Lean Mean Grilling Guide: Vegan BBQ Ideas


Lean Mean Grilling Guide:   Vegan Eggplant Parmesan

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Being a vegan… is not easy. This way of life is definitely not for meat-lovers. Those are the words that come to mind when I hear the term vegan. The one thing about being vegan is the idea of living a very healthy, happy and long life. Vegans are people to admire because it is very difficult eating with a restricted diet. So, this article is dedicated to those who are vegan and want to take this type of eating to the grill. My goal for today’s grilling guide is to generate delicious and easy vegan bbq ideas to help make your next vegan barbecue fun.

It is not easy being a vegan, but it is definitely worth it because of all the benefits that come along with that type of lifestyle. Take some notes from this Lean Mean Grilling Guide because we are grilling vegan style. If you’re tired of eating apples or red peppers all day, this article is for you. Take your vegan bbq recipe game to the next level!

What is a Vegan?

A vegan is someone who is truly disciplined when it comes to dietary restriction. Someone who follows a vegan diet restricts themselves from consuming anything that deals with the handling of animals. This includes dairy, meats, and eggs. Practicing veganism deals with the moral objection of how animals are treated and results in the change of dietary habits by not consuming animal products.

Easy Homemade Vegan Appetizers – Delicious Recipes

An easy way would be to quickly wipe up a vegan potato salad or pasta salad, grilled corn, even a grilled avocado, or grilled mushrooms, make vegan burgers like black bean burgers or carrot dogs or vegan hot dogs. But here are some great vegan bbq recipes for vegan food that are great to add to any barbecue dinner. They have easy guides to make eating vegan delicious!

Olive Tapenade

Vegan Tacos

Potato and Asparagus Lentil Salad

Kale Chips

Make sure to also check out our grilled vegetables recipe and of course Healthy vegetarian recipes!

Easy Vegan Main Course Dishes

Tofu Vegan Recipe: BBQ Grilled Tofu Sandwich Ingredients

  • Fourteen-ounce package of tofu (extra firm with water)
  • Teaspoon of salt and pepper
  • Tablespoon of canola oil
  • Half cup of Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce
  • Pickles (sandwich slices)
  • Tablespoon of mayonnaise
  • Hamburger buns
  • Coleslaw
  • Two teaspoons of red-wine vinegar
  • One-fourth of a teaspoon of garlic powder
  • Onion (thinly sliced)


  • Step 1: remove tofu from package and dry with a paper towel. Cut into slabs for sandwiches and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Then marinade tofu with the barbecue sauce.
  • Step 2: in a bowl combine the coleslaw, mayonnaise, vinegar, garlic powder and mix well.
  • Step 3: cook the tofu on a medium-high temperature grill for 6 to 7 minutes each side.
  • Step 4: dress your toasted hamburger buns with tofu, coleslaw, pickles and onions.


Vegan Eggplant Parmesan


  • Two medium eggplants (cut into one inch slices)
  • Teaspoon of sea salt and pepper
  • Half a cup of sweet Vidalia onion vinaigrette
  • Two tablespoons of water
  • One cut of fine dry gluten-free bread crumbs
  • Teaspoon of Italian seasoning
  • Half Teaspoon of garlic powder
  • Two cups of marinara sauce (your preferred choice)


  • Step 1: sprinkle eggplant with salt and pepper, and then coat each side with olive oil.
  • Step 2: cook each side of the eggplant on a medium-high grill for 3 to 4 minutes each side.
  • Step 3: in a bowl, combine the vinaigrette with water and in another bowl combine the bread crumbs, Italian seasoning and garlic powder. Then dip the egg plant in dressing then in the bread crumbs bowl.
  • Step 4: Place the eggplant on a baking sheet that has been coated with olive oil and cook the eggplant in the oven (3750) for 15 minutes.
  • Step 5: Keep the marinara sauce warm in a pot and serve the eggplant with the sauce.


Some other idea for a vegetarian bbq recipes and more: veggie burgers with a bbq side dish like mushroom burger, corn salad, classic potato salad, grilled veggie skewers, bbq tofu bowls, grilled summer vegetables like bell peppers and many more!

I appreciate the time you took to read this guide and hope it was a huge help to plan your next barbecue. Keep an eye out for all our Lean Mean Grilling Guides like our Vegetarian guide!

Frequently Asked Questions

What can vegans eat at a BBQ?

Since vegans don’t eat meat, eggs, dairy, or other animal products, they cannot eat most food that’s regularly prepared for a barbecue. The best way to ensure there will be vegan-friendly food is to make plenty of vegetable dishes and have some grilled tofu on-hand. Vegetable kabobs are always a good option, and you can also prepare some vegan burger patties, too. If you’re making side dishes like potato salad, use vegan mayonnaise instead of regular mayo.

What type of tofu is best for grilling?

There are many varieties of tofu, and extra firm is the best for grilling. This type of tofu has most of the water pressed out of it so it will hold its form on the grill. Simply slice the tofu, marinate it for a few hours, and grill it on the hot side of the grill for three to four minutes a side.

How do you make vegan BBQ sauce?

Most store-bought barbecue sauce is vegan, although you’ll need to check the ingredients list to make sure it doesn’t contain Worcestershire or honey. The best way to ensure the BBQ sauce is vegan-friendly is to make it yourself by combining ketchup, apple cider vinegar, sugar, yellow mustard, and spices.

Are vegetarians and vegans the same thing?

Vegetarians don’t eat meat or poultry, although some vegetarians eat fish (pescatarians) or eggs (ovo-vegetarians). Vegans don’t eat meat, fish, or poultry, and they go one step further to eliminate any animals products from their lives by avoiding eggs, dairy, and honey. Most vegans also don’t support leather, fur, silk, wool, or soaps made from animal products.

Can vegans eat tortillas?

If you’re planning to make vegan tacos at your barbecue, check the ingredients label on your tortillas to make sure they don’t contain lard. Since lard is an animal product, it can’t be consumed by those on a vegan diet. Choose corn tortillas instead, since these are typically made with just corn masa, salt, and water.

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