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How to Grill Chicken, Steak, Shrimp and More: Our Best Recipes

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There’s something for everyone to grill out this summer (even vegetarians), and these are our 50 best grilling recipes.

Grilled Chicken and Peach Kabobs

Grilled Chicken and Peach Kabobs

A super easy chicken dish perfect for summer, this recipe calls for skewering chicken pieces with ripe peaches, mushrooms and zucchini.

For the Grilled Chicken and Peach Kabobs recipe, click here.

Grilled Onion Cheeseburgers

Grilled Onion Cheeseburgers

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There will be no skimping on onions with this recipe. For those that like fresh onion on their burgers, these thick, caramelized slices are the way to go.

For the Grilled Onion Cheeseburgers recipe, click here.

Grilled Mediterranean Bean Dip

Grilled Mediterranean Bean Dip

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Beans are a good option for a heart-healthy diet, and cannellini beans are perfect for a bean dip made with grilled onions, scallions, basil and garlic.

For the Grilled Mediterranean Bean Dip recipe, click here.

Caribbean Jerk Burger with Mango Slaw

Caribbean Jerk Burger with Mango Slaw

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When mangoes are in season, make sure you take advantage by turning them into a fresh mango slaw that goes perfectly with jerk-seasoned turkey burgers.

For the Caribbean Jerk Burger with Mango Slaw recipe, click here.

Cinnamon Sugar Grilled Doughnuts

Cinnamon Sugar Grilled Doughnuts

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The best desserts are easy desserts you can make with just five ingredients or fewer. To make these doughnuts, you need only granulated sugar, brown sugar, butter, ground cinnamon and refrigerated buttermilk biscuits.

For the Cinnamon Sugar Grilled Doughnuts recipe, click here.

Grilled Corn with Cheesy Taco-Spiced Butter

Grilled Corn with Cheesy Taco-Spiced Butter

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If you love Mexican cuisine, this Mexican-inspired, grilled corn on the cob recipe is perfect, adding taco seasoning, lime juice and pecorino cheese to the butter served with it.

For the Grilled Corn with Cheesy Taco-Spiced Butter recipe, click here.

Curry Lime Chicken Thighs with Tomato and Lima Bean Sauce

Curry Lime Chicken Thighs with Tomato and Lima Bean Sauce

Grilled chicken recipes don’t have to be boring, and this recipe for curry lime chicken thighs is proof. Marinated in yogurt, ginger, lime juice and curry powder, these chicken thighs pack quite the punch.

For the Curry Lime Chicken Thighs with Tomato and Lima Bean Sauce recipe, click here.

Grilled Eggplant with Feta and Cucumber

Grilled Eggplant with Feta and Cucumber

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This easy grilling recipe is inspired by Greek cuisine and features grilled eggplant topped with olive oil, feta cheese and cucumber.

For the Grilled Eggplant with Feta and Cucumber recipe, click here.

White BBQ Sauce with Smoky Chicken

White BBQ Sauce with Smoky Chicken

Barbecue enthusiasts have so many regional styles to choose from and enjoy. This smoky chicken recipe is from Alabama, served with a mayonnaise and vinegar-based barbecue sauce.

For the White BBQ Sauce with Smoky Chicken recipe, click here.

Cedar Plank Grilled Egg in Toast

Cedar Plank Grilled Egg in Toast

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If you’re looking for recipes to help you finish up that carton of eggs in the fridge, try cutting holes in your sliced bread, adding eggs in the center on planks of cedarwood, grilling them and finishing those eggs off with a little cheese sprinkled on top.

For the Cedar Plank Grilled Egg in Toast recipe, click here.

Greek Marinated Flank Steak with Tzatziki Sauce

Greek Marinated Flank Steak with Tzatziki Sauce

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Greek yogurt is a delicious accompaniment for meat-based recipes and it’s one of those foods that may help lower your blood pressure, so try out this recipe for tzatziki sauce along with a Greek-inspired marinated flank steak.

For the Greek Marinated Flank Steak with Tzatziki Sauce recipe, click here.

Soy Grilled Tuna Steaks

Soy Grilled Tuna Steaks

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Increase your vitamin D intake with some tuna steaks marinated in soy sauce, orange juice and parsley.

For the Soy Grilled Tuna Steaks recipe, click here.

