When you think of a classic family barbecue, what recipes automatically come to mind? Grilled meats and veggies, perhaps? Sides like corn on the cob and potato salad? What about… quinoa?
While its small size makes quinoa impossible to grill as is, that doesn’t mean the pseudo-cereal can’t shine at your next barbecue. Quinoa (along with other organic, gluten-free ancient grains like millet and amaranth) make fantastic sidekicks to virtually anything fresh off the grill – and they are ideal as a base for burgers.
Here are some ideas for delicious and nutritious ancient grain recipes for the grill:
BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad, Iowa Girl Eats
A classic summer staple with a twist, this salad has everything we love about the season: sweet corn, a tangy dressing, and enough protein (thanks to the chicken, quinoa and black beans) to get you through a day of fun in the sun.
Chickpea Quinoa Pineapple Burgers, Cheeky Kitchen
A delightful twist on a veggie burger, this one packs a punch of exotic flavor. Opt for a gluten-free bun and breadcrumbs, and you’ve got the perfect gluten-free (and vegan) option for your next cook-out.
Grilled Aubergine Rolls, Great British Chefs
Want to throw your quinoa straight on the grill? Try wrapping it! These tasty vegetarian packages feature a tender grilled eggplant casing around a colorful filling of quinoa and vegetables. They make a great appetizer, side or meatless entrée.
Spiced Millet and Chickpea Burgers, Delicious Everyday
The pliable texture of millet makes it a wonderful binding agent for veggie burgers. Fresh herbs and tons of spices (turmeric, coriander, cumin, cinnamon) make this one truly special.
Amaranth Black Bean Burger Sliders, Vegan Richa
If you haven’t yet cooked with amaranth, this recipe is a great place to start. The rich, smoky flavor and roasted red pepper cream sauce make these burgers taste so decadent that you will forget they are vegan.
Grilled Peach Barbecue Sauce with Grilled Polenta, Edible Perspective
Maybe you’ve had polenta – but have you had it cubed, skewered, grilled and covered in sweet and tangy peach barbecue sauce? This recipe combines so many of our favorite things. Try it with Ancient Harvest Polenta and fresh, in-season peaches. It’s sure to be a hit at your next BBQ.
Want even more gluten-free ancient grain recipes for the grill? Check out our Pinterest page.
From all of us here at Ancient Harvest: Happy Father’s Day!