Low-Calorie BBQ & Grilling Recipes

Find healthy, delicious low-calorie BBQ and grilling recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Grilled Flank Steak with Tomato Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 7
Cutting the steak immediately after cooking breaks all the rules on meat cookery, but in this recipe we do it intentionally in order to capture the juices and incorporate them into the dressing. Serve this grilled flank steak recipe with crusty bread to soak up the deliciousness.
By Adam Hickman

Chipotle Chicken Quinoa Burrito Bowl

Rating: 5 stars 34
This chipotle-flavored burrito bowl comes together almost as quickly as at the restaurant, plus, you don't have to wait in line. Loading it with vegetables and using quinoa in place of rice adds nutrition for a healthier dinner.
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By Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD

Turkey Burgers with Spinach, Feta & Tzatziki

Rating: 5 stars 22
Creamy tzatziki and crisp sliced cucumber add a refreshing twist to this easy burger recipe loaded with feta and spinach. No tzatziki? No problem! Make your own at home by combining plain strained yogurt with a squeeze of lemon, dill and finely chopped cucumber.
Hilary Meyer
By Hilary Meyer

Honey Mustard Salmon with Mango Quinoa

Rating: 5 stars 2
In this 30-minute dinner recipe, grilled, honey mustard-coated salmon is served with a tasty grain salad made with quinoa, mango, jalapeño and almonds.
By Diabetic Living Magazine

Esquites (Mexican Corn)

Rating: 5 stars 2
This street corn dish, known as esquites, is served in cups instead of on the cob for all the flavor of elote without the mess.
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By Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD

Cauliflower Rice Bowls with Grilled Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 4
These healthy Greek-inspired cauliflower rice bowls topped with feta, olives, veggies and grilled chicken are impressive yet take just 30 minutes to make.
By Carolyn Casner

Chicken Kebabs with Warm Cabbage-Apple Slaw & Potatoes

Serve these easy grilled chicken kebabs with apple and cabbage slaw and packet-grilled potatoes for a healthy dinner that's great for summer cookouts. Leave yourself enough time to marinate the chicken for up to three hours in the simple orange-ginger marinade before threading it onto skewers and putting them on the grill.
By Diabetic Living Magazine

Chicken Club Wraps

Rating: 4.5 stars 2
Whole-wheat tortillas provide a tasty twist in this quick grilled chicken breast recipe that combines all the elements of a classic club sandwich into a wrap. Serve with extra napkins.
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By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Spiced Grilled Chicken with Cauliflower "Rice" Tabbouleh

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
Chicken breasts on the grill have a smoky flavor that's enhanced with an easy spice rub. We chose flat-leaf parsley in this salad because it has a stronger herbal taste than its sometimes-bitter curly counterpart.
By Carolyn Malcoun

Summer Vegetable Gnocchi Salad

Rating: 5 stars 4
This riff on pasta salad is best served warm while the gnocchi are nice and tender. Plus, the grilled veggies taste extra-good fresh off the fire in this easy gnocchi recipe.
By Devon O'Brien

Grilled Cauliflower Steaks with Almond Pesto & Butter Beans

Rating: 5 stars 5
Need some new meatless dinner ideas? This vegan recipe for grilled cauliflower steaks with buttery (but butter-free!) butter beans and almond pesto comes together in just 25 minutes but is impressive enough to serve to guests. We're sorry to ask you to buy 2 heads of cauliflower to make this recipe when you only cut a couple of "steaks" from each, but it guarantees the best results. Just think of it this way: having leftovers gives you an excuse to try one of our many other healthy cauliflower recipes!
By Erin Alderson

Greek-Inspired Burgers with Herb-Feta Sauce

Rating: 4 stars 5
These healthy burgers get a Mediterranean twist with a yogurt sauce seasoned with oregano, lemon and feta cheese. If you can't find ground lamb, ask the butcher to grind some for you.
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By Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD
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Inspiration and Ideas

How to Make Hawaiian Turkey Sliders
Made with lean ground turkey, these sliders are served on toasted buns with a hint of added sweetness from the grilled pineapple.
Healthy Crock Pot BBQ Pulled Chicken
Make healthy crock pot BBQ pulled chicken with this simple stir & dump slow-cooker recipe.
Grilled Peach & Brie Smothered Chicken
Rating: 4.5 stars 6

This super-fast and healthy smothered chicken tastes best on the deck with a chilled glass of gewürztraminer. The fruity white pairs nicely with the peaches here.