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Whether you need an amazing vegan dish to bring to a BBQ or you’re attending an all-vegan BBQ, this list of 40+ Vegan BBQ Recipes has what you need. Browse the list below and get new ideas for a fun and delicious summer cookout.

Collage of 4 BBQ recipes for vegans.

Most people can agree that BBQ is one of the best things about summer. BBQ is to summer as soup is to winter: flavorful, comforting, and just what you need.

Vegan BBQ features all those bright summer flavors: smoky, sweet, tangy, spicy, and savory.

You’ll be surprised just how many different foods can be grilled, from zucchini and corn to watermelon and peaches!

And of course, we certainly can’t forget delicious vegan meat alternatives such as vegan burgers and bratwurst. Check out my favorite Beyond Meat recipes and Beyond Sausage recipes to pair with these Vegan BBQ recipes.

Even if you don’t own a grill, there are many ways to achieve grilled food, such as a grill pan, grill press machine, or even cooking items like corn and peppers over the gas flame on your stove.

Additionally, vegan BBQ recipes definitely don’t just consist of food you can grill. There’s appetizers and sides that make a cookout great too, not just grilled food.


What Do Vegans Eat at a Cookout?

There are more vegan meat alternatives on the market than ever before. Most grocery stores and health food markets carry at least one brand of vegan burgers, sausages, and/or hotdogs that can be grilled at a cookout. So many different fruits and vegetables can be grilled as well.

But vegan BBQ recipes don’t necessarily just include food that is grilled, it can also include all the foods you might find at a cookout such as appetizers and sides

In the list below you’ll find veganized classics such as coleslaw, macaroni salad, potato salad, coleslaw, baked beans, BBQ sauce, and more.

There are also many naturally vegan foods often served at cookouts, such as fruit, veggies with hummus, grilled corn (without the butter), veggie skewers, etc.

All in all, vegan BBQ recipes are more common than you think!

How can I make a barbeque vegetarian or vegan?

A barbecue or cookout is very easy to make vegetarian, even vegan. No, not everything has to be a carrot dog (though some people love them!). Because there are so many delicious vegan meat alternatives out there (purchased and/or homemade), you can usually find quite a few convincing options to throw on the grill.

If you’re planning to host a vegan or vegetarian barbeque, I recommend offering a wide variety of grilled meat alternatives, vegetables, fruits, and non-grilled dishes like Vegan Pasta Salad, Vegan Potato Salad, and more. There’s tons of ideas below. Check them out!

Vegan BBQ Recipes

The list below features various vegan BBQ recipes that are perfect for a backyard bash. If you want to plan an all vegan event, take options from every category: plant based proteins, grilled vegetables, and side dishes.

But if you are just responsible for bringing a dish or two to someone else’s BBQ, I recommend taking a filling main dish and/or a pasta or potato salad. This way you’ll have contributed something delicious and you’ll make sure you have plenty to eat in case you brought the only vegan option.

Plant Based Proteins

The plant based proteins below are either cooked on the grill or they might be cooked ahead of time inside and served at a vegan BBQ for a delicious, satisfying main dish.

Vegan BBQ Tempeh

BBQ tempeh strips being brushed with BBQ sauce.


Vegan BBQ Tempeh by Home-Cooked Roots

This sweet and smoky BBQ Tempeh is marinaded for 24 hours then smothered in homemade vegan BBQ sauce before searing and baking until tender. It's easy to make, hearty, and the perfect substitute for BBQ meats.
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Vegan BBQ Sauce

While this is not exactly a plant-based protein, it definitely fits in this section since you can take this delicious vegan BBQ sauce and use it with many of the vegan BBQ recipes you’ll find in the rest of this post!

BBQ sauce in a white bowl with a silicone brush dipped in.


