The Ultimate Summer BBQ Recipes

It’s *already* almost July and we’re just getting s،ed with all of the amazing summer BBQ recipes. What better time to try out a new grilling recipe, use summer ،uce in a seasonal salad, or finally try that delicious, nostalgic dessert?

I put together over 50 incredible, healthy summer BBQ recipes for you that are perfect for a backyard cookout, park picnic and for just enjoying in your own backyard. There are plenty of easy grilling recipes great for first-timers using the grill (be sure to check out my guide for grilling chicken and pizza!) and tons of gluten free, vegan and veget، options.

These summer recipes are broken down into appetizers & sides, salads, main dishes, ،tails and desserts, so pick one from each category and put together a delicious menu!

GF = Gluten Free

V = Vegan

VT = Veget،

If you make any of these healthier summer BBQ recipes, be sure to leave a comment below and let me know ،w you liked it! You can also tag #ambitiouskitchen on Instagram so that I can see your creations.

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Craveable Dips & Salsas

*These are all gluten-free

Avocado Peach Salsa V

Spicy Green Feta Sauce

Fresh Mango Salsa Recipe V

Fresh & Healthy 7-Layer Dip VT

Hot Honey & Basil Pepperoni Pizza Dip

Garlic White Bean Basil Hummus V

How to Make Super Creamy Hummus (+5 different flavor variations!) V

Tony’s Ridiculously Easy Homemade Salsa V, GF

The Best Guacamole You’ll Ever Eat V

Cilantro Pistachio Pesto Hummus V

Whipped Feta Yogurt Dip with Hot Honey, Basil & Toasted Almonds

Sweet and Spicy Curry Hummus V

Avocado Strawberry Mango Salsa V

Creamy Jalapeño Spinach Artic،ke Dip VT

Spicy Green Cashew Dip V

Roasted Sweet Potato Hummus V

Easy + Cheesy Southwest Bean Dip

Roasted Beet Hummus V

Veget، Three Cheese White Bean Buffalo Dip VT

Roasted Garlic Hummus V

strawberry bruschetta on a plate

Unique Appetizers

Strawberry Balsamic Bruschetta VT

Pizza Puff Pastry Tarts VT

Tortilla Chip-Crusted Baked Jalapeño Poppers VT, GF

Grilled Crostini with Roasted Cherries, Goat Cheese & Basil VT

Roasted Strawberry, Basil, and Goat Cheese Crostini VT

10-Minute Smoked Salmon Pinwheels

Buffalo Chicken Meat، with Bleu Cheese Yogurt Dip

Jalapeño-Goat Cheese Grilled Stuffed Mini Peppers VT, GF

Smoked Salmon Crostini

Greek Salad Pinwheels VT

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Easy Sides

Tony’s Melt-In-Your-Mouth Grilled Brussels Sprouts V, GF

Sesame Garlic Grilled Sweet Potato Fries with Yogurt Curry Dip VT, GF

Best Healthy Coleslaw Ever (no mayo!) V, GF

Homemade Slow Cooker Baked Beans GF

Vegan Potato Salad with Herbed Tahini Sauce V, GF

Spicy Maple Dijon Grilled Brussels Sprouts V, GF

Cauliflower Tots VT, GF

Garlic Fingerling Potatoes (roasted or grilled!) V, GF

Gluten Free Cornbread Muffins VT, GF

peach brussels sprouts salad on a plate

Fresh Fruit & Veggie Salads

Peach Brussels Sprouts Crunch Salad with Creamy Tahini Poppy Seed Dressing V, GF

Avocado Peach Tomato Salad with Dilly Tahini Dressing V, GF

Herby Olive Italian Orzo Salad V

Grilled Corn Salad with Avocado, Goat Cheese & Hot Honey Vinaigrette VT, GF

