Your Best Veg BBQ Ever

By: Rachel

The Fourth of July is right around the corner. And as Americans, you have the unalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of a good meal when everyone else is eating hamburgers and hot dogs (I mean, happiness. Yeah, that’s it!).


Just because you’re eating less meat these days doesn’t mean you have to settle for potato chips and coleslaw for dinner at your family’s Independence Day barbecue—or at any other cookout this summer, for that matter. Here at SmartGirlVeg HQ, we’ve combed the internet for some of the best vegetarian and vegan barbecue recipes out there.


Following a plant-based diet is, of course, not a prerequisite for enjoying these dishes. Check out some of these delicious BBQ entrees that just happen to be meat-free, and invite your non-veg family and friends to dig in, too!


One Green Planet’s Spicy Italian Sausage (vegan, gluten free, soy free) 


I Love Peanut Butter’s Peanut Butter Tempeh Kebabs (vegan, gluten free) posted by Jacqui Scoggins of Good Things Grow


The Scramble’s Grilled Portobello Mushroom Fajitas (vegetarian, easy to veganize and/or make gluten free, soy free)


Oh She Glows Our Perfect Veggie Burger (vegan, easy to make gluten free)


Clean Eating Veggie Girl’s Carrot “Hot Dog” (vegan, gluten free, soy free)


Every Day with Rachael Ray’s Spice-Grilled Eggplant, Feta and Spinach Pizzas (vegetarian, soy free)


Ming Tsai’s Grilled Cauliflower Steaks (vegan, gluten free, soy free)


Oh My Veggies Grilled Veggies Bahn Mi Sandwiches (vegan, soy free)


Let us know if you try any of these and if so, how you like them.


What’s your preferred meat-free food to eat at a barbecue? Share your favorite recipes and brand-name products (like packaged veggie burgers) below. Our favorite entry gets an autographed copy of The Smart Girl’s Guide To Going Vegetarian; just be sure to share your email address so we can contact you if you’re the winner (or send us an email at