Powered by Plants: Vegan Grilling Guide

by | Updated: June 29th, 2018 | Read time: 3 minutes

There’s no shortage of grilling recipes showing up in your newsfeed this summer. But most of them have one thing in common: meat! If you’re vegan, vegetarian or just trying to cut back on your consumption of animal products, it can be difficult to find delicious, plant-based grilling recipes. That’s why we’ve complied a list of our favorites—so you don’t have to! These vegan recipes are perfect for barbecues, cookouts, block parties and for any other occasion where you’re firing up the grill.

#1 Grilled Hickory Smoke Tempeh Sliders with Kale SlawGrilled vegan tempeh sliders #veganBBQ #healthysummer www.vitacost.com/blog

Unlike ordinary, run-of-the-mill sliders, these vegan and gluten-free tempeh sliders are marinated in a savory, homemade hickory smoke BBQ sauce and topped with a simple kale slaw.
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#2 Grilled Eggplant with Turmeric Quinoa

Eggplant’s sturdy skin and meaty texture make it perfect for grilling over an open flame. While it may not be a beefy burger, this recipe transforms eggplant patties into a meat-inspired dinner – grill marks and all.
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#3 Lemon Basil Grilled ZucchiniLemon-Basil Grilled Zucchini | Vitacost.com/Blog

Zucchini is so hot right now. Whether you’re picking it up from the farmer’s market or from your own backyard, the summer squash is all around this time of the year, making it destined for the grill. This simple and flavorful vegetable side dish takes only five minutes!
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#4 Grilled Vegetable Skewers with Summer SeasoningsVegetable skewers on cutting board #bbq www.vitacost.com/blog

Vegetable skewers are just plain ol’ grilled veggies on a stick unless you season them with this summer spice blend that’s so savory even meat lovers will ask for the recipe. Seriously, even your brother who always double-stacks his burger patties will ask for seconds.
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#5 Grilled Romaine SaladGrilled Romaine Salad www.vitacost.com/blog

If you have any friends who are paleo, they’ll certainly appreciate this recipe, too! When it comes to grilling, paleo eaters have no problem finding main courses that fit into their diet, but sides are another story. This recipe includes bacon, but we like to sub in our (vegan) Crispy Fake Bacon Bits instead.
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#6 Grilled Asparagus with Paprika & Almonds

Grilled Asparagus With Adobo & PaprikaCelebrate the warm, sunny season by grilling up one of its most popular vegetables. This asparagus gets spice from adobo seasoning and crunch from almonds. Yum!
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#7 Grilled Portobello MushroomsGrilled Portobello Mushroom Served with Vegetables | Vitacost.com/blog

Thick, juicy portobello mushrooms can be grilled quickly and easily. They make a great whole-food burger for vegetarians and vegans looking for something more unique than black bean patties, and they also be enjoyed as a side dish.
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#8 Grilled Chili-Lime Nopales CactusNopales cactus fronds with tomato www.vitacost.com/blog

Outside of Mexican cuisine, nopales cactus pads aren’t commonly eaten. You may never have expected to find these prickly pads on your plate, but this recipe makes it easy to enjoy the crisp, grilled vegetable as a tasty side or salad topping.
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#9 Grilled Artichoke Hearts with Lemon & Olive OilGrilled Artichoke Hearts With Lemon & Olive Oil

Artichoke hearts are great in dip and salad, everyone knows that. But did you know it makes a delicious grilled side dish? Fire up that grill and get ready to enjoy artichokes like never before. You’ll soon see that corn-on-the-cob has serious competition as your favorite grilled vegetable.
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#10 Grilled Tropical Teriyaki Tofu BurgersTeriyaki Tofu Burgers

These simple grilled tofu burgers are marinated in a rich teriyaki-ginger sauce and topped with slices of pineapple. Salivating yet? Let the tofu marinate overnight to ensure the most intense flavor.
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#11 Grillable Gluten-Free Black Bean BurgersGluten-Free Black Bean Burgers

Toss those tasteless frozen veggie patties straight into the trash. Get the backyard grill going and whip up the classic meatless burgers with this healthy and flavorful gluten-free black bean recipe. Instead of an egg, ground flaxseed helps bind the burger together.
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#12 Grilled Summer PizzaGrilled Summer Pizza

Homemade cornmeal pizza dough, your favorite summer veggies and a grill make this pizza the perfect treat for your next cookout. Be sure to swap honey with maple syrup and use our tasty vegan Parmesan cheese in place of Romano.
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#13 Maple-Glazed Grilled Peaches with Vegan Cinnamon Ice CreamGrilled Peaches With Vegan Cinnamon Ice Cream

Who doesn’t love grilled peaches? Especially when they’re paired perfectly with a scoop of vegan cinnamon ice cream–they’re irresistible!
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