You can have your black bean burger and eat it too this Fourth of July. The Fourth is nearly synonymous with outdoor grilling. However, that doesn’t mean vegans can’t enjoy a nice BBQ or two this Independence Day. Here are some fantastic vegan recipes to keep your celebration exploding with flavor, but without all the meat or animal bi-products. Even if you aren’t vegan you will love these tasty recipes.

Bulgur Bean Burgers

This tasty take on the hamburger features black beans and a variety of spices to create the ultimate vegan burger.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup bulgur
  • 15 ounces black beans (from can or pre-cooked)
  • 6 ounces plain yogurt (favorite brand)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Mint leaves
  • 1/3 cup shredded cucumber
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup water
  • Toppings of choice (suggestions: tomato, lettuce, and onion)
  • Whole wheat hamburger buns

Directions:

  1. Bring water to boil and simmer the bulgur for approximately 10 minutes, until all water has been absorbed.
  2. In a large bowl, mix prepared bulgur, spices, black beans, and 2 tablespoons of the yogurt.
  3. Mash beans into mixture until everything is combined. Shape the bean mixture into patties.
  4. Heat a skillet and brown the patties on each side and cook for about 8-10 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the yogurt sauce. Mix yogurt, cucumber, mint, salt, and pepper.
  6. Serve the bean patties on a whole wheat bun and top with yogurt sauce, tomato, lettuce, onion, or veggies of choice.

White Bean “Cheese” & “Bacon” Burgers

I found this recipe on Healthy.Happy.Life and it sounds phenomenal. The full recipe can be found here. The recipe takes white cannellini beans, vegan “cheddar” cheese, vegan “bacon”, and a variety of spices to make a burger that is fit for a meat-eater. This burger is sure to impress your vegan friends and even the non-vegans at your party.

Vegan Hot Dogs and Chili

Hot dogs and chili are a staple at many Fourth of July events. There is something very American about serving up a hot dog in celebration of our independence. However, just because you are vegan or in need of a vegan menu, doesn’t mean you have to forgo the hot dogs. Smart Dogs brand hot dogs are vegan friendly and taste as close to the real deal as you can get. Chili isn’t a problem either for the vegan menu. Vegan chili can be purchased pre-made or whip up your own with a vegan chili recipe like this one from Oh She Glows.

What is your favorite vegan menu item? Have you tried grilling vegan style?