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45 Delicious and Summery Keto Side Dishes for a BBQ

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Keto side dishes for a BBQ

There’s nothing quite like a BBQ on a nice day surrounded by your family and friends and the scent of perfectly grilled sausages, burgers, and steaks enveloping the fresh outdoor air. You can hear the laughter and your favorite songs playing in the background, and you’re wondering why you don’t do this more often!  

Fortunately, the main star dish of most BBQs is delicious smoked and grilled meats that are typically keto-friendly. Even so, many of the traditional side dishes at a cookout are carb-heavy and off the menu if you plan on sticking with ketosis to reach your health, weight loss, or fitness goals. No matter how many tempting carb-heavy side dishes show up at your next BBQ, you can come prepared with these exceptionally satisfying low-carb alternatives from the recipe creators here at Ketogenic.com. When you bring your own side dishes, you can be sure your meal is keto-friendly with all the right nutritious ingredients.

Salads for Your BBQ

avocado salad

Salads are a popular and colorful main or side dish for keto dieters. Salads allow you to get creative with your favorite fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, dressings, and more. Among the most beloved salad side dishes at a BBQ are Caesar, caprese, broccoli, egg, cucumber, and potato salads. Enjoy these keto versions of traditional salads: 

Show off a little with these extra creative and more exotic keto salad recipes: 

And finally, try these top-notch, flavorful low-carb salad dressings:

Keto Dips and Chips

parmesan chips

Chips and dips are a given at most BBQs and sports events, especially as a warm-up snack while you’re waiting for those mouthwatering meats to grill. While it’s true you can’t have carb-heavy corn tortilla chips or potato chips, you can crunch down on a range of low-carb substitutes:

Don’t forget about dips. You won’t be disappointed with these finger-licking good-for-dipping keto recipes:

Fries on the Side

celery root fries

Burger and fries fit together like a hand in a glove, and the same goes for those other crispy, juicy, tender meats coming from the grill. You might think you can’t enjoy fries with your BBQ, but you’d be wrong because you can indulge in these keto replacements:

Classic Keto Side Dishes for Your BBQ

keto cauliflower mac n cheese

Classics like macaroni and cheese are a filling favorite at any BBQ, but those following a ketogenic lifestyle know that starch-heavy pasta isn’t allowed unless you’re plunging into a full-blown cheat day. If you want to stay keto, you’ll love this keto mac ‘n’ cheese recipe that uses low-carb elbow macaroni pasta to achieve the same familiar starchy texture as traditional pasta. 

You’ll need 17 minutes and six simple ingredients to bring this recipe from kitchen to table. The heavy cream, butter, and cheddar cheese deliver all the creaminess and cheesiness you’ve been hoping for. You’ll probably also love this keto cauliflower mac ‘n’ cheese. 

Treat the ones you love by bringing along these side dishes that filled with flavor and love:


Some of us like to gently coat or even soak our BBQ meats in BBQ sauce, ketchup, or even Big Mac sauce! Plenty of condiments aren’t suitable for those trying to keep their carb counts low. For example, there are 5 grams of carbs in just one tablespoon of Heinz tomato ketchup. [1] The high-fructose corn syrup it (and many sauces like it) contains is a no-no for keto dieters.

If you still want to get saucy, take one of these low-carb sauces with you instead: 

Steph Green is a content writer specializing in and passionate about healthcare, wellness, and nutrition. Steph has worked with marketing agencies, written medical books for doctors like ‘Untangling the Web of Dysfunction,’ and her poetry book ‘Words that Might Mean Something.’ In 2016, after four years of struggling with her own health problems and painful autoimmune disease, Steph developed a life-changing and extensive knowledge of keto, nutrition, and natural medicine. She continues on her healing journey and enjoys helping others along the way.



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