Independence Day should mean freedom for animals, too. This Fourth of July, invite your friends and family over to show them just how delicious vegan cookin’ can be. You’ll be sure to please any crowd with these vegan barbecue recipes that are made without meat, eggs, dairy, or any other ingredients that harm animals.

Here are our picks for a scrumptious vegan Fourth of July barbecue feast:

BBQ ‘Ribs’ to Die For (That No One Had to Die For)

That’s right—you can make finger-licking-good smothered ribs without harming smart, cuddly pigs.

Creamy Dill Potato Salad

A classic potato salad is a barbecue staple, and this super-creamy one is made with vegan mayo, which doesn’t contain chicken’s eggs.

NFL Network Host Erin Coscarelli’s Coleslaw

This lightened-up coleslaw recipe gets its creaminess from either dairy-free vegan sour cream or healthy hummus.

Photo by Erin Coscarelli

4th of July Vegan Flag Cake with Coconut Whip & Berries

A flag cake made with fresh berries and coconut whipped cream is a simple yet show-stopping Fourth of July dessert.

BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches with Avocado Slaw

Walk into a barbecue with these sandwiches and you’ll be everybody’s new best friend.

Classic Pasta Salad

The words “refreshing” and “filling” rarely go together when describing food, but they’re both perfect for this summery pasta salad.

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Vegan Mexican Street Corn in Grilled Avocado Boats

This might be the perfect food. Total swoon.

Mint Watermelonade

As the summer heats up, it’s fun to hydrate with beverages other than water.

Ultimate Sriracha Veggie Burger

These burgers are made from a mix of black beans and mushrooms. Plus, Sriracha makes everything better.

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Vegan Hot Dogs Done Four Ways

These hot-dog recipes include a vegan Totcho Dog (that’s tater tots and nacho cheese), a Mac and Cheese Dog, a Tex-Mex Dog, and a French Onion Dog.

7-Ingredient Vegan Key Lime Pies

How cute are these vegan key lime pies? And their refreshing flavor is perfect for summer.

Lemony Quinoa Brussels Sprouts Salad

Quinoa and Brussels sprouts are at the heart of this hearty salad.

Portobello Mushroom Sliders

The marinade for this dish features a flavorful mix of basil, thyme, and garlic.

Vegan BBQ Veggie Pizza

This pizza is packed with veggies, which means that you can justify eating many slices.

Grilled Garlic-Herb Corn

A barbecue isn’t complete without grilled corn.

Creamy Raspberry-Orange Popsicles

You should have these in your freezer all summer long.

Cheesy Vegan Potato Skins

These are perfect for every occasion: summer barbecues, potlucks, sports games, or family dinners.

‘Fish’ Sliders with Spicy Mango Slaw

You can adjust this recipe by grilling the vegan fish patties instead of frying them.

Don’t forget the drinks! Find out whether your favorite beer or wine is vegan, and try one of these creative vegan cocktails.


It’s time to liberate animals who endure short, miserable lives on today’s factory farms before they’re needlessly and violently killed. Leave meat, eggs, and dairy in the past by going vegan this Fourth of July and beyond:

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