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35+ Summer BBQ Recipes

We’ve rounded up some of the best BBQ ideas around! From grilled chicken, beef, pork, seafood and side dishes – even grilled dessert! You’ll love these mouthwatering summer BBQ recipes.

Some Healthy Grilling Ideas

In our opinion, healthy bbq recipes shouldn’t be elaborate or complicated. They should use simple, fresh ingredients to get the maximum amount of flavor out of your grill. We have a lot of simple and healthy grilling recipes in this listing, along with some more time-consuming recipes sprinkled in for those days you have extra time and want to go all out!

BBQ Chicken Recipes

Easy Grilled Chicken Drumsticks
Grilled chicken drumsticks on a plate with BBQ sauce and pepper
With a simple and flavorful seasoning rub, these easy grilled chicken drumsticks are sure to be a hit at your next BBQ. Easy salty, smoky and juicy flavor!
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Healthy Grilled Pineapple Chicken
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This recipe for healthy grilled pineapple chicken thighs is a summer staple! With a simple pineapple marinade, this easy grilled chicken is a crowd pleaser.
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Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken – The Wooden Skillet
Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken – a quick and easy weeknight meal that healthy, delicous and makes perfect leftovers!
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Grilled Lemon Chicken Kebabs – A Calculated Whisk
These grilled lemon chicken kebabs are packed with flavor, easy to make, and paleo/Whole30 compliant. They’ll be a huge hit at summer BBQs!
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Grilled Chicken Bacon Ranch Wrap
This grilled chicken bacon ranch wrap is easy to make, perfect for summer and packs a salty crunch. It's like a chicken BLT in wrap form!
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Spicy Grilled Chicken Drumsticks – Paleo Running Momma
These spicy chicken drumsticks are perfectly seasoned, grilled, and tossed in a spicy, flavor-packed sauce! Perfect for grilling season (or anytime of year!)
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Rainbow Salad with Grilled Chicken – A Calculated Whisk
All the colors of the rainbow are represented in this quick paleo salad with a creamy, dairy-free raspberry walnut dressing. I’ve been wanting to make a rainbow salad for a while now, but this seemed like…
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Thai Chicken Skewers with Creamy Almond Sauce – The Wooden Skillet
Thai Chicken Skewers with Creamy Almond Sauce – an easy and delicious thai grilled chicken skewer with the most amazing almond dipping sauce!
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Grilled Chicken Marinade Recipes

If you are looking to keep things simple and just grill up some chicken with an easy marinade, check out these 5 easy homemade marinades:

5 Easy & Healthy Homemade Marinades
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Toss all pre-packaged marinades and sauces! Making your own healthy and homemade marinades for steak, chicken, seafood and pork is easy. Try these 5 recipes!
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Grilled Beef Recipes

Fresh Chimichurri Sauce for Flank or Skirt Steak
Skirt steak sliced on a marble board with fresh chimichurri sauce drizzled on top
This recipe for fresh chimichurri sauce is the perfect pairing for grilled flank or skirt steak. Keto, Paleo, and Whole30 friendly.
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Bunless Burger Recipe (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)
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This bunless burger recipe is Paleo, Whole30 + Keto with an amazing special sauce! Satisfy your low-carb burger craving today with this lettuce burger.
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Grilled Steak, Zucchini, and Pesto Salad – Do You Even Paleo
Easy, oven-free grilled steak, zucchini, and pesto salad! This epic summer salad recipe is paleo, gluten free, keto, & Whole30.
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Thai Coconut Lime Skirt Steak – Healthy Seasonal Recipes
This Thai coconut lime grilled skirt steak is so juicy and flavorful! Even better, this easy steak recipe requires less than 15 minutes of hands on prep work!
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Grilled Steak Salad (Paleo + Whole30)
All the summer vibes are settling in! You know….grilling, hanging out on patios, soaking up the sunshine and breeze. This Paleo and Whole30 grilled steak salad is full of fresh, seasonal summer produce and a tasty green dressing to drizzle over everything!
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Paleo Steak Marinade (Gluten Free + Whole30)
This easy Whole30 + Paleo steak marinade takes about 5 minutes to put together and is a basic, flavorful marinade that you can use over and over. Only 8 ingredients!
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BBQ Pork Recipes

Smoked Pork Shoulder (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)
This smoked pork shoulder recipe will give you fork tender pulled pork. A simple rub and a smoker are all you need for the the best smoked pork shoulder!
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Dijon Rosemary Pork Chops – Real Food with Jessica
These Dijon Rosemary Pork Chops are easy to make and so flavorful. Perfect for the grill, but still delicious cooked indoors.
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Lemon Garlic Pork Tenderloin – Healthy Seasonal Recipes
This Grilled Lemon Garlic Pork Tenderloin recipe with rosemary is super simple, but full of flavor. It is easy to make and the pork is juicy and delicious.
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Grilled Pork Chops and Peaches – A Healthy Life For Me
Grilled pork chops and peaches are a great way to enjoy seasonal peaches layered on top of perfectly seasoned and grilled bone in pork chops with a citrus balsamic vinaigrette.
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Grilled Cuban Mojo-Marinated Pork Tenderloin – Saving Dessert
An easy and delicious overnight marinade with powerful flavors from the garlic, citrus and herbs. Grilled to perfection, and perfect for company!
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Grilled Fish and Seafood Recipes

