Burgers, hot dogs and ribs are ‘God tier’ BBQ food – proving classics stand test of time


Cheese makes up a huge portion of the “good” tier including halloumi and burger cheese, alongside corn on the cob and onions.

Second from the bottom – the “meh” tier – features white fish and tuna, while salmon was considered “good”.

Somewhat controversially, bacon was also in the “meh” category.

The study of 2,000 adults revealed the nation’s favorite and least favored barbeque foods, with 45 percent preferring traditional dishes compared to 19 percent who opt for alternatives.

The likes of avocado (31 percent), sweet potato (28 percent) and brioche bread (13 percent) are considered “elevated” barbeque foods.

But 57 percent believe traditional grill dishes have stood the test of time, with 47 percent claiming hot dogs and burgers are unbeatable.

A spokesman for brioche brand, St Pierre, which commissioned the research, said: β€œThe god tier ratings are definitely a conversation starter, and everyone will have their own opinion on the best and worst barbeque foods.

β€œWe know the bank holiday weekend will be a popular time for grilling and while the great British weather can sometimes surprise us, it could well be the last barbecue opportunity of the year.

β€œThis list is perfectly timed to help inspire hosts on what to serve hungry guests.

β€œIt’s clear the classics have stood the test of time, despite barbeques evolving in recent years to suit dietary requirements and ‘Instagramable’ dishes.

β€œIt’s also clear that Brits are not enticed by a fruity dessert on the barbie such as bananas or pineapple but will be after a variety of bread options for burgers and hot dogs to feed the crowds.”

The study also found 23 percent plan to host a barbeque this bank holiday weekend while 26 percent will be attending one.

And 21 percent like to try out new dishes when grilling to impress others.

Meals to impress include salmon (17 percent), shrimps or prawns (17 percent) and upgrading from standard bread to brioche rolls (16 percent).

Despite this, many describe their own barbeques as traditional (28 percent) and basic (30 percent), yet flavorsome (42 percent).

But while 53 percent stick to the basics when cooking as they assume that’s what their guests want, 43 percent try – and fail – to cook something other than traditional foods.

For four in 10 of those polled, via OnePoll, barbeques have become healthier in the last decade, and 37 percent think they are more suitable for all dietary requirements.

When hosting a barbie, burgers and hot dogs are the go-to, as well as chicken, kebabs and potato salad making the cut.

Meanwhile, bread rolls (54 percent) and brioche (31 percent) are among the most popular breads to serve.

When it comes to condiments, ketchup (48 percent), mayonnaise (43 percent) and aptly barbeque sauce (40 percent) are the most popular for going alongside the likes of burgers and hot dogs.

St Pierre’s spokesperson added: β€œThe nation has definitely become more exploratory in taste over the past few years, and this is the first summer in the past few where hosts can look to impress guests with new-found skills.”



hot dogs


chicken wings



potato salad



Pulled pork


side salad


corn on the cob



burger cheese

lamb chops

Bread rolls

Grilled vegetables



pasta salad

Pork chops

grilled mushroom


sweet potatoes


White Fish eg seabass, halibut


tuna steak

lamb doner


Chicken souvlaki


Pitta/flat bread


beef brisket




Grilled pears

Cauliflower ‘steak’



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