A Budget BBQ For A Tenner with ASDA & #CBias

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ASDA pride themselves not just on matching other supermarkets, but also being 10% cheaper. When I was approached to create a family meal for under a tenner, the gauntlet was thrown and I accepted the challenge!

Knowing it was going to be a gorgeously hot weekend, the first thought for a family meal was BBQ!! We’ve just moved house and with a new garden to sit in, it was time to dust off the grill and get cooking in the sunshine. I wanted to keep things as simple as I could (although, for me that is a challenge in itself – I always go to town when throwing a BBQ, spending a fair bit of cash!) so thought, homemade burgers, salad and a fruit type dessert.

ASDA is not my usual supermarket as it’s about 3 miles or so away, but I have popped in there before when in town. Not knowing the supermarket too well, I wanted to see what their prices were like to help me decide further if I was making the right decision with my menu. I checked them out online and satisfied that I could do this for a tenner, made plans to go shopping on Saturday morning. You can read all about my shopping experience at ASDA along with photographs in my Google+ album.

Budget #BBQ for a family of 4 for a tenner! with ASDA & #CBias

I really am a wing it sort of cook – often making things up as I go along! I took a look at all the ingredients I’d bought with a rough idea in mind, then raided my store cupboard to jazz up the menu.

  • 3 types of sliders – Hawaiian, BLCT and Chilli & Ginger
  • Garlic and Rosemary Potato Parcels
  • Speedy Side Salad
  • Grilled Corn on the Cob with Sea Salt
  • Caramelised Grilled Fruit with Greek Yoghurt

I’ll be sharing my recipes throughout this post, so please do carry on reading!

Budget #BBQ for a family of 4 for a tenner! with ASDA & #CBias
My ASDA Budget BBQ Ingredients

From the store cupboard I pulled out some olive oil, sea salt, black pepper, garlic salt, dried chilli flakes, ground ginger, brown sugar, an onion and a jar of teriyaki sauce. I also glanced at my rosemary plant on the window ledge. It’s my favourite herb and features in a lot in my cooking.

Budget #BBQ for a family of 4 for a tenner! with ASDA & #CBias
My store cupboard ingredients
Budget #BBQ for a family of 4 for a tenner! with ASDA & #CBias
My favourite herb – rosemary

Steve found the BBQ in the shed, among the pile of stuff in there after our house move last week, and got the coals fired up to grill our budget feast, while I prepped the food.
Budget #BBQ for a family of 4 for a tenner! with ASDA & #CBias

Budget #BBQ for a family of 4 for a tenner! with ASDA & #CBias
Hubby fires up the grill!

Budget #BBQ for a family of 4 for a tenner! with ASDA & #CBias

I bought a 750g pack of beef mince for £3. It came divided into two. I used one pack for the BLCT sliders – which are just plain burgers, with the bacon, lettuce, cheese and tomato (ketchup!) added afterwards, so you can serve these to the fussiest of burger eaters without the toppings.

BLCT Sliders
Author: The Purple Pumpkin Blog
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 375g beef mince
  • ½ white onion, finely chopped
  • sea salt & pepper
  • 6 rashers streaky bacon
  • lettuce
  • 6 slices Cheddar cheese
  • ketchup
  • 6 small bread rolls
  • 6 cocktail sticks to assemble (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place mince and onion into a bowl. Season to your preference with salt and pepper.
  2. Form into 6 equal sized balls and then press into burger patties with your hands.
  3. Store in the fridge with greaseproof paper between each burger/slider until ready to cook.
  4. Cook on the barbecue for 3-5 minutes each side until cooked through, add the cheese on top and allow to melt slightly.
  5. Cook the bacon on the grill until your desired crispiness.
  6. To serve, place each slider onto a roll, add the bacon, lettuce and tomato ketchup.
  7. Hold together with a cocktail stick if you wish.
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Budget #BBQ for a family of 4 for a tenner! with ASDA & #CBias: BLCT Sliders
Simple burgers – mince, onions and seasoning
Budget #BBQ for a family of 4 for a tenner! with ASDA & #CBias: BLCT Sliders
Stack o’ Burgers!

I made all the burgers in advance and kept them in the fridge until needed, but here are some pictures to show you them being cooked and assembled…

Budget #BBQ for a family of 4 for a tenner! with ASDA & #CBias: BLCT Sliders
Burgers and bacon cooking through – potato parcels at the back!
Budget #BBQ for a family of 4 for a tenner! with ASDA & #CBias: BLCT Sliders
Flip ’em good
Budget #BBQ for a family of 4 for a tenner! with ASDA & #CBias: BLCT Sliders
Melt the cheese on top
Budget #BBQ for a family of 4 for a tenner! with ASDA & #CBias: BLCT Sliders
Assemble the sliders and secure with a cocktail stick.
Budget #BBQ for a family of 4 for a tenner! with ASDA & #CBias: BLCT Sliders
Yummy!!
Budget #BBQ for a family of 4 for a tenner! with ASDA & #CBias: BLCT Sliders
Plain sliders turned into BLCTs, bacon & cheese and lettuce and cheese – nice variety on a budget!

