25+ Recipe Ideas for Summer BBQs and Potlucks

Memorial day is just a few days away and you know what that means, Summer is about to (un)officially begin!! I’m already getting requests for recipes to bring to BBQs and potlucks, so I thought I’d do a roundup. Here are 25 of my favorite recipes for summer BBQs and Potlucks.

Need some fresh flavors to WOW your friends this summer? I’ve got you covered with these 25 Recipes for Summer BBQs and Potlucks. BudgetBytes.com

I suspect that most people will do classic burgers, dogs, chicken, and ribs for their main grilling dish, but I have included a couple of specialty burgers, plus a vegetarian alternative so that everyone can eat happily. In addition to that, I have plenty of salads, sides, and other dishes that you can bring to feed a crowd. Full disclaimer: most of these recipes are for around six servings, so please consider the size of your party and scale up the recipes as needed. You can scale the recipes on my site by simply typing in a new number in the servings field on the recipe card and the ingredient quantities will automatically adjust. Yay!

Burgers and Alternatives

Overhead view of an open faced Mediterranean Turkey Burger on a paper lined plate with cucumber salad on the side

Mediterranean Turkey Burgers

Spinach, sun dried tomatoes, feta, and a dilly yogurt sauce make these Mediterranean Turkey Burgers full of flavor and color.
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Homemade Black Bean Burgers

Black beans, cumin, sriracha, garlic, and fresh red onion make these homemade black bean burgers a flavorful and filling vegetarian meal.
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These Green Chile Turkey Burgers can't be beat for a fast, flavorful weeknight dinner. Ready in about 30 minutes and full of southwest flavor. BudgetBytes.com

Green Chile Turkey Burgers

These Green Chile Turkey Burgers can't be beat for a fast, flavorful weeknight dinner. Healthy, ready in about 30 minutes, and full of southwest flavor. 
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Close up side view of a marinated portobello mushroom burger topped with a slice of tomato and two red onion rings.

Marinated Portobello Mushroom Burgers

With their deep savory flavor, Marinated Portobello Mushroom Burgers are a fast and easy vegetarian option for summer grilling. 
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Cajun Salmon Burgers with guac from above on a cutting board

Cajun Salmon Burgers

Shelf-stable canned salmon plus a few more pantry staples make an incredibly easy and flavorful Cajun Salmon Burger perfect for weeknight dinners. 
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These rich and juicy Hawaiian Burgers are flavored with sweet pineapple, tangy teriyaki sauce, savory green onions, and creamy Monterey jack cheese. Budgetbytes.com

Hawaiian Burgers

These rich and juicy Hawaiian Burgers are flavored with sweet pineapple, tangy teriyaki sauce, savory green onions, and creamy Monterey jack cheese. 
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Potato Salads

What is a potluck or BBQ without a potato salad?? We’ve got the classics and a couple of fun twists on this potluck staple sidedish.

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Southern Style Potato Salad

This classic Southern Style Potato Salad uses both mustard and mayonnaise for a super flavorful dressing that is rich, tangy, and creamy.
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Cajun Potato Salad

This smoky and flavorful Cajun Potato Salad uses the magic of blackened seasoning to take it to the next level. Pairs perfectly with grilled meat!
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German Potato Salad with Bacon

German Potato Salad is tossed in a deliciously sweet and tangy mayo-free dressing with bacon, mustard, and vinegar. Perfect for potlucks!  
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This Roasted Sweet Potato Rainbow Salad combines a medley of vibrant colors and flavors, brought together by a bright and creamy dressing. BudgetBytes.com

Roasted Sweet Potato Rainbow Salad with Lime Crema

This Roasted Sweet Potato Rainbow Salad combines a medley of vibrant colors and flavors, brought together by a bright and creamy dressing.
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Bean Salads

BBQ and beans go together like peanut butter and jelly, and I’ve got no shortage of delicious bean salads to serve along side your summer BBQ.

Cowboy Caviar is like a cross between a bean salad and fresh salsa with its colorful mix of beans, vegetables, and a fresh lime infused dressing. BudgetBytes.com

Cowboy Caviar Recipe

Cowboy Caviar is like a cross between a bean salad and fresh salsa with its colorful mix of beans, vegetables, and a fresh lime infused dressing.
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Overhead view of a bowl full of Mediterranean White Bean Salad with parsley, tomatoes, and garlic on the side

Mediterranean White Bean Salad

This Mediterranean White Bean Salad is a fast, easy, and fresh side dish that pairs nicely with any grilled or roasted meat.
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Overhead view of a bowl of Chimichurri Chickpea Salad with pita in the side of the bowl

Chimichurri Chickpea Salad

This super simple chickpea salad is bright and flavorful thanks to homemade chimichurri and feta. Goes great with all your summer grilling!
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Cucumber and Black Bean Salad in a bowl with a black spoon

Cucumber and Black Bean Salad

This light and fresh cucumber and black bean salad is the perfect summer side dish. It is refrigerator stable so make it once and snack on it all week!
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Vegetable Salads and Slaws

When it’s hot and you’re eating outside, vegetable salads become EXTRA refreshing. These tasty salads will help lighten your plate, and add color and texture to your meal.

