8 Unlikely Grill Foods

Mix-up your usual go-to grilling foods with these unusual and delicious ideas

“Sure, let’s throw it on the grill,” is a phrase often heard around this time of year. While the foods being referred to tend to stay in the realm of burgers, hot dogs, steak, and chicken, there are plenty of grilling options out there. And no, I’m not just talking about grilling asparagus or corn (even though they're both delicious) or cooking fish instead of meat (again, another great option). I’m talking about foods you would never think of laying on those hot grates and branding with beautiful grill marks.

For instance, would you have ever imagined making Sunday brunch outside by grilling up some French toast? Or chowing down on barbecued lettuce? (It tastes better than it sounds.) The grill imparts a nice smoky flavor and char to foods, and more ingredients than you’d think benefit from this addition.

Sure, you could probably throw a griddle or a pan onto the grill and cook just about anything, but what about unusual foods you can just ‘throw on’?

We’ve compiled a few of our favorites and asked two cooking enthusiasts, the Food Network’s Aaron McCargo and Sam the Cooking Guy, for their most surprising items to grill. From grilled watermelon topped with smoky salt to grilled meatballs, we have plenty of new and exciting options for you to wow your friends and family with this cookout season.

Click here to see the 8 Unlikely Grill Foods Slideshow. 


Click here to see the Sesame Grilled Meatballs recipe. 

Click here to see the Grilled Hearts of Romaine recipe. 

Click here to see the Baguette French Toast recipe.


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el parrillero's picture

My choice of unusual grilling buddies: Bell Peppers (the big, red ones) and red onions.
Both have a sweet, smoky flavor that can´t be found in other vegetables.
They don´t even need salt, just put them in the corner of the grill while the main courses are cooking and turn them over regularly.
Peppers need a drop of olive oil over the outside, then cut the top and clean the seeds. When they get soft you need to peel the skin.
Onions just need to cut the top and end.

By the end, they´ll be soft and tender!

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