All The Things To Braai This Heritage Day If You’re Vegan

It’s September, which means we’re celebrating Heritage Day. And the only way to celebrate Heritage Day is with a braai. I mean, is there anything more patriotic than a good ol’ braai?

There can be a problem, though, if you’re a vegan celebrating Heritage Day with a braai. At a friend’s house. A meat-eater friend. Who can’t think beyond their boerie roll.

Never fear: braaiing as a vegan just takes a bit of lateral thinking. Sure, you aren’t hankering after a smokey lamb chop, but you could definitely murder a crispy potato, some mielies, a plant-based burger or two and some smokey baba ganoush.

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Here are a few options for your next braai:

Burger With All The Trimmings

For the burger:

1 Fry Family Food Co Chicken-Style burger

2 slices tomato

2 slices gherkin (sliced lengthways)

A few rings of red onion

2 lettuce leaves

1 burger roll (sesame rolls are amazing here)

For the spicy mayo:

1 tsp B-Well Canola mayo (it’s vegan)

1 tsp Sriracha

1 tsp tomato sauce

1 tbsp finely grated onion

Salt and freshly ground pepper


1/ Place the burger patty onto the fire over a medium heat. Let it cook for a few minutes each side until the crumbing is crispy and the patty is heated through.

2/ In the meantime, prep the burger bun. To make the spicy mayo, mix the ingredients together and season with salt and pepper to taste. Spread the sauce onto the inside top and bottom of the bun, then place the lettuce and cooked burger patty onto the bottom of the bun.

3/ Layer the remaining ingredients and finish with a small sprinkling of salt and pepper.

Note: you can replace the burger patty with a giant mushroom. Just cook on the braai wrapped in tinfoil with a glug of olive oil, salt and pepper and a sprinkling of thyme (or your favourite herb).

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Grilled Falafel Pita Breads

4 Fry Family Food Co falafels

1 pita bread

2 tbsp hummus

Grated carrot

Cucumber slices

Tomato slices

Thinly sliced red onion

2 tbsp tahini (get the good stuff at Faithful To Nature)

Salt and freshly ground black pepper


1/ Place the falafels onto the braai over coals that aren’t too hot. Let them cook, turning occasionally, until heated through and crispy. Remove and set aside.

2/ Meanwhile, place the pita bread onto the braai over coals that aren’t too hot. Cook a few minutes each side until lightly crispy – watch them carefully in case they begin to burn. Remove from the braai and cut in half lengthways.

3/ To assemble, spread the hummus inside of the pita halves. Next, layer the carrot, cucumber, tomato and onion along one side of the pita (so you have space for the falafels and get a bit of everything with each bite). Place the falafels inside the pita.

4/ Finish with a generous drizzle of tahini over the top and a sprinkling of salt and freshly ground black pepper.

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