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Simple Creamy Coleslaw

This homemeade Creamy Coleslaw with a sweet, tangy and creamy dressing is perfect for piling onto sandwiches, stuffing into wraps, or enjoying as is!
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Marinated Cauliflower Salad

Marinated cauliflower salad is full of crunchy and colorful vegetables marinated in a homemade Italian dressing. Perfect for meal prep!
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Super Fresh Salad is a cold, crunchy, juicy mix of flavorful vegetables topped with a simple red wine and oregano vinaigrette. BudgetBytes.com

Super Fresh Cucumber Tomato Salad

Super Fresh Cucumber Salad is a cold, crunchy, juicy mix of flavorful vegetables topped with a simple red wine and oregano vinaigrette.
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This super simple three-ingredient cabbage salad is huge on flavor and is the perfect side for all of your summer grilling. This Vinaigrette slaw with Feta will become your easy go-to side dish. BudgetBytes.com

Vinaigrette Slaw with Feta

This super simple three-ingredient cabbage salad is huge on flavor and is the perfect side for all of your summer grilling. This Vinaigrette slaw with Feta will become your easy go-to side dish.
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Front view of a bowl of Honey Mustard Broccoli Salad with a black fork and spoon in the side of the bowl.

Honey Mustard Broccoli Salad

This crunchy, sweet, tangy, and creamy Honey Mustard Broccoli Salad only takes minutes to makes the perfect summer side dish.
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Overhead view of a bowl of Charred Corn and Zucchini Salad with a black and white napkin on the side.

Charred Corn and Zucchini Salad

This Charred Corn and Zucchini Salad perfectly captures the flavor of summer with fresh sweet corn, salty feta, and a smoky grill-like flavor. 
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Pasta Salads

Pasta salads work double duty at potlucks and BBQs, as both a side dish and a filling non-meat option for vegetarians. Plus they hold up great to buffet-style serving. Here are some of my favorites:

Overhead view of a bowl full of summer vegetable pasta salad

Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad

This light and fresh Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad is perfect for summer BBQs and potlucks, or your weekly meal prep.
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Broccoli Pasta Salad with Tomato Vinaigrette

This Broccoli Pasta Salad features a tangy homemade vinaigrette, nutty sunflower seeds, and creamy-salty feta.
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This classic summer Grilled Vegetable Pasta Salad features smoky fire licked vegetables and a homemade creamy balsamic vinaigrette. BudgetBytes.com

Grilled Vegetable Pasta Salad

This classic summer Grilled Vegetable Pasta Salad features smoky fire licked vegetables and a homemade creamy balsamic vinaigrette. 
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Close up of a bowl of Summer Sweet Corn Salad with a wooden spoon in the middle

Summer Sweet Corn Salad

Colorful summer vegetables, creamy avocado, pasta shells, and a homemade lemon vinaigrette make this light and fresh Summer Sweet Corn Salad.
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Close up of a serving bowl of pizza pasta salad, a wooden spoon in the side

Italian Pizza Pasta Salad

Repurpose your leftover pizza toppings into this deliciously simple Italian style pizza pasta salad. Including a simple homemade Italian dressing!
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Creamy Lemon Dill Greek Pasta Salad

Creamy Lemon Dill Greek Pasta Salad is packed with bold flavors and fresh vegetables, making it a delicious light lunch. 
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Desserts and Drinks

And of course, no BBQ or potluck would be complete with a little something sweet and a cold drink to sip on.

Chili Lime Cantaloupe

This quick and refreshing Chili Lime Cantaloupe is a unique way to dress up summer fruit. Pairs well with any southwest or Asian inspired meal.
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Strawberry Rosé Slush

This Strawberry Rosé Slush is a fast and inexpensive frozen drink to enjoy this summer. No fancy blender or liquors required! 
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Strawberry Shortcake is a simple yet impressive dessert that requires nothing but some fresh fruit and a few pantry staples. BudgetBytes.com

Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake is a simple yet impressive dessert that requires nothing but some fresh fruit and a few pantry staples. 
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Homemade Pineapple Orange Julius

When you need a tropical escape this homemade Pineapple Orange Julius is the perfect sweet and creamy frozen drink to take you away.
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A hand dipping a fresh strawberry into the fruit dip on a fruit platter

Honey Vanilla Cottage Cheese Fruit Dip

Cottage cheese is whipped up into a silky smooth texture, sweetened with honey, and flavored with vanilla in this deliciously sensible dessert fruit dip. 
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No Churn Balsamic Peach Ice Cream

This No Churn Balsamic Peach Ice Cream is incredibly easy and pairs the flavor of fresh sweet summer peaches with a tangy and buttery balsamic glaze.
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I don’t know if I’ve told you, but I’m OBSESSED with summer and even just writing this post has gotten me so excited! I can’t wait for spending time outside, playing in the water, and grilling delicious food. What are your favorite summertime foods for BBQs and Potlucks? Share your favorites in the comments below!