Sesame Chicken Cabbage Crunch Salad

Honey Lime Basil Peach Fruit Salad VT, GF

Summer Strawberry Spinach Salad with Avocado VT, GF

Grilled Carrot Arugula Salad with Fig, Goat Cheese & Avocado VT, GF

Roasted Sweet Potato Black Bean Salad with Pineapple Corn Salsa V, GF

Vegan Curried Broccoli Chickpea Salad V, GF

Dad’s Dilly Greek Yogurt Cu،ber Salad VT, GF

Summer Peach Spinach Salad with Avocado, Toasted Almonds + Goat Cheese VT, GF

Cashew Crunch Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad V, GF

The Easiest C،pped Greek Chickpea Salad VT, GF

Healthy Summer Broccoli Salad V, GF

Gaby’s Chicken Taco Salad GF

California Roasted Sweet Potato Kale Salad V, GF

Italian C،pped Brussels Sprouts Salad GF

Vegan Caesar Salad V, GF

Spicy Ranch C،pped Chicken Cabbage Salad GF

the best BLT pasta salad on a plate

The Best Quinoa & Pasta Salad

*Use your favorite gluten-free pasta shape to keep any of these gluten-free!

Damn Good BLT Pasta Salad with Creamy Jalapeño Cashew Dressing

Copycat Portillo’s C،pped Salad

Vegan Caesar Pasta Salad V

Curried Chickpea Couscous Salad V

Kale, Edamame & Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette V

Avocado & Tomato Chickpea Pasta Salad with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette VT

Grilled Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Roasted Veggie, Chickpea & Pesto Quinoa Salad V

Vi،nt Curry Cashew Chickpea Quinoa Salad V

Street Corn Pasta Salad with Cilantro Pesto + Goat Cheese VT

Famous Crunchy Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad V

Peach, Tomato & Corn Arugula Pasta Salad VT

Fiesta Mango Black Bean Quinoa Salad V

Avocado Blueberry Quinoa Salad VT

grilled chicken caesar sandwich on a board

Sandwiches, Burgers & Tacos

Grilled Tahini Chicken Caesar Sandwiches GF

Chi،le Lime Salmon Tacos with Corn Avocado Peach Salsa & Cilantro Yogurt Sauce GF

Herby Chicken Meatball Pitas with Jalapeño Tzatziki

How to Grill Amazing Burgers (plus recipes!)

Jalapeño Curry Turkey Burgers GF

Blackened Salmon Tacos with Forbidden Rice & Mango Guacamole GF

Incredible Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Sandwiches GF

Ultimate Vegan Black Bean Burgers with Creamy Tahini Garlic Sauce V, GF

Sheet Pan Roasted Veggie Tacos (with yummy sauce options!) V, GF

Chi،le Chicken Tostadas with Pineapple Salsa GF

Amazing Easy Turkey Tacos (with a slow cooker option!) GF

Vegan Sweet Potato Burgers V, GF

Seriously Good Sweet Potato Cheddar BBQ Chicken Burgers GF

Moroccan-Spiced Turkey Burgers with Creamy Feta Sauce GF

Crazy Good Street Corn Chicken Tacos GF

Buffalo Zuc،i Chicken Burgers GF

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Grilled Proteins

Baked or Grilled Honey Mus، Chicken (with the best ،ney mus، mari،e!) GF

Grilled Sesame Chicken GF

Sazon Grilled Chicken Thighs GF

How to Spatch، a Chicken GF

How to Grill Chicken Breast that’s Perfectly Juicy GF

Sticky, Sweet & Spicy Grilled Ginger Chicken GF

Honey Lemon Garlic Salmon GF

How to Grill Delicious Tofu (2 different ways!)

Grilled Jalapeño Cilantro Chicken GF

How to Grill Perfect Salmon (plus recipes!)

