Our 50 Best Grilling Recipes
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Our 50 Best Grilling Recipes

Don't even think about turning on your oven
Our 50 Best Grilling Recipes
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If you ask us, summertime may as well be called grilling time. And while we love to cook our burgers and hot dogs, you can do way more with your grill beyond the basics. These 50 recipes for the grill are some of our favorites. You’ll certainly find your cookout staples: brats, ribs and barbecue chicken, but there are also new ways to prepare classic proteins, veggies and even desserts for exciting grilled meals.

Harissa Grilled Chicken

Harissa Grilled Chicken
The Chicago Tribune

The smoky flavors from cooking over wood chips complement spicy heat very, very well — as this harissa-marinated chicken recipe demonstrates.

For the Harissa Grilled Chicken recipe, click here.

Grilled Corn With Chile Butter

Grilled Corn With Chile Butter
Eberly Film Labs for The Daily Meal; Shannon Kinsella/food styling

Grilling corn is one of summer’s simplest and sweetest pleasures. Take that everyday charred corn to the next level by slathering it in a compound chile butter spiced with paprika, cumin and cayenne, plus a healthy dash of pomegranate molasses.

For the Grilled Corn With Chile Butter recipe, click here.

Grilled Lobster Tails

Grilled Lobster Tails
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Cooking lobster tails the right way doesn’t have to be super intimidating. If you’re not sure about broiling them or boiling them, simply cook your lobster tails on the grill.

For the Grilled Lobster Tails recipe, click here.

Green Chile and Avocado Cheeseburger on Brioche

Green Chile and Avocado Cheeseburger on Brioche
E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune; Shannon Kinsella/food styling

Channel one of America's favorite regional ingredients, New Mexico hatch chiles, with this fiery, flavorful burger recipe. Chile and avocado is one of those rare combinations that works equally well with beef or turkey burgers.

For the Green Chile and Avocado Cheeseburger on Brioche recipe, click here.

Grilled, Dilled Lemon Chicken With Honey and Dijon

Grilled, Dilled Lemon Chicken With Honey and Dijon
Michael Tercha / Chicago Tribune

Lemon, white wine vinegar, honey, mustard, dill and basil take your everyday chicken breasts or thighs from dull and dry to straight-up delectable. Serve with simply seasoned broccoli and cauliflower for a healthy warm-weather meal.

For the Grilled, Dilled Lemon Chicken With Honey and Dijon recipe, click here.

Herb-rubbed Baby Back Ribs

Herb-rubbed Baby Back Ribs
Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune; Shannon Kinsella/food styling

No need for barbecue sauce with this baby back rib recipe. Instead, it uses a super herbaceous rub packed with thyme, oregano, rosemary, red pepper flakes and a touch of lavender.

For the Herb-rubbed Baby Back Ribs recipe, click here.

Beer-cooked Bratwurst With Sweet Onions and Homemade Condiments

Beer-cooked Bratwurst With Sweet Onions and Homemade Condiments
Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune; Shannon Kinsella/food styling

Boiling your brats in beer before grilling infuses them with tons of summertime flavor, but this recipe flips that technique on its head. In case you were wondering, this isn’t your average grilling recipe; it also pairs with a homemade sauerkraut and mustard.

For the Beer-cooked Bratwurst With Sweet Onions and Homemade Condiments recipe, click here.

Grilled Salmon With Peppered Soy Glaze

Grilled Salmon With Peppered Soy Glaze
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You need to grill salmon this summer. This easy-to-follow recipe uses a bold marinade with soy sauce, lime juice, pepper, ginger, garlic, sesame seeds and red pepper.

For the Grilled Salmon With Peppered Soy Glaze recipe, click here.

Easy Grilled Zucchini and Squash Foil Packets

Easy Grilled Zucchini and Squash Foil Packets
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Make the best of all the zucchini and summer squash you’ll grow in your garden this summer with these easy grilled zucchini foil packets.

