12 Creative Recipes for Your Summer BBQ & Potluck

  • Steak salad on a white plate.

    Summer is the season of backyard BBQs, casual brunches, potlucks, and breezy suppers. With a busy schedule ahead, it’s easy to get stuck with the same old menu when you need to whip up something to feed a crowd.

    If you are in the mood to switch things up for some new flavors, we have you covered. From teriyaki burger, chicken spring rolls with sesame sauce to colorful fruit jelly, these 12 creative recipes will keep you inspired for your summer cooking.

    Have a delicious summer, and I hope you enjoy the hot grills, amazing foods, great friends and laughters.

    12 Creative Recipes for Summer BBQ & Potluck


    Teriyaki Burger on wooden board.

    1. Teriyaki Burger

    When it comes to summer grilling, one thing that comes to mind: a juicy flavorful burger that we can really sink our teeth into. Brushed with a sweet savory glaze and topped with grilled pineapple slice and melted cheese, these teriyaki burgers are a fun little vacation, and a whole lot of deliciousness.

    Grilled Corn wtih Miso Butter on wooden board.

    2. Grilled Corn with Miso Butter

    Char grilled with husk and smothered in a savory miso butter, these Grilled Corn with Miso Butter are so good! The intensity and flavor of miso butter elevates the sweet corn to another level.

    Santa Maria Tri Tip on a cutting board.

    3. Santa Maria Tri-Tip

    With minimal seasonings and a quick stint on a sous vide machine, this Santa Maria Tri-Tip makes those intimate Friday night grill outs extra special. Any leftovers can be used in salads or amazing sandwiches.

    Bulgogi, Korean Grilled Beef on a plate with a bowl of rice and kimuchi on wooden table.

    4. Bulgogi (Korean Grilled Beef)

    Bulgogi, a classic Korean grilled beef, is so easy to make and fun to eat with friends and family.  Tender pieces of caramelized beef with crunchy sweet vegetables, this flavorful grilled meat needs to make an appearance on your summertime dinner soon! You can grill on a barbecue or on a stove-top griddle.

    Cheese Board with grapes, olives, slices of meat and cacklers.

    5. Cheese Board

    Summer presents many Sunday brunches. If you want to keep things easy breezy, there’s no better way to do than serving a classic cheese board, complete with all the best fixings. This handy post shows you how to create the perfect cheese board.

    Massaged Kale Salad with Mango in a white dish.

    6. Kale & Mango Salad

    Sweet-tart chunks of mango offers a nice counterpoint to earthy green kale, which is massaged with an olive oil dressing. Light and refreshing, this Kale & Mango Salad is a welcome addition to any grill menu.

    Steak Salad with Shoyu Dressing on a white plate.

    7. Steak Salad with Shoyu Dressing

    Hearty, satisfying, and delicious Steak Salad that kicks your average green salad up a notch with sizzling steak and savory Japanese-style shoyu dressing!

    Chicken Spring Rolls on a table.

    8. Chicken Spring Rolls with Sesame Sauce

    Have a picnic potluck coming up? These cool and crunchy chicken spring rolls are fantastic for finger foods. Piles of refreshing vegetables, fresh mint, and chicken, all wrapped up in rice paper rolls and ready to dip in a delicious, savory sesame sauce.

    Japanese Parfait in tall glass cups.

    9. Japanese Parfait

    Made of delicious layers of sponge cakes, granolas, fresh whipped cream, ice cream, and summer fresh fruits, these Japanese fruit parfaits are a winner for weekend brunches or special breakfasts. Kids & adults will go crazy for it.

    Fruit Popsicles on the iced container.

    10. Fruit Popsicles

    It wouldn’t be summer without fruit popsicles! With all the delicious summer fruits in season, this is the best time to enjoy these frozen treats. They are so easy to make too. Perfect for a pool side party.

    bottle of Homemade Lemonades and two glass of lemonades on a table.

    11. Homemade Lemonade

    Lemonade is a true summer thirst quencher! If you haven’t tried making lemonade from scratch, this recipe shows you how to make classic lemonade, and two other refreshing flavors with summer herbs – mint and thyme lemonade. 

    Fruit Jelly on a plate.

    12. Fruit Jelly

    Colorful and whimsical, these chilled fruit jellies make a lovely dessert tray for summer entertaining.


    Summer Recipes for BBQ and Potluck

    I hope you enjoy making these fun summer recipes!

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