It all starts with your grill! No need to heat up your oven or stand behind the stove. This easy summer brunch menu features grilled breakfast pizzas, fruit, and a fun bloody mary bar.

By Emily VanSchmus
Updated September 16, 0000

Summer brunch has never been easier: Just grab some friends and get grilling! Decorate with simple serving pieces and fresh flowers, and set up a few food stations near the grill. We’re obsessed with the idea of a build-your-own grilled breakfast pizza bar and a bloody mary station. We’ve rounded out the menu with a few quick party appetizers you can make ahead and pop on the grill during the party so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time outside with your guests.

Set the Scene

Set the tone for your outdoor summer brunch by decorating your outdoor space. You don’t have to have a top-notch backyard to host a gorgeous party—a few simple decorations will go a long way! Start with a serving area, like a fold-up outdoor table covered with a pretty linen. Then top with dishes and serving trays that match the vibe of your brunch.

Grilled Pizza Bar

Take full advantage of outdoor space for your brunch. Instead of preparing each dish in the oven and heating up the house, opt for homemade brunch recipes that can be made entirely outside on the grill! We’re obsessed with the idea of a build-your-own grilled pizza bar. Start with a stack of plain pizza crusts and bowls of toppings, and have guests build their own. Use almonds or other unexpected toppings to add a pop of flavor and a little extra crunch to your pizza bar. Once everyone has put together their own pizza creation, throw each pizza on the grill for a few minutes.

Bloody Mary Bar

What’s an outdoor party without a few good drinks? We think a summer brunch is a perfect excuse for a DIY bloody mary bar. Gather the staple ingredients, then throw in some extras like shrimp, asparagus, olives, and almonds. Arrange everything on a side table or a bar cart, and let guests create their own delicious mix.

Add the Toppings

We're obsessed with the unlimited topping combinations on this grilled pizza bar. The more toppings you provide, the more creative your guests can be with their brunch pizzas—so set out some of everything! Make a savory pizza with salmon, goat cheese, capers, and almonds, or opt for a fruity brunch pizza with sliced peaches, cheese, and a sweet balsamic glaze. The possibilities are endless!

Decorate with Florals

Decorate without spending a lot of time or money by making your own floral arrangements from fresh garden flowers. If your garden is short on blooms, just fill in with a simple grocery store bouquet. Use a large vase of flowers as a pretty centerpiece, or scatter smaller vases around the tables for a casual garden party vibe.

Easy Condiment Station

To cut down on time spent running back into the house for condiments, sauces, and toppings, create a catchall basket of everything you and your guests will need. We love the idea of a repurposed wine carrier. Add jars of toppings or bottled dressings and sauces to each compartment, and place it near the grill for easy access.

Plank-Smoked Peaches

Turn this savory appetizer into a sweet midmorning treat. Place a soaked maple or apple plank directly on the grill surface, then add grilled peach slices and a goat cheese mixture to the plank. When the peaches are softened and golden, take the plank off the grill and drizzle the cheese with honey—yum!

Grilled Summer Artichokes

Grilled vegetables are the perfect outdoor brunch food because they’re so easy to prep—and these grilled artichokes are no exception. Boil the artichokes before guests arrive, then keep them warm until a few minutes before you’re ready to serve brunch. If you thought prep was easy, serving this dish is even easier! Just throw the artichokes on the grill while you’re outside mingling with your guests, and take them off the heat just before it’s time to eat—easiest side dish ever! Top with rosemary and a mayonnaise dipping sauce for a delicious addition to your brunch menu.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Summer Artichokes

Serve Dessert

Grilled donuts are the perfect excuse to add dessert to your brunch menu. Toss some glazed donuts on the grill and let them sit for about a minute on each side or until you can see a few good grill marks. We served our donuts with strawberry basil and mint julep cream cheese dips. Trust us—it’s worth the extra prep!

Get the Recipe: Grilled Donuts


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