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BBQ Food Ideas for Summer


Summer is almost here, and with it comes barbecue season. And when it comes to BBQ food ideas, there’s plenty of options on what to put on the grill. With meaty marvels, vegan and veggie delights, or you’re after some side dish inspiration. We’ve got a few suggestions that’ll take your barbecue to the next level.

With Coronavirus restrictions easing, there’s hope we can grill up a storm with our friends and family soon. Whether we have to take the grill on the road, or we can invite them into our back garden. It’s worth keeping up to date on all the latest government guidelines before you send out the invites.

BBQ Food Classics

Barbecues are a magical thing for meat-lovers. With so many dishes being at their best when they’re fresh of the grill, you’ve got a ton of choice. From classics like burgers and hotdogs, to chicken that’s been spiced to your tastes, you really can’t go wrong with this selection of barbecue classics.


burger with cheese and lettuce

There’s nothing more classic than a burger at a barbecue. From the traditional beef patty, sandwiched between a bun with ketchup, to meaty behemoths with stacked patties, bacon, cheese, and special sauce. When you make it at home, you can have it your way. It’s super simple to make them at home too. You can grab a packet of beef mince and form it into a patty. Or you can grind your own meat if you’ve got the gear for it. Just remember to hit it with some salt and pepper before it goes on the grill!

Hot Dogs

hotdog sandwich with tomato and cheese

Hot dogs are so simple, yet so affective. Whether you want to go for some German frankfurters, or you fancy a British sausage, tailor it to your tastes. You can even go a step further by changing up the toppings. You can be a traditionalist and you want ketchup, mustard and onions, or you want to make it a chili dog. Fill that bun with whatever you like. All you have to do is put them on the grill and keep them turning until they’re done! Get everything you need for the perfect hot dog with the M&S BBQ food selection.

Barbecue Ribs

brown and white chocolate cake

Sticky, sweet ribs are truly a treat for your tastebuds. Cooking them low and slow is the key to making sure your ribs are fall-off-the-bone tender. Liberally rub your ribs down with BBQ sauce, whether you go homemade or store-bought. Whip up a rub for your ribs by mixing up some of your favourite BBQ-ready spices. Then you just have to cover your ribs from top to bottom with it. Then you can wrap them in foil and barbecue until they’re ready. Finish them by unwrapping them and applying some more of that BBQ sauce!


Chicken Grill on White Tray Near Green Leaf Vegetable Food

For those who have missed Nando’s while we’ve been stuck in lockdown, chicken is the way to go. You can whip up a BBQ chicken marinade before-hand to make sure your chicken is juicy and tender. Then when your chicken is cooked through, a wonderful way to finish some barbecue chicken is with your favourite sauce. Whether you want some Nando’s sauce from the supermarket, or you want to do your own thing, get creative.


grilled meat with white sauce

Kebabs are such a simple and effective way to serve up some meaty deliciousness. Whether you want chicken, pork, lamb or beef, you can pair it with a selection of your favourite veggies, and season it to your tastes. Then you can eat it straight off the skewer, or slap it in a bread roll, no plates required. For a delivery of meat that packs flavour, check out the bundles on offer over at Muscle Food.

Barbecue Pulled Pork

grilled meat on brown chopping board

Pulled pork is a barbecue favourite for a reason. Tender, shredded pork is at its best when it’s slathered in your favourite barbecue sauce and served in a bread roll with some coleslaw. This one can take a while though, so a disposable barbecue isn’t really going to cut it when you grill up that pork shoulder. To get some quality pork for your grill, the Morrison’s BBQ food range has got you covered.

Meat-Free BBQ Food

Most of us associate a barbecue with piles of flame-grilled meat. That doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of options for vegetarian and vegan barbecue. Whether you want to go for meat-free alternatives, or you’re after something completely different, you’ve got a ton of choice.