Spicy Japanese Izakaya Style Grilled Wings

Spicy Japanese Izakaya Style Grilled Wings

These Japanese-inspired chicken wings are marinated in mirin, sake, brown sugar, soy sauce, rice vinegar, ginger and garlic. If that isn’t enough flavor for you, they’re later spiced with a homemade wasabi furikake seasoning for a kick.

For the Spicy Japanese Izakaya Style Grilled Wings, click here.

Grilled Vegetable Antipasto Bruschetta

Grilled Vegetable Antipasto Bruschetta

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Add more fat to your diet by using an olive oil-based marinade on an assortment of vegetables before grilling. Add a spread of hummus and the grilled vegetables on grilled slices of bread for a healthy appetizer.

For the Grilled Vegetable Antipasto Bruschetta recipe, click here.

Vietnamese Banh Mi Burger with Sriracha Mayo

Vietnamese Banh Mi Burger with Sriracha Mayo

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The banh mi sandwich is an iconic street food everyone has to try at least once, and this take on the Vietnamese favorite reimagines it into a burger served with spicy sriracha mayonnaise.

For the Vietnamese Banh Mi Burger with Sriracha Mayo recipe, click here.

Grilled Chicken Gyros

Grilled Chicken Gyros

Gyros are one of those iconic dishes from around the world that you can make at home. These grilled chicken gyros should take less than 30 minutes to whip up.

For the Grilled Chicken Gyros recipe, click here.

Korean BBQ Wings

Korean BBQ Wings

Honey has many wonderful uses in the culinary world, including as a remedy for a sore throat when you’re catching a cold. In this recipe for Korean chicken wings, it’s a key ingredient for barbecue sauce.

For the Korean BBQ Wings recipe, click here.

Grilled Summer Vegetables

Grilled Summer Vegetables

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Using popular vegetables such as eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes and onion, grill up a healthy side for any barbecue, flavored with olive oil, garlic, basil, oregano, red pepper flakes and grated cheese.

For the Grilled Summer Vegetables recipe, click here.

Old Bay Grilled Corn Pico de Gallo

Old Bay Grilled Corn Pico de Gallo

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Pico de gallo is a popular Mexican salsa that you can customize to your liking in many different ways. This recipe adds a twist in the form of Old Bay seasoning.

For the Old Bay Grilled Corn Pico de Gallo recipe, click here.

Steak Skewers with Cherry BBQ Sauce

Steak Skewers with Cherry BBQ Sauce

Cherries are an ingredient perfect for making dessert, but you also shouldn’t dismiss this summertime fruit for a barbecue. This barbecue sauce recipe uses both cherry juice and frozen cherries to deliver a tart taste to your grilled steak.

For the Steak Skewers with Cherry BBQ Sauce recipe, click here.

Butterflied Herb and Lemon Grilled Chicken

Butterflied Herb and Lemon Grilled Chicken

Butterflying a chicken is the kind of restaurant secret every home cook should know. When you butterfly a chicken, it helps the chicken cook quicker and more evenly, and this recipe has an herb and lemon sauce that adds a nice light flavor.

For the Butterflied Herb and Lemon Grilled Chicken recipe, click here.

Grilled Shrimp with Cilantro-Chili Sauce

Grilled Shrimp with Cilantro-Chili Sauce

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Grill some shrimp at your next barbecue and serve them with a side of sauce made with cilantro, chili pepper sauce and lime juice.

For the Grilled Shrimp with Cilantro-Chili Sauce recipe, click here.

Caribbean Cheeseburgers with Grilled Pineapple

Caribbean Cheeseburgers with Grilled Pineapple

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The Caribbean-inspired flavors in these grilled burgers are sure to bring vacation vibes to your backyard barbecue.

For the Caribbean Cheeseburgers with Grilled Pineapple recipe, click here.

 

Grilled Mahi Mahi Tacos with Spicy Mayo

Grilled Mahi Mahi Tacos with Spicy Mayo

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Transport your taste buds to a beautiful tropical getaway with mahi mahi tacos flavored with avocado, salsa verde and a spicy mayonnaise.

For the Grilled Mahi Mahi Tacos with Spicy Mayo recipe, click here.

Zesty BBQ Drumsticks

Zesty BBQ Drumsticks

A good spice rub, such as the one from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, can take the flavor of your meat to the next level. This recipe for chicken drumsticks uses BBQ rub, olive oil, lime juice, lime zest and garlic for a marinade that will add a smoky, zesty flavor.

For the Zesty BBQ Drumsticks recipe, click here.

