Summer is here and the warm weather means one thing: family gatherings where adults cluster around the grill and the kids play on the slip ‘n’ slide. But hosting an outdoor feast can be stressful, especially when it comes to planning the food. Thanks to this cookout menu, however, you won't ever worry about running out of stomach-pleasing recipes to serve at your next get together.
Not only does this barbecue menu include your usual veggie burgers and chicken kebabs, but it also features unique spins on classic recipes like sugar snap pea fries, grilled squash bread, and watermelon pizza. And whether some of your guests have dietary restrictions or like to try a little bit of everything, there’s a recipe for everyone.
So go ahead and whip up this summer cookout menu that includes appetizers, main entrees, desserts, cocktails, and alcohol-free drinks. You can even include some of these into your Father’s Day and 4th of July celebrations.
Marinated Chicken Kebabs
You can prep these kebabs hours before your cookout starts, and then just toss them on the grill for 10 minutes.
Chicago-Style Chicken Dogs
Forget tiny slices of pickles. This recipe calls for one pickle cut down the middle and stuffed into the bun.
Gingery Grilled Stone Fruit and Cucumber Salad
Toss the plums for just two minutes on the grill to give them a smoky flavor.
Beef and Mushroom Burgers with Snap Pea Fries
You can prepare the patties ahead of time and grill them for eight minutes.
Corn on the Cob with Parsley Butter
You'll never go back to plain butter when you see how easy and quick it is to make this parsley-infused version.
Alabama White BBQ Grilled Shrimp
Everyone at the cookout will be drooling over these juicy skewered shrimp covered in a hot 'n spicy white BBQ sauce.
Turkey Burgers and Slaw with Sweet Potato Chips
Upgrade your turkey burger with a spicy apple and jalapeño slaw, a smoked mayo spread, and sweet potato chips.
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