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The Essential Vegan Guide to Summer Grilling: Burgers, Brats, Ribz, and More

Have you dusted your grill yet? We take every opportunity to go outside this summer and that includes lots of plant-based cookouts. The delicious innovations in plant-based meat attract us year after year, and it is high time to put on this “Kiss the Vegan Cook” apron and grill it! From vegan ribs to bratwurst sausages, here’s your comprehensive guide to vegan grilling this summer.

Kara Aragon

1. Plant-based Tofurky Burger

The original Tofurky has come a long way since his humble hippie beginnings in 1995. The brand is now competing in the plant-based burger space, and we couldn’t be more enthusiastic. The soy seitan patties are juicy, grillable and contain 19 grams of powerful protein. Create a veganized home version of a classic McDonald’s burger by topping it with ketchup, mustard, a few cucumbers, diced raw onions, and a soft sesame bun.
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Burger Lords

2. Burgerlords Vegan Burger Patties

New York City has Superiority Burgers and Los Angeles has Burger Lords. The popular (and now completely vegan) burger restaurant offers eight and twelve packs of its highly acclaimed patties on Goldbelly. Made from barley, mushrooms, miso, vegetables, and kombu, this patty will eat like a burger but isn’t quite as meaty as an Impossible or Beyond burger. For many, it’s the perfect compromise between real enough and too real.
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Chef Tanya’s kitchen

3. Chef Tanya’s Kitchen BBQ Ribz

After Tanya Petrovna stepped down from her first major company – the fast-paced vegan chain Native Foods – she went to the California desert and started her own café of the same name. She has served the Palm Springs community for years with her incredible deli salads, vibrant bowls, and epic sandwiches. Last year she started shipping her insanely good vegan meat nationwide, and the BBQ ribz are perfect for grilling. We love pairing them with a side of collard greens and homemade or store-bought mac and cheese.
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Herbivorous butcher

4. Herbivorous Butcher Summer Grill Pack

The original vegan butcher supplies our summer with grillable proteins that we have not yet found anywhere else. With four bacon brats, four mesquite BBQ ribs, a 10-ounce flank steak, and a 14-ounce Chicken 2.0, this collection is perfect for a large family barbecue or an al fresco dinner party. Cooking for one? Check out the à la carte online ordering option.
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I can you can vegan

5. Alpha Chik’n and Original Beefy Burger

You can grill far more than burgers and brats, and this juicy chik’n patty proves it. The breading will crisp up nicely on the grill and leave an Instagram-worthy mark. Simply combine it with lettuce, mayonnaise and a thick slice of beef steak tomato. Get some of the Original Beefy Burgers for a more traditional burger night.
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Light life

6. Lightlife bratwurst sausages

The same company that brought us Smart Dogs has made a serious comeback with these meaty brats. While we love a classic smart dog, we admit that it isn’t quite considered an authentic meat substitute – at least not by 2021 standards. The new bratwurst has redefined the brand. The texture, taste, and snapshot reproduce the meat-based analog exceptionally well. Load it up with mustard and grilled onions or a pile of sauerkraut – these limbs can handle it.
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7. Prime Roots Bacon

What’s better than bacon? Grilled bacon. If you’re obsessed with the Tabitha Brown-famous Whole Foods TTLA, you’ll go for a homemade version made with this crunchy setting. The online-only company started with bacon as its only product in 2020, but has since expanded to include meal sets, mac and cheese, pasta, and more. While we’re fans of the new products, we always try a platter of Prime Roots bacon. Try it, you will understand.
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Plants & Progress by Mischa

8. Trader Joe’s Protein Patties

These pea protein-based patties made a splash when they debuted in January 2020, and initial reviews have been mostly positive. Unlike most vegetarian burgers, these thick patties can withstand the grill and pick up the char without falling apart. In a pinch, Trader Joe’s has become our one-stop shop for all of our grilled foods.
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Uptons Naturals

9. Upton Bar-B-Que Jackfruit

This meat isn’t meant to be grilled (unless you want to spend the rest of the afternoon cleaning it up), but this sticky-sweet and smoky replica of pulled pork makes a wonderful addition to grilled onions and toasted buns. Get some char on these veggies, then pile up the jackfruit!
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Field roast

10. Fried apple sage sausages in the field

The taste really brings us back to those hearty compounds. Made from apples and sage, they offer a complex flavor that most brats miss. The slight smoky taste is enhanced when grilling – resulting in a sausage that really doesn’t even need toppings. We enjoy eating them with a side of sauerkraut and spaetzle.
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Kiren Milan Deraj

10. The very good butcher Very good box

If you’re only cooking for one or two people, this box will last all summer. The collection includes a pack of Very Good Burgers, Smokin ‘Burgers, Very British Bangers, Smokin’ Bangers, Very Good Taco Stuff’er and Pepperoni. If you’re looking for a less processed meat option, the company name can be trusted. The minimal ingredient food is made from whole foods like mushrooms, jackfruit, wheat gluten, spices, and beets.
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Impossible foods

11. Impossible burgers

These patties don’t need an introduction. Impossible Foods products have been flying off grocery shelves and restaurant menus at a relentless pace. Impossible fans, you know who you are and we can bet you already have these hefty burgers in the fridge, in line and ready to grill.
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Ozo Foods

12. Ozo Smokehouse Burger

It is grilled and then smoked. If you’re not interested in the hours of process it takes to successfully smoke vegan meat, these apple wood-flavored frozen patties are a convenient solution. Bring a few to the grill for that smoked flavor in under 15 minutes.
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Chocolate and cheese please

13. Vegan Jumbo Hot Dogs from Sweet Earth

Here’s the main selling point: These new vegan hot dogs are 23 percent larger than any other vegan hot dog on the market. Yes, please. They will withstand the grill and virtually any amount of toppings you pile on. Be warned: you may have to do this with a knife and fork.
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Madison eats vegan

14. Gardein Ultimate Burger on a plant basis

The manufacturers of fish-less fish fingers and sausages without porcelain recently presented their meatiest creation to date – the Ultimate Plant-Based Burger. Unlike falafel and black bean patties, this burger can withstand the heat of the grill. Find it in the frozen aisle among other Gardein favorites.
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15. Beyond meat, beyond burgers

We can’t miss a summer without grilling some Beyond Burgers. Trying new patties is a delicious exercise, but we’ll never be without the brand that catapulted the veggie burger into something that can rightly be considered “beefy”. We don’t have to tell you how to dress this burger – you can top it however you want.
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Asked Flink is a digital editor for VegNews, and is a writer and runner based in Orange County, CA.

Photo Credit: Beyond Meat

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