30 Cheap BBQ Food Ideas for Your Summer Cookout
Get the grill ready for these inexpensive BBQ ideas!
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Host your summer cookout on your budget with these cheap BBQ food ideas! You don't have to spend excessive amounts of cash to have a flavorful feast for your friends and family! These 30 cheap grilling ideas provide budget-friendly recipes for main dishes and sides to ensure your summer barbeque is packed with fresh flavors!
These thrifty meal planning tips will ensure your summer cookout is a success. Entertaining and grilling can work for any budget, so ensure your guests are full and satisfied with these cheap BBQ ideas. Try any of these delicious recipes at your next get-together and celebrate the sensational summer!
4-Ingredient Marinated Flank Steak
You can make a great steak on your budget! This simple marinated steak recipe will create a tasty and juicy steak from your grill!
Grilled Italian Sausage Kabobs
Grill up a filling dish for everyone to enjoy! These Italian sausage kabobs are a fun way to incorporate protein and vegetables in your dish!
Simple Turkey Kabobs Recipe
Turkey isn't just for Thanksgiving! This lean protein is perfect for a light summer BBQ treat.
Simple Grilled Shrimp Recipe
This easy shrimp recipe will yield a flavorful dinner in just minutes! These shrimp are seasoned with honey and lime to add brightness to your grilled dish!
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Brilliant Buttermilk Pork Chops
These pork chops require just four ingredients to make bold, tangy meal. You can grill these brilliant, buttermilk pork chops in under an hour for a quick dinner!
Grilled BBQ Chicken Potato Skins
These grilled potato skins are the perfect appetizer for your bar-be-que! Loaded with chicken, pineapple, and cheese, you might eat so many that you won't have room for the main course!
Zesty Margarita Steak
This perfect cut of meat has all the flavors of a margarita! This juicy steak is perfect for the summer grill as the infused citrus flavor will impress all of your friends.
Tender Pork Chops
You've never had such a tender pork chop! This simple recipe provides a flavorful and tender piece of pork perfect for your whole family!
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Copycat Cracker Barrel Grilled Chicken Tenderloins
Create your own country comfort food with this Cracker Barrel copycat recipe! These grilled chicken tenderloins will be the most popular dish at your next cookout.
Grilled "Everything" Chicken
Create the same great taste of an everything bagel on your grilled chicken! This dry rub will add bold flavor without the time or unhealthiness of a marinade.
Grilled Hawaiian Burgers with Pineapple
Grilled beef, grilled, pineapple, and grilled onions; what's not to love? This Hawaiian burger uses three grilled ingredients and a black bean sauce for a scrumptious summer dish!
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Grilled Caesar Romaine Hearts
Every good meal needs a great side dish! These grilled romaine hearts add a leafy, Caesar salad to accompany any grilled main course.
Grilled BBQ Chicken Pizza Skewers
These skewers taste just like a BBQ chicken pizza! The grill adds a smoky perfection to this altered recipe of a pizzeria classic.
Polly's Pork Riblets
These delicious riblets will be eaten down to the bones! You won't have a single morsel of meat leftover when your guests devour these delectable ribs.
Barbecued Salmon with Peach Salsa
If you want a lighter dish to serve at your cookout, this salmon with salsa is perfect! The brightness of the salsa pairs nicely with the lightness of the fish for a sweet summer salmon!
Pepper-Crusted Maple-Glazed Salmon
This pepper-crusted salmon perfectly balances the sweetness of a maple glaze with the bite of black pepper. The outside almost becomes candied by the grill, but the fish inside is flaky and delicious!
Grilled Lemon Garlic Zucchini
Grilling season is the perfect time to get warm veggies on the table! This sizzling side pairs beautifully with any grilled entree!
These bacon-wrapped brat bites are the perfect cookout appetizer! They grill quickly and allow guests a warm snack while the main meal continues to cook.
Grilled Jalapeno Poppers
These grilled jalapeno poppers are far from the traditional bar snack! They are stuffed with shrimp and wrapped in bacon to make their own spicy meal!
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Easy Garlicky Grilled Polenta
This grill idea creates garlic polenta cakes that can be hearty side items. Top with veggies or leave them plain for a delicious grilled side!
Mexican Grilled Corn on the Cob
This grilled corn recipe uses Mexican seasonings, lime, and mayonnaise to create a vibrant side dish! You might not butter your corn again!
Grilled Lamb Kabobs with Tzatziki Sauce
Try a different protein with these lamb kabobs! Served with a traditional tzatziki sauce, this Mediterranean-inspired dish will brighten your summer bar-be-que!
Summertime Grilled Fruit
You're already making dinner on the grill, why not fire up dessert as well? This grilled fruit adds sweetness and tanginess to finish your cookout!
Apple Bourbon BBQ Grilled Chicken Wings
No summer cookout is complete without chicken wings! This apple bourbon BBQ recipe will yield scrumptious wings that everyone will enjoy!
Bacon Wrapped Aloha Dogs
Switch up your traditional hot dogs with this aloha dog recipe! These topped dogs include a Maui barbecue sauce and chunks of avocado and pineapple for a rich island flavor.
Grilled Vegetable Salad
This grilled salad is loaded with delicious grilled vegetables. Paired with a tangy dressing, this salad can be served as a side or your vegetarian-friendly main dish!
Grilled Cauliflower with Jalapeno Lime Butter
This grilled cauliflower is smoky, spicy, and zesty! This jalapeno and lime-infused vegetable is a great side for your summer cookout!
Tasty Honey Grilled Fish
Try this honey grilled fish recipe for a delectable summer treat! Substitute swordfish with a cheaper variety of whitefish to fit your budget!
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What's your favorite summer cookout recipe? Let us know in the comments!
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