The best BBQ food for summer 2024, from delicious cheeseburgers to spicy wings

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The best BBQ food to buy this summerHearst Owned

Come rain or shine, we love a BBQ (which is good, because we usually have to contend with both). And with summer on its way, it’s time to dust off the grill and get planning your next big cookout.

And the Good Housekeeping Institute is here to lend a hand with our big BBQ Taste Test. Our panel of experts have tasted over 235 products from supermarkets and independent retailers to bring you only the very best for your grill, so you can spend less time shopping and more time chilling in the sunshine – with a Taste Approved ice cream of course.

Burgers, sausages, ribs and kebabs – you name it, we’ve tried it. We’ve also put together our pick of the best plant-based burgers and sausages, so no-one misses out, as well as expert-approved hot sauces, mayo, dips and crisps.

But who came out on top? Well, it was a good year for Aldi, which is the place to go for those all-important extras, winning best cheese slices and best burger buns, and finishing in the top five across 12 categories in total.

Premium supermarket Waitrose was another standout performer, finishing in the top five across 11 categories and taking home four wins for best BBQ chicken, ice cream, hot dog buns and gluten-free burger buns.

And if you're looking for some delicious summer drinks to wash all that delicious BBQ food down with, we advise stocking up on our experts' favourite English sparkling wine, cider, aperitifs and canned cocktails, as well as the best non-alcoholic wines, beers and spirits.

Ready to fire up the grill?

The winners of the GHI's BBQ taste test 2024...

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Hearst Owned

Best beef burger

From budget-friendly favourites to innovative flavour combos, our panel sampled 22 different burgers to bring you the best for your bun.

Read on for our full list of GHI Approved beef burgers.

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Hearst Owned

Best sausages

The GHI undertook the ultimate sausage taste test, trying 17 bangers from the leading supermarkets and independent butchers to find the top dog.

Read on for our full list of GHI Approved sausages.

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Hearst Owned

Best kebabs, ribs and chicken

Great served as a party starter before the main event or as the centrepiece of your BBQ spread. We tried 32 different products from halloumi kebabs to spicy chicken wings, 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 veggie and vegan burgers (22 in total) 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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Hearst Owned

Best meat-free sausages

We tried 17 different brands of sausage 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 vegan and vegetarian sausages.

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Hearst Owned

Best condiments and dips

Condiments can bring a meal to life, adding that final flourish to your plate. Here's the top-rated ketchup, mayo, hot sauce and dip, 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 — not forgetting the all-important cheese slice.

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Best crisps

To get the party started with those all essential nibbles, our experts have found their favourite sharing bags for summer. Serve with your favourite aperitif.

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Best ice cream

From family friendly vanilla to indulgent gelato, we've found a flavour for every occasion.

Read on for our full list of GHI Approved ice cream.

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BBQ drinks

After the perfect pairing? We've found the best alternatives to your favourite Aperol Spritz, the newest flavoured ciders, the most delicious English sparking wines and the most convenient (and refreshing) cocktails in a can. Cheers!

Read on for our full list of GHI Approved English sparkling wine, cider, canned cocktails and aperitifs.

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