Vegan BBQ Sauce by Home-Cooked Roots

This homemade vegan BBQ sauce is the perfect sweet and smoky sauce to smother on your favorite vegan BBQ sandwiches, salads, BBQ tempeh, and more! It's naturally sweetened with date syrup and blackstrap molasses, making it a healthier alternative to most store-bought versions. All you need is 15 minutes to prepare this quick vegan condiment!
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Seitan BBQ Wings


Seitan BBQ Wings by Wild Vegan Flower

Meaty, tender, and flavorful, this Seitan BBQ Wings recipe is packed with protein and makes a convincing chicken substitute that shreds easily and is seasoned with BBQ flavors.
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Vegan Kabob (Grilled Kebab Seitan)


Vegan Kabob (Grilled Kebab Seitan) by Romy London

These vegan kabobs are made from seitan and are perfect for cooking on the grill or in a skillet. Serve these flavorful skewers with hummus and veggies for a delicious dish.
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BBQ Vegan Pulled Pork Burger (Mushroom)


BBQ Vegan Pulled Pork Burger (Mushroom) by My Pure Plants

Shredded king oyster mushrooms are the surprising star in this vegan pulled pork sandwich. Top this amazing sandwich with your favorite vegan coleslaw and you'll be proud to see your guests enjoy it.
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Seitan Vegan Ribs


Seitan Vegan Ribs by My Quiet Kitchen

Realistic yet totally delicious, seitan ribs are made from jackfruit and seitan for an amazing texture. These vegan ribs are flavored with classic BBQ flavors so they're perfect for your cookout.
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BBQ Jackfruit Tacos


BBQ Jackfruit Tacos by Veggie Inspired

Gluten-free and a fun twist on BBQ, these BBQ jackfruit tacos only take 30 minutes to make. Bursting with fresh and delicious smoky flavor, these tacos will disappear at any gathering.
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Lentil Black Bean Burgers


Lentil Black Bean Burgers by Resplendent Kitchen

Black bean burgers are so underrated! These healthy and tasty black bean lentil burgers are super easy to make and totally delicious.
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How to Make The Best Smoky Tofu


How to Make The Best Smoky Tofu by Sunglow Kitchen

Smoky tofu is an excellent choice for a cookout because it is the perfect sandwich filling (tastes like bacon!). This simple plant-based protein could be set out on the table next to sandwich fillings like lettuce, tomato, and avocado for a build-your-own sandwich or salad option.
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BBQ Vegan Chickpea Meatballs


BBQ Vegan Chickpea Meatballs by My Pure Plants

Chickpea Meatballs are a perfect BBQ appetizer or main especially when glazed in vegan BBQ sauce and served with toothpicks! Set these vegan meatballs out on a plate and watch them disappear.
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Roasted Butternut Squash Burgers


Roasted Butternut Squash Burgers by Healthy Slow Cooking

Butternut squash doesn't have to be just for summer, these delicious all veggie burgers are perfect for a cookout. Serve with a big dollop of hummus on top for extra flavor.
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Vegan Sausage


Vegan Sausage by ZardyPlants

Tender, flavorful, and protein-packed, these vegan sausages are easy to make and perfect for all your sausage needs. Grill ‘em and serve in buns; this seitan sausage is a winner.
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BBQ Grilled Seitan Chicken


BBQ Grilled Seitan Chicken Style Recipe by Romy London

Tender and juicy vegan grilled chicken is made from seitan and perfect for a vegan BBQ. Make this delicious chicken alternative by washing flour for a high protein and impressive plant-based main.
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Teriyaki Tofu Skewers


Teriyaki Tofu Skewers by Veggies Save the Day

These teriyaki tofu skewers combine your plant based protein and produce for a delicious and flavorful grilled plant-based main. Serve with rice, more veggies, or a fresh salad for a tasty meal.
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BBQ Jackfruit Pizza


BBQ Jackfruit Pizza by Keeping the Peas

Another fun BBQ flavored dish that could be made on or off the grill! This delicious vegan BBQ chicken pizza features jackfruit and definitely belongs in your vegan BBQ spread.
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Sloppy BBQ Chickpeas Sandwich


Sloppy BBQ Chickpeas Sandwich by Veggie Inspired

Chickpeas turn these vegan sloppy joe sandwiches into a fun and protein-packed main. These sweet and mildly spicy sandwiches are especially perfect for picky eaters.
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Veggies to Cook on the Grill

It’s not always obvious how to grill some vegetables. You might worry about thinner veggies (like asparagus) falling through your grill grates, or how long to cook certain vegetables. Check out the list below for several fresh and healthy options.

