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The Ultimate BBQ — For Vegetarians

The Ultimate BBQ — For Vegetarians

Beef isn’t essential for the tastiest of summer barbecues

Tasty, juicy beef-free burgers aren't mythical.

For vegetarians, summer grilling season is rarely enjoyable. Most hosts forget that some guests may not be eating burgers and sausages. Others assume that the non-meat eaters will be happy to just eat the side dishes of potatoes and green salad. Others throw some corn on the grill for the vegetarians, but then forget the reason they’re cooking it, and start using the same tools and tongs to cook the corn and the marbled steaks. But there’s no reason for barbecues to be so vegetarian-unfriendly: These 13 recipes will show you why.

The Ultimate BBQ — For Vegetarians (Slideshow)

Substitute meat products are often disappointing: They have next to no flavor, the texture is strange, and they don’t even look appealing. Stop trying to swap your meat for non-meat-meat, and instead welcome vegetables, pulses, and fruits onto your grill — they’ll make a much tastier, much more enticing meal. Black bean burgers, eggplant hotdogs, and grilled corn tacos are some of the best grilled dishes — we promise you won’t even notice that the meat is missing.

If you’re a vegetarian, host your own barbecue party this summer, and impress your friends with how tasty and satisfying a meat-free grilled meal can be. If you’re not a vegetarian, try out some of these recipes instead of sticking to your standard carnivorous options. If you have vegetarian friends, they will be eternally grateful to be served something more than the standard green salad, cold potatoes, and maybe, if they’re lucky, some meat-contaminated grilled corn.

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These vegetarian dishes will cover everything you need for your barbecue. For the main dish try the halloumi and eggplant burger, or the grilled vegetarian kabobs, and serve them alongside a grilled peach and feta salad, sweet potatoes in a maple tahini dressing, and barbecued romaine heads: the tastiest, most satisfying of summer meal, which just happens to be meat-free, and made entirely on your hot grill.


The 31 Best Vegan BBQ Recipes For Your Next Backyard Cookout

For vegans, &ldquolet&rsquos fire up the grill!&rdquo can be a pretty alienating sentiment. I mean, summer BBQs typically feature all the animal products (think hot dogs topped with beef chili and shredded cheese).

Luckily for my fellow plant-eaters and I, though, that's starting to change. The $939 million plant-based meat market has grown by an astounding 38 percent over the last two years, according to The Good Food Institute. And demand for products made from meat may fall by up to 50 percent in the next 10 years, a recent RethinkX report suggests.

The bottom line: Vegan barbecue recipes might soon be seriously in-demand.

Of course, your best bet is always to swap that steak for whole plant foods, like a hearty slab of grilled cauliflower topped with herbs, spices, and cashews&mdashnot a mock beef alternative.

While plant-based meat alternatives are touted as great ways to transition away from eating meat (and reduce your carbon footprint!), they&rsquore not your best bet for long-term health, says Monica Auslander Moreno, RD, dietitian and founder of Essence Nutrition. (Some experts question the health implications of consuming a lot of soy isolates, which are commonly used in plant-based meat alternatives. Whole soy is a-okay, though.)

Auslander Moreno recommends filling your picnic table with nourishing recipes, like BBQ tempeh (which is made of probiotic-rich fermented soybeans that are high in fiber and protein), homemade veggie burgers loaded with ingredients like beans, beets, tahini, carrots and quinoa, and sides like roasted sweet potatoes, salads, and dips like hummus and guac.

From fun apps to grillable mains and summery desserts, you&rsquoll be counting down the days until you get to whip up these plant-based dishes for your next BBQ.


The 31 Best Vegan BBQ Recipes For Your Next Backyard Cookout

For vegans, &ldquolet&rsquos fire up the grill!&rdquo can be a pretty alienating sentiment. I mean, summer BBQs typically feature all the animal products (think hot dogs topped with beef chili and shredded cheese).

Luckily for my fellow plant-eaters and I, though, that's starting to change. The $939 million plant-based meat market has grown by an astounding 38 percent over the last two years, according to The Good Food Institute. And demand for products made from meat may fall by up to 50 percent in the next 10 years, a recent RethinkX report suggests.

The bottom line: Vegan barbecue recipes might soon be seriously in-demand.

Of course, your best bet is always to swap that steak for whole plant foods, like a hearty slab of grilled cauliflower topped with herbs, spices, and cashews&mdashnot a mock beef alternative.

While plant-based meat alternatives are touted as great ways to transition away from eating meat (and reduce your carbon footprint!), they&rsquore not your best bet for long-term health, says Monica Auslander Moreno, RD, dietitian and founder of Essence Nutrition. (Some experts question the health implications of consuming a lot of soy isolates, which are commonly used in plant-based meat alternatives. Whole soy is a-okay, though.)

