Need some cheap and easy recipes to make on these hot, summer days? Here’s my 10 best summer dinner recipes to help save you time and money!
Summer is finally here in our neck of the woods! We had the most gorgeous weather on Saturday to celebrate my daughter’s graduation with a backyard BBQ party and we got to enjoy some of my best summer dinner recipes.
And cake, of course!
The temperature was a comfortable 78 degrees with low humidity and the sun shined all afternoon. It was so nice for everyone to hang out in the backyard. The perfect day, really.
And since it’s been so beautiful here in Vermont, I’m sure the rest of you out there (especially down south!) are ready to be outside, cooking on the grill or at least making quick and easy recipes in the kitchen.
Am I right?
So, I thought it would be a great time to make a round up of some of some of my best summer dinner recipes for you.
Not all of these recipes require being outside at the grill, but they’re all quick and easy to make and they require few ingredients. So, even if you don’t want to cook outside, you’ll still have time to get out there and enjoy your evenings instead of being stuck in the kitchen!
10 Best Summer Dinner Recipes
Sweet & Spicy Barbecue Beans
These Sweet & Spicy Barbecue Beans top the list because they are by far, one of my most popular summer dinner recipes. They take just 5 minutes to prepare and require only 4 ingredients and a few spices. Plus, everyone loves baked beans at a barbecue, right?!
Loaded Baked Potato Salad
Fill up on this Loaded Baked Potato Salad as a whole meal or use it as a side dish for your favorite steak, chicken or pork on the grill. Follow the recipe as it’s written or you can personalize the recipe and add your favorite baked potato toppings!
Grilled Garlic Butter Potatoes
It doesn’t get any easier (or cheaper!) than these Grilled Garlic Butter Potatoes! They are the perfect accompaniment to ANY meat you cook on the grill and they only require potatoes, butter and a few spices to make a whole batch. Seriously! Serve them beside a Bacon Wrapped London Broil Steak (*see below), BBQ chicken or even a pulled pork sandwich!
Quick & Easy Homemade Goulash
This Quick & Easy Goulash is perfect for a rainy or cool summer night! In less than an hour, using easy to find ingredients, you’ll have a nice, hearty dinner ready for the whole family!
Pizza Burger Puffs
Surprise the kids this weekend with super-fluffy Pizza Burger Puffs! You can even add their favorite toppings. Otherwise, you’ll need just 4 ingredients and they’re ready in 30 minutes!
Whiskey Cheddar Burgers
Whiskey Cheddar Burgers are a grown-up twist on a simple pan-fried cheeseburger. But, make no mistake – these delicious burgers are loved by adults and kids alike (of course the alcohol cooks out!). And they’re great to serve on a rainy, summer evening when you can’t get to your grill!
Cheesy Chicken Pizza Burgers
Requiring just 4 simple ingredients (that you probably already have!), these Cheesy Chicken Pizza Burgers are delicious, easy and super cheap to make for a crowd! Keep these in mind for those summer sleepovers and pool parties with all the kid’s friends.
Flatbread Pizza with Spicy Bacon and Garlic
This yummy Flatbread Pizza with Spicy Bacon and Garlic is super easy to make and it only requires a few simple ingredients. Plus it’s ready to eat in less than an hour! Perfect for dinner on a busy week day or even lunch on a lazy Sunday.
Homemade Chicken Nuggets
Got kids? Make these Homemade Chicken Nuggets to keep in the freezer and you’ll never hear “There’s nothing to eat here” again!
Bacon Wrapped London Broil
Last, but certainly not least, is this Bacon Wrapped London Broil that will blow your socks off! The meat stays so nice and tender that it just melts in your mouth. Plus, you can cook it on an indoor grill or outdoor charcoal grill – your choice! Perfect for serving at your next BBQ!
You might also like:
- 13 Best Grilling Recipes for Meat
- 21 Best Grilled Side Dishes You Can’t Miss
- 10 Best Grilled Fruit Desserts and More!
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Have a Spectacular Day!
Vanessa Hamlin is the owner and founder of Food Life Design and VLHamlinDesign. With her passion for frugal living and homesteading, Vanessa loves to write about easy recipes, making money, gardening, home remedies and everything else that a good life entails! When she’s not writing for Food Life Design or creating products for VLHamlinDesign, you’ll find Vanessa reading, drawing, gardening, cooking or spending time with her family.