For the Easy Grilled Zucchini and Squash Foil Packets recipe, click here.

Grilled Marinated Flank Steak

Grilled Marinated Flank Steak
Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune

Flank steak is a seriously underrated cut of meat. This recipe marinates the beef in a bold blend of chipotles in adobo and red wine vinegar. Eat warm in fajitas or serve cold the next day over a bed of arugula.

For the Grilled Marinated Flank Steak recipe, click here.

Chipotle-Rubbed Beer Can Chicken

Chipotle-Rubbed Beer Can Chicken
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Not using enough seasoning is a mistake you don’t want to make when grilling chicken. 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 Mahi Mahi Tacos With Spicy Mayo

Grilled Mahi Mahi Tacos With Spicy Mayo
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Fish tacos are a great quick, light dinner option. The fish is coated in cumin and paprika for a little kick, but the habanero lime mayo is really what makes this taco hot.

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

Steak Skewers With Cherry BBQ Sauce

Steak Skewers With Cherry BBQ Sauce
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Cherries are frequently used for making dessert, but don’t dismiss the 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.

Easy Mediterranean Spatchcocked Chicken

Easy Mediterranean Spatchcocked Chicken
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Sometimes, simply seasoned chicken really hits the spot. This Mediterranean-inspired bird is marinated in a combination of olive oil, oregano, garlic and lemon. For the biggest flavor, use fresh herbs.

For the Easy Mediterranean Spatchcocked Chicken recipe, click here.

Lamb Kebabs

Lamb Kebabs
Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune

If you find yourself ordering delivery from your local Mediterranean place each week, it’s time to learn how to make some takeout staples yourself. Consider, for instance, this grilled lamb kebab recipe, which is cleverly skewered on cinnamon sticks for an extra dose of aromatics.

For the Lamb Kebabs recipe, click here.

Lemon Thyme Chicken

Lemon Thyme Chicken
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When life gives you lemons, you can make a lot more than just lemonade. Use that citrus to make grilled chicken breasts, seasoned simply with lemon juice, lemon zest, olive oil, shallots and thyme.

For the Lemon Thyme Chicken recipe, click here.

Bold and Spicy Burgers

Bold and Spicy Burgers
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The secret to adding tons of dimension to your burger without buying 100 different ingredients is to use shortcuts like barbecue sauce or A1 steak sauce, like this recipe does. If you can’t find the Bold & Spicy A1, classic steak sauce and a few dashes of a hot sauce like Tabasco will do the trick.

For the Bold and Spicy Burgers recipe, click here.

Red Chili Glazed Eggplant

Red Chili Glazed Eggplant
Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune

Grilled vegetarian food has a reputation for being bland and boring, but this glazed eggplant proves otherwise — it's doused in a fiery gochujang-based sauce.

For the Red Chili Glazed Eggplant recipe, click here.

Grilled Chicken and Peach Kabobs

Grilled Chicken and Peach Kabobs
Courtesy of the National Chicken Council

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

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

Soy Grilled Tuna Steaks

Soy Grilled Tuna Steaks
Courtesy of Catherine Pappas/Living the Gourmet

Grilled tuna marinated in a mixture of soy sauce, ginger, garlic and jalapeno is deeply flavorful and full of vitamin D. Serve over rice or on a bed of napa cabbage with mandarin oranges, almonds, shredded carrots, scallions and chow mein noodles.

For the Soy Grilled Tuna Steaks recipe, click here.

Grilled Onion Cheeseburgers

Grilled Onion Cheeseburgers
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Use your grill two ways for one of our all-time favorite burger recipes. First, use it to cook your burger patties. Then, use your grill to caramelize onions for a sweet flavor you’ll dream of all summer long.

For the Grilled Onion Cheeseburgers recipe, click here.

Grilled Chicken Gyros

Grilled Chicken Gyros
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Gyros are one of those iconic dishes from around the world that you can make at home. You’ll whip up these grilled chicken gyros in less than 30 minutes and add new dimensions to your everyday grilled chicken.

