Make your summer cookouts even more special this year with these delicious backyard BBQ dishes. From wings to burgers, these recipes will take your BBQ game to the next level. Get ready to start grilling for your summer backyard bash!
Watermelon Feta Salad
Watermelon feta salad is the ideal last-minute recipe to whip up for your summer dinner table. The sweet juiciness of the watermelon paired with creamy, salty feta makes this a truly memorable recipe. With a burst of fresh herbs and a simple dressing, it’s simple to whip up and is always a crowd-pleaser!
Grilled Burrata Pizza
Grilled Burrata Pizza is a fresh take on grilled pizza for your summer evening! Pizza dough is topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella, crispy fried prosciutto, tangy sun-dried tomatoes, fresh basil, and of course soft and creamy burrata.
Salsa Jalapeño Crunch Burger
A Salsa Jalapeño Crunch Burger is an easy way to upgrade your burger game! Using leftover salsa, jalapeños, and crunchy fried onions, these burgers are full of a variety of textures and flavors.
Crispy Korean BBQ Chicken Wings
What goes better with game day than Crispy Korean BBQ Chicken Wings?! The spicy and saucy wings are pure magic that you can grill OR bake, depending on whether you want to fire up the grill.
Easy All Purpose Marinade For Summer Grilling
This Easy All Purpose Marinade makes summer grilling oh-so simple. You can use it with any protein from beef to pork to chicken. The marinade makes the protein nice and juicy, with a tangy and hearty fresh flavor in every bite.
Miso Glazed Sriracha Burgers with Asian Cucumber Pickles
Miso Glazed Sriracha Burgers with Asian Cucumber Pickles are my twist on a thick and juicy sandwich of beefy goodness. The grilled patties are spicy and savory, with a rich miso glaze that brings out the savory flavors in the meat.
Charred Cilantro Lime Corn Chicken Avocado Tacos
Charred Cilantro Lime Corn Chicken Avocado Tacos are the best reason to stay in for Taco Tuesday this week. From the flavorful honey lime chicken to the spicy charred corn salsa, every element of these colorful tacos provides texture and ample punches of flavor!
Bourbon Peach Grilled BBQ Wings
Tangy, sticky, sweet, and a little heat, these are the best wings for summer!
Easy Smoked Traeger Brisket
Easy Smoked Traeger Brisket is smoky, tender, and absolutely delicious. If you are looking for an epic wow-factor meal, this brisket is the way to everyone’s heart. With this guide, there’s no reason to be intimidated by this cut of meat!
Grilled Salmon with Charred Corn Avocado Tomato Salsa
Grilled Salmon with Charred Corn Avocado Tomato Salsa brings a bunch of spice to the party, without any guilt! The bright and flavorful salsa on top of a heartily spiced fish is a simple way to make the most of fresh summer flavors.
Honey BBQ Grilled Chicken Wings
Honey BBQ Grilled Chicken Wings are the easiest way to make your favorite crispy and saucy snack! These wings are perfect for sharing and dipping in an easy, creamy dip.
BBQ Grilled Blooming Onion
When you dig into a bbq grilled blooming onion that’s been glazed in BBQ Sauce, you are getting your favorite steakhouse appetizer with a healthy twist. It’s the easiest way to take your favorite aussie appetizer outside!
BBQ Glazed Grilled Bratwurst with Spicy Peach Bacon Salsa
BBQ Glazed Grilled Bratwurst with Spicy Peach Bacon Salsa is a simple recipe with big bold flavors that are ideal for celebrating the end of summer. The grilled brats have a sweet and savory glaze which pairs perfectly with the smoky, spicy, and fruity salsa on top.
BBQ Apple Cider Ribs
BBQ Apple Cider Ribs are the ultimate juicy, meaty, and messy dinner. This classic recipe has a twist of apple cider, making them extra tender.
Dry Rub Wings with BBQ Blue Cheese Sauce
Dry Rub Wings are the EASIEST way to make wings. All you need is a slammin’ seasoning to infuse your grilled chicken wings with a ton of flavor! You can serve them straight up or pair them with a tangy BBQ blue cheese dipping sauce.
Grilled Chipotle BBQ Chicken Skewers
Grilled Chipotle BBQ Chicken Skewers are savory, spicy, and smoky! The chicken is skewered up with veggies and bacon, then basted until cooked to tasty perfection. With a 3-ingredient chipotle BBQ sauce, they are gonna rock your grilling world.
Grilled Pulled Pork Tex Mex Stuffed Avocados
Yes, grilling avocados is a thing and yes, it’s wonderful. Grilled Pulled Pork Tex Mex Stuffed Avocados are a fun twist on dinner that everyone will gobble up.
Cacio e Pepe Grilled Wings
The flavors of your favorite pasta, made into a shareable recipe to chow down on!
Grilled Vegetable Egg Rolls
Grilled Vegetable Egg Rolls are the perfect summer appetizer to break out the grill for! Hearty charred vegetables and a spice blend fill these golden fried egg rolls, making them a flavorful recipe that’s full of texture.
Beer Brined Beer Can Chicken
Beer Brined Beer Can Chicken is a double dose of beer, in one juicy bird. The beer brine keeps the meat nice and juicy, while grilling it with a beer can keeps it moist inside as the skin gets crispy on the outside.
Spicy Ginger Grilled Chicken Thighs with Avocado Salsa
Spicy Ginger Grilled Chicken Thighs with Avocado Salsa are a juicy, flavorful grilled dish that you can eat so many different ways! Eat the thighs as is with the salsa, shred the meat and make tacos, or make crostini out of the meat with the salsa on top.
Build Your Own Gourmet BBQ Burger Bar!
Building your own Gourmet BBQ Burger Bar couldn’t be easier! You get all the BBQ flavor you are craving. Simple and unique toppings are what make this burger bar really stand out from the rest!
Grilled Avocado Caprese Chicken
Grilled Caprese Avocado Chicken is a healthy and fresh summer take on the classic flavor combination. Drizzled with a balsamic reduction, this is an easy recipe that is ideal for your weeknight dinner routine, or even your next summer patio party!
French Onion Burger
All the flavors of your favorite soup, but in a burger! Juicy, flavorful burgers are topped with gruyere and caramelized onions for a killer summer burger.
Grilled Beer Marinated Chicken Wings
Grilled Beer Marinated Chicken Wings are juicy and flavorful, making them the only way you’ll want to cook wings from now until forever. The simple beer marinade is easy-to-make and pairs with almost any BBQ sauce you can think of!
my must-haves for backyard bbqs
A lot of the recipes above include a grilling element! If I had to choose my favorite grill, it would hands down be this Traeger grill. I love a wood pellet grill because it allows you to grill AND smoke recipes. You can use so many different flavors of pellets too, but if you are unsure where to start, I recommend trying the Traeger grill signature pellets.
Additional grilling favorite items are below!
just one more thing…
If you are hoping to throw a party, you will definitely need some cocktails to go with all this amazing food. To keep with the theme of the backyard bbq, these are some of my favorite cocktails to serve when it is hot outside.
- Vodka strawberry lemonade is fresh and fruity with just the right amount of booze!
- If you need an easy four-ingredient cocktail, this raspberry margarita is the best balance of tart and sweet.
- Hop on the Italian train by whipping up this simple limoncello spritz!
For more cocktails, you can always check out my cocktails recipe page!
If you need a tasty appetizer for your gathering, consider a summer charcuterie board so everyone can graze while the grill is going.