The sun is shining, the temperatures are warming, and you’re feeling that itch to get outside! While we may be in “shelter-in-place” mode this summer, that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy some of our favorite summer activities. From your local and national parks to hiking to camping, as long as we respect our state and city lockdown guidelines — six-foot social distancing and no groups! — then summer will be filled with plentiful amounts of outdoor time.

And, of course, you can’t go through summer without a few good barbecue sessions!

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For those that don’t have an outdoor space at home, check out your local park for open picnic areas — always remembering to check-in with lockdown rules and regulations first regarding these public spaces.

Once you find your ultimate grilling locale, it’s time to stock up on those plant-based, vegan, healthy, barbecue-friendly foods!

Alright, I admit that “healthy” and “plant-based” doesn’t sound like the exact dream barbecue meal. Usually, we think about meat products slathered in sugar-rich barbecue sauces. Yet, with the world turned somewhat upside down right now, what about taking healthy barbecuing for a spin? Is it not the perfect time to try something new?

Healthy barbecuing doesn’t mean you’ll be grilling up veggies all summer, — even though they are quite delectable — but maybe this is the year to break from the norm and give plant-based meats and vegan cheeses a try?

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Plus, the options are limitless!

From highly acclaimed Beyond Meat to traditional Gardein and Tofurky to some of the creamiest, easy-melting cheese slices you’ll taste, here are a few vegan, plant-based, barbeque food items to get you started down an Earth-friendly, environmentally-sustainable, and healthy summer!

1. Beyond Meat Beyond Burger

Beyond Meat Beyond Burger/Amazon.com

If you haven’t given Beyond Meat a try, this summer is definitely the time to stretch your legs and dig in! One of the most popular of the plant-based meat options, Beyond Meat is now being served at a slew of chain restaurants across the country. This Beyond Meat Beyond Burger is perfect for the grill and made with simple plant-based, non-GMO, soy-free, gluten-free ingredients. Plus, you’ll get a healthy 20-gram dose of protein with 35 percent less fat! An 8-ounce package costs $4.49.

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NYCGIRL says “Let me start by saying I’m not vegan, I’m not even vegetarian though I will throughout the year start phasing meat out of my diet for a few months. I’ve tried almost every meatless burger in the market and for various reasons, was never satisfied..until I tried the Beyond Burger at Wholefoods “burger station.” It basically looks and tastes closest to a medium cooked beef burger. My mouth was pleasantly surprised and my taste buds were tricked into thinking it was eating a beef burger. I ate the entire thing before running all over the store in search of it to buy a few packages to make at home.”

2. Whole Foods 365 Everyday Value Non-Dairy Cheddar Cheese Slices

 

Whole Foods 365 Everyday Value Non-Dairy Cheddar Cheese Slices/Amazon.com

You can’t really have a burger with a big old slice of melty cheese on top! Instead of going dairy, try these Whole Foods 365 Everyday Value Non-Dairy Cheddar Cheese Slices, which can be delivered using Amazon. This cheese is 100 percent vegan certified, dairy-free, soy-free, and non-GMO certified. 365 Everyday Value promises that it will melt and stretch just like dairy-based cheese, yet without all that additional hormones, antibiotics, and saturated fat. A 7-ounce package costs $3.99.

Pookie Bear says “Not being able to have dairy or wheat, I can’t tell you what a treat this is to occasionally have a grilled cheese on keto bread, or use seitz tortillas, (my favorite is chickpea) to make quesadillas or tacos. There are many alternative cheeses in market, but this one is as close to that grilled cheese American cheese flavor you can get. It does say in the flavorings that there could be less than 2 % wheat. Not sure why, possibly machines or some natural flavoring. It’s so hard to get rid of gluten. But, I do not tolerate gluten or wheat at all, and I found this to not hurt my stomach and taste is just WOW off the chart good.”

3. Tofurky Gourmet Italian Sausages

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Maybe you’re not a burger person, but enjoy a tasty hot dog or sausage straight from the grill? In that case, go traditional with these Tofurky Gourmet Italian Sausages! These sausages are 100 percent vegan, use non-GMO ingredients, and are infused with traditional Italian flavorings including sun-dried tomatoes and basil. Plus, they’ve been tried and tested on the grill and are approved for your barbequing desires. A 14-ounce package costs $4.99.

