Turn Your Cookout Leftovers into Delish Meals

Nothing says summer quite like grilling burgers and barbecue chicken in the backyard. But sometimes we misjudge and cook more than everyone eats—and you’re left consuming leftovers for the next few days.

Luckily for you, you don’t have to eat the exact meal for days on end. There are a lot of ways to turn cookout leftovers into completely new, healthy meals for lunch, dinner, and even breakfast. We’ve got you covered below.

Grilled Chicken
Leftover chicken is one of the most versatile barbecue leftovers you’ve got to work with, so embrace it. Everyone loves a good chicken salad, but to make it great, add a little jazz to your mayonnaise. Use a food processor or a whisk and make your own base mayo, or just whip up your favourite store-bought variety with black pepper, lemon, and garlic.

And as someone who loves chicken, grilled chicken is something you can definitely put on a salad. Try shredding it onto lettuce along with a vinaigrette.

Pulled BBQ Chicken Lettuce Wrap
Toss diced leftover chicken with honey mustard sauce. Place in large lettuce leaves and top with sliced tomato and avocado.

Grilled Sausage
Think breakfast with this one. You can chop up leftover sausage and add it to an egg scramble, omelet, or frittata, but if you want to get creative, slice a full link in half lengthwise and crisp it, cut-side-down, in a pan. It’s lovely on a salad or eaten with fried eggs and toast.

Grilled Vegetables
Leftover grilled vegetables straight from the fridge aren’t totally appealing. Turn a classic leftover veggie dish into a sandwich and don’t forget to melt cheese. It helps to bind the veggies together.

Potato Salad
You can’t go wrong with a classic potato salad. In all of its mayonnaise-y goodness, just eat it straight from the fridge.

In a proven unscientific fact that leftover holiday desserts make the absolute best breakfasts—especially when it comes to pie. You can warm it up if you’d like, but really, the charm is all in the slightly gooey, sticky-sweet fruit filling.

Stuffed Peppers
Combine crumbled burger with cooked brown rice or quinoa and any desired seasonings. Stuff halved bell peppers with mixture and top with shredded cheese. Bake until peppers are soft and cheese is melted.

Watermelon Smoothie
Blend watermelon, kefir (or yogurt), strawberries, cucumber, and fresh mint, if desired.

Crate&Barrel – Le Creuset Signature Caribbean 11.75″ Skillet
This bright blue exterior will brighten up any kitchen. It’s perfect for any at-home chef. 

Crate&Barrel – Serving Bowl with Trivet
Serve up your delish dishes with this minimalist serving bowl. It’s simple enough for casual weeknight meals and elegant enough for chic dinner parties.

Crate&Barrel – Pastel Blue Blender
Your smoothies have never looked chicer.