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30 Healthy Barbecue Recipes

Fire up the grill, and celebrate the season with 30 healthy barbecue recipes that are incredibly flavorful and delicious. From smoky pork chops to tender and juicy BBQ chicken, there are plenty of tasty recipes to choose from!


Honey Chipotle Grilled Chicken Breasts

There’s nothing better than heading outside to cook dinner with family and friends this time of year. Whether you’re stuck in a burger rut or sick of the same chicken night after night, I’m sharing 30 healthy barbecue recipes that are flavor-packed and easy on the waistline.

Liz grilling healthy barbecue recipe

We grill most nights of the week during the warm summer months, and for good reason: grilling is quick-cooking, fool-proof, and results in a no-mess dinner! Who wants to wash dishes anyway, right?

Grilled Italian Turkey Burgers with Pesto and Fresh Mozzarella

Grilling is a naturally healthier way to prepare foods, and it always results in a more complex, flavorful dish. It provides an incredibly smoky, charred flavor. This is why you’ll find me grilling well into the fall months. Before the temperatures start to freeze, we take full advantage of grilling season!

Liz Grilling Pork Chops

If you’re grilling lean meat, the key is to add as much flavor with a spice rub or marinade. Craving Lebanese food? My go-to for adding flavor is my All Purpose Lebanese Spice Blend consisting of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, salt and pepper .

Grilled Teriyaki Beef and Vegetables

Frequently Asked Questions

How long should I marinate meat for?

While people often think you need to marinate meat for 8 hours or overnight, the truth is just 30 minutes can add a TON of flavor to anything you throw on the grill. Always check the recipe, but some proteins like shrimp require even less time.

Why do you need to let the meat rest after grilling?

Once you remove the meat from the grill, it’s essential to let the meat rest at least 10 minutes before slicing. The reason it needs to rest is that the juices need time to redistribute, otherwise it will just flow away, leaving you with a brown, overcooked piece of meat. Another important thing to know is the residual heat will continue to cook your meat after you’ve removed it from the grill or the pan.

Are any of these recipes great for meal prep?

Absolutely! On Sundays, I often grill a large batch of Lebanese Chicken Tawook or Grilled Tandoori Chicken. These are versatile and great for serving over rice or in salads and pitas throughout the week. You’re definitely going to want leftovers!

Grilled Pineapple Salsa - a healthy appetizer recipe

Perfect for a warm summer day, special occasion, or your next family get-together, these barbecue recipes are absolute crowd-pleasers! From caramelized and sweet pineapple salsa to tender and juicy beef skewers, there are plenty of recipes that your whole family will love.

Check out this great list of 30 Healthy Barbecue Recipes! You fork is waiting.

Grilled Lebanese Chicken Tawook

4.5 stars average
20 minutes
This lemony, garlicky Lebanese chicken marinade results in tender, juicy chicken every single time. Serve chicken tawook on salads, over rice or in a pita.
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Grilled Chicken Tawook Recipe

Best BBQ Grilled Chicken

4.67 stars average
35 minutes
Sharing my secrets to the best grilled BBQ chicken – tender and juicy every single time!
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Smoky Grilled Pork Chops

4.5 stars average
25 minutes
A quick and easy weeknight dinner recipe, these smoky grilled pork chops are ready in just 15 minutes! 
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Grilled Pork Chops Healthy Dinner Recipe

Coffee Rubbed Ribeyes

4.57 stars average
47 minutes
Just in time for grilling season, these Coffee Crusted Grilled Ribeyes are easy enough for a weeknight dinner but fancy enough for company.
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Coffee Crusted Ribeyes - The Lemon Bowl

Grilled Pineapple Salsa

Yay or Nay?
20 minutes
A fresh and tasty grilled fruit recipe, the pineapple caramelizes as it cooks to create the ultimate fruity salsa recipe for summer. 
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Grilled Pineapple Salsa- an easy appetizer recipe

Grilled Pesto Turkey Burgers

4.6 stars average
20 minutes
These juicy grilled turkey burgers are the best you will ever make! Topped with fresh pesto, spicy arugula and creamy mozzarella cheese.
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Grilled Turkey Burgers with Pesto, Arugula and Mozzarella

Barbecue Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

An easy and delicious way to use up leftover pulled barbecue chicken. This makes the perfect quick lunch or dinner
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Barbecue Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes - Katies Cucina

Grilled Tandoori Chicken

5 stars
44 minutes
A flavorful yogurt-based marinade results in juicy, tender chicken breasts bursting with warm Indian spices.
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Tandoori chicken

Grilled Beef Teriyaki

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14 minutes
Tender and juicy every time, this sweet and tangy beef teriyaki is easy to make and always a family favorite.
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Spice Rubbed Grilled Ribeyes with Creamy Cilantro Lime Sauce

Enjoy this delicious slightly smoky homemade steak seasoning/rub along with a creamy cilantro lime sauce.
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Spice Rubbed Grilled Ribeyes with Creamy Cilantro Lime Sauce - A Southern Fairytale