S. Carter says “I love my tofurkey. A lot of protein that make a great addition to almost any dish. I mix a half a sausage with some egg whites every morning to make a great high protein omelette. They are high in salt, so don’t eat too many at one time.”

4. Maldon Salt Smoked Sea Salt Flakes

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Something that everyone forgets to put on the table for a good barbeque flavoring is some salt! Instead of going traditional sea salt, why not try something with a bit more flavor and pizzaz, such as these Maldon Salt Smoked Sea Salt Flakes? This salt has been infused via English Oak — sustainable and renewable — smoking with a natural, non-overpowering, subtly smoky flavor. Along with grilling veggies and plant-based meats, this salt is also recommended for that barbeque-friendly Margarita or Bloody Mary. Plus, this salt is 100 percent natural with no additives. A 4.4-ounce package costs $6.29.

SMART SHOPPER says “I tried the regular Maldon sea salt and I liked that so much I decided to try the ‘smoked’ Maldon. Both salts are wonderful in flavor & texture. The smoked type isn’t overwhelmingly or overpoweringly smoky, but is nicely & subtly smoky. I sprinkle it onto raw avocado or on anything that I think a smoked salt would compliment. Soon I’m looking forward to making a recipe for cured ‘Gravlax’ using smoked Maldon salt, in order to simulate the flavor of ‘smoked salmon’ without actually having to ‘smoke’ the salmon! If you aren’t aware of what Gravlax is, it’s basically the same as ‘smoked salmon’ {the ‘lox’ you would put on a bagel and cream cheese especially if you are from the East Coast NYC area}, the difference is that Gravlax is not smoked, it’s just cured in salt, sugar & herbs. So I plan to use this smoked salt to make my recipe for Gravlax taste more like a smoked salmon type of lox.”

5. Beyond Meat Beyond Sausage Brat Original

Beyond Meat Beyond Sausage Brat Original/Amazon.com

Another Beyond Meat staple for your vegan barbequing adventures this summer! This Beyond Meat Beyond Sausage Brat Original is similarly made with simple plant-based, non-GMO ingredients and excludes allergens such as soy and gluten. Plus, you’ll still get a healthy dose of protein — 14 grams! — with less saturated fat than meat-based sausage. A 14-ounce package costs $7.64.

Kwan L. Lowe says “So, disclaimers: I love a good steak. I love a good prime rib. I love running down to the Argentinian restaurant and grabbing a churrasco skirt steak, medium, with chimichurri sauce. On weekends I enjoy grilling a few Italian sausages in the broiler and having them with a couple of fried eggs and some sausage gravy. My doctor said I have to stop that. I bought these with the expectation that they would take like a bean patty (I wouldn’t think to call them a burger) with bean gravy and bean flavoring. But I was happily surprised to find that they taste quite good. They do NOT taste exactly the same as meat, but they are tasty to the point that it’s not a chore to eat them as it was for those bean patties. The texture is good. Taste is good. Not meat, but absolutely not bad. I will continue to eat meat, but glad that these are a tasty option.”

6. Gardein Beefless Ultimate Burger

Gardein Beefless Ultimate Burger/Amazon.com

Next to Tofurky, Gardein has been a vegan-friendly, trusted staple for many years! This Gardein Beefless Ultimate Burger is a great vegan-friendly option to try out this summer. With 70 percent less fat than beef burgers, this plant-based pattie also offers up a great source of protein — 16 grams! — by combining staples such as soy, wheat, and veggies. Guaranteed to make your mouth water, a 12-ounce package costs $4.79.

Amazon Customer says “Tastes like a flame broiler burger! Fantastic taste!! I wouldn’t have known the difference honestly, if I wasn’t told. Dress it like you would any other burger – I did mine in a lettuce wrap with dairy-free cheese and other dressing and sweet potato fries. Really, really yummy meal.”

