17 Top BBQ Recipes for Entertaining

Dig into this backyard BBQ bounty.

Whether it’s a party on the patio or a bash in the backyard, ‘tis the season for BBQ-ing. If you’re hosting guests this summer, you know that serving just any ‘ol dishes won’t do! Check out these top BBQ recipes for entertaining.

One of the top myths about healthy eating is that it’s boring and bland. These BBQ recipes are proof positive that clean eating can be so, so delicious. Clean-eating recipes, like the ones below, focus on whole and minimally-processed foods that aren’t junked up with added calories, fat, salt, or refined sugar. As a result, the clean, fresh taste of these foods shines through. In fact, your guests might be surprised when they find out they’re enjoying “health” foods.

Along with appetizers, side dishes, and entrées, we’ve included healthy drinks as well as desserts—after all, every good get-together deserves a sweet-something to finish the meal. Give these best BBQ dishes for entertaining a go, and then let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Appetizers & Side Dishes

1. Easy Grilled Corn on the Cob
Simple corn on the cob ideas, like this recipe, are a delicious no-brainer when you’re cooking for the crew.

2. Deviled Eggs
Some would argue it’s not a real party unless this summertime classic is served! Our healthy deviled eggs contain Greek yogurt instead of mayo.

3. Tzatziki Yogurt Sauce
Create the perfect veggie tray dip or grilled potato topping with this sauce, which is made with superfood Greek yogurt.   

4. Grilled Pizza with Mozzarella, Basil, and Tomato
Pizza is one of the best BBQ dishes for entertaining? You bet! Cut it into squares or mini slices for an appetizer guests won’t be able to keep their hands off of.

5. Pasta Salad with Pesto, Mozzarella, and Tomatoes
Treat guests to a taste of Italy with colorful, flavorful BBQ recipes like this pasta salad.

6. Creamy Pesto Pasta Salad
Forget tasteless boxed pasta salad mix—instead make a simple and delish alternative.

7. Sweet and Tangy Cole Slaw
When you need the best BBQ dishes for entertaining, don’t forget the slaw! This dish combines apple cider vinegar with pure maple syrup for a yummy flavor.

8. Red Cabbage and Apple Slaw
Brighten up any party table with this healthy BBQ recipe.


9. Barbeque Grilled Chicken Breasts
Sweet, savory, and healthy, our Skinny BBQ Sauce packs a flavor punch in this classic grilling recipe.  

10. Turkey Burger with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Feta Cheese
When you’ve got a taste for turkey, add this red meat burger alternative to the party menu.

11. Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Skewers
This recipe is super easy—you can assemble skewers yourself or invite guests to assemble their own for a custom taste.

12. Spicy Chicken Skewers
The chicken is flavored with Skinny Wing Sauce and spices to create a BBQ menu winner.

13. Pesto Grilled Chicken
Fresh basil pesto makes this recipe a natural crowd-pleaser when you’re looking for delish BBQ recipes.


14. Iced Sencha Tea with Peaches and Lime
This blend of green tea, black tea, and fruit is a summery beverage recipe for entertaining.

15. Strawberry Lemonade
Kids of all ages will love this refreshingly natural pink drink.


16. 5 Frozen Popsicle Recipes
The best BBQ dishes for entertaining can be pretty sweet—cool the kids (and adults) down with these delicious popsicle ideas.

17. Creamy Vanilla Frozen Yogurt
You can prepare this yummy summertime treat with or without an ice cream maker.  


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Amy Wagner

Amy is a writer specializing in health & wellness, business, and entrepreneurship. She's a long-time martial arts teacher who has earned a 4th degree black belt in tae kwon do. When Amy's not writing or kicking, she's wrangling sons, reading fiction, or crushing on BBC actors.

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