BBQ steak, tofu bahn mi, pork chop and banana sundae

Sure, everybody loves hamburgers and hot dogs, but there’s so much more to make and enjoy when grilling season returns. Here we’ve gathered a bunch of tasty BBQ recipes that are easy to execute, easy on the wallet and most important of all, appealing to the whole family. We’ve also added some BBQ ideas—tips and tricks to help you get the most from your grill this season.

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easy BBQ rib steak and chickpea salad Image source: theHUB from

Ready in: 15 minutes

Why we love it: Juicy steak and a filling chickpea salad made within one episode of PAW Patrol is what we call a midweek miracle. Leftovers also keep well for a nutritious next-day lunch.

Meal prep tip: How long to barbeque steak depends on the thickness of the meat and personal preference. A good grilling thermometer is the best way to know when your steak is done: 145˚F for medium rare, 160˚F for medium and 170˚F for well done.[1]

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easy BBQ chicken souvlaki pitas Image source: Seasons and Suppers

Ready in: 1 hour 30 minutes

Why we love it: It’s impossible not to love marinated chunks of grilled chicken breast tucked into pitas and drizzled with tzatziki yogurt sauce. Plus, you can fill pitas with any veggies hanging around in your crisper: tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, shredded carrot, cabbage, zucchini—anything goes.

Meal prep tip: How long to barbeque chicken breast can vary. Watch for juices to be clear—not pink—and an internal temperature of 175˚F[2] when an instant-read thermometer is inserted in the thickest part.

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Prevent flare-ups by scrubbing hot grill grates just before use. If you don’t have a proper wireless grill brush, loosen caked-on carbon bits with a long-handled metal spatula, a piece of crumpled up foil held with tongs, or a halved onion held cut-side-down with a barbecue fork.
BBQ grilled shrimp rolls Image source: theHUB from

Ready in: 15 minutes

Why we love it: Easily (and affordably) feed a crowd with this BBQ version of a classic creole shrimp po’boy: grilled shrimp in tasty Cajun seasonings piled into a hot dog bun with lots of creamy tartar sauce. We recommend grownups add a few dashes of hot sauce, too.

Meal prep tip: Ready buns with lettuce and tartar sauce assembly-line style on an outdoor table or handy grill preparation cart. Tuck hot-off-the-grill shrimp into buns and serve immediately.

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Shrimp is no, well, shrimp when it comes to protein. For every 100 calories of shrimp you get a hefty 20 grams of protein[3] along with a bevy of essential minerals, notably iron and selenium.[4]

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Ready in: 35 minutes

Why we love it: These genius veggie burgers are just a block of tofu cut into quarters, poked with holes and drowned in a honey-soy marinade. By the time you’ve prepped the pickled toppings and turned on the grill, the tofu has soaked up all that salty-sweet goodness.

Meal prep tip: Keep a good-sized cutting board near the grill so you have a spot to put both burgers and buns once they’re cooked. Bonus, the board doubles as a tray to transport everything to the table.

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cedar-planked salmon with maple glaze and grilled red onions Image source: theHUB from

Ready in: 4 hours 30 minutes

Why we love it: The queen of BBQ salmon recipes, cedar-planked salmon smells as good as it tastes, especially when drowned in maple syrup before grilling. While the onions in this recipe add an extra boost of flavour, you don’t have to include them.

Meal prep tip: Set a reminder to soak the plank four hours before you’re ready to grill, otherwise you’ll be serving maple-glazed salmon, sans cedar.

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Rainbow trout is just as meaty and flavourful as salmon (in fact, these fish are cousins) but with a much lower price tag. If swapping salmon with trout, keep in mind trout typically cooks faster.

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Ready in: 50 minutes

Why we love it: Magic happens when asparagus meets a hot grill, and the sweet-salty-sesame sauce poured over these grilled veggies at the end make this a dish the whole family will devour.

Meal prep tip: Give kids the fun job of snapping the ends off the asparagus—you’ll have two bunches prepped and ready in no time.

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Ditch the toothpick bundles and cook loose asparagus in a cast iron pan right on the grill.

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BBQ maple chipotle chicken thighs Image source: theHUB from

Ready in: 1 hour

Why we love it: If your family likes it hot, this BBQ chicken recipe has a spicy kick thanks to canned chipotles in adobo sauce. A quick whirl in the blender along with sweet maple syrup makes a punchy marinade for economical chicken thighs.

Meal prep tip: The 40-minute marinade time allows you to make a side dish or two, check your phone, or just take a breather until it’s grill time.

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grilled pork chop with veggies and herb butter Image source: Erik Putz for Chatelaine

Ready in: 30 minutes

Why we love it: While budget-friendly chops can easily dry out on the grill, this foolproof BBQ pork chop recipe drowns each piece of meat in basil butter before serving. Who cares if dinner is slightly overdone? Butter to the rescue.

Meal prep tip: Because that trusty burger flipper will make a mess of long strips of zucchini, consider investing in long metal spatulas for turning veggies on the grill, griddle or grill-safe veggie tray.

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grilled banana pecan sundae Image source: theHUB from

Ready in: 20 minutes

Why we love it: Grilled and brown-sugar laden bananas topped with lush vanilla ice cream is everything you could want in a summertime dessert. This easy sweet is ideal for capping off a laidback get together or sun-soaked evening with family.

Meal prep tip: If you don’t want the bananas cooling down while you scoop the ice cream, pre-portion ice cream into bowls and store in the freezer until bananas are hot off the grill.

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