The Ultimate Grilling Menu

Whether you’re tailgating, barbecuing in the backyard, or at the park, here is what to serve

It’s not summer without a backyard grilling fiesta, and we’ve put together the ultimate menu to give you a hand this year. Whether you’ve got the grill ready to go, or are in need of something new and are dreaming big, don’t worry — we’ve taken care of the menu for you. 

Load up the cooler with ice. Make a couple of pitchers of margaritas or sangria, and don’t forget to have lots of beer (and mixers if you’re in the mood for a beer cocktail) on hand. Then choose from our menu below (or pick from even more cook-out sides) and have fun.


Side Dishes

Warm Potato Salad

When the weather starts getting warm and we begin breaking out our best bright pink sundresses and laying out...

— Big Girls Small Kitchen


Spicy Cranberry Beans

I love cooking fresh cranberry beans when I find them at the farmer's market in summer...

— Colman Andrews


Cole Slaw

This cook-out side could not be easier to make. The peanut dressing is creamy yet refreshing...

— Molly Aronica


Grilled Corn

An addictive spring/summer recipe from chef Akhtar Nawab of La Esquina in New York City...

— Yasmin Fahr


Grilled All-Stars

Grilled Chicken Kebabs

Sure, summer and grilling are inextricably intertwined, but if you have a gas grill it can be a year-round affair...

— Arthur Bovino


Bacon Cheeseburgers

I grew up in Kansas and, like any good meat-loving Midwestern gal, possess an unyielding appreciation for a medium-rare...

— Alexis Anderson


Buffalo Burgers

“The original campfire burger had to be made from buffalo meat,” says Rick Rohr of Darien, Conn...

— James McNair and Jeffrey Starr




A Sweet Finale

Watermelon Ice Cream Cake

My mom first made this dessert at some time during my childhood. It was as awesome then...

— Big Girls Small Kitchen