Summer BBQ recipes that are screaming summer fun in the sun. From tasty grilling recipes to easy side dishes and desserts to serve up. This list of summer BBQ recipe ideas will tickle those taste buds and leave you wanting one more bite. Enjoy one or more of these summer grill recipes!
For us summer is all about being outside, grilling, soaking up the sun, and enjoying the late nights under the stars. So whether you are looking for some summer party food ideas to whip up, here is a list that can be a perfect fit for your dinner time.
Chili Lime Grilled Pineapple
These Chili Lime Grilled Pineapple spears are going to be the best side dish at your next barbecue this summer! They are rubbed with lime and an Indian street-style spice mix of chili, chaat masala, and salt to make a spicy, tangy, yet sweet vibrant dish.
Grilled Baby Potatoes
Instant Pot BBQ Ribs
These Instant Pot BBQ ribs are absolutely delicious. Get them on the table in no time. Serve with extra sauce and enjoy!
Grilled Stuffed Mushrooms
With succulent juicy mushrooms and savory sausage filling, these grilled mushrooms with cheese are SO full of smoky delicious flavor.
Watermelon Feta Basil Salad
Simple Veggie Skewers
These Simple Vegetable Skewers are bright, beautiful, and delicious. Grilled to perfection for a summery flavor, the mix of colorful vegetables and fresh herbs makes this dish a flavorful favorite.
BBQ Sweet Potatoes
Dry Rub Baby Back Oven Ribs
No grill, no problem – this easy dry rubbed oven rib recipe will become a summer family favorite! Fall off the bone tender with only about 15 minutes of effort to prep.
Grilled BBQ Chicken Recipe
With a brine that keeps the chicken juicy and some homemade BBQ rub, this grilled BBQ chicken is the perfect dish when breaking out the grill.
Honey Lime Chicken Thighs
Succulent, juicy chicken in a sweet and citrusy marinade – these Honey Lime Grilled Chicken Thighs are perfect for any summer backyard BBQ. They’re so easy they practically grill themselves.
Southwest Quinoa Salad
Grilled Shrimp Skewers
These quick and easy Grilled Shrimp Skewers are loaded with Thai flavors of coconut milk, lemongrass, lime, jalapeno peppers, cilantro and more. Fresh pineapple adds a perfect sweetness! They grill in less than 5 minutes!
Smoked Mac and Cheese
Transform ordinary macaroni & cheese by smoking in on the grill or in a smoker. You’ll love this fun twist on an old favorite with our Smoked Mac and Cheese recipe
Cream Cheese Fruit Dip
This creamy 2-ingredient Cream Cheese Fruit Dip is always a hit! Add this to your fruit platter and everyone is sure to get in a serving or two of fruit with dinner.
Southern Baked Beans
These Southern Baked Beans are made with a delicious, whiskey maple BBQ sauce, ground burger made from plants, onions, bell peppers, jalapeños, brown sugar and flavors to make your summer BBQ or family gathering a hit!
Smoking burgers on the grill is the absolute best way to cook a burger. The smoke from the grill adds delicious flavor to the meat, and the burgers are so juicy and tender. These are quick to prepare and even easier to cook
Grilled Garlic Butter Salmon
Grilled salmon recipe made with fresh salmon fillets brushed with dill garlic butter sauce and grilled 10 minutes for a juicy, golden finish. Only 5 ingredients and 5-minute prep for grilled garlic butter salmon!
Smoked Turkey Burgers
Smoked turkey burgers are so moist and flavorful. The rich flavor of a smoked burger will win over the crowd!
Grilled Corn on the Cob
Grilled corn on the cob is a summer staple! It cooks quickly when peeled and grilling it gives the corn a smoky flavor and grill marks.
Southwest Pasta Salad
Grilled Peaches with Greek Yogurt and Maple Syrup
Grilled peaches are a lightened-up fruit dessert to make in summer with fresh peaches. It is sugar-free, low in calories and so easy to make in just 10 minutes. Pair it with Greek yogurt and sprinkle nuts to finish it perfectly
Watermelon with Feta and Blueberry
Sweet and savory watermelon feta and blueberry are healthy, easy, and refreshingly delicious! These vegetarian appetizer (or dessert) bites are super easy to make, cheap, and perfect for a potluck, BBQ, picnic, or regular family dinner!
Cider Honey Chicken Skewers
Cider Honey Chicken Skewers with Sweet Mustard Sauce are marinated in a sweet and savory apple cider and mustard sauce and served with a cool and delicious honey mustard dipping sauce.
Make the Perfect Grilled Steaks this summer! Keep it simple with this 6-ingredient recipe for the best steaks on the grill with a simple seasoning, no marinating time, and a delicious buttery flavor!
Keto Pork Chops with Salsa
These whole30, paleo and grilled keto pork chops scream summer! The pork chops rest in a cilantro–lime marinade, are grilled to perfection, then served with super fresh pineapple or tomato-avocado salsa.
Here are some common questions when it comes to these summer BBQ recipes! I will help you to master your summer cookout recipes.
Do you let steak rest once cooked?
Let your steak rest for 5-10 minutes once it is done being cooked on the grill. This is going to lock in the juices, so when you slice into it, you have optimal flavor. You will want to do the same with chicken and pork. SeIf you slice into pork or chicken especially right away, it releases all the juices inside, and leaves your meat very dry.
What is a good summer side dish?
For me, I enjoy reaching for pasta salads, light salads, etc. You can also reach for the classic grilled veggies like corn, potato packets, etc. Have fun and create a dish that you can prep in advance and store in the fridge, or toss on the grill. That way you don’t have to turn your oven on and can keep your home cool.
How to pick a ripe watermelon?
Watermelon screams summer. Here are a few pointers when picking watermelon out at the store. These tips help you to find a flavorful fruit to slice and serve up. Pick up and feel the weight of the watermelon. You want it to feel heavy for its size. I generally pick up a few and then gauge which weighs more. . Next, look where the vine was. You want to pick a melon that has that yellow-ish brown spot. This is a field spot. That means it was ripened on the vine, which is a good indicator the watermelon is going to be ripe. Watermelons stop ripening once they are picked from the vine.