Grilled Veggie Melts

Grilled Veggie Melts

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Making grilled cheese or melts is a quick and easy way to satisfy your cheesy cravings, but if you put in a bit more effort, you can create a next-level lunch. Grill up some bell peppers, onion and zucchini to put on your veggie melt, along with a homemade bean spread and fresh mozzarella.

For the Grilled Veggie Melts recipe, click here.

Southwestern Smoky Ranchero Burger with Grilled Avocado

Southwestern Smoky Ranchero Burger with Grilled Avocado

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One of the best burger recipes around is this Southwestern Smoky ranchero burger, which is topped off with grilled avocado stuffed with tomatoes and cheese.

For the Southwestern Smoky Ranchero Burger with Grilled Avocado recipe, click here.

Japanese 7-Spice Beef Skewers With Brussels Sprouts Salad

Japanese 7-Spice Beef Skewers With Brussels Sprouts Salad

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Grill yourself some beef yakitori marinated and serve them with a crunchy, pickled Brussels sprouts salad.

For the Japanese 7-Spice Beef Skewers with Brussels Sprouts Salad recipe, click here.

Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken with Corn Salsa

Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken with Corn Salsa

Grab a bit of cilantro from your indoor garden and add it to a corn salsa that also includes tomatoes, onions and avocado. Serve with chicken marinated in lime juice, lime zest and garlic, and you’ll have a lot of flavor on your plate.

For the Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken with Corn Salsa recipe, click here.

Sweet and Spicy Marinated Steaks

Sweet and Spicy Marinated Steaks

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There are a lot of unusual meat marinades that people use, and Dr Pepper is a surprisingly popular one. You’ll end up with steaks that are sweet but have a bit of a kick thanks to some grilled jalapenos.

For the Sweet and Spicy Marinated Steaks recipe, click here.

Grilled Lobster Tails

Grilled Lobster Tails

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Throw some lobster tails on the grill and you’ll have yourself a meal rivaling that of the best seafood shacks in the country. This recipe includes a marinade for the tails made with garlic, cilantro, sweet paprika and red pepper.

For the Grilled Lobster Tails recipe, click here.

Tomato, Garlic & Wine Salmon

Tomato, Garlic & Wine Salmon

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You can grill the perfect salmon, but it’ll still need some sauce to make an impressive meal. Brush some tomato, garlic and wine sauce onto your salmon for an Italian-style dish.

For the Tomato, Garlic & Wine Salmon recipe, click here.

Easy Mediterranean Spatchcocked Chicken

Easy Mediterranean Spatchcocked Chicken

It’s important to always cook your meat correctly, and this Mediterranean-style chicken recipe calls for butterflying and tying together the chicken before soaking it in a simple marinade and grilling.

For the Easy Mediterranean Spatchcocked Chicken recipe, click here.

Apricot Glazed Grilled Chicken Wings

Apricot Glazed Grilled Chicken Wings

Sweet apricot preserves and salty soy sauce balance each other out in a super flavorful glaze perfect for your grilled chicken wings.

For the Apricot Glazed Grilled Chicken Wings recipe, click here.

Candied Grilled Bacon

Candied Grilled Bacon

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Why not treat your sweet tooth the next time you’re making brunch? Brush your bacon with a mix of honey and cinnamon for a super sweet side to your eggs or pancakes.

For the Candied Grilled Bacon recipe, click here.

Lemon Thyme Chicken

Lemon Thyme Chicken

When life gives you lemons, you can make a lot more than just lemonade, including grilled chicken breasts marinated in lemon juice, lemon zest, olive oil, shallots and thyme.

For the Lemon Thyme Chicken recipe, click here.

Chili Shrimp and Peach Skewers

Chili Shrimp and Peach Skewers

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Peaches are one of the most iconic American foods, and they’re also pretty good spiced and on a skewer. Marinate your shrimp and peaches with chili seasoning, vinegar, oil and agave nectar.

For the Chili Shrimp and Peach Skewers recipe, click here.

Grilled Moroccan Spice Chicken

Grilled Moroccan Spice Chicken

With a surprisingly long shelf life, honey is a great and super versatile ingredient to always have in your cupboard. Add a bit of honey to a marinade of lemon juice, olive oil and a Moroccan-inspired mix of spices for your chicken.

For the Grilled Moroccan Spice Chicken recipe, click here.

