Gluten Free Recipes for a Barbecue

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Even if you are gluten free there are so many dishes to enjoy when you are looking for recipes for a barbecue. This collection will make your summer party menu extra delicious with easy ideas for everything from appetizers and grilled main dishes to BBQ salads and sides, and, of course, gluten free desserts.

collage of grilled flank steak cut in slices, baked beans, strawberry shortcake, coleslaw, barbecue pulled pork, and deviled eggs

Looking Gluten Free Recipes for a BBQ?

As long as you avoid the buns and macaroni salad, you’d think navigating a summer party would be easy for gluten free folks. But there are some pitfalls to watch out for. Here are my top three tips when attending a barbecue this summer.

Tips to Avoid Being Glutened at a Barbecue

  1. Be careful with dips: Double-dipping takes on a new meaning when you have to avoid gluten. Make and label your own snack platter
  2. Always ask: Some brands of burgers and hot dogs contain fillers with gluten, and people often marinate in soy sauce or beer. So be sure you know what’s going on the grill.
  3. BYO means more than just drinks: Yes, you might want to bring some wine or hard cider since you can’t have a beer. But if you have a particular side dish you just can’t live without at a barbecue, bring your own so you know it’s safe.

The other solution is just to host your own summer parties.

What do you serve at a BBQ party?

Here are some ideas for your menu, then keep reading to see all of the gluten free summer recipes that you can make.

  • Appetizers – deviled eggs, veggies and dip, gluten free crackers and hummus are all great options
  • Main dishes – if you’ve bought gluten free hot dogs or hamburgers, or made your own patties, you just have to pick up some gluten free buns, or even alternatives like lettuce wraps or portabello mushroom “buns”. And grilled chicken, steaks, sausages, and other meats are great options as long as you avoid gluten-containing ingredients in your marinades and sauces.
  • Side dishes and salads – skip the pasta salad or use gluten free pasta, and opt for naturally gluten free dishes like baked beans, coleslaw, fruit salad, potato salad, and more.
  • Dessert – if gluten free baking has you intimidated, flourless desserts and simple parfaits are an option. Or make some hot fudge and have a sundae bar. 

Gluten Free Summer Barbecue Recipes


Barbecue Appetizers

These fabulous finger foods are fun and delicious to eat at a summer party.

Greek Yogurt No-Mayo Deviled Eggs {also low carb}

The classic snack gets a lighter, protein-packed makeover with no mayo.

Greek Yogurt Deviled Eggs Recipe on a platter

Ants on a Log Veggie Platter {also options for low carb, dairy free, nut free}

Kids of all ages will love to dig into this fun veggie platter.

Wooden cutting board with celery, nut butters, dried fruit, celery, carrots, apples, and toppings

Chef Salad Skewers Appetizers {also low carb}

An easy appetizer that is a fun way to eat your salad.

Chef Salad on a Stick appetizers on a platter

Blue Cheese Buffalo Deviled Eggs {also low carb}

A classic gets spiced up even more.

Buffalo Blue Cheese Deviled Eggs on a green plate

Dip Recipes for a BBQ

Grab some veggies, gluten free crackers, and corn tortilla chips for the dips.

Bacon Buffalo Dip with Blue Cheese {also low carb}

This cool and creamy kicked up dip packs tons of flavor.

dipping a chip into buffalo blue cheese dip

Avocado Mango Salsa {also vegan, paleo, Whole 30}

Easy and fresh, and you can even spoon it on top of your barbecue chicken or even burgers.

dipping a chip into Mango Avocado Salsa

3-Ingredient Easy Honey Mustard Dip

A classic made easy and healthy.

dipping a cucumber in honey mustard

Spinach Parmesan White Bean Dip

Sneaky greens in this cheesy, creamy hummus-like dip.

Spinach Parmesan White Bean Dip

Gluten Free Hot Dog and Hamburger Recipes

As long as you pick up a package of your favorite brand of gluten free buns or make your own hamburger buns, these burgers and dogs are all perfect for your barbecue. 

