39+ Gluten Free Summer Recipes for a Barbecue

The Gluten Free Summer Recipes in this collection make your barbecue or picnic menu delicious, even for those that can’t have wheat or gluten. You’ll love all of the easy recipe ideas for everything from appetizers and grilled main dishes to sides, salads, and desserts.

Best Gluten Free Summer Recipes for a Barbecue

As long as you avoid the buns and macaroni salad, you’d think navigating a summer party would be easy for us 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 Avid 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 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 cookies and brownies and simple parfaits are an option. Or make some hot fudge and have a sundae bar. 

Gluten Free Summer Barbecue Recipes

Gluten Free Picnic Appetizers

Grab some veggies and corn tortilla chips for the dips to add to your other snacks and gluten free appetizers for your summer parties are a breeze. 

Greek Yogurt Deviled Eggs Recipe on a platter

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

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

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

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.

Bacon Buffalo Dip with Blue Cheese {also low carb}

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

Mango Avocado Salsa

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.

Chef Salad on a Stick - gluten free appetizers

Chef Salad Skewers Appetizers {also low carb}

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

3-Ingredient Easy Honey Mustard Dip

A classic made easy and healthy.

Spinach Parmesan White Bean Dip

Spinach Parmesan White Bean Dip

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

Buffalo Blue Cheese Deviled Eggs Recipe 1

Blue Cheese Buffalo Deviled Eggs {also low carb}

A classic gets spiced up even more.

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.

Meatball Burgers {also low carb}

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

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

Add some South American flair and a bit of spice.

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.

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.

Platter of Sundried Tomato Rosemary Balsamic Marinated Flank Steak

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

A simple marinade with only five ingredients adds incredible flavor.

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.

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

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

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

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

Travel to the Mediterranean without leaving your backyard.

Cheesy Maple Dijon Chicken Foil Packets

A simple dinner with even less cleanup.

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.

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.

Maple Dijon Apple Cole Slaw

Maple Dijon Coleslaw with Apples

A sweet and tangy twist on the picnic classic.

Cucumber Tomato Feta Salad recipe

Feta Tomato Cucumber Salad {also low carb}

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

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

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.

Cheddar Bacon Greek Yogurt Ranch Potato Salad without Mayo

Make your basic potato salad even better with these favorite flavors.

Zoodles Greek Salad {also low carb}

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

Sweet Hawaiian Pineapple Coleslaw closeup

Pineapple Sweet Coleslaw without Mayo

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

Greek Yogurt Apple Candy Bar Salad

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

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 Asparagus with Lemon and Manchego Cheese {also low carb}

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

Best Baked Beans

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

Campfire Potatoes Recipe

Foil Pack Potatoes

Toss them on the grill or over a campfire.

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 is something anyone can make and everyone will enjoy. And when in doubt, make ice cream, even if it is to serve over blueberry cobbler!

Flourless Cheesecake Turtle Brownies

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

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

Watermelon Pizza

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

Gluten Free S’Mores Bars

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

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Gluten Free Strawberry Whipped Cream Cake

One of the most classic summertime combos.

Flourless Fluffernutter Peanut Butter Cookies

These will bring back childhood memories.

Blueberry Maple Mini Cheesecake Parfaits

Mini Blueberry Cheesecake Parfaits

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

Gluten Free S’Mores Pudding Pie

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

Toffee White Chocolate Chip Monster Cookies

A rich and tasty twist on those fully loaded cookies.

Red, White, and Blue Berry Pound Cake Bites

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

Flourless Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

Flourless Reese’s Brownies

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

Gluten Free No-Bake Peach Cheesecake Bars

Creamy, dreamy, and filled with juicy peaches.

If you are planning a party, make sure you pin this collection of gluten free summer barbecue recipes!

Best Gluten Free Summer Barbecue Recipes