All of the Healthy 4th of July BBQ Recipes to Make This Holiday

The Fourth has arrived and with it, the promise of decked-to-the-nines burgers and potato salad with kind-of-sickening amounts of mayonnaise. But just because you’re as excited as the next person to enjoy another well-celebrated Independence Day doesn’t mean that you need to do it with the usual bad-for-you foods in hand. To help you swap out the old and unhealthy go-tos for some new and improved eats, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite grill-centric recipes to combine health, flavor, and fun for great dishes this holiday and all summer long.

Low-Carb Buns

The Iron You
The Iron You

Gluten-free doesn’t have to mean burger-free. And if we’re being honest, buns are a pretty bland way to hold your faves off the grill compared to some of the more fun and flavorful options out there, anyway. We recommend tomato ends or grilled pineapple for burgers, or a leaf of romaine lettuce for hot dogs.

Get the recipe from The Iron You.

Pesto Shrimp Skewers

Delish
Delish

For when you’ve used the same kebab recipe so many times you never want to see another skewer again (until now, anyway). This light recipe uses only three ingredients: shrimp, pesto, and lemon, to make a super-easy and super-summery recipe that’s basically like heaven on a stick.

Get the recipe from Delish.

Watermelon Pizza

Delish
Delish

This is more of a pizza lookalike than the real thing. It uses all the components of a watermelon salad – feta, balsamic, red onions, basil – and combines them with the experience of eating a pizza thanks to the pie-like slices.

Get the recipe from Delish.

Zucchini Caprese Roll-Ups

Sweet Peas and Saffron
Sweet Peas and Saffron

A fun, bite-size take on our favorite summer salad. With very little prep time and lots of color and summer flavors, these are an easy (and delicious!) way to cram some veggies into a meat-filled barbecue menu.

Get the recipe from Sweet Peas and Saffron.

Grilled Romaine Caesar Salad

Delish
Delish

Caesar salad is great, but it’s even better when you grill the greens. A little bit of charred romaine and a homemade dressing make this side dish a welcome upgrade to your usual menu, and it’s sure to give your opinion of this classic salad a nice refresh.

Get the recipe from Delish.

Summer Barley Salad with Grilled Corn and Blueberries

Sweet Pea and Saffron
Sweet Peas and Saffron

This recipe includes all of our summer favorites: corn, blueberries, and a healthy sprinkling of goat cheese. Easy to make ahead and transport, this one is a hit for patio potlucks.

Get the recipe from Sweet Peas and Saffron.

Hoisin Sesame Corn

Sweet Peas and SaffronBetsylife

We get it: you’re sick of eating corn on the cob with butter and salt every time someone sees it fit to throw a barbecue. This sweet-yet-salty-yet-spicy (yes, all of the above) take on grilled corn is a crowd favorite, and sure to keep things interesting this Fourth of July.

Get the recipe from Betsylife.

Grilled Avocados

Minimally Invasive
Minimally Invasive

Who doesn’t love those dark grill marks on veggies? Avocados are no different, and we’re particularly big fans of charring a bit of avocado to add atop our salads. This simple recipe has lots of room for improvisation, like using whatever herbs you have on hand or sprinkling with some toasted nuts of your preference. Just be sure to grill a lemon alongside the avocado to squeeze over the salad before enjoying.

Get the recipe from Minimally Invasive.

Grilled Peaches

Skinnytaste
Skinnytaste

You’re grilling your veggies, so why not throw some fruit in the grill, too. These grilled peaches make for the perfect dessert, especially paired with a bit of Greek yogurt and honey. But don’t be fooled by the fact that this stuff sounds super gourmet: whipping it up couldn’t be easier.

Get the recipe from Skinnytaste.

Campfire Strawberries

The Kitchn
The Kitchn

S’mores are old news. These similar-to-s’mores-but-not-quite-s’mores treats are like a fruitier version of the campfire classic, dipped in marshmallow fluff and toasted to perfection. Yum.

Get the recipe from The Kitchn.