Summer is almost here! It’s time to start planning out all the best summer party food ideas for a crowd. Is there anything better than gathering with family and friends and chowing down on some delicious food with even better company? We just love easy party planning.
If you’re struggling with some simple food ideas to feed a crowd, I’ve gathered up a list of great items to consider. Not only are they tasty, but they’re easy to cook up as well.
Summer Party Food Ideas for a Crowd
The great thing about summer food is that it’s some of the best-tasting food ideas out there. (in my opinion but I think it’s factual, too!)
And we all know that cooking food outdoors during the summer just adds a fun taste and appeal. The more food that you can cook on the grill in the warmth of the sun, the better!
Simple Food Ideas for Summer Cooking
You can easily add to this list but here are the top food ideas to easily feed a crowd.
Everyone loves a good burger. Top with cheese or leave plain and have fun piling on the toppings. The options to create the perfect burger are endless.
If you want to cut down on some of the fat, you can also opt for turkey burgers and even chicken burgers as well. Don’t forget that there are black bean burger options for vegetarians, too.
This food idea might be the easiest way to feed a crowd. There’s nothing like a grilled ‘dog in a nice warm bun.
Hot dogs tend to be quicker to cook but Bratwurst really does a great job of offering great flavor and taste.
Sometimes using your crockpot can be a quick and easy way to cook up a ton of meat fast for a crowd. You can then just store it, and let them serve themselves buffet style as they’re working through the line.
Pulled pork is always a huge hit and once you shred it, it can really go a long way as far as serving a lot of people. This is my favorite pulled pork recipe. I have made it for quite a few parties and people always love it.
Another options or add on is Easy Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs
A Taco Bar is a great option for serving large groups of people while entertaining. A taco bar with all the toppings is easy and a lot of fun. You can even prep all the meat before the party and just reheat that day.
We love this easy slow cooker Chicken Tacos recipe that can be prepped ahead.
Fish Tacos are always a hit in the summer too! This Fresh & Easy Fish Tacos Recipe is so easy to prepare and super tasty.
Kebobs are great because they can be prepped ahead and then just put on the grill. There are so many kebob options including veggie kebobs which are great for your vegetarian party guests. This Easy Summer Party Plan includes a recipe for Grilled Chicken and Pineapple Kebobs you will want to check out!
Grilled Corn on the Cob
Who says that you even need meat to make a delicious summer meal? I see no issue in chowing down on ear after ear of corn on the cob! No issue at all.
This. I could eat fresh fruit salad all day long. The ripe summer fruits are some of my favorite flavors and I literally crave this taste all year long.
Ripe peaches, watermelon, cherries, apples, grapes….and the list could go on forever. Once those summer fruits start ripening, there’s no stopping this dish from becoming a must-have at your next outdoor gathering.
Side Salads and Pasta Salads
These types of dishes are great for fillers. You can easily make a large portion to feed a crowd in a very short amount of time.
The other great thing about making potato salads or pasta salads is that you can prep them ahead of time and have them ready and waiting to serve.
They’re great for fillers and are a simple way to feed a large crowd fast and have them full, too.
You also could make ahead Easy Homemade Cole Slaw or you can always buy prepared salads from the grocery store tp make it even easier.
Delicious summer food ideas for large groups
As you can see, there are so many simple recipes that you can easily cook up to feed a lot of mouths. The more that you can plan ahead with these types of meals, the more prepared that you’ll be to feed all the hungry mouths!