Barbecue Halloumi

Taken from The Spruce Eats

Grilled halloumi is an absolute treat if you’re after a meat-free option this barbecue season. It’s a really simple dish that only really requires the cheese itself, some oil and maybe a little salt and pepper. While slapping cheese on a barbecue might sound like messy business, halloumi can hold up to the heat. And for a wonderful, simple way to prepare it, check out The Spruce Eats grilled halloumi recipe.

Veggie Kebabs

Grilling Kebab

For a versatile treat that you really can just make your own, a vegetable kebab is the right choice. Pack it with your favourite vegetables, meat-free alternatives and seasonings, and you’ll have something tasty. You can serve it right off the skewer or pack it into a pitta bread with some sauce, and your tastebuds will thank you for the treat.

Barbecue Tofu

sliced fruit and vegetable salad on white ceramic plate

Tofu is the ultimate meat substitute, and while it can be a little bland, there’s plenty you can do to elevate that flavour. From marinading it before it hits the grill, to adding glazes and sauces as it cooks, it doesn’t have to be light on flavour. Whether you pop it on a skewer with veggies, or you grill it as a steak, you can be a little adventurous with how you cook up your tofu this barbecue season.

Falafel Burgers

For a vegan treat that’s perfect for the grill, try out a falafel burger. Falafel is versatile because you can press it into any shape you like. Whether you form it into a patty, or you go for falafel balls for a little extra texture, it’s perfect for a vegan diet. Put it on a skewer, put it in a bun, or just eat it on its own, it’s a delicious meat-free treat.


While most of us might be there for the meat, it’s worth getting some extras sorted too for a little variation. A light bite on the side, or a delicious drink can help cut through all that rich meat. Whether it’s vibrant veggies, or butter-soaked corn, there’s plenty of side dishes that can take your barbecue to the next level.

Corn on the Cob

Selective Focus Photography of Grilled Corns

Grilled corn on the cob that’s been covered in butter is an absolute treat. You can cover them in some sauce before you cook, whether you want butter, honey, barbecue sauce or just some oil and seasoning. Then you can wrap them in foil until they’re cooked. For that delicious scorched effect, just unwrap them for a bit before they finish.


bowl of vegetable salads

It might not be what everyone wants to hear, but salad makes for a great dish at a barbecue. It adds colour, texture and a couple of your five-a-day to the whole affair. Whether you want some lettuce for crunch in your burger, or you just want something a little less rich and meaty on your plate, it’s a must-have at your barbecue. You can however change those vibrant veggies in for a potato salad if you want something a little less… healthy.


assorted spices on bowls on black wooden surface

Whether it’s cool sour cream, tangy peri peri sauce, or some delicious tzatziki, dips are an absolute must at your barbecue. Whether you want a little extra sauce for those ribs, or you want to make those wings even more of a flavour bomb, the dip is the way to do that. It’s absolutely worth learning how to make barbecue sauce, because homemade barbecue sauce is what dreams are made of.


photography of person holding glass bottles during sunset

There’s nothing like a barbecue that’s packing the drinks. From cold beers and Summer-ready ciders, to cocktails and wines, it’s worth keeping the fridge stocked. To find the right kind of wine to pair with your barbecue food, check out our beginner’s guide to buying wine. But really, there’s nothing better than a cold beer on a hot day. Asda BBQ food selection is perfect if you want affordable options for the grill, and they’ve got the drinks to back it up!

Treat Your Tastebuds with These Barbecue Food Ideas

So, whether you want to go all in on those classic barbecue dishes, or you fancy trying something vegan off the grill, we hope you’ve been inspired by these barbecue food ideas. While the Coronavirus restrictions are easing, make sure you check out the latest guidelines before you invite your friends over for a mountain of delicious barbecued food.

You can get all those BBQ essentials sorted with our article on getting the right barbecue gear. For those who want to grill up a storm but need the gear to do it, an Argos BBQ is the perfect choice. Or maybe you just need somewhere to enjoy your tasty treats, in which case the Wayfair garden furniture selection is a wonderful choice.