French Onion Stuffed Cheeseburgers {low carb without bun}

Stuffed with caramelized onions and topped with cheese for an epic burger.

burger topped with caramelized onions, cheese, lettuce, and french onion sauce on a roll

Meatball Burgers {also low carb}

Transform the classic Italian comfort food recipe into a juicy hamburger topped with tomato sauce and cheese.

meatball cheeseburger on a portobello bun with lettuce and tomato

Peruvian Turkey Burgers with Aji Sauce {low carb without bun}

Add some South American flair and a bit of spice.

turkey burger on a bun with cheese, lettuce, tomato, and peruvian aji sauce

Buffalo Blue Cheese Bacon Hot Dogs {low carb without bun}

Your basic dogs will never taste the same when you’ve added this flavor-packed trifecta.

two hot dogs on buns topped with bacon and blue cheese

Gluten Free Grilled Chicken and Steak

You can’t go wrong with the deliciousness of perfectly cooked beef or chicken on the grill. As long as you don’t use beer or soy sauce or other gluten-containing ingredients in your marinades, sauces, or rubs, then you are good to go.

Rosemary Balsamic Marinated Flank Steak {also low carb, paleo, Whole 30}

A simple marinade with only five ingredients adds incredible flavor.

Platter of Sundried Tomato Rosemary Balsamic Marinated Flank Steak

Grilled Honey Balsamic Flat Iron Steak {also paleo}

The perfect amount of caramelization for a sweet and smoky crust and a perfectly tender, melt-in-your-mouth texture.

sliced grilled flat iron steak on a white serving plate with bowls of side dishes behind it

Grilled Tandoori Chicken Legs {also low carb, paleo, Whole 30}

Add some Indian flair to your barbecue with these tasty drumsticks.

a pile of chicken drumsticks on a plate

Greek Beef Kabobs {also low carb, paleo, Whole 30}

Travel to the Mediterranean without leaving your backyard.

Beef Kabobs on the grill make a great Mediterranean dinner with rice and pita

Cheesy Maple Dijon Chicken Foil Packets

A simple dinner with even less cleanup.

chicken and veggies in a foil pack with melted cheese on top

Lemon Herb Grilled Chicken Breasts {also low carb}

So simple and versatile, this easy yogurt-based marinade can be made with any herbs you have on hand.

Grilled chicken dinner on a plate with cooked potato slices

Black and Blue Steaks {also low carb}

Creamy blue cheese and perfectly seasoned meat make these a drool-worthy dinner option. 

Slices of Black and Blue Steak on a Wooden Cutting Board Beside Whole Pieces of Steak

Other Barbecue Main Dishes

You don’t only have to eat grilled food. There are lots of other barbecue recipes you can enjoy as the main part of your meal.

Air Fryer Gluten Free Fried Chicken

Chicken breasts, legs and thighs are coated in a flavorful crust and fried to perfection without oil.

Six Pieces of Fried Chicken in a Serving Bowl Lined with Parchment Paper

Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork

Fall-apart tender and melt-in-your-mouth delicious with garlic powder, smoked paprika, brown sugar, barbecue sauce and more to serve on gluten free rolls or just eat with a fork.

A Bowl of Instant Pot Pulled Pork Garnished with Chopped Parsley

BBQ Chicken Nachos

Even if it’s a barbecue you can still have nachos, especially when they are totally sassy with your favorite BBQ sauce.

hand picking up one of the barbecue chicken nachos

Gluten Free Summer Salads

Yes, you can definitely make your favorite pasta salad or macaroni salad with gluten free pasta. But there are tons of other options too.

Instant Pot Potato Salad

This creamy summer side dish comes together in a snap when you cook the potatoes and eggs together in your Instant Pot.

The Bird's-Eye View of a Plate of Potato Salad with Two Forks Digging in

Classic Coleslaw

It’s a fresh and healthy 15-minute side you’ll fall in love with that complements all sorts of summer dishes.

A Close-Up Shot of Homemade Coleslaw in a Bowl with Two Spoons

Feta Tomato Cucumber Salad {also low carb}

So fresh and flavorful to highlight the best produce of the season.

Cucumber Tomato Feta Salad in a white bowl

Healthy Broccoli Salad with Apples

Made with Greek yogurt plus walnuts and cheddar cheese, you get an extra burst of flavors and crunch.

Closeup of Healthy Apple Broccoli Salad overflowing from a red bowl

Zoodles Greek Salad {also low carb}

Toss zucchini noodles, tomatoes, olives, and feta in a bright and zesty lemon and oregano dressing.

zoodles greek salad piled on a plate

Berry Watermelon Fruit Salad {also paleo}

Tossed in a light honey lime dressing, it’s fresh, sweet, healthy, and delicious, and you can make it festive with watermelon stars.

white bowl filled with a red, white, and blue berry fruit salad with strawberries, blueberries, and watermelon cut into star shapes

Pineapple Coleslaw with Macadamia Nuts

A sweet and savory tropical twist on the classic picnic side dish that is lightened-up with Greek yogurt.

