15 Tasty Summer BBQ Food Recipe Ideas

Fire up your grill and try something new and delicious!


We are very excited that we're in the thick of grilling season. What better way to kick off the summer than some BBQ food ideas? There are so many different foods, spices, and sauces that each of your grilling adventures have the potential to be different than the one before. Veggies! Shrimp! Chicken! Fire up your grill (or your oven in some cases) and try a tasty summer recipe. Here are 15 BBQ dinner ideas + recipes to get you started. Make one or make them all!

BBQ Recipes We Love

bbq ideas Lamb Burger

Lamb Burger

These Greek-inspired lamb burgers are perfectly charred on the outside, tender on the inside and stuffed with creamy feta cheese. Add this BBQ food to your cookout and everyone will be happy. (via Brit + Co)

BBQ Ground Chicken Tacos BBQ Food

BBQ Ground Chicken Tacos

Give your Taco Tuesday an upgrade with this spin on the recipe. Paprika, garlic, and BBQ sauce make the chicken extra tasty, and the coleslaw is the perfect thing to put on top! Serve with your favorite marg and dig in. (via Brit + Co)

Balsamic BBQ Chicken in a white serving bowl with sauce on the side on a blue tablecloth

Balsamic BBQ Chicken Recipe

The balsamic vinegar in this sauce recipe makes for a sophisticated dish. Eat it with a fork and knife or just go in with your hands — it's one of those barbecue ideas that's always a good idea. (via Food Network)

Bake Barbecue tofu on a white plate on a bright tablecloth

Baked Barbecue Tofu

Don't forget your vegetarian guests! This baked tofu recipe is hearty enough for herbivores and carnivores alike, which makes it a great bbq menu idea. (via Oh My Veggies)

BBQ Carrots is one of 15 of our creative bbq food ideas

BBQ Carrots Recipe

Don't forget the side dishes! And in addition to this BBQ food, you can easily cook up carrots and other veggies on the grill, too. (via The Gracious Pantry)

Korean Barbecued Short Ribs on white plates with side salad on the left side

Korean Barbecued Short Ribs

Soy sauce, brown sugar, and ginger make these ribs an unusual treat *and* an easy BBQ recipe. We can't wait to dig in! (via TheKitchn)

BBQ Quail Skewers

BBQ Quail Skewers

If you've never had quail at one of our cookouts, you're not alone! We're certain that you'll get points for originality if you serve these quail appetizers at your cookout. (via MyFoodbook)

BBQ Chicken Burgers with Slaw BBQ Food

BBQ Chicken Burgers with Slaw

This barbecue idea is great for fans of the grill and the skillet. Either way, these burgers make for delicious BBQ food. The slaw adds a nice flavor, texture, and temperature that complement the rest of the burger perfectly. (via Food Network)

Chicken Kebabs and Grilled Vinegar Potatoes

Chicken Kebabs and Grilled Vinegar Potatoes

The secret to these tasty kebabs is the yogurt in the marinade. And the vinegar potatoes are the cookout equivalent of salt and vinegar potato chips, which is already on our fave-foods list so that makes us love this barbecue recipe even more. (via Lottie + Doof)

Easy BBQ Recipe for Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Easy BBQ Recipe for Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Skip the grill in favor of the slow-cooker for this easy-to-make BBQ food idea. We're pretty sure you only need to make it once for it to become a fan favorite. (via Mel's Kitchen Cafe)

Barbecue Ideas We Can't Get Enough Of

Maple Grilled Tempeh

Maple Grilled Tempeh

Grilled tempeh is a great meat alternative for anyone who can't have meat — or who wants to cut back — especially in this BBQ recipe. This grilled tempeh can go in a salad or be served on its own for a delicious meat alternative. (via 101 Cookbooks)

Coffee-Crusted BBQ Beef Ribs

Coffee-Crusted BBQ Beef Ribs

We love our morning latte, and if you love coffee as much as we do then you *have* to try this recipe. Give your ribs a jolt with this coffee-rich BBQ food recipe and you'll never go back. (via Food 52)

Molly's Dry-Rubbed Ribs BBQ Food

Molly's Dry-Rubbed Ribs

If you've been wanting to experiment with a rub, this is the BBQ meal to try. You'll love the flavor, especially given how easy it is. (via Smitten Kitchen)

BBQ Chicken and Cilantro French Bread Pizza

BBQ Chicken and Cilantro French Bread Pizza

No grill? No problem. You can still get your fill of BBQ sauce with this pizza-meets-BBQ recipe. AKA, you won't have to make two entrees — pizza lovers and BBQ lovers alike will love this meal. (via Joy the Baker)

Campfire Cones, A Delicious Barbeque Idea BBQ Food

Campfire Cones, A Delicious Barbeque Idea

Top these BBQ recipe ideas off with Brit + Co's Campfire Cones for a yummy treat. This campfire take on ice cream cones is one of our favorite desserts, like, ever. (via Brit + Co)

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