10 Easy BBQ Sides

10 Easy BBQ Sides

This Easy BBQ Sides article will supply you with 10 healthy BBQ sides that you can make on the grill, or make ahead.

We wanted to give you a wide range of BBQ side ideas. This way you can barbecue some, and make some healthy pasta salads, BBQ Baked Beans or a delicious cold salad ahead of time.

10 Easy BBQ Sides

These easy barbecue sides are made easier with printable recipe cards and shopping lists! Just click on the photo or recipe to get everything you’ll need to make the best BBQ sides dishes.

We’ve also included 12 low calorie, easy to make BBQ recipes for main courses… So if you’re looking to revamp your traditional BBQ recipes, we’ve got you covered!

This article will share 10 Easy BBQ Sides for both making on the grill, or making ahead of time…

10 Easy BBQ Sides

To make these healthy BBQ side dishes easy, we’ve included a quick list of them.

This way if you don’t want to scroll through and look at pictures and calorie counts (which we cover on each below) you can quickly click on the recipe in the list.

We will quickly explain each of these recipes below. You’ll find calorie counts, photos, recipe cards and more. So keep scrolling to learn about each of these easy side dishes for BBQ dinners.

Here are the 10 Side Dishes for BBQ You’ll Find Below:

  1. Perfect Asparagus on the Grill
  2. Grilled Zucchini with Feta and Pine Nuts
  3. Healthy Recipe for Grilled Pineapple
  4. Grilled Potatoes in Foil Packets
  5. Grilled Corn on the Cob in Foil
  6. Cold Broccoli Salad with Bacon Recipe
  7. Greek Pasta Salad with Feta Cheese
  8. Easy Ambrosia Salad Recipe
  9. Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe with Zucchini
  10. Healthy Recipe for Barbecue Baked Beans

Before we dive into explaining and reviewing each of the above ideas for BBQ sides, we wanted to share some reader favorite BBQ main course recipes.

If you’re looking to make a healthier version of your favorite BBQ recipes, these have you covered!

Try Our Healthy BBQ Recipes:

1. Perfect Asparagus on the Grill 

At just 27 calories (for a very large serving!) and 3 different seasoning blends to choose from. This Grilled asparagus is one of our favorite veggie BBQ options.

You can toss these BBQ veggies on the grill and make everything at once. Or you can pair this veggie BBQ side with a premade side like the Healthy Baked Beans or Pesto Pasta Salad (all below!)

Perfect Asparagus on the Grill BBQ Asparagus Recipe

Healthy, low calorie, and super easy! We know you’ll love these grilling sides!

Low Calorie BBQ Asparagus Recipe
This low calorie BBQ asparagus recipe is just 27 calories for a huge serving!
Along with the perfect asparagus on the grill recipe, we've supplied you with 3 of the best seasoning for asparagus blends to choose from… or you can just just salt and pepper, which is also delicious.
Learn how to cook asparagus on grill recipes with this easy to follow recipe card.
Check out this recipe
Perfect Asparagus on the Grill BBQ Asparagus Recipe

2. Grilled Zucchini with Feta and Pine Nuts

If you’re looking for a more elegant grilled sides recipe (that’s still so easy you can hardly call it a recipe) this one is for you!

Just 81 calories for 1.5 cups (that’s a huge portion!) you can feel good about making this easy BBQ side dish!

Grilled Zucchini with Feta and Pine Nuts

To make these sides for grill, all you do is grill the zucchini, then top it with cheese (feta, goat cheese, blue cheese anything crumbly) and pine nuts and you’re done.

The Best Ever Zucchini Recipe (Grilled and Low Calorie)
This grilled zucchini recipe is just 81 calories for about 1 1/2 cups!
Topped with feta, pine nuts and parsley, this marinated grilled zucchini is easy, delicious, and impressive.
Marinated grilled zucchini slices recipe is packed full of flavor, with lots of lemon, garlic. Plus salty feta and crunchy pine nuts… You'll want to make this recipe for zucchini weekly.
Check out this recipe
Grilled Zucchini with Feta and Pine Nuts

3. Healthy Recipe for Grilled Pineapple

Fruit isn’t just for dessert! This grilled pineapple is amazing with grilled pork chops, or as BBQ chicken sides!

