Memorial Day, which is observed every year on the last Monday in May, has been celebrated since the American Civil War to honor all the men and women who died in military service. Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start of summer vacation and grilling season. It’s time to dust off the grill, get out the lawn chairs and picnic tables, and throw awesome outdoor parties, potlucks, and barbecues. There will be plenty of time for salads all summer long, so let’s celebrate the holiday with delicious, decadent plant-based comfort foods that will knock everyone’s socks off.

Here are 15 delicious comfort food ideas from the Food Monster App for your Memorial Day Weekend celebration!

1. Black Bean Apple Burgers With Caramelized Onion Chipotle BBQ Sauce and Shiitake Bacon

Black Bean Apple Burgers

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Nothing says comfort food more than a burger with the works! These Black Bean Apple Burgers by Jennifer Strohmeyer with sweet and spicy BBQ sauce and smoky shitake bacon have everything you could want in a burger. Check out Tricks for Making Veggie Burgers That Won’t Fall Apart.

2. Balsamic BBQ Seitan and Tempeh Ribs

Balsamic BBQ Seitan and Tempeh Ribs

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These Balsamic BBQ Ribs by Rhea Parsons are indulgent, delicious, and will satisfy your BBQ cravings. Make them with seitan or keep them gluten-free by using tempeh.

3. The Vegan Gutbuster Sandwich – Homemade Vegan Italian Sausage on Baguette

The Vegan Gutbuster Sandwich – Homemade Vegan Italian Sausage on Baguette

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Try this Vegan Gutbuster by Lori Hirsch Stokoe– a vegan version of an Italian classic – sausage with peppers and onions. These bean sausages are also loaded with tomatoes, mushrooms, and vegan mozzarella for a gut-busting sandwich. For grilling tips, see How to Make Vegan Sausages That Will Hold Up On the Grill.

4. Best Ever “Steak” Sandwich on the Planet

Best Ever “Steak” Sandwich on the Planet

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Steak sandwiches may be comfort food but this Best Ever Vegan Steak Sandwich by Miriam Sorrell topped with caramelized onions is the ultimate comfort food. Make it on the grill for even extra flavor.

5. Vegan BBQ Lentil Meatball Sandwich with Sweet Miso Coleslaw

Vegan BBQ Lentil Meatball Sandwich with Sweet Miso Coleslaw

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Barbecue sandwiches and coleslaw go together like summer and cookouts. You can have it all with this amazing BBQ Lentil Meatball Sandwich with Sweet Miso Coleslaw by Marly McMillen Beelman which is a sandwich and side dish in one.

6. Spelt Pizza With Roasted Veggies

Spelt Pizza With Roasted Veggies

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Pizza is everyone’s favorite food and it will really top the chart when it’s topped with sweet, caramelized roasted vegetables like this Spelt Pizza with Roasted Veggies by Akshata Sheelvant. Make both the pizza crust and the veggies on the grill. See How to Grill Tasty Veggies Indoors and Outdoors for all the tips and tricks.

7. Grilled Seitan Kebabs With Creole Coconut Sauce

Grilled Seitan Kebabs With Creole Coconut Sauce

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Food on a stick is always fun and perfect for outdoor summer cookouts. These Grilled Seitan Kebabs With Creole Coconut Sauce by Josephine Watmore are sweet and spicy with a decadent, creamy sauce. Swap seitan for tofu for a gluten-free version like these Tofu Vegetable Kebabs with Peanut Sauce. Not sure about how to cook kebabs? 5 Tips for Amazing Summer Skewered Food has all the help you’ll need.

8. Cashew Mac and Cheese Bread Bowl

Cashew Mac and Cheese Bread Bowl

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We can’t talk about comfort food without including mac and cheese. This Cashew Mac and Cheese Bread Bowl recipe by Bridge Rose is made with cashews and served in individual bread bowls for the ultimate experience. What’s better than a bowl you can eat?

9. Portobello Mushroom Steaks

Portobello Mushroom Steaks

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Fire up the grill to cook thick, juicy steaks – Portobello Mushroom Steaks by Kathleen Henry, that is. These are made with onions, balsamic vinegar, herbs, and spices for maximum flavor.

10. Grilled Buffalo Tofu Po’Boy with Apple Slaw

Grilled Buffalo Tofu Po'Boy with Apple Slaw

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Grilled tofu? Check. Buffalo sauce? Check. Creamy and crunchy apple slaw? Check. This Buffalo Tofu Po’Boy with Apple Slaw by Zsu Dever is the trifecta of sandwiches!

11. Creamy Avocado Pasta Salad

Creamy Avocado Pasta Salad

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Whoever said salads aren’t indulgent never had this Creamy Avocado Pasta Salad by Rebecca Jacobs made with avocados and coconut milk. They don’t know what they’re missing!

12. Ina Garten’s Potato Salad Veganized

Ina Garten’s Potato Salad Veganized

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Potato salad is a summer cookout classic. Here tradition gets a twist when the mayo is swapped out with a creamy dairy-free cashew dressing to make Ina Garten’s Potato Salad Veganized by Koko Brill.

13. Grilled Avocado with Roasted Tomatoes

Grilled Avocado with Roasted Tomatoes

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Anyone can grill corn on the cob. Step out of the box and make Grilled Avocado with Roasted Tomatoes by Carri Pattison, corn, and spicy jalapenos instead. A show-stopper!

14. Strawberry Shortcakes with a Coconut Whipped Cream Topping

Strawberry Shortcakes with a Coconut Whipped Cream Topping

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The best desserts are the ones that are mini-sized but big on flavor like these adorable Strawberry Shortcakes with Coconut Whipped Cream by Spork Foods. For an added flavor burst, throw the cakes on the grill just long enough to get some grill marks on them.

15. Creamy Coconut Mango Pops (With a Boozy Version)

Creamy Coconut Mango Pops (With a Boozy Version)

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All that grilling is bound to make people hot. Cool off with these refreshing, super-decadent, and dairy-free Creamy Coconut Mango Popsicles by Dora Daily that are coated with both a chocolate shell and coconut!

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