45 Instant Pot & Air Fryer Summer Cookout Recipes

Looking for delicious and creative summer cookout recipes to compliment your cookout or make your whole meal? Check out this great collection of summer time recipes for grilling season from your favorite bloggers!

Appetizer Recipes

Easy appetizer recipes to start your cookout right!

Instant Pot BBQ Hawaiian Little Smokies
A quick and easy instant pot appetizer recipe with little smokies cooked in BBQ sauce with pineapple. A great recipe with a smoky flavor, jalapeno, and raspberry flavors. This is a great appetizer for your game day menu, holiday dinner, or office potluck.
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bbq little smokies in a square white bowl with pineapple with a sausage with pineapple on a toothpick in the foreground
Air Fryer Potato Skins
Air Fryer Potato Skins are super crunchy on the outside and cheesy and delicious on the inside. These are the perfect quick and easy appetizer cookout snack that your friends and family will love!
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Air Fryer Pizza
Use premade pizza dough to make this better than delivery pizza right in your air fryer! This recipe makes two individual pizzas that are ready to eat in minutes.
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Air Fryer Zucchini Fries
Crunchy outside, tender insider, these crispy air fryer zucchini fries make the perfect side dish, snack or appetizer. Gluten-free, dairy-free.
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Air Fryer Korean Fried Chicken
Air fryer Korean fried chicken is my new obsession. Just like the original deep fried chicken recipe, this Korean fried chicken recipe delivers morsels of chicken that are crunchy, crispy, spicy, and sweet.
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Air Fryer Nachos
These easy air fryer nachos are the perfect recipe this Memorial Day! They’re so easy to make and so crisp and delicious you’ll be making them all day!
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Instant Pot Crustless Quiche Recipe
Learn how to make a kale quiche in the Instant Pot! This healthy Instant Pot crustless quiche recipe is quick and easy, with simple ingredients.
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Air Fryer Onion Rings
You have got to try this homemade rendition of onion rings. I'm talking about a non deep fat fried version of onions rings with a lightly seasoned gluten free coating so more-ish and make the perfect appetizer or healthy snack.
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Air Fryer Jalapeno Poppers
We serve these Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers for parties, gatherings, or whenever we want something fun and delicious. They are insanely good and only require 4 ingredients, and can be made in the air fryer. You’ll be smacking your lips and reaching for more after the first taste.
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The Best Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks
These crispy air fryer mozzarella sticks are easy to make plus perfectly gooey and crunchy every time. Just a few minutes in the air fryer gives you a lightened up mozzarella stick that is a healthier take on party time classic.
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Air Fryer Popcorn Chicken
Air Fryer Popcorn Chicken is the perfect recipe for making a quick dinner, feeding a crowd, or serving up as a party appetizer or a snack on game day. You’re going to love this super crispy chicken.
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Air Fryer Avacado Fries
Have you ever had avocado fries before? Crunchy panko outside surrounding sliced avocado. Easy to make in the air fryer and oven, these avocado fries are the snack/side dish you didn’t know you needed.
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Beef Recipes

Burgers and Deli-Style Roast Beef are perfect for a summer party!

Instant Pot of Round Roast Beef Rare (Deli-Style)
Instant Pot Eye of Round Roast Beef. YES!! It can be done with your pressure cooker. It is done quickly and it is RARE just like roast beef from the Deli.
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Air Fryer Burger
Air fryer burgers provide all the juiciness of the classic hamburger any time of year with no grill needed.
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Instant Pot Sweet Heat BBQ Meatballs
These Sweet Heat Instant Pot BBQ Meatballs make a great appetizer for your next party, tailgate, or potluck! Featuring sweet notes on the front and heat on the back these deliver complex flavor with every bite!
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Air Fryer Steak
This is how to make perfectly cooked steaks in less than 15 minutes. This air fryer steak recipe is so easy, anyone can make it!
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Easy Instant Pot Brisket
Tender Instant Pot Beef Brisket made so easy in the pressure cooker! Simply seasoned, and cooked to perfection with a delicious gravy!
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Sliced brisket with potatoes topped with parsley.

Pork Recipes

Cook up a couple racks of tender and flavorful ribs, carnitas, or barbacoa for a crowd pleasing meal!

Instant Pot Ribs
Super easy to make these Tender & Juicy BBQ Ribs with 4 simple ingredients.
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Air Fryer Bratwurst
Done in under 10 minutes, these air fryer bratwurst taste just like a good old-fashioned brat without the hassle of boiling or grilling!
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Instant Pot Crispy Pork Carnitas
This Instant Pot Crispy Pork Carnitas recipe is perfect for tacos, burritos, enchiladas, taquitos, taco salads, etc. It’s quick and easy to make and has so much flavor. Crisp it up in the oven after cooking and you will have a homemade meal that tastes just like it came from a Mexican restaurant!
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Easy Instant Pot Country Style Ribs
You're going to flip over this Instant Pot Country Style Ribs recipe. It's so easy to make delectable BBQ pork ribs at home in your pressure cooker.
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Barbacoa Recipe
This barbacoa is a tasty taco treat with juicy beef brisket shreds oozing orange essence. The beef is made tender using an instant pot and comes out soft, delicate, and delicious!
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Chicken & Seafood Recipes

Delicious main dish chicken and seafood recipes for your holiday meal!

