Move Over, Burgers and Dogs: These 11 Recipes Will Revolutionize Your Late-Summer Barbecue

Hot dogs and cheeseburgers are barbecue staples, but there are so many other delicious things you can serve at your next cookout

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Move Over, Burgers and Dogs: These 11 Recipes Will Revolutionize Your Late-Summer Barbecue

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You still have about a month left to host all the pre-Labor Day barbecue bashes your heart desires. Grab the chicken, steak, corn, and snacks, and you’re ready for a good time. Burgers and hot dogs are delicious barbecue staples, but there is so much more out there — so don’t limit yourself. We have 11 barbecue-worthy recipes that will make your end-of-summer shindig one to remember all year long. 

Barbecued Salmon with Fresh Corn Grits and Chipotle Nectarines

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At your next summer barbecue, opt for a healthy grilling option. This Asian-inflected, Tabasco-marinated salmon with nectarine salad and fresh corn grits incorporates the fresh flavors of summer and adds a spicy kick. For the Barbecued Salmon with Fresh Corn Grits and Chipotle Nectarines recipe, click here.

The Best Grilled Steak Recipe

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Grilled steaks are part of almost every barbecue and cookout. There are plenty of steak recipes to choose from, but the best ones use just a few ingredients. Our grilled steak recipe calls for just olive oil, salt, and pepper to accentuate the juicy and rich flavor of a good steak. We recommend boneless rib-eyeNew York strip steak, or filet mignon for a juicy and meaty texture, but you can easily substitute a less expensive cut like flank steak. For The Best Grilled Steak recipe, click here.

Boston Lettuce and Radish Salad with Grilled Fingerling Potatoes

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Throw your potatoes on the grill at your next barbecue for a delicious potato salad. Sliced paper-thin, crisp radishes are tossed with tender Boston lettuce and a tangy, lemony vinaigrette. Then, the salad is dotted with deliciously smoky grilled fingerling potatoes — it’s a mouthwatering side that's perfect warm-weather fare! For the Boston Lettuce and Radish Salad with Grilled Fingerling Potatoes recipe, click here.

Championship Glazed Ribs

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These juicy, succulent St. Louis-style spareribs get great flavor from a dry rub that's also delicious on chicken, fish, and vegetables. They're perfect for serving a crowd at a leisurely weekend barbecue. For the Championship Glazed Ribs recipe, click here.

Grilled Chicken Nachos

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Take your nachos outside with this fun version made on the grill. Your guests will never expect to have nachos at a barbecue. For the Grilled Chicken Nachos recipe, click here.

Grilled Fruit

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For something different, try putting your fruit on the grill for a sweet treat. Grilling enhances the natural sweetness of ripe fruit, transforming it from satisfying to completely delicious. For the Grilled Fruit recipe, click here.

Grilled Margherita Pizza

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A great flavor combination on the grill is that of a Margherita pie: the simplicity of mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce, and basil are amplified by a charred and freshly grilled crust. For the Grilled Margherita Pizza recipe, click here.

Healthy Shrimp Burger

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Burgers are a must-have at a barbecue, but sometimes it’s nice to shake things up. At your next barbecue bash, make shrimp burgers. Shrimp is low in fat, which makes for a healthy burger protein. When using shrimp, however, it’s important to add the right seasonings. This burger is packed with flavorful spices like Old Bay, making it not only nourishing, but delicious, too. For the Healthy Shrimp Burger recipe, click here.

Lemon Caper Grilled Chicken

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The philosophy behind this lemon chicken recipe? Easy, fast, and delicious. Serve it with potatoes and corn. For the Lemon Caper Grilled Chicken recipe, click here.

Mexican-Style Grilled Corn

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This sweet corn is brushed with a smoky chipotle spread before grilling, and then finished with crumbled cheese, cayenne, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. It’s a great side for steak, chicken, or burgers. For the Mexican-Style Grilled Corn recipe, click here.

Tangy Grilled Pork Chops with Pears and Blue Cheese

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Everyone loves a grilled steak at a barbecue, so why not experiment with grilled pork chops? Top them with blue cheese and pears for a classy twist. For the Tangy Grilled Pork Chops with Pears and Blue Cheese recipe, click here.