Recipes for German Barbecue (BBQ)

Home cooks and chefs in Germany and North America have many things in common, one of them being their passion for barbecuing and grilling. What better way to enjoy the long, warm days of summer than to move cooking with friends and family outdoors? The German word for this popular activity is “Grillen” and summer is definitely “Grillparty” season. These delicious recipes from Germany may give you fresh ideas for a German spin on your next barbecue.

What would a barbecue be without a great sausage hot dog topped with sauerkraut and mustard accompanied by potato salad and pickles and washed down with a refreshing glass of beer? All these “American” foods and beverages have traditions in German culture.

While the German roots of this quintessentially American meal may be almost forgotten, professional and leisure chefs can add zing and a new twist with the addition of some authentic, modern German ingredients.

Hot off the Grill

Salads

Juice Spritzers (Saftschorle)

  • Germans love aromatic fruit juices, particularly apple juice, which is called Apfelsaft. One of the most common ways of enjoying fruit juices in Germany is to mix it with sparkling mineral water for a healthy, refreshing drink. These sparkling juice mixes are called Schorle in German. Particularly Apfelschorle (apple juice spritzer) is one of the most popular soft drinks in Germany.
  • There are competing schools among Schorle fans when it comes to the juice-water ratio: 1/2 and _ is very common but 1/3 to 2/3 mixtures are often preferred, with either water or juice dominating. It really just comes down to preference. Take your favorite juice and experiment until you find the mixture that you like best.

Alcoholic Drinks

  • Radler

  • Make your own version of this extremely popular, refreshing drink by mixing 1 part chilled German beer to one part chilled lemon/lime-flavored soda such as Sprite or 7-Up.
  • Raspberry Beer Cooler

  • This refreshing cooler made with German Hefeweizen (wheat beer), sparkling wine and raspberries.
  • Dark Beer Punch (Altbierbowle)

  • The flavors of different fresh fruits and dark German beer come together in this great punch.
  • Strawberry Punch (Erdbeerbowle)

  • Fresh berries, a touch of citrus and German white and sparkling wines.