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25+ Quick and Easy Family Summer Dinner Recipes

Get ready to savor the flavors of the season with our collection of family summer dinner recipes. From quick and easy meals to refreshing desserts, we’ve got you covered for delicious and memorable summer evenings together.

We’re sharing the best summer dinner recipes for family and friends to enjoy in your home this season!

And we’re not just talking regular burgers and hot dogs! (But, those are good, too!)

These recipes feature fresh ingredients like summer vegetables, pasta, and delicious meats. And they’re perfect for busy weeknights.

We’ve also included yummy side dishes, desserts, and drinks to pair with our main dishes and casseroles.

You’ll find everything you need to craft the perfect healthy meal for your family and dishes you’ll want to share at cookouts and potlucks.

Everyone will love these easy summer dinner recipes!

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Family Summer Dinner Recipes

Sandwiches, Burgers, and Wraps

When you think of family summer dinner recipes, burgers probably come to mind.

But, there are also plenty of other great sandwich ideas to enjoy for the season.

Below are some of our favorite sandwiches, burgers, and wraps, featuring rotisserie chicken, ground beef, pork, and turkey.

You’ll find recipes like healthy chicken salad to use on your favorite bread or in lettuce wraps, juicy burger recipes, and more!

Hawaiian turkey burger with pineapple slices on plate with potato chips and teriyaki sauce in background.
Hawaiian Turkey Burgers with Pineapple
These Hawaiian Turkey Burgers feature a juicy patty glazed with teriyaki sauce and topped with melted cheese and a sweet pineapple ring. It's a delicious break from the traditional burger that will leave you wanting seconds!
Mozzarella stuffed burger on bun with lettuce and tomato, all on wood plate.
Italian-Style Mozzarella Stuffed Burgers
These Mozzarella Stuffed Burgers feature two seasoned patties stuffed with melty cheese and grilled to perfection. It's an Italian twist on the traditional cheeseburger.
Grilled cheeseburger wrap cut in half surrounded by French fries on wood plate.
Deluxe Grilled Cheeseburger Wraps
These deluxe Grilled Cheeseburger Wraps feature a savory ground beef filling and all of your favorite cheeseburger toppings wrapped in a toasted tortilla. You’ll get all the flavors of a traditional cheeseburger without the mess!
Three sandwiches full of grape and apple chicken salad in parchment paper lined pan with bunch of grapes nearby.
Grape and Apple Chicken Salad
This grape and apple chicken salad is a quick and easy meal that features a creamy dressing, delicious fruit, savory chicken, and an extra special crunch. It's the best chicken salad recipe ever!
Three kalua pig sandwiches with shredded cabbage on brown parchment paper.
Melty Kalua Pork Sandwiches
If you're a fan of the iconic plate lunch, you won't want to miss these Melty Kalua Pork Sandwiches. This mouth-watering twist on a classic will transport you straight to the islands.
Two turkey sandwiches with avocado stacked on each other sitting on wood cutting board.
Turkey Sandwich with Avocado, Bacon, and Special Sauce
Layers of meat, fresh veggies, cheese, and a special sauce make this Turkey Sandwich with Avocado a scrumptious choice for your next meal!


Your family will love these yummy meat recipes, including chicken recipes like grilled chicken breast with balsamic glaze and chicken thighs with pineapple BBQ sauce.

Beef recipes like sweet and sour meatballs with bell peppers.

And fish recipes like fish tacos with mango salsa and our soy sauce brown sugar salmon.

Try these flavorful meats for your next family summer dinner or backyard BBQ!

