Saving on a Summer BBQ

July 30, 2019 19 Comments

Nothing quite beats summer cuisine than the all British BBQ. Me and the family love getting outside and eating alfresco, but sometimes it can be costly. Here’s how to host a great family BBQ and still save the pennies and the lbs!

Saving on a Summer BBQ

Recently I have been more conscious of what I am eating and me and the family have been trying to have a healthy diet. However with summer finally here (hopefully!), we like nothing more than getting outside, inviting family and friends over and having a BBQ.  Pre-prepared BBQ food can be quite costly, both on the purse and the waistline, but with a little bit of time and effort you can create a fantastic BBQ and save on both.  Not to mention that homemade burgers, coleslaw and potato salad taste so much better!


Minted Lamb Burgers

(Made about 6 large burgers)

  • 2 packs of Lamb mince (approx 400g each)
  • Half an onion- finely chopped
  • Handful of fresh mint leaves finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • Seasoning
  1. Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl with your (clean) hands until all the ingredients are combined.
  2. Divide the mixture into 6 and make into patties (if you have a burger press you can probably make more than 6).
  3. Place on a baking tray or chopping board, and cover with cling film.
  4. Place in the fridge for at least 6 hours (if you’re super organised you can make them the night before).
  5. Then they are ready to go straight on the barbie!
Homemade Minted Lamb Burgers

We also cooked Jacket potatoes and corn on the cobs to have with our burgers, and I obviously had rolls for those who wanted them.  For me though you need all the accompaniments and you cant beat fresh salad, cous cous, coleslaw and potato salad.


Buying coleslaw and potato salad can be quite costly when catering for larger groups, but it’s so easy to make.  The raw ingredients are cheap and easy to come by, and the finished product in my opinion is far nicer than what you can buy off the shelf.

Homemade Coleslaw

  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 medium sized white onion
  • 1 small red cabbage
  • A few tablespoons of reduced calorie mayonnaise
  1. Trim the carrot and peel. Peel and trim the onion and wash the cabbage and remove the outer leaves.
  2. I used a spiralizer to chop my veg. This created a great result, and I just broke the long spirals up with my hands.  Alternatively you could use a food processor with a grating attachment, or if you haven’t got one of those simply grating the carrot and finally chopping the onion and cabbage.
  3. Mix all the veg in a bowl, so they are well mixed and add a few spoonfuls of mayonnaise until you get your desired consistency and mix well.
  4. Refrigerate until needed, best made on the day of consumption, but you can chop and prepare the veg the night before.
Homemade Coleslaw

Homemade Potato Salad

  • New potatoes- washed and quartered (you can peel if you prefer)
  • Low fat mayonnaise
  • Fresh or frozen chives
  1. Boil potatoes for 20 minutes, then drain.
  2. When cool add mayonnaise, a tablespoon at a time and mix well until you have the desired consistency.
  3. Sprinkle on chives (I used frozen chives straight from my freezer- see how to freeze fresh chives here). Add as much as you like and stir with a wooden spoon to mix throughout.
Homemade Potato Salad


And there you have it, add a few drinks and some summer berries and you have my perfect BBQ!





This post was inspired by Provident as a part of their Summer Tips Calendar. If you would like to check out the calender please click here.

What’s your perfect BBQ? How do you save the pennies and limit the lbs?

NB. I am a home cook, and have had no formal training in preparing food. So these are just recipes that I use at home for the family. Whilst I have taken time to try and be as accurate as possible, some of the quantities are approximate.  I am always keen to learn, so if you think the recipes can be improved upon please take the time to comment below. I also love seeing your versions.

Kerry x


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  • Cal at Family Makes July 7, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Such lovely ideas for the summer, I’m pinning them for later. Thanks for sharing! #KCACOLS

    • Kerry July 7, 2016 at 5:26 pm

      You can’t beat a BBQ in the summer! Thanks for your comment x

  • bread July 7, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    We always make our own burgers and coleslaw and even our own bbq sauce. It’s the best way. #kcacols

    • Kerry July 7, 2016 at 5:25 pm

      I’ve not tried making my own BBQ sauce before, maybe next time! Thanks for the idea x

  • Sarah@teammomlife July 7, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    I have never made or had lamb burgers but they sound yummy and like they would be much healthier than a beef burger. I definitely want to try this with my family. Thanks for sharing!#KCACOLS

    • Kerry July 7, 2016 at 5:25 pm

      They are good, we also have spicy lamb burgers which are also delicious x

  • Kat July 7, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    Looks great! I love to make homemade slaw, I use fat free yoghurt and Jamaican jerk seasoning to heat it up a bit :)#kcacols

    • Kerry July 8, 2016 at 7:42 pm

      That sounds amazing, going to have to try that next time. Thanks for the tip x

  • Jenni - Odd Socks and Lollipops July 7, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    Oh minted lamb burgers, yum! There is literally nothing better #KCACOLS

    • Kerry July 8, 2016 at 6:33 am

      They are great on a bbq! X

  • Kerry July 8, 2016 at 10:53 am

    It’s much better than shop bought, and so easy to make. Thanks for your comment x

  • A Moment With Franca July 8, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    Oh this looks amazing! Those minted lamb burgers look so tasty. I love potato salad and coleslaw salad too. This indeed look for me like the perfect BBQ too! We will have to try those burgers at home! Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. Great to have you. Hope you join us again on Sunday, 🙂 x

    • Kerry July 9, 2016 at 6:38 am

      Thank you, I love a BBQ! Thanks for hosting x

  • Claire at Tin Box Traveller July 9, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    We love BBQs in the summer and you are right, homemade food does taste so much better! #KCACOLS

    • Kerry July 9, 2016 at 1:27 pm

      Just need better weather to have more! Thanks for your comment x

  • Naomi Oikonomou August 8, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    Wow! Those burgers look and sound amazing. #kidsandkreativity

  • Ella @ Typical Mummy August 10, 2019 at 7:42 am

    Oooh I’ll have to try that burger recipe – I don’t think I’ve ever had a lamb burger! I love potato salad and coleslaw! #KidsandKreativity

  • Laura August 10, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    Oooo some brilliant ideas here! We haven’t got a garden so no BBQ’s for us but we do want to try making our own burgers! #kidsandkreativity

  • Emma August 15, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    Oh wow, my mouth is watering! Minted lamb burgers would go down well here. #KidsandKreativity

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