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Great British BBQ Season is here, so we polled 2,000 adults to find out just what gets our grills fired […]

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Great British BBQ Season is here, so we polled 2,000 adults to find out just what gets our grills fired up.

Great British BBQ: The results revealed that

Adults will get through 970 burgers, 794 hot dogs and 838 kebabs in their lifetime – as they enjoy 441 barbeques.

We typically host three and attend four cookouts annually.

This results in individuals consuming up to 750 ribs, 882 chicken pieces and 705 pork chops – or the plant-based equivalent – over the course of their lifetime.

When it comes to sides, 838 portions of potato salad will be enjoyed alongside 794 corn-on-the-cobs and 838 servings of crisps.

And each time adults host a barbeque, they predict their party gets through six loaves of bread, nine burger buns and eight hot dog rolls – despite only inviting four guests on average.

More than half have experienced a barbie in the rain, resulting in the party sheltering indoors (23 per cent), under a gazebo (25 per cent) or cooking food in the oven instead (21 per cent).

A further 38 per cent agreed it’s typically British to have barbeques come rain or shine, while 24 per cent embrace the occasions no matter the weather.

Almost a third admitted they are guilty of buying more food than is needed, spending an average of £78.50 in the process.

Half of respondents have had unexpected guests at barbeques, most likely to be relatives (34 per cent), friends of friends (28 per cent) and neighbours (25 per cent).

And three in 10 admitted they have attended someone else’s garden gathering without warning.

As a guest, 49 per cent take along alcohol, while 20 per cent arrive with baked goods and 16 per cent provide dips.

Only 17 per cent prefer hosting barbeques with 62 per cent opting instead, to attend such events.

And the most popular roles when playing host were found to include welcoming guests at the door (25 per cent), topping up food such as refilling crisp bowls (24 per cent) and being the drinks pourer (23 per cent).

The majority of time hosting a barbie is spent socialising – 98 minutes – while a further 80 minutes is dedicated to cleaning the home and garden before and after and 58 minutes prepping the food.

Classic burgers (53 per cent), hot dogs (44 per cent) and salad (40 per cent) are what people believe are the most ‘staple’ foods to serve.

Yet those polled via OnePoll also like to dish up chicken pieces such as breasts or drumsticks (33 per cent), potato salad (31 per cent) and grilled vegetables (20 per cent).

The research delivered some more surprising stats too, with those in Northern Ireland attending more barbecues in a typical year than anywhere else in the UK – proving we’ll get the grill on no matter the weather.

With a quarter of Brits planning to have more barbecues than usual this summer, after years of not being able to do so one thing is for sure – we could do with some decent weather!


  1. Burgers – 970
  2. Chicken pieces – 882
  3. Portions of potato salad – 838
  4. Portions of potato salad – 838
  5. Kebabs – 838
  6. Portions of crisps – 838
  7. Portions of leafy salad – 794
  8. Corn on the cob – 794
  9. Sausages – 794
  10. Ribs – 750
  11. Steak – 750
  12. Prawns – 750
  13. Portions of cous cous – 706
  14. Pork chops – 705
  15. Pulled pork rolls – 662

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