Food & Nutrition

13 surprising recipes to cook on the barbecue

Get more out of your grill by using it for unexpected dishes like guacamole, pasta, and more.

Here's something that even the greatest grill masters tend to forget: The barbecue isn't just good for burgers and hot dogs. Your grill can do a whole lot more than you give it credit for. Desserts? Yup. Pasta? Sure. Soups, dips, and pizza? You've got it.

The benefits of going beyond the typical BBQ staples are huge. First, getting out of the kitchen usually means less mess to clean up. And in the summertime, what's better than cooking—and dining—in the fresh air? Plus, the grill lends a wonderful smoky, rich, charred taste to dishes. In fact, once you cook your favorites on the barbecue, it may be difficult to go back to the original recipes.

And if weight loss is the goal, grilling more than just patties and franks can do wonders for your SmartPoints® Budget. The cooking method doesn't require a lot of oil or fat, which can keep the SmartPoints lower. Moreover, clever grilling hacks (gazpacho on the barbecue!) open up the door to delicious meals that can keep you on track toward your goal. 

To help you celebrate the remaining days of summer, we rounded up 13 delicious SmartPoints-friendly recipes that you can—surprisingly!—cook on the grill. Enjoy them alone or as an accompaniment to your usual BBQ faves (because, hey, we'll never say no to a juicy burger). All that's left to do is fire up the barbie and get cooking!


Leslie Fink, MS, RD has worked on the WW editorial team for more than 20 years. She plays a key role in food, recipe, and program content, as well as product partnerships and experiences.


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