BBQ guide

Updated on 25 March 2021

Our best barbecue recipes: meat, burgers, veggies and sides

Get grilling with these sizzling barbecue recipes, from mouth-watering meat and brilliant burgers to flavoursome seafood and incredible vegetarian dishes.

Burgers

The undisputed king of any barbecue, burgers are always a favourite. Stick to the classics and serve the perfect cheeseburgers or try something completely different and mix it up with lamb and chorizo. Veggie and vegan options include meaty mushrooms, indulgent sweet potato patties or spicy kimchi versions. If you're after a recipe that'll surprise, try the chicken katsu burger – a combination of two of our favourite comfort foods.

Lamb and chorizo burger with apricot salsa

Spinach, tomato and mushroom burger 

Chicken katsu curry burger

Vegan kimchi burger recipe

Classic cheeseburger 

Crispy chicken burger

Crispy chicken burger (Image: Fakeaway/DK)
Fakeaway/DK

Meat

Pork kebabs, lamb chops, sticky ribs, chicken wings – the choice is yours. All of these barbecue classics are guaranteed winners. If you're looking for a wow-factor main, try the spatchcocked chicken. Not only does it look impressive, this grilling technique leaves the chicken meat succulent and flavoursome.

Porchetta-style pork kebabs with white beans

Spatchcocked chicken with green beans 

Beer can chicken

Chicken with lime, orange and jalapeño 

Spiced beef skewers 

Four-spice pork kebabs

Ultimate jerk chicken 

Ultimate jerk chicken (Image: Ainsley's Caribbean Kitchen/Ebury Press)
Ainsley's Caribbean Kitchen/Ebury Press

Fish

Save some space on your grill for fish as it tastes incredible when barbecued. Try meaty, oily fish, like tuna and salmon, that can stand up to the smoky barbecue flavours. Shellfish will also taste great and takes no time to cook, either shell-on or cleaned and skewered.

Barbecued lime and chilli tiger prawns 

Salmon skewers

Grilled king prawns with chermoula

Scallops with chipotle butter

Cajun salmon

Grilled tuna steak with vegetable vinaigrette

Grilled tuna steak (Image: Food52 Any Night Grilling/Ten Speed Press)
Food52 Any Night Grilling/Ten Speed Press

Vegetarian

From flavoursome tandoori veg to grilled avocado, there are plenty of veggie choices that pack a big punch. For a real showstopper, grill a whole cauliflower or broccoli and serve with lip-smacking sauces. Falafel sandwiches are great for everyone to get stuck in and build their favourite flavour combination. 

Falafel sandwich 

Tandoori vegetable kebab

Grilled broccoli with makhani sauce

Roasted cauliflower shawarma with pomegranate and tahina

Grilled avocado salad with tahini dressing

Grilled avocado salad (Alex Head for Eat and Drink Festival/loveFOOD) Alex Head for Eat and Drink Festival/loveFOOD

Sides

The ultimate barbecue wouldn’t be complete without some delicious side dishes. Barbecue favourite corn on the cob gets a Mexican-style upgrade with our recipe while much-loved potato wedges will benefit from a spicy tomato sauce twist. Try serving unbeatable classics like potato salad and coleslaw alongside flavour-packed dishes like smoky black beans and barbecued okra.

Mexican-style barbecued corn on the cob

Potato salad

Smoky black beans

Classic coleslaw 

Barbecued okra

Potato wedges with spicy tomato sauce

Potato wedges with spicy tomato sauce (Image: Take One Tin/Kyle Books)
Take One Tin/Kyle Books

Tips, tricks and hacks

If you're not the most confident grill master around, we’ve got some helpful tips to make sure everything goes smoothly. From chefs’ top secrets to helpful barbecue hacks from around the world, read on to make sure you know how to get the best out of your barbecue.

The world's best chefs reveal their barbecue secrets

Clever barbecue tips from around the world

Surprisingly brilliant barbecue foods

Barbecue tips and hacks (Image: Joshua Resnick/Shutterstock)
Joshua Resnick/Shutterstock

Leftovers

Cooking more than you can eat seems to be the inevitable outcome of all barbecues, but there's no need to throw away any food. Turn leftover chicken wings into flavoursome fajitas, corn on the cob into chowder, crumble leftover fish into Thai fishcakes and save leftover skewers for rice bowls. Got some of that roasted broccoli hanging around as well? Chop that into a savoury quiche with gorgonzola, perfect for lunch the next day.

Chicken fajitas

Corn chowder

Thai-spiced fishcakes 

One-pan sausage roast with asparagus and new potatoes

Broccoli and gorgonzola quiche 

Rice noodle salad bowl

Rice noodle salad bowl (Image: Vietnamese Food Any Day/Ten Speed Press)Vietnamese Food Any Day/Ten Speed Press

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