Barbecues are always a good time. You’re outside in the sun, surrounded by good friends, and of course, there is an abundance of good food. Hosting your own barbecue is particularly fun. And since there are so many different types of barbecue goodies, there’s always plenty to eat no matter what you or your guests’ dietary preferences are. Let’s say, for this barbecue, you are trying to avoid buying products with meat, dairy, and eggs, for instance. Thanks to the growth of meat and dairy alternatives, finding yummy and healthy options for a meatless barbecue is not only super easy, it’s fun!
And there are plenty of creamy condiments, decadent sides, and tasty sauces for all of your grilling needs too. Check out these 15 essentials that will make your barbecue this summer a hit!
1. Gardein’s Ultimate Beefless Burger
Deciding to have a meatless barbecue doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy burgers! Gardein’s Beefless Burger is made primarily of soy protein, has 15 grams of protein, and is seasoned with garlic, onions, and natural smoke flavor. This burger would blend in perfectly with meat on a grill! We recommend serving this with the traditional lettuce, tomato, red onion, ketchup combo, and some Amazon users even suggest using hickory wood chips to really enhance the flavor. One thing’s for sure, with this eight-pack, there’s no chance you’ll run out of burgers mid-barbecue! And they’re just $7 a bag!
2. Daiya Cheddar Slices
If you feel like amping up your burger game a bit, Daiya Cheddar Slices are the perfect addition. And for $6 a pack, it’s one that won’t break the bank. These slices melt, stretch, and ooze, just like regular cheddar and apparently, they make “perfect grilled cheese sandwiches every time.” They’re also free of soy, casein, cholesterol, gluten, and soy. So go ahead, layer two on your patty!
3. Hampton Creek Just Mayo
Everyone knows that a good barbecue is half dependent on the sides and condiments. After all, what is a burger without a dollop of mustard or vegan mayonnaise, and a potato salad is simply not the same without the creaminess made possible by mayo. Hampton Creek Just Mayo is an eggless and dairy-free spread made primarily from canola oil, water, and white wine vinegar. You can use this mayo for burgers, vegan chicken patties, or as a dip for fries. It’s free of gluten and soy, and reviewers are saying this spread tastes great “if not even better than real mayonnaise!” Oh, and don’t be thrown off by the $11 price tag either, this 30-ounce container will last you a while!
4. Native Forest Young Jackfruit
While not as popular as the hamburger or the hot dog, pulled pork sandwiches can be found at some barbecues. And thanks to Native Forest Young Jackfruit, a staple in Asian and Indian cuisine, it’s possible to emulate the texture of this meat. Simply layer on the marinades and seasoning and your jackfruit will have a smokey goodness to it that will taste strikingly similar to the meaty original. Admittedly, jackfruit isn’t known for its high protein content (it has four grams of protein per cup) but this fruit is undeniably low in calories and high in fiber. Plus, there’s no soy or gluten in this meat alternative! At $3.00 a can, we’d say these are definitely worth stocking up on.
5. Annie’s Vegan Worcestershire Sauce
Creating realistically meaty dishes without using actual meat usually boils down to the types of marinades and sauces you use. Annie’s Vegan Worcestershire Sauce is a great one to have on hand, especially at just $6 a bottle. It’s made from a mixture of water, apple cider vinegar, molasses, soy sauce, and a mixture of spices. Some are even saying you won’t be able to tell the difference from the original! Make a delicious bourbon sauce and slather your veggie sausages for an authentic barbecue flavor.
6. Hillary’s Root Veggie Burgers
Hillary’s Root Veggie Burgers are perfect for any of your guests who, in addition to meat and dairy, are looking to cut soy out of their diets. They’re made from millet grains and, as you would assume, a bunch of root veggies, including: turnips, beets, and sweet potatoes. This 12-pack comes out to about $5 a bag and the patties are also nut-free, gluten-free, and corn-free. Hillary’s burgers are the ideal patty if you’re having people with several different diet preferences over.
7. Follow Your Heart Egg-Replacement
To provide guests who want a lighter option, like an egg salad sandwich, Follow Your Heart’s Egg Replacer is a must! It’s a 100 percent plant-based, gluten, and soy free alternative, that scrambles and binds just like traditional eggs. Made primarily from algae protein and flour, and with an affordable price tag of $7, this is an alternative you can feel good about. And considering it’s the #1 best seller on Amazon’s egg replacement category, we’d say the chances you’ll enjoy this alternative are pretty high.
