Cater to a hungry crowd come rain or shine with our sizzling selection of barbecue recipes, from burgers and skewers to knockout veggie dishes, sauces and sides.


To get you barbecue-ready, we delved into our website stats to discover a hit-list of 12 must-make barbecue recipes for you to try, with an updated list for summer 2024. Each has been visited thousands of times and rated highly by the community. Which one will you make? Don’t forget to register for a My Good Food account so you can save the recipes for a later date – you can organise them into your own collections for easy access.

For more of our hit-lists make sure to check out our top 10 most popular summer and spring recipes, or for more barbecue ideas see our easy barbecue recipes, vegetarian barbecue recipes and barbecue side recipes.

12. Spiced halloumi & pineapple burger with zingy slaw

Hands holding halloumi burger with mixed veg

These stacked halloumi burgers have been a big hit with our audience, particularly its summery combination of chipotle-spiced halloumi and juicy caramelised pineapple. Layered with a zesty slaw inside toasted buns, they make a fine addition to any barbecue spread and who knows, it may even convert the staunchest of meat-eaters.

Serve with these barbecue sesame sweet potatoes to make a flavourful veggie meal.

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11. Stuffed peppers on the barbie

Four barbecued stuffed peppers on a white plate

Another meat-free option that's been well received with home cooks is this clever recipe for barbecued stuffed peppers. To make, simply stuff peppers with a delicious combination of rice, pine nuts, garlic, spring onions, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, gorgonzola and fresh herbs, then barbecue until charred. It's a brilliant option if you want to balance out meat dishes and if catering to vegetarians (simply omit the cheese to make it vegan).

See more of our knockout veggie barbecue dishes for more meat-free inspiration.

10. Spatchcock piri-piri chicken

spatchcock peri peri chicken on a wooden board

Level-up your barbecue game with a crowd-pleasing spatchcock chicken, flavoured with a chilli pepper marinade. Butterfly a whole chicken by removing the backbone to keep it juicy during grilling. We recommend serving with buttery corn on the cob and a wild rice salad for a full feast.

If you like the look of this, see our masala spatchcock chicken and spatchcock gochujang chicken.

9. Korean chilli, sesame & honey chicken

Korean chicken on skewers next to corn on the cob

A kebab always goes down well at a BBQ, and this Korean chicken with sweet, spicy and sticky glaze is our new favourite. Chicken thighs are a great budget-friendly option, and you'll probably have most of the ingredients already to hand.

For more ways with chicken thighs, see our collection of chicken thigh recipes as well as these chicken thigh traybake recipes.

8. Sticky chicken

Sticky chicken on a baking tray

This simple drumstick recipe has won home cooks over thanks to its mouth-watering sticky soy and honey glaze – you can imagine just how well these go down at barbecues! If the weather is not on your side, feel free to cook in the oven.

Drumsticks make a brilliant and affordable option for midweek meals as well as barbecues – see more ideas with our chicken drumstick collection.

7. Classic potato salad

Classic potato salad in a speckled bowl with silver spoon

Many would argue a barbecue is not complete without a steady supply of potato salad and we'd be inclined to agree. The classic combo of potato, mayo and herbs remains a firm favourite with our audience – make sure to check out the comments to see how community members have adapted the recipe.

We have plenty more barbecue side recipes to level up your spread, with staples such as tangy cabbage coleslaw and barbecued corn on the cob.

6. Chicken tikka skewers

Chicken tikka skewers on a white plate

Add some spice to your barbecue spread with these breezy chicken tikka skewers. Simply marinate your chicken in a creamy curry paste, thread with cherry tomatoes and leave to barbecue until cooked through and nicely browned. It's a great option for those on a gluten-free diet, too.

Discover more fun skewers ideas with our BBQ skewers collection, including fish, meat and veggie options.

5. Barbecue sauce

BBQ sauce in a jar

You'll never buy shop-bought sauce again after you've made this homemade BBQ sauce. To make it extra smooth, whizz the mixture in a food processor or with a hand blender for a few seconds and voila, it's ready to slather on burger buns or sizzle over a plate of ribs.

You'll be sure to wow your garden party guests with this homemade sauce – take your spread to the next level with our easy salad dressings and delicious dips.

4. Homemade beef burgers

Four homemade beef burgers on a white plate

You'll be hard pressed to find a beef burger as simple as this. Achieve oh-so-juicy, succulent results with our easy recipe for homemade patties using beef mince. Serve with your choice of accompaniments – we like sliced tomato, horseradish sauce and iceberg lettuce.

Find more of our best beef burger recipes for your next garden party.

3. Stickiest ever BBQ ribs with chive dip

BBQ ribs with chive dip and sweetcorn

Third place goes to our stickiest ever BBQ ribs. These American-style pork ribs are slow cooked, so they're really tender, coated in a sweet and sticky sauce to make the ultimate meaty main. With 100+ star ratings, it's made it's way into the BBQ hall of fame.

Don't forget to serve alongside the chive dip – the cool creaminess perfectly balances the sticky ribs. If you like the look of this, check out our ribs recipe collection, including beef and pork options.

2. Pulled pork

A pot of pulled pork next to burger buns and coleslaw

Second place goes to our epic pulled pork. There are no tricky measurements involved, just minimal ingredients and a mouth-watering, smoky barbecue flavour. We like ours with plenty of coleslaw and stuffed inside soft white rolls for the ultimate BBQ main.

Make sure to catch the comment section to see how our community members have adapted the recipe.

1. Chicken souvlaki

Chicken skewers and flatbread

Coming in at number one is our best ever chicken souvlaki. It has almost 200 ratings for a good reason – home cooks praise the marriage of Greek flavours and how easy the flatbreads are to make. It's completely up to you whether you cook on the BBQ or under the grill.


Turn it into a proper Greek-inspired feast with warm bread, salad and homemade tzatziki.

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