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10 Plant Based Protein Foods Best for Easy Summer Grilling 2021

plant based protein foods and meats best for easy vegetarian and vegan summer grilling in 2021, including burgers, nuggets and hot dogs.

Summertime always makes us want to eat more fresh and healthy food. And now that we can host parties and backyard cookouts this summer, we’re educating ourselves about the latest non-meat alternative protein sources that will be good for us, our guests and our planet. Our correspondent Abbie Martin Greenbaum has curated a list of 10 plant based protein foods best for easy and delicious summer grilling 2021, including burgers, nuggets and hot dogs. Who says summer grilling and backyard BBQs can’t be plant based, vegan and eco-friendly?

plant based protein foods best for easy and delicious summer grilling 2021

Summer is upon us, and we cannot wait for the many picnics, barbecues and dinner parties that await us in the days of post-vaccination. Food brings people together like nothing else does, and we are so excited to connect over a meal with the people we love.

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Maybe you’ve even begun to plan your future menus as you prep for summer grilling 2021. And since vegetarianism and veganism are on the rise, you might also be thinking about what to serve the guests attending who don’t eat meat.

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If you’ve already made the jump to a meat-free diet, then it will come as no surprise that there are many amazing options out there for you.

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But if you’re still a carnivore, there’s no reason to fear. Delicious vegetarian and vegan proteins are lining the shelves, and any of them would make a show-stopping entrée at your next event.

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There is something perfect for summer grilling vegan for everyone: whether you want your meal to have all the juice of the real thing – while secretly containing no meat – or whether you want it to taste like something completely new, we have suggestions for you.  And hey, if Eleven Madison Park can go meat-free, then so can we. Vegetarian and vegan newcomers, welcome. Here’s what you should serve at your summer festivities 2021.

10 best plant based protein meats, including burgers and hot dogs, for summer grilling 2021

1. Go Beyond Trial Pack

Beyond Burger may be the best-known name in meatless meat, and with good reason. There’s even a chance you’ve tried their burgers at a restaurant. Like many of the most popular meat-mimics, Beyond’s vegan burgers are made from pea protein, and seasoned so that they taste exactly like they were made from beef. And they just debuted their 3.0 Burger this May, which shows that they are constantly improving their already-excellent patties.

 plant based protein foods and meats best for easy vegetarian and vegan summer grilling in 2021, including burgers, nuggets and hot dogs.

But if you’re a Beyond beginner, we recommend digging into the Trial Pack. You’ll get a full buffet’s worth of Beyond Burgers, Beyond Beef, Beyond Breakfast Sausages, and Beyond Sausage – you can eat Beyond all day long!  If you’re skeptical of all-things vegetable, these burgers may ease your worries. You’ll forget that what you’re eating isn’t meat.

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2. Beyond Cookout Classic

And if you find yourself becoming a fan, you’ll definitely want to check in stores for Beyond’s Cookout Classic burgers. These are made with peas and brown rice, and the flavor so closely resembles meat, you’ll think that’s what you have on the grill. As you may have been able to guess from the name, these guys may be your best choice for all summer activities.

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3. Impossible Grilling Pack

Like Beyond Burger, the Impossible Burger has developed quite the reputation in the meat-free world. Made entirely from plants, these burgers have the same flavor (and sizzle!) of the meat patties that you know and love.

plant based protein foods and meats best for easy vegetarian and vegan summer grilling in 2021, including burgers, nuggets and hot dogs.

And the grilling pack – with two packages of ten 10 ¼-pound burgers each – might just be enough to satisfy all your vegetarian guests. Impossible’s patties have zero mg of cholesterol, and 19 grams of protein each.

4. Sensational Burger

If you’re having trouble keeping all these names straight, we don’t blame you. But try to remember just one more. The Sensational Burger (or “Garden Gourmet Burger”) is plant-based and made with Soya protein, and best of all, it’s totally vegan.

 plant based proteins and powders, including bean and quinoa, best for healthy vegan meals all summer

The plant based proteins and powders, including bean and quinoa, best for healthy vegan meals all summer.

