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A Nation Of BBQ Lovers – A Baker Street Research

Discover the surprising result of our 2023 BBQ lovers research conducted va OnePoll amongst 2,000 adults who enjoy a good grill.

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‘Plate piling’ has been voted the most common barbeque behaviour, according to research.

A BBQ lovers research of 2,000 adults who enjoy a good grill has found 28 per cent admit to loading their dish with as much food as possible when attending the popular garden get together.

Fear of an empty buffet, not being bothered to get up again for seconds and having eyes bigger than their bellies were cited as the top reasons for this. Other classic BBQ archetypes include someone who will simply enjoy having food delivered to them so they never have to stand up – and there will always be a ‘food dropper’.

Nearly a fifth (18 per cent) think a barbeque will always have someone who insists on cutlery rather than eating with their hands. And 35 per cent reckon every barbeque has someone who considers it their job to make sure everyone’s drinks are topped up at all times.

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A spokesperson for long-life bakery brand, Baker Street, which commissioned the research, said: “The results suggest that BBQ season really brings out the best in people and these findings really paints a lovely picture of summer in Britain.

“For many of us, barbeques are the best thing about summer and one thing everyone seems to agree on when it comes to barbies is that food is of course, of paramount importance.”

The BBQ lovers research also found 32 per cent claim they have to ‘hold back’ from eating all they want at a barbie, for fear of being deemed greedy. And with good reason, since 11 per cent have judged people we thought have eaten too much at a garden get-together.

However, 45 per cent say all food rules – such as portion size, having sweet and savoury treats on one plate – go out the window as soon as the grill is fired up, with 62 per cent happy to mix meats during dining.

Respondents typically attend four barbeques each a year, although 10 per cent will attend up to 10, according to the OnePoll.com data.

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In addition to this, the average BBQ-loving Brit will host three of their own, with nearly a tenth (nine per cent) admitting they have regretted spending so much on food for greedy-guts-guests.

But when they go out to enjoy the summer staple, during a two-hour barbie, adults will spend a solid 31 minutes eating. Only 14 per cent have ever experienced a cook-out that was short on food as it emerged 53 per cent will always bring an offering, such as extra burger buns.

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The average barbeque Brit will reload their plates twice during this time, with the most enjoyable classics revealed as burgers (49 per cent), sausages (42 per cent) and chicken kebabs (21 per cent).

A mild-mannered 62 per cent avoid being first or last to the buffet with 42 per cent always getting food for someone else before serving themselves. More than half (55 per cent) offer to help the host and 48 per cent are always on hand to clean up –  but a cheeky 10 per cent admit to being the leave to avoid having to do this.

However, 53 per cent are typically always the first to leave to not outstay their welcome.

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More than half (56 per cent) claim barbeques are the best thing about summer with 27 per cent saying there is no limit to their appetite when at one.

What’s more, 15 per cent even said they would be tempted by what’s been left on the plates of others.

Baker Street’s spokesperson added: “Our findings show there is no limit to their appetite at a barbeque and as a nation looking to cut down on leftovers, Brits would be tempted by what’s left on the plates of others.

“This summer, Baker Street’s long-life Jumbo Hot Dogs and Mega Burger Buns have launched alongside our standard range to make sure greedy guests get their fill and frugal hosts need not worry about food waste.”

You like this research? For more BBQ lovers ideas and tips to avoid food waste, head to our BBQ Season Food Ideas & Summer Activities blog post.

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  • Sausages
  • Burgers
  • Salad
  • Coleslaw
  • Potato Salad
Friends Enjoying A BBQ Party


  1. Someone who piles their plate until it’s overflowing
  2. Someone who gets their food delivered to them without getting up
  3. Someone who keeps the drinks topped up
  4. Someone who drops their food on the floor
  5. Someone offering the host/designated cook advice
  6. Someone who doesn’t eat anything
  7. A meat eater who ‘tries’ the vegan/vegetarian options anyway
  8. Someone who won’t eat with their hands (insists on cutlery)
  9. Someone who takes over the music/entertainment
  10. Someone who brings their own chair
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