Here's some great advice and recipe ideas to ensure you cater correctly for all your BBQ guests.
Many vegetarians and meat reducers admit that they do like the taste of meat - they just don't want to eat animal products for a number of reasons such as health, green issues and animal welfare.
Fry's Vegetarian offers a meaty meat free alternative that has tricked many non vegetarians too!
Lisa Drummy the Director of Beanie's Health Foods gives her top tips for catering for vegetarians and meat reducers at BBQ's and we have also noted several tasty veggie burger and hot dog suggestions below too.
BBQ's do not need to mean meat!
Ensure that you have separate cooking facilities for non meat eaters. It is easy to do and not that expensive for an additional small BBQ to ensure peace of mind for your guests.
Keep cooking utensils separate - It is not great to turn your veggie burgers with what just prodded the steak.
Read the ingredients of your veggie burgers and sausages. Many non meat eaters may not eat eggs or could have a dairy allergy - ensure that your veggie options are suitable.
Impress your veggie guests. Have a look for something different - veggie kebabs with polony, vegan friendly hot dogs with ketchup, or spiced burgers - just because they don't want meat doesn't mean that they want to be left out!
Make sure that you make enough non meat options. We hear stories constantly of veggie guests who arrived late and the meat eaters devoured all of the non meat options!
Fry's Vegetarian products are ideal for meat free Mondays, meat reducers, vegetarians, vegans, milk allergies, Kosher or for those who simply want lower fat or no cholesterol foods.
Fry's Vegetarian products are available online and in Holland and Barrett.
Veggie Burger serving suggestions
Warm through our Spiced or Traditional burgers and try them with the combinations listed below in a traditional sesame burger bun or wholemeal bap:
*Salad, pickle and strong cheddar cheese
*Finely sliced fresh red onion and gherkins
*Fresh chilli sauce and salad
*Mango relish and ginger sauce
*Fresh avocado, thinly sliced and grilled FRY'S Polony with mayonnaise
*Pesto, mozzarella and fresh tomatoes - served in a ciabatta roll
*For a more traditional burger, defrost the Burgers and cook over the barbecue before serving them in a bap with caramelised onions and tomato ketchup
Chicken-Style Burger serving suggestions
Pan-fry, grill or oven bake our Chicken-Style Burgers and try them with the combinations listed below in a traditional sesame burger bun or wholemeal bap:
*Redwoods Vegi Deli "bacon" rashers, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise
*Serve in a wholemeal pitta with sweetcorn relish
*Serve with chips or potato wedges and mushy peas
*Dish up with creamy mashed potato, freshly steamed vegetables and gravy
*Dish up with cranberry sauce in a wholemeal pitta
*Grill a Chicken-Style Burger then place it on a piece of toast smothered in stir fried mushrooms and cheddar cheese and pop it all under the grill.
Meat free Hot Dog serving suggestions
Heat our Hot Dogs and try them with the combinations listed below:
*With sauerkraut, tomato sauce, mustard and caramelised onions in a finger roll
*Serve with guacamole and lollo rosso lettuce in a tortilla wrap
*Add coleslaw in a fresh baguette
*Try with jalapeno peppers, cream cheese and gherkins in a corn tortilla wrap
*Eat cold with spring onions, chopped tomatoes, diced cucumber, black olives, red pepper, fresh basil and pasta with a splash of olive oil for a tasty salad dish
*For buffets chop and serve cold on cocktail sticks with pineapple or pickled onions or cubes edam cheese
*Cook some couscous and keep warm. Fry some onions, garlic, mushrooms, baby marrows, celery and peppers until soft. Add defrosted, sliced Hot Dogs and fry with some soy sauce until warm and soft. Once ready add the veggies & Hot Dogs to the cous-cous, mix well and serve
*Defrost a couple of hotdogs, chop up and mix in with a tin of baked beans - heat all in a saucepan and serve on warm toast