BBQ Grilled Eggplant


BBQ Grilled Eggplant by Strength and Sunshine

Eggplant slices are delicious on the grill. They get super meaty and are easy to make even for grilling novices.
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How to BBQ Asparagus


How to BBQ Asparagus by Fab Food 4 All

If you've ever wondered how to grill asparagus, this guide is what you need. Tender asparagus are coated in garlic oil and threaded onto soaked wooden skewers to make sure you get delicious grilled asparagus without anything falling into your grill.
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Vegan Skewers (Mushrooms)


Simple Vegan Skewers (Mushrooms) by Let’s Go Tomato

These mushroom skewers are perfect for the grill and make a delicious and meaty plant-based meat substitute. If you're not into processed vegan meat alternatives, try these mushroom-based skewers.
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Grilled Veggie Kabobs


Grilled Veggie Kabobs by Little Sunny Kitchen

These easy grilled veggie kabobs make it super easy to grill a wide variety of vegetables at once. Veggie skewers ensure now bits of veg fall through your grill grates and all that delicious char ends up on your food.
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Grilled Green Beans


Grilled Green Beans by Pinch and Swirl

Grilled green beans make use of a grilling basket (or use a grill pan instead) to make delicious, tender, smoky green beans. This easy method turns any summer vegetable into the perfect side dish.
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Vietnamese Grilled Corn with Scallion Oil


Vietnamese Grilled Corn with Scallion Oil by Delightful Plate

Vietnamese Grilled Corn with Scallion Oil (Bắp nướng mỡ hành) is a delicious side dish with a unique flavor from the homemade scallion oil. It's a lot easier than you'd think to construct this lovely plate.
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Grilled Nectarines


Grilled Nectarines by A Virtual Vegan

If you've never grilled nectarines, you don't know what you're missing! They get soft, caramelized, even sweeter when grilled. Method works with peaches too.
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Grilled Portobello Mushroom Steaks


Grilled Portobello Mushroom Steaks by Vegan Huggs

Portobello mushroom steaks are super tender and juicy when cooked on the grill! This fantastic mushroom side might just steal the show.
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Grilled Baby Bok Choy


Grilled Baby Bok Choy by The Dizzy Cook

Use regular bok choy or baby bok choy to make this simple and healthy side dish. Serve your grilled bok choy with those grilled Portobello steaks (above) and grilled baked potatoes (below) for a wonderful full meal from the grill.
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Grilled Avocado Stuffed with Veggie Quinoa

Grilled Avocado Stuffed with Veggie Quinoa by Recipes from a Pantry


Grilled Avocado Stuffed with Veggie Quinoa by Recipes from a Pantry

Ever tried grilled avocado? It's so good! This recipe for grilled avocado takes it a step further and stuffs those avocados with a delicious vegetable quinoa mixture for a satisfying dish.
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Vegan Elote


Vegan Elote by ZardyPlants

Fresh, zesty, and delicious, this easy Vegan Elote is the perfect food to serve at a BBQ, potluck or side on your dinner table. You don’t need much time at all to make this delicious side dish.
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Baked Potatoes on the Grill


Baked Potatoes on the Grill by Little Sunny Kitchen

If you've got the grill on already, throw on some potatoes. These tasty baked potatoes on the grill are simple and easy to make.
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Side Dishes Made Off the Grill

As much as you might like to, you can’t make everything on the grill especially if others are using it. These tasty vegan side dishes can be made ahead of time in the kitchen and served at a cookout.