Auslander Moreno recommends filling your picnic table with nourishing recipes, like BBQ tempeh (which is made of probiotic-rich fermented soybeans that are high in fiber and protein), homemade veggie burgers loaded with ingredients like beans, beets, tahini, carrots and quinoa, and sides like roasted sweet potatoes, salads, and dips like hummus and guac.

From fun apps to grillable mains and summery desserts, you&rsquoll be counting down the days until you get to whip up these plant-based dishes for your next BBQ.


The 31 Best Vegan BBQ Recipes For Your Next Backyard Cookout

For vegans, &ldquolet&rsquos fire up the grill!&rdquo can be a pretty alienating sentiment. I mean, summer BBQs typically feature all the animal products (think hot dogs topped with beef chili and shredded cheese).

Luckily for my fellow plant-eaters and I, though, that's starting to change. The $939 million plant-based meat market has grown by an astounding 38 percent over the last two years, according to The Good Food Institute. And demand for products made from meat may fall by up to 50 percent in the next 10 years, a recent RethinkX report suggests.

The bottom line: Vegan barbecue recipes might soon be seriously in-demand.

Of course, your best bet is always to swap that steak for whole plant foods, like a hearty slab of grilled cauliflower topped with herbs, spices, and cashews&mdashnot a mock beef alternative.

While plant-based meat alternatives are touted as great ways to transition away from eating meat (and reduce your carbon footprint!), they&rsquore not your best bet for long-term health, says Monica Auslander Moreno, RD, dietitian and founder of Essence Nutrition. (Some experts question the health implications of consuming a lot of soy isolates, which are commonly used in plant-based meat alternatives. Whole soy is a-okay, though.)

Auslander Moreno recommends filling your picnic table with nourishing recipes, like BBQ tempeh (which is made of probiotic-rich fermented soybeans that are high in fiber and protein), homemade veggie burgers loaded with ingredients like beans, beets, tahini, carrots and quinoa, and sides like roasted sweet potatoes, salads, and dips like hummus and guac.

From fun apps to grillable mains and summery desserts, you&rsquoll be counting down the days until you get to whip up these plant-based dishes for your next BBQ.


The 31 Best Vegan BBQ Recipes For Your Next Backyard Cookout

For vegans, &ldquolet&rsquos fire up the grill!&rdquo can be a pretty alienating sentiment. I mean, summer BBQs typically feature all the animal products (think hot dogs topped with beef chili and shredded cheese).

Luckily for my fellow plant-eaters and I, though, that's starting to change. The $939 million plant-based meat market has grown by an astounding 38 percent over the last two years, according to The Good Food Institute. And demand for products made from meat may fall by up to 50 percent in the next 10 years, a recent RethinkX report suggests.

The bottom line: Vegan barbecue recipes might soon be seriously in-demand.

Of course, your best bet is always to swap that steak for whole plant foods, like a hearty slab of grilled cauliflower topped with herbs, spices, and cashews&mdashnot a mock beef alternative.

While plant-based meat alternatives are touted as great ways to transition away from eating meat (and reduce your carbon footprint!), they&rsquore not your best bet for long-term health, says Monica Auslander Moreno, RD, dietitian and founder of Essence Nutrition. (Some experts question the health implications of consuming a lot of soy isolates, which are commonly used in plant-based meat alternatives. Whole soy is a-okay, though.)

Auslander Moreno recommends filling your picnic table with nourishing recipes, like BBQ tempeh (which is made of probiotic-rich fermented soybeans that are high in fiber and protein), homemade veggie burgers loaded with ingredients like beans, beets, tahini, carrots and quinoa, and sides like roasted sweet potatoes, salads, and dips like hummus and guac.

From fun apps to grillable mains and summery desserts, you&rsquoll be counting down the days until you get to whip up these plant-based dishes for your next BBQ.


The 31 Best Vegan BBQ Recipes For Your Next Backyard Cookout

For vegans, &ldquolet&rsquos fire up the grill!&rdquo can be a pretty alienating sentiment. I mean, summer BBQs typically feature all the animal products (think hot dogs topped with beef chili and shredded cheese).

Luckily for my fellow plant-eaters and I, though, that's starting to change. The $939 million plant-based meat market has grown by an astounding 38 percent over the last two years, according to The Good Food Institute. And demand for products made from meat may fall by up to 50 percent in the next 10 years, a recent RethinkX report suggests.

The bottom line: Vegan barbecue recipes might soon be seriously in-demand.

