15 BBQ Ideas to Rock Your Summer

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Today, we’re sharing 15 BBQ ideas that’ll rock your summer menu!! From gourmet burgers and steaks to bbq chicken and pork, these easy grilling recipes are perfect for your Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day parties.

15 BBQ Ideas to Rock Your Summer

As the world continues to recover from the events of the past two years, many of us will spend time with friends and family this summer.

One of the best ways to get outdoors and celebrate is with a big cookout on the grill!

15 BBQ Ideas

Do you love gourmet burgers but don’t like paying the big dollars restaurants charge? We joke that I have developed enough gourmet burger recipes to start my own restaurant!

If you aren’t into burgers, we have you covered with plenty of other grilling ideas, too. Pork chops, BBQ chicken, shish kabobs, chicken skewers and so many more! We’ve got you covered with plenty of recipes for delicious foods to cook on the grill.

Don’t forget the cocktails!

If you have a smoker, we encourage you to fire it up and make a few of our fantastic smoker recipes as well!

Whether you make these 15 quick easy grilling recipes for your family or for a big get-together, they are all sure to receive RAVE reviews.

Browse through the recipe descriptions below. When you find something that you’d like to make, click on the title.

Then, you’ll be taken right to the post, where you can print, save, bookmark, or Pin the recipe to make later.

grilled burger on brioche bun

BBQ Ideas for the Burger Lovers

These fantastic bbq dishes are great for dinner any time of the year. Find a favorite recipe, then take a portable grill to your 4th of July picnic, or even tailgate game day burgers with your friends.

PRO TIP: For perfectly juicy burgers, use your thumb to make a slight indentation in the center on one side of the burger patties. This prevents them from doming up in the center. The indentation will rise as your burger cooks.

This is our #1 favorite grilled burger, hands down!! The juicy beef patties are piled high with smoky bacon, bbq sauce AND a beer cheese sauce that you’ll flip your lid over!!

For the flavor of spicy buffalo wings without the mess, this bbq dish can’t be beat!! We recommend serving the burger on a soft homemade pretzel bun with a side of carrots, celery and blue cheese.

breakfast bbq burger on English muffin bread

These breakfast burgers are a fantastic barbecue idea for a weekend brunch- way better than a traditional bacon and eggs breakfast!!!

These burgers have thick slices of smoky bacon and bbq sauce, plus the addition of dark beer and caramelized onions. Truly one of the best BBQ ideas ever!!

Olive salad piled high on a toasted Ciabatta bun. Topped with a scrumptious burger and layers of Italian meats and cheeses. What do you call it? Besides DELICIOUS…

Need a few bbq ideas of side dishes to serve with your burgers? Keep the grill burning for some roasted corn on the cob, grilled zucchini, or grilled sweet potato fries!

grilled pizza

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Barbecue Ideas for Lunch

If you don’t want a full blown dinner, but you have a craving to grill outdoors, make one of these light grilled bites.

Both tempting and tasty, grilled sandwiches, sliders, and grilled skewers are the perfect bbq idea for lunch or a weekend brunch!

BBQ chicken skewers are tender, juicy, and easy to throw together at the last minute. Create mouthwatering flavor with just a few ingredients!

Kabobs are such a simple way to serve your favorite grilled meats during the summer, and ranch marinated chicken is so flipping delicious with the addition of grilled flavor!!

fantastic bbq idea - beef kabobs

This barbecue idea proves that grilled pineapple isn’t reserved solely as a pizza topping – it brings a tangy sweet flavor to grilled beef, too! The shish kabobs are even better with pineapple barbecue sauce for dipping!

Speaking of pizza, there is no better BBQ food than grilled pizza! This one features bits of juicy chicken and fantastic southwest flavors!

Sliders are the perfect grilling recipe to create a light bite for lunch or game day food. Even better, they are lightning quick to grill on the BBQ – no more waiting for lunch!

bbq chicken breast with tequila lime marinade

BBQ Ideas for Dinner

Whether you’ve been playing hard all day at the beach or just lounging around poolside, these easy grilling recipes will feed your family and friends well.

They’ll give you the fuel to go ahead and keep running for another couple of hours!

Saturday night steakhouse prime rib has nothing on the flavor of a prime rib of beef, grilled to perfection! This grilled steak recipe is perfect for a Father’s Day meal or New Year’s Eve cookout!!

Don’t be intimidated about grilled steaks… they require little prep and a watchful eye. Other than that, they are one of the easiest grilling recipes to make!

grilled bone in pork chops

Bone-in pork chops marinated with a kicked up Jack Daniels marinade are the best of the best when it comes to easy and tasty BBQ food! Need we say more?

Tequila, lime, and orange all come together to create the best ever Margarita Chicken. This is one easy grilling recipe you have to try!

You know ribs are the ultimate BBQ food, right? I mean, what could be better than juicy pork melting in your mouth? Maybe licking sticky sweet bourbon barbecue sauce from your fingers?


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Originally published October 2012, updated and republished January 2022

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