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36 Best Summer BBQ Grilling Ideas For A Crowd

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With summer upon us, we asked several of our fellow food bloggers for their best BBQ menu ideas for a crowd.

And BOY, did we get some awesome feedback.

We have taken the best of the best summer cookout recipes and presented them in one giant roundup post! 

Summer is my favorite time of year for many reasons. The warm weather, shorts and t-shirts, swimming, and vacations to name a few… but summer cookouts would have to be at the top of that list.

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BBQ CHICKEN IDEAS/ POULTRY

BBQ HONEY BEER CHICKEN AND WAFFLES

Chicken and waffles are usually associated with breakfast food that you would find at The Wafflehouse, IHOP, or Denny’s.

The marinated chicken is a perfect grilled meat idea for your next summer BBQ cookout.

GRILLED APRICOT SESAME CHICKEN SKEWERS WITH ASPARAGUS

If you’re looking for inspiration and grill party ideas, look no further. These apricot sesame chicken skewers will have your guests singing your praises.

The grilled asparagus makes an excellent bbq side item selection as well.

GRILLED THAI CHICKEN

If you’re asking yourself what to cook on the grill, perhaps you might try your hand at these scrumptious Thai grilled chicken breasts. Your guest will love this sweet and spicy grilled meat idea. Cooked in Thai Sweet Chili Sauce and includes lemongrass.

BARBEQUE BEER BASTED CHICKEN

Fun grilling ideas do not have to be complicated. This beer basted BBQ chicken recipe uses butter, beer, rosemary, and garlic sauce to produce awesome flavors that will please any grill master.

BBQ GRILL HONEY SRIRACHA CHICKEN

If you’re like me, you love spicy chicken. Great summer recipes like this one use minimal ingredients but pack a mighty punch flavor profile. Mix it up a little at your next BBQ!


GRILLED CHICKEN CAPRESE WITH BALSAMIC SAUCE

Good summer recipes like grilled chicken caprese with balsamic sauce are easy to prepare and ooze with flavor. This classic Italian dish can be ready to serve in under 30 minutes

BARBECUE JUICY BEER CAN CHICKEN RECIPE

I love chicken and I love beer. This juicy beer can chicken recipe is a perfect blend of both.

GRILL IDEAS – GLUTEN FREE TERIYAKI CHICKEN KABOBS

Teriyaki chicken that is also gluten-free. Its a win-win for the health conscious folks.

BARBECUE GRILLED BEER CAN CORNISH HENS RECIPE FOR TWO

Many grill masters have perfect their beer can chicken recipes but what about Cornish hens. If you’re looking for outdoor barbecue ideas, look no further.

GRILLED BARBECUE BEEF IDEAS

GRILL IDEAS – LOW COUNTRY BBQ BURGER WITH BACON WEAVE AND SMOKED GOUDA GRIT CAKE

Here is another unique creation for those seeking summer BBQ recipes. It’s a gourmet burger that incorporates Gouda grit cakes and Budweiser’s Premium BBQ Sauce.

Label me intrigued!

GRILLED CARNE ASADA RECIPE

If you’ve never had Carne Asada, you’re missing out!  The amazing marinade takes advantage of freshly squeezed orange, lime and lemon juices with cilantro, garlic and jalapeño for a unique and juicy flavor profile.

Easy outdoor grill recipes like this one will please even the pickiest of eaters.

BBQ STEAK KABOBS WITH DIJON GREEN BEANS

Quick grilling ideas like steak kabobs are perfect for your next outdoor party. Not only are they delicious but they’re also perfect finger food that your guest can indulge in while partaking in good conversation.

GRILLED FLANK STEAK

The best BBQ dishes always involve juicy steak. This grill flank steak is every meat eaters dream come true.

GRILL IDEAS – BALSAMIC STEAK SALAD

Summer BBQ recipes do not have to be unhealthy. If you are health conscious, you may opt for this balsamic steak salad. The flavors and rich and robust and still have that wonderful grill taste.

GRILLED BBQ DR. PEPPER MARINATED FLANK STEAK WITH CHILAQUILES

As indicated by the name, these flank steaks with chilaquiles are marinaded in Dr. Pepper.

This Mexican inspired dish uses white wine vinegar, minced garlic, brown sugar, spicy brown mustard, and a host of other blends of spices and flavors.

GRILLED BBQ PORK IDEAS

BBQ ST. LOUIS PORK STEAKS

If you’re looking for amazing outdoor BBQ ideas, look no further than this St. Louis BBQ pork steaks recipe.

Utilizing the pork butt cut of the meat, these slow-cooked tasty steaks will melt in your mouth.

