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20 Chicago Backyard Wedding Menu Ideas

Backyard wedding with bride and groom and guests

Home is where the heart is. Whether it’s your home, your partner’s, a friend or a family member, backyard weddings at home provide a gorgeous, intimate and sentimental backdrop. With the backyard venue selected, it’s time to start thinking about your wedding menu. From BBQ straight off the grill to international cuisine or a brunch buffet, explore our most popular Chicago backyard wedding menus complete with dessert inspiration. After all, nothing quite says “summer” like a cool ice cream sundae or campfire s’more. No matter the guest count, these backyard wedding menus handcrafted by our chefs are sure to put a smile on the faces of all your friends, family and loved ones!

Backyard BBQ Wedding Menus

Delight your guests with these backyard BBQ menus straight from the grill. They will enjoy seeing our chefs in action as they cook and then serve selected entrees straight off the grill to their plates. Our BBQ preparation starts before our team arrives in your backyard. In fact, one of the key pieces to our successful pig roast catering is that we arrive at our facility hours before the sun does to begin the long slow-cook time ensuring the meat is cooked to perfection for your selected service time.

hot dog and burger

All American BBQ

Black Angus 1/3 lb. Hamburgers DF GF
Tasty Dawg (100% Angus Beef) DF GF
Vegan Burgers VV
American Potato Salad V
Sliced Watermelon DF GF VV

chicken with bbq sauce on the grill

Southern BBQ

Memphis-Style Pulled Pork DF
Chicken Breasts with Sweet Baby Ray’s® Barbecue Sauce GF
Black Angus 1/3 lb. Hamburgers DF GF
Tasty Dawg (100% Angus Beef) DF GF
Vegan Burgers VV
Creamy Coleslaw V
American Potato Salad V
Sliced Watermelon DF GF VV

texas bbq 18-hour smoked brisket

Texas BBQ

18-Hour Smoked Brisket DF
Tequila Lime Marinated Chicken Breast DF
Smoked Sausage
Vegan Burger VV
Sweet Potato Salad V
Ranchero Beans DF GF VV
Chips and Salsa V
Assortment of Barbecue Sauces

Whole roasted pig with crispy skin, marinated and injected with peach and apricot nectar

Traditional Pig Roast

Whole Roasted Pig with Crispy Skin, Marinated and Injected with Peach and Apricot Nectar
Served plain and with Sweet Baby Ray’s® Barbecue Sauce
Grilled Fresh Chicken Breast with a Pommery Apricot Glaze DF GF
Grilled Parisian Redskin Potato Salad with Scallions, Bacon Crisps, Garlic and Grain Mustard DF
Vegan Burgers VV
Apple Waldorf Green Salad with Honey-Lemon Dressing V
Creamy Coleslaw V
Grilled Vegetables DF VV

Internationally Inspired Backyard Wedding Menus

Take your backyard wedding global with these internationally inspired backyard wedding menu ideas. Whether these dishes are part of your heritage or simply your favorite food, guests will be transported to another land when enjoying these wedding menus.

chicken parmesan with tomato sauce and spaghetti


Chicken Parmigiana
served with penne pasta a la marinara
Tossed Garden Salad V
Mixed Bread Basket V

barbacoa tacos and chicken tinga tacos with chopped onion and cilantro

Authentic Mexican Tacos

Choice of 3 Meats:
Asada (Steak) GF, Pastor (Pork) GF, Pollo (Shredded Chicken) GF, Chorizo (Crumbled Beef and Pork Sausage), Chicharron Con Salsa Verde (Pork Rinds with Green Tomatillo Sauce)
Verde (Green) Salsa V
Rojo (Red) Salsa V
Mexican Rice DF GF VV
Refried Beans V
Diced Onions V
Fresh Lime V
Chopped Cilantro V
Corn Tortillas GF

bratwurst with sauerkraut and beer for Oktoberfest


Bratwurst DF GF VV
1/3 lb. Black Angus Hamburgers DF GF VV
Tasty Dawg (100% Angus Beef) DF GF VV
Vegan Burgers VV
German Potato Salad
Apple Braised Red Cabbage GF
Apple Strudel V (2 pieces per person)

middle eastern food with gyro and rice and vegetables and pita bread (1)

Middle Eastern

Chicken Kifta Patties
Beef Kabobs
Yellow Basmati Rice
Fattoush Salad
Ahmar Sauce
Warm Pita Bread

