Are you an Aldi shopper? Do you love to grill? I used the Aldi flyer and put together a meal plan of 7 ALDI grilling ideas. Everything was DEE-LICIOUS!
A few details about this list of ALDI Grilling Ideas:
** I planned these dinners around my family of 4, which includes 2 adults, 1 teenager, and 1 tween. Both of my girls eat as much as adults. In a few meals, I used the cook once, eat multiple times method. You’ll see the details in the instructions.
** I listed the price I paid for the main ingredients. I didn’t list a price for pantry staples, such as seasonings, cooking oils, butter. I had those things on hand and you might as well. Review the ingredient list carefully to determine what you need to buy.
** I made two different salads and used them as sides for several dinners. All of the entrees listed below are very easy to prepare and having a side already made for some nights really eased dinner prep. See Side Bar below for details.
** Prices may vary by region and some prices may have been the sale price.
ALDI Grilling Idea #1: Grilled Pineapple & Teriyaki Turkey Burgers and Salad
- 1.4 lb ground turkey – I bought a 2 lbs 4 oz package of 85% lean ground turkey. You can use the entire package of meat and just double the recipe (link below) or use the extra 1 lb another meal. I put mine in the freezer for spaghetti night. The 2 lb 4 oz package was $5.89.
- ½ cup chopped red onion. I bought a bag of 5 red onions for $2.09, or .42 for one. I used red onions in a many of these ideas and Side Bar.
- Teriyaki sauce – $1.99/bottle
- 4 cheddar cheese slices – $1.79 for package. Used the rest of the package in Idea #4.
- 4 hamburger rolls – .85 for package of 8 rolls, use 4 and save 4 for Idea #4.
- 1 fresh pineapple – $1.19. Cut 4 (1/2 inch) slices and use the rest for the pineapple mango salsa in Idea #2.
- garlic: 3 pack $1.39. You will also use in additional meals.
- Ingredients needed that I had on hand: ground ginger, honey, salt
- Select a side dish. See Side Bar below for details.
- Find the recipe here: Grilled Pineapple and Teriyaki Turkey Burgers.
- For the salad, see Side Bar details below.
ALDI Grilling Idea #2: Grilled Salmon with Pineapple Mango Salsa, Sweet Potatoes, and a side salad.
This is a delicious idea for a celebratory dinner or just a weeknight. This salmon is definitely a more expensive protein, but we were all impressed with it.
- Salmon fillet – 1.90 lb. package was $14.61. I cut it into 6 portion sized pieces.
- 1 mango – .49 each
- leftover pineapple from Idea #1
- 1 red pepper – bag of 3 peppers $$2.29. Use 1 for this dinner and the other 2 for Idea # 5 and the pasta salad in Side Bar.
- 1/2 red onion
- juice of one lime – bag of limes $1.69
- 4 sweet potatoes, – bag of 6 $2.49. See Bonus Ideas below on how to use leftover sweet potatoes
- Choose an additional side salad. See Side Bar below for details.
- Find the directions here: Grilled Salmon with Peach Mango Salsa – Replace the peaches with leftover pineapple from Idea #1.
- For the grilled sweet potatoes: Wash and dry and peel if you prefer. I rarely peel potatoes. Slice the sweet potatoes into 1/2 inch slices. Drizzle with olive oil and season with your favorite seasonings. I used salt and pepper. Place on a hot grill for 3-5 minutes per side or until your desired tenderness.
- For the salad, see Side Bar details below.
ALDI Grilling Idea #3: BBQ Chicken
- Chicken Thighs: I bought a package of 6 thighs for $1.29/lb, total cost $5.51.
- Bottle of BBQ sauce: Cost $2.67
- Choose two side dishes. See Side Bar details below.
- To make the BBQ chicken, read How to Grill BBQ Chicken without Burning It.
- Choose two side dishes. See Side Bar details below
ALDI Grilling Idea #4: Burger Bar, Corn on the Cob, Salad
- Ground Beef: I bought a 3 pack of organic beef for $17.96. Each pack was 1.34 lbs, so the price per pound was approx. $4.49/lb. There is non-organic available at ALDI that is less expensive, but I’ve been trying to buy more high quality meats. I used one pack for the burger bar, which made 4 burgers. I froze the other 2 packs, but you can also double or triple this dinner.
- salt, pepper, Worcestershire
- 4 burger rolls – You might have 4 leftover from Idea #1. I bought a pack of 4 Brioche rolls for $2.50.
- Your favorite burger toppings: Cheese slices leftover from Idea #1, avocado, lettuce, tomatoes, condiments, etc.
- 4 ears corn on the cob: $1.69
- Choose a side dish. See Side Bar details below.
- For the burgers: Follow your favorite burger recipe OR keep it simple and combine the beef, salt, pepper, and a drizzle or two of Worcestershire. Form into 4 patties per 1 pound of beef. Heat grill to 450 and grill on each side 3-5 minutes depending your preference. Only flip once.
