29 Vegan BBQ Recipes That Are So Tasty You Won’t Miss The Meat


Planning a BBQ at the weekend? Here’s a tempting spread of meat-free BBQ recipes to enjoy at your next backyard spread. I’ve gathered a bunch of my food blogger friends who are also some of the best recipe creators I know, to showcase easy and healthy plant-powered recipes. Think grilled veggie kebabs, cauliflower steaks doused in a tahini sauce, smoky baked beans, grilled portobello and asparagus fajitas, and more. Indeed, these BBQ recipes prove that you don’t need meat to pull off a great Summer feast. Bonus: I’ve also thrown in a bunch of delectable desserts to have the perfect end to your meal.

4 BBQ recipes collage: corn o the cob, vegetables kebabs, fajitas, and grilled stuffed vegetables

This recipe collection is full-on flavour and loaded with nourishing ingredients. It’s the ultimate collection of vegan BBQ recipes you need to try. Fire up the grill and get ready to rock your vegan BBQ party!

Vegan BBQ Recipe Ideas

1. Grilled Corn Salad

3 corn on the cob on a bed of purple cabbage placed on top of newspapers flatlay

Soak the corn husk leaves in water for a few minutes to prevent them from burning, brush the corn with oil and grill. Served here on a bed of shredded red cabbage and beetroot with quinoa, toasted flaked almonds, spring onions and fresh herbs with an apple cider vinegar & olive oil dressing. 
 
Recipe by Krissie Oldroyd of @fancyplantsfoodie Plant-based food blogger and photographer

2. Grilled Portobello Fajitas

BBQ mushrooms and mixed vegetables fajitas topped with guacamole on a charcoal surface with lime wedges and herbs

Grilled Portobello and Asparagus Fajitas are vegan fajitas with grilled portobello mushrooms and asparagus topped with guacamole.  It’s an easy, healthy summertime meal!

Recipe by Marcie of Flavorthemoments.com

3. Peanut & Cilantro Grilled Veggie Skewers

Tray of BBQ vegetable skewers on a bright blue background

Vegan peanut, cilantro, miso and ginger grilled veggie skewers are perfect for summer barbecue time. Marinated in a creamy, herby peanut and miso sauce, these colourful veggie kebabs make a tasty and healthy grilled side or main.
 
Recipe by Evi, Food Photographer of greenevi.com
A hand stirring smoky BBQ baked beans topped with avocado slices
These vegan baked beans are sweet, smoky, satisfying and nutritious too. Great for barbecues, grill-outs or to accompany your breakfast. You can use any type of beans, these were made using cannellini and kidney beans. Served here with slices of vegan sausage and avocado slices.
 
Recipe by Krissie Oldroyd of @fancyplantsfoodie Plant-based food blogger and photographer

5. BBQ Yemista (Greek Lentil & Rice Stuffed Vegetables)

Baking dish filled with BBQ vegetables: pepper, tomato and onion stuffed with grains and herbs
A traditional flavourful Greek dish of stuffed vegetables with a Vegetarian/ Vegan twist made with lentils, rice and seasoned with fresh parsley and mint.  This dish is best cooked on the BBQ to give the vegetables a beautiful and delicious charr.
 
Recipe by Irene Matys, Recipe Curator, Food Stylist Food Photographer of www.irenematys.com

6. Grilled Ginger Cauliflower Steaks With Tahini Sauce

BBQ vegan recipe of cauliflower steak doused in tahini sauce on a black plate

Thick slices of cauliflower, rubbed with spices and grilled to tender perfection. Served with a slightly spicy tahini sauce, these grilled ginger cauliflower steaks need to hit your grill stat!

Recipe by: Rebecca Pytell of Strength and Sunshine

7. Street-Style Spicy BBQ Corn (Butta)

pile of bbq corn coated in spices on a tray with lime segments and dipping sauce

BBQ corn on the cob, aka Butta, is the quintessential taste of Indian and Pakistani street food. Take advantage of sweet summer corn with this spicy, flavour-packed side dish for your backyard BBQ! The addition of thyme and oregano dispense a warm and peppery undertone. How can you resist?