Crock Pot country style pork ribs on brown parchment paper with fresh parsley leaves.
Crock Pot Country Style Pork Ribs (3 ingredients)
You'll only 3 ingredients to make these tender Crock Pot Country Style Pork Ribs. They're perfectly saucy and delicious, and couldn't be easier to throw together!
White bowl full of sweet and sour meatballs, bell peppers, pineapple, and green onions.
Instant Pot Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Instant Pot Sweet and Sour Meatballs feature frozen meatballs, pineapple chunks, and peppers all covered in a tangy sauce. It's an easy dinner to throw together that's perfect for a crowd!
Crock Pot BBQ pineapple chicken on white plate of rice with silver fork.
Crock Pot BBQ Pineapple Chicken Thighs
This recipe for Crock Pot BBQ Pineapple Chicken features tender thigh meat covered in a sweet and spicy sauce. You'll only need 4 ingredients to make this dump and go dinner!
Asian chicken thighs garnished with green onion and sesame seeds in bowl with green beans and rice.
5 ingredient Crockpot Asian Chicken Thighs
These Crockpot Asian Chicken Thighs feature juicy and rich meat covered in a brown sugar and soy sauce glaze. They are bursting with flavor and so delicious!
Salmon recipe with brown sugar on white plate with salad and coconut black bean rice.
Brown Sugar Baked Salmon
This soy sauce and brown sugar baked salmon recipe features a flaky fillet covered in a sweet and savory glaze. It's the easiest and tastiest salmon recipe ever!
Four grilled sausage kabobs with squash and potatoes on parchment paper and white platter.
Grilled Sausage Kabobs with a Honey Mustard Glaze
Try these delicious grilled sausage kabobs loaded with squash, zucchini, and potatoes all brushed with a sweet honey mustard glaze.
Three pieces of balsamic bruschetta chicken on white platter with basil garnish.
Grilled Balsamic Bruschetta Chicken
This grilled balsamic bruschetta chicken is the perfect summer dinner, featuring a juicy chicken breast topped with melted cheese, fresh bruschetta, and a delicious balsamic glaze.
White Crock Pot with Cafe Rio chicken on table next to limes and fresh cilantro.
Simple Cafe Rio Chicken Recipe
This Cafe Rio Chicken Recipe is just like you would get at the restaurant! Chicken breasts are slow-cooked in a zesty dressing and Mexican spices and the finished product is perfect in tacos, burritos, or salads.

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Main Dishes and Casseroles

Here are some of our favorite main dish recipes like enchiladas with white sauce, creamy avocado picante chicken and rice, balsamic chicken and veggies, and more!

You’ll find recipes for the oven and skillet, along with Instant Pot and Crock Pot recipes to keep you out of a hot kitchen.

Pesto tortellini with tomatoes and asparagus in large black skillet on table top.
Pesto Tortellini with Vegetables
This delicious pesto tortellini recipe is the perfect meal for pasta lovers! With tender tortellini, savory pesto, and fresh vegetables, this dish is a crowd-pleaser that you won't want to miss.
Black skillet full of chicken enchilada pasta garnished with lime wedges and diced avocado.
Chile and Lime Chicken Enchilada Pasta
Chile and Lime Chicken Enchilada Pasta features penne pasta coated in a creamy enchilada sauce. It's the skillet version of my popular sour cream enchiladas!
Pan of creamy chicken enchiladas with tomato and green onion garnish on table with bowls of toppings nearby.
Chicken Enchiladas with Sour Cream White Sauce
These Chicken Enchiladas with Sour Cream White White Sauce are filled with a creamy sauce, tender chicken, and lots of cheese and are so easy to make!
Zucchini casserole with chicken on green plate with gold fork and kitchen towel nearby.
Chicken Zucchini Casserole with Stuffing
This Chicken Zucchini Casserole with Stuffing features rotisserie chicken, two kinds of squash, a creamy sauce, and a crunchy cheesy stuffing topping. It's a delicious way to use up your garden produce!
Large skillet of creamy gnocchi with tomatoes surrounding by wooden spoon and plates on white table.
Creamy Gnocchi With Tomatoes and Spinach
Creamy Gnocchi with Tomatoes and Spinach looks fancy, but it couldn't be more simple! You'll have this delicious Italian dish with tender gnocchi and a rich sauce on the table in less than 30 minutes.
Wooden spoon in cheesy chicken, broccoli, and rice all in large black skillet.
Skillet Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli, and Rice
Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli, and Rice features fluffy rice, tender chicken, broccoli, and lots of cheese. It's the perfect dinner when you're short on time and need a quick clean up!
Picante chicken with avocado over rice next to cut avocado on cutting board.
Creamy Avocado Picante Chicken
This Creamy Avocado Picante Chicken features tender chicken pieces covered in a creamy picante sauce, topped with sliced avocados, all served over hot rice. It's an easy dinner idea that comes together in no time!
Gold fork and knife rest on beige plate with balsamic chicken with tomatoes and rice on dark tabletop.
One Pan Balsamic Chicken and Veggies
This One Pan Balsamic Chicken and Veggies recipe features tender chicken, crisp green beans, and juicy tomatoes all covered with a tangy-sweet balsamic sauce. It's incredibly flavorful and so easy to make!
Chicken and asparagus pasta in white baking dish surrounded by plates, towel, and wood spoon.
Simple Chicken and Asparagus Pasta Bake
This Chicken and Asparagus Pasta Bake features tender pasta mixed with asparagus, chicken, and cheese. With just 6 ingredients and 5 minutes in the oven and you'll have a tasty dinner for your family.
Close up of zucchini and rice dinner in large black skillet.
Cheesy Zucchini, Black Bean, and Rice Skillet
This Zucchini Black Bean and Rice Skillet comes together in just 30 minutes and is a filling, vegetarian dinner your family will love!
Large white platter with ground turkey patties, potatoes, tomatoes, and zucchini garnished with fresh Italian parsley.
Italian Ground Turkey Patties With Vegetables Provencal
Italian Ground Turkey Patties with Vegetables Provencal features seasoned ground turkey with sauteed onions, tomatoes, zucchini, and potatoes. It's a filling and flavorful dish that's healthy for you, too!
Hawaiian haystack toppings on rice.
The Best Hawaiian Haystacks Sauce
Hawaiian Haystacks feature a creamy chicken sauce served over hot rice and topped with a variety of tasty fruits, veggies, and cheeses. There may be several different variations out there, but this is the best Hawaiian Haystacks sauce ever!


