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6 simple and affordable recipes to get you fired up for grilling season

Start your summer off right with these delicious backyard barbecue recipes that won’t break the bank

Carlie Dobkinfor ALDI

Get ready for grilling season with these tasty recipes.

You can’t think about summer without also thinking about barbecues. There’s something about sunny, warm weather that just gets people in the mood to fire up the grill and have a good time. Whether you’re hosting a cookout with a few friends or craving a family dinner on the patio, ALDI has fresh ingredients and low prices you can count on to create the ultimate summer cookout menu.

From grilled steak kabobs to strawberry salads, these recipes are perfect for any backyard occasion. They’re easy enough for grilling newbies, with bold flavor to satisfy even the most seasoned grilling experts.

1. Chipotle Grilled Steak Kabobs

For a quick and colorful meal to throw on the grill, try these chipotle steak kabobs.

The best part about kabobs is how simple they are to whip up and enjoy. This recipe is incredibly easy to prepare and delivers unbelievable flavor. You need just a few ingredients from ALDI at prices you’ll love, such as Pueblo Lindo Chipotle Peppers, lime juice, onions and premium Black Angus USDA Choice Beef Top Sirloin Steak.

2. Spicy Grilled Thai Chicken

Sweet and spicy chicken garnished with cilantro, peanuts and a squeeze of lime.

This Thai-inspired grilled chicken is marinated in an addicting sweet and spicy soy ginger glaze using the delicious ALDI-exclusive Fusia Asian Inspirations Soy Sauce. The finger-licking marinade is perfect on drumsticks, thighs or Simply Nature Organic Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts. You can also easily double or triple the recipe, which makes this dish ideal for a summer cookout. No matter which cut of chicken you choose, you can always count on ALDI for fresh meat at unbeatable prices.

3. Blackened Salmon Open-Faced Po Boys

Dress up a filet of Atlantic salmon by pairing it with grilled naan and cilantro sauce.

For a fancy yet budget-friendly meal, try making this blackened salmon recipe. This fish is seasoned with pantry staples like garlic powder, dried oregano and smoked paprika, and then grilled to perfection. Serve with warmed Specially Selected Naan Bread, a zesty slaw and a drizzle of cilantro sauce. Sounds gourmet, but it’s a quick and delicious dish that will surely impress.

4. Grilled Black Bean Burgers

This black bean burger might be meatless, but it’s full of flavor.

Vegetarians may feel like they get the short end of the stick during barbecue season. Don’t leave them out of the fun this summer — add homemade black bean burgers to your menu! These black bean and quinoa patties come together quickly and won’t fall apart on the grill. They’re so tasty, even meat lovers will approve.

If you’re in a time crunch, consider the premade Veggie Burger or Black Bean Chipotle Burger from the ALDI-exclusive Earth Grown line, which offers more than 30 vegetarian and vegan options. ALDI shoppers can count on low prices in every aisle, every day, no matter their dietary needs, lifestyle or preferences.

5. Grilled Chicken and Strawberry Salad

This summery strawberry salad is topped with juicy grilled chicken.

This is far from your average salad! It’s flavorful enough to convert even the most stubborn salad skeptics, without requiring an overwhelming list of ingredients. To make the salad, just toss mixed greens, ripe strawberries, cucumbers, chickpeas, pecans and the ALDI-exclusive Emporium Selection Crumbled Feta Cheese in a bowl with the homemade vinaigrette. Top with grilled chicken for a delicious, nutritious, and low-priced weeknight meal.

6. Easy Frozen Lemonade

Cool off this summer with a glass of frozen lemonade.

You can’t have a barbecue without a nice, cold drink, right?! Whip up a quick, fresh batch of frozen lemonade to cool off while tending the grill. This super simple recipe calls for a refreshing mix of Simply Nature Organic Lemonade, fresh lemon juice and vanilla ice cream, and it’s sure to be a hit with kids and adults.

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