Welcome to our best BBQ recipes! It’s an expert guide to the perfect BBQ. We have recipes for all of the BBQ classics, from burgers to BBQ skewers and BBQ side dishes. We’ve also included the best meaty showstoppers and some epic fish recipes for the BBQ.
Having lots of people over? Prepare one of our make-ahead desserts to serve to your guests, and whip up a batch of cocktails in jugs with our easy jug cocktail recipes for a crowd. Pick and mix between our top BBQ ideas.
BBQ burger recipes
Our best ever burger recipes will get your BBQ going. Get the buns out and try our easy burger recipes, from the juiciest burger in town, to chicken burgers and even a vegan burger. We’ve picked a few below, but here’s our full list of burger recipes.
Like cheese? Then you’ll love our double-swiss burgers, stacked high with beef, Emmenthal cheese, lettuce and tomatoes, and finished off with a green chilli and cornichon relish.
The juicy Lucy was invented in Minneapolis when a chef decided to put the cheese inside, rather than on top of, a burger patty. You can use fancy cheese if you like, but a true juicy Lucy uses classic burger cheese slices.
With their full-on flavour and meaty texture, suitable for the grill, these completely vegan loaded burgers are an absolute must at any barbecue. More vegan recipe ideas here.
A quick and healthy way to serve fish on the barbecue. Coat in spices and grill before stuffing into buns and serving with smoky paprika and lime mayo.
Our BBQ ideas will keep you going. If you’re entertaining with a BBQ in the garden this summer, try our meaty centrepieces and serve with some inventive BBQ sides (recipes below). From spatchcocked poussin to Dr Pepper ribs and recipes for lamb chops.
Start with our tips on cooking meat on the BBQ:
- Start early. Light the coals or get the gas barbecue up to temperature, and tend it. The trick with low and slow barbecuing is to keep the temperature even. Brits tend to throw a whole bag of coal with a pack of firelighters and cook when it’s raging hot. Don’t. Start with a third of a bag, or find the right level on the gas and keep it there. This is an exercise in restraint and patience. Find your inner Zen. Use breathing techniques. Calmly does it.
- The meat is also important. Most cuts of brisket in the UK have been trimmed of almost all fat. You need this fat when cooking low and slow. It’ll keep the meat beautifully moist.
- Buy a meat thermometer. There are some people who can tell how the inside of a piece of meat is cooking from 1,000 yards away, most can’t. A meat thermometer lets you know exactly how the meat is cooking and when it’s ready.
Try our glazed Vietnamese BBQ pork. This recipe is great for family BBQs; it’s delicately sweet, gluten-free and easily serves 6. Alternatively, this recipe works just as well when roasted.
Our epic home-smoked brisket recipe is easy to prepare once you know what you’re doing. Follow our expert tips to create the most tender meat centrepiece, it’s all about low and slow…
Slow cooking is the best way to get juicy melt in the mouth pork shoulder. These succulent pork buns are seriously tender and the perfect weekend crowd pleaser.
This simple recipe makes a great barbecue. Piri piri is the best marinade for grilled chicken or poussins, and it’s quick and easy to make your own.
We’ve given grilled chicken a mojito twist in this summery BBQ recipe. Rum and sugar caramelise well when cooked together in a marinade – do keep an eye on this as it cooks and adjust the grill to get a nicely browned skin without too much blackening. You can also barbecue the chicken if you like. Serve with rice and a tomato salad.
An easy recipe for a Korean BBQ at home. Lamb chops marinated in a sweet-sour sauce, then grilled and served with spicy cucumber salad and chilli sauce.
The caramel and spice flavours of the fizzy Dr Pepper drink add an extra dimension to sticky ribs. A great, fun twist to your BBQ.
These easy griddle breads with lamb, dill and yogurt topping make a great barbecue supper for the family. The lamb is packed full of delicious Middle Eastern flavours, and the pomegranate seeds provide a juicy crunch.
