Vegan 4th Of July: Do It With These Easy Recipes

Vegan cuisine and the backyard cookout are not thing we usually mention in the same sentence. With more people embracing the completely meat and dairy free lifestyle, however, it becomes important to plan a few vegan-friendly dishes for your 4th of July celebration.

Here are 4 of the easiest, most cookout-appropriate vegan dishes we could find. All are big on flavor, and low on time spent in a hot kitchen. You might be surprised to find your steak-loving friends asking you for the recipe!

The “Best Ever” Black Bean Burgers


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No backyard BBQ is complete without a burger. Veggie burger recipes are a dime a dozen, yet most are dry and flavorless. This recipe was created (and devoured) by someone who typically loves a juicy, dripping hamburger, so that’s saying something. Just mix black beans, quinoa, and a few veggies and seasonings into this patty mix, and all your guests will be begging for a second helping.

>>Up Next: Creamy Dill Potato Salad

Creamy Dill Potato Salad


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Nice cold salads are a staple of any summer meal. Traditional macaroni and potato salads won’t work for your vegan guests, because even though they’re meat-free, they contain copious amounts of mayonnaise. Try this incredibly easy vegan variation on potato salad instead, and you’ll have a healthy alternative your guests will be talking about for weeks!

>>Up Next: Vegan Spare Ribs

Frankie’s Vegan Spare Ribs


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No, that’s not a typo. There is actually a way to make delicious, melty, messy spare ribs without harming a single pig or cow. While this is still an easy recipe, it will require a special trip to the store for seitan, a surprisingly delicious beef substitute made from wheat gluten flour. You can usually find pre-made seitan in health food stores or near tofu in larger supermarkets.

>>Up Next: Strawberry Sorbet

Strawberry Sorbet


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Since most of us will be suffering through scorching temperatures, it’s absolutely essential to have a cold, refreshing treat for dessert. Ice cream, and most baked goods will be off limits for your vegan guests, so why not whip up this quick strawberry sorbet instead? It’s seasonal, creamy, and best of all, won’t require you to turn on the oven!

Do have a favorite vegan recipe that’s perfect for summer? Share it in a comment!

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Jim Ven
Jim Venabout a year ago

thanks for sharing.

Magdalen B.
Magdalen B5 years ago

Made up the mixture but I didn't have time for the shape patties and chill in the frig step so I cooked some in a dish in the oven, with breadcrumbs on top. (I added a sprinkling of grated cheese). There was some left, so I used it to stuff halved peppers next day. Yes. It was very good.

Miranda Parkinson

Delicious recipes, will definitely try them!

Melinda K.
Past Member 5 years ago

Thanks for the great recipes!

Anne K.
Anne K5 years ago

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Jamie C. - I had steak once when I was a kid, and I agree - it was delicious. Then I found out how the steak became a steak. Gross. Unethical.

William and Kat Dresbach

These recipes sound so good!
Will try them.
Thank You!

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.5 years ago

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Steve R.
Steve R5 years ago

Well - I would have tried a "vegan fourth of July" - but I celebrate "Independence Day" - not the "fourth of July".

I also celebrate "Christmas Day" - not the "25th of December", and "New Years Day" - not the "first of January".

What's the problem with calling it what it is? "Independence Day" - the day we rid ourselves of oppressive British rule?

I guess it's too patriotic for the liberal left..... too "American".....

Patricia Garcia Ces
Patricia Ces5 years ago

Very useful post!!

Rachel Verde
Past Member 5 years ago

Those black bean veggie burgers look awesome. What could be better (and healthier) than quinoa and black beans as the basis for your burger? Yum!