7. True Made Foods No Added Sugar Vegetable Ketchup Squeeze

True Made Foods No Added Sugar Vegetable Ketchup Squeeze/Amazon.com

It’s always on the table. Maybe you’re tempted. With that said, you probably know that most ketchup is pretty much just sugar sauce. Luckily, there’s a niche created for low sugar, vegan-friendly ketchup! This True Made Foods No Added Sugar Vegetable Ketchup Squeeze has zero added sugar. Given that True Made Foods is on a mission to create the healthiest ketchup on the market, they also created this delightful concoction with 50 percent less sugar than regular ketchup. On top of that, this ketchup alternative is gluten-free, vegan-friendly, certified by the Paleo Foundation, and was made with non-GMO ingredients. A 17-ounce bottle costs $5.99.

Tiffany says “This stuff is so good. I saw the company founders on tv and immediately looked up the product. I am so pleased! I actually don’t like regular ketchup, but this stuff is good. And my little ones have no idea that I switched out the sugary junk for a vegetable one. They love it! I have already bought some more for friends to try. We are all trying to eat paleo/clean. This definitely helps!”

8. 365 Everyday Value Organic Vegan Memphis Madness Barbecue Sauce

365 Everyday Value Organic Vegan Memphis Madness Barbecue Sauce/Amazon.com

While ketchup is an American staple, barbeque sauce truly makes or breaks a grilled meal! This 365 Everyday Value Organic Vegan Memphis Madness Barbecue Sauce is an all-around great sauce to use on any grilled item you desire, from veggies to quesadillas to plant-based patties and sausages. This sauce is fat-free, certified organic, and certified vegan! An 18-ounce bottle costs $3.99.

Wharris says “Delicious! Great taste with a bit of a tang. Our new favorite BBQ sauce.”

9. Miyokos Creamery Cultured Pepper Jack Style Slices

Miyokos Creamery Cultured Pepper Jack Style Slices/Amazon.com

If you’re looking for trustworthy, high-quality, delicious plant-based cheese, go no further than Miyoko’s Creamery brand! When it comes to Miyoko’s, they focus on the artistry, integrity, ethics, and conviviality of creating a vegan cheese. Their motto is “phenomenally vegan” and it shows in all of their products. This summer, try these Miyokos Creamery Cultured Pepper Jack Style Slices on your plant-based burger. An 8-ounce package costs $5.99.

Mikko says “Miyokos makes the best cheese. period. Everything from this company is top quality that brings cheesemaking to the next level. Everything from raw materials to the process is thought through to make the best tasting plant-based cheese and it shows.”

10. Whole Foods Market 365 Meatless Plant-Based Burgers

 

Whole Foods Market 365 Meatless Plant-Based Burgers/Amazon.com

These Whole Foods Market 365 Meatless Plant-Based Burgers promise a high-quality, flavorful, umami-filled plant-based patty! These patties are infused with a hint of smokiness and 10-grams of protein all while being cholesterol-free, vegan, certified kosher, and non-GMO certified. These hardy burgers will have you satisfied all summer long! A 10-ounce, 4-pattie package costs $3.99.

Keighyla says “hands down my favorite plant-based burger! Not only are they smokey but they’re juicy too! I love these and they’re so affordable, bravo 👏”

11. New Grains Gluten-Free Vegan Hamburger Buns

New Grains Gluten-Free Vegan Hamburger Buns/Amazon.com

What’s a burger without a bun? These New Grains Gluten-Free Vegan Hamburger Buns hit all the marks you’re looking for! They’re vegan and gluten-free, — made in a 100 percent gluten-free facility — but also take into account nasty allergens and are egg-free, wheat-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and peanut-free. This multigrain bun promises to be solid, fluffy, and won’t crumble like most gluten-free bread products! Plus, it’s packed full of healthy ingredients such as oat flour, golden flaxseed, and psyllium husk powder. A 2-pack costs $11.00.

