Published on June 22, 2019

For many years, I’ve been the sole vegetarian at the barbecue. It’s a tricky position to be in. For one, it can make your hosts feel guilty or uncomfortable that they didn’t think to buy anything beyond burgers and hot dogs. It can also make you feel guilty for causing an inconvenience. And then, of course, there’s the hunger when coleslaw and corn on the cob just don’t fill you up. But all of these feelings are preventable when you have a few choice vegetarian (or even vegan!) barbecue recipes in your repertoire. Your rare-burger-loving friends might just appreciate them, too.

Read on for 13 recipes that will guarantee everyone at your cookout leaves with a smile on their face—and a full stomach, too.

The Main Course

Chipotle Black Bean Burgers

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courtesy of evergreen kitchen

From-the-box veggie burgers might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but Evergreen Kitchen’s homemade black bean version is a surefire crowd-pleaser. You’ll need to pull out the food processor to perfect the texture, but the effort is well worth it. Be generous with the chipotle mayo.

Portobello Steaks With Avocado Chimichurri

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courtesy of minimalist baker

You could easily throw some portobello caps on the grill, but Minimalist Baker proves that a little extra prep (in the form of a smoky, garlicky balsamic marinade) goes a long way.

Roasted Garlic Chipotle Cheddar Sweet Potato Burgers With Avocado Ranch

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courtesy of half baked harvest

These sweet potato burgers by Half Baked Harvest have a delicious secret: They’re filled with a hearty sprinkle of grated Cheddar cheese. Refreshing avocado ranch (made with Greek yogurt) tops them off.

The Make-Ahead Sides

Easy Cauliflower Potato Salad

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courtesy of root and revel

Root and Revel’s Paleo potato salad sneaks in an extra serving of vegetables with the help of cauliflower. The addition of both capers and cornichons gives this recipe a delightfully sour twist.

Grilled Corn and Zucchini Salad With Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette

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courtesy of minimalist baker

Corn on the cob isn’t your only option. Minimalist Baker pairs grilled corn with zucchini, crispy chickpeas, and a light dressing for a salad you’ll actually be excited to fill your plate with.

Indian Spiced Smashed Potato Salad

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courtesy of playful cooking

Not all potato salads need to be tangy and mayonnaise-heavy. Playful Cooking’s Indian-spiced take on the cookout staple is perfectly crispy and seasoned to perfection with cumin and coriander.

Simple Healthy Slaw

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courtesy of cookie and kate

Consider swapping your usual coleslaw for Cookie and Kate’s vegan version. Mixed seeds (like pepitas) give it a satisfying crunch.

The Best Herby Potato Salad

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courtesy of half baked harvest

If you want to make the most of your herb garden, look to this Half Baked Harvest recipe. The potato salad is brightened with plenty of dill and basil, and that’s not even the best part—it’s completely vegan, too.

Vegan Pesto Pasta Salad

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courtesy of eating bird food

While mayo-rich macaroni salad may be a barbecue mainstay, this easy pasta salad is one even the pickiest of eaters will love. Eating Bird Food’s recipe features a homemade walnut pesto that comes together in mere minutes.

The Grilled Sides

Grilled Corn With Sweet and Spicy Mustard Compound Butter

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courtesy of how sweet eats

Yes, you can simply serve your grilled corn with a generous pat of butter. But How Sweet Eats makes a very compelling case for going the extra mile with an über-flavorful compound butter. This one is made with blue cheese, basil, sweet mustard, and a few other add-ins.

Grilled Watermelon With Smoke Salt and Jalapeño Rings

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courtesy of boulder locavore

Ever thrown some fruit on the grill? Now’s your chance. This simple watermelon side by Boulder Locavore can be made in under 10 minutes—don’t be surprised if guests demand another round.

Easy Grilled Veggie Skewers

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courtesy of the forked spoon

Veggie skewers are a classic vegetarian-friendly barbecue dish for a reason. The Forked Spoon’s advice for skewers that turn out great every time: Not every vegetable cooks at the same pace, so be careful what you pair!

Grilled Cinnamon Pineapple

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courtesy of cook republic

To further satisfy each and every sweet tooth, make Cook Republic’s easy pineapple skewers. They can work as a side dish, but if you want to serve as dessert, pair them with ice cream.

See more summer recipes:
16 No-Bake Dessert Recipes for Hot Summer Nights
10 Winning Recipes to Bring to a Summer BBQ
The Japanese Egg Salad Sandwich That’s Taken Over Instagram, Explained

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