BBQ Buzz: Recipes & Safety Tips

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The sun has begun to shine through the clouds, which means that it’s time to crack out the barbecue! Barbecuing is one summer tradition that the we hold dearly. And, even the almost guaranteed chance of rain can’t dampen our spirits.

Take a look below as we reveal our favourite sizzling recipes that are sure to impress this summer!

Serves 8

Best Burgers


1. Heat the olive oil in a pan over a medium heat and cook the onion for 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until soft but not coloured. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and allow to cool completely .
2. When cool, add the mince, parsley, Parmesan, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, egg and breadcrumbs and season generously with salt and pepper.
3. Mix everything together thoroughly using clean hands.
4. Turn the mixture out onto a clean work surface and divide into eight equal pieces. Shape each one into a fat burger around 8cm wide and 3cm thick. Use your thumb to press an indentation into the centre of each patty.
5. Transfer the burgers to a tray, cover with cling film and place in the fridge to chill for one hour. Remove and allow to sit at room temperature for 20 minutes.
6. Cook the burgers on the barbecue over a high heat for two minutes on each side, then move them to a lower-heat area of the grill and cook for another five minutes on each side.
7. In the last minute of cooking, place a slice of cheese on top of each burger and lightly toast the buns. Serve with your preferred toppings.

Per serving: 446kcals, 14.6g fat (5.2g saturated), 31.2g carbs, 4.8g sugars, 45.2g protein, 1g fibre, 0.643g sodium


Serves 4

Salmon Fillets


1. In a small bowl, blend the butter with the dill and season with salt and pepper.
2. Remove the salmon from the refrigerator and season. Let it sit at room temperature for 20 minutes.
3. Pour a little vegetable oil onto a sheet of kitchen paper, and use tongs to wipe the barbecue grates with it. Rub the salmon with the two tablespoons of oil and place, skin side up, onto the barbecue. Cook, undisturbed, over a high heat for 3-4 minutes, depending on thickness.
4. Carefully turn the salmon with a spatula. If using a gas grill, reduce the heat to medium. If using a charcoal grill, move the salmon to the cooler side of the grill. Cover and cook for another 4-5 minutes until just cooked through.
5. Top the salmon pieces with the dill butter and serve with lemon wedges.

Per serving: 406kcals, 30g fat (10.6g saturated), 0.6g carbs, 0g sugars, 34.8g protein, 0g fibre, 0.205g sodium


Serves 4

Veggie skewers


1. Place all of the vegetables and halloumi in a large bowl and drizzle with the olive oil. Season generously with salt and pepper, squeeze in the lemon juice and sprinkle with the chilli flakes. Toss to coat and cover the bowl with cling film. Place in the fridge for at least three hours, or overnight if possible, stirring occasionally.
2. Remove the vegetables from the fridge and thread, alternating, onto skewers.
3. Cook on the barbecue over a high heat for 2-3 minutes per side until lightly charred.
4. Serve with couscous and tzatziki.

Per serving: 458kcals, 34.4g fat (13.9g saturated), 25.1g carbs, 9.7g sugars, 18.8g protein, 6.4g fibre, 0.693g sodium

Now that you’ve got your menu ready, make sure that you barbecue safely. Take a look at our top safety tips below...

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Always start a gas barbecue with the lid open. A closed lid can cause a dangerous gas build up.

If you’re using gas, make sure to check the gas line for any holes, pinches or twists before you set up each time. Once you’re sure that everything is in working order you can begin to cook.

phone icon If you smell gas while cooking, step away from the barbecue immediately and call Gas Networks Ireland’s 24 hour emergency Line 1850 20 50 50.
bbq2 icon Make sure to set your barbecue up away from any eaves or overhanging branches to allow smoke to escape easily.
utensils icon Always use grilling gloves and barbecue utensils with long handles to keep your skin safe. And avoid wearing loose clothing that could catch fire easily.
bucket icon Make sure to always remove grease buildup from your barbecue each time you use it. This will prevent the risk of flame flare-ups.
arrow icon If you do encounter a flame flare-up, turn down the heat right away. Use the knobs on a gas barbecue or spread the coals with a long-handled utensil for a charcoal grill.
fire icon It’s a good idea to always keep a foam fire extinguisher or a bucket of sand nearby when barbecuing in case you need to put out a fire. These will smother the flames and ease the fire. 
Note: A water fire extinguisher is not suitable for barbequing; any fire is likely fuelled by burning fats. These types of oil fires and water simply do not mix.
person icon It’s important to keep children and pets at least a metre away from the barbecue area and to supervise it at all times. The barbecue will stay hot for a while after you’re finished cooking. So make sure to man the grill even after you’ve switched it off.
switch icon Always remember to switch off the burners and the fuel supply when turning off a gas barbecue.
ice icon If you’re using coal, make sure to let the coals completely cool before disposing of them. Wrap the coals in foil or put them in a metal container before throwing them in the bin. Also allow the barbecue to completely cool before attempting to move it.

Now that you’re prepared to throw your home barbecue, you’ll want to make sure your garden is protected. We offer Garden Cover, for items that are permanently left out in the open, as an optional cover that you can add to your home insurance policy. For more information on additional cover you can give us a call on 1890 33 22 11.

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