Rachel E. says “When on the search for allergy-free foods-wheat, eggs, and milk I ran across this hamburger bun. We have tried other bread and not very impressed with them but the hamburger bun is a must-have. It is slightly dense, with just the right thickness but not so much as to that is all you taste when you put your hamburger or lunch meat on them. The company is a great company. They are really compassionate about there product. I have reordered these from the direct website which works well also. Like my daughter says, a hamburger is not a hamburger without the bun.”

12. True Made Foods Low Sugar Vegetable BBQ Sauce

True Made Foods Low Sugar Vegetable BBQ Sauce/Amazon.com

Looking for a barbeque sauce that doesn’t load your blood sugar? This True Made Foods Low Sugar Vegetable BBQ Sauce has all the goods without the sugar content! True Made Foods made sure to nix the horribly unhealthy corn syrup and instead uses spinach, carrots, and sweet butternut squash. This barbeque sauce has 50 percent less sugar than leading brands, is paleo-friendly, and non-GMO! An 18-ounce bottle costs $4.99.

Melissa B. says “We were looking for a barbecue sauce that wasn’t watered down and doesn’t have HFCS – High Fructose Corn Syrup, which is implicated in things like diabetes. This is one of the good ones. We bought 3 different ones that I found, here on Amazon, and are using this one now. In almost all supermarket BBQ sauce, the first ingredient is HFCS. Read them and see for yourself. And many of them are watered down, with tomatoes being far down the list. Tomato is at the top and this one even has some other interesting veggies in it too. The taste reminds me of V8. I like it! This is thick, unwatered, and good sauce!”

13. Chosen Foods Vegan Avocado Oil Mayo

Chosen Foods Vegan Avocado Oil Mayo/Amazon.com

Along with ketchup, salt, and barbeque sauce, no grilling experience is complete with a good jar of mayonnaise! This Chosen Foods Vegan Avocado Oil Mayo is a truly unique blend of vegan ingredients including avocado oil, aquafaba, — made from garbanzo beans — faba bean protein, organic vinegar, organic sugar, and organic mustard. Promising to be super creamy and delicious, this mayo is also free of allergens and unhealthy ingredients such as egg, gluten, soy, and canola oil and also happens to be non-GMO Project certified! A 12-ounce bottle costs $8.49.

Amazoner says “Tastes great – I am in love with this stuff right now. I have been using it as a replacement for dip, salad dressing and of course, mayonnaise. It is not as thick as regular mayo. It is more the consistency of salad dressing. It has a tangy flavor if you taste it out of the jar, but when you put it on food, it kind of combines with the flavor of the food and has a nice mellow flavor.”

14. Native Forest Organic Young Jackfruit

Native Forest Organic Young Jackfruit/Amazon.com

Lots of plant-based meat options are quite right for some classic summer barbeque meals such as tacos, quesadillas, and sloppy joes! For these delightful meals, try this Native Forest Organic Young Jackfruit! This jackfruit is grown in organic orchards in Sri Lanka. It’s organic, vegan, and free of soy and gluten. If you’ve never tried jackfruit before, start with Native Forest! A 14-ounce can costs $3.29.

Skin2spirit says “This stuff is great for making vegan pulled “pork” sandwiches and tacos! I bake it in the oven with the sauce on a baking tray to reduce some of the liquid so that the consistency is more like meat.”

15. Hilary’s Organic World’s Best Veggie Burger

Hilary’s Organic World’s Best Veggie Burger/Amazon.com

What happened to the classic veggie burger? This Hilary’s Organic World’s Best Veggie Burger is as traditional as you can get! Hilary’s products are certified organic and made from a mixture of plant-based ingredients such as whole grain millet, sweet potato, and leafy greens! On top of that, Hilary’s uses ground flaxseed for that extra dietary fiber and an assortment of dried flavorings such as onion, garlic, and sea salt for a tasty, juicy patty. A 6.4-ounce, 2-pack box costs $2.99.

DD says “LOVE these. Great flavor. Wish there were 4 or 6 in the box. Tastes so good it’s. addictive. If you want to see veggie in your veggie burger, or you want your veggie burger to taste like beef, you will be disappointed. If you have lots of food allergies this is for you! Gluten free, Dairy free but tasty!”

We also highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 15,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!

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