15 Delicious Costco Deals to Take Your BBQ Beyond Your Basic Burger

Keep your budget in check at Costco with these better-than-basic barbecue bargain buys.

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Updated July 18, 2024
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Costco has everything you need to upgrade your summertime BBQ. The weather is warm, the sun is shining, and you’re planning a party in the backyard. But basic burgers just won’t do.

Instead of the same menu every year, check out these can’t-beat bargains and save more money shopping at Costco. From sides and salads to seasonings, the members-only warehouse club has the hottest deals of the barbeque season.

Editor’s note: Prices are subject to change and may vary by location.

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Tortellini Salad

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Price: $5.49 per pound

Serve a side without standing over a hot stove all day. Costoc’s prepared pasta salad is filled with tender tortellini, mozzarella pearls, oven-roasted tomatoes, salami, and black olives.

The family-sized portion is drenched in a generous portion of refreshingly tangy vinaigrette dressing.

St. Louis Pork Spare Ribs

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Price: $3.29 per pound

At under $3.50/pound, this is a major bargain buy. Costco’s bulk-size pack has enough pork to feed your family and more.

Add your secret BBQ sauce, or season these meaty spare ribs with a dry rub for the perfect spicy, smoky flavor.

Kirkland Signature Brats

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Price: $11.39

You can score a whopping 3.5 pounds of Kirkland Signature’s original bratwurst for under $12 at Costco this summer.

Skip the same hot dogs you have every year and try these MSG-free brats. Seve them with barbecued veggies or sandwich the quarter-pound links into a hearty roll.

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Summer Fresh Tuscan Bean Salad

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Price: $9.89

When you add up the cost of vegetables, dressing, and spices, you could pay $10 or more to make this BBQ side.

But with Summer Fresh’s 2.65-pound pack, you’ll get all the zesty Tuscan bean salad you need for the low price of $9.89.

Beyond Burgers

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Price: $5.49

These plant-based burgers look and taste like the real deal — but they’re completely vegetarian.

Whether you have party guests who don’t eat meat or you just want to try something different, this 10-pack of quarter-pound gluten and soy-free patties is an unexpected alternative everyone can enjoy.

Like traditional burgers, top the plant-protein patties with ketchup, mustard, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, or BBQ sauce.

Woodland Korean BBQ Bulgogi Seasoning

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Price: $6.39

Spice up burgers, steak, or ribs with this savory flavor. Soy sauce, garlic, ginger, brown sugar, red miso, and red chile flakes give this seasoning a sweet and tangy kick. You’ll get all the taste of take-out Korean BBQ — minus the steep restaurant price tag.

Pork Barrel BBQ All-American Seasoning

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Price: $6.99

This bulk buy bargain is a can’t-miss deal you may not find anywhere else. The all-purpose seasoning and rub normally retail for $20 on Pork Barrel BBQ’s website.

Get the same 22-ounce container at Costco for $6.99.

Use the spice blend to season everything you grill. Add it to burgers, brats, chicken wings, kabobs, seafood, steak, and more.

Bachan’s Japanese Barbecue Sauce

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Price: $17.99

Get three different barbecue-ready sauces for less than $18. Bachan’s website sells the sauce for as low as $8.99 per bottle, which is almost $27 for three.

Costco’s variety pack deal is nearly $10 less, saving you some serious cash. Each bargain-priced box has a bottle of hot and spicy, yuzu citrus, and miso sauce.

Seasoned Dry Rub Ribs

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Price: $3.99 per pound

No time to make your own marinade or rub? Don’t worry. Costco has you covered with these pre-seasoned raw ribs.

Unlike the retailer’s prepared foods, you’ll need to fully cook the rack. But you can save time and money on the prep steps.

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Garlic Seasoned Chicken Wings

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Price: $3.99 per pound

Like the dry rub ribs, Costco’s garlic party wings are ready for the grill.

Even though the warehouse club has plenty of low-priced spices, the savory pre-seasoned chicken eliminates unnecessary additional costs.

After you grill the party pack, serve the zesty wings with a bowl of Ranch, blue cheese, celery, and carrot sticks.

Evergood Louisiana Hot Sausage Links

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Price: $14.99

Turn up the heat with these Louisiana sausages. The hot links are an easy-to-grill alternative to traditional beef or pork dogs. Costco has a massive three-pound pack for just under $15.

If you’re not sure whether this is the best deal, check out the brand’s website. Evergood sells a much smaller 12-ounce version of the hot links for $11.99.

Wild Warm Water Lobster Tails

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Price: $24.99 per pound

While almost $25/pound may seem like a lot, these wild warm water lobster tails are decadent, delicious, and add a gourmet touch to your summertime backyard barbecue.

Some seafood specialty stores sell similar products for twice the price (per pound) or more. Avoid extra costs and upgrade your grilling menu with this Costco bulk buy.

Chicken Kabobs

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Price: $6.99 per pound

Add up the price you would need to pay for boneless, skinless chicken, seasonings, veggies, and skewers.

Now compare it to Costco’s total $6.99 per pound package. These ready-to-grill kabobs are a can’t-miss addition to your party menu.

And as a bonus, you’ll get everything you need in one convenient package.

Wagyu Ground Beef

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Price: $17.99 per pound

This delicacy doesn’t have to break the bank. Go above and beyond basic burgers and try this Wagyu ground beef.

Make a gourmet burger buffet and give BBQ guests a choice of sun-dried tomatoes, crumbled blue cheese, or other lux toppings.

The American-raised product is free of added hormones, preservatives, gluten, or artificial ingredients.

Kirkland Parmesan and Cracked Black Chicken Sausage

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Price: $11.99

Savory parm and spicy cracked black pepper give this chicken sausage the perfect kick. Take your grilling game up a notch — or a few. You won’t get the same flavor from a basic hot dog or plain pork link.

Each pack comes with a generous three-pound portion for less than $12.

Bottom line

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Turn up the heat on your summer barbecue with these must-have Costco buys. The warehouse club has everything you need to make your outdoor event more than just basic.

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Erica Loop

With more than a decade of experience writing about everything from e-commerce to pets and parenting, Erica Loop has written for sites such as BuzzFeed, Brit+Co, Tinybeans, Family Education, and Care.com. Erica has a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and an MS in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh.