Classic Barbecue Food
15 March 2021 (updated)

Creative Grilling and Barbecue Ideas

Fire, meat, vegetables, family, and friends: Barbecue is the archetype of good cuisine and cozy get-togethers.

But there are so many spontaneous and creative possibilities beyond the classic BBQ. Try these delicious barbecue ideas for your next meal or get-together!

Barbecue vs. Grilling

We all know the Holy Trinity of the barbecue. But spareribs, pulled pork, and beef brisket have a decisive disadvantage: They need time, for both preparation and cooking. So these types of food just aren't practical for a spontaneous meal. Others consider grilling to be an authentic barbecue, but it's not exactly the same. Here are some of the differences between the two forms of cooking.

So grilling is the more flexible method when it comes to a spontaneous meal. You just need a portable grill, a few sausages, and some vegetables. Then, you're good to go to the beach or park with your friends.

Burger and Steak – Classic Barbecue Food

There is no such thing as burgers and steaks for a typical American barbecue. Every family has its own special secret lore about how to make a perfect BBQ. All the knowledge about spices and ingredients, cooking time, and heat are passed on from one generation to another. So it is no surprise that for most Americans, a charcoal grill in the summer is the embodiment of happy family life and bonding. As for most of us, the recipe for the perfect burger patty is written deeply into our DNA. It's always a good choice for a spontaneous BBQ with only a little time for preparation. The same goes for steaks, as good meat only needs salt and pepper to become a delicious steak from the grill.

Bratwurst – Exotic and Creative Barbecue Food From Europe

One of Germany's most infamous foods is also getting more and more popular in the USA: bratwurst. Most of us have heard of it alongside sauerkraut, but what you might not know: It is the typical German food to be grilled. Ask a German, and he will tell you that there is no charcoal-grilling without brats.

Bratwurst isn't just a sausage. Nowadays, there are so many different flavors that you will also find something that pleases you. Be it the Beer'n'Bratwurst, Jalapeno & Cheese Brats, or the Smoked Brats – the variations are nearly endless. So no matter whether you are of German ancestry yourself or simply like Oktoberfest: You should definitely give bratwurst a try!

Here is one bratwurst recipe we recommend!

Summer Bratwurst

Tasty and simple summer dinner! Perfect for an outside grill night with friends.

4.5 from 2 votes


15 mins


20 mins


35 mins






4 people


445.0 kcal


  • 4


  • 2


  • Sauerkraut

    to taste

  • Ketchup and Mustard

    to taste

  • 4

    hot dog buns

  • 1.5



  • 1


    olive oil


  • Summer Bratwurst

    1. Cut

      Cut onions into thin slices.

    2. Melt

      Melt butter into skillet on medium heat and add olive oil.

    3. Carmelize

      Add onions and let caramelize for 40 minutes at medium-low heat, stirring occasionally.

    4. Grill

      Grill brats til they are golden brown. This should take about 20 minutes at 300-350°F. Final internal temperature should be 160°F.

    5. Toast

      Toast buns on grill until golden brown.

    6. Place

      Place brats in buns and add toppings. Enjoy!



445.0 kcal


27.7 g


74.0 mg


27.6 g


20.6 g

Saturated Fat:

9.3 g

Serving Amount:


Serving Unit:



6.3 g

Creative Ways to Put Veggies on the Barbecue

Grilled Vegetable Sandwich

There are hardly any limits to your imagination here. We recommend using vegetables that can be cut into slices like celery, eggplant, and zucchini. To do this, cut the respective vegetables into slices, grill briefly, and then cover as desired or place the whole sandwich directly on the grillage. To give the sandwich a little more hold, you can also stabilize it with wooden skewers.

Pointed Pepper Sandwich

Pointed peppers look like mini-bell peppers and are easy to fill due to their curved shape. Simply cut the pepper in half and remove the stem and seeds. Then fill to taste with tuna, hummus, sausage, avocado, or feta cheese, for example. Afterward, place the pepper's second half on top of the other and charbroil for about ten minutes. The colorful pointed pepper sandwich is ready and makes your barbecue complete.

What are your favorite ways to grill or barbecue? Let us know in the comments or on FamilyApp!

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