BBQ recipes: quick and easy ideas for meat eaters, veggies and vegans

We're revolutionising BBQ food with these super tasty BBQ recipes. And just in time for bank holiday barbecues...

BBQ recipes
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These days, preparing good BBQ recipes requires a little more than whacking a sad looking sausage on the grill and hoping for the best. In fact, the best barbecues make it possible to grill, toast and smoke a whole host of delicious  food, and as such we've seen a massive increase in the quality, as well as the variety, of BBQ recipes available to home grillers.

Whether you're a meat eater, vegetarian, of flexitarian, there are plenty of options worth trying this weekend, or next. We've combined some old classics with some new recipe ideas to keep you inspired throughout the summer.

Check them out below, then head over to our food hub for more recipe ideas and inspiration.

BBQ recipes 

We've broken down our favourite bbq recipes into sections, so it should be super easy for you to find something that suits your taste. Whether you can't get enough of BBQ chicken, are in need of new burger recipes, or fancy giving BBQ halloumi a go, you'll find plenty of ideas below.

BBQ chicken

The best BBQ whole chicken

You really can't beat the crispy texture and smoky taste of succulent chicken cooked fresh on the barbecue. Our BBQ chicken recipe can be cooked with, or without, the tasty barbecued veggies we've included in the recipe. Either way, you'll achieve chicken that's super crispy on the outside and much softer on the inside.

Our favourite BBQ rub by Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver describes this chicken as 'sticky, glazed and delicious,' and we have to say we couldn't agree more. This American style BBQ chicken is delicious enjoyed alone, or with a side of corn, salad and potato salad.

Burger recipes 

Beef burger recipe

Whether you're planning to grill some on the barbie as the weather gets warmer, or you'd prefer to cook some in your kitchen in the frying pan, or under the grill, we have a couple of tips and tricks that will help you achieve the perfect, juicy burger. 

Vegan burger recipe

Just look at that vegan burger and try to deny that it's the most mouth-wateringly delicious burger you've seen in a while.There's a reason why it's called the ultimate burger: it's oozing with veggie goodness but the patty still stays together as any good burger should.

This black bean/kidney bean based vegan burger is jam packed with goodness, smothered in a spicy, fresh avocado relish and a sweet but sharp onion chutney.

Lamb burger

We think a lamb burger might be the unsung hero of the barbecue, and a great alternative to the classic beef burger. ~We think it's especially when loaded up with plenty of salad, sauces and – if it were up to us – feta.

So, if you're on the hunt for something slightly different – or can't get your hands on your usual favourites – why not give lamb a go.

BBQ recipes for veggies

Veggie burger

Jamie Oliver's spicy recipe is a BBQ must – even for meat eaters. Made with chickpeas and sweetcorn, it's got a fabulous kick to it.

How to cook halloumi

A Cypriot speciality, halloumi cheese has certainly taken the UK by storm. The perfect meat-alternative to the vegetarians amongst us, halloumi works well in burgers, on kebabs, on barbecues, as part of a salad and more.

Corn on the cob

Try Jamie Oliver's super-charged take on this classic BBQ side (or main if you prefer). Super easy to prep, it's sooo much better than the classic boiled sweetcorn. 

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