10 Affordable Recipes for a Summer Picnic or Barbecue

Food Love: Summer
10 Affordable Recipes for a Summer Picnic or Barbecue

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May 7 2024


Plan a summer picnic without breaking the bank! We've gathered 10 of our favorite main dishes, side dishes and desserts that are under $2 per serving. 


*Costs per serving may vary by purchasing location.

  1. All-American Classic Hamburgers

    These classic hamburgers will become an affordable summertime staple.

    Serves 4; $1.95 per serving

  2. 20-Minute Pasta Salad

    Our easy Italian-dressed pasta salad only uses six ingredients. 

    Serves 24; 82¢ per serving

  3. All-American Cherry Pie Bars

    These cherry pie bars are the perfect combination of cherry, almond and cookie deliciousness.

    Serves 15; 75¢ per serving

  4. Grilled Pineapple Bratwurst Kabobs

    Alternately thread brat pieces, pineapple, onion, and red peppers onto a skewer and grill to perfection.

    Serves 6; $1.99 per serving

  5. Creamy Avocado Potato Salad

    The avocados in this potato salad increase the creaminess and richness. Yum! 

    Serves 12; $1.06 per serving

  6. Grilled Pepperoni Pizza Sliders

    Try a twist on grilled sliders! This pizza version layers pepperoni, Provolone and mozzarella cheeses on fresh Hy-Vee cocktail buns.

    Serves 12; $1.77 per serving

  7. Blueberry-Cherry Pull-Apart Pie

    Can't decide on a blueberry pie or cherry pie? Our Blueberry-Cherry Pull-Apart Pie lets you choose both!

    Serves 18; 33¢ per serving

  8. Creamy Broccoli Pasta Salad

    Flavored with ranch and Italian dressings, this creamy pasta salad is filled with broccoli, peas and pasta.

    Serves 16; 43¢ per serving

  9. Brat Burnt Ends

    These flavorful Brat Burnt Ends will be gone in no time.

    Serves 12; $1.49 per serving

  10. Patriotic Cereal Pops

    Everyone can choose their own red, white or blue cereal pop on a stick. 

    Serves 24; 20¢ per serving