Vegan BBQ and picnic ideas: The best meat free foods to try this summer
25 June 2020, 09:26 | Updated: 13 August 2020, 13:48
From meatless burgers, veggie sausages and vegenaise's, here's your guide to the ultimate vegan BBQ or picnic.
It’s now officially summer in the UK, which means it’s time to dig out the BBQ and get out the garden furniture.
With lockdown rules also relaxing, friends can gather in each other’s gardens for some socially distanced Al fresco dining.
But just because you choose not to eat meat and animal products, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on juicy burgers, flavoursome sausages and all the sides imaginable.
With a bit of imagination, it’s actually really easy to create meat free meals on the barbie.
Check out our favourite vegan BBQ ideas below...
Vivera Plant Burger
Craving a Quarter Pounder? These delicious Vivera Plant Burgers are made from rehydrated soya and wheat protein.
It does a great job to replicate the appearance of a real meat burger, and is packed full of flavour.
Price: £2.50 from Sainsbury's
Quinoa, Beetroot and Edamame Burgers
These Quinoa, Beetroot & Edamame Burger by Field Fare are currently shortlisted for a Veggie Award 2020, with the winners announced in July.
Perfect for the barbecue season, these flavoursome burgers are crammed with a punchy combination of spices and a warming hint of chilli, topped with a sprinkling of pumpkin seeds.
Price: £1.10 each from Field Fare
These Chicken-Style Burgers are irresistibly tasty and made using a secret family recipe.
Fry's also make Asian Spiced Burgers for those who enjoy a little bit of zing in their vegetarian meal that have a unique and subtle South Indian flavour and a delicate blend of spices.
Price: £2.50 from Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrison’s, Iceland and Holland & Barrett
Jalapeno Griller Patties
If you're after something hot and smoky, these plant-based patties are made with blended pea protein, jalapenos and red peppers.
They are all seasoned and spiced to perfection, to give your BBQ an extra bit of flavour.
Price: £3.00 from Tesco
Tofu is a versatile product that can be sliced, diced and crumbled to mix up summery salads or to put a twist on classic BBQ dishes.
The Tofoo Co’s tofu is made to a secret Japanese recipe and uses a special, all natural ingredient called Nigari and comes plain or smoked.
Price: £2 per block from Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Co-op, Ocado and Waitrose
These Plant-Based frankfurters are made from mushroom, carrot and beetroot with a natural smoky flavour.
Heck also have a range of other vegan options perfect for the BBQ, including Meat-Free Chipolatas and vegan breakfast sausages which are packed full of protein.
Price: £2.75 for four from Sainsbury's
Meatless Farm’s sausages
Whether it’s a a sizzling sausage roll for lunch or hot dog on the barbie, these plant-based sausages are perfect for every meal occasion.
This new and improved sausage recipe is made using a mix of pea protein and the finest plant-based ingredients; now with no soy.
Price: £2.50 from Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and ASDA, Ocado and Tesco
This Jackfruit is the perfect addition to a variety of dishes and can be used to create meat free burgers.
You can also fry up the Jackfruit with spices and vegetables to create the perfect kebab for your picnic in the park.
Price £2.25 from Cooks&Co
Vegan bacon rashers
THIS mimics meat in taste, texture, appearance and smell, but without the ethical or environmental impact, instead using peas and soya beans as the base.
Created by two ex-burger chain founders, it is also used in restaurant chain Honest Burger's vegan option.
Price: £2.95 from Tesco, Ocado, Co-op, Waitrose and Holland & Barrett
Better Nature's organic tempeh rashers are the perfect plant-based alternative to bacon, which will go perfectly on your burger.
They are high in protein and made with soy beans marinated in Japanese soy sauce, sea salt, paprika and black pepper to give it a wonderfully smoky taste.
Price: £3.29 from Better Nature
Unearthed's new Mezze selection will bring big Middle Eastern flavours to your picnic this summer.
Take your lunch to the next level with their delicious Roasted Aubergine and Tomato in North African Inspired Spices or Chargrilled Red and Yellow Peppers in a Ras el Hanout dressing.
Price: £3.50 from Waitrose
Transport yourself to the Middle Eastern with this vegan Falafel Mix delicately spiced with cumin and coriander.