At just 38 calories, this makes a great grilling side, or even a grilled dessert!

Healthy Recipe for Grilled Pineapple

Learn how to make all BBQ sides healthy with the tips and tricks in this yummy side dish recipe!

Caramelized Grilled Pineapple Recipe
This recipe for grilled pineapple is just 38 calories!
Making grilled caramelized pineapple recipes can be easy and healthy, if you have all of our low calorie cooking tips!
We swap out butter for olive oil spray (saving 100's of calories and lots of fat) and replace the sugar with all-natural zero calorie brown sugar (saving 100's of calories and lots of sugar)!
Check out this recipe
Healthy Recipe for Grilled Pineapple

4. Grilled Potatoes in Foil Packets

Foil packets make grilling sides easier than ever! And this low calorie grilled potatoes recipe is mess free and fun to make!

Just 101 calories, this healthy starch side dish makes a great easy BBQ side!

Grilled Potatoes in Foil Packets

We use New Potatoes, or mini potatoes in this BBQ side dish recipe. But you could use any potato if you cut it… directions in the recipe card below!

Whole Grilled New Potatoes in Foil Packets
These grilled potatoes in foil packets are just 101 calories, and so easy to make.
Add these potatoes on grill for easy, effortless side dishes, or to keep the house cool when you need to roast potatoes for potato salad and other dishes.
If you don't have small potatoes (New potatoes) you can use any potato in it's place. If they are larger, simply slice into large chunks (about ping pong ball sized) and continue with the foil pack grilled potatoes recipe.
Check out this recipe
Grilled Potatoes in Foil Packets

5. Grilled Corn on the Cob in Foil

At just 116 calories (with butter and salt!), corn on the cob makes a good barbecue sides!

Check out how we were able to cut calories and fat, and still give you the buttery corn on the cob you know and love.

Grilled Corn on the Cob in Foil

Foil packets are a great way to make BBQ sides easy, and mess free!

5 Seasoned Grilled Corn on the Cob in Foil Recipes
These 5 recipes for grilled corn on the cob in foil are all low in calories and healthy.
Try the basic corn recipe, or add ranch, taco, or Chimichurri flavoring to your seasoned grilled corn on the cob in foil recipes. All 5 recipes for foil wrapped corn on the grill are delicious and easy to make.
When using the additional seasonings I like to add butter and the additional seasoning. But you can cut more calories and fat and skip the butter all together.
Check out this recipe
Grilled Corn on the Cob in Foil

6. Cold Broccoli Salad with Bacon

Above we went over veggie BBQ ideas to make on the grill. But often making a side dish ahead of time makes your backyard BBQ party easier, and diversifies the sides on the table.

At just 115 calories, this cold salad is great for potluck BBQ parties, or just making for the family.

Healthy Cold Broccoli Salad with Bacon

We love this broccoli salad with big BBQ meals, like ribs, steaks, and beer can chicken. It has bacon in it, so vegan and vegetarian readers can skip the bacon, or check out some of the make ahead BBQ side recipes below.

LOW CALORIE Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Raisins
This healthy broccoli salad with bacon is easy and yummy, and so healthy!
You can have about 2/3 cup of this broccoli salad with bacon and raisins for just 115 calories, and it can be made in under 5 minutes!
Try this low calorie bacon broccoli salad for your next BBQ or potluck, or triple the serving and take it to work for lunch!
Check out this recipe
Healthy Cold Broccoli Salad with Bacon

7. Greek Pasta Salad with Feta Cheese

We L-O-V-E pasta salad here at Lose Weight By Eating! It’s a great make ahead side dish for barbecue lunches and dinners.

This 137 calorie pasta salad is perfect for potlucks and block parties. We will share another pasta salad below… plus you can find a Low Calorie Traditional Pasta Salad here.

