes for a healthy, balanced meal.
So, there you have it! Hopefully, this article has given you some inspiration on what you can make and enjoy at a barbeque as a vegan.
Life is all about balance and you don’t need to miss out on all of the fun just because of your lifestyle and diet choices.