Barbecue season is back and Forkly has 20 unique ideas for delicious BBQ side dishes.

Barbecuing is an easy and efficient way to make mouth-watering meals. You always need some excellent side dishes to accompany these BBQ’d wonders, so we have compiled a list of both grilled and raw side dishes that will satisfy your dinner guests and have them asking for seconds. They are delicious, memorable and can be made very quickly! Enjoy!

1. Easy Balsamic Grilled Vegetables with Goat Cheese 

A quick and easy tray of veggies to throw together last minute. It looks and tastes better than when you order them in a restaurant and have a great tangy and salty flavor.

2. Balsamic Garlic Grilled Mushroom Skewers

Who loves mushrooms? I do! These amazing skewers are a great addition to a steak dinner and are absolutely packed with flavor and a little smoke.

3. Grilled Fajita Vegetable Skewers

These fun and colorful skewers are definitely a crowd favorite. One of the best parts about this recipe is that you don’t have to use any utensils to eat this side dish.

4. Roasted Asparagus, Tomato and Feta Couscous

It can be served as a side dish for supper and also served as an entree for lunch the next day. I personally have been really enjoying couscous lately because of it’s dense, soft texture and fast cooking time.

5. Grilled Zucchini Boats With Tomato And Feta

Fill up your zucchinis with some major flavor! Zucchini is already a great veggie to grill, but it tastes even better when it’s filled with all your favorite cheeses and produce as well.

6. Grilled Watermelon and Avocado Salad with Lime and Feta

I can’t wait to try out this recipe! It’s so original, and I doubt any of your dinner guests will have tried grilling watermelon before.

7. Cabbage, Radish and Apple Cole Slaw

Looking for a quick salad to make on the run? This cole slaw is not from a bag (communal BBQ’s always give extra points to home made contributions) and it doesn’t take very much time (that’s where you give yourself extra points). It’s a win win all around!

8. Griddled Sweet Potatoes with Mint, Chili and Smoked Garlic 

I thought I had tried eating sweet potatoes in every form possible. But I stand corrected! These grilled sweet potatoes are a unique way to enjoy one a summer’s favorite squashes while keeping everything cooking on the grill.

9. Mediterranean Beets with Garlic and Olive Oil 

You won’t believe how easy this side dish is! It looks so classy but takes only a couple minutes to make. We are all about throwing together dishes like these!

10. Grilled Watermelon, Feta and Basil Salad 

Another grilled watermelon salad but much more basic. It’s so simple yet absolutely delicious with the balsamic reduction adding a tangy edge to a sweet and salty salad.


11. Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

I’m a huge prosciutto lover! These stocks of asparagus are wrapped up with one of my favorite meats and grilled to golden perfection on the BBQ. Even your kids will be asking for seconds with this recipe!


12. Grilled Watermelon

Yes, I know this is our third grilled watermelon recipe, but here’s what I think. You’ll try it once, fall in love, and then say “I need more grilled watermelon recipes!” So, I’m skipping that step and giving them to you all at once so you can grill watermelon until your heart is content.

13. BBQ Black Eye Pea Collard Rolls

Who doesn’t love a good collard green? Packed with protein and mushrooms, this dish will have all our vegan and vegetarian friends jumping for joy when they see this on your grill.

14. Arugula Salad with Parmesan, Lemon and Olive Oil

Okay, so this recipe is your best friend when you find out last minute that an extended family member is coming for supper. You just grab a little oil, parmesan, lemon, salt and arugula and you have yourself a very gourmet salad.


15. Keto Broccoli Slaw 

Staying away from those carbs and sugars? Have no fear! This slaw is made just for you so that you can feel fully immersed in grill season without any regrets.

16. Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing 

Cauliflower is all the rage these days and it doesn’t stop in the kitchen. Add some of this white veggie to your grill to create a flavorful and, might I say, memorable salad!

17. Jamaican Jerk Grilled Eggplant

Have you ever seen someone get excited for egg plant? I haven’t. But that’s about to change with this recipe. It’s so packed with flavor, your family will have no idea they’re eating eggplant.


18. Grilled Avocado Romaine Caesar Salad 

Have a foodie coming for supper? This deconstructed salad with home made Cesar dressing will blow. your. mind. Not to mention that all of it is roasted on the grill!


19. Bacon Wrapped Grilled Peaches with Balsamic Glaze

Have you ever had a grilled peach? Let me tell you, it’s an amazing experience. Serve as a late night snack or as a side dish, this finger food will send your tastebuds on a salty and sweet adventure.

20. Summer Grilled Corn Salad 

Serve as a side to a home made hamburger or as a filling to a grilled chicken wrap. No matter what you decide to do with it, it’s going to be SO good.

Lindsay Duncan

Lindsay loves cooking fun and creative meals for friends and family. At home, you can find her trying out a new recipe found on Pinterest while trying to balance her husband's sweet tooth with her healthy eating habits. If she's not in the kitchen, you'll find Lindsay photographing people she loves and going out with friends to try the newest restaurant in her small town.

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