25 Summer Dinner Ideas

25 Summer Dinner Ideas

1. Bacon Avocado Burgers

We love barbecuing in our home. I mostly love that it means my husband is cooking dinner. We mostly use the Costco Kirkland Signature burgers to save on money but maintain great quality. I’m not going to go on out and write up a recipe for this, but I’ll tell you how we dress our burgers.

Toasted bun, mayo on both sides.

While the burger is still on the grill we add Sweet Baby Rays Barbecue Sauce, cooked bacon, sliced avocado and top with cheese of choice. We’ve used American, Cheddar, Pepper Jack and Swiss and all have been great!

Put that burger on a bun, drizzle a bit more barbecue sauce and add the top bun.

Boom. Delicious. I guarantee it.

2. Sloppy Joe

This simple recipe brings on the nostalgia of eating a messy meal as a kid.

I love this recipe for Easy 5 Ingredient Sloppy Joes from Graceful Little Honey Bee.

3. Teriyaki chicken burger

I look forward to the first dry days here in Oregon, because no rain means busting out the barbecue. This is another one I don’t have a written recipe for but let you know how it’s done still.

We try to marinate filleted chicken breasts in Soy Vay Teriyaki Sauce for a few hours. You can throw in some pineapple slices too.

Grill up the chicken and the pineapple slices, toast your buns.

Slather some mayo on your buns. Still on the grill stack the chicken with a pineapple slice and a slice of Swiss cheese until melted.

Put it on your bun and drizzle a little more teriyaki on top, add top bun and done.

I know it’s not real great for you, but this pairs well with White Shells and Cheese from Pasta Roni. It’s a guilty pleasure in our house.

4. Crab Alfredo

For those nights you want a “fancy” dinner, but don’t want to put in much effort, this is the meal for you. Add a green salad and French bread, of course.

Click here for full instructions to make my Crab Alfredo.

5. Cabbage stir fry

Originally this recipe began as “Pork Egg Roll in a Bowl” which you can find many very similar recipes for with a quick Pinterest search. Over time I’ve adapted this to my current recipe which isn’t even pork so we started calling it by a new name.

The recipe for Cabbage Stir Fry can be found here.

6. Macaroni and tomato

Another trip down memory lane with this one. It’s always been my favorite growing up. My mom always added an obscene amount of butter, salt and pepper to it. I even went through a phase where I added cheese.

My recipe for Mac & Tom is posted here.

7. Mexican sloppy joe

I’ll be honest, I haven’t tried this one yet, but it’s on the top of my list! Also, it’s a crockpot recipe, does it even get better than that?

Doesn’t this recipe for Mexican Hamburgers look delicious? I can’t wait to try this one from Recipes That Crock.

8. Crab melt

I love when my parents have a lucky weekend at the beach, they bring home so much fresh crab! They’re so sweet to, they gut em and cook em before the freeze em and share with us.

This Quick and Easy Crab Melt recipe by April J Harris is incredible.

9. Philly cheese steak

I only recently discovered that I LOVE Philly cheese steak sandwiches.

Click here for Half Baked Harvest’s Crockpot Philly Cheesesteak recipe.

10. Hawaiian meatballs

For those days you forget you need to throw something in the crockpot, this is a life saver to have on hand.

I use the Italian Style Meatballs from Costco. They are frozen and fully cooked, which makes them super easy to work with. I throw them in the crockpot with a cup of Sweet Baby Ray’s and a can of pineapple chunks.

Serve them with Instant Rice and a steamer bag of broccoli and you’ve got a super simple dinner.

11. Stuffed shells

We try to eat a variety of veggies and this is a great one to bust out when butternut squashes ripen. (My #24 meal is great for this too!)

I love this recipe from Rachel Schultz. Check the link here for her Butternut Squash and Sausage Stuffed Shells.

12. Seafood boil

Another great way to use the fresh crab my parents bring home. Plus lots of other seafood, corn cobs and delicious Cajun flavors in this recipe from Wiley Valentine.

Find the recipe for a delicious Seafood Boil here.

13. Hawaiian sliders

Hawaiian sliders are great for those days when you don’t want a “real” dinner. You know those days, when dinner time sneaks up on you and you’re not even that hungry? Those days are perfect for oven baked sliders.

The Soccer Mom Blog has a great recipe for Easy and Cheesy Hawaiian Sliders.

14. Kabobs

The best thing about kabobs is you can throw them together with whatever you have on hand. They are the minestrone of the barbecue.

Mushroom, zucchini, sweet potato, corn cobs, steak chunks, chicken chunks, pineapple, apple, pork, jalapeño, sweet peppers, whatever you want! It’s great.

15. Sausage sheet pan

A quick meal to toss in the oven. Check out this great recipe for One Pan Healthy Sausage and Veggies from Chelsea’s Messy Apron.

16. Chicken and rice

I was never a fan of chicken and rice, but my husband has requested it often enough it’s finally growing on me. And it’s easy too!

A Mind “Full” Mom has a recipe for Creamy and Cheesy Chicken and Rice that only takes 10 minutes to prep!

17. Ceaser calzones

If you like Costco’s Chicken Bake, this is definitely something you’re going to want to try at home!

Cook up chicken breast strips with Italian seasoning and olive oil.

Then make some pizza dough, we used a bag of Betty Crocker’s “just add water” dough and it turned out well. Make this into 4 small circles.

Spread Caesar salad dressing over the tops. Add in the chicken and top with mozzarella cheese. Spinach would be a great healthy add in too!

Fold the dough into a calzone shape and press sides. Bake according to your pizza dough instructions, checking often as times will change slightly.

18. Enchilada stuffed peppers

I love the recipe from the book included with my Crock Pot Express Cooker. Don’t worry if you don’t have one, the recipe can be found here for Crock Pot’s Enchilada-Stuffed Peppers.

19. Zucchini bake

I love using fresh, home grown veggies to cook dinner. So far zucchini is the only consistent produce I’ve managed to grow.

Mom Endeavors has a great one for Easy Cheesy Zucchini Bake.

20. Avocado Ranch Burritos

On those real hot days when you want something light but filling, this is my go-to.

Check out these Avocado Ranch Burritos from Damn Delicious.

21. BBQ pizza

Barbecue pizza is great, but these Cheesy Barbecue Chicken Pizza Rolls from Saving Dessert are next level.

22. Sushi bowl

This recipe is so simple my brother makes it in his hotel room microwave while on work trips.

Did you know you can buy a microwaveable bag of rice? What a world we live in…

Cook up some rice, however you know how, and put that in a bowl. Top it will imitation crab, avocado, cucumber, tuna, cream cheese, sliced carrot and some spicy mayo.

23. Taco Soup

This recipe for Taco Soup was given to me by my husband’s grandmother, with a few minor changes by myself for simplicity.

24. Spicy beef skillet

This meal is another great use for fresh butternut squash. Even my husband loves this one for Spicy Ground Beef and Butternut Squash by My Heart Beets.

25. Fried rice

This is one of the first meals I ever learned to cook. I was taught by a half Asian, half Mexican friend of my high school boyfriend.

He used already cooked rice and whatever he had on hand to throw in, and it was delicious.

He fried up the rice in the skillet, added in some eggs, sliced hot dogs, peppers, onions, and I’m pretty sure some pineapple too. I’ve never been able to replicate it.

Or you can check out this Pinterest recipe from Gimme Some Oven for the “Best” Fried Rice Recipe.

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