Vegan Recipes For The Barbecue

These recipes will delight you and/or your vegan friends. For the Memorial Day weekend, many will be barbecuing. We know the barbecue grill is practically synonymous with meat, but vegans like to celebrate too! Your can make these fabulous dishes ahead of time. Or as you’ll see the Black Bean Burger can be adapted to the grill. The following recipes will equally delight at the beach or picnic. If you are trying to enjoy more plant-based meals, give these super delicious dishes a try.

Grilled Asparagus and Blackberries

4 wooden skewers soaked in water
1½ pounds fresh asparagus
1 pint of blackberries
2 tablespoons sliced almonds
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
A drizzle of olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste


1) Preheat the gas grill to high and wash the asparagus and blackberries. Skewer
the blackberries on a wooden skewer, approximately 3-4 berries per skewer.
2) Place the asparagus and blackberry skewers in a roasting pan and toss in
vegetable oil. Place the spears of asparagus on the grill and sear until tender, flip
as necessary.
3) About half way through cooking the asparagus add the blackberry skewers to
the grill, flipping once as needed.
4) Add the almonds to a dry saute pan and place on the grill. Toss the almonds as
needed until golden brown.
5) Plate the asparagus topped with a blackberry skewer. Add the toasted almonds
and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.— Scott Lakeram

Black Bean Burger

2 Tbsp. olive oil
½ cup diced red onion
½ cup diced bell pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
½ cup bread crumbs
1 jalapeño, minced
½ cup flour
½ cup corn
2 cups canned/cooked black beans
½ teaspoon cumin
2 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon salt


1) Place 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Sauté the onion, bell pepper, garlic, and jalapeño for 4 to 5 minutes and remove from heat, set aside.

2) In a mixing bowl mash the black beans, then add the corn, sautéed vegetables, and bread crumbs. Season with cumin, cilantro and salt and mix well.

3) Shape into 6 patties and coat each patty in flour. Wrap each patty in foil and place them on the grill. Or you can just pan-fry them without the foil over medium-high heat and an added tablespoon of oil. Cook each patty for about 5 minutes on each side or until lightly browned.

— Scott Lakeram

Spicy Buffalo “Wings”

1 head of cauliflower, chopped into pieces
1 cup almond (or rice, soy) milk
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 cup buffalo/hot sauce
1 cup flour
1 tablespoon vegetable oil or melted vegan butter


1) Preheat the oven to 450°F.
2) Combine almond/rice/soy milk, flour, and garlic powder in a bowl
and stir until well mixed.
3) Coat each piece of cauliflower with flour mixture and place in a
shallow baking dish. Bake for 18 minutes.
4) Combine buffalo/hot sauce and olive oil in a small bowl. Pour the
hot sauce mixture over the baked cauliflower and bake for an
additional 5 to 8 minutes.
5) Serve with vegan blue cheese dressing and celery sticks.
— Scott Lakeram

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