15 Cheap Grilling Ideas for Your Next Summer Barbeque
Just because you're throwing a backyard barbeque doesn't mean you've got to blow your budget. There are plenty of ways to keep your bash cost effective while still impressing guests with tasty dishes straight off the grill. These 15 cheap grilling recipes are easy on your wallet, but bold in flavor, for a memorable summertime barbeque.
Balsamic Grilled Chicken Thighs
Chicken thighs are budget friendly and just begging to be thrown into a flavorful marinade. This recipe lets them soak in a blend of balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and dried spices before grilled. The end result? Incredibly flavorful, juicy chicken.
Marinated Grilled Flank Steak
Flank steak may be a cheap cut of beef, but guests won't notice with this boldly-flavored recipe. Horseradish and mustard add tang to the marinade, which is perfectly balanced out by the smoky flavor imbued by the grill.
Killer Bacon-Cheese Dogs
It's hard to beat a summer classic like grilled hot dogs, but this recipe manages to do it. Basic hot dogs are dressed up with the additions of Swiss cheese, bacon, and barbeque sauce.
The Juiciest Hamburgers Ever
You don't need a long or expensive ingredients list to create wow-worthy burgers. These juicy patties are made with ground beef, beer, Worcestershire sauce, and spices.
Grilled Corn on the Cob
During the summer, corn is so cheap that it would be a mistake to not serve it at your cookout. A quick trip to the grill, along with a slathering of butter, is all this fresh veggie needs to taste wonderful.
Rusty Chicken Thighs
With an Asian-inspired sauce, these chicken thighs are guaranteed to be flavor packed juicy. By using maple syrup, fresh lime, and soy sauce marinade, you'll have a perfect balance of sweet, sour, and salty.
Grilled Skirt Steak Tacos
A build-your-own taco bar is an easy and fun way to entertain. Grill up this skirt steak, and it's sure to be the star of the show.
Best Grilled Pork Chops
Go beyond baked pork chops with this cheap grilled dish. "This was a wonderful recipe for grilled pork chops," says Carren Spain Morris. "My family said this is one for the recipe books!"
Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers
It doesn't get much more budget friendly than a main dish made of beans. Here, black beans are mashed with veggies, breadcrumbs, and an egg to create flavorful meat-free patties.
Sheboygan Grilled Brats
Bratwursts won't break your budget, and after grilling and simmering them in a savory beer bath, you'll swear you're chowing down on some gourmet sausages.
Grilled Potato Slices
The humble spud is just begging to be thrown onto the grill. A quick brush of olive oil and sprinkling of your favorite seasoning blend results in crispy on the outside, but soft on the inside, slices. It's a nice way to give that cold potato salad an upgrade.
Carrot Hot Dogs
Vegan meat alternatives can be pricey, but this plant-based hot dog is incredibly cost-effective. Carrots are boiled until just cooked, then placed in a zesty marinade for a few hours before getting thrown on the grill. Dress them up just like you would your favorite hot dogs.
Yummy Honey Chicken Kabobs
Kabobs can help stretch a budget by using veggies as filler. Pick in-season summertime produce, like bell peppers, squash, and zucchini, to create a brightly colored balance to the chicken breast pieces.
Beerbecue Beef Flank Steak
"This was amazing! Loved the deep richness of the molasses and beer," says reviewer mickdee. "The grill marks lent for a nice presentation and it was so flavorful."
Grilled Mushroom Swiss Burgers
Make gourmet burgers at home at a fraction of the price. Canned mushrooms are budget-friendly pantry staples that when paired with butter and soy sauce create an ultra-savory topping. Layer them on your burger with a light sprinkling of Swiss cheese, and you'll swear you paid top dollar for this burger.