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Delicious Meatless Options for Summer Entertaining

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No meat? No problem. Whether you’ve recently adopted a plant-based diet or are hosting a summer barbecue with vegetarian or vegan guests, fear not. We have delicious ways to help.

The “meat” of the meal

Summer veggies and fruit, tofu, tempeh, veggie dogs and burgers, oh my! There’s no reason to go hungry with all the tasty vegetarian choices available.

If you have time to cook, delectable meatless entrée options are plentiful. Think Marinated Summer Squash Grilling Packs and Red Lentil Burgers to Tofu Veggie Skewers with Pineapple Mango Jerk Sauce and Spicy Grilled Tempeh. For grilling tips, check out the how to grill meat substitutes in our grilling guide.

Or opt for equally yummy ready-to-cook choices like these:

  • Hilary’s Grain Burgers. Discover why they earned the title “World’s Best Veggie Burger”. (No kidding!)
  • 365 Everyday Value® Meatless Burgers. With a satisfying meaty texture and no saturated fat, they are also a good source of fiber and protein.
  • 365 Everyday Value® Breaded Chickenless Patties. These Non-GMO Project Verified patties are made with wheat protein (a soy alternative).
  • 365 Everyday Value® Veggie Dogs. Made with tofu and pea (and no soy isolates), these are Non-GMO Project Verified. Hot dog!


When deciding which sides to offer, aim for palate-pleasing dishes that’ll have everyone (vegan or not) going back for seconds. Here are some favorites.


So you decided on Portobello Burgers for your cookout, but don’t forget to have condiments and toppings that are vegan-friendly for those saying “No cheese please.” Here are a few to have handy.

What are some of your go-to meatless products or recipes for summer entertaining?