Our favorite summer dinner recipes call for some delicious sides!

Below you’ll find easy and tasty side dishes ranging from hearty summer salads to vegetable side dishes, pasta dishes, and more!

Broccoli cauliflower salad with cranberries, sunflower seeds, and bacon in white bowl.
Sweet Broccoli Cauliflower Salad with Bacon
This easy Broccoli Cauliflower Salad with Bacon features crisp veggies and bacon tossed with crunchy mix-ins and a sweet dressing. It's a delicious salad for your summer barbeque, picnic, or holiday get-together!
Homemade potato salad in large white serving bowl sprinkled with paprika garnish.
Simple Instant Pot Potato Salad
This Instant Pot Potato Salad features tender potatoes, crisp pickles, hard-boiled eggs, and a creamy dressing. It comes together in no time thanks to the Instant pot and its simple flavor is a family favorite!
Large black skillet full of Spam fried rice with peas and carrots and wood spoon.
Easy Spam Fried Rice Recipe
This Spam Fried Rice recipe features the delicious canned meat mixed with rice, vegetables, and a salty sauce. It's an easy side dish and a great way to use up leftover rice!
Coconut rice with black beans in rice cooker with blue rim and kitchen towel.
Coconut Rice with Black Beans
Coconut rice with black beans is a rich and creamy side dish that pairs well with fish, chicken, or Mexican food. The recipe is made even easier by preparing it in a rice cooker!
Cilantro lime rice in gray bowl on table with towel and cut lime.
Cafe Rio Rice (Cilantro Lime)
This recipe for Cafe Rio Rice features fluffy white rice with a delicious cilantro lime flavor. It comes together in no time with the help of your rice cooker!


Salads with protein make quick summer dinners like our Chicken Power Bowl with Sweet Potatoes or our Shredded Chicken Café Rio Salad.

And for a simple salad, try the BLT, featuring juicy tomatoes!

Homemad Cafe Rio salad on white table.
Shredded Chicken Cafe Rio Salad
This homemade Cafe Rio salad recipe features juicy shredded chicken, cilantro lime rice, and beans covered in fresh lettuce, pico de gallo, cotija cheese, and tomatillo dressing. It's incredibly flavorful and delicious!
Chicken power bowl with roasted vegetables, rice, and pico on table with blue striped towel.
Chicken Power Bowl with Roasted Vegetables
This Chicken Power Bowl features crisp lettuce, roasted veggies, almond rice, juicy chicken, and a cilantro dressing. It's a healthy and delicious dinner!
White platter of BLT salad with crispy chicken next to homemade ranch and avocado half.
BLT Salad With Avocado
This BLT salad with avocado, crispy bacon, fresh lettuce, juicy tomatoes, and crunchy croutons is a healthy alternative to the traditional sandwich.
Large mixing bowl filled with spinach strawberry almond salad with feta cheese.
Spinach Strawberry Salad with Almonds
This Spinach Strawberry Salad with Almonds features fresh greens tossed with a sweet poppyseed dressing and topped with strawberries, dried cranberries, and almonds. It's a delicious and simple salad that's great for a potluck!
Fork rests on beige plate of cilantro chickpea salad with feta.
Cilantro Chickpea Salad
Cilantro Chickpea Salad is loaded with chickpeas, avocado, tomato, cucumber, and feta, all tossed with a delicious cilantro-lime vinaigrette. It's a light and fresh salad that's perfect for your summer potluck or barbeque!
Platter of chicken Caesar pasta salad with tomatoes and cheese on dark table top.
The Best Chicken Caesar Salad With Pasta
Chicken Caesar Salad with Pasta features your favorite Caesar salad with seasoned chicken, tender pasta, and lots of veggies. It's a tasty and filling salad that your family won't mind eating as the main dish!