Recipe by Shahzadi Devje aka Desi~licious RD, Registered Dietitian

8. Basil Lime Charred Corn Salad

Bowl of BBQ corn and mixed vegetable salad surrounded by herbs and tomatoes

Basil Lime Charred Corn and Zucchini Salad is an easy, flavorful grilled corn and zucchini salad with fresh basil and lime! 

Recipe by Marcie of Flavorthemoments.com

9. Grilled Cabbage With Asian Lime Dressing

BBQ Chinese Cabbage on a white tray with a several sprigs of herbs

Add some fun to your next BBQ with some Asian grilled cabbage. A gentle sear adds flavour and texture while a zesty lime sauce finishes the dish with a kick.

Recipe by Kelly Page, Certified Transformational Health Coach of TastingPage.com

10. Grilled Asparagus Gazpacho

a bowl of green soup topped with asparagus shavings and croutons on a napkin

Asparagus season is upon us and this gazpacho is delicious and features the asparagus at their flavorful peak.  It is vegetarian/vegan and gets its creaminess from Avocado! Grilled asparagus paired with grilled sweet onion really enhances this soups flavour! 
 
Recipe by Irene Matys, Recipe Curator, Food Stylist Food Photographer of www.irenematys.com

11. Chaat Salad With Corn

indian chaat salad with corn in a red staub pan with spoon in it

This easy and healthy Chaat salad with corn recipe is a vibrant Desi~licious dish bursting with nourishing ingredients and all sorts of textures. Soft cubes of roasted potatoes are infused with carrom seeds tossed in a spicy mix of crunchy sweet corn, juicy peppers and cilantro – all doused in tamarind chutney. Get it now!

Recipe by Shahzadi Devje aka Desi~licious RD, Registered Dietitian

12. Grilled Shishito Peppers

BBQ grilled shishito peppers lined up on a charcoal surface with lemon wedges

Grilled Shishito Peppers with Lemon and Sea Salt are smoky, charred shishito peppers served with fresh lemon and flaky sea salt!

Recipe by Marcie of Flavorthemoments.com

13. Grilled Summer Vegetables with Basil Vinaigrette

Skewer your favourite summer vegetables like zucchini and peppers with onions and mushrooms to make this easy side dish. Finish with a drizzle of homemade fresh basil vinaigrette for the ultimate summer flavour.
 
Recipe by Marisa Moore, MBA.RDN.LD of marisamoore.com

These delicious foil packets are fully vegan and made with cauliflower, white beans, and fresh rosemary and garlic. They’re easy to make, nutritious, and flavorful.

Recipe by Lizzie Streit, MS, RDN, LD of It’s a Veg World After All

15. Grilled Veggie Kebabs

Taste the rainbow with these beautiful plant-based Rainbow Grilled Vegan Veggie Kebab Skewers that are naturally vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, Paleo, allergen-friendly and packed with antioxidants, dietary fiber, and important vitamins & minerals.

Recipe by: Emily Kyle, MS, RDN, HCP, Owner of Emily Kyle Nutrition

16. Summer Vegan Power Bowl

Go ahead and add grilled veggies to a power bowl to take it up a notch!

Recipe by Amy Gorin, RD of Amygorin.com

17. Orange Tahini Grilled Tofu

Here’s the perfect way to enjoy tofu for a Summer cookout. Made with a zesty orange tahini marinade.

Recipe by Melissa Altman-Traub MS, RDN, LDN of Melissatraub.com

18. 15-Minute Easy Raw Salad

bowl of easy salad recipe with colourful vegetables and topped with pomegranate and seeds surrounded by vegetables

This is the go-to easy raw salad to enjoy at your vegan BBQ. Packed with a medley of fresh and crunchy ingredients like broccoli, kale, carrots, pomegranate and pumpkin seeds – super nourishing and YUMMY! Tossed in a tangy dressing, that’s the perfect match.

Recipe by Shahzadi Devje aka Desi~licious RD, Registered Dietitian

19. Tofu Chutney With Dill

bowl of desilicious chutney recipe surrounded by roasted vegetables

Dip BBQ grilled veggies, pour on salads or enjoy as a sauce, this 5-minute vegan tofu chutney recipe is like nothing you’ve tried before. Healthy, plant-powered and Desi~licious – It’s easy to see why!

