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Turkey-Free Thanksgiving: Vegan and Vegetarian Alternatives on Your Big Green Egg or Traeger Grill

Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude, gathering, and feasting. If you or your loved ones follow a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle and don’t partake in turkey, fear not. Explore some delicious meat-free alternatives to a classic Thanksgiving turkey and some key tips on how to grill them to absolute perfection using a Big Green Egg or Traeger grill.

Stuffed Acorn Squash

Embrace the fall season by featuring stuffed acorn squash as a centerpiece. Fill it with a savory mixture of quinoa, cranberries, and pecans to create a burst of autumn flavors. The Traeger grill’s wood-fired smokiness or the Big Green Egg’s charcoal-infused heat can elevate these delicacies to a new level.

Portobello Mushroom Steaks

Transform hearty, filling Portobello mushrooms into succulent veggie steaks that even meat-lovers will enjoy. You can marinate them in a balsamic glaze, grill to total perfection, and serve with a side of vegan gravy and traditional Thanksgiving side dishes. The Traeger grill’s even cooking or the Big Green Egg’s precise temperature control ensures that these mushroom steaks come out juicy and jam-packed with flavor.

Tips for Grilling:

Whether you’re using a Traeger or a Big Green Egg grill, ensure that you’re maintaining the right temperature. Aim for a medium heat (around 350°F) for most plant-based alternatives, like these suggested above. The flavors will develop without risking burnt edges!

Don’t be afraid to experiment with wood pellets to infuse your dishes with unique flavors, too. For a special holiday twist, we recommend trying applewood or hickory chips to add a subtle, delicious smokiness to your vegan and vegetarian creations.

Keep your veg-friendly dishes full of flavor by basting them regularly. Create a delicious basting sauce with a mix of olive oil, garlic, herbs of your choice, and a dash of soy sauce for that extra umami flavor kick.

This Thanksgiving, whether you choose stuffed acorn squash or Portobello mushroom steaks, a Traeger or Big Green Egg grill will help you achieve grilling perfection. Shop our selection of top Grills to help you be the host with the most this holiday season and beyond!