20 Awesome Backyard BBQ Recipes | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

20 Awesome Backyard BBQ Recipes


I’m bringing you 20 awesome backyard BBQ recipes today. Fire up the grill, gather who you can, and feast in the sunshine.

I’ve been smelling disposable barbecues all around my neighborhood lately. People are gathering with their households in the tiny shared back gardens of their tenement flats and grilling because ever day of sunshine is precious in Scotland.

But I know the kind of sad food that often gets dished out when people suddenly decide to grill, and I’m on a mission to end that. Don’t eat pre-formed hamburgers and store-bought mushy potato salad. We can do better than that.

I’ve got 20 recipes for you, including burgers, sides, drinks, and even some easy, portable, non-melty desserts for your next backyard gathering or pool side party. Even if it’s just the people you live with, they deserve the best.


The sun’s out. That means people are thirsty. I am not remotely opposed to good bottled drinks in a bucket of ice. I think it’s a great way to make things easier on the host. When people who don’t cook ask what to bring, maybe suggest a selection of fruity ciders or fancy sodas.

If you want to make your own drink though, I’ve got you covered.

Vanilla Lemonade | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

For a lemonade that’s a bit more sophisticated, try this Vanilla Lemonade. Add a splash of gin if you like.

Passion Fruit Green Tea | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

When it’s hot out, there’s only one thing that will fix it for me. Passion Fruit Green Tea.

Ginger Iced Tea Lemonade | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Can’t decide if you want ginger ale, iced tea, or lemonade? It’s cool. Just make Ginger Iced Tea Lemonade.

Strawberry Lemon & Basil Infused Water | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

If you don’t want to serve a sugary drink, elevate your water. This Strawberry Lemon Basil Infused Water is beautiful.

Pimm's & Cherry Lemonade from Awesome on20

Something for the grown ups. Pimm’s and Cherry Lemonade.

Passion Fruit Margarita from Awesome on 20

In case you came here to party, make a Passion Fruit Margarita.

Raspberry Lemonade | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

You could make Raspberry Lemonade just for the color alone. How gorgeous is that?


Look, there’s really only one thing I want when someone fires up the grill, and that’s a juicy burger. Let’s not pretend like chicken is just as good. I’ve got some truly awesome burgers for you here. Please, please, please, if you love your friends, don’t serve them frozen pre-fab patties.

Basic Burgers | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

This right here is my Basic Burger that’s anything but boring. I walk you through how I make my own burger patties in like five minutes with just ground beef and whatever I have in my kitchen that day. No excuses.

Blue Cheese Burger | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

A Blue Cheese Burger will blow your mind. Go for it.

Spicy Southwest Burger | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

If you like things with a little heat, this Spicy Southwest Burger is for you.

Breakfast Burgers | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Okay, this Breakfast Burger might be a little over the top, but it’s an outrageously indulgent way to use up any leftover burger patties the next day.

Jalapeno Cream Cheese Stuffed Burgers | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

This Jalapeno Cream Cheese-Stuffed Burger is pretty freakin’ awesome.

Cuban Burgers from Awesome on 20

This Cuban Burger is much better than I made it look in this photo. Use a heavy skillet or a brick wrapped in foil to press it while it’s on the grill.


People think they don’t like potato salad because all they’ve had is that mushy stuff that’s mostly mayonnaise that comes in a bucket from the grocery store deli. I’ve got some truly awesome side salads for you. You’ll actually want to go back for more.

Southwest Pasta Salad | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

This Southwest Pasta Salad is loaded with black beans, sweet corn, and chopped peppers and chillies. It’s dressed with a spicy lime vinaigrette. No mayo here.

Loaded Baked Potato Salad | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

This Loaded Baked Potato Salad has bacon, chives, and cheese. What’s not to like?

Dill Potato Salad | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

This Dill Potato Salad is what potato salad should be. Just nest the bowl in some ice if you’re going to have it out of the fridge for more than an hour.

Something Sweet

Every meal needs something sweet. If you’re having an outside gig, it needs to be something easily transportable that isn’t going to melt everywhere. And if you can just eat it with your hands, all the better.

Giant Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

These Giant Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies are the solution to so many problems.

S'mores Brownies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Summer equals s’mores. These S’mores Brownies are everything.

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars get a bonus because you bake the whole thing in one batch.

Kahlua Brownies from Awesome on 20

These are Kahlua Brownies. That’s right. Kahlua. Get ya some.

Bonus Recipes

You know I’m a total recipe hoarder, so I thought I’d share a few recipes with you that I’d like to try out for my next cookout.

The Novice Chef says these are The Best Baked Beans. I’m willing to find out.

Summer sweet corn is basically heaven. Sign me up for this Grilled Corn with Jalapeno Honey Butter from Honestly Yum.

Okay, I do actually like to eat chicken sometimes. This Grilled Brown Sugar Mustard Chicken from Shutterbean sounds amazing.

Salt and Baker is putting the bacon right inside the burger in her Best Bacon Burgers. I’m intrigued.

I might take things in a totally different direction with these Chicken Souvlaki Bowls with Garlic Fries from Half Baked Harvest. Reminds me of our trip to Greece.

I hope you’ve found some inspiration to get outside and cook something awesome. Hopefully we can all get together for a backyard bbq soon. Until then, don’t forget to be awesome.

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