Sour Cream and Onion-Spiced Grilled Tornado Potatoes

Sour Cream and Onion-Spiced Grilled Tornado Potatoes

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You can make tornado potatoes better than any snack on the boardwalk with this recipe that uses Parmesan cheese, chives, dill weed, parsley and more for tons of flavor.

For the Sour Cream and Onion-Spiced Grilled Tornado Potatoes recipe, click here.

Chipotle-Rubbed Beer Can Chicken

Chipotle-Rubbed Beer Can Chicken

Not using enough seasoning is a mistake you don’t want to make when grilling chicken, but with this recipe for beer can chicken, you’ll have plenty of flavor after adding a chipotle pepper rub.

For the Chipotle-Rubbed Beer Can Chicken recipe, click here.

Grilled Halloumi and Veggie Sandwiches

Grilled Halloumi and Veggie Sandwiches

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Native to Cyprus and made with a mix of sheep’s and goat’s milk, halloumi is one of many cheeses from around the world that everyone needs to try. Halloumi has a high melting point, which means it’s popular as a grilled snack and a great addition to a sandwich full of veggies and spices.

For the Grilled Halloumi and Veggie Sandwiches recipe, click here.

Thai Grilled Chicken Noodle Salad

Thai Grilled Chicken Noodle Salad

Make sure to get some fresh vegetables when making this grilled chicken noodle salad. The Thai cuisine inspiration is also apparent in the bean thread noodles and the dressing made with sweet chili sauce and fish sauce.

For the Thai Grilled Chicken Noodle Salad recipe, click here.

Gluten-Free Grilled Shrimp Mango Slaw

Gluten-Free Grilled Shrimp Mango Slaw

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Bring something more interesting the next time you’re making food for a picnic or cookout. This unique slaw recipe mixes chili-marinated shrimp with coleslaw, mango, bell pepper and cilantro.

For the Gluten-Free Grilled Shrimp Mango Slaw recipe, click here.

Sweet Tea Brined Grilled Chicken with Peach BBQ Sauce

Sweet Tea Brined Grilled Chicken with Peach BBQ Sauce

Bringing together the best of Southern cuisine, this grilled chicken recipe brines the bird in sweet tea and uses a barbecue sauce made with fresh peaches.

For the Sweet Tea Brined Grilled Chicken with Peach BBQ Sauce recipe, click here.

Cuban Mojo Chicken Tacos

Cuban Mojo Chicken Tacos

Cubans didn’t invent the taco, but this Cuban-inspired marinade of orange juice, thyme, allspice and cumin can take your chicken tacos to a whole new level of flavor.

For the Cuban Mojo Chicken Tacos recipe, click here.

Grilled Butterflied Chicken with Basil and Mint Vinaigrette

Grilled Butterflied Chicken with Basil and Mint Vinaigrette

Basil and mint are the perfect plants to grow for a rookie gardener, and they’re very useful to have on hand when cooking. Make a homemade vinaigrette with these herbs for pouring over your brined and butterflied grilled chicken.

For the Grilled Butterflied Chicken with Basil and Mint Vinaigrette recipe, click here.

Chicken Wings with Grilled Ginger Plum Coulis

Chicken Wings with Grilled Ginger Plum Coulis

You don’t have to find a chicken wing joint to enjoy new, creative flavors with your wings. Add grilled and puréed plums to a mixture of hoisin sauce, vinegar, soy sauce, ginger, scallions and pepper for a different kind of wing sauce.

For the Chicken Wings with Grilled Ginger Plum Coulis recipe, click here.

Grilled Watermelon Steaks With Walnut Gremolata

Grilled Watermelon Steaks With Walnut Gremolata

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Once you’ve picked out the perfect watermelon at the market or grocery store, there’s a lot you can do with it — including grilling. Marinade your watermelon “steaks” with a mix of oil, vinegar, lemon juice, rosemary, salt and pepper, and after they’re done on the grill, top them off with a walnut gremolata.

For the Grilled Watermelon Steaks with Walnut Gremolata recipe, click here.

Old Bay Barbecue Chicken

Old Bay Barbecue Chicken

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Don’t get into the bad cooking habit of using too much heat when grilling your meat. This recipe for barbecue chicken requires that you grill over low heat before giving it a quick sear and then brushing it with a homemade sauce made with ketchup, vinegar, molasses and Old Bay seasoning.

For the Old Bay Barbecue Chicken recipe, click here.

Turkey Meatball & Scallion Yakitori

Turkey Meatball & Scallion Yakitori

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