Get ready for grilling this sunny summer. Aren’t we lucky to have such lovely weather at the moment? Just perfect to light the grill and start cooking!
Fill the neighbourhood air with the smoky smell of fire and enjoy the sun with freshly grilled veggie goodies. Perhaps it’s your first BBQ of the year and you are lacking creativity, or you have had so many barbecues you are running out of ideas? Not to worry; we are here to share some lovely ideas to make your BBQ the best in the neighbourhood.
Be open minded
Not all barbecues are about sausages and burgers. There are many other dishes that can be prepared on the grill. For a change, you could make a paella or a risotto using your outdoor grill. Add red peppers, mushrooms or even vegan chorizo to spice things up. Some more ideas for your next BBQ:
Chef tip: if you are using wooden skewers soak them in water overnight, to avoid them setting on fire as soon as you place them on the grill.
Using the above suggested vegetables for grilling, pick your favourite to throw into a salad. For extra grilled flavour, you could even grill your romaine lettuce rubbed with some oil on a high heat. Mix your grilled vegetables of choice with baby mixed leaves, lettuce or even giant couscous if you’re not a fan of salad leaves. Add a dash of olive oil, pinch of salt and some pomegranate if you like some extra crunch. Grill half a lemon for some caramelised flavours and squeeze into your salad. Tear up some fresh herbs such as basil, chives, parsley or mint. Toss... and voila! A perfect side for a sunny day, suitable for any barbecue dishes. No one would say no to this colourful dish.
If you want to be extra creative you can even make a grilled dessert. Grilled pineapple makes a tasty treat, topped with ice cream or yoghurt. It is even possible to make a fruit crumble on the barbecue, too. Stew your chosen fruit in an ovenproof dish, or even wrapped in foil on the grill. Make the crumble topping beforehand and sprinkle on the fruit before serving.
Keep it traditional
If you prefer your BBQ more traditional with burgers and sausages, I suggest buying burgers without breadcrumbs, because they tend to burn on the barbecue. It is best to defrost frozen food overnight so it is easier to cook on the grill or follow instruction on the box.
My favourite BBQ-ready products:
If you are not a fan of meat replacements, don’t worry. Many veggie sausages and burgers made from vegetables are not suitable for grilling, because of the outer layer. Why not try to make something like this yourself?
We have included our bean burger recipe if you would like to make something at home. It is very simple and tasty!
Black bean burger