Rosie Birkett’s plum and sesame lamb cutlets are ideal for the BBQ. The delicious, sweet, sticky glaze with a kick of spicy sriracha works so well with lamb and the spring onions add a crunch of freshness. They look fantastic, and are sure to be a hit at your next barbecue.
The marinades used in Korean barbecuing are definitely worth trying at home. This BBQ steak has a refreshing pickled side dish, perfect for summer.
BBQ skewer recipes
BBQ kebabs are perfect for entertaining over the summer. Check out our skewer ideas, from yakitori chicken to popular halloumi kebabs.
Yakitori is a Japanese glaze for grilled meat, poultry or fish. You can buy it ready made but it’s so easy to make your own and much cheaper. This mix of miso, sugar and mirin makes these healthy chicken skewers deliciously sticky.
Bun cha is a typical salad in Vietnam. It’s very easy to prepare as the sizzling pork is served with a make-ahead salad of cold noodles, herbs and beansprouts, and a punchy dipping sauce. For more Vietnamese recipes for the BBQ, click here.
These sticky grilled padron peppers and chorizo skewers with honey drizzle make the perfect starter or finger food to serve with drinks over the summer months. What’s more, they’re super quick and easy to make.
Quick lamb recipe for the BBQ. Thread onto skewers, coat with a spicy chilli rub and pop on the grill. Serve with carrot and coriander salad.
Make an easy marinade for BBQ vegetarian halloumi skewers. Add tomatoes and aubergine and grill on the barbecue. Piled on to crusty bread these will be a hit.
BBQ sides recipes
Try our BBQ side dishes to create the perfect summer entertaining spread, from Mexican-style corn on the cob to smoky aubergines and tear-and-share garlic bread.
Try our gluten free Vietnamese style herb, watermelon and rice noodle salad. This refreshing recipe is a great summer BBQ side dish and is ready in less than 30 minutes. What’s more, it’s low in calories.
Check out these sweet and sticky BBQ chicken wings. This gluten-free recipe is super easy to make and a real crowd pleaser at any summer BBQ.
Cobb salad is an American classic of chopped tomatoes, avocado, leaves and crisp bacon. Our version adds blue cheese, sourdough croutons and a green goddess dressing.
This recipe for spiced corn on the cob is based on a grilled Mexican street snack but gets a bump of flavour from punchy Korean gochuchang sauce. If you can’t find it, use any garlicky chilli sauce. It’s a great way to pep-up sweetcorn for your next barbecue.
Miso and aubergine is a match made in heaven, and this recipe is perfect for the BBQ this summer. Make sure you check the miso is vegan, if that’s the diet you follow.
Try these quick, easy and moreish halloumi fries. Deep-fried for extra crunch, they’re an absolute cheese sensation. Dip them into our homemade tartare sauce for the ultimate pre-BBQ snack.
Our favourite garlic bread recipe. Stuff baguettes with mozzarella, basil and garlic, then BBQ or bake for a delicious twist on this family favourite. We’ve got plenty of exciting bread recipes to bake and serve with your BBQ burgers, meats and salads.
This recipe for grilled peas and broad beans with minted yogurt sauce is a great dish to have on hand for a summer barbecue. The slightly charred flavour works really well with the fresh, sweet peas and the tangy yogurt sauce. Recipe by Rosie Birkett.
Charred sweet baby courgettes are tossed with fresh herbs in a simple lemon and caper dressing for a quick summer salad for your BBQ spread.
Revamp your runner beans this summer with our pan-fried recipe, matched with a super fresh and zesty dip called banga cauda.
BBQ seafood recipes
It’s not all about the meat! Our BBQ seafood recipes are a great way to add something a bit more refreshing and light to the BBQ spread. Here are our top seafood recipes to whack on the grill…
Our recipe for delicately soft barbequed sea bream, with a fiery chilli and punchy lemongrass marinade, makes for a great summer BBQ. In Phu Quoc and coastal regions of Vietnam, huge tanks of live fish and shellfish are a common sight in markets. Customers barter for what they want, choose a marinade and dipping sauce, and it all gets cooked on a huge charcoal grill in minutes.