Of course, your best bet is always to swap that steak for whole plant foods, like a hearty slab of grilled cauliflower topped with herbs, spices, and cashews&mdashnot a mock beef alternative.

While plant-based meat alternatives are touted as great ways to transition away from eating meat (and reduce your carbon footprint!), they&rsquore not your best bet for long-term health, says Monica Auslander Moreno, RD, dietitian and founder of Essence Nutrition. (Some experts question the health implications of consuming a lot of soy isolates, which are commonly used in plant-based meat alternatives. Whole soy is a-okay, though.)

Auslander Moreno recommends filling your picnic table with nourishing recipes, like BBQ tempeh (which is made of probiotic-rich fermented soybeans that are high in fiber and protein), homemade veggie burgers loaded with ingredients like beans, beets, tahini, carrots and quinoa, and sides like roasted sweet potatoes, salads, and dips like hummus and guac.

From fun apps to grillable mains and summery desserts, you&rsquoll be counting down the days until you get to whip up these plant-based dishes for your next BBQ.


The 31 Best Vegan BBQ Recipes For Your Next Backyard Cookout

For vegans, &ldquolet&rsquos fire up the grill!&rdquo can be a pretty alienating sentiment. I mean, summer BBQs typically feature all the animal products (think hot dogs topped with beef chili and shredded cheese).

Luckily for my fellow plant-eaters and I, though, that's starting to change. The $939 million plant-based meat market has grown by an astounding 38 percent over the last two years, according to The Good Food Institute. And demand for products made from meat may fall by up to 50 percent in the next 10 years, a recent RethinkX report suggests.

The bottom line: Vegan barbecue recipes might soon be seriously in-demand.

Of course, your best bet is always to swap that steak for whole plant foods, like a hearty slab of grilled cauliflower topped with herbs, spices, and cashews&mdashnot a mock beef alternative.

While plant-based meat alternatives are touted as great ways to transition away from eating meat (and reduce your carbon footprint!), they&rsquore not your best bet for long-term health, says Monica Auslander Moreno, RD, dietitian and founder of Essence Nutrition. (Some experts question the health implications of consuming a lot of soy isolates, which are commonly used in plant-based meat alternatives. Whole soy is a-okay, though.)

Auslander Moreno recommends filling your picnic table with nourishing recipes, like BBQ tempeh (which is made of probiotic-rich fermented soybeans that are high in fiber and protein), homemade veggie burgers loaded with ingredients like beans, beets, tahini, carrots and quinoa, and sides like roasted sweet potatoes, salads, and dips like hummus and guac.

From fun apps to grillable mains and summery desserts, you&rsquoll be counting down the days until you get to whip up these plant-based dishes for your next BBQ.


The 31 Best Vegan BBQ Recipes For Your Next Backyard Cookout

For vegans, &ldquolet&rsquos fire up the grill!&rdquo can be a pretty alienating sentiment. I mean, summer BBQs typically feature all the animal products (think hot dogs topped with beef chili and shredded cheese).

Luckily for my fellow plant-eaters and I, though, that's starting to change. The $939 million plant-based meat market has grown by an astounding 38 percent over the last two years, according to The Good Food Institute. And demand for products made from meat may fall by up to 50 percent in the next 10 years, a recent RethinkX report suggests.

The bottom line: Vegan barbecue recipes might soon be seriously in-demand.

Of course, your best bet is always to swap that steak for whole plant foods, like a hearty slab of grilled cauliflower topped with herbs, spices, and cashews&mdashnot a mock beef alternative.

While plant-based meat alternatives are touted as great ways to transition away from eating meat (and reduce your carbon footprint!), they&rsquore not your best bet for long-term health, says Monica Auslander Moreno, RD, dietitian and founder of Essence Nutrition. (Some experts question the health implications of consuming a lot of soy isolates, which are commonly used in plant-based meat alternatives. Whole soy is a-okay, though.)

Auslander Moreno recommends filling your picnic table with nourishing recipes, like BBQ tempeh (which is made of probiotic-rich fermented soybeans that are high in fiber and protein), homemade veggie burgers loaded with ingredients like beans, beets, tahini, carrots and quinoa, and sides like roasted sweet potatoes, salads, and dips like hummus and guac.

From fun apps to grillable mains and summery desserts, you&rsquoll be counting down the days until you get to whip up these plant-based dishes for your next BBQ.


The 31 Best Vegan BBQ Recipes For Your Next Backyard Cookout

For vegans, &ldquolet&rsquos fire up the grill!&rdquo can be a pretty alienating sentiment. I mean, summer BBQs typically feature all the animal products (think hot dogs topped with beef chili and shredded cheese).

