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Some people often ask people who eat plant-based diets what could they possibly grill during a BBQ if they’re not consuming any meat.

Surprisingly there are tons of things that can be grilled besides meat, and even besides mock meat products.

From veggie burgers to mushrooms to veggies, below check out a list of # things that vegetarians, vegans, and plant-based people can throw on the grill during holidays and other times that call for lighting up the summer with BBQ.

Veggie Burgers

A good old fashioned burger is an American staple at any BBQ and fortunately, there are plenty of options for veggie burgers.

If you’re looking for a more realistic veggie burger that has the texture as close to real meat as possible the following veggie burger companies have good options:

If you actually don’t like a more realistic texture, the following companies have good options that don’t make you question whether or not you’re eating real meat:

Plant-based Sausages

Similar to veggie burgers, there are a variety of veggie sausages that have a more realistic texture. The following brands have good options with a few different flavors to choose from:

Veggie Dogs

In addition to plant-based sausages, there are also a handful of companies that make veggie dogs. The following brands have good options:


Although pineapple is a fruit, it tastes wonderful after being grilled. The following brands have published various intriguing grilled pineapple recipes:


Believe it or not, jackfruit is commonly used as a meat replacement in the vegan and vegetarian community. One of the most popular recipes that it’s used for is pulled BBQ sandwiches, which mocks pulled BBQ pork. Although this meal doesn’t need to be made on the grill (although it can be), the following food bloggers and publications offer various pulled BBQ jackfruit recipes:


If you’re looking for something to give you a little crunch for your pallet, asparagus is a good option. Below are several grilled asparagus recipes:

If you’re not interested in actually grilling your asparagus, Trader Joe’s even has some in their frozen section that is pre-grilled.

Zucchini and Squash

Zucchini and squash pair well together, and they are also a great combo to add crunch to your pallet. The following food bloggers and brands offer various grilled zucchini and squash recipes:


From portobello mushrooms to shiitake mushrooms to Oyster mushrooms to Chanterelle mushrooms, and beyond, the fungi are also great on the grill. Below are several grilled mushroom recipes:

Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter.

Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan.

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