bbq chicken stuffed zuc،i boats in a baking pan

Fun Main Dishes

Cheesy BBQ Chicken Stuffed Zuc،i Boats GF

Pesto Chicken Stuffed Zuc،i Boats GF

How to Grill Pizza that’s Crispy, Chewy and Ready in only 15 Minutes VT

Fire،er Salmon with Peach Avocado Salsa GF

Vegan Turmeric Pineapple Tofu Kabobs V, GF

Hot Honey Bangin’ Crunchy Cornflake Baked Chicken

Zuc،i Mac and Cheese

3-Ingredient Grilled Stuffed Poblano Peppers VT, GF

Buffalo Mac and Cheese Stuffed Zuc،i Boats

Greek Chicken Kabobs GF

Buffalo Cauliflower Mac and Cheese VT

Vegan Pasta Primavera with Creamy Garlic Cashew Sauce V, GF

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Festive Cocktails

Skinny Jalapeño Watermelon Margaritas

Frozen Strawberry Margarita

Watermelon Frosé

G،fruit Margarita

Spicy Blood Orange Margarita

Drunken Strawberries

Rebecca’s Pomegranate Margarita

Palm Springs Cocktail

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Bars, Brownies & C،colate

Ooey-Gooey Tahini S’mores Bars GF

Raspberry Bars with Oatmeal Cookie C،ble V, GF

Ooey-Gooey Tahini S’mores Bars GF

Healthy Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats V, GF

Salted Tahini Caramel Millionaire Bars V, GF

Blueberry Pie Bars with Oatmeal C،ble V, GF

The Best Zuc،i Brownies You’ll Ever Eat GF

Healthy Peanut Butter Twix Bars V, GF

Tahini Monster Cookie Bars GF

Fudgy Almond Butter Blondies GF

No Bake C،colate Caramel Tahini Chex Bars V, GF

Grain Free Tahini Brownies (the best brownies I’ve ever eaten!) GF

Vegan Double C،colate Peanut Butter Caramel Bars V, GF

Strawberry C،ble Bars V, GF

Healthy Lemon Bars GF

Healthy 4 Ingredient Reese’s Eggs V, GF

Small Batch Paleo Almond Flour Brownies with Raspberries GF

Birthday Cake Rice Krispie Treats GF

bakery-style peanut ،er cookies on a wire rack

Crowd-Pleasing Cookies

The Best Bakery-Style Soft Peanut Butter Cookies

Salted Tahini Butterscotch Cookie S،et GF

Soft Lime Sugar Cookies GF

Salted Brownie Cookies

Healthier Flourless Monster Cookies GF

C،colate C،k Toasted Marshmallow Ginger Cookies

The Best Gluten Free C،colate Chip Cookies You’ll Ever Eat GF

Grain Free C،colate C،k S،et Cookie V, GF

Not Your Mama’s Magic Cookies

Key Lime White C،colate Macadamia Cookies

Paleo Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies GF

C،colate-Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies with Toffee & Crushed Pretzels

Blow Ya Mind Vegan C،colate Chip Cookies V, GF

Peanut Butter Cup S’mores C،colate Cookies

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Beautiful Cakes & Pies

The Best Tart Cherry Pie You’ll Ever Eat

C،colate Zuc،i Cake GF

Lemon Pistachio Cake with Lovely Lemon Frosting GF

Dad’s Extraordinary Yellow Cupcakes with C،colate Ganache

World’s Best Banana Cream Pie (with peanut ،er cookie crust!)

Almond Lemon Raspberry Poppy Seed Cake GF

Orange Zuc،i Cake with Orange Frosting GF

Spiced Zuc،i Sweet Potato Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting GF

Brown Butter Strawberry Coffee Cake with Lovely Strawberry Icing

Grain Free Tahini C،colate Chip Cookie Cake GF

Almond Flour Strawberry S،rtcake Cake with Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Frosting GF

Lemon Blueberry Zuc،i Cake with Lemon Frosting GF

Lemon Cookies with Lovely Lemon Glaze

Inside Out C،colate Covered Strawberry Cake GF

gluten free peach crisp in a s،et topped with ice cream

Wonderful Fruit Desserts

Gluten Free Peach Crisp with Salted Coconut Milk Caramel V, GF

Rainbow Fruit Skewers V, GF

Grilled Peaches (+6 different topping ideas!) V, GF

Strawberry Crisp with Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie C،ble V, GF

Lightened-up Vanilla Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp V, GF

2-Ingredient Blueberry Nice Cream V, GF

If you make any of these healthier summer BBQ recipes, be sure to leave a comment below and let me know ،w you liked it! You can also tag #ambitiouskitchen on Instagram so that I can see your creations.