The 17 Best BBQ Recipes for Awkward Diets

The 17 Best BBQ Recipes for Awkward Diets

It can be difficult to manage going to a BBQ when you're on a strict diet. Bring on the awkward moments. But the great thing about a BBQ is that most things taste great grilled. All diets are welcome when you try some of these BBQ recipes for awkward diets.

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It’s time for your friend’s BBQ, but are you the person who says no to most of the food because of a special diet? Having a certain diet can be a bit awkward and no one wants to be the killjoy of the party. So then what are you to do when the awkward diet comes onto the scene? Well, just because you only eat certain foods or can’t eat specific things, doesn’t mean you are going to ruin the BBQ vibe. An awkward diet can make for an awesome BBQ with these recipes.


For this list, we've left out the classics like steak, chicken, ribs, and other types of meat. But that doesn’t mean your next BBQ can’t still feature some protein. It might just come in a different form. Seafood is a great way to add a bit of variety to the grill for people on an awkward diet. Clams, oysters, and octopus might not be the first things you think about when grilling, but these very easy recipes will help you add a little flair to your next BBQ without too much effort. 

  • Grilled clams

awkward diets BBQ recipes clams

Image: bon appetit 


  • Grilled octopus

awkward diets BBQ recipes octopus

Image: Cooking LSL



  • Grilled oysters

awkward diets BBQ recipes oysters

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You can’t go wrong with throwing some veggies on the BBQ. There are the standards like grilled peppers or corn, but there are also many ways to be creative when grilling that will help any person who is on an awkward diet. 


  • Grilled romaine lettuce

Simple, yet effective. Throw on some lettuce, add some dressing, and you have a nice twist to the classic romaine salad.

 awkward diets BBQ recipes romaine lettuce

Image: Simply recipes



  • Tamarind squash & halloumi skewers

awkward diets BBQ recipes Tamarind squash & halloumi skewers

Image: BBC Good Food

  • Charred baby aubergine & toasted quinoa salad

Eggplant, or aubergine, is quite the versatile veggie. You can grill it in so many ways it doesn't even look like itself any longer. One variation is a salad. 

awkward diets BBQ recipes Charred baby aubergine & toasted quinoa salad

Image: BBC Good Food


  • Italian-style eggplant sausages

Next, there is the sausage variety. If you saw this picture without the title would you ever guess these were eggplants? Crazy, right?


awkward diets BBQ recipes eggplant sausage

Image: Chubby Vegetarian

  • Grilled miso glazed Japanese eggplant

Last is the classic grilled steak variety of eggplant, with a Japanese twist. You could probably have an eggplant-only bbq, but we know there’s so much more to choose from. 

awkward diets BBQ recipes eggplant

Image: Recipe Tin Eats



  • Grilled artichokes & polenta with blistered tomatoes and pesto

awkward diets BBQ recipes artichoke

Image: Feasting At Home


  • Black bean burgers

If you like the look of a bbq classic, this black bean burger recipe will satisfy the needs of meat lovers and those on awkward diets. 

awkward diets BBQ recipes black bean burgers

Image: Pink Troll Kitchen



  • Barbecued fennel with black olive dressing

For something a little different try taking some fennel and putting it on the grill. You won’t regret the sweet and charred flavors of this dish. 

awkward diets BBQ recipes Barbecued fennel with black olive dressing

Image: BBC Good Food

  • Smoky grilled sweet potatoes with cilantro & lime

For another taste of something sweet and savory, try the sweet potato. Grilled sweet potatoes with a splash of lime are an excellent side dish for all tastes. 

awkward diets BBQ recipes sweet potatoes

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  • BBQ portobello sliders

If eggplant sausages or black bean burgers are not your thing, maybe you could give mushrooms a try. A portobello mushroom cap, grilled, seasoned, and put on a bun is another substitute for meat that will leave you and your bbq friends wanting more. 

awkward diets BBQ recipes portobello

Image: Love And Lemons



Fruit on the grill? Really? Yes. And it’s delicious. You can try these recipes for dessert or as part of the meal, but either way, while you have the bbq fired up, make sure you throw some fruit on there. Even the pickiest eaters on the most awkward diets will not be able to resist the deliciousness that is grilled fruit.


  • Honey-rum grilled bananas

awkward diets BBQ recipes bananas
Image: Taste of Home



  • Grilled peaches with honey and yogurt

awkward diets BBQ recipes peaches

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  • Vegan jackfruit pulled ‘pork’ sandwiches

When you think of fruit, jackfruit may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but it is widely known in Southeast Asia as a versatile fruit for both sweet and savory dishes. If you can get your hands on some give this recipe a try for an alternative to pulled pork. 


awkward diets BBQ recipes jackfruit

Image: Rootiful



  • Grilled avocado with tomato-basil salsa

awkward diets BBQ recipes avocado

Image: Food And Style


No more shame in your BBQ game. Now that you have explored all the things that your BBQ can offer, there’s no reason you can’t go to or invite people over. No awkward diet is too awkward for the powers of the BBQ. Vive le BBQ!