For the Grilled Chicken Gyros 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, including Dr Pepper, which is surprisingly popular. You’ll end up with steaks that are sweet but with a bit of a kick, thanks to some grilled jalapenos.

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

Grilled Indian-Spiced Flatbread

Grilled Indian-Spiced Flatbread
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Making pizza at home is one of the best ways to get your kids involved in the kitchen. If you want a super quick weeknight meal, toss some naan on the grill and use it as the base for deeply flavored flatbreads. The charred flavor complements creamy goat cheese and tomatoes (the latter of which you can also quickly throw on the grill for extra juiciness).

For the Grilled Indian-Spiced Flatbread recipe, click here.

Grilled Shrimp With Cilantro-Chili Sauce

Grilled Shrimp With Cilantro-Chili Sauce
Kristie Collado/The Daily Meal

Add a massive punch of flavor to grilled shrimp with this sauce made with cilantro, chili pepper sauce and lime juice. Put on tacos or serve over a bed of coconut rice.

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

Sweet Tea Brined Grilled Chicken With Peach BBQ Sauce

Sweet Tea Brined Grilled Chicken With Peach BBQ Sauce
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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.

Marinated Grilled Leg of Lamb

Marinated Grilled Leg of Lamb
Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune

A recipe worthy of a holiday table or an evening when you’re sick of beef and pork, this grilled leg of lamb has a classic marinade made of Dijon mustard, red wine and plenty of herbs.

For the Marinated Grilled Leg of Lamb recipe, click here.

Grilled Summer Vegetables

Grilled Summer Vegetables
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Use popular garden vegetables such as eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes and onion to grill up a healthy side for any barbecue. Don’t worry about your veggies falling through the grill grates — this clever recipe uses a cast iron skillet on top of your grill.

For the Grilled Summer Vegetables recipe, click here.

Grilled Tuna Burgers

Grilled Tuna Burgers
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If you prefer seafood to beef, then these grilled tuna burgers are going to be your weeknight go-to. Make sure to buy high-quality tuna, as this fish is best served rare.

For the Grilled Tuna Burgers recipe, click here.

Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken With Corn Salsa

Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken With Corn Salsa
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When corn is in season, use it as a base for a salsa that also includes tomatoes, onions and avocado. Serve alongside chicken that’s been 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.

Thai-style Grilled Pork Country Ribs

Thai-style Grilled Pork Country Ribs
Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune; Shannon Kinsella/food styling

There’s lots of freshness packed into this Thai-inspired marinade for pork ribs, courtesy of lemongrass and ginger. If you're not a pork fan, this marinade also translates well to chicken thighs.

For the Thai-style Grilled Pork Country Ribs recipe, click here.

Grilled Eggplant With Feta and Cucumber

Grilled Eggplant With Feta and Cucumber
Will Budiaman/The Daily Meal

Topped with olive oil, feta and cucumber, this charred eggplant is inspired by Greek cuisine and is one of our favorite vegetarian-friendly things to grill.

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

Apricot Glazed Grilled Chicken Wings

Apricot Glazed Grilled Chicken Wings
Courtesy of the National Chicken Council

Sweet apricot preserves and salty soy sauce provide balance in this super flavorful glaze that’s perfect for gameday-ready grilled chicken wing recipe.

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

Grilled Steak and Potato Salad

Grilled Steak and Potato Salad
E. Jason Wambsgans / Chicago Tribune

Steak and potatoes are a timeless combination any time of the year but for a summery spin on this duo, cook everything on the grill and serve over lettuce with homemade ranch dressing.

For the Grilled Steak and Potato Salad recipe, click here

Butterflied Herb and Lemon Grilled Chicken

Butterflied Herb and Lemon Grilled Chicken
Courtesy of the National Chicken Council

Butterflying a chicken is the kind of restaurant secret every home cook should know; it helps the chicken cook quicker and more evenly, leading to a dinner for a family of four that’s on the table in 90 minutes.

