25 Best Outdoor BBQ & Picnic Recipes

May 26, 2019 (Last Updated: January 10, 2021)

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‘Tis the season to be grillin’! Finally the warm weather is upon us and with it, the scent of BBQ in the air. Whether you like to picnic in the park with your family or have a barbecue in your backyard with your friends, this collection of recipes is all you need!

One of the things I really love about spring and summer is eating outside. That’s one of the reasons why when we were apartment hunting, one of the mandatory requirements was to have a nice big terrace or garden.

When the weather is nice (which unfortunately is not every day here in The Netherlands) we always bring our dinner outside in our terrace and we barbecue almost every weekend.

In this collection of recipes, I chose my favorite appetizers, side dishes, marinades, drinks and dessert to make your next outdoor meal the best one ever!

What is your favorite outdoor picnic or BBQ food? Let me know in the comments!

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Caramelized Onion, Goat Cheese and Roasted Tomato Tart

Caramelized Onion, Goat Cheese and roasted Cherry Tomato Tart
Photo credit: Cooking my Dreams

The sweetness of the caramelized onions, the tartness and creaminess of the fresh goat cheese, topped with the incredible flavor of roasted cherry tomatoes, make this tart a great appetizer for any party, dinner, potluck or holiday feast.

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Grilled Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Photo Credit: Savor with Jennifer

Grilled Goat Cheese Bruschetta is toasted on the barbecue grill, smeared with creamy Goat Cheese, and topped with a bright, flavorful Tomato, Kalamata Olive, and Herb Salad.

Here is the recipe

Easy Watermelon Skewers With Prosciutto 

Photo Credit: Recipes from a Pantry

These colourful Watermelon Skewers with a balsamic reduction drizzle are a quick and easy Watermelon Appetizer, salad on a stick or side perfect for BBQs, Game Day, Picnic, outdoor eating and more.

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Sun Dried Tomato Hummus

Photo Credit: The Organic Kitchen

When it comes to choices in appetizers, hummus is a favorite at our house. We especially love this Sun Dried Tomato Hummus. It’s fabulous and only takes five minutes to make!

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Zucchini and Sweet Corn Pie

Photo Credit: My Parisian Kitchen

This savory tart is only made with vegetables and a quiche batter. No meat. All the flavors of sweet corn, and zucchini previously fried with olive oil.

Here is the recipe


Grilled Spatchcock Chicken With A Marmalade Glaze

Photo Credit: Krumpli

A spatchcock chicken is a perfect bird to cook on a grill, and summer is here so let’s do this. This grilled spatchcock chook recipe has a glorious orange Marmalade Glaze!

Here is the recipe

BBQ Rack of Lamb

Photo Credit: Greedy Gourmet

What better way of enjoying the last bit of summer than cooking a lovely BBQ rack of lamb? This beautiful piece of meat is one of the best bits of the animal, and with the proper preparation, you are in for a real treat. 

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Grilled Turkish Kofta Kebabs

Photo Credit: Panning the Globe

Kofta Kebabs are a popular Middle Eastern delicacy: skewers of spiced-up ground lamb or beef, served with fresh vegetables, pita and garlicky yogurt sauce. Here’s how to make authentic grilled Turkish Kofta Kebabs at home. 

Here is the recipe

Paneer Tikka Skewers

Photo Credit: Simply Sensational Food

The succulent Paneer Tikka marinated in aromatic spices and griddled makes the perfect vegetarian option to go with the Yeni Reki, Turkey’s world famous national drink.

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Grilled Skirt Steak Tacos 

Photo Credit: Savoring Today

Skirt Steak Taco Recipes 2-Ways for Easy Summer Parties. These two recipes give you options to spice it up or choose a kid-friendly mild recipe that everyone loves.

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Honey Grilled Prawns with Chorizo Dukkah

Photo Credit: Sugar Salt Magic

These Honey Grilled Prawns are a simple and light recipe, perfect for a lunch or even a starter to a Spring dinner party. It’s an easy grilled prawn recipe, served with a flavourful homemade chorizo dukkah.

