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Ultimate 4th of July Vegan BBQ Guide

I have a lot of American friends, but I tend to ignore their special holidays like 4th of July and Thanksgiving. My bad! I should really be more inclusive shouldn't I? Especially as I share our traditional Scottish holidays like Bonfire Night, Burns Night and Hogmannay with them.

So this year I'm making an effort and getting into the spirit of Independence Day with my Ultimate 4th of July Vegan BBQ Guide with burgers, salads, dips and desserts. Oh I do love a good BBQ.

The Ultimate 4th of July Vegan BBQ Guide - 45 vegan BBQ recipes including burgers, sauces, fries, pasta salad, potato salad, skewers, kebabs, ice cream and  dessert


  1. Prepare marinades, dressings, pasta and potato salad the night before to save you time on the day
  2. Don’t use extra virgin oil oil in your marinade, it will smoke and burn. Rapeseed or sunflower oil are a better choice as they burn at a higher temperature.
  3. Marinade vegetables or tofu in a freezer bag in the fridge, but don't add salt until the last minute.
  4. Clean your BBQ with a mixture of baking soda and water. Mix it into a paste, apply to the grill and leave for 10-15 minutes, then wash off.
  5. Make sure your grill is hot. Start the coals burning at least 20 minutes before your guests arrive. The coals should be red underneath and white on top.
  6. Soak your wooden skewers in water while the BBQ is heating up, this will prevent them burning.
  7. Soak a paper towel in oil and using tongs rub it over the BBQ rack to prevent sticking.
  8. Lightly pre-cook hard vegetables like carrots, asparagus, potatoes and sweet potatoes before grilling. Mediterranean vegetables like bell peppers, red onions, zucchini (courgette) and eggplant (aubergine), can be coated in a little oil or marinade and got straight on the grill with no cooking.
  9. Buy a big bag of ice and pour it into a bucket. Chill your drinks in the bucket to save room in the fridge.
  10. To make it easier to clean your BBQ next time, brush the grill with a long handled wire brush once it has started to cool.

Ultimate 4th of July Vegan BBQ Guide


Freeze homemade burgers before grilling them to stop them falling apart.

Beet, Lentil Quinoa Burger - A Virtual Vegan
10 Minute Spicy Bean Burger - Tinned Tomatoes

Vegan Lentil Burger - Contentedness Cooking

Veggie Burger with Cauliflower - Contentedness Cooking
Mushroom & Lentil Sliders - Tinned Tomatoes



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BBQ Tahini Sauce - Veggies Don't Bite
Easy Homemade BBQ Sauce - Strength and Sunshine

Spinach and Lemon Pesto - Tinned Tomatoes
Spiced Morrocan Pate -Tinned Tomatoes


Garlic and Parsley Fries - Amuse Your Bouche

Baked Zucchini Fries - Healthier Steps
Asparagus Fries - Veggies Don't Bite
Eggplant Fries - Veggies Don't Bite


Sweet Potato Salad - Vegan Family Recipes
Creamy Vegan Potato Salad - Tinned Tomatoes


Tip: Soak wooden skewers half an hour before you load them to stop them burning on the grill Buy long skewers if you can, to save your fingers.

Grilled Tofu and Vegetable Shish Kebabs - Ordinary Vegan
Maple Tofu Skewers - Tin and Thyme
Easy Vegan BBQ Tofu Skewers - Contentedness Cooking


Italian Veggie Pasta - Vegan Heaven
Healthy Vegan Macaroni Salad - Veggies Don't Bite
Summer Tomato and Corn Pasta Salad - Tinned Tomatoes

Creamy Chestnut Mushroom and Fresh Herb Pasta Salad - Tinned Tomatoes
Quick and Easy Veggie Pasta Salad - Veggies Don't Bite
Southwestern Pasta Salad - Veggie Heaven


Related - BBQ Pizza Stuffed Mushrooms



Grilled Nectarines - A Virtual Vegan
BBQ'd Pineapple - Elizabeth's Kitchen Diary
Bananaque Pops - Not Quite Nigella


Oreo Chocolate Tiffin - Tinned Tomatoes
Vegan Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Mousse - Tinned Tomatoes
Vegan No-Bake Oreo and Caramel Cheesecake - Tinned Tomatoes


Melon, Peach and Red Wine Sorbet - Tinned Tomatoes
Chocolate Orange Sorbet - Tinned Tomatoes
Mango, Rose Wine and Cinnamon Sorbet - Tinned Tomatoes

Mango Banana Ice Cream - A Virtual Vegan
Vegan Banana and Cardamom Tahini Ice Cream - Food to Glow
Vegan Rose Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream - Wallflower Kitchen

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I hope you leave inspired and have a fabulous vegan BBQ. 

Do leave me a comment to share your favourite vegan BBQ dishes or tips and I hope you have a stonkingly good 4th of July!


  1. Looks very tasty! Glad you're celebrating - over here, we're keeping our heads in books, pretending not to have an idiot-in-chief who's determined to ruin the world for everybody.

    1. it's a sad state of affairs, we have it here too to a lesser degree. It will be a shame if it put people off celebrating.

  2. What a great collection of recipes! I definitely want to eat all those fries. ;)

    1. Yes there are some really tasty recipes here. I will be referring to this myself :)

  3. Great round up of vegan recipes. And some useful tips - like freezing the burgers.

    1. Thanks Fiona and yes that really works. I have had one too many burger fall apart on me over the grill.

  4. What a great, properly useful post with tips and loads of recipes. Thanks for including a couple of my golden oldies. :-)

  5. I think this is the excuse I needed to have a 4th of July party with my American mates!

  6. What a great round up of really delicious vegetarian BBQ options. It's certainly opened my eyes to how varied a bbq can be. GG

  7. Oh this is just perfect for the glorious summer weather we're experiencing. One day I will get myself a BBQ and have some fun with some of these recipes and your excellent tips.


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