Veggie BBQ Ideas

Hey Veggies. Do you miss a good burger for your summer BBQ?

For 7 years, I was a veggie/pescatarian, which proved a little more difficult living in Spain. Slowly I reintroduced meat, but I still prefer not to. One of the things I missed out here in Spain is having a burger during one of the many BBQs we host or attend. So, I experimented with different BBQ options and add them here for anyone else who is missing good BBQ ideas. I have also thrown in some of my favourite salads and finger foods, enjoy!
Please feel free to let me know what you think by adding your comments at the end of the page - maybe you have some treasure to share too?

Burger ideas

Chickpea and Carrot Burger

  • Chickpeas = 1 jar washed and drained
  • Oats = 150g
  • Shredded carrot = 3
  • Red onion = 1
  • Egg = 1
  • Salt = pinch
  • Pepper = pinch
  • Garlic powder = 1/2tsp
This is dead easy. 
  1. Combine all the ingredients into a blender
  2. Shape into burgers
  3. Fry in a little olive oil
I have had these in a bun with all the trimmings. I have also had them alone with a dollop of sweet chilli sauce on the top. 

Tuna Fishcake Burgers

  • Tuna in water = 4 small tins (drain the water)
  • Red onion = 1 diced small
  • Chives = handful
  • Red chilli pepper = 1 thinly sliced
  • Potatoes = 4
  • Breadcrumbs
  1. Cook the potatoes and lightly dry mash (no butter or milk)
  2. Combine all the other ingredients into the mix
  3. Shape into burgers
  4. Fry in a little olive oil and if you want to, finish them off on the BBQ

Salad Ideas

Lemon & Mustard Salad

  • Olive oil = 3 tbsp
  • Lemon Juice = 1 lemon
  • Mustard = 1 tbsp
Salad items of your choice - my favourites are..
  • Chickpeas = Jar
  • Sweetcorn = Tin
  • Black olives = Tin
  • Tuna = Tin
  • Onion
  • Pepper
  1. This can make up one large salad or individual portions. 
  2. Add the dressing ingredients together and stir
  3. Add the chickpeas
  4. Add the other ingredients and stir in
If making these in jars for a batch, add things in layers,,,chickpeas at the bottom and work your way up to things like lettuce at the top. When ready to eat, tip the jar out onto the plate and the dressing will coat all the ingredients

Cooling BBQ salad

  • Red onion = 1
  • Cucumber = 1 Peeled and diced
  • Mint = a large handful, washed and chopped
  • Red wine vinegar = a healthy drizzle
  • Watermelon = Half a melon, cut into small cubes
  • Feta Cheese = A whole cheese block cut up
  1. Add all ingredients into a bowl
  2. Drizzle with the red wine vinegar
  3. You're done!

Hot salsa salad

  • Large tomatoes = 3
  • Red pepper =1
  • Onion = 1
  • Parsley = Large handful
  • Lemon juice = One lemon
  • Chilli Powder = 1tsp
  • Cumin = 1 tsp
  • Black pepper = 1tsp
  1. Dice the tomatoes, pepper and onion
  2. Add the juice of a lemon and the herbs
  3. Mix - dah dah!

Finger Nibbles

Spicy Mozzarella Balls


  • Mozzarella Balls
  • Fresh chillies
  • Fresh basil leaves


  1. Drain the mozzarella balls from the container
  2. Slice up the chilli (mind those seeds and don't touch your eyes!!)
  3. Wash the basil leaves
  4. With a toothpick, pick up a mozzarella ball, then a piece of chilli and then a basil leave
  5. When you have finished, serve up

Cooling Cucumber Plates


  • Cucumber
  • Cream Cheese
  • Salmon (if they eat cheese - or alternative could be pipped olives)


  1. Slice the cucumbers and lay them out
  2. Top each with a dollop of cream cheese
  3. Top the cheese with small slices of fresh salmon
  4. Sprinkle a small amount of cracked black pepper over them before serving

Previous comments

Enya W-B
"The lemon and mustard salad is so delicious. Quick and easy to make and perfect for a healthy lunch. I love mine with cucumber, tomato, onion and chickpeas!"
Kerrie Callahan
"Had the pleasure of sampling some of these healthy tasty veggie foods at a recent bbq thrown by the lovely Tracey. Amazing and definitely a staple in our house from now on. Thank you Tracey x"


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