Recipe by Shahzadi Devje aka Desi~licious RD, Registered Dietitian

20. Collard Green Wraps with Peanut Sauce

Bowl of collard green wraps stuffed with colourful vegetables and a peanut butter dip

Impress your guests with these delicious and tasty collard green wraps. You can’t go wrong when the peanut sauce is so delicious!
 
Recipe by Rosemary Squires, MA, RD, CDN of @thehintofrosemary

21. Nightshade-Free BBQ Sauce

a small jar of BBQ peach sauce in a plate with peaches and pink flowers on the side

This delicious nightshade-free Paleo BBQ-Sauce comes with adaptations to make an AIP-friendly BBQ sauce, a Whole30 BBQ sauce, and important nutrition and culinary considerations for making a nightshade-free, tomato-free, corn-free BBQ sauce that still tastes good.

Recipe by: Emily Kyle, MS, RDN, HCP, Owner of Emily Kyle Nutrition

Fresh tomatoes, crisp raw sweet corn, cilantro, you can make this recipe as spicy or as mild as you like. Serve this as an appetizer, or to go along with your main dish for your BBQ.
 
Recipe by Laura Harshbarger of Glowinglywell.com
 

23. General Tso’s Vegan Cauliflower

tray of BBQ cauliflower and mixed vegetables flatlay

This vegan general Tso’s cauliflower recipe is a perfect dish to have with some hot sauce in a bread roll OR you can just enjoy it with some salad. It’s so full of flavour!

Recipe by Trisha of Sugarthumb.co.uk

Dessert Recipes Collection To Fire Up Your Vegan BBQ

24. Grilled Grapefruit

A healthy and juicy addition to a bbq this summer. Simply sprinkle grapefruit with ground cinnamon and grill for around 5 minutes. The grilling process caramelizes the natural sugar and sweetens the fruit, but if needed, drizzle a little maple syrup to serve.

Recipe by Krissie Oldroyd of @fancyplantsfoodie Plant-based food blogger and photographer

25. Mango Yogurt Popsicles

Tray of mango popsicles with ice and half a mango

These mango yogurt popsicles are made with just THREE ingredients! Perfect to have ready in your fridge at a BBQ. Plus, they’re totally good for you!
Recipe by Rosemary Squires, MA, RD, CDN of @thehintofrosemary

26. Watermelon Strawberry Popsicles

3 strawberry popsicles on ice on a round plate decoratd with fresh watermelon and flowers

Stay hydrated with these bright and cooling No-added Sugar Watermelon Strawberry Popsicles. The perfect healthy treat for a hot Summer’s day. It’s not only the kids who will devour these!

Recipe by Shahzadi Devje aka Desi~licious RD, Registered Dietitian

27. (Virgin) Piña Colada Grilled Pineapple Dessert

BBQ pineapple rounds topped with ice cream flatlay

This vegan grilled pineapple and coconut milk “ice cream” is the perfect dessert to end the barbecue. It’s sweet, smoky, and easy!  

Recipe by Marisa Moore, MBA.RDN.LD of marisamoore.com

28. Grilled Avocado Stuffed with Grilled Mango Salsa

This Grilled Avocado Stuffed with Grilled Mango Salsa is not only absolutely delicious, it’s packed with rich antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Time to get nourished while your taste buds explode with flavour.

Recipe by Sarah Koszyk, MA, RDN of Sarahkoszyk.com

29. Watermelon Slushie

two glasses of watermelon slushie surrounded by pieces of lime and watermelon

Quench your thirst in style with this super easy no-added-sugar Watermelon Slushie recipe. With only three whole food ingredients, it’s the perfect healthy choice to cool down on a hot Summer’s day. 

Recipe by Shahzadi Devje aka Desi~licious RD, Registered Dietitian
 

What’s your favourite BBQ recipe? Which one of these vegan BBQ recipes will you try? Share in the comment section below!

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Shahzadi

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