In a few days, our entire country will be celebrating the birthday of our nation.  Of course as Americans, we give tribute to our country by exploding fireworks, partying, and of course bbq-ing.  But if you’re a vegan, BBQ can be a little overwhelming, especially if you are attending a conventional event. Never fear though, we have some great vegan 4th of July grilling tips, including what to cook in place of meat.  Be prepared for your own cookout or for when you are visiting others!

Burgers & Franks: There are so many great choices in vegan grilling these days. You can purchase a number of good brands of veggie burgers including Gardenburger Vegan, Boca Vegan Burgers, Morningstar Grillers Chik’n. But if you are looking for something a little more healthy and unique, check out this recipe for Black Bean Burgers.  Another perfect grilling option is the good old classic veggie dog. There are numerous vegan hot dogs on the market such as Tofu Pups, but we recommend Tofurkey Franks or their delectable Sausage collection including Beer Brats and Kielbasa.

Kebobs: Always a favorite: veggie kabobs! You can cut favorite veggies such as bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, onion, mushrooms and zucchini into large chunks and soak them in marinade or your choice. We like to use Bragg’s Amino Acid, maple syrup and garlic. For a fun and yummy twist add some pineapple. You can also add some protein such as tofu chunks or Gardein’s BBQ skewers!  Also tasty and fun to eat!

Rib and Steak-ish: If you were once a fan of BBQ ribs look no further than MorningStar Riblets. These are tasty and easy enough to grill on the BBQ. For an alternative to gluten you could marinate large strips of extra firm tofu or tempeh with your favorite BBQ sauce for a healthier twist. If you were a steak fan, try out Gardein’s Steak Tips, just add them on a skewer and through them on the grill. You can also replace the BBQ sauce with Steak sauce on tofu and tempeh.

Good Ol’ Veggies: Whoever said simple is best, really understood vegetables. Sometimes the best grilled items are just simple veggies. At our cookouts we have eaten everything from grilled portabellas to whole onions to asparagus and even artichokes! Grilled veggies are easy, simple, and always pleasing. A great tip is to soak your veggies in balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and garlic first. Also, an easy favorite is soaking pineapple slices in oil and brown sugar before grilling.

Now that you know exactly how to make to grill for a vegan, don’t forget the sides and dessert. We have a huge backlog of delicious vegan recipes but especially don’t forget Potato Salad, Macaroni Salad, Creamy Artichoke Dip, Spinach Dip, and Bean Dip. Lastly, don’t forget your dessert! Try out some of our favorites: Red, White, and Blue Sorbet, Strawberry Shortcake, Chocolate Cake, and Apple Pie.

Happy 4th of July and Happy Vegan Grilling!!!