Australia Day BBQ ideas

Australia Day is synonymous with barbecues in the sun (hopefully).

Whether you’re hosting, or contributing to, a barbecue, here are some easy recipes that are sure to impress. Most of these are can be prepared ahead of time, so all you have to do is rock up on the day and unleash your creation or throw it on the barbie!


This vibrantly-coloured summer salad is perfect for Australia Day barbecues because of the green and yellow. And the red? That can symbolise love or some such!

This recipe is courtesy of CenterCutCook and features corn, cucumber, zucchini, grape tomatoes, onions, feta, olive oil, basil, salt and pepper. Not a bad contribution to your 5 veg + 2 fruit per day requirements!

Australia Day BBQ - salad

Image and recipe: CenterCutCook


It’s not an Aussie Day BBQ without the potato salad!

Here is another recipe to help you along with your 5 + 2 (if you can ignore those who claim that potatoes shouldn’t count as vegetables). This delicious recipe that serves approximately 12 people comes courtesy of One Handed Cooks. 

Footy BBQ - Potato salad

Image and recipe: One Handed Cooks


  • 3 kg desiree potatoes
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup whole egg mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh dill
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 4 green shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup cooked peas

Note: To make this recipe vegan, use no sour cream and lite no-egg mayonnaise.


  1. Place whole potatoes in a large saucepan and cover them with water. Bring to the boil and cook until tender (approx 15-20 mins). Drain and let them cool before cutting them into quarters.
  2. Combine well the sour cream, mayonnaise, dill, parsley, garlic, mustard and lemon juice in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Place the potatoes, green shallots and peas in a large bowl and gently toss the dressing through to coat the potatoes.


We Aussies know to throw another prawn on the barbie. Better yet if it’s multiple prawns. On sticks.

This stunning recipe courtesy of The Holistic Ingredient features prawns, coconut, lime and chilli (as the title suggests!), tamari, crushed garlic cloves, chopped kaffir lime leaves, coconut sugar (optional) and salt and pepper.

Australia Day BBQ - prawns

Image and recipe: The Holistic Ingredient


Nothing says Aussie like a sausage roll, and with the kangaroo or lamb filling, you don’t get much more Strayan!

This recipe comes from in-house cooking superstar Cam (who’s also our Digital Marketing Assistant in his spare time).

Footy BBQ - Sausage roll


  • 500g kangaroo mince (though lamb, pork or beef mince will also work well)
  • ¼ cup bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs (one for the mixture, and one to make egg wash)
  • ½ red chilli
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 brown onion
  • Small bunch of fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • Poppy seeds
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Frozen short crust pastry sheets


  1. Finely chop red chilli, brown onion and fresh parsley, running your knife through it multiple times until it has an even consistency.
  2. Mix all ingredients (except pastry) into a large bowl and add 1 tbls of extra virgin olive oil until well combined.
  3. Thaw the short cut pastry sheets for 20 minutes before use.
  4. Fill the pasty with filling based on the desired size of the sausage rolls, and roll so the joint is overlapping and facing the bottom.
  5. Cut to desired lengths.
  6. Place the rolls onto a baking paper lined tray, brush with an egg wash (1 egg lightly whisked) and add poppy seeds on top.
  7. Cook for 25-30 minutes at 200C (180 C fan forced).
  8. Allow to cool and serve with condiments of your choice. Tomato relish, tomato sauce, hot English mustard or BBQ sauce work well.


This amazing recipe comes courtesy of Char-Broil and uses cayenne hot sauce, olive oil, brown sugar, garlic powder, oregano, salt, black pepper, and an ingenious cola BBQ sauce that is easy to make.

Image and recipe: Char-Broil 


The beauty of this recipe, from My Incredible Recipes, is that the flavours will work wonders on any cut of steak. This recipe should cover (literally!) around 8 steaks and features parsley, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, brown sugar, soy sauce, salt and pepper. Use two-thirds of the marinade to marinate the steaks in and put in the fridge for between 3 and 8 hours, and use the remaining marinade while you’re barbecuing.

Footy BBQ - Steak


The undisputed (well, slightly disputed) ultimate Aussie dessert, this fab recipe also comes from resident cooking whiz Cam.

The sandwich form makes it easier to enjoy this delicious dessert in a barbecue setting.


  • 1 ¼ cups caster sugar
  • 2 tsp cornflour
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 250 grams (1 tub) Mascarpone cheese
  • 100 ml passionfruit pulp with seeds
  • 1 punnet strawberries
  • 2 kiwifruits
  • 1 lemon
  • Salt



  1. Separate 6 eggs and place egg whites into a clean dry bowl with a pinch of salt. Using an electric beater, beat the eggs whites together until light peaks begin to form.
  2. Slowly add the caster sugar, 1 table spoon at a time until sugar is fully dissolved.
  3. Add vanilla extract, vinegar and cornflour until combined.
  4. Place in 6cm diameter dollops on a baking paper lined baking tray and cook at 120 C for 30 minutes or until cooked. Keep an eye on this as cooking times may vary according to oven settings.
  5. Wait until the pavlova cookies are completely cooled before moving off the baking tray.

Passionfruit Mascarpone filling

  1. Scoop the Mascarpone into a clean mixing bowl and add the passionfruit pulp. Combine by hand
  2. If the Mascarpone is still runny, use an electric beater on low speed until thickened, but be careful not to overwhip it or it will turn into butter.
  3. Spread the passionfruit mascarpone onto one side off the pav, add thin slices of strawberries and kiwifruit (and other fruits of your choice) on top, and place another pavlova on top to complete the pav sandwich.

Australia Day BBQ - pavlova

Would you like this in a sandwich?

Australia Day barbecues tend to be multi hour affairs that can stretch into the night, so grazing platters are a good idea. See our previous blog about Amazing Grazing Platters.