Vegan Coleslaw


Vegan Coleslaw by Home-Cooked Roots

This creamy Vegan Coleslaw is whipped up in just 5 minutes and the perfect easy vegan side salad to serve with BBQ tempeh or topped on Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos. This dairy free slaw tastes just like the fresh summer classic you know and love!
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Vegan Pasta Salad with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce


Vegan Pasta Salad with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce by Rainbow Plant Life

This unique smoky roasted red pepper pasta salad is the perfect dish for any summer cookout. The flavors will go perfectly with grilled food, making this the perfect satisfying side.
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Jackfruit Buffalo Dip


Jackfruit Buffalo Dip by The All Natural Vegan

Spicy, creamy, and WFPB, this jackfruit buffalo dip is a great appetizer. Everyone at your cookout will be snacking on this while the grill is going.
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Avocado Pasta Salad


Avocado Pasta Salad by Served from Scratch

Creamy Avocado Pasta Salad is loaded with good-for-you veg and more importantly flavor! This tasty side will complement any dish at your cookout.
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Grilled Zucchini Corn Salsa


Grilled Zucchini Corn Salsa by Sumptuous Spoonfuls

Want more grilled flavor? Try this delicious grilled zucchini corn salsa uses fresh ingredients that are cooked on the grill.
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Tabbouleh (Levantine Parsley and Bulgur Salad)


Tabbouleh (Levantine Parsley and Bulgur Salad) by Sense and Edibility

Tabbouleh (sometimes spelled as Tabouli) is a bulgur (cracked wheat) and fresh herb salad with fresh vegetables and a zesty vinaigrette. This Levantine dish is a classic side dish perfect for any cookout.
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Vegan Macaroni and Cheese


Vegan Macaroni and Cheese by I Heart Vegetables

For some reason, vegan macaroni and cheese just tastes great with BBQ food. The next time you make one of the above vegan BBQ recipes, try this vegan mac with it.
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Chipotle Corn Ribs in the Air Fryer


Chipotle Corn Ribs (in the Air Fryer) by World of Vegan

Spicy and flavorful, these chipotle corn ribs are made in the air fryer so you can make them even if the grill is full with all the other food. Corn ribs are relatively new to the scene and they are fun to eat.
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5 Bean Salad


5 Bean Salad Recipe by Mae’s Menu

Crunchy, refreshing, and super quick to make, this 5 Bean Salad is a delicious side. This cool and zesty salad is the perfect addition to your vegan spread.
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Vegan Black Bean Salad with Corn


Easy Vegan High Protein Black Bean Salad with Corn by Hurry The Food Up

This black bean and corn salad is perfect for any BBQ. This fresh-tasting dish can be served warm or chilled.
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Vegan Dill Potato Salad


Easy Vegan Dill Potato Salad by The Vegan Lunchbox

Dill potato salad is a lovely side to any BBQ dish. This creamy dish made with fresh herbs will be the side dish show stealer.
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Sesame Soba Noodle Salad


Sesame Soba Noodle Salad by Served from Scratch

Cool and refreshing sesame soba noodle salad is great to make in advance and is loaded with veggies and protein. This hearty side is made in only 15 minutes, making it easy to add this last minute dish to your roster.
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Ensaladang Talong (Filipino Eggplant Salad)


Ensaladang Talong (Filipino Eggplant Salad) by Cinnamon Snail

Ensaladang Talong is a Filipino salad with smoky roasted eggplant, tomatoes, green mango, chilies & onions. This flavorful dish is a veg-heavy side that will go with virtually any plant-based protein.
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Strawberry Balsamic Tofu Pasta Salad


Strawberry Balsamic Tofu Pasta Salad by Naturallie Plant Based

Bright, fun, and full of flavor, this strawberry balsamic tofu pasta salad is loaded with strawberries, balsamic tofu, spinach & basil, and vegan feta cheese. The perfect side salad for a barbecue.
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BBQ Roasted Cauliflower


Best Crispy BBQ Roasted Cauliflower by Eating by Elaine

BBQ Roasted Cauliflower is made from a blend of spices you might already have and is a great healthy side for your cookout. Serve with a drizzle of plant-based ranch or throw it in tacos with your favorite sauce.
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