Healthy BBQ Ideas and Recipes For Summer

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Summer is in full swing, and everyone is soaking up the sun by going on long walks, sitting in bars, and having BBQs! What better way to relish it all than with these healthy BBQ ideas and recipes to enjoy all summer long and into football season!

Healthy BBQ ideas for summer: top sirloin steak.

Healthy BBQ ideas for summer

We’ve got favorite sides, main dish recipes, healthy BBQ sauce, and ideas for keto and paleo diets! Including healthy BBQ recipe ideas like bunless burgers, sliders, top sirloin steak, delicious grilled chicken, stuffed chicken on the grill, stuffed portabella mushrooms, homemade sauces, crispy cucumber salad, fresh guacamole, healthy potato salad, healthy chicken pecan salad, gluten-free cornbread muffins, creamed corn and more!

BBQ food

BBQ food is always a delicious crowd-pleaser, but it can be incredibly fattening and unhealthy, so it is important to try to eat healthy BBQ recipes. And when we mean “healthy” – we mean dishes that still satisfy cravings without skimping on flavor!

To help, the below list of healthy BBQ ideas will assist with your summer festivities, providing some of the healthiest grilling recipes and sides made of the most delicious foods. The recipes are easy to follow, and can be adjusted for the amount of people.

But it doesn’t have to stop at summer. These recipes are great all year round, which will be helpful given many people have taken up cooking as a hobby throughout the winter and year-round. So, with these healthy BBQ recipes, you will be able to continue practicing and refining your cooking culinary skills while eating delicious, healthy BBQ food in the process!

Healthy BBQ Ideas and Recipes

You thought pineapple on pizza was a controversial subject? Cause up a stir by replacing the buns on your burger with pineapple, tomatoes, or make this Juicy Grilled Hamburger With Pineapple Salsa!

The first 3 BBQ recipes are quick and easy basic ideas for burgers, sliders, and chicken. The rest of the recipes link to our fan-favorites that come with free printables for the recipes!

1. Grilled Pineapple Bun Burgers

This recipe is delicious and incredibly simple.


  • Ground beef (organic and grass-finished if possible)
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Kosher Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Pineapple rings
  • Red onion (sliced into rings)
  • Romaine
  • Cooked turkey bacon


  1. Fire up the grill to around a medium-high heat. Then, combine your ground beef, Worcestershire sauce and season with salt and pepper in a large bowl. Form your ground beef mixture into as many patties as you’d like.
  2. Grill the patties along with some pineapple and red onion. Do the pineapple and red onion until they’re charred on both sides.
  3. Assemble the burger with pineapple, lettuce, patty, bacon, onions, and pineapple, then dig in!

2. Tomato Bun Sliders

This dish was designed for summer, tasting like sunshine in a bun.


  • Ground beef (always prefer organic, grass-finished if possible)
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Kosher Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Tomatoes
  • Mayonnaise (we suggest avocado oil based or olive oil based)
  • Lettuce
  • Yellow mustard


  1. Fire up the grill, to around a medium-high heat. In a large bowl combine ground beef and Worcestershire sauce before seasoning with salt and pepper.
  2. Prepare the beef mixture into small sliders.
  3. Grill the sliders for 3 minutes on each side. Cover the grill and let the sliders cook 1 more minute.
  4. Lightly slather mayo on the bottom of a tomato bun and top with lettuce, the patty, and drizzle with mustard before adding the other tomato bun.

3. Delicious Healthy Grilled Chicken Breast

This recipe is one that a lot of people need to know as a grilled chicken breast can be the epitome of boring. This recipe is a quick and easy way to spice up your chicken breast to blow away your guests.


  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coconut sugar
  • Garlic cloves (minced)
  • Dried thyme
  • Dried rosemary
  • Chicken breasts
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Chopped parsley


  1. In a bowl, mix together your vinegar, olive oil, brown sugar, garlic, and dried herbs before seasoning generously with salt and pepper.
  2. Add the chicken to your mixture and let it marinate for at least 20 minutes, but if you can leave it overnight, that would be better.
  3. Fire up the grill to medium-high heat and add to the grill, basting it with marinate until it’s cooked through completely (which usually takes about 6 minutes on each side).
  4. Garnish with parsley and serve.

4. Grilled Spinach and Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken

Beautiful breasts of chicken meat sliced and stuffed with goat cheese and spinach for a mouthwatering dish that comes together quickly in 30 minutes! Get the free printable recipe: Grilled Spinach and Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken.

4. Spinach, Goat Cheese, Sausage Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

This recipe is one for the books! Giant portobello mushrooms stuffed with cheese, chicken sausage, and a few vegetables makes this a super healthy BBQ recipe! It can be grilled or baked in the oven. Double or triple it for a larger crowd. Get the free printable recipe: Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms.

5. Top Sirloin Steak On The Grill

Tender meat with a buttery crisp exterior, and juices that melt in your mouth with every bite! Get the free printable recipe: Top Sirloin Steak On The Grill.

Healthy BBQ Sides

Now that we have a few main dish ideas down, we can’t forget side dishes for a barbeque! These are loaded with vegetables and flavor!

BBQ Dips and Salsa

These are our fan-favorite healthy dip recipes that are great for outdoor BBQ’s. Top the burgers, sliders, or chicken recipes above with any of them. Choose a few or make them all!

Healthy bbq sauce recipe.

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