Grilled Teriyaki Salmon Bowls (Paleo + Whole30)
These grilled teriyaki salmon bowls are Paleo and Whole30, made gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free and refined sugar-free. An easy and healthy summer dinner!
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Grilled Cilantro Lime Shrimp – Joyful Healthy Eats
30 Minute Grilled Cilantro Lime Shrimp in a Grilled Avocado Boat. This light & flavorful recipe makes the perfect party appetizer or main dish for the summer!
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Grilled Grouper with Oranges and Olives – A Spicy Perspective
Italian inspired grilled grouper. A grilled fish dish with grilled oranges, onions and olives. Bold flavor and light on the waistline.
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Easy Grilled Shrimp – The Stay at Home Chef
Easy Grilled Shrimp is full of flavor and easy to make either directly on the grill or on skewers.
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Easy Chili Lime Grilled Salmon with Mango Avocado Salsa – Joyful Healthy Eats
An easy 30 Minute Grilled Salmon rubbed with a chili lime spice blend, grilled to perfection & topped with a Mango Avocado Salsa.
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Grilled BBQ Side Dishes

Healthy Grilled Sweet Potato Fries Recipe
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These grilled sweet potato fries are salty and sweet, and they are a great healthy side dish to enjoy all summer long! Paleo and Whole30 friendly.
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Grilled Cauliflower Steaks (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)
These Paleo, Whole30 + Keto grilled cauliflower steaks are likely to be your new favorite way to eat cauliflower. Pair them with your favorite protein!
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Grilled Artichokes – Tastes Lovely
Grilled Artichokes with a lemon garlic basting oil and a lemon garlic aioli dipping sauce. A delicious appetizer or side dish recipe!
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Grilled Cabbage Steaks – Eat the Gains
Try these easy and flavorful Grilled Cabbage Steaks – only 4 ingredients and topped however you like, they make a simple and crowd pleasing vegetable side dish.
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Grilled Fruit Salad (Paleo + Whole30)
Have you tried grilling fruit yet? It is so delicious! Bring this Paleo + Whole30 grilled fruit salad to your next gathering to make you look like a pro!
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Grilled Sweet Potato Salad – Joyful Healthy Eats
Grilled Sweet Potato Salad with bacon and a tangy honey mustard dressing. The perfect healthy and delicious side dish this summer!
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Grilled Desserts

Grilled Plantains (Paleo + Whole30 Option)
These Paleo and Whole30 grilled plantains are the perfect summer treat! You can make them savory or sweet with your toppings and seasonings. Plus, there’s basically no mess! 
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Gluten Free Peach Cobbler (Paleo, Dairy-Free + Refined Sugar-Free)
Summer desserts are some of the best treats, and this gluten free peach cobbler is Paleo, refined sugar-free and egg-free too! It’s a healthy peach dessert your entire family will love! 
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Grilled Cherry Milkshakes — Edible Perspective
Grilling a milkshake is kind of impossible. However, grilling the cherries you’re going to put in said milkshake is totally possible.
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Grilled Pineapple Stacks – Food Faith Fitness
Grilled pineapple is crusted with macadamia nuts and then layered with coconut whipped cream for an easy, healthy, paleo-friendly dessert for summer!
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Grilled Peaches with Blackberry Coconut Cream – Abby’s Kitchen
These grilled peaches with blackberry coconut cream and pistachios are the plant based, gluten free, healthy dessert you need for summer.
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Quick and easy carne asada on a board cut into strips topped with salt and cilantro

35+ Mouthwatering BBQ Recipes: Easy Carne Asada

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Marinating time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Main Course
Servings: 4
Calories: 484kcal
A simple marinade makes this quick and easy carne asada recipe as authentic tasting as it gets! You'll love the smoky citrus notes from the fresh marinade. Plus, we have 35 other healthy bbq recipes for you!
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Equipment

  • Grill

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds skirt steak (can use flank, flap or flatiron steak)

For the carne asada marinade:

  • 1/4 cup avocado oil
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 limes, juice of
  • 1 orange, juice of
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (can sub 1 tsp garlic oil)
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
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Instructions 

  • Prepare marinade by mixing marinade ingredients in a bowl or jar.
  • Place steak in a shallow dish or zip-top bag. Pour marinade over the steak to coat on both sides. Allow the steak to marinate while your grill heats up, at least 20 minutes. Or, you can marinate it covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 hours. (See recipe notes)
  • Heat a grill to medium-high heat. Once the grill is hot, place the steak on the grill to cook for 4-5 minutes on each side, or until cooked to your liking. While cooking, baste the steak with any remaining marinade using a brush or by simply pouring the marinade over the steak.
  • When the steak is cooked, remove it from the grill and place on a cutting board to rest for 5-10 minutes.
  • Slice the steak into thin strips against the grain. Serve and enjoy.

Notes

  • If marinating the steak longer than 20 minutes, cover it and place it in the refrigerator. Marinate the steak for up to 4 hours. 
  • I prefer the grill for carne asada, but if you don’t have one this can be made on the stovetop using a skillet or grill pan. Just follow the same instructions and cooking time.
  • For serving, we love lettuce wraps or corn or grain-free tortillas. Alternatively, you can serve over greens and rice in a bowl. Don’t forget the guacamole!
  • Nutrition facts are an estimate provided for those following a Ketogenic or low-carb diet and do not include any topping/serving items for this recipe. See our full nutrition information disclosure here

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 484kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Fiber: 1g
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