Luckily for my fellow plant-eaters and I, though, that's starting to change. The $939 million plant-based meat market has grown by an astounding 38 percent over the last two years, according to The Good Food Institute. And demand for products made from meat may fall by up to 50 percent in the next 10 years, a recent RethinkX report suggests.

The bottom line: Vegan barbecue recipes might soon be seriously in-demand.

Of course, your best bet is always to swap that steak for whole plant foods, like a hearty slab of grilled cauliflower topped with herbs, spices, and cashews&mdashnot a mock beef alternative.

While plant-based meat alternatives are touted as great ways to transition away from eating meat (and reduce your carbon footprint!), they&rsquore not your best bet for long-term health, says Monica Auslander Moreno, RD, dietitian and founder of Essence Nutrition. (Some experts question the health implications of consuming a lot of soy isolates, which are commonly used in plant-based meat alternatives. Whole soy is a-okay, though.)

Auslander Moreno recommends filling your picnic table with nourishing recipes, like BBQ tempeh (which is made of probiotic-rich fermented soybeans that are high in fiber and protein), homemade veggie burgers loaded with ingredients like beans, beets, tahini, carrots and quinoa, and sides like roasted sweet potatoes, salads, and dips like hummus and guac.

From fun apps to grillable mains and summery desserts, you&rsquoll be counting down the days until you get to whip up these plant-based dishes for your next BBQ.


The 31 Best Vegan BBQ Recipes For Your Next Backyard Cookout

For vegans, &ldquolet&rsquos fire up the grill!&rdquo can be a pretty alienating sentiment. I mean, summer BBQs typically feature all the animal products (think hot dogs topped with beef chili and shredded cheese).

Luckily for my fellow plant-eaters and I, though, that's starting to change. The $939 million plant-based meat market has grown by an astounding 38 percent over the last two years, according to The Good Food Institute. And demand for products made from meat may fall by up to 50 percent in the next 10 years, a recent RethinkX report suggests.

The bottom line: Vegan barbecue recipes might soon be seriously in-demand.

Of course, your best bet is always to swap that steak for whole plant foods, like a hearty slab of grilled cauliflower topped with herbs, spices, and cashews&mdashnot a mock beef alternative.

While plant-based meat alternatives are touted as great ways to transition away from eating meat (and reduce your carbon footprint!), they&rsquore not your best bet for long-term health, says Monica Auslander Moreno, RD, dietitian and founder of Essence Nutrition. (Some experts question the health implications of consuming a lot of soy isolates, which are commonly used in plant-based meat alternatives. Whole soy is a-okay, though.)

Auslander Moreno recommends filling your picnic table with nourishing recipes, like BBQ tempeh (which is made of probiotic-rich fermented soybeans that are high in fiber and protein), homemade veggie burgers loaded with ingredients like beans, beets, tahini, carrots and quinoa, and sides like roasted sweet potatoes, salads, and dips like hummus and guac.

From fun apps to grillable mains and summery desserts, you&rsquoll be counting down the days until you get to whip up these plant-based dishes for your next BBQ.


The 31 Best Vegan BBQ Recipes For Your Next Backyard Cookout

For vegans, &ldquolet&rsquos fire up the grill!&rdquo can be a pretty alienating sentiment. I mean, summer BBQs typically feature all the animal products (think hot dogs topped with beef chili and shredded cheese).

Luckily for my fellow plant-eaters and I, though, that's starting to change. The $939 million plant-based meat market has grown by an astounding 38 percent over the last two years, according to The Good Food Institute. And demand for products made from meat may fall by up to 50 percent in the next 10 years, a recent RethinkX report suggests.

The bottom line: Vegan barbecue recipes might soon be seriously in-demand.

Of course, your best bet is always to swap that steak for whole plant foods, like a hearty slab of grilled cauliflower topped with herbs, spices, and cashews&mdashnot a mock beef alternative.

While plant-based meat alternatives are touted as great ways to transition away from eating meat (and reduce your carbon footprint!), they&rsquore not your best bet for long-term health, says Monica Auslander Moreno, RD, dietitian and founder of Essence Nutrition. (Some experts question the health implications of consuming a lot of soy isolates, which are commonly used in plant-based meat alternatives. Whole soy is a-okay, though.)

Auslander Moreno recommends filling your picnic table with nourishing recipes, like BBQ tempeh (which is made of probiotic-rich fermented soybeans that are high in fiber and protein), homemade veggie burgers loaded with ingredients like beans, beets, tahini, carrots and quinoa, and sides like roasted sweet potatoes, salads, and dips like hummus and guac.

From fun apps to grillable mains and summery desserts, you&rsquoll be counting down the days until you get to whip up these plant-based dishes for your next BBQ.