Budget #BBQ for a family of 4 for a tenner! with ASDA & #CBias: BLCT Sliders

The BLCT Sliders were juicy and full of flavour – and no need for smoked bacon as the coals do all the work! Having a plain burger as a base means you can jazz things up with various toppings.

Budget #BBQ for a family of 4 for a tenner! with ASDA & #CBias: BLCT Sliders

I’m all for variety when it comes to throwing a BBQ – no matter how small – so I made two other kinds of burgers to go with the plain/BLCT ones.

Having bought pineapple rings for dessert, and then discovering a jar of teriyaki sauce in the cupboard, I decided to make Hawaiian burgers. Of course, not everyone is going to have teriyaki sauce as a store cupboard staple, we just happen to have quite a lot of ethnic ingredients in ours. If you have soy sauce, I think that would work as well for flavour, you may not need as much though as my ingredients list suggests.

Hawaiian Sliders
Author: The Purple Pumpkin Blog
Serves: 3
Ingredients
  • 185g beef mince
  • 3 tsps teriyaki sauce + 3 tsps for basting
  • 3 pineapple rings
  • 3 bread rolls
Instructions
  1. Place the mince and teriyaki sauce into a bowl.
  2. Form into 3 equal sized balls and then press into a burger patties hands.
  3. Store in the fridge with greaseproof paper between each burger/slider until ready to cook.
  4. Cook on a hot grill for 3-5 minutes on each side until cooked through
  5. Grill the pineapple rings on both sides
  6. Place the burger and pineapple ring into a bread roll to serve.
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Budget #BBQ for a family of 4 for a tenner! with ASDA & #CBias: Hawaiian Sliders

Budget #BBQ for a family of 4 for a tenner! with ASDA & #CBias: Hawaiian Sliders
Because pineapple makes these sliders Hawaiian!

The sweetness of the pineapple went really well with the burgers – the teriyaki sauce made these burgers tender and flavourful. I’m sure soy sauce would work just as well, but if you can get some teriyaki sauce, do try these out!
Budget #BBQ for a family of 4 for a tenner! with ASDA & #CBias: Hawaiian Sliders

Budget #BBQ for a family of 4 for a tenner! with ASDA & #CBias: Hawaiian Sliders
I added a little lettuce and cheese to my Hawaiian slider

The final burger/slider flavour was chilli and ginger, not having fresh of either of these, I turned to the dried variety and they still worked ^_^

Chilli & Ginger Sliders
Author: The Purple Pumpkin Blog
Serves: 3
Ingredients
  • 185g beef mince
  • ½ – 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ½ – 1 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • ½ tsp garlic salt
  • lettuce
  • 3 bread rolls
Instructions
  1. Place all the ingredients into a bowl and mix well.
  2. Form into 3 equal sized balls and then press into a burger patties hands.
  3. Store in the fridge with greaseproof paper between each burger/slider until ready to cook.
  4. Cook on a hot grill for 3-5 minutes each side until cooked through
  5. Serve in bread rolls with lettuce
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Budget #BBQ for a family of 4 for a tenner! with ASDA & #CBias: Chilli & Ginger Sliders

Budget #BBQ for a family of 4 for a tenner! with ASDA & #CBias: Chilli & Ginger Sliders

Budget #BBQ for a family of 4 for a tenner! with ASDA & #CBias: Chilli & Ginger Sliders

Hubby commented that these burgers really packed a punch! I didn’t think that they were over chillified – but of course, season to your tastes!

Budget #BBQ for a family of 4 for a tenner! with ASDA & #CBias: Chilli & Ginger Sliders

You could be really brave and add more fresh chilli!

With the sliders all prepared and in the fridge, up next was the prepping for my garlic and rosemary potatoes. These do need some pre-cooking, but they could be doing that while you’re making the burgers.

Garlic & Rosemary Potato Parcels
Author: The Purple Pumpkin Blog
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 500g potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • olive oil
  • garlic salt
  • fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 4 squares tin foil to cook on barbecue
Instructions
  1. Par-boil the potatoes for about 5 minutes until just tender. Remove from the heat and drain.
  2. Lay out the sheets of tin foil and glug on some olive oil, sprinkle on some garlic salt – a few shakes would do it, and scatter over the rosemary. If you don’t have fresh, you could use dried.
  3. Divide the potatoes between each sheet of foil, give them a little mix in the flavoured oil and then gather up the edges of the foil to form parcels ready for the barbecue.
  4. Place on top of the grill to finish cooking. You can also put these into the coals – but place them at the edges where it isn’t so hot.
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Budget #BBQ for a family of 4 for a tenner! with ASDA & #CBias: Garlic & Rosemary Potato Parcels

Budget #BBQ for a family of 4 for a tenner! with ASDA & #CBias: Garlic & Rosemary Potato Parcels

I often cook potatoes this way on the barbecue. Yes, there is the pre-prep of par boiling them, but being on the grill gives them a nice smokey flavour as well. The ones on the bottom were crispy from sitting directly over the coals, and it is worth putting them in the coals to get more crispiness around them. Just be mindful to keep them on the outer coals so as not to burn them!

