7 Ways to Transform Your BBQ Leftovers to Full-course Meals

Wait -- don't throw away your BBQ leftovers!Wait -- don't throw away your BBQ leftovers!In an effort to make sure I had enough food to feed everyone for yesterday's 4th of July BBQ feast I may have overdone it. I've got enough ribs, burgers, corn, hot dogs and fruit to feed next year's party. What to do with all the food? The family is kinda BBQ'd out so I've got to come up with some recipes that will hide the fact that these are actually leftovers. I've found some great recipes that will have the kids and hubs fooled!

Keep reading if you need 7 fresh ideas to transfer your BBQ leftovers into real meals...

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Bruschetta patty meltBruschetta patty meltBruschetta Patty Melt
What a cool idea for a burger re-do! Your patties may be different from the recipe, but you can still add the toppings (and whatever you like!) for a complete transformation.

Make a bruschetta patty melt

1 lb ground pork
1/2 green pepper, minced
1/2 onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2-3 mushrooms, minced
small handful of basil, chopped finely
1 egg
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
couple of splashes of wine
salt and pepper

Cheese (we used shredded mozzarella and Parmesan shavings)


English Muffins, toasted

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Saute pepper, mushrooms, onions and garlic and let cool. Combine basil, egg, Parmesan cheese and wine in a bowl. Add cooked vegetables and ground pork to bowl and gently combine. Form into patties. Place on broiler pan and cook for about 15 minutes.

Take cooked patties out of oven and top each one with a spoonful of bruschetta, Parmesan and cheese. Turn broiler on and place burgers back into oven. Cook until cheese is completely melted and slightly browned. Serve open-faced style on toasted English Muffin.

Pulled pork sliders on sweet Hawaiian rollsPulled pork sliders on sweet Hawaiian rollsPulled Pork Sliders on Sweet Hawaiian Rolls
The family may know that I'm using the leftover ribs for these sliders, but they are so good they won't care - especially since my daughter is obsessed with sweet Hawaiian rolls.
Learn how to make your own here

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Grilled vegetable and chicken tortelliniGrilled vegetable and chicken tortelliniGrilled Vegetable and Chicken with Tortellini
Got grilled chicken and veggies? This recipe will be quick and easy with those leftovers and another great way to use the corn on the cob.
Learn how to make your own here

Fresh corn saladFresh corn saladFresh Corn Salad
The second best thing to fresh corn on the cob is a fresh corn salad, and this one is inspired by Chipotle, a family favorite!
Learn how to make your own here

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Rainbow fruit popsicleRainbow fruit popsicleRainbow Fruit Popsicles
I may not have all the colors in my fruit salad to make a full rainbow, but I can still make colorful fruit popsicles that will last for the rest of the hot month.
Learn how to make your own here

baked corn dog muffin stylebaked corn dog muffin styleBaked Corn Dog Muffin Style
What better way use up all those leftover hot dogs than to make baked corn dog muffins? I can freeze them too for those late afternoon snack attacks.
Learn how to make your own here

- By Macki West
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