- For the corn on the cob, you can either cook on the stovetop or try grilling it. For grilling details, read: Grilled Corn on the Cob. If grilling the corn, it takes 15-20 minutes on the grill and the burgers only take 6-10 minutes, depending on your doneness preference, so start grilling the corn before you put the burgers on the grill. See my Side Note and image below regarding grilling ALDI corn on the cob.
- Choose a side dish. See Side Bar details below.
Side note regarding ALDI corn: The ALDI corn was partially husked. I followed the same instruciions as in the above link for grilling corn that has a full husk. The ALDI corn still grilled fine, but the husk does come off while grilling, so I just turned the corn, but left it sitting on the husk. See below picture.
ALDI Grilling Idea # 5: Grilled Sausages and Peppers and Onions Hobo Pack
I was impressed by the flavor of ALDI’s Italian sausages. We love Italian sausage and I grill it all summer long and also use sausage in place of ground meat to give dishes more flavor.
Also, there’s no shame in frozen fries and vegetables. They might not be the most creative side dishes, but there are times, I need the ease of frozen foods to get dinner on the table. 😉
- Italian Sausage Links – 19 oz package of 5 links $2.99
- 1/2 – 1 red onion – depending on your love of onions.
- 1 pepper – Use from the pack of 3 in Idea #2.
- Rolls – We used hot dog rolls. Pack of 8 was 89 cents.
- French Fries – Frozen shoestring fries $1.79
- Steamed Vegetables – Bag of frozen broccoli florets 89 cents.
- For the sausages and hobo pack, read: Grilled Sausages with Peppers and Onions Hobo Pack
- Bake fries in oven according to package instructions.
- Cook vegetables according to package instructions.
ALDI Grilling Idea #6: Chili Lime Shrimp
- 2 bags of large shrimp, deveined and peeled. 1 (12 oz) bag of raw, jumbo frozen shrimp was $6.49. I bought 2 bags for a total of $12.98.
- 1 lime
- Additional ingredients that you might have on hand: 3 garlic cloves, chili powder, olive oil
- bamboo skewers – If you don’t have skewers, you can use a grill pan like the one I used in Idea #7 or make a foil hobo pack.
- Choose a side dish. The shrimp makes a great protein for a dinner salad. See Side Bar details below.
- To grill the shrimp, read: Chili Lime Shrimp.
- Serve the shrimp with tossed salad or pasta salad, and fresh fruit.
ALDI Grilling Idea #7: Grilled Italian Chicken and Zucchini
- boneless, skinless chicken breasts – I bought a 4.53 pound pack of chicken breasts for $1.89/lb. Total cost: $8.48. The chicken breasts were very large, so I sliced into smaller portions. Grill enough chicken for dinner OR grill all of the chicken for later use. See Bonus Ideas below.
- Italian dressing – Aldi brand 89 cents. Use enough to coat chicken and zucchini and use rest for pasta salad. See below Side Bar.
- zucchini – 2 pack $1.49
- Fresh fruit. See below Side Bar.
- Marinate chicken in Italian dressing. For my tips to grill chicken, read: How to Grill Chicken without Drying it out.
- To grill zucchini, slice zucchini, drizzle with Italian dressing. Use a grill pan and grill over medium heat. Stir frequently, because it will burn quickly if left unattended. Grill until cooked through. You can also wrap in a hobo pack to grill, but texture will be different. See Idea #5 for hobo pack grilling instructions.
- Grilled Chicken, Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadillas – Use leftover sweet potatoes from Idea #2 and leftover grilled chicken from Ideas #7. If I have leftover sweet potatoes and grilled chicken, I always make these quesadillas. In fact, they were part of my 7 ALDI Dinner Ideas post. You might have leftover sweet potatoes from Grill Idea #2. If so,
- Grilled Chicken Burrito Bowls
Side Bar: Make Once, Eat Multiple Times Salads!
To simplify dinner prep and side dishes, I make one large salad in advance to use for at least two dinners, sometimes we can stretch out a third dinner. I don’t make all of these ideas at one time, but instead I stagger throughout the week. My go-to sides for the summer are tossed salads, fresh fruits, and pasta salads.
- Tossed Salad: One large salad consisted of romaine, cucumber, grape tomatoes, and sweet pepper. Total cost is under $7. We eat a lot of salad and I made two large salads for these ideas.
- Fresh fruit: I served fresh fruit as a side for many of these meals. I bought 2 packages of strawberries, 1 package of blueberries, a large watermelon, and a pineapple. The total cost of the fruit was around $11.
- Pasta salad: I cooked shell pasta according to package instructions. Drain and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process. I use Italian dressing in my pasta salads, add enough to your taste level. The pasta does soak it up so be liberal. I add our favorite vegetables, such as cucumbers, tomatoes, sweet pepper, broccoli, etc. Total cost was around $6.
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