Planning a barbecue can be a stressful event — you need your mains, plenty of sides, appetizers to keep guests happy while you grill, and of course, desserts. While it can be tempting to go all-out with the most complex recipes that are guaranteed to knock everyone’s socks (or sandals) right off their feet, it could lead to you being too busy to even enjoy spending time with friends and family. Luckily, you can whip up plenty of flavorful, barbecue-worthy recipes that are also easy to make — and we’ve saved you the trouble of finding them.
Here are 15 easy, crowd-pleasing barbecue recipes that you can make without breaking a sweat.
1. 1-Ingredient Beet Sliders
Beets are one of those extremely versatile veggies that you can make a hundred different ways and it still surprises you. Well, it turns out, if you boil it with spices and then slice and grill to make a crust, it makes a perfectly good patty. Serve these little 1-Ingredient Beet Sliders with your favorite greens and enjoy!
2. Thai Curry Pasta Salad
It’s not a summer barbecue without a pasta salad, but instead of the same old thing, try this Thai Curry Pasta Salad! The ingredients list is long, but this recipe requires hardly any effort to make and it’s even easier to eat. Whole grain pasta is tossed with crisp, fresh vegetables and a creamy Thai curry-inspired dressing. Save the leftover dressing for your weekly lunches — you’ll want it.
3. Cheesy Hummus Tempeh Pinwheels
Maybe not everyone is into burgers and that’s okay, because these Cheesy Hummus Tempeh Pinwheels are perfect for barbecues. The main trick to making perfect pinwheels is to roll tightly as the hummus will act like a glue. Also, finely dice those tomatoes. I deseeded mine too so the water from the tomatoes wouldn’t sog up the wheels. Serrated knives are a must and gently cut those rolls. It’s an art.
4. Paprika and Oregano Polenta Fries
Everything should come with a side of these Paprika and Oregano Polenta Fries. Paprika gives these polenta fries a gorgeous golden color while oregano complements the flavors. They will be a hit with everyone!
5. Lemon Meringue Pie
Lemon Meringue Pie, made vegan! What was once the equivalent of the Holy Grail to most plant-based pie bakers is now easily within reach, thanks to the winning combination of tofu and aquafaba! This pie is the perfect combination of sweet and tart, and it’s sure to be a hit at family gatherings or with just you and a special someone on a Sunday afternoon.
6. Carrot Hot Dogs
When it comes to recreating your favorite childhood meals, it’s all about the seasoning and these Carrot Hot Dogs got it right. They’re made by boiling carrots until soft and then marinating them in a savory sauce. After that, you just fry them to make them a little crispy and … ta-dah! You have yourself a whole foods-based and budget-friendly meal that’s a childhood favorite.
7. Charred Corn on the Cob With Thai Chili-Lime Mayo
You will swoon for this preparation for this Charred Corn on the Cob. It’s like elotes, Mexican street corn, only veganized with a Thai twist! Whoo!
8. Easy Sesame Brussels Sprouts Slaw
This Easy Sesame Brussels Sprouts Slaw is a vivid alternative to cooked vegetable recipes. It can also be enjoyed as you would any other slaw — piled high on a veggie burger, in tacos, stuffed in a wrap, or alongside some grilled veggie sausage. The only real effort is shredding the Brussels sprouts, but you can always get pre-shredded sprouts in the grocery store.
9. Buffalo Chickpea Pita Pockets With Creamy Avocado
Buffalo chickpeas are great on their own, but when you stuff them inside bread, they’re even better. Not only are these Buffalo Chickpea Pita Pockets delicious, they’re downright easy to make. Chickpeas are tossed with a spicy Buffalo sauce and then stuffed in a pita pocket with kale and cucumber. A creamy avocado-lime dressing tops it all off. Try changing up the veggies in this recipe based on what you have on hand.
10. Za’atar Grilled Eggplant Salad
This fresh, summery Za’atar Grilled Eggplant Salad combines soft grilled eggplants and lots of fresh herbs. Make a big batch since cold leftovers make great pita fillings with hummus and extra greens. Serve with a big squeeze of lemon for a refreshing kick.
11. Classic Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Nothing says “classic” like a Strawberry Rhubarb Pie — especially a strawberry rhubarb pie with a lattice crust. This is the kind of pie you’d expect to see cooling on a windowsill. A brush of coconut cream helps the sprinkling of demerara sugar stick to the crust, giving the top of the pie a golden brown sparkle.
12. Crispy ‘Chicken’ Sandwiches
World’s greatest sandwich isn’t a term anybody should throw around lightly and yet, here these Crispy “Chicken” Sandwiches are. They look like fast food patties on the outside, but on the inside, they’re soft and tender. Made from rice and sweet potato and coated in herbed breadcrumbs, then fried until crispy, they’ll satisfy all your crunchy sandwich cravings. Top with traditional fare like pickles, lettuce, and ketchup or get creative with your own toppings.
13. Sticky Miso Veggie Skewers
Kick off barbecue season with some Sticky Miso Veggie Skewers! Zucchini, mushrooms, and tempeh each bring their own texture in these deliciously umami vegetable skewers. The zucchini is soft, the mushrooms are meaty, and the tempeh is firm but meaty. As you grill them, the sticky miso sauce begins to caramelize a little, enhancing its flavor even further. Serve with grains as a main dish or make a bunch for your barbecue.
14. 4-Ingredient Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles
These 4-Ingredient Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles are super refreshing! Made with fresh, fruity strawberries, tangy lemons, and a bit of agave syrup, these popsicles are the perfect treats to keep in the freezer for when heat strikes. And it takes only four ingredients!
15. #5under5: Buffalo Sweet Potato Stuffed Mushrooms
Need an awesome appetizer for your barbecue? Enter these Buffalo Sweet Potato Stuffed Mushrooms: baby Bella mushrooms stuffed with a sweet potato and chickpea pâté that’s generously seasoned with tangy Buffalo hot sauce. Is your mouth watering yet? They are the perfect party appetizer that will have your friends and family begging you to bring to every gathering for the rest of time.
So, get out and enjoy the beautiful weather with friends, family, and delicious food!
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