Greek Beef Souvlaki Skewers

4.23 stars average
17 minutes
Beef tenderloin kabobs are seasoned with classic Greek flavors including oregano, garlic and lemon juice to create these tender and juicy beef kabobs.
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Greek Beef Kabobs on three skewers

BBQ Chicken Tacos

With a Homemade Honey BBQ Sauce and a “doubled” fried white corn taco shell, these BBQ Chicken Tacos are oh-so-good.
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BBQ Chicken Tacos - Lovely Little Kitchen

Grilled Corn and Zucchini Salad with Feta and Basil

5 stars average
20 minutes
This summery salad is made with grilled corn and zucchini tossed with creamy feta and fresh basil. The ideal side dish for backyard cookouts and barbecues!
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Grilled Corn and Zucchini Salad

Grilled Sausage, Peppers and Potatoes

5 stars average
25 minutes
The ultimate mess-free dinner recipe, these delicious sausage, pepper and potato grilling packets are easy to make and fun to eat!
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Grilled Sausage, Peppers and Potatoes - an easy dinner recipe

Grilled Corn with Barbecue Sauce

4.5 stars average
8 minutes
The ultimate 10-minute side dish, your family will love this fast and easy grilled corn with barbecue sauce recipe.
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Barbecue Grilled Corn

Grilled Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

Yay or Nay?
20 minutes
Grilled flank steak is marinated and finished with a fresh and fragrant chimichurri sauce packed with cilantro, garlic and oregano.
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Grilled Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce - a flavorful dinner recipe

Grilled Salmon with Lemon Garlic Sauce

4.33 stars average
25 minutes
Loaded with Omega 3's and ready in under 30 minutes, this grilled salmon with lemon garlic sauce is sure to please any palette.
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Healthy Grilled Salmon on a plate

Best BBQ Grilled Chicken

4.67 stars average
35 minutes
Sharing my secrets to the best grilled BBQ chicken – tender and juicy every single time!
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Baked Barbecue Tofu

This tasty Baked Barbecue Tofu is great by itself, but it also makes a terrific sandwich or taco!
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Baked Barbecue Tofu - Oh My Veggies

Lamb Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce

5 stars average
20 minutes
These juicy Greek spiced lamb burgers are topped with a cool and creamy tzatziki sauce. Perfect for summer entertaining!
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Lamb Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Peanut-Lime Sauce

This grilled Asian pork tenderloin recipe is an easy dinner to throw together on busy summer nights!
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Grilled Pork Tenderloin - The Food Charlatan

Indian Spiced Grilled Chicken

4.37 stars average
22 minutes
A simple and flavorful grilled chicken recipe, my Indian spiced yogurt marinade tenderizes lean meat to create a juicy end result your whole family will love.
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Grilled Indian Chicken

Grilled Pineapple with Coconut Whipped Cream

If you love tropical flavors, then you’re going to flip over this Grilled Pineapple with Coconut Whipped Cream. So tasty and incredibly easy to prepare!
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Grilled Pineapple with Coconut Whipped Cream - Floating Kitchen

BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad

BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad – Mexican flavors meet good old American barbecue in this green salad served with ranch dressing.
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BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad - Dessert Now Dinner Later

Rainbow Salmon Skewers

Rainbow Salmon Skewers are easy, healthy, and so fun to make ~ these colorful fish kabobs are gorgeous, too, and make a quick and delicious 30 minute meal ~ have you eaten the rainbow today?
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rainbow salmon skewers

Za’atar Crusted Grilled Pork Chops

4.72 stars average
25 minutes
Center cut bone-in pork chops are brushed with olive oil and za’atar, a Middle Eastern spice blend, then grilled to juicy perfection.
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Za'atar Crusted Grilled Pork Chop - The Lemon Bowl

Grilled Sweet Potato Fries

Made with simple ingredients, these sweet potato fries are the perfect mix of sweet and salty, and they’re as good as any sweet potato fry I know.
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Grilled Sweet Potato Fries - Gimme Some Oven

Grilled Artichoke Pesto Zucchini Bites

Zucchini ribbons are grilled and rolled with a delicious artichoke pesto for a creative and delicious summer appetizer!
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Grilled Artichoke Pesto Zucchini Bites - Fifteen Spatulas

Grilled Watermelon with Smoked Salt and Jalapeno Rings

Grilled Watermelon with Smoked Salt and Jalapeno Rings is a great way to spice up your grilling season! It adds an unexpected twist to any meal.
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Grilled Watermelon with Smoked Salt and Jalapeno Rings - Boulder Locavore

Chipotle Grilled Chicken Breasts

4.77 stars average
21 minutes
Easy to prepare, chicken breasts are marinated in a sweet and smoky honey chipotle sauce and then grilled to juicy and tender perfection. 
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honey chipotle grilled chicken

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Liz DellaCroce

Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families.

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