Pasta Dishes

Here are some of our favorite pasta dishes like spaghetti with olive oil and garlic or our lemon basil pasta with fresh basil.

You’ll also find tasty pasta salad recipes like our dill pickle pasta salad with fresh herbs and cheddar cheese.

Close up of forkful of garlic spaghetti specked with basil lifted from wooden plate.
Easy Spaghetti with Olive Oil and Garlic
This recipe for Spaghetti with Olive Oil and Garlic features is a simple dish that's full of flavor! Serve it on its own or with your favorite meat.
Rotini pasta salad with tomatoes, cucumber, and chicken on large white platter with ingredients scattered around.
Tasty Summer Rotini Pasta Salad
Summer Rotini Pasta Salad combines rotini pasta, fresh cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, and canned tuna or chicken. The tangy dressing makes it the perfect summer dinner or side dish.
Bowl of dill pickle pasta salad with peas and cheese on table with gold forks nearby.
Dill Pickle Ditalini Pasta Salad
Dill Pickle Pasta Salad features ditalini pasta, cubed cheese, a creamy dressing, and plenty of dill pickles! While some may turn up their nose at the thought of pickle pasta salad, all it takes is one bite and they'll be hooked!
Close up of Hawaiian mac salad.
Island-Approved Hawaiian Mac Salad
This Hawaiian Mac Salad features tender noodles, grated carrots, and lots of creamy dressing. It's an authentic recipe, just like they make on the island!
Pizza pasta salad with cavatappi, olives, pepperoni, and fresh basil in a large cream bowl.
Pesto Pizza Pasta Salad
This Pesto Pizza Pasta Salad features curly pasta, a savory dressing, and all of your favorite pizza toppings. It's the perfect, kid-friendly side dish to take to your next potluck or barbeque!
Metal bowl of tri color pasta salad with olives and pepperoni on marble table top.
Tri Color Pasta Salad with Italian Dressing
This Italian pasta salad is perfect for a crowd! With fresh veggies, a tangy dressing, and lots of pasta, you can serve this as a side dish at your next barbeque.
Gray square plate with pile of lemon basil pasta and gold fork, lemon slices in background.
Lemon Basil Pasta
Lemon Basil Pasta is a bright, tangy side dish with fresh lemon, basil, and melted butter. All you need is one pot to make this vegetarian recipe!


Here are some of our favorite vegetable side dishes featuring summer produce.

You’ll find healthy and flavorful recipes with fresh vegetables like corn, zucchini, and onion!

Wooden spoon rests in black frying pan of honey butter skillet corn on white table.
Easy Honey Butter Skillet Corn
This Honey Butter Skillet Corn features two kinds of canned corn in a creamy honey butter sauce. It's a quick and simple side dish that your whole family will love!
Wooden spoon in cast iron skillet of baked beans with brown sugar topped with bacon.
Easy Baked Beans With Brown Sugar
This recipe for Baked Beans with Brown Sugar features canned pork and beans, a sweet and savory sauce, and lots of crispy bacon. They are so easy to make, you'll want to take them to every barbeque and potluck this summer!
Wood spoon holding baked beans with ground beef and bacon.
Cowboy Baked Beans with Ground Beef and Bacon
These delicious Cowboy Baked Beans with ground beef and bacon are so easy to prepare and make the perfect side dish for BBQ. A real meat lover's treat!
Zucchini and eggs with parmesan cheese in black frying pan with wood spoon.
10 Minute Scrambled Eggs With Zucchini
Scrambled eggs with zucchini features tender sauteed zucchini, fluffy, peppery eggs, and grated Parmesan cheese. This recipe is perfect for a quick and healthy side dish.
Zucchini and squash casserole in white baking dish with wood spoon and sprigs of thyme.
Posh Squash (Zucchini and Yellow Squash Casserole)
Posh Squash is a delicious take on a traditional zucchini and yellow squash casserole. With a creamy egg filling and cheesy top, your family will want seconds and thirds of this side dish.

