Burgers, chicken and sausages are all classic BBQ foods but do you ever fancy trying something a little different? If you've got the BBQ going, experiment with some of these unusual foods that you probably didn't know you could BBQ. It'll certainly impress your guests!
Burgers, chicken and sausages are all classic BBQ foods but do you ever fancy trying something a little different?
If you’ve got the BBQ going, experiment with some of these unusual foods that you probably didn’t know you could BBQ. It’ll certainly impress your guests!
Click through to see if you knew about any or all of these unusual BBQ foods.
First up is BBQ pizza – yes really!
How to BBQ
You need to make the pizza dough from scratch, then lightly flour and oil it before placing on the grill. Make sure the grill is very clean as any dirt will make the dough stick. Allow the base to cook for a few minutes before oiling the other side slightly (wiping away any excess oil to avoid flaring the flames), and flip. Apply a light layer of tomato sauce and cheese (too many toppings and they won’t cook). If you have a top to your BBQ, close it to let the heat melt the cheese, if not, keep a close eye on the base and remove when it’s ready. We recommend trying with a mini pizza first to test if your BBQ will work.
Try one of our pizza recipes on the BBQ.
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Avocados are nice as a side to BBQ food and in a salad but have you ever thought of cooking them on the BBQ? They get a lovely smokey flavour, while the heat makes them nice and soft.
How to BBQCut the avocado in half, remove the stone and lay flesh side down on the BBQ. Leave for around a minute and remove from the heat. You can add lemon juice and salt and pepper for extra flavour.
See all our avocado recipes
Wedges are the perfect side for your burger but they don’t need to miss out on the BBQ fun. The flame-grilled wedges will be full of flavour and nice and crispy.
How to BBQYou need to slice the wedges or chips thiner than you would do usually (around 1cm thin) so they cook all the way through. Par-boil them until soft, then drizzle with oil and place on the BBQ. They should cook relatively quickly but you may need to have a wedge or two – just to check, of course!
Try our classic spicy potato wedges recipe
What? Lettuce? Bear with us! Cooking a whole Romaine lettuce on the BBQ is actually quite tasty. Think of it like a griddled salad and you’ll get used to the idea!
How to BBQWash the lettuce and pat dry. Drizzle with a little olive oil and cook on both sides until slightly charred.
Mmmm why had we never thought about garlic bread on the BBQ before? The flame grilled touch will make one of our favourite treats even better!
How to BBQ
If you’re using ready made garlic bread, you simply place it on the BBQ to grill (defrosted if frozen). If you’re making from scratch, toast the bread lightly on each side then drizzle in a melted garlic butter (and maybe even top with some cheese if you want to be extra naughty!).
Try our homemade garlic bread recipe
You’ve probably seen people grilling bananas before but have you ever actually done it? It’s so easy!
How to BBQSlice the banana skin lengthways on one side and allow to open slightly. Place the banana, split side up, on the BBQ. Leave to cook for a few mins until the banana is soft and mushy and scoop from the skin. You can add chocolate and let it melt or lots of other naughty treats to turn it into a banana split.
Try our honey baked bananas recipe
More specifically halloumi cheese. The Greek cheese has a tougher texture to most cheeses so it can withstand the heat of the BBQ without melting all over the place. It gets a soft, squidgy texture and is just delicious with your meats or salad.
How to BBQSimply slice the halloumi and place on the BBQ – if it looks like its sticking, grease with a little oil. If you grill the cheese after your meats it will take on all their lovely flavours.
There are lots of different types of fruit that are delicious on the BBQ – and apple is one of them!
How to BBQ
Apple slices are easier to grill – and get a lovely caramelised texture to them. You can coat them with butter or sugar to get a richer flavour, but they’re just as good on their own. Core the apple and cut into rings or wedges and place on the BBQ until browned.
Herbs are commonly used in a marinade for BBQ foods, but you can actually grill herbs on their own to add a smokey flavour to your salads.
How to BBQChoose herbs on a branch such as rosemary, thyme and tarragon. Drizzle with oil and place on the BBQ – you can even place the meat on top of the herbs to let the flavours transfer through.
They basically mini burgers but you don’t normally see meatballs on the BBQ. They’ll cook much quicker than your traditional burgers and you can even turn them into mini slider burgers!
How to BBQShape your meatballs as usual and drizzle in a little oil, place on the BBQ until golden brown. Keep them moving so they cook evenly.
See how to make perfect meatballs
They’re not the most common vegetable but if you’re a fan of artichoke, you’ll be surprised how much better they taste on the BBQ.
How to BBQBoil or steam the artichokes first, then grill them when they are almost ready. Slice the artichokes in half and place face down on the grill. You can then scoop out the heart to add to pasta salad or blend into a dip.
A toasted sandwich on the BBQ? Yes, please! Mexican-style quesadillas are given a lovely flavour if they’re toasted on the grill.
How to BBQAdd the filling to your wrap and bread then grill on each side until the fillings are melted and the bread is slightly toasted – easy!
Try our easy quesadillas recipes
Super sweet and full of flavour, pineapple isn’t just to be enjoyed raw.
It’s delicious slightly grilled as it’s natural sweetness gets
How to BBQIf using a whole pineapple,
prepare into rings or think slices. If using tinned, drain and select
sizeable pieces of pineapple to use. Sprinkle with brown sugar and place
on the BBQ (you can use skewers to keep them in place). Serve with a
chocolate dipping sauce for a naughty treat. You can even give the
pineapples a boozy glaze for the adults.