Unique Backyard Wedding Menu Ideas

Brunch is always a good idea, and so are appetizers! Friends, family and loved ones will appreciate you thinking outside the traditional dinner menu when you treat them to these unique backyard wedding menus.

breakfast meal with eggs breakfast meat and yogurt parfait

Brunch Wedding

Scrambled Eggs GF V
Light and fluffy country jumbo eggs
Caramelized Banana French Toast V
French toast with caramelized bananas and raisins
Smoked Salmon Display with Mini Bagels Scottish
Salmon with onion, egg, capers and cream cheese
Applewood Smoked Bacon GF
Thick slices of bacon smoked with applewood
Carved Virginia Ham Traditional
Smoked Virginia ham
Roasted Yukon Potatoes
Roasted yukons with caramelized onion and fresh herbs
Fresh Cut Fruit DF GF VV
The best ripe fruit of the season
Maple Pecan Blackberry Granola and Yogurt V
Toasted maple pecans, granola, blackberries and organic yogurt
Breakfast Loaves V
Blueberry and cinnamon walnut
New York Waldorf Salad V
Torn crisp romaine, red apple, celery, grapes, candied walnuts and honey-lemon dressing
Napoleon Sandwiches

  • Sirloin, white cheddar, sun-dried tomato aioli and spring mix greens on pretzel bun
  • Turkey, brie, apricot preserve and spring mix on ciabattini
  • Grilled eggplant, spinach, sliced apples, cilantro and red pepper hummus on brioche bun v

Add on: Create Your Own Mimosa or Bloody Mary Bar

waffle chicken with maple syrup
Ashley Rufino Photography

Heavy Passed Apps

We suggest 8 to 12 apps in lieu of meal.

Shot and Brat
Beer and a mini brat with mustard and kraut
Margarita and Ceviche GF
Margarita and ceviche shooter
Zucchini Parcels GF V
Zucchini slices filled with goat cheese and Kalamata olive tapenade
Mini Tinga Tacos
Mini taco shells filled with chicken tinga and Chihuahua cheese
Chicken and Waffle
Waffle battered chicken fingers with a maple sauce
Pear and Brie Quesadilla V
Pear and brie in a toasted quesadilla with apricot jam
Crab Cakes
Maryland lump crab cakes with mustard aÏoli
Petite Caprese Skewers GF V
Herb and olive oil marinated ciliegine mozzarella and cherry tomato
Petite Citrus Infused Beet Salad DF, GF, V, VV
Roasted beets, shallots, orange vinaigrette and napa cabbage
Piccolo Frico GF V
Parmesan cups, lemon and ricotta filling with red apple and chives
Bacon and Cheese Baby “Reds” GF
Red potato cups filled with smoked bacon, chives and cheddar
cheese with sour cream
Mediterranean Skewers GF V
Cucumber, Kalamata olive, feta and tomato skewer

Backyard Wedding Dessert Ideas

Who needs cake when you can enjoy these sweet treats! Desserts like s’mores and ice cream pair perfectly with your outdoor wedding.

smores bar with fire

Backyard Wedding Dessert Ideas

Who needs cake when you can enjoy these sweet treats! Desserts like s’mores and ice cream pair perfectly with your outdoor wedding.

Smores Station
Classic, cookies & crème, salted caramel and strawberries & crème
Sno Cones V
Orange, grape, blue raspberry and fruit punch
Make Your Own Sundae Bar
4 oz. vanilla bean ice cream scoop with choice of toppings: chocolate sauce, strawberry sauce, caramel sauce, crushed Oreo® cookies, nut topping, M&M’s® candies, cherries, sprinkles and whipped cream Includes ice cream cart and attendant for two hours
Ice Cream Floats 
Root beer, orange and cream sodas, vanilla bean ice cream, whipped cream and cherries

backyard wedding bar with drinks on display

Backyard Wedding Menu Extras

Surprise guests with these extras to take your backyard wedding to the next level! Welcome them to the big show with popcorn or refreshing summer cocktails.
Corn in the Husk V
Fresh sweet corn, butter, mayonnaise, parmesan and seasonings
Soft Pretzels V
Large warm pretzels with two mustards and melted cheese
Cotton Candy 
Local Beers such as Revolution Anti Hero
Signature Cocktails

Ready to plan your Chicago backyard wedding menu? For over 30 years, the Tasty Catering wedding catering team has helped couples plan and enjoy their dream wedding. Contact us or give us a call at 847-593-2000 to bring your backyard wedding to life.

Dietary Key: DF= Dairy-Free | GF = Gluten-Free | V = Vegetarian | VV = Vegan


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