8. Daiya Cheezy Mac and Cheeze
And while your guests are waiting for all of the grilled goodies to finish cooking, what better dish to have out then some creamy mac and cheese? Daiya Cheddar-Style Mac and Cheeze is deliciously cheesy and melty without the need for dairy, soy, gluten, or casein. Enjoy it on its own or add some broccoli and zucchini to spice it up! And since this eight-pack bulk option comes out to a little over $5 a package, we’d call this one a good deal.
9. Sweet Earth Natural Foods Hickory Sage Veggie Smoked Seitan Bacon
A lot of the smokey aroma that wafts into the air from barbecues comes from bacon. Well, don’t worry, friends, you can get that same smokey goodness with Sweet Earth Hickory and Sage Smoked Bacon! With 10 grams of protein per serving and zero cholesterol, you can eat this seitan-based bacon guilt free. And at $6 a package, that’s money well spent!
10. Beyond Meat Chicken Strips
Similarly to the company’s Beast Veggie Burger, Beyond Meat Chicken Strips, combine soy and pea protein to create a remarkably realistic meat alternative. These strips are formulated to cook, crisp, and taste like grilled chicken (char marks and all). Whether they succeed at that endeavor or not is something you’ll have to try out for yourself (but Amazon users who purchased sure do seem to like them). Plus with 20 grams of protein per serving, these babies sure do pack the protein like meat! Grill ’em right alongside all of your other meat alternative favorites. Each package comes in at a little over $6.
11. Follow Your Heart Honey Mustard Salad Dressing
When it comes to planning a meatless barbecue, salads may seem like the no-brainer portion of the meal. However, what people often overlook are salad dressings! While olive oil, a squeeze of lemon, and a bit of salt certainly suffice, if you want to provide something unexpected, consider investing in this $35 six-pack of Follow Your Heart Honey Mustard Salad Dressing! Made with maple syrup and a delicate balance of mustard, vinegar, and pepper, this dressing can be used to dress up sandwiches or as one reviewer put it, “make a bland salad superb.”
12. Mary’s Gone Crackers Chocolate Chip Cookies
For a dessert that won’t melt in the sun during your barbecue, Mary’s Gone Crackers Chocolate Chip Cookies are a great choice. On top of having an “A+ taste”, these cookies are made with gluten-free flours and contain 70 percent dark chocolate chips. Yum! And with this six-pack bulk purchase, each box costs just $4. You’ll have plenty for the party and maybe even some for after!
13. Yves Veggie Dogs
Hot dogs are a barbecue staple. And Yves Veggie Dogs are one darn good veg-friendly option. Some even say these veggie sausages, made from a mixture of soy protein and vital wheat gluten, are the best on the market! These can be pan seared lightly or just throw them on the grill with the rest of your barbecue goodies until they reach crispy perfection. Right now, they’re only available for bulk purchase, so you might want to taste them elsewhere before dropping a hundred on this 12-pack.
14. Pickled Planet Sauerkraut
Speaking of hot dogs, you’re going to want to supply plenty of hot dog fixings for your guests. Ketchup and mustard are good standards, but if you want to go above and beyond, we suggest relish, onions, and Pickled Planet Sauerkraut. This tangy, fermented cabbage is deeelish! Since this is an artisan product made in small batches the $18 price tag is a bit heftier than other options you might find, but Amazon users seem to all agree this one is definitely worth a try, especially since it has gut-taming probiotics!
15. Annie’s Sweet and Spicy BBQ Sauce
And what would a barbecue feature be without some excellent barbecue sauce? Annie’s Sweet and Spicy BBQ Sauce is the perfect accompaniment to burgers, ground “beef” crumbles, grilled vegetables, or can be used a dip for fries! The tangy tomatoes combined with natural liquid smoke and cayenne pepper is the perfect blend of savory and sweet with a kick of spice.
And of course, if you feel like having a barbecue with a homemade spread there are tons of delicious dishes you can whip up! There are tons of veggie burgers, healthy fries, salads, and sides, that we guarantee your guests will love!
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