Looking for some fun and tasty ideas to spice up your summer BBQs? Food on a stick is the way to go! It’s easy to prepare, cook, and eat, making it perfect for any outdoor gathering. From savory meats to fresh veggies and even some sweet glazes, these recipes will make your summer cookouts a hit.

Grilled vegetable and meat kebabs on a white plate, featuring charred bell peppers, zucchini, and seasoned meat. A checkered blue and white cloth is in the background.
Photo credit: Adventure of a Nurse.
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Indian Steak Kabobs

Indian yogurt steak and potato kabobs.
Indian Steak Kabobs. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

These steak kabobs are marinated in a mix of spices and diced onion, served with a Greek yogurt dip. Great for summer BBQs, they bring tender and flavorful steak and potatoes to your cookout.
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Beef Kafta

Beef kafta kabobs on a plate with rice and salad.
Beef Kafta. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Beef Kafta is a traditional Middle Eastern dish that’s packed with flavor and easy to make. These kabobs pair perfectly with rice, a tomato cucumber salad, and a sprinkle of feta or a dollop of hummus. Great for summer BBQs, they add a delicious international flair to your cookout.
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Ahi Tuna Kabobs

Cherry glazed Ahi tuna kabobs over a spiralized salad.
Ahi Tuna Kabobs. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Glazed with a tart cherry balsamic reduction, these Ahi tuna kabobs are served over a spiralized salad. Their refreshing taste makes them perfect for summer grilling.
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Smoky Grilled Apricot Lamb Kebabs

Smoky grilled lamb kebabs with apricots and a side salad.
Smoky Grilled Apricot Lamb Kebabs. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

These lamb kebabs, paired with dried apricots, are easy to grill on a weeknight. Great for a summer BBQ, they bring a delightful mix of flavors to the table.
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Grilled Thai Coconut Chicken Skewers

Grilled Thai Coconut Chicken Skewers. Photo credit: Pups with Chopsticks.

Marinated in ginger, garlic, coconut cream, and soy sauce, these chicken skewers are big on flavor and easy to prepare. Perfect for any summer cookout.
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Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

Grilled chicken skewers garnished with chopped peanuts and herbs, served on a metal platter with a peanut dipping sauce on the side.
Photo credit: Pups With Chopsticks.

Marinated in coconut cream and spices, these chicken skewers are grilled and served with peanut sauce. Great for BBQs, they offer a burst of authentic flavors.
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Nem Nuong (Grilled Vietnamese Pork Sausages)

Nem Nuong (Grilled Vietnamese Pork Sausages). Photo credit: Pups with Chopsticks.

These sweet, garlicky Vietnamese sausages are grilled and perfect as a snack, appetizer, or added to noodle dishes and spring rolls. Great for summer BBQs.
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Chicken Tikka Recipe

Chicken Tikka Recipe. Photo credit: So Yummy Recipes.

Marinated in aromatic spices and yogurt, these chicken tikka kebabs are grilled to perfection. Perfect for a light lunch or a barbecue menu.
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Venison Steak Kebabs

Venison Steak Kebabs. Photo credit: Binky’s Culinary Carnival.

Venison steak kebabs are an easy summer recipe. Great for Father’s Day or any BBQ, they bring hearty flavor to your grill.
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Homemade Chicken Adana Kebabs

Homemade Chicken Adana Kebabs (Turkish Recipe). Photo credit: Spoons of Flavor.

These Turkish kebabs are made with ground chicken and seasonings. Ready in 30 minutes, they are great for grilling season.
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Grilled Honey Chili Lime Shrimp Skewers

Grilled Honey Chili Lime Shrimp Skewers. Photo credit: Haute & Healthy Living.

Honey chili lime shrimp is marinated and lightly charred on the grill. Pair with a salad or rice for a quick, easy summer meal.
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Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce

Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce. Photo credit: The Art of Food and Wine.

Tender chunks of chicken marinated in an Asian teriyaki sauce, skewered, and grilled. Great for BBQs, they are flavorful and easy to make.
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Grilled Scallops with Raspberry-Chili Sauce

Grilled Scallops with Raspberry-Chili Sauce. Photo credit: Boulder Locavore.

These scallops are marinated in a raspberry chili sauce and grilled. Great for summer BBQs, they are sweet with a hint of spice.
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Grilled Chicken Kabobs

Grilled Chicken Kabobs. Photo credit: Adventures of a Nurse.

Juicy chicken chunks are marinated and skewered with vibrant vegetables. Perfect for summer grilling, they are healthy and flavorful.
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Asian Chicken Skewers

Asian Chicken Skewers. Photo credit: Chew Out Loud.

These chicken skewers are marinated in a sweet and sour Asian sauce. Great for cookouts, they are sure to be a hit.
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Spicy Honey-Lime Chicken

Spicy Honey-Lime Chicken. Photo credit: Two Kooks In The Kitchen.

This chicken recipe combines honey, soy sauce, sriracha, lime, garlic, and ginger. Delicious hot, room temp, or cold, it’s great for any BBQ.
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Pinchos (Puerto Rican Chicken Skewers)

Pinchos (Puerto Rican Chicken Skewers). Photo credit: GypsyPlate.

Pinchos de Pollo are perfectly marinated grilled chicken skewers that are a hugely popular Puerto Rican street food. Great for any BBQ, they bring authentic flavors to your summer cookout.
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Grilled Venison Heart Skewers

Grilled Venison Heart Skewers (Easy Deer Heart Recipe). Photo credit: Peak to Plate.

Learn how to cook venison heart and make a delicious appetizer by marinating strips of deer heart in a flavorful Asian marinade and grilling them over an open flame. They’re tender, juicy, and perfect for adventurous BBQs.
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Thai Spicy Basil Chicken Skewers

Thai Spicy Basil Chicken Skewers with Cashew Sauce and Gremolata Topping. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Thai spicy basil chicken skewers are a flavor favorite. These Thai chicken skewers are great with a dairy-free skewer marinade and cashew dipping sauce. Perfect for adding some street food flair to your BBQ.
Get the Recipe: Thai Spicy Basil Chicken Skewers with Cashew Sauce and Gremolata Topping

Grilled Scallop Skewers in Citrus Garlic Smoked Butter Sauce

Grilled Scallop Skewers in Citrus Garlic Smoked Butter Sauce. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

These grilled scallop skewers are served with a citrus garlic smoked butter sauce. Perfect for your pellet smoker or Traeger grill, these seafood kebabs are great for any summer BBQ.
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