It’s finally barbecue weather! The sun is shining, the weather is warming up, everybody is excited to get outside. If you’re planning your next barbecue or getting ready to attend someone else’s, we have the perfect recipes for you! These savory vegan barbecue recipes will be loved by vegans and non-vegans alike. They are full of flavor and perfect for enjoying outdoors with loved ones.
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1. Sweet Potato Chili With Skillet Cornbread
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There’s nothing better than a good hearty bowl of chili and a thick slice of cornbread. It’s pure comfort food and soul nourishment! Taking a healthier approach to this standard combo, this four bean vegan chili uses sprouted legumes to increase digestibility and a warming mix of savory and sweet spices. You have to try Claire Ragozzino‘s Sweet Potato Chili With Skillet Cornbread!
2. Harissa Butter Grilled Cauliflower Steaks
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The main flavor for Megan Calipari‘s Harissa Butter Grilled Cauliflower Steaks is-you guessed it- harissa. Harissa is a North African hot chili paste. It has other spices and garlic in it as well making it really flavorful. So, it’s the perfect thing to add flavor to cauliflower steaks- which need a LOT of seasoning.
3. Elevated Sonoran Hot Dog Tacos
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Quash any secret longings you may have for fluffy, bready, yeasty hot dog buns with this traditional New Mexican taco. These ’dogs are frequently served at small food stands or carts with a grilled jalapeño on the side. Studies have shown an exponential increase in happiness levels after eating these Elevated Sonoran Hot Dog Tacos by Wes Allison, especially when supplemented with a Beergarita.
4. Grilled Fingerling Potato Salad
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This Grilled Fingerling Potato Salad by Nita Ragoonanan is full of flavor! Grilled to perfection and tossed with a well-seasoned dressing, potatoes really get five-star treatment in this recipe. It’s perfect for cookouts and barbecues as well as for when you have a bunch of potatoes starting to sprout and you want to use them up soon. This fingerling potato salad will definitely hit the spot and is pretty easy to make. Try it out!
5. Grilled Zucchini Sandwiches with Spinach Pesto
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These Grilled Zucchini Sandwiches with Spinach Pesto by Robin Browne are smoky, zesty, and loaded with garden-fresh veggies. The vegan spinach pesto is a must.
6. Rainbow Tofu Kebabs
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Kebabs aren’t just for outdoor summer barbecues; they’re an anytime meal-on-a-stick you can make in the oven, rain or shine! Serve these Rainbow Tofu Kebabs by Toni Okamoto and Michelle Cehn atop a bed of fluffy rice, but you might slide the tofu and veggies off the skewer and serve them on a salad or stuffed in a pita.
7. Barbecue ‘Ribs’
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These Barbecue ‘Ribs’ by Yana Christyakova are a work of genius. A combination of textured vegetable protein and vital wheat gluten, they nail the flavor and texture perfectly. They’re meaty, savory, and absolutely amazing when coated in the homemade barbecue sauce. One bite and they’ll become one of your barbecue essentials.
8. Esquite con Crema (Grilled Corn and Cream)
Source: Esquite con Crema (Grilled Corn and Cream)
Maíz is an invention created by our Mexican ancestors, and it is one of the most culturally relevant ingredients that has spawned over 6 varieties and more than 500 seed varieties. Nothing compares to the slightly sweet and mostly savory flavor of freshly grilled sweet corn, especially when you add heaps of crema and ground chile California. We’ll cut the corn off the cob, and present it family style or in cups—esquite style! This delicious for Esquite con Crema (Grilled Corn and Cream) is reprinted with permission from La Vida Verde by Jocelyn Ramirez, Page Street Publishing Co. 2020. Photo credit: Zohra Banon
9. Grill Burger
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This recipe is a great all-around recipe for a grilled veggie burger. Black beans and rice give a firmer hold and you can tweak it with a variety of spices. Explore the variety of interesting chiles—this burger favors the ancho! Ancho is the dried version of a poblano pepper hailing from Mexico. It is rather mild in its heat level and adds just enough spiciness to make it interesting. Slather with a sweet-and-smoky Orange BBQ Sauce, caramelized onions. You will love Nina Olsson‘s vegan Grill Burger!
10. Zippy Vegan Coleslaw with Mango
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Denise Perrault‘s Zippy Vegan Coleslaw with Mango is a refreshing mix of crunchy cabbage and carrots, sweet sliced mango, and an oil-free dressing that’s 2-ingredient simple.
11. Greek Pasta Salad with Tofu Feta
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This Greek Pasta Salad with Tofu Feta by Megan Calipari has all of your favorite elements of all the Greek Salads I’ve had over the years: Kalamata olives, cucumber, tomato, roasted red pepper and feta. Marinated tofu feta, that is. It may sound weird to be eating tofu raw, but when it is marinated this way it tastes remarkably similar to feta so give it a try.
12. Baked Beans
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These Baked Beans by Hannah Sunderani are the perfect blend of savory and sweet, smoky spiced and comforting! Truly, you will never buy baked beans from a can again. Once you try the baked beans from scratch there is no going back.
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