This recipe for barbecued squid with charred lemon and caper dressing is really quick and easy to make, but it tastes delicious and looks impressive – perfect for entertaining. The simple charred lemon and caper dressing works well with the fresh squid. Recipe by Rosie Birkett.
Our favourite BBQ tuna recipe that’s healthy, too! Serve with a green olive salad with new potatoes on the side.
Mackerel is always best super-fresh and the season runs from July until February, so you’ve got plenty of time to enjoy it. During the summer, we love this recipe for grilled mackerel fillets with lime mojo – the acidity of the lime and orange works well with this oily fish.
Our recipe for smoked trout, new potato and grilled cucumber salad is a great one to make for a summer BBQ. You need a BBQ with a lid that closes and wood chips to create the smoke for the trout and potatoes.
If you don’t want to smoke your own fish, you can use lightly smoked raw trout or salmon and cook it in the oven instead.
These zesty lime grilled salmon tacos with avocado cream are a great option for when it’s hot outside. They’re ready in just 20 minutes, making them perfect for when it’s too hot to stand by a hot grill for ages.
Vegetarian BBQ recipes
Let vegetarian BBQ recipes take centre stage at your next BBQ. We have plenty of vegetarian BBQ ideas to make sure your veggie friends are impressed. Our favourites are below, but there are plenty more vegetarian BBQ recipes to explore here.
We love avocado! With this recipe for grilled avocado halves with harissa hummus and tahini yogurt, we’ve promoted it to BBQ star.
Our recipe for turmeric and coconut paneer with charred naans will make your summer BBQ much more interesting. Use an old baking tray to cook the naans as it wont be fit for using in the oven fterwards. Alternatively, cook them in a heavy-based frying pan on the hob until golden and puffed on both sides.
This simple recipe for a warm aubergine salad is so delicious. Perfect with grilled meats or as a vegetarian dish, the sweet soy-chilli sauce is quick to make as a dressing.
Sweet peppers and tangy feta make for a great combination. This is a great BBQ dish for vegetarians, as the foil keeps the peppers separate from meat and fish while cooking.
Gazpacho is a soup made of raw vegetables and is normally served cold. This simple recipe features cucumber, red pepper and red onion on a plum tomato base. Serve with crusty baguette.
BBQ dessert recipes
Check out our easy BBQ dessert ideas! BBQ desserts are best prepared ahead and popped in the fridge to bring out at the last minute, so we’ve pulled together our favourite fridge cakes, cheesecakes and pavlova recipes.
For a really simple BBQ dessert idea, make a batch of ice cream in advance and pop on the table with ice cream cones… then let everyone dig in.
This freezes brilliantly, so it’s a great make-ahead pud for dinner with friends. It’s best to freeze it before the cream goes on top, then just add the topping before serving.
There’s nothing better than a great pavlova in the summer. Make this delicious pistachio meringue-based dessert using fresh strawberries and raspberries for a truly indulgent treat.
Check out these bright summery cheesecake bars. We’ve used fresh seasonal apricots and crunchy amaretti biscuits. Perfect for an after-dinner treat!
Cheesecake is a real crowdpleaser, and we’ve got loads of recipes to choose from. Try raspberry and milk chocolate, baked cheesecakes, lemon cheesecakes and of course easy chocolate cheesecake recipes.
This malted milk and caramel ice-cream pie is a great make-ahead dessert that everyone will love. It will keep for up to a week, wrapped in clingfilm in the freezer.
Why not whip up a batch of homemade ice cream and let everyone make their own ice cream cones? We have plenty of ice cream recipes to choose from.
Like a happy mash-up of a key lime pie and a piña colada, this is a Saturday night kind of pudding. It’s easy to make but looks really impressive on the table.
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