5 Tasty Vegan BBQ Recipes for Memorial Day

This Memorial Day will have us getting togetheráwith family and friends for what is often the first barbecue of the year. Whether you live for veggie burgersáor steaks, here are some ways to make at least some of your summer’s grilling cruelty-free, with no animal products whatsoever.

1. New-and-improved deli saladsá

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Photo Credit: Kelly Garbato

Two indisputable facts: 1. Deli saladsáform the bedrock foráAmerica’s finest barbecues. 2. Mayonnaise is overrated.

Avocadoámakes a superior binding agent for creamy potato salad. Herb pesto pasta saladásimply opts out of the arbitrary requirement for dressing, but you won’t miss it.

Vegan fare’s seeming restrictions pushábackyard chefs to move beyond soggyágrocery deli varieties to a grilled salad with beans and corn or a cucumber salad with lime and cilantro.

2. Grilled main courses

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Many knock the humbleáveggie burger, but its varieties outnumber any number of insults you can lay upon it.

Sweet potato livens up black bean burgersáimmeasurably, and barbecued portobello mushrooms taste best in slider form. If vegetarian sausage is more your speed, try an Italian-style eggplant sausage.áDon’t listen to the haters; grilled eggplant is delicious.

And sometimes the best meatlessáfoods are no imitation, like grilled falafel.

3. Seared sides

Granted, you can put almost anything edible on a grill and make it taste delicious,ábut here are a few reason to raid your produceádrawer.

Grilled Brussels sprouts with whole grain mustard. Barbecue onion steaks with honey mustard sauce. Lime-grilled avocados.

If you tire of all this health food,ábourbon maple baked beansáand vinegar and salt grilled potato chips should satisfy.

4. Drinks

Yes, most alcoholáis veganá– but sadly,ánot Guinness. A raspberry and Serrano pepper sangria or whiskey on the rocks is refreshing as the weather heats up, but teetotalers also have many, many options.

As someáfactory-produced sodas contain ester gum, which is sometimes derived from animals, homemadeábeveragesáare your best (and tastiest) bet. Try a spicy ginger ale or cool watermelon sweet tea.

5. Dessert

If you have the time to make vegan marshmallows — or the moneyáto buy them –ávegan s’mores will bring everyone together around the fire as the night winds down. Alternatively, grilled pineapple pairs well with coconut whipped cream.

And if you really want to get decadent, go with this mouthful of a recipe: boozy mocha-drenched grilled banana coconut cream pies.

Check elsewhere on Care2 for evenámore meat-free BBQ options. I love these suggestions for an all-American barbecue by blogger Jaelithe J. What’s your must-have this weekend?

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148 comments

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallusabout a year ago

Thank you for sharing.

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federico bortoletto
federico babout a year ago

Grazie della condivisione.

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Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rabout a year ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Yolanda Aguilar
Yolanda Aguilarabout a year ago

Thanks for sharing !

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Philip Watling
Philip Watlingabout a year ago

I love barbecued corn :)

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Cat L.
Cat Habout a year ago

Thanks for sharing!

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Monica R.
Monica Rabout a year ago

Great recipes, thanks!

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Clare O'Beara
Clare Oabout a year ago

Make sure not to leave raw meat or fish, or mayonnaise, in the sun or even in shade on a hot day for long. Keep these in the fridge.

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Clare O'Beara
Clare Oabout a year ago

Don't drink and drive.

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Paige Salvato
Paige Salvatoabout a year ago

These all look delicious!

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