BBQ GRILLED SEAFOOD IDEAS

BBQ IDEAS – SAFFRON SHRIMP TACOS

If you love seafood and you also love Mexican food, why not combine elements of both for a unique and robust fusion of flavors? Easy grilled dinners like this can be made to feed the whole family or large crowds.

GRILLED SHRIMP SCAMPI

Easy outdoor grill recipes like grilled shrimp scampi can taste better than any dish you pay high prices for in a restaurant. 

Using just a handful of ingredients, such as zest of lemon, dry white wine, Old Bay seasoning, and freshly chopped parsley, rosemary, and thyme goes a long way.

VEGGIE BBQ GRILL IDEAS

SMOKY RED PEPPER & CHEESE BEAN BURGERS (VEGAN RECIPE)

Great summer recipes start with delicious burgers. Not only is this red pepper & cheese bean burgers recipe oozing with flavor but it’s also a great healthy vegan alternative to traditional hamburgers.

NECTARINE QUINOA BUCKWHEAT TABBOULEH (VEGAN + GF)

Another wonderful vegan recipe that doesn’t skimp on flavor. If you’re looking for fun summer recipes with a healthy twist, look no further.

In addition to juicy nectarine, quinoa, and buckwheat, this recipe also incorporates red pepper, cucumber, dried cherries, and pistachio nuts.

Can you say “yum”?

BARBECUE OVEN ROASTED EGGPLANT CUBES WITH BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE

I love the unique taste of eggplant but I will be the first to admit that I never thought of grilling it. If you’re an avid eggplant fan, you’re gonna want to give this a try.

GRILLED BBQ CORN ON THE COB IN FOIL EASY GRILLED VEGETABLE!

What BBQ themed summer party is complete without delicious buttery corn on the cob?

Seriously, I’m asking!

RED WHITE AND BLUE WATERMELON BLUEBERRY SALAD — VEGETARIAN

If you’re looking for a healthy alternative to traditional summer BBQ recipes, this recipe is for you. This patriotic salad includes watermelon, goat cheese, and blueberries for the red, white, and blue.

BARBECUE SNACK IDEAS

BARBEQUE ROSEMARY-GARLIC CHICKEN KABOBS

Is there anyone who doesn’t enjoy a perfectly grilled chicken kabob?  The best BBQ ideas start with quality ingredients. The olive oil, garlic, and rosemary provide a tasty outer coating.

BBQ GRILLED PIZZA WITH 15 MINUTE DOUGH RECIPE FOR TWO

Most grillers have a vast knowledge of beef, pork, and poultry recipes but forget that items like pizza can also be prepared on a grill.

The best part about this recipe is the dough can be prepared in only 15 minutes!

GRILLED WATERMELON SALAD

Who doesn’t love watermelon?  When I saw that this watermelon dish was grilled, I was salivating at the thought.

If you are looking for unique BBQ grill party ideas, consider adding this to the list.

GRILLED BBQ SHRIMP WITH CHIMICHURRI SAUCE

If you’re a chimichurri sauce fan like I am, you won’t want to miss it over these delicious grilled shrimp. BBQ grilling isn’t just beef, pork, or poultry.

These seafood treats provide easy BBQ ideas for a crowd of people at your next summer cookout.

GLUTEN FREE INSTANT POT POTATO SALAD

If you’re looking for easy BBQ ideas for a crowd, do not forget to include the potato salad or your guest will come after you with torches and pitchforks.

Use an instant pot, and it will be ready in minutes.

GRILL IDEAS –  SHRIMP SKEWERS WITH GREEN TAHINI SAUCE

Shrimp is one of those perfect finger foods. The tails provide a perfect handle.

The green tahini sauce is made with a perfect blend of parsley, cilantro, lemon, and jalapeno flavors.

Shrimp skewers make perfect BBQ menu ideas for a crowd!

SUMMER GRILL & COOKOUT BBQ BBQ MENU DESSERTS

GRILLED POUND CAKE WITH LIMONCELLO BANANAS FOR ONE

Grilling isn’t all for the meat lovers. Desserts like grilled pound cake with limoncello bananas can be amazingly fun summer recipes that your family and guests will love.

BBQ GRILLED FRUIT KABOBS

If you love grilling kabobs, you will want to try these juicy grilled fruit kabobs!

BBQ SUMMER PARTY DRINK IDEAS

BARBECUE GRILLED WATERMELON HABANERO MARGARITA

Cool off this summer with this amazing grilled watermelon habanero margarita that is out of this world!

HEALTHY SWEET WOODRUFF LEMONADE

No list of fun summer recipes would be complete without a tall refreshing glass of ice-cold lemonade!

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