Like Beyond and Impossible, Sensational promises to deliver all the flavor of meat, in a completely animal-free package.  You can cook their burgers in the oven, on the grill or in a pan, and your vegetarian and vegan friends will be grateful you thought of them.

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5. Raised & Rooted

A brand-new member of the you-won’t-believe-it’s-not-beef club, Raised & Rooted from Tyson Foods offers soy-free pea patties with 21 grams of protein each. As juicy as if they were meat, these epic burgers would be an exceptional choice around any campfire.

In fact, they were made with summer grilling in mind, and seasoned for chefs – and for grill masters. Be one of the first to try them this season.

6. Jackfruit

Maybe all this talk about meatless meat is making you nervous. Maybe you aren’t actually a fan of meat’s taste, and you want to get your requisite protein and enjoy what you’re eating, without having to think about beef the entire time. Or maybe you just want to try something new. No problem. Not all alternative proteins are pretending to be something they’re not – meet Jackfruit. Jackfruit has taken the protein-rich, spiky fruits and paired them with unforgettable flavors like barbecue, curry, and lemon garlic, making for a delicious, nutritious meal that will take your mind off of meat completely.

7. Hilary’s Protein Pack

Of course, we haven’t forgotten about the good old-fashioned veggie burger. Simple and classic, veggie burgers are a fantastic standby, and they taste just as good as – and sometimes better than – an actual burger.  And if you’re looking for the best veggie burgers around, then you must try Hilary’s. The protein pack will get you six boxes of the super cauliflower and six boxes of the black bean – 48 patties total – and after one taste, you’ll find that you are craving both all season long. Throw these on the grill, garnish with your choice of toppings, and you’ll keep everybody happy all season long.

8. Gardein

We haven’t forgotten about all of you chicken fans – or “chick’n fans.”  And if you want to make any chicken-free tenders, filets, wings, or nuggets this summer, you may want to start with the ones from Gardein.

Plant-based and completely vegan, these have the same crispy outside and chewy insides of actual breaded chicken. And if you’re looking for patties, you’re in luck – Gardein has those as well.

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9. Nuggs

Those of you with children (or inner-children!) have got to add Nuggs to your shopping list. These chicken-less nuggets are the self-proclaimed “Tesla” of meat-less chicken. Why is that? Well, they use an advanced soy protein technology to create a “simulation” of chicken that accounts for both the texture and flavor of the real thing – and yes, it’s realistic enough to fool even the biggest bird-fan. These nuggets also contain more protein and less fat than the actual chicken nugget –  are you curious yet? Nuggs are a must-try.

 plant based proteins and powders, including bean and quinoa, best for healthy vegan meals all summer

The plant based proteins and powders, including bean and quinoa, best for healthy vegan meals all summer.

10. Soyrizo

Soyrizo earned a spot on our meat-free list, because it’s one of the best-tasting meat-free proteins on the planet. Soy-based, this chorizo alternative is something you’ll want to eat whether you’re a meat-eater or not. For those who are lukewarm on tofu and tempeh, tentative about pretend-burgers, soyrizo might just be your gateway to the meatless world. We promise you won’t regret it.

 plant based proteins and powders, including bean and quinoa, best for healthy vegan meals all summer

The plant based proteins and powders, including bean and quinoa, best for healthy vegan meals all summer.

10 of the best plant based protein meats for grilling, including burgers, nuggets and hot dogs

That’s our take on the 10 best plant based protein foods and meats for summer grilling in 2021, including burgers, nuggets and hot dogs. Which one of these is at the top of your list, dear reader?

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Abbie Martin Greenbaum grew up in New York City and currently lives in Brooklyn, where she drinks a lot of coffee and matches roommates together for a living. At Oberlin College, she studied English and Cinema, which are still two of her favorite things, along with dessert and musical theater. She believes in magic.

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