From halloumi burgers to satay skewers: 10 of the best vegan and vegetarian BBQ recipes

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Moya Crockett

As a vegetarian, being invited to a barbecue elicits both cheer and fear. On the one hand: yay! Friends! Sunshine! Day drinking! On the other: what the hell am I going to be given to eat? This paranoia might sound bratty, but it’s not unfounded. Having been a vegetarian my entire life, I’ve been to more barbecues than I can count where the only veggie option on the table is a packet of limp bread rolls (which someone always helpfully suggests you can “fill with ketchup”).

To be fair to carnivores, the prospect of having to cater for those picky, picky vegetarians can seem equally daunting – particularly at barbecues, which have traditionally been associated with meat, meat and, um, more meat.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. There are plenty of amazing vegetarian and vegan recipes that are perfectly suited to barbecues – and we’ve rounded up 10 of the best right here. 

  • Grilled avocado with chickpeas and tahini

    Never barbequed an avocado? You’re missing out. This Mediterranean-inspired dish features everyone’s favourite vegetable stuffed with a fresh mix of cucumber, tomato and crispy grilled chickpeas, topped with a drizzle of tahini and lemon juice.

    Find the recipe here

  • Halloumi burgers with sticky chilli drizzle

    Because no vegetarian BBQ would be complete without a bit of halloumi. In this recipe from Craftberry Bush, the salty Greek cheese is dipped in semolina and deep fried, before being slapped into a bun with salad and a spicy-sweet sauce. 

    Find the recipe here.

  • Tandoori tofu skewers

    Sanjana, the British cook behind food site K.O Rasoi, serves up vegetarian dishes inspired by her Indian and East African roots. These spicy, smoky skewers were created as a side for vegan tikka masala, but they'd make a perfect main event for veggies at a BBQ. 

    Find the recipe here.

  • BBQ onion steaks with honey-mustard sauce

    Onions rarely get to take centre stage at mealtimes: generally speaking, they're the support act, rather than the headliner. But they take a starring role in this Epicurious recipe, cut into big, thick slices and given a sweet BBQ glaze. 

    Find the recipe here.

  • Mexican street corn (elotes) with thyme and honey

    Thyme & Honey have devised a zhooshed-up version of that old BBQ staple, corn on the cob. We’re talking chilli mayo dressing, crumbled queso fresco cheese, zesty lime, chopped coriander and a dusting of chilli powder. You’re welcome. 

    Find the recipe here.

  • BBQ baked beans with smashed sweet potatoes

    God bless Jamie Oliver: he knows how to deliver for the vegetarians among us. This hearty Southern-style dish is two fingers up to any carnivores who say a meat-free dish can't fill you up. 

    Find the recipe here.

  • Vegetable kebabs with satay sauce

    Simple vegetable skewers are many people's default option for a veggie BBQ dish, and there's nothing wrong with that. But if you fancy mixing things up a bit, try this recipe from Cilantro and Citronella, which includes a delicious coconut-peanut sauce. 

    Find the recipe here.

  • Cauliflower BBQ wings

    OK, there’s no escaping it: meat-eaters will howl with laughter at the words “cauliflower BBQ wings”. Rise above it, smug in the knowledge that this cumin- and chilli-infused alternative to chicken is seriously delicious - and a million times healthier. 

    Find the recipe here.

  • Tomato and red onion flatbreads

    These flatbreads are inexplicably filed in Sainsburys' Christmas food section, but don't be put off. They're perfect for a hot summer's day, and super-quick to make - great if you've got lots of guests. 

    Find the recipe here.

  • Healthy sweet potato skins

    Potatoes wrapped in foil and cooked in the hot coals of a barbecue always taste better than the version baked in the oven (or, heaven forfend, the microwave). Once they're soft and squidgy, Pinch of Yum recommends loading them with cheese, spinach and chick peas, before sticking them back under the grill to heat through. 

    Find the recipe here.


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Moya Crockett

Moya is Women’s Editor at As well as writing about inspiring women and feminism, she also covers subjects including careers, politics and psychology. Carrying a bottle of hot sauce on her person at all times is one of the many traits she shares with both Beyoncé and Hillary Clinton.

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