Summer is on the way and with it comes backyard cookouts and delicious grilled food. Nothing says “summer” more than eating BBQ-glazed food surrounded by family, friends, and beer. Unfortunately, while everyone has a BBQ favorite, vegetarians often get stuck eating either charred or raw chunks of vegetables carelessly thrown on the grill or forgotten about. Fear not vegetarians and veggie lovers, we have you covered this coming grill season with vegetarian BBQ recipes that even the biggest carnivore will love.
Here at NoshOn.It, we believe that a fantastic BBQ is possible without loads of meat weighing down the grill. We’ve found that there are just as many delicious and versatile vegetarian versions of everyone’s favorite BBQ dish just waiting to be discovered and devoured. So, we’ve compiled this list of these fifteen ways to make your favorite BBQ dish vegetarian to help you go meat free for your next cookout.
These skewers, reminiscent of chicken souvlaki, are layered with marinated zucchinis, haloumi cheese, and artichokes. With a blend of fresh herbs and an oregano marinade, the vegetables are charred to perfection on the grill, and are perfect as an appetizer or main course. (Recipe and photo: Gourmande in the Kitchen)
We’ve all heard of the Indian favorite chicken tikka, but how about its vegetarian cousin, paneer tikka? On this skewer, paneer, a South Asian cheese, takes the place of chicken and is served with a refreshing yogurt mint sauce that compliments the chili-powder-fried paneer and jalapeños. (Recipe and photo: Food~Fashion~Party)
If you’re looking for something sweet to serve while your grill is still hot, try these skewers that feature grilled halloumi and charred peaches. Top these skewers with a crunch of Egyptian dukkah, a nutty herb and spice blend that can be made right at home with hazelnuts and sesame seeds. (Recipe and photo: My New Roots)
Simple tempeh ribs featuring few ingredients and little prep time are great for any vegetarian looking for a rib alternative. While simple, these ribs don’t lack any flavor and become robustly sweet and charred after a short ten minute period on the grill. Make them with mayo-less potato salad (http://noshon.it/recipes/lemon-dill-potato-salad/) and you have the perfect meal for a summer night. (Recipe and photo: The Kale is Always Greener)
Now if you really like spicy ribs, grab some of the most popular hot sauce on the planet and make these BBQ Sriracha Tempeh Ribs doused in the fiery stuff. These faux ribs are served with a side of nutty black rice sure to pair well with the bright red, highly spicy Sriracha. (Recipe and photo: Food Fitness Fresh Air)
This burger features a combination of red beans and BBQ marinated tempeh to create a vegetarian, gluten free, and vegan burger suitable for many dietary preferences. Topped with fresh arugula, tempeh bacon, and a side of baked onion rings, this classic will remind you of your childhood. (Recipe and photo: Fork and Beans)
If you’re looking for something classic and simple but are overwhelmed by all of the options out there, try this Perfect Veggie Burger. This recipe has solved the problem of cracking, crumbling, and mushing burgers by combining just the right amount of beans, oats, almonds, and herbs. Its texture and ability to be grilled surpasses all of the frozen pucks you can find in the freezer section at your local grocery store. (Recipe and photo: Oh She Glows)
In this sandwich, cauliflower acts like sponge and absorbs all of the homemade sweet, gluten-free, vegan, BBQ flavor unlike any other vegetable would. (Recipe and photo: Beard and Bonnet)
If savory isn’t for you, sweeten things up with this Portobello Peach Sandwich featuring grilled peaches and portobello mushrooms in a lemon and rosemary herb marinade. The creamy avocado spread and crisp garden tomatoes burst from the grilled bun with fresh flavor complimenting the sweet peaches along the way. (Recipe and photo: Swati Bansal Rao on NoshOn.It)
Made with fresh spices and herbs, these dogs are far different from anything you can buy at the store. Steamed in a combination of soy sauce and vegan broth, they are healthy yet full of flavor. Once steamed they can be refrigerated for several days or frozen for future use. (Recipe and photo: An Unrefined Vegan)
Simple yet delicious is the perfect way to describe this spicy, savory grilled tofu dish. The combination of sweet miso paste and agave and spicy Sriracha compliment each other to form a sweet-savory tofu dish. The grilled tofu can be eaten alone or paired with an Asian salad or slaw. (Recipe and photo: Naturally Joanna)
Beer can chicken or beer marinated chicken, or really, any meal using beer, has become a recent party favorite. This summer, spread the love to the side dish as well with this recipe for beer marinated tofu and beer baked fries. Use a summer ale or robust stout that will compliment a side of citrusy salad and fresh herbs. (Recipe and photo: Edible Perspective)
If you’re looking for something different, try out this recipe for grilled, breaded tofu sweetened with miso and maple syrup, topped on a bed of baby spinach. You can make a larger salad for the base of the breaded tofu or make the crispy tomato onion flaxseed bread to go along with it. (Recipe and photo: Divine Healthy Food)
Cauliflower steak is not only easy to make, but also extremely healthy. By slicing the cauliflower heads in a steak-like fashion, you can grill them with sweet BBQ sauce just as you would a traditional steak. They hold together on the grill, become charred, and completely absorb the marinade. (Recipe and photo: One Happy Table)