Here is the recipe

Sweet and Sticky Char Siu (Chinese BBQ Pork)

Photo Credit: Pups with Chopsticks

If you love a juicy, sweet & sticky char siu (Chinese BBQ Pork), give this easy recipe a try! Delicious char siu is achievable at home! Updated to include instructions on how to make char siu in the oven so this can be made in the oven or the grill depending on the season.

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Italian Farro Salad

Photo Credit: Inside the Rustic Kitchen

An Italian Farro Salad made with juicy and sweet cherry tomatoes, peppery radishes, fragrant fresh herbs, and a zingy vinaigrette. This feel-good salad is great for eating outdoors, as a packed lunch or a healthy side dish and couldn’t be simpler to make!

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Southern Potato Salad

Photo Credit: The Seasoned Mom

A picnic or cookout would not be complete without this delicious Southern Potato Salad! The easy side dish recipe is a crowd pleasing classic that pairs nicely with just about any entrée — from barbecue to burgers, steak, chicken or ribs!

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Easy Greek Orzo Salad

Photo Credit: Happy Kitchen

This easy Greek Orzo Salad is perfect for picnics, potlucks, BBQs and get togethers. Whenever you need an easy and healthy side dish, that is guaranteed to disappear first, make this gorgeous Greek orzo salad!

Here is the recipe

Lemon Herb Grilled Zucchini

Photo Credit: This Healthy Kitchen

Lemon herb grilled zucchini are so tasty and come together in only 10 minutes flat! A perfect side dish for your weekend barbecues.

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Grilled Halloumi and Avocado Salad

Photo Credit: Cooking Journey Blog

Grilled halloumi and avocado salad is a great dish to enjoy in summer. This is one of the easiest halloumi cheese recipes that anyone can make. Grilled cheese is warm and crispy, nice if combined with vegetables. 

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Peach and Honey Lemonade

Photo Credit: Whole Food Bellies

Take advantage of the seasons perfectly fresh peaches and blend up a batch of this delicious and refreshing Fresh Peach and Honey Lemonade. Only four ingredients and all of them are clean.

Here is the recipe

Rhubarb Lemonade with Orange and Cardamom

Photo Credit: Everyday Delicious

Rhubarb lemonade with orange and cardamom is a delicious spring beverage. It’s sweet, slightly sour and very refreshing.

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Strawberry Lemonade Chia Drink

Photo Credit: Vegan Blueberry

Gather some Lemons, Sweet Strawberries, Agave Nectar, and Chia seeds so you can create and enjoy this refreshing Strawberry-Lemonade Chia drink in just a few minutes!! Truly feels like Summer in a cup!

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Virgin Orange Mojito

Photo Credit: Savory Bites Recipes

Another interesting post and specially for the hot summer days …it’s Orange Mojito,No-Alcohol version! Yes,this is No-Alcohol version so feed this to kids too and enjoy!

Here is the recipe


Portable Apple Crumble Jars

Photo Credit: Kitchen Sanctuary

Portable Apple Crumble Jars – with a custard core!! Eat them hot or cold for a fab picnic treat!

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Southern Style Blackberry Custard Pie

Photo Credit: Plating Pixels

Homemade Southern Style Blackberry Custard Pie will bring you back to childhood desserts of the past and may become a new family favorite. From-scratch crust, creamy custard filling, and fresh blackberries baked together into a comforting dessert.

Here is the recipe

Creamy Pineapple Pretzel Dessert

Photo Credit: Who Needs a Cape?

Creamy Pineapple Pretzel Dessert is an easy dessert that you can whip up in no time at all. Cool, creamy and refreshing, great for summer or holidays!

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Salted Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Cookies

Photo Credit: Baked by Clo

These salted chocolate chunk shortbread cookies contain just 7 ingredients and are super easy to make. They are crunchy, buttery and sweet with a delicious chocolatey bite.

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