The ultimate guide to the best BBQ food right now

It's BBQ season, and we have rounded up some of the best BBQ food releases for summer this year for meat-eater to vegans.

best bbq food

by Ellen Kinsey |
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It's BBQ season, and we have rounded up some of the best BBQ food releases for summer this year. These picks are perfect for your faithful BBQ. From meat-eaters to vegans to those with food intolerances - we have picked out the most delicious food that everyone will enjoy and will have your neighbours peeking over the fence to see.

Nothing beats the smell of a BBQ on a warm summer's evening while sipping on an ice-cold G&T. Truly, there is nothing quite like it. And whether you have a charcoal BBQ or gas BBQ, the food will turn out smoky and delicious every time. Grocery shopping for a BBQ party can be quite overwhelming, with so many products to choose from, both in the supermarket and online. Just make sure you're stocked up with enough BBQ cleaner for the big clean-up.

Where to shop the best BBQ food at a glance:

Tesco BBQ range - Buy now on
Ocado BBQ range - Buy now on Ocado
• Waitrose BBQ range - Buy now on
Aldi BBQ range - Buy now on
• Sainbury's BBQ range - Buy now on Sainsbury'

That's why we've pulled together the top products available to buy; from fancy burgers, flavourful skewers or vegetarian and vegan options, we have you covered.

We have selected the best products and organised them into different categories: meats, vegan products and other BBQ essentials, so you can stock up on only the best this season.

The best BBQ food

Are you hungry yet? We sure are. Let's take a look at our favourite BBQ food releases that will amaze any crowd.

Sausages and pork

Best for smoky taste

Sweet and satiating. These beautifully marinated boneless maple BBQ pork belly slices will be a hit at any outdoor summer party.

Best sausages with a twist

Dive into cured pork sausages with smoked paprika and garlic because everyone loves chorizo, right?

Best for classic hot dogs

This jumbo pack of sausages will be great for feeding hungry guests at your BBQ party. 
Any 2 for £8 Clubcard Price - Selected Tesco Ready To Cook & Bbq Products

Best flavoured sausages

These specially selected sausages are gluten-free and have flavours of Mango, Chilli and a Blend of Herbs and Spices. A perfect BBQ crowd pleaser!

Red meat

Best juicy burgers

These high-quality burgers will make the most succulent juicy burgers. Just grab your favourite toppings and you are in for a treat.

Best flavoured burgers

Take your burger game to the next level. These juicy beef burgers are made with British flank meat and beautifully caramelised onions.

Best sizzling steak

This sirloin steak is from British breeds of cow that is renowned for exceptionally good meat, dry aged to melting tenderness. All Waitrose beef is high welfare, bought only from farmers they know and trust, who share our values. Marinate it in a spice rub or keep it classic.

Best for wraps and kebabs

These flavorful minced, smoked lamb kebabs are flavoured with garlic, coriander and cumin and are gluten-free. Perfect for pairing with grilled pita bread and tzatziki.


Best for kids

These chopped and shaped British chicken koftas are made with a lovely garlic and herb seasoning - perfect for those who have a milder palette and are not a fan of heavily spiced foods. Kids will love these too.

Best for unique flavour profile

British chicken breasts with a tropical coconut, mango and chilli marinade. A real tropical treat.

Best for marinating

These skin-on chicken wings will be perfect for marinating in your choice of marinade - spicy or bbq! M&S Oakham gold chicken is naturally slower reared with leading welfare standards.


Best easy to eat prawns  

These cooked and peeled king prawns are perfect for grilling quickly on the grill. Either marinate them in a simple garlic and herb marinate or leave them plain. As they are precooked they just need a few seconds to heat up.

Best marinated prawns

These chilli, garlic and coriander marinated prawns will make beautifully juicy skewers.

Best salmon

This salmon side is excellent value and perfect for spicing up and grilling the BBQ. Perfect for seafood lovers and pescatarians.  Any 2 for £8 Clubcard Price - Selected Tesco Ready To Cook & Bbq Products 180g-1120g

Vegan and vegetarian

Best vegan burgers

A cheaper alternative to the Beyond Meat Plant-Based Burger. These soy-free spicy plant-based burgers will go down as a treat for any spice-loving vegan in the crowd. All the flavour, there is no blandness here.
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Best vegan sausages

These meat-free BBQ sauce flavour sausages have the same juicy texture you know and love from Richmond but with a hint of smoky flavours.

BBQ packs

Best showstopper

If you fancy impressing your guests or fancy a special date night, this huge Tomahawk steak provides an excellent show piece at the dinner table. Simply season generously with salt and pepper, seal in the pan with butter, garlic and fresh thyme and finish in the oven.

Best sauce pack

Elevate your BBQ food with Sauce Shop's ultimate collection full of customer favourites. The set contains: Tomato Ketchup, Original BBQ Sauce, Smoky Chipotle Ketchup, South Carolina BBQ Sauce, Cherry Bourbon BBQ Sauce, Buffalo Hot Sauce, Original Mayo, Chipotle and Lime Aioli and our two BBQ Rubs.

Best meat pack

The ultimate BBQ hamper for any protein fan packed full of BBQ favourites including Cumberland sausages, free range steak burgers, chicken drumsticks, chicken steaks, extra lean chicken burgers, jumbo hot dogs and diced chicken breast in a Piri Piri marinade. Feed six.


What is the most popular side dish at a BBQ?

Despite the meat being the main event, BBQ sides are still some of the most important (and tastiest) part of the BBQ. It all really depends on your family traditions and what you're planning to cook, but we'd suggest pairing your sizzling grub with:

Potatoes or sweet potatoes

Potatoe salad


Greek salad


Butter cabbage

Chargrilled vegetables

Can't forget about the buns and sauces! We'd recommend...

Bread, condiments and other BBQ food

Turn a regular BBQ burger into a gourmet masterpiece with these brioche buns from Aldi.

Those with a gluten intolerance can join the party with these free-from hot dog rolls. You can get FreeFrom burger buns from Tesco too. These days no one needs to miss out.

These six sliced rolls are thick enough to load your hot dog up with all the garnishes and condiments.

This mild cheddar cheese is the perfect way to top off your burger. You can't go wrong with a classic.

The ultimate vegan cheese. Violife slices provide a lovely cheesy taste for your burgers – totally dairy-free. Not to mention it melts really well, so you won’t miss out on a thing.

This American-style mustard blend of dill and mild adds big, bold flavours to your burger. Plus, it is vegan and gluten-free, so everyone at your party can enjoy it.

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Ellen Kinsey is a senior health and wellness product writer for A Modern Kitchen, specialising in sustainable living and healthy cooking. She lives and breathes all things food, travel and wellness.

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