20 Best Backyard BBQ Recipes

Just in time for outdoor gatherings, this list of the twenty BEST backyard BBQ recipes will have you grilling and chilling all season long.

Is there any season better than grilling season?! As a busy mom of littles, I love the inherent “mess-free” nature of cooking the entire meal out on the grill. Whether it’s grilled chicken, a juicy burger, veggies or seafood, I am all in for any meal prepared outdoors.

In case you’re anything like me and love grilling season just as much, I’ve put together a compilation of my twenty BEST recipes for your next backyard BBQ.

I’ve got you covered when it comes to a quick summer dinner recipe. For beef lovers or for those who need an easy, portable salad, look no further.

Frequently Asked Questions

How far in advance should I marinate my meat before grilling?

Depending on the cut of meat, you should marinate it for as little as 30 minutes or as long as 8 hours. Typically speaking, the tougher the cut of meat (such as a flank steak), the longer the ideal marinate time. On the other hand, if you’re working with a tender boneless piece of chicken, you don’t need more than 30 minutes or so.

Should I use direct or indirect heat for grilling?

We recommend direct heat (which is when the food is directly on top of the fire) for relatively small pieces of food that are more tender. This would include anything that cooks in 20 minutes or less.

If you are grilling a tougher cut of meat that requires more than 20 minutes, we suggest indirect heat which is when the fire is on either side of the food but not directly under it.

What temperature should I pre-heat my grill to before cooking?

It’s best to pre-heat your grill for 10-15 minutes before you plan to cook your food, or until it reaches a temperature of 500F degrees.

Without further ado, here are my twenty most popular recipes for you to enjoy at your next backyard BBQ or summer cookout!

A Plate of Three Sandwiches with Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken

Slow Cooked BBQ Pulled Chicken

This sweet and tangy Slow Cooked BBQ Pulled Chicken is coated with flavorful seasonings and slowly cooked in light beer until it’s juicy and fall-apart tender.  It’s incredibly versatile and perfect for an easy weeknight dinner option!

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Best BBQ Grilled Chicken

Sharing my secrets to the best grilled BBQ chicken – tender and juicy every single time!

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Lebanese Potato Salad (Patata Salata)

This light and healthy traditional Lebanese potato salad recipe is perfect for a pot luck. No mayo and no refrigeration required.

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Greek Turkey Burgers with Creamy Tzatziki Sauce

Greek-style turkey burgers are grilled to perfection and topped with a creamy garlic and dill tzatziki sauce. Protein packed and exploding with flavor, these Greek burgers are a healthy addition to any BBQ.

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Grilled Asparagus with Lemon and Za’atar

A fast and easy side dish recipe, asparagus is coated with lemon and za’atar and grilled until slightly charred.

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Grilled Lebanese Chicken Tawook

This lemony, garlicky Lebanese chicken marinade results in tender, juicy chicken every single time. Serve chicken tawook on salads, over rice or in a pita.

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Grilled Vegetable Pasta

This quick and easy vegetarian pasta recipe is made with grilled peppers, eggplant and onions tossed in olive oil, oregano, garlic, and Parmesan cheese.

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Lamb Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce

These juicy Greek spiced lamb burgers are topped with a cool and creamy tzatziki sauce. Perfect for summer entertaining!

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Lamb Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce Recipe
Grilled Corn and Zucchini Salad with Feta and Basil

This summery salad is made with grilled corn and zucchini tossed with creamy feta and fresh basil. The ideal side dish for backyard cookouts and barbecues!

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Grilled Corn and Zucchini Salad
Smoky Grilled Pork Chops

A quick and easy weeknight dinner recipe, these smoky grilled pork chops are ready in just 15 minutes! 

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Grilled Pork Chops Healthy Dinner Recipe
Potato Salad with Bacon and Egg

This famous “bacon-in-every-bite” potato salad recipe, will have your friends begging you to make this addictive side dish again and again!

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Bacon Potato Salad
A Plate of Three Sandwiches with Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken
Bunless Cheeseburgers with Sriracha Ketchup

These low carb, gluten free cheeseburgers are served in a lettuce wrap with sweet and spicy ketchup.

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Greek Pasta Salad

Perfect for your next backyard BBQ or summer picnic, this Greek pasta salad is filled with crunchy vegetables, creamy feta and tangy kalamata olives.

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Greek Pasta Salad - a favorful pasta salad recipe for your next picnic
Grilled Pizza with Pesto and Mozzarella

This fast and easy grilled pizza recipe is made with bright pesto, fresh mozzarella and topped with a lemony arugula salad.

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Grilled Pesto Pizza with Fresh Mozzarella - A fast and easy summer pizza recipe
Lebanese Tabbouleh Salad

Fresh and tasty, this Lebanese Tabbouleh Salad is the perfect complement with grilled meats as it can sit out for several hours without wilting.

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Tabbouleh Salad - authentic Syrian recipe
Grilled Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

Grilled flank steak is marinated and finished with a fresh and fragrant chimichurri sauce packed with cilantro, garlic and oregano.

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Grilled Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce - a flavorful dinner recipe
Greek Marinated Grilled Vegetables

Grilled vegetables are marinated with fresh herbs, lemon juice, garlic and olive oil to create a simple and delicious side dish. Great roasted or broiled.

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Greek Marinated Grilled Eggplant and Summer Squash - The Lemon Bowl
All-Purpose Steak Seasoning Recipe

This versatile, all-purpose dry steak rub is delicious on any cut of beef (or chicken for that matter!) Ideal for grilling steaks or throwing steaks under the broiler.

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Orzo Salad with Yogurt-Dill Vinaigrette

Orzo pasta is mixed with bright veggies and tossed in a creamy, yogurt-dill vinaigrette. Perfect for entertaining or a brown-bag lunch, this dish can be made up to 3 days in advance.

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