5 Top Tips for Cooking the Perfect Vegan BBQ this Bank Holiday Weekend

Vegan Charity Viva! share their advice for hosting the best vegan BBQ over the extended weekend


The weather forecast for the May Bank Holiday weekend may not be quite as we’d hoped, but don’t let that stop you dusting off the BBQ and starting your summer with a sizzle – vegan style.


A recent survey by UK supermarket Aldi revealed a shocking 47 per cent of Brits lack confidence in cooking for vegan guests at BBQs.


Fear not, vegan campaigning charity Viva! are here with their top tips. Viva!’s Vegan Recipe Club also has a great selection of simple, delicious vegan recipes to keep all your guests happy this Bank Holiday weekend.



Viva! BBQ Seitan ‘Ribs’


Top tips for a vegan BBQ


Don’t panic

If you’re a newbie vegan or hosting a vegan for the first time, don’t fret – a surprising number of foods are accidentally vegan. Many breads, rolls and wraps are vegan (be sure to check the labels for milk). Store-cupboard basics like ketchup and American mustard are almost always vegan. Sides dishes like salad and grains are vegan too!


Mix it up with meat-alternatives

Pretty much all major supermarkets now offer affordable meat-alternatives, perfect for the BBQ.  Try the classic Linda McCartney sausages in a hot dog bun or Iceland’s No Bull burgers, they’re guaranteed to impress any guest!

vegan BBQ

LikeMeat Vegan Burger and dairy-free cheese


Don’t be shy with the seasoning 

No BBQ is complete without seasoning. Try mixing up some jerk seasoning with olive oil and basting whatever you put on the BBQ


Get your favourite veggies on the BBQ


Mushrooms on skewers or chunky slices of aubergine straight on the grill offer a delicious addition to any BBQ


5 Top Tips for Cooking the Perfect Vegan BBQ this Bank Holiday Weekend 1


Get saucy

There has never been a better range of vegan condiments in mainstream shops. Hellman’s Vegan Mayo, Siracha Hot Sauce or for a Mediterranean twist try a vegan pesto in your burger bun

Recipe Ideas

Check out some of the BBQ recipes on our website (like these recipes for burgers, hotdogs and veg), and for even more inspiration, Viva!’s Vegan Recipe Club has compiled their top vegan BBQ recipes (including this recipe for BBQ Seitan Ribs!) – so you can dazzle guests all summer!





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