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A delicious summer dinner wouldn’t be complete without dessert! Here are some of our favorite summer sweet treats!

Piece of raspberry pretzel Jello dessert on stack of white plates with fresh raspberries.
Raspberry Pretzel Jello Dessert
Raspberry Pretzel Jello Dessert is a delicious 3-layer dish that features a pretzel crust, cream cheese layer, and raspberry Jello topping. It's perfect for both barbeques and holiday dinners!
Patrotic berry waffle cake with pudding filling and sparklers on top.
Patriotic Berry Waffle Cake
This Berry Waffle Cake features layers of cake mix waffles topped with a cream cheese filling and garnished with fresh berries. It's a light and scrumptious dessert perfect for your next patriotic party!
White baking dish with raspberry Jello salad and marshmallow topping with small piece removed.
Raspberry Jello Salad with Frozen Raspberries
This sweet and creamy Jello salad features simple ingredients like raspberry gelatin, mini marshmallows, and frozen raspberries With the perfect balance of sweet and tart it's the best holiday dessert for a crowd!
Glazed apple pie bars on parchment paper lined cooling rack.
Glazed Apple Streusel Bars
These Glazed Apple Streusel Bars feature a delicious shortbread crust, spiced apple filling, streusel topping, and a sweet glaze. They taste like a piece of dutch apple pie, but only require half the work!
Four banana bars with cream cheese frosting stacked on each other on white plate.
Perfectly Sweet Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting
These Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting are the ultimate sweet treat: a moist banana-bread-type bar covered in rich cream cheese frosting. The recipe makes a big pan so it's perfect for large gatherings, or to keep for yourself!
White bowl with peach crisp and scoop of vanilla ice cream with blue striped towel underneath bowl.
The Easiest Peach Crisp With Oats
This Peach Crisp with Oats features delicious homemade pie filling that bubbles up under a crunchy cake mix topping. It's a semi-homemade dessert that's delicious all year long!
Several cherry bars cut into squares on light brown parchment paper with white frosting.
The Best Cherry Bars Recipe
This Cherry Bars recipe features a sugar cookie-like crust covered in lots of cherry pie filling, topped with more sweet batter and a sugar glaze. It makes a large pan of bars so it's perfect for a crowd!
Pink fluff in large white serving bowl with pomegranate arils on top.
Perfect Pink Fluff Recipe
You can't go wrong with this crowd-favorite Pink Fluff recipe! Just mix 4 ingredients together and you'll get this perfectly-sweet dessert salad.


Hot summer nights are so much better with a cold beverage!

Try our sweet and tangy Orange Julius Smoothie recipe, Fresh Lemonade made with Meyer lemon juice, and our creamy Brown Sugar Banana Smoothie!

Orange Julius drink in glass with orange segment and striped straw.
Orange Julius Recipe with Powdered Milk
This sweet and refreshing Orange Julius recipe is sure to be a hit at breakfast time! Using powdered milk will give you a frothy drink and helps use up food storage.
Banana and ice smoothie in glass.
Brown Sugar Banana Smoothie with Ice
This Banana Smoothie with ice features fresh or frozen bananas, creamy yogurt, and sweet brown sugar. It's a tasty and refreshing drink for your breakfast or brunch!
Two glass mason jars of Meyer lemonade with white and gold striped straws.
The Best Meyer Lemonade Recipe
If you've never had lemonade made from Meyer lemons, you're missing out! This recipe for Meyer Lemonade is the best out there and makes the perfect drink for a hot summer day.


What are some vegetarian or vegan-friendly family summer dinner ideas?

You can make almost any recipe vegetarian or vegan by swapping the meat with simple substitutes like tofu or chickpeas.

There are also lots of vegan meat options you can buy from the supermarket like vegan sausage, burger patties, and chicken nuggets.

Here are some of our favorite recipes that are already vegan or vegetarian:

Pesto Tortellini Pasta
Lemon Basil Pasta
Dill Pickle Pasta Salad
Cilantro Chickpea Salad
Zucchini Black Bean and Rice Skillet

Are there any kid-friendly summer dinner recipes that are also healthy?

Yes! There are plenty of yummy, kid-friendly summer dinner recipes that are good for you, too.

Here are some of our favorites:

Chicken Caesar Salad with Pasta
Grilled Sausage Kabobs
Hawaiian Turkey Burgers
Skillet Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice
Hawaiian Haystacks

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