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Best BBQ Recipes in 30 Minutes

Summer is here!  I’m sharing our best BBQ recipes  –  mains and sides – that can be made in 30 minutes or less. I figure some of you, like me, love eating food made on the grill, but don’t want spend a lot of time cooking and prepping on a lazy summer day.

grilled rib steak sliced on cutting board

I love grilling – the flavors, the faster clean up, being outdoors.

We have a ton of easy BBQ recipes on Two Kooks, but for this post, I stuck to the quick and easy ones. All the sides are vegetarian. I’m thinking about BBQ dinner ideas Part 2 which would included recipes that take longer but well worth it.

The 30 minute BBQ recipes take advantage of seasonal fruits and vegetables. Although, admittedly, I tend to grill all year long.

I included two ‘how to’ recipes below with good tips and easy to follow instructions. How to grill the perfect steak. And how to grill a pizza. We also have great step-by-step post on how to smoke a brisket in a smoker. Not in 30 minutes though – more like 30 hours!

If you need a simple appetizer to go with your meal, check out our delicious peach and proscuitto summer appetizer made on the grill.

And, finally, here are some useful grilling tips from Weber. Happy grilling.

Main Course BBQ Dinner Ideas

Grilled BBQ Chicken
Grilled BBQ boneless Chicken thighs on cutting board
The marinade for Grilled BBQ Chicken has been in my family for about 50 years. It looks like regular BBQ sauce, but it's not. We used it on steak, chops and chicken. Easy and always delicious.
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Juicy Chicken Burger Recipe with Mango Salsa
Chicken Burger on bun with Mango-Avocado Salsa on a plate with fries
I've recently become a convert from beef to chicken for my burgers because I found a way to make them moist and flavorful. This juicy chicken burger recipe with mango salsa is great BBQ or weeknight family fare.
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Canadian Maple Cedar Plank Salmon
cooked glazed salmon on plank f
This rich, mildly smoky Canadian Maple Cedar Plank Salmon is glazed with maple syrup, balsamic, grainy mustard, butter & garlic.  Easy and mouthwatering!
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How To Grill Pizza
Grilled Pizza on cutting board
When you know how to grill a pizza and you have a fresh or store-bought pizza dough on hand, an amazing grilled pizza is only minutes away - any way you like it. 
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Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Coconut Chili Sauce
2 grilled shrimp tacos all dressed with plate of shrimp and sauce beside them
If you're looking for a casual meal with plump marinated shrimp, crispy shells, slaw, creamy avocados and a bit of heat, check out these grilled shrimp tacos with spicy coconut lime chili sauce.
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How To Grill The Perfect Steak
grilled steak on cutting board
There's something groan-worthy about taking that first bite of a perfectly cooked tender, juicy well seasoned steak. Here are the steps and tips for how to grill the perfect steak based on years of grilling and research.
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Grilled Pesto Shrimp Panzanella
Grilled Pesto Shrimp Panzanella on a plate f
Grilled Pesto Shrimp Panzanella combines fresh tomatoes, grilled bread, plump shrimp and pesto. Summer backyard fare at its best.
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Perfect Grilled Cheese on The Grill
Grilled Grilled Cheese
Buttery and crunchy on the outside. Oozy and gooey on the inside. And no pan to clean up. Perfect grilled cheese made on the grill is pure comfort food tweaked for spring/summer.
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Grilled Shrimp Rolls (aka lobster roll alternative) Recipe
grilled shrimp rolls on a plate with a pickle
Grilled shrimp rolls may be the poor man's lobster roll, but the dressed-up plump juicy morsels of shrimp in a buttery toasted roll are simply scrumptious!
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Chili Lime Chicken Wings
Grilled Chili Lime Chicken Wings
Chili Lime Chicken Wings on the grill are tangy and sweet with a little bit of heat. Scrumptious even cold (if you manage to have any leftovers, which I doubt).
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Grilled Side Dishes

Grilled Carrots With Balsamic Glaze
grilled balsamic glazed carrots on plate ff
These vibrant, sweet, tender, caramelized Grilled Carrots with Balsamic Glaze add a little drama to the table. A great side dish for BBQs and potlucks.
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Hasselback Sweet Potatoes (15 min)
Grilled Hasselback Sweet Potato on cutting board with maple pecan drizzle f
Feature these hasselback sweet potatoes in the star supporting role at your next BBQ or gathering. A great shortcut makes them quick and easy to make. And the topping takes them from plain to special. 
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Sweet & Tangy Grilled Eggplant Recipe
plate of sliced glazed grilled eggplant f
Eggplant lovers will rave about this grilled eggplant recipe with a sweet and tangy glaze. The beautiful bold colors make this an impressive side dish at any BBQ or picnic.
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Grilled Peaches Recipe
grilled peach halves on a plate f
This grilled peaches recipe will transform summer peaches into a bit of magic in less than 10 minutes. The true taste of summer!
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BBQ Sweet Potatoes and Apples
Grilled Honey-Lime Sweet Potatoes, apples and green onins on a plate f
BBQ sweet potatoes with apples, scallions and honey-lime glaze is a delicious, vibrant, healthy side, served warm or room temperature. And a shortcut makes them quick and easy. 
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Grilled Corn Salad
Grilled Corn Salad
Fresh, sweet, slightly charred corn - paired with lime, cilantro, sriracha and chives - make this bold-flavored grilled corn salad a perfect summer side.
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Party Salad with Grilled Vegetables and Quinoa
Party Salad with Grilled Vegetables and Quinoa in serving bowl
We love this Party Salad with Grilled Vegetables and Quinoa, loaded with eggplant, corn, peppers and maple-balsamic dressing. Three sides in one colorful dish.
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Grilled Cabbage
Grilled shredded cabbage with julienne carrots, green onion, sesame seeds and dressing on a platter.
Grilled cabbage is turned into our version of a super flavorful, no mayo coleslaw. The vibrant colors of the red cabbage, julienne carrots, green onion  and sesame seeds make a stunning vegetarian side dish.
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Grilled Cauliflower
Grilled Spiced Cauliflower in a bowl with a lemon wedge
Transform your cauliflower into something special with a wonderful blend of spices and a grill basket. Grilled Cauliflower is an easy healthy side dish for any meal, ready in in 15 minutes.
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Orzo Pasta Salad Recipe (with grilled vegetables)
Grilled Vegetable Orzo in bowl
This orzo pasta salad recipe with grilled vegetables is a beautiful make-ahead, under 30 minute side dish and a step up from the usual sides. Vary the ingredients to make it your own.
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Charred Onions on the Grill
Grilled Charred Onions in a grill basket f
Tender, sweet charred onions on the grill make a delicious condiment or side dish and are a snap to make using a grill basket. Little effort, big return. A pretty traditional topping for burgers, but also delicious in burritos, quesadillas, scrambled eggs, salsas, quinoa or rice dishes.
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Bread Salad With Charred Snap Peas Recipe
Bread salad with charred snap peas with dressing in bowl
A simple and vibrant Bread Salad with Charred Snap Peas packs a flavor punch and makes a healthy, versatile two-sides-in one dish. And a pop of color on the plate!
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