Patricia Conte has a background in marketing communications and works as an independent writer. In 2010, she was given the opportunity to combine her love of writing and food when she started as a contributing writer for the Food channel...
When most people think of gatherings for the Fourth of July, their minds gravitate toward the grill -- and meat. This patriotic holiday typically goes hand-in-hand with burgers, dogs and other grill-able meats.
Don't be worried that your Meatless Monday Independence Day cookout will be filled with only side dishes and guests wondering what's on your grill. A meatless cookout is easier than you think. Try the following options for a celebration that will go off with a bang!
Make homemade veggie burgers like easy grilled eggplant burgers. These burgers are a great stand-in for beef. They're nutritious, tasty and filling.
You can also buy pre-packaged veggie burgers from most grocery stores, as well as hotdog substitutes, too. Yves Veggie Cuisine makes several meatless hotdog and brat options. Boca makes veggie patties, "chicken" patties and even ground crumbles that would be great used as a stuffing for grilled peppers, or as one of the ingredients for tacos. Try Amy's for tasty burger alternatives with options like a quarter-pound veggie burger or a "Texas" veggie burger.
Grill these Portobello mushroom burgers. Portobello mushrooms are large, hearty and pair nicely with a sandwich bun. Perfect for the grill, make an easy marinade for them and top them with some tasty cheese.