Memorial Day weekend is the kick-off to summer! Yep, we can officially roll out the grills and pull out the shorts and T-shirts! If you’re planning to fire up the grill for a BBQ feast, make sure you have a menu plan. If you don’t, well…it can end up costing you more than you want to spend.
Here’s a sample summer BBQ menu for 12 people, including pasta salad, bean salad, taco salad, and hearty bacon sliders — all for under 50 bucks!
Jeanette found many of her grocery items at Walmart — and you can save on your shopping trip at any store with grocery coupons!
1. Cold Pasta Salad with Parmesan, Artichoke & Olives
This cold pasta salad is perfect for a hot summer day. Swap the mayonnaise and sour cream for a bit of pasta sauce in the flavor of your choice, then mix it up with a hearty helping of artichoke, onions, and olives. For full flavor, top it off with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese for a tasty side no one can resist!
- 2 boxes Barilla® Pronto pasta — $2.76 minus a 55 cent coupon: $2.21
- 2 jars Bertolli® pasta sauce — $4.46 minus a coupon for $1.50 off: $2.96
- 1 16-ounce bag Kraft shredded Parmesan cheese — $9.02 for a bag of Parmesan and a bag of Mexican Four Cheese minus a $2 coupon: $7.02 for two (save your Mexican Four Cheese for your Taco Salad!)
- 1 6.5-ounce can sliced olives — $2.48
- 1 13.75-ounce can quartered artichoke hearts — $2.32
- 1 white onion, diced
- Boil and cool pasta as directed.
- Simmer onion and add your pasta sauce. Mix pasta, sauce, and onions together and add chopped artichoke and olives.
- Cover and keep in the refrigerator. Serve cold, topped with Parmesan cheese.
Estimated recipe total: $17.24
2. Bean Salad with Cilantro & Onion
Beans are usually an affordable staple, and you can pump up the flavor in this bean salad with salad dressing, cilantro, and onions.
- Wish-Bone® Salad Dressing — $2.08 minus a $1 coupon: $1.08
- 2 15.5-ounce cans kidney beans — 72 cents per jar
- 2 16-ounce cans garbanzo beans — 92 cents per jar
- 1 onion, diced
- Juice of 1 lemon
- Rinse beans and add lemon juice for flavor.
- Mix cilantro, onion, and salad dressing with beans.
- Serve cold and enjoy!
Estimated recipe total: $2.72
3. Taco Salad
Tacos are a summertime favorite, and this salad is an easy-to-serve version of a classic. A quick savings tip is to use your hamburger meat as a garnish on the salad, meaning you’ll use less and have more for burgers on the grill.
- 1 16-ounce bag Kraft Mexican Four Cheese blend (leftover from your Pasta Salad)
- 1 13-ounce bag White Corn Tortilla Chips — $1.38
- 1 8-ounce bag shredded iceberg lettuce — $1.76
- Tomatoes, diced
- 2 1/2 pounds hamburger meat — $7.39 (use approximately 1/4 pound (4 ounces) for your Taco Salad and save the remaining 2 1/4 pounds (36 ounces) for 12 burger patties)
- Salad dressing (leftover from your Bean Salad)
- While ground beef is browning, fill a bowl with cheese, shredded lettuce, and tomatoes.
- Break up the tortilla chips and add to the bowl.
- Add cooked ground beef as a garnish on top.
- Drizzle salad dressing on top if desired.
Estimated recipe total: $10.53
4. Grilled Bacon Sliders
Who could say no to the savory combo of bacon and freshly grilled sliders? These hot-off-the-grill treats will be gone in a flash when you serve them at your backyard BBQ. If you have any leftover cheese, be sure to sprinkle it on top of your sliders while they’re on the grill!
- 2 1/4 pounds (36 ounces) hamburger meat (leftover from your Taco Salad)
- 1 12-count package King’s Hawaiian sweet rolls — $3.24
- 1 package Oscar Mayer® bacon — $4.98 minus a $1 coupon: $3.98
- 2 24-ounce jars Vlasic® dill pickles — $2.08 each minus a $1 coupon: $3.16
- 1 14-ounce jar McCormick® Mayonesa — $2.50
- Grill your patties and bacon to your desired doneness.
- Spread Mayonesa on your bun, add your slider patty, and top with bacon.
- Add pickles on the side or on top and serve!
Estimated recipe total: $12.88
Soda and water: $4