10 Ways to Beef Up Dad’s Day

Our meatiest dishes for a family meal to celebrate Father’s Day

Dad will love this meaty menu. 

When it comes to honoring dad on June 19th, nothing quite tops beef (OK, maybe bacon… but that’s for breakfast) for his celebratory dinner. You can braise it, grill it, broil it, even serve it raw as a tartare. Sure, you could pick up a steak, throw it in a great marinade, and then barbecue it along with something unusual like lettuce or watermelon, but isn’t that kind of expected? That’s why this year we’re thinking outside of the box, rounding up ten of our favorite ways to beef up your Father’s Day menu with something a bit more exciting. Oh, and if you really want to bring home the bacon for dad in addition to the beef, serve him one of these.

Beef Yakitori

“Like the Tripoley and cribbage we used to play so often together, yakitori is something of a tradition in my family. Dad's Navy career had us living…”

Cynthia Nims

Spicy Beef Salad

“Beef salads are terrific any time of year, but I especially like them in the summer, when it’s easy to grill the steak. This salad is pretty intense and spicy and pops…”

Aaron McCargo

Herbed Beef Burgers

“I am kind of a burger snob. Blame it on a couple of amazing burgers I've had in Connecticut and Rhode Island...”

Allison Beck

Steak Tacos

“A properly cooked grass-fed flank steak, seasoned well, needs little garnish other than some thinly sliced vegetables, a couple of slices of avocado, and…”

Allison Beck

15-Minute Beef Chili

“Everyone should have a go-to, quick-to-fix dish in their recipe repertoire. Mine, is chili. Hearty, comforting, a great…”

Maryse Chevriere

Guinness-Braised Short Ribs

“Fork-tender short ribs are paired with sweet, Guinness-soaked prunes, roasted cipollini onions, and hearty roasted vegetables in this dish from Wade…”

Allison Beck

Chris Cosentino’s Beef Heart Tartare

“When Chris Cosentino of San Francisco’s Incanto needs a go-to recipe, he looks to beef heart. “I really like the flavor and texture…”

Arthur Bovino

Fat Tommy’s Chicken Fried Steak

“A tried and true recipe from a man who knows his chicken fried steak — click here to read Thomas Ryder's tribute to this Southern delicacy.”

Thomas O. Ryder

Sesame-Grilled Meatballs

“So I’m sitting here one day working on this book and I think to myself, why couldn’t you do meatballs on a grill? And guess what — turns out you can…”

Sam Ziens

Grilled Steak with Salsa Piccante

“Ah, the kick-ass sauce! A grilled steak needs some kick and I love chilies. I like using Hatch chiles from New Mexico; their season…”

— Jonathan Waxman

This article was originally publishe don June 13, 2011.