Aubergine kebabs

Healthy BBQ recipes

Try our lighter versions of BBQ classics so you can enjoy your grill more often, from Thai-style chicken burgers to courgette lollipops and whole lemongrass and chilli sea bream

Looking for healthy BBQ recipes? Want lighter, vegetarian BBQ ideas? Try our recipes below. 


Want some nutritious sides to serve with your meat? Check out our courgette lollipops, charred onion or grilled peas. Enjoy the benefits of fresh seafood with our grilled squid dressed in a charred lemon and caper sauce.

For more healthy inspiration, take a look at our collections of healthy salad recipes and healthy desserts.

Healthy BBQ recipes

Aubergine kebabs with charred onion salsa

Try these healthy skewers for an easy BBQ option – simple to put together, quick to cook and easily scaled up or down depending on how many you’re feeding.

Whole tandoori cauliflower with jewelled rice salad

Check out this Indian spiced whole roasted cauliflower with fluffy rice, pomegranate seeds and crunchy pistachios. This flavoursome recipe makes a showstopping veggie dish to serve friends and family at your next BBQ.

Whole tandoori cauliflower with jewelled rice salad

Barbecued squid with charred lemon and caper dressing

This recipe for barbecued squid with charred lemon and caper dressing is really quick and easy to make, but it tastes delicious and looks really impressive. The simple charred lemon and caper dressing works really well with the fresh squid in this protein-rich recipe.

Barbecued squid with charred lemon and caper dressing

Hole-in-the-wall beef skewers

These kebabs are simple to make and cook fast on a barbecue. Rather than serve them in a wrap, make these a little different, plating them up on a slick of hummus – and then top the meat with a really zesty mix of red onion, sumac and parsley.

A blue plate topped with hummus and kebabs

Ras el hanout and honey BBQ chicken thighs

Marinade chicken thighs in warming ras el hanout and sweet honey for a fragrant twist on classic BBQ chicken.

An oval platter topped with six BBQ chicken thighs with a red and blackened skin

Grilled peas

This recipe is so easy to make and so addictively good, that you’ll want them as a snack as often as you can. The BBQ gives them a lovely chargrilled flavour.

Grilled peas

Courgette lollipops

Check out these easy veggie skewers with courgettes soaked in a citrusy sweet marinade with a hint of chilli. Make these quick skewers as a healthier veggie BBQ side.

Courgette Vegetable Skewers Recipe

Lamb koftas with kale salad

Make your own lamb koftas in minutes then whack on the BBQ and serve with a super-green salad for a delicious low-carb dinner.

Thai-style turkey burgers

Looking for a low-fat alternative to a beef burger? These flavour of these healthy turkey burgers is kicked up a notch with the Thai-inspired addition of ginger and chilli. Serve with salad instead of in a bun to keep them really healthy.


Charred onions with balsamic, walnuts and ricotta

Brush sweet onions in a balsamic honey glaze, bake until tender and serve with dollops of creamy ricotta for an easy veggie side that’ll be ideal at a BBQ.

Balsamic Onions Recipe For an Easy Side Dish with Ricotta and Walnuts

Tender spring onions with charred romesco