Budget #BBQ for a family of 4 for a tenner! with ASDA & #CBias: Garlic & Rosemary Potato Parcels

Grilling corn on the cob is one of life’s simple pleasures! To save money on my ASDA shop, I bought two corn cobs for £1 and halved them myself, instead of play £1.79 for the same thing, but done by the factory where they are prepared!

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Sea Salt
Author: The Purple Pumpkin Blog
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 fresh corn on the cob, halved
  • sea salt
Instructions
  1. Place the corn cobs over hot coals. Cook for 7-10 minutes turning frequently, until charred slightly on all sides.
  2. To serve, sprinkle with sea salt.
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Budget #BBQ for a family of 4 for a tenner! with ASDA & #CBias: Grilled Corn on the Cob with Sea Salt

Budget #BBQ for a family of 4 for a tenner! with ASDA & #CBias: Grilled Corn on the Cob with Sea Salt
Two become four ^_^

Budget #BBQ for a family of 4 for a tenner! with ASDA & #CBias: Grilled Corn on the Cob with Sea Salt

I bought a pre-made salad, so the prep was simple – rip off the plastic lid, wash and dump into a serving bowl! The salad had a couple of varieties of lettuce, cherry tomatoes, red onions and bell peppers.

Budget #BBQ for a family of 4 for a tenner! with ASDA & #CBias: Simple Salad

My boy set up the table with crockery, cutlery, napkins and condiments, while hubs cooked the grub.

Budget #BBQ for a family of 4 for a tenner! with ASDA & #CBias
Grill Master Steve!

Budget #BBQ for a family of 4 for a tenner! with ASDA & #CBias

Budget #BBQ for a family of 4 for a tenner! with ASDA & #CBias
My boy waiting for his burgers after setting the table!

With everything ready and the sun shining, it was time to enjoy our budget BBQ and to see if it was a tenner well spent!

Budget #BBQ for a family of 4 for a tenner! with ASDA & #CBias

Budget #BBQ for a family of 4 for a tenner! with ASDA & #CBias

Our budget barbecue was a success! The different kinds of burgers I made went down well, and there was enough to feed a family of 4…although we are a family of 3, I’ve got a teenage boy who likes to eat and a husband the same!!

Budget #BBQ for a family of 4 for a tenner! with ASDA & #CBias
Thumbs up from the Hubster!
Budget #BBQ for a family of 4 for a tenner! with ASDA & #CBias
No cheese in this burger, just a cheesy pose instead!

The coals on the BBQ were still red hot about an hour later, so I got the dessert ready. I used canned fruits, but you could just as easily do this with fresh fruit instead. (As I have done in the past). And in case you are wondering, we did change the grill – we didn’t use the same one we’d been grilling meat on!

Caramelised Grilled Fruit with Greek Yoghurt
Author: The Purple Pumpkin Blog
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 canned pineapple rings
  • 4 canned peach halves
  • 4 tsp soft brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp Greek yoghurt
Instructions
  1. Drain the fruit and pat dry with a paper towel to remove the excess juice/syrup
  2. Place the fruit onto a plate and sprinkle one side of the fruit with the brown sugar
  3. Place sugar side down over hot coals and leave to cook for a few minutes before flipping over and cooking on the other side.
  4. Serve a slice of pineapple and peach half per person and dollop with a spoonful of Greek yoghurt.
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Budget #BBQ for a family of 4 for a tenner! with ASDA & #CBias: Caramelised Grilled Fruit with Greek Yoghurt

Budget #BBQ for a family of 4 for a tenner! with ASDA & #CBias: Caramelised Grilled Fruit with Greek Yoghurt

Budget #BBQ for a family of 4 for a tenner! with ASDA & #CBias: Caramelised Grilled Fruit with Greek Yoghurt

Budget #BBQ for a family of 4 for a tenner! with ASDA & #CBias: Caramelised Grilled Fruit with Greek Yoghurt

Budget #BBQ for a family of 4 for a tenner! with ASDA & #CBias: Caramelised Grilled Fruit with Greek Yoghurt
Looks naughty – but it’s fruit and yoghurt! Delish!

Budget #BBQ for a family of 4 for a tenner! with ASDA & #CBias: Caramelised Grilled Fruit with Greek Yoghurt

It was a modest and easy dessert – just the right serving size to satisfy a sweet tooth (I always have to have something sweet after a meal!), and the fact that it was fruit and yoghurt made it feel not so naughty!

Knowing how much money we tend to spend on BBQ food – things like various different meats, chips, dips, sauces and salad veggies do add up, but for a tenner and this simple (to me anyway!) BBQ – well, by the end of it we were stuffed!! Had to wait a while before I even bothered to tackle the dessert! I remarked to hubs how far ten pounds actually went – even though we had to throw in some store cupboard bits, I think you can easily have an informal BBQ for your family on a budget much smaller than you realise!

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