Food & Drink

40 Easy and Delicious Recipes to Bring to a Summer BBQ

Source: The College Housewife
Source: The College Housewife

Where I’m from, summer indisputably means cookouts. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, you’d be hard-pressed to find a weekend when I’m not hauling my lawn chair and a cooler full of pasta salad to some friend’s house or another. Maybe it’s a Midwestern thing, but summer cookouts are serious business, and showing up empty-handed is basically a cardinal sin. So you better believe I’ve got an arsenal of summer BBQ recipes ready to whip up at a moment’s notice for these occasions.

From classic burgers on the grill to yummy dips and salads full of fresh ingredients, the food at these outdoor gatherings is one of my favorite parts of summer. There’s simply nothing like lounging in the backyard with friends and family, a plate of fresh-off-the-grill food in one hand and a cold drink in the other. So whether you’re hosting a cookout of your own, grilling out at a friend’s house, or doing your best to re-create the experience indoors, these 40 easy and delicious summer BBQ recipes will help you embrace the best this season has to offer.





1. Basil Whipped Goat Cheese


2. Grilled Peaches with Burrata, Honey, and Pistachios


3. Deviled Eggs


4. Greek Salad Hummus Board


5. Mexican-Style Street Corn Dip




6. Easy Pasta Salad


7. Grilled Vegetables

Source: Foodie Crush


8. Peach Tomato Caprese


9. Grilled Corn Salad with Tomato and Avocado


10. Dill Cucumber Salad

Source: Foodie Crush


11. BBQ Sweet Potatoes


12. 5-Ingredient Marinated Tomatoes

Source: Pinch of Yum


13. Instant Pot Pinto Beans

Source: Isabel Eats


14. Creamy Kale Caesar Salad


15. Strawberry Panzanella Salad with Balsamic Glaze


16. Vegan Pasta Salad with Lemon Herb Dressing


17. 20-Minute Vegan Pesto Pasta Salad


Main Dishes


18. Sweet Potato Cheddar BBQ Chicken Burgers


19. Grilled Cajun Shrimp Kabobs


20. BBQ Baby Back Ribs


21. Grilled Chicken with Chipotle-Whiskey BBQ Sauce


22. Extra Crispy Carrot Spinach Quinoa Burgers


23. Sticky, Sweet, and Spicy Grilled Ginger Chicken


24. BBQ Tofu Vegetable Kebabs

Source: Emilie Eats


25. Taco-Style Veggie Dogs

Source: Emilie Eats


26. Pineapple Pork Burgers

Source: Budget Bytes




27. Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Chips


28. Baked Peach Hand Pies


29. Mixed Berry Slab Pie


30. Waffle Cone Fruit and Yogurt Cups


31. Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches


32. Grilled Angel Food Cake with Pineapple, Coconut, and Caramel


33. Olive Oil Blondies with Chocolate Frosting




34. Lillet Spritz


35. Watermelon Margarita

Source: Isabel Eats


36. Citrus Honey Lime Mint Mocktail


37. Cucumber Melon Gin Spritzers


38. Sparkling Cherry Lemonade


39. Ranch Water


40. Frozen Aperol Spritz


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