Healthy Recipe for Greek Pasta Salad with Feta Cheese

This make ahead side dish for BBQ dinners and lunches is packed full of flavor. You can make it gluten free and low carb by using chickpea pasta.

LOW CALORIE Greek Pasta Salad Recipe
This low calorie healthy recipe for greek pasta salad with feta is just 137 calories and so easy to make!
The low calorie greek pasta salad recipe comes with a homemade (almost zero calorie) greek pasta salad dressing. Plus lots of salty olives and feta to curb your cravings and supply you with a healthy pasta salad we know you'll love!
Check out this recipe
Healthy Recipe for Greek Pasta Salad with Feta Cheese

8. Easy Ambrosia Salad Recipe

There’s something about BBQ parties that just beg for a sweet salad. And this healthy ambrosia salad is the perfect make ahead BBQ side dish.

At just 76 calories, this healthy BBQ side dish recipe is perfect for adding a bit of sweetness to your plate.

Easy Ambrosia Salad Recipe

We swapped out many of the base ingredients to boost protein and reduce sugar. We know you’ll love this fresh BBQ side salad recipe.

Healthy Recipe for Ambrosia Salad
This healthy recipe for ambrosia salad is made with all fresh ingredients (not canned) and is just 76 calories per cup!
The easy ambrosia salad recipe below has added protein, reduced sugar, and is packed with metabolism boosting ingredients!
Check out this recipe
Easy Ambrosia Salad Recipe

9. Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe with Zucchini

Like we said above, pasta salad is one of our “go to” BBQ side dishes. But this one adds in summer veggies like zucchini to lower calories and boost nutrition.

At just 93 calories, you’ll want to start making your grilling side dishes ahead of time always.

Low Calorie Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe

And as a bonus, if you make this BBQ side dish with chicken, you can use the leftovers (both the chicken and the pasta salad) as a cold protein packed lunch tomorrow!

Basil Pesto Pasta Salad (JUST 93 CALORIES)
This easy pesto pasta salad recipe is just 93 calories for 1/2 cup, and so easy to make!
Thanks to our low calorie basil pesto sauce, you can make this low calorie pesto pasta with peas and zucchini healthy.
Try this yummy cold pasta salads with pesto at your next backyard BBQ or potluck. It travels well and is very impressive!
Check out this recipe
Low Calorie Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe

10. Healthy Recipe for Barbecue Baked Beans

No list of the best BBQ side ideas would be complete without baked beans! And this low calorie recipe is absolutely amazing!

Try these make ahead barbecue side dishes for your next gathering. At just 149 calories, they are healthy and low calorie!

Healthy Recipe for Barbecue Baked Beans

You can skip the bacon in this baked beans recipe if you like… just click the recipe card to find the easy modification!

LOW CALORIE Sweet Baked Beans Recipe
This low calorie recipe for barbecue baked beans is just 149 calories per 1/2 cup.
We used REAL BACON in this recipe and in the nutrition calculations. However, you could use turkey bacon or omit the bacon all together to lower calories or to make this recipe vegan.
This sweet baked bean recipe is great for backyard barbecues or camping meals. I like to pre-make the baked beans recipe and then brown some ground turkey, pour over the pre-cooked homemade baked beans and serve over the campfire for camping dinners.
Check out this recipe
Healthy Recipe for Barbecue Baked Beans

The 10 Best Side Dishes for BBQ Dinners:

easy bbq sides

Healthy Side Dishes for BBQ Dinners and Lunches

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These 10 Healthy BBQ sides are easy to make and impressive to serve.
With 5 grilled sides, and 5 make ahead side dishes for BBQ, you'll be covered for all your BBQ parties or quiet family dinners.
Special Tip: Each of these BBQ sides recipes come with a printable recipe card!
5 from 24 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 1 Meal
Calories 75 kcal

Instructions
 

  • Pick 1-2 healthy BBQ sides (we like to pick one make ahead and one grilled side).
  • Click on the links to retrieve the recipe… You can even print the recipe cards for each side dish!
  • Serve them alongside your favorite burger, or BBQ main dishes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cupCalories: 75kcal
Keyword BBQ, Side Dish, sides
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