Sustainable Eating

The Best Plant-Based Cookout Recipes for Summer

Try these plant-based recipes for your next summer cookout. You'll enjoy a delicious meal that's good for the planet too!

The meat industry accounts for almost 15% of greenhouse gas emissions, and reducing animal agriculture could potentially offset 68% of current carbon emissions.

Creating a plant-based spread for your summer cookout is one small way you can help reduce your impact on the planet while saving money - going meatless could cut your food costs by up to one-third!  

Here are some of our favorite plant-based recipes for a sustainable summer cookout!

Smoky BBQ Black Bean Burger 

This smoky black bean burger has all the flavor of a traditional meat burger, without the environmental impact. It’s a perfect addition to any summer cookout.

Get the full recipe on Minimalist Baker 


Vegan Carrot Hot Dogs

Although these may look like the traditional summer staple, these are actually made from carrots!

Get the full recipe on Shane & Simple 


Easy Grilled Veggie Skewers

Who doesn’t love flavor-packed grilled vegetables? These colorful veggie skewers are the perfect side dish to accompany your BBQ spread. 

Get the full recipe on The Forked Spoon 

Vegan Pasta Salad

Pasta salad is the ideal make-ahead dish to bring to a summer picnic. This recipe uses a lot of pantry staples, so it is great to make in a time crunch! 

Get the full recipe on Food with Feeling 

Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes with Fresh Berries 

Need something easy and delicious to bring to a summer potluck? These vegan vanilla cupcakes topped with fresh berries are a delicious crowd favorite. 

Get the full recipe on Short Girl Tall Order 

Blueberry Lemonade

This refreshing blueberry lemonade is summer in a glass.  

Get the full recipe on Damn Delicious 

Easy Homemade Strawberry Lemonade

This strawberry lemonade is sure to be a crowd favorite at every cookout.  

Get the full recipe on Minimalist Baker 

Avocado Corn Salsa

This avocado and corn salsa is a delicious summer palate cleanser to accompany any BBQ. 

Get the full recipe on Carmy 

Vegan Baked Beans

Did you know that baked beans can easily be made vegan? This recipe is sure to be a hit at your BBQ. 

Get the full recipe on A Virtual Vegan 

Vegan Grilled Peach Caprese Salad

This take on a traditional caprese salad is paired with grilled peaches and makes for a fresh, tasty addition to your spread.  

Get the full recipe on Crowded Kitchen 

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