As soon as the sun comes out, so do the barbecues of the UK. Even if it’s forecast to rain, the slightest sunny spell gets the nation sprinting to supermarkets stocking up on buns, burgers and booze. More and more of us are looking for meat-free alternatives to crown the coals, and these vegan barbecue mains won’t disappoint.
Our best ever plant-based barbecue recipes will give you some delicious inspiration to experiment this summer, with an array of starters, sides, mains and beverages for the whole family.
Before things hot up and the grill gets going, you’ll need some easy sharing plates to keep hunger at bay. Leave these pleasing platters out for grazing and nibbling while you crack on with a salad or two. This speedy hummus recipe can be made the day before and kept in the fridge until you need it. Plate up a delicious spread of dips with our veg-filled carrot & cumin hummus, our ultimate guacamole and cool vegan sour cream. Pop them on the table with some crudités for a simple starter that requires very little effort – then you can focus on prepping some tasty side dishes to accompany your vegan barbecue centrepieces. Feeling fruity? Try making our watermelon salsa for a refreshing summer snack people will be dipping into all night.
Some of these mouth-watering sides don’t need barbecuing at all, and can be prepared well in advance if needs be.Our healthy dairy-free slaw only takes 15 minutes to make and will add crunch and texture to your vegan mains. Our Mediterranean-inspired charred aubergine, pepper & bulgur salad can be prepared using the BBQ or a frying pan and screams ‘summer’. Keep it light and zesty with our carrot, orange & avocado salad, full of goodness and packed with ribbons of tasty, colourful ingredients. Serve up our barbecued sesame sweet potatoes with a sweet and savoury soy glaze topped with deliciously crunchy peanuts. Forget soggy frozen fries – these bites are the king of the kitchen.
Go for an easy and speedy veggie option with our barbecued fennel slices with a black olive dressing, ready in just 20 minutes. And of course it wouldn’t be a barbecue without the all-important potato salad. This vegan recipe needs just a handful of ingredients and will satisfy your carb cravings.
Our gloriously simple yet sensational main courses are guaranteed crowd-pleasers. Our super satisfying BBQ teriyaki tofu has a delicious marinade full to bursting with Japanese-inspired flavours.
Try replacing meaty burgers or sausages with our healthy falafel burgers, which only take 10 minutes to cook. They’re simple but full of spice and flavour, and kids will like them just as much as the adults – topped with chunky guacamole, they make a patty that’s fit for a king. Get munching a hearty sweet potato burger with avocado and basil. Try adding some sweet potato crisps for extra crunch. Accompanied with these chunky sweet potatoes with chickpeas and tahini yogurt, there won’t be an empty stomach in sight. Our recipes will ensure your BBQ spread is a kaleidoscope of beautifully fresh and bright delights.
If you have a little more time on your hands, try our salad-stuffed blackened peppers for a slightly more sophisticated meat-free main with a subtle smoky flavour.
Don’t forget dessert & drinks
No summer’s day would be complete without a fruity sensation for dessert, and what could possibly be more fitting than our vegan Eton mess? Fluffy aquafaba meringues, fresh fruit and coconut yogurt make up this revamped English classic.
Check out our video tutorial for an easy-to-follow recipe demonstration.
Need something to cool off? Try our funky watermelon lollies with a clever kiwi base. These picture-perfect treats are full of vitamin C and they’re low in calories too. Our boozy gin & tonic lollies are the ideal adult counterpart for anyone wanting a twist on the traditional cocktail.