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BBQ & A: Your Answer To The Ultimate Veggie Barbie Menu

Packed with the tantalising, moreish flavours of fresh smoky vegetables with fresh herbs, mouth-watering grilled cheese and refreshing summer fruit, we’ve put together the dream vegetarian barbecue menu. Whether you’re after a vegan dish, a gluten-free option or a new favourite flavour combination, read on for our guide to your hottest veggie BBQ yet. Just add sunhats and flip-flops.

Cue the starters

BBQ Sweetcorn with Pineapple and Chilli Salsa

BBQ starters just got better. Fruity and fiery, this “more, please” dip with corn-on-the-cob makes the perfect accompaniment to all things barbecued. Pair with fingers of grilled halloumi or sweet potato chips for a tasty party starter. 

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Middle Eastern-style Tomato and Cucumber Panzanella

Refreshing and crunchy with a Middle-Eastern twist of pomegranate molasses and sumac, this vibrant salad makes a great pairing with smoky barbecued cheese and vegetables. Allow the mixture to sit for 30 minutes before serving as the bread soaks up the olive oil, vinegar and tomato juice for serious flavour and texture.

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Tamarind Paneer with Mint, Parsley and Apple Chutney

A mild cheese you will often find in Indian dishes, it absorbs the flavour of spices when marinated. The sweet and herby apple chutney is a wonderful addition that zings with fresh summer flavours. 

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BBQ Mains

Whole BBQ Cauliflower with a Smoky Spice Rub

Elevate this versatile vegetable by roasting it on the barbecque with herbs and spices for serious flavour. Charred and softened, it has a tender centre with a crispy outside. It’s particularly delicious dunked in the cooling yoghurt sauce. 

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Cheesy Cauliflower Steaks

With melted parmesan cheese and a drizzle of pesto, these cauliflower ‘steaks’ will impress everyone at your BBQ. Basil, mint, chillies and toasted pistachios add extra layers of flavour for a veggie steak you will want to make again and again.  

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Charred Aubergine with Turmeric Yoghurt, Walnuts and Pomegranate

This smoky aubergine dish makes the perfect showstopper for a summer BBQ. Visually striking and melt-in-the-mouth, it’s full of big, bold flavours. You can also easily make this recipe vegan by swapping the yoghurt for one that’s dairy free. 

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BBQ Sides

Edamame and Fennel Salad

Gorgeously golden and crispy, these Swedish-style sliced potatoes have subtle flavours of garlic and fennel. Serve with a creamy crème fraîche dip and a generous sprinkling of fresh herbs for potato salad on another level.

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Griddled Romaine and Tenderstem Broccoli Salad with Avo Dressing

A tasty salad that pairs fantastically with barbecued halloumi cheese, it’s also incredibly easy to make. The charred Romaine lettuce picks up the smoky barbecque flavours for a great combination with the cooling avocado, lemon and yoghurt dressing. 

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Corn Ribs with a Coriander, Tamarind and Chilli Dressing

If you’re after a tasty vegan recipe then look no further. Succulent corn-on-the-cobs are enveloped in a sweet, spicy and salty dressing and split into moreish, photogenic ribs. They’re also ready to eat in just 30 minutes.

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Drinks & Desserts

Classic Sangria

Keep hydrated in the sun with this refreshing and pretty pink drink. With fresh blueberries, lemon juice and aromatic mint or basil, it makes a delicious pairing with smoky plant-based BBQ dishes. Or add a dash of vodka or gin for a fun BBQ party apéritif. 

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Watermelon Ice Lollies

A deliciously fresh dessert that takes 5 minutes to make and calls for just one ingredient (yes, you heard right), these watermelon ice lollies make a choice post-barbecue treat. All you need is lolly sticks and a freezer to create this healthy cool-down the whole family will love.

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Sloe Gin and Tonic Lollies

These sunset-hued lollies taste as good as they look and make an easy dessert for a barbecue menu. Add whole fresh blackberries to the lolly moulds before freezing for added panache. 

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A Little Magic For The Kids

Disney’s Cars-themed Burger and Fries

These flavour-packed veggie burgers are ideal for popping on the barbecue. Made with chickpeas and spices that pair perfectly with the sweet potato fries, they’re quick and easy to make. A great choice if you’re looking for a recipe for vegan burgers, too. 

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Whether a summer party with friends or a family gathering, a BBQ can make the centre of any occasion. These delicious barbecue recipes are packed with fresh ingredients as well as being surprisingly easy to make, so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time in the sun. Head on over to the recipe section for more BBQ menu ideas and foodie inspiration.

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