From smoke-filled gardens, sizzling sausages, and a splatter of ketchup on the side of your paper plate; the great British summer just wouldn’t be the same without a BBQ or two.

The UK heatwave will see millions of Brits firing up the coals for an alfresco outdoor feast - but just how much cash will it cost?

Consumer spending experts money.co.uk have revealed that 34,000,000 people in the UK will enjoy a BBQ this year, each with an average of four guests, with the overall cost of the UK’s garden grilling estimated at a whopping £293,845,000.

They’ve shared their top tips for staying on budget, and revealed which leading supermarket will give you more bang(-ers and burgers) for your buck.

Here is the average cost per BBQ based on your number of guests:

It comes as no surprise that Aldi is the most affordable supermarket for your big BBQ shop
It comes as no surprise that Aldi is the most affordable supermarket for your big BBQ shop

The research looked at the 22 most popular BBQ foods at six well-known UK supermarkets to calculate the average basket price.

It comes as no surprise that Aldi is the most affordable supermarket for your big BBQ shop, with the average meat-based menu costing just £38.52.

Where can the best supermarket BBQ deals be found?

If you prefer meat on your BBQ, you’ll spend 43% more if you shop for six guests at Waitrose, compared to Aldi
If you prefer meat on your BBQ, you’ll spend 43% more if you shop for six guests at Waitrose, compared to Aldi

Source: Money.co.uk

A basket filled with meat products from the budget supermarket will cost just £38.52. Sainsbury’s takes second place (£42.26), with Morrisons following behind in third (£50.10).

Tesco (£52.27) and Asda (£52.84) are neck-and-neck in fourth and fifth place.

If you prefer meat on your BBQ, you’ll spend 43% more shopping for six guests at Waitrose, compared to Aldi!

Sainsbury’s overtakes Waitrose as the most expensive shop for a plant-based BBQ. The basket would be 171% more expensive (£76.81) than Aldi’s luxury range at £28.92.

Taking both luxury and budget options into consideration, plant-based BBQs are 75% cheaper than their meat-based BBQ counterparts.

Seafood-based BBQs can cost an average of £9.38 less if consumers opt for budget offerings at a supermarket, as opposed to luxury ranges.

The Best Value BBQ Report revealed that consumers wanting to host a pescatarian summer BBQ should shop at Asda, where a budget menu will cost just £18.52 for six people. If opting for the brand’s ‘extra special’ range, the food bill increases by £6.82.

Once again, Waitrose emerges as the most costly option for a fish-based BBQ, with luxury items amounting to £51.85 - that’s £13.55 more expensive than its value basket alternative.

Top tips to save money on your summer barbecue

Salman Haqqi, money.co.uk's personal finance expert offers his top tips on how to save money on your summer barbecues.

He said: “One of the best things about summer is inviting all of your friends and family round for an impromptu alfresco BBQ, to enjoy delicious food and great company while the sun sets.

“Hosting a BBQ can be quite expensive, but thankfully there are ways to stretch your budget as you welcome others back into your gardens this summer.

“It’s certainly worth bearing in mind that the fewer people you invite, the fewer you will ultimately have to feed. However, if you’re looking to host a larger celebration, it’s perfectly acceptable to ask invitees to bring drinks, meat or side dishes with them.

“This not only means that guests will bring food with them they know they will enjoy, it will also ensure there is plenty to go around and a good selection of options for all.

“Try to look for more inexpensive cuts and types of meats while browsing the supermarket - replace the pricier options of steak and salmon with pork, turkey, cod or haddock.

“Finally, use your freezer space to avoid any food waste! Take advantage of any reduced food and special offers at supermarkets, and stock up on essentials for future BBQs.”