Easiest ever barbecue menu

Throw together a simple barbecue menu with our easy salads, sides, sharing platters and hearty main courses to celebrate the sunshine with friends and family.

Kebabs, fruit and peppers on grill

As soon as the sun comes out, so do the barbecues of Britain. We can't resist the sound of that sizzle, the smell of the coals or the taste of freshly grilled burgers. Don’t spend hours stressing over a creative barbecue spread – just choose your favourites from our sizzling selection. Get grilling, roasting, searing and seasoning, then sit back, relax and indulge in everything the season has to offer. 

Our easy barbecue recipes are ideal for fuss-free al fresco dining. 

Need to know your barbecue basics? Worry not. Learn how to use barbecue coals and how to barbecue safely to ensure everything goes to plan. 

Super simple salads

Courgettes, flowers and runner beans in dish
Make some impressive plates stacked high with fresh veggies and bold flavours and avoid that bag of soggy salad leaves. Satiate yourself with our charred courgette, runner bean & ricotta salad complete with edible flowers and a bite of chilli. Want something full of fresh summer flavours? Our watermelon & feta salad is the perfect antidote to heavy mains. 

Take your tastebuds on a trip to Mexico with our 15-minute no-cook easy corn salad, transforming a simple can of sweetcorn with a zingy dressing. Kick up the spice levels with a chipotle corn salad, combining creamy avocado, crunchy macadamia nuts and sweet cherry tomatoes. 

Furnish your dining table with plenty more tasty barbecue-friendly salads with our classic collection. 

Mega mains 

Chicken on board with knife
We're all about stress-free summer days, so all these recipes look spectacular with minimum effort. Make the most of your mains and learn how to cook meat safely on the barbecue

Want guaranteed tender, juicy meat? Make our beer can chicken and feed the family with just 10 minutes of prep. Find even more barbecue chicken recipes like drumsticks, wings and spiced skewers in our collection. 

Wrap up some Middle Eastern flavours with our barbecued meatball kebabs with all the trimmings. Or if the one thing that makes your mouth water is barbecued pork, try our stickiest ever BBQ ribs, cooked American-style so they're super tender. 

Burgers with buns and sauces
Load up your buns with perfect patties, salsas, toppings and salads, and learn how to make our easiest ever burgers and the best ever veggie burgers. These seriously indulgent recipes are bound to be an instant win and are perfect for customizing with whatever cheeses, sauces and salad leaves your heart desires. 

For some seriously satisfying veggie and vegan options, check out our collections, bursting with seasonal plates. Stuff smoky blackened red peppers to the brim with spiced buckwheat for a chunky veggie option, or for a cheesy masterpiece, try our tamarind squash & halloumi skewers. If (like us) you can't live without some salty slabs of cheese, try our 9 new ways to serve halloumi

Straightforward sides

Selection of sides and salads on table
From simple green salads to crispy chips and creamy potato salad, we're dreaming of a sea of sides and a table groaning under the weight of corn on the cob and crunchy slaws. 

Wrap up these buttery baked corn on the cobs in foil and barbecue until tender. Try using flavoured butters or spices for a more interesting mix – our chilli-butter and garlic mayo versions are so spectacular they're practically a main in their own right. Go the whole hog and pop these sweet potatoes on the coals until they're meltingly soft, then top them with cool yogurt and crispy spring onions. 

Gem lettuce salad on plate
Not a fan of traditional salads? Try griddling your greens with our baby gem, balsamic & goat's cheese recipe. Pack in even more veggies with our griddled glazed vegetable kebabs and cook up rainbow-coloured skewers.

Make the most of baby new potatoes and opt for our foil-wrapped simple side. If your heart lies with fries, try our stylish chunky barbecue potato slices or bake up our harissa-spiced sweet potato wedges. Don't forget about potato's finest form, a creamy potato salad that trumps shop-bought everytime. 

Bring your barbie to the next level with our ultimate barbecue sides collection

Easy desserts 

Bananas with ice cream and caramel on plate
Make these little foil parcels of sweetness and you'll never look back. Our BBQ rum & caramel bananas can be cooked on the dying coals after your main, the perfect end to a sunny day. They take just 10 minutes to prep and taste phenomenal with ice cream. Need a child-friendly version? Try our chocolate baked bananas for a fun, fruity treat. 

Go old-school and try toasting marshmallows on the barbie. Take a tip from the American barbecue and try making our salted caramel & peanut butter s’mores – our deluxe version made with toffee, chocolate and waffle biscuits is the ultimate indulgence and uses just four ingredients. Want something lighter? This watermelon ‘pizza’ with pineapple and coconut will brighten up any picnic table. 

Selection of ice lollies on ice
Of course, summer wouldn't be summer without a cool ice lolly. Take our guide on how to make homemade ice lollies for a test drive. Wow your guests with a zesty mojito lolly or a creamy strawberry milk pop

Whip up even more delicious sweet treats with our guide to the best family barbecue desserts

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Stuart Fraser's picture
Stuart Fraser
5th May, 2018
Wild Garlic We're The Chuff Can I find IT
29th May, 2019
go for a walk in the country - its everywhere and you can smell it a mile off - or ask a neighbour if they are over run by it - its not welcome in our gardens :)
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