Air Fryer Thai Chicken Satay
This Thai Chicken Satay recipe made in an Air Fryer is off-the-charts DELICIOUS! The smell is UBER DELICIOUS and you’ll be astonished how EASY it is!
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Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken
Quick and easy Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken made from only 2 ingredients. The chicken is tender and juicy, packed with buffalo flavor, and is great for salads, tacos, sandwiches, and more. It also makes a bunch for meal prep to have on hand for a quick meal during the week! Paleo, Whole30 approved, gluten free, and dairy free.
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Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken
Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken recipe is creamy, zesty, and delicious recipe. It is so easy to make as it takes less than 30 minutes to be ready!
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Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Breast
You will love how quick and easy it is to whip up Air Fryer Chicken Breast that is smothered in thick and sticky BBQ sauce. Ready in just 20 minutes with a crispy outside and so juicy. A simple dinner recipe the whole family will love!
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Instant Pot Pulled Butter Chicken
EASY pulled butter chicken sandwiches topped with cool, crunchy cucumber raita. This Indian-inspired pulled chicken sandwich recipe is made in the Instant Pot and is perfect for feeding a crowd for your next potluck, BBQ or gathering!
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Easy Chili Spiced Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks
These chili spiced air fryer chicken drumsticks are crispy, juicy and flavorful with a kick. They can be made quickly for an easy keto lunch or dinner.
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Air Fryer Masala Chicken Burgers
These Masala Chicken Burgers are packed with classic Indian spices, cilantro, and baby spinach to create an insanely flavorful (and leaner!) homemade burger. It's an easy chicken patty recipe made with a unique touch-less patty technique, then cooked on the Stove, Grill, Oven or Air Fryer.
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Instant Pot Thai Grilled Chicken (Gai Yang)
nstant Pot Thai Grilled Chicken (Gai Yang) is a pressure cooker adaptation of the popular Thai street food. The recipe uses chicken thighs, which are meaty and perfect for cooking in the Instant Pot, because they stay moist. Finishing on the grill and glazing with Thai sweet chili sauce gives the chicken a spicy-sweet barbecue flavor that’s irresistible!
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Air Fryer Fish Recipe
Extremely delicious air fryer fish recipe using tilapia fillet, bread crumbs, lemon, paprika, and garlic powder. Crispy on the outside and moist-flakey fish in the inside is perfect for light meal or brunch. It can be made using other fishes too.
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Instant Pot BBQ Chicken
This saucy and tender instant pot bbq chicken is a dream for meal prep, barbecue dinners, baked potatoes, salads, and more!
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Maple Mustard Instant Pot Chicken Thighs
These maple mustard chicken thighs are super easy and made in the Instant Pot! Packed with flavor and so tasty.
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Air Fryer Nashville Hot Chicken
This Air Fryer Nashville Hot Chicken skips the deep-frying while still delivering juicy and tender chicken with a crunchy coating of spice that can be adjusted to taste!
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Side Dish Recipes

Side dish recipes to round out and finish your beautiful Instant Pot or Air Fryer main meal.

Instant Pot Baked Beans
Try these deeply flavored instant pot baked beans with bacon. They’re rich, smoky and pack that candied bbq flavor that makes for great batch of beans for your next barbecue.
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Cauliflower Tots, Keto Air Fryer Recipe
Yes, cauliflower tater tots are a thing. This keto cauliflower tots recipe is made in the air fryer for speed and crispiness.
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Instant Pot Corn on the Cob
One of the best traditions of summer are tender juicy ears of corn on the cob hot out of the pot, and dripping with butter with a sprinkling of salt! This is a quick and easy way to make this simple classic BBQ side dish.
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three ears of cooked corn on blue plate
Air Fryer Baked Potato
How to make air fryer baked potatoes that are fast, delicious, and loaded with your favorite baked potato fillings.
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How to Make Charro Beans
When he shows you how to make charro beans with this charro beans recipe you’re going to be blown away! They taste way too delicious to be this dang easy. They’re perfect as a stand alone meal or served alongside any of your favorite Mexican dishes
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Keto Air Fryer Jicama Fries
These crispy keto jicama fries are EASY to make. Top them with zesty chili and gooey cheese for a low carb meal.
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Dessert Recipes

End the meal on a sweet note or two with one of these yummy recipes!

Instant Pot Cheesecake #17
Pamper your guests with this Delicious New York Cheesecake #17!
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Air Fryer Lemon Drop Cookies
Air Fryer Lemon Drop Cookies are sweet, tangy, sunny and bright! They are a great summer dessert for picnics, barbecues, and pool parties. Lemon Drop Cookies are a soft sugar cookie made with refreshing lemon juice and lemon extract.
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Instant Pot Indian Fruit Custard
Fruit custard is an easy dessert to make in instant pot. Serve it with your favorite fruits.
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Air Fryer Blueberry Hand Pies
These air fryer hand pies are a quick and easy way to treat yourself to a warm slice of pie, without all the work that comes with making a whole pie!
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Banana Sour Cream Cake
A delicous way to use up ripe bananas is this banana sour cream cake that is next level banana bread with cream cheese frosted then topped with walnuts or pecans. This makes a great addition to any meal, and is easy to make with box cake mix in the oven or Instant Pot!
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sliced cake on white plate with blue rim with whole cake in background

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