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Vegan Cookout Basics

The following article was written by Keegan Baur.

Most vegans I know absolutely adore food, regardless of the season, meal, or time of day. This means that we get pretty excited whenever there’s a reason to plan, shop, and cook for celebratory occasions with family and friends. Now that summer is officially here, I’m geared up for the season’s impending barbecues and cookouts, and I’d like to share with you some of the foods that I can’t wait to feast on!

Veggie burgers and hotdogs

No barbecue would be complete without a veggie burger or veggie dog, right? (I prefer the former, while my beau prefers the latter.) As previously shared with ya’ll, my personal favorite veggie burger is Amy’s All American Burger topped with hummus, avocado, and a few thin slices of cucumber. However, there are countless different brands of vegan burgers to try, including Boca, Gardein, Gardenburger, and Morningstar Farms. If store-bought ain’t your thang, you can also make your own patties!

Pasta salad

I haven’t yet tried Ashley’s “Spring Into Summer” Pasta Salad (I know, I know—I’ve been totally slacking), but it sounds just as easy to make as I’m sure it is hearty and satisfying to eat. I’m bound to use red peppers, onions, mushrooms, broccoli, and tomatoes in my version of this dish, but you can add any veggie that your heart desires.

Corn on the cob

Corn on the cob is a staple of any cookout. Again, it’s simple to make (I don’t know about you, but simplicity is key for me when I’m preparing food for large get-togethers), and everyone agrees that it’s delicious. For a little extra flavor, try our Grilled Garlic-Herb Corn

Watermelon (And watermelon Mojito popsicles?!)


Mmm, watermelon is refreshing and light and says “Summer!” like no other fruit. I get especially excited when this treat is served in its very own watermelon basket. For an “adult” twist on the typical watermelon snack, consider serving these Watermelon Mojito Popsicles. (Perhaps you should also bring a virgin version to keep the kids at bay—and make sure you remember which is which!)


In July, August, and September, nothing makes me happier than s’mores. I make mine with vegan marshmallows from Sweet & Sara. The sticky, gooey, chocolate mess created by these heavenly little sandwiches always brings me back to my childhood. However, this year I’m considering classing it up with PETA’s Mini S’mores Pies instead. Or I just might make both!

These are some of the dishes that I’m excited to partake of in this season. If you’re looking for more ideas on what to serve at your own cookout, peruse our red-hot grilling recipes. And don’t forget our tips on how to enjoy a nonvegan barbecue!

What vegan treats will you enjoy this summer?

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  • Lily says:

    I’m loving all these terrific ideas, cannot wait to try them 🙂 thank you!!

  • Barb says:

    Emily, many/most dark chocolates are vegan (cocoa is a plant)- just look at the labels. They’re readily available in natural food stores or places with good quality chocolate. I still adore chocolate now that I’m vegan 🙂

    Kathee, if you Google “Vegan Cookout Recipes” you’ll find lost of recipe blogs and articles with whole food delicious recipes to explore! 🙂

  • Ashley-P says:

    Emily – many chocolates are vegan. Just check the label!

  • Emily says:

    S’mores have chocolate, which is definately not vegan. I’m sure you use something else, but how about you actually tell us what it is? You know, since this is supposed to an article about how to have a vegan cookout….

  • Jane28184 says:

    This is so unbelievably awesome! Food! For people that don’t eat meat! I’m so excited I could cook a real hamburger to celebrate it!

  • kathee says:

    ugh. i totally hoped for a great article here, but alas, youve only afforded me with veggie burgers and veggie dogs. lame. this is how you get people to be vegetarian? gross. you can have a or b, or nothing. great.

  • Shannon says:

    Are you sure that Morningstar/Gardenburgers are vegan?