Try these falafels in a pitta pocket with a crisp salad and a drizzle of tahini sauce, or on a bed of steaming cous cous with a spicy veg stew.
Price: £1.49 from Holland and Barrett
If you miss a Spanish-style Tortilla, vegan food brand Squeaky Bean has launched a ready-to-eat Potato and Onion version made entirely from plants.
Packed with flavour, the Tortillas contain succulent chunks of potato and onion in a fluffy, golden chickpea base, making them perfect for picnics, tapas-style dinners or BBQs.
Price: £2 from Sainsbury's
Brioche Style Wrap
The New Deli Kitchen Brioche Style Wrap combines the subtle sweetness of a classic French brioche, with the softness and functionality of a Mexican tortilla.
Whether you’re popping in your favourite filling for a picnic or enjoying a toasted wrap on the BBQ, Deli Kitchen’s wrap has you covered.
Price: £1.35 from Tesco
These slices are delicious melted on top of a burger on the BBQ.
Available in flavours including cheddar, gouda and mozzarella, they are made from coconut oil and totally vegan.
Price: £3.39 from Ocado, Whole Foods Market and Planet Organic
ChicP's vitamin-rich Veggie Bites are a brand new snack packed with vitamins and plant-based protein.
Coming in three distinctive flavours, Sweet Potato & Rosemary, Spinach, Red Pepper & Parsley and Beetroot & Apple, each bite is dairy and nut free.
Price: £2.50 from Wholefoods now and Ocado from 18th July
These realistic non-chicken goujons by THIS will go perfectly with your family picnic or alongside your burger at a BBQ.
Elsewhere in the range, you can also get your hands on THIS Isn’t Chicken Salt & Pepper pieces, and Tikka pieces.
Price: £3.85 from Tesco, Ocado, Co-op, Waitrose and Holland & Barrett
If you wanted the perfect picnic side or vegan BBQ extra, Kallø has launched their brand new plant-based snacking range that packs plenty of protein and flavour.
Made from peas and lentils, Kallø Veggie Cakes, come in two delicious flavours: Beetroot & Balsamic and Spinach & Pesto.
Price: £2.49 from Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Ocado
These Red Drops from the Peruvian Amazon have a delicious sweet and sour flavour with an added kick.
They work great in summer pasta dishes as well as a topping for your salads, or delicious wrap filling.
Price: £2.99 from Cooks&Co
Plamil’s range of vegan mayos are dairy free, cholesterol free and gluten free.
Take your pick from Original, Organic, Garlic, or Tarragon and use it in a salad, to dip your chips in or to create a masterpiece burger filler!
Price: £2.49 from Holland and Barrett
You can recreate your favourite inject a dose of tasty Japanese flavour to your BBQ with Miso Tasty's sauces.
The Teriyaki and the Miso sauces make ideal marinades for vegetables that can then be cooked on the BBQ.
Price: £1.84 from Waitrose
Hot pepper sauce
Encona is introducing two exciting new hot sauce flavours, Thai-inspired Chunky Sriracha Sauce and the intensely hot West African inspired Scotch Bonnet Hot Pepper Sauce.
These are the perfect way to make your BBQ more exciting by adding a kick to your beg or spicing up your homemade wrap.
Price: From £1.50 from Tesco
Pimp My Salad toppings
Usually un-vegan flavours like bacon and parmesan cheese have been transformed in to vegan-friendly salad toppers by new company Pimp My Salad.
Their new range of tasty add-ons include coconut bacon, cashew or hemp parmesan, and crunchy sprouted sunflower seeds to elevate your salad (or pizza, soup, pasta... the possibilities are endless) to new levels of taste and texture.
The toppers use only the best ingredients and are sourced from ethical suppliers, and are also suitable for people on gluten free and keto/paleo diets.
Price: From £1.15 from Planet Organic
Moving Mountains Bleeding Burger
Despite its gory name, Moving Mountains®' Bleeding Burger is 100% vegan, and until now was only available in restaurants.
It looks just like a regular patty, and when cooked in the pan or BBQ, it sizzles, smells and browns just like the real thing.
And just like the very best juicy burger, when perfectly cooked, the Moving Mountains® burger bleeds through the middle – with beetroot juice instead of animal blood.