The best BBQ food for summer 2023

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We don’t want to tempt fate, but it looks like warmer weather may be on the way (fingers crossed), meaning it’s finally time to dust off the BBQ, wheel out the garden furniture and start compiling your summer shopping list.

Perfect timing, we say, because the results are in for The Good Housekeeping Institute’s big BBQ Taste Test. Our trusted panel tasted a whopping 214 products from supermarkets and online butchers to bring you the tastiest spread for al fresco entertaining.

It was a great year for M&S and budget retailer Aldi, with both brands awarded the coveted top-spot in three categories. Tesco picked up the award for best beef burger, while Iceland reigned supreme in the sausage department.

An impressive year for innovation in the meat-free market ensures veggies and vegans are well catered for too, with a comprehensive line-up of plant-based burgers and sausages to tuck into.

For something a little different, there’s also a selection of meat kebabs, ribs and chicken which will provide a stunning centrepiece when hosting garden guests.

And to wash it all down? Stock your fridge with English sparkling wine, summer-ready cider, aperitifs and canned cocktails, as well as the best non-alcoholic wines, beers and spirits.

Here are the winners of the GHI's BBQ taste test 2023...

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Best beef burger

From budget-friendly favourites to innovative flavour combos, we tried 11 varieties of burgers to bring you the best for every occasion.

Read on for our full list of GHI-approved beef burgers.

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Best sausages

The GHI undertook the ultimate sausage taste test, sampling 12 bangers from the leading supermarkets and independent butchers to find the very best for your barbie.

Read on for our full list of GHI-approved sausages.

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Best kebabs, ribs and chicken

Whether served as a party starter before the main event or as the centrepiece of your BBQ spread, the Good Housekeeping Institute tried 14 meat kebabs, 10 ribs and 11 chicken products, and these are the ones that stole the show this summer.

Read on for our full list of GHI-approved kebabs, ribs and chicken.

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Best meat-free burgers

Our BBQ tasting panel fired up the grill to cook an impressive line-up of 20 veggie and vegan burgers from the leading supermarkets and pioneering plant-based brands. These are the ones that were love at first bite...

Read on for our full list of GHI-approved vegetarian and vegan burgers.

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Best meat-free sausages

We tried 13 sausages suitable for vegetarians and vegans, but only the ones with the tastiest textures, convincing plant-based skin and delicious herbs and seasoning found a place in our line-up.

Read on for our full list of GHI-approved vegetarian and vegan sausages.

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Best condiments and dips

Condiments and dips add the finishing flourish to any BBQ plate. Here’s the top-rated ketchup, mayo and hummus, according to our experts.

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Best buns and cheese slices

Burger buns and hot dog rolls are essential components for any BBQ — and don’t forget that cheese slice!

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Best ice cream

From family friendly vanilla to indulgent gelato, the Good Housekeeping Institute has found a flavour for every occasion.

Read on for our full list of GHI-approved ice cream.

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BBQ drinks

Read on for our full list of GHI-approved English sparkling wine, cider and aperitifs.

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