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Gluten-Free BBQ Ideas

Who said gluten-free was boring… here are some inspiring BBQ ideas to keep the season’s menu exciting for everyone.

Most hot dogs and hamburgers are pretty safe, gluten-wise. You shouldn't have any trouble at most grocery stores to suit your gluten-free diet. But as with everything involving gluten, there are exceptions. Some pre-made hamburger patties can include bread crumbs or another grain-based product as filler, so as always read the label to be certain.

Once you've got your hamburgers and hot dogs, you need buns. More companies are making gluten-free bread options these days; you should have any trouble finding one. Try a few to find your favourite and then load up your freezer so you always have some on hand. Another healthful option is a lettuce wrap—grab your favourite leafy green and wrap that patty up, it’s so good and refreshing.

Next pile on the toppings - Nothing cheers up a burger or dog like a selection of tasteful toppings! Most toppings are naturally gluten-free! Caramelized pineapple, roasted bell pepper, and even apricot jam, be creative — after all variety is the spice of life!

You can't have a BBQ without munchies in the form of chips — potato, corn, multigrain — there must be chips! Fortunately, the explosion in popularity of the gluten-free diet has brought the community copious snack options, many of which are available at your local grocery store.

I've always thought of beer as a drink that's best enjoyed during summer. There's a long — and growing — list of gluten-free beers on the market these days. Canadian craft breweries are no exception Glutenberg Belgian Double is one of my faves.

Finally here are some easy gluten-free substitutions to delight your friends:

  • Make potato-based dishes, such as grilled potatoes or potato salad, or other vegetable sides.
  • Instead of barley, bulgur or couscous for grain salads and sides, substitute rice, quinoa or millet.
  • Replace wheat pasta with gluten-free pasta for pasta salads or sides, like macaroni and cheese.
  • Use gluten-free pizza dough instead of premade crusts (unless gluten-free) for grilled pizzas.

Enjoy, these gluten-free ideas and please tell us all about your tried and true favourite BBQ options below in the comments.