Simple BBQ Recipes under 500 Calories You Need to Try

Steak and veggies.

When the sun starts shining brighter and the smell of evening cookouts spread in the warm summer air, you know its time to dust off your trusty BBQ, grill or smoker! Here are some delicious and simple BBQ recipes under 500 calories that will delight your taste buds while keeping you healthy this summer.

Grilled Steak and Veggies with Chimichurri Sauce

This is a simple dish with classic flavor combinations. You can use either your regular backyard gas/charcoal grill or one of our wood-fire grills for sale for an added smoky flavor and aroma.

Ingredients (serves 4 – 245 calories per serving)

For the sauce:

  • Fresh Parsley – 1 cup
  • Fresh Cilantro – 1 cup
  • White wine vinegar – ¼ cup
  • Minced Garlic – 6 cloves
  • Ground black pepper – ¼ teaspoon
  • Water
  • Olive oil
  • Salt

For Steak and Veggies:

  • Boneless Sirloin Steak – 1 pound (cut 1 inch thick)
  • Cherry tomatoes – 2 cups
  • Medium Zucchini – 2 cups
  • Small red onion
  • Chilli Powder
  • Salt
  • Cooking spray


  • Season the steak with salt and chili powder.
  • Sprinkle salt on the veggies and place them uncovered on the grill at medium heat.
  • Grill the steak to your desired amount.
  • For the chimichurri sauce, combine all the ingredients and blend until you get a chopped texture, but not pureed.
  • Let the steak rest for about 20 minutes and serve with veggies and the fresh chimichurri sauce.

BBQ Oysters with Garlic Butter

This is a succulent gluten-free and low-calorie treat for seafood lovers, not to mention that it goes perfectly with a glass of Chardonnay for our readers who are age 21 or older.

Ingredients (serves 8 – 61 calories per serving)

  • Large scrubbed oysters - 24
  • Unsalted butter – 3 tablespoons
  • Fresh parsley (minced) – 2 tablespoons
  • Lemon zest
  • Lemon juice
  • Ground pepper
  • Salt


  • Melt the butter and garlic, then add parsley, lemon and salt.
  • Grill the oysters until they pop open and the meat is firm
  • Place the grilled oysters on a platter cup side down to retain the moisture and juice.
  • Use an oyster knife to separate the shell.
  • Add the butter on top and serve while warm.

Grilled Cauliflower Steak with Shallots and Beans

This plant-based recipe comes with a great flavor and texture combination

Ingredients (serves 4 – 427 calories per serving)

  • Large cauliflower heads – 2
  • Minced shallots – 2
  • Rinsed butter beans – 2 cans
  • Minced garlic
  • Garlic powder
  • Paprika
  • Olive oil


  • Cut 4 thick slices of cauliflower, brush with oil and sprinkle with salt, garlic powder and paprika.
  • Grill the cauliflower slices until charred and tender
  • Sauté shallots little olive oil until softened
  • Add beans, salt and cook about 5 minutes
  • Serve cauliflower over shallots and beans

Grilled Pork-Loin with Herb Fennel

This tender meat dish is both soy and gluten free, and low in carbs which is great for fitness enthusiasts as well as those looking to enjoy a healthy diet who are age 21 or older.

Ingredients (serves 10 – 350 calories per serving)

  • Water – 3 cups
  • Ice – 3 cups
  • Boneless Pork Loin – 2 ½ pound
  • Mixed fresh herbs – 1 cup
  • Peeled and divided garlic – 22 cloves
  • Dry white wine – 1 750ml bottle
  • Chopped fennel
  • Brown sugar
  • Olive oil
  • Butter


  • Boil sugar, salt and water. Add 10 cloves of garlic and rosemary. Add ice and let it cool.
  • Pour the mixture over the pork and refrigerate overnight
  • Pat dry the pork, brush with oil and place on a preheated grill
  • Let it brown on all sides for 20-30 minutes
  • Blend the remaining garlic with a ½ cup of oil. Coat the entire pork with the herb paste
  • Place the pork on a baking sheet and cook for 15-20 minutes till done
  • Baste with wine and butter
  • Serve in moderately thin slices with wine drizzled on top

Grilled Lamb Chops with Herbs

A healthy and savory dish low on sodium and calories. Use a coal grill and high-performance outdoor living products for best results.

Ingredients (serves 4 – 186 calories per serving)

  • Lamb rib chops – 8
  • Dry white wine – ½ cup
  • Minced garlic – 2 cloves
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh oregano, basil/thyme
  • Salt and pepper


  • For the marinade, mix wine, herbs, oil, salt, pepper, and garlic
  • Place the marinated lamb chops in a sealed bag and refrigerate 4-24 hours
  • Drain the chops and grill uncovered on medium heat for 12-14 minutes
  • Serve as 1-inch thick slices

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