Sweet Hawaiian Pineapple Coleslaw closeup

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

Make your basic potato salad even better with these favorite flavors plus Greek yogurt instead of mayo.

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Potato Salad in a blue bowl with a wooden spoon in it

Greek Yogurt Apple Candy Bar Salad

Snickers salad gets a healthier makeover that is just as sweet and delicious.

creamy apple fruit salad in a glass topped with peanuts and honey

Hawaiian Pineapple Broccoli Salad

Lightened up with Greek yogurt, plus a bright and fresh twist with the addition of pineapple, macadamia nuts, and sharp cheddar cheese.

Tropical Pineapple Broccoli Salad with Macadamias and Cheddar Cheese in a green bowl

Maple Dijon Coleslaw with Apples

A sweet and tangy twist on the picnic classic, made with Greek yogurt to lighten it up.

a bowl of Maple Dijon Apple Cole Slaw

Gluten Free Barbecue Side Dish Recipes

From grilled vegetables to corn on the cob to baked beans, many summer sides are already gluten free. 

Peruvian Grilled Corn on the Cob

The traditional street corn recipe gets South American Flair with a spicy aji sauce.

grilled corn on the cob topped with cotija cheese and aji sauce

Best Baked Beans

A semi-homemade secret makes these beans super easy and extra delicious.

baked beans in a white casserole dish

Gluten Free Biscuits

Flaky, buttery, and melts in your mouth.

A Bowl Full of Gluten-Free Biscuits on a Marble Countertop

Foil Pack Potatoes

Toss them on the grill or over a campfire.

A bowl of Foil Packet Potatoes

Grilled Asparagus with Lemon {also low carb}

You only need a couple of ingredients to dress up your basic grilled veggies.

tips of grill asparagus spears with a coating of manchego cheese

Chili Lime Corn

Add a little extra zesty flavor to your fresh grilled corn.

Gluten Free Desserts for Summer Parties

These easy recipes prove you don’t have to be intimidated by gluten free desserts. From flourless brownies and cookies to simple parfaits, and even a few cakes to bake, there are gluten free anyone can make and everyone will enjoy. And when in doubt, make ice cream, even if it is to serve over blueberry cobbler!

Gluten Free Strawberry Shortcake

This sweet and summery treat is always a classic.

A Single Strawberry Shortcake Sitting on Top of a White Surface

Flourless Cheesecake Turtle Brownies

Swirls of caramel and cheesecake plus crunchy pecans make these irresistible.

three turtle cheesecake brownies stacked on a plate

Watermelon Pizza

So many options to make this as healthy or as indulgent as you wish.

A slice of watermelon pizza with strawberries and blueberries and red, white, and blue sprinkles

Gluten Free S’Mores Bars

Check out the sneaky crust in these magical bars that make a campfire unnecessary.

Gluten Free Strawberry Whipped Cream Cake

One of the most classic summertime combos.

slices of Strawberries and Cream Cake on plates with the rest of the cake in the background

Flourless Fluffernutter Peanut Butter Cookies

These will bring back childhood memories.

a pile of peanut butter cookies, each topped with three mini marshmallows

Mini Blueberry Cheesecake Parfaits

Simple to make, pretty to look at, and yummy to eat.

Blueberry Maple Mini Cheesecake Parfaits

Gluten Free S’Mores Pudding Pie

Hershey bar pudding and marshmallow meringue make this an over-the-top dessert.

fork going into a slice of s'mores pudding pie

Toffee White Chocolate Chip Monster Cookies

A rich and tasty twist on those fully loaded cookies.

fourn white chocolate chip monster cookies in a stack with one leaning against the pile

Red, White, and Blue Berry Pound Cake Bites

A simple and fun treat to dunk into some whipped cream or even cheesecake dip.

a strawberry, a cube of pound cake, and a blueberry on a toothpick being dipped into whipped cream

Flourless Reese’s Brownies

With swirls of peanut butter and peanut butter cups, these are for serious chocolate and peanut butter lovers.

Flourless Peanut Butter Cup Brownies on a blue and white striped napkin

Gluten Free No-Bake Peach Cheesecake Bars

Creamy, dreamy, and filled with juicy peaches.

creamy peach cheesecake bar on a white plate

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