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

Grilled Butterflied Pork Tenderloin With Hoisin-Mint Sauce

Grilled Butterflied Pork Tenderloin With Hoisin-Mint Sauce
E. Jason Wambsgans /Chicago Tribune; Shannon Kinsella/food styling

Pork tenderloin is a great weeknight protein when you’re tired of chicken and beef. The unique combination of hoisin sauce plus fresh mint from your summer garden adds a new dimension to this tender piece of meat.

For the Grilled Butterflied Pork Tenderloin With Hoisin-Mint Sauce recipe, click here.

Grilled Citrus Tequila Chicken Tacos

Grilled Citrus Tequila Chicken Tacos
Courtesy of Esteban Castillo

Citrus is the key to unlocking tons of bright flavors in any number of dishes, and this Taco Tuesday recipe uses orange juice and limes to put the taste of summer on your table. This marinade also uses tequila, which means you have an excuse to serve these tacos with some margaritas.

For the Grilled Citrus Tequila Chicken Tacos recipe, click here.

Grilled Artichokes With Citronette Dressing

Grilled Artichokes With Citronette Dressing
Amy Beth Bennett/Sun Sentinel

As much as we love a big steak or a heaping plate of BBQ ribs, it can be hard to eat heavy food in the dog days of summer. Enter: this simple Italian recipe for grilled artichoke salad. After charring your artichoke hearts, add them to a bed of arugula alongside cherry tomatoes, prosciutto, Parmesan and a lemon vinaigrette.

For the Grilled Artichokes With Citronette Dressing recipe, click here.

Curry Lime Chicken Thighs With Tomato and Lima Bean Sauce

Curry Lime Chicken Thighs With Tomato and Lima Bean Sauce
Courtesy of the National Chicken Council

This recipe for curry lime chicken thighs is proof that grilled chicken recipes don’t have to be boring. 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 Steak With Avocado-Lemongrass Sauce

Grilled Steak With Avocado-Lemongrass Sauce
Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune

You’ve never had a steak sauce like this. The sweet, creamy avocado-lemongrass sauce plays off of the hearty steak for a summertime party on your plate.

For the Grilled Steak With Avocado-Lemongrass Sauce recipe, click here.

Thai Grilled Chicken Noodle Salad

Thai Grilled Chicken Noodle Salad
Courtesy of the National Chicken Council

Make sure to get some fresh vegetables when making this grilled chicken noodle salad. In addition to crunchy peas and carrots, the Thai 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.

Lemon Garlic Grilled Portobellos With Burrata and Tomatoes

Lemon Garlic Grilled Portobellos With Burrata and Tomatoes
Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune

Beef burgers are fine and good, but the vegetarians at your cookout have it made with these grilled portobellos, which are stuffed with grilled onion and topped with gooey cheese and fresh summer tomatoes.

For the Lemon Garlic Grilled Portobellos With Burrata and Tomatoes recipe, click here.

Chicken Wings With Grilled Ginger Plum Coulis

Chicken Wings With Grilled Ginger Plum Coulis
Courtesy of the National Chicken Council

You don’t have to find a chicken wing joint to enjoy new, creative flavors. 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.

Cinnamon Sugar Grilled Doughnuts

Cinnamon Sugar Grilled Doughnuts
Courtesy of McCormick

The best desserts are easy desserts you can make with five ingredients or fewer, and these doughnuts have the added benefit of being made on the grill for a pleasantly charred flavor.

For the Cinnamon Sugar Grilled Doughnuts recipe, click here.

Vietnamese Banh Mi Burger With Sriracha Mayo

Vietnamese Banh Mi Burger With Sriracha Mayo
Courtesy of McCormick

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 as a burger served with spicy sriracha mayonnaise.

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

Grilled Watermelon Steaks With Walnut Gremolata

Grilled Watