8 Cookout-Ready Recipes with Blueberries


When the warm weather starts, you can find us at the grill. That’s right, it’s cookout season! Not to mention picnic, potluck and pool party season. So many opportunities to celebrate with all your favorite people and eat all your favorite foods – like blueberries!

If you want to get even more excited for all the gatherings ahead, check out these delicious, crowd-pleasing recipes. They bring a boost of blue – and the taste of summer – to every bite.

Hot Days, Cool Boosts of Blue

For a healthy, refreshing boost, you can always serve fresh or frozen blueberries on their own! No muss, no fuss, just rinse and go. Even better, eating a handful of blueberries is an easy, yummy way to get fiber, vitamin C and potassium – at just 80 calories per cup. Pro tip: eating blueberries straight from the freezer gives an extra-cool boost on those scorching days.

Blueberries also pair perfectly with so many sweet and savory flavors you can enjoy while cooking out (or even cooking in). Some summer all-stars include:

  • Citrus –If you’re into lemon, lime and all their friends, you’ll love how they blend with sweet-tart blueberry in baked goods and beverages … like lemonade.
  • Mint – A boost of blue infused with cool mint will give you those chill vibes even on the hottest day. Try this duo in still or sparking water – or in ice cubes!
  • Balsamic vinegar –For a tangy topper on those crisp, fresh seasonal salads, incorporate blueberry into your balsamic vinaigrettes and dressings.

On the Grill

Sweet and smoky go so well together – and these blueberry sauces will level up your grill game for memorable, mouthwatering mains.

Loaded Brie Burger with Blueberry Ketchup

Take your burger game to the next level with this Loaded Brie Burger with Blueberry Ketchup. Brie and fruit make a perfect pair, so the blueberry ketchup is ideal to bring out the cheese’s rich, creamy flavor. The sweetness of the ketchup also balances out the peppery arugula and slight bite of the other ingredients. It’s a flavor boost worthy of your favorite bunch!

Blueberry Barbecue Sauce

Next time you fire up the grill, channel your inner chef and try this Blueberry Barbecue Sauce. Whether you’re making ribs, steak, or even grilled veggies, Blueberry Barbecue Sauce adds an intriguing bite of tart sweetness to smoky flavors. Pair it with our Blueberry Turkey Burger for the ultimate fruitified grill-out!

On the Side

These flavorful side dishes might just steal the show! Make and enjoy – just don’t plan on having any leftovers.

Southwest Blueberry Chicken Pasta Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

Looking for a zesty summer side? Try this Southwest Blueberry Chicken Pasta Salad with Honey Lime Dressing. Fresh blueberries add a sweet-tart pop to complement the savory feta – and cucumber, corn and cilantro add crisp, fresh flavor. Toss it all with noodles and a tangy honey lime vinaigrette, and you have your new staple to boost any cookout, potluck or everyday meal.

Blueberry & Watermelon Salad with Marinated Feta

Your selection of favorite salads just got upgraded. This Blueberry and Watermelon Salad with Marinated Feta is so simple to make – and sure to impress. The juicy blueberries and watermelon pair perfectly with refreshing cucumber and tangy marinated feta.

As a Snack

These yummy, kid-friendly treats are good for grazing and taking on the run when you’re just having too much fun to sit down.

Blueberry Yogurt Dip Snack Board

This Blueberry Yogurt Dip Snack Board is as versatile as it is yummy. The creamy, fruity dip takes center stage – a purée of fresh or frozen blueberries, vanilla Greek yogurt, and honey that tastes equally good with sweet or salty dippers. Then, just fill your board with your favorite finger foods (or whatever’s in the pantry). Pro tip: watermelon and apple slices are excellent for dipping! Whatever you choose, your mini-snack buffet is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

Red, White and Blueberry Popsicles

Get festive with these beautifully patriotic red, white and blueberry popsicles. A little yogurt, a bit of watermelon, and of course a boost of blue make these red, white and blueberry popsicles burst with flavor. Plus, the bright colors make for an extra-fun celebration.

In a Glass

No cookout is complete without something cool and delicious to sip on! Stay hydrated and mix up something extra to make it special.

Blueberry Peach Margarita

Blueberry Peach Margarita
Get your camera ready – this Blueberry Margarita is so pretty, you (almost) won’t want to drink it! You’ll love the signature margarita taste with a fun and flavorful twist: blueberries and peaches to bring an extra hint of sweetness. Whether you’re lounging poolside or enjoying Taco Tuesday, you’ll want to mix up a batch of this tasty boost of blue.

Blueberry Slushy

This blueberry slushy could not be easier to make. Throw the simple five ingredients in a blender and voila, you have a sweet blueberry slushy for a cool boost of blue on those hot summer days.

Year-Round Blueberry Inspiration

During cookout season and throughout the year, keep visiting this site for new blueberry recipes, health information, hacks and more. We’ll be sure you’re up on the latest ways to grab a boost of blue – and impress your family and friends. And, as you snack, bake and cook with blueberries, don’t forget to share! Just tag your pics and social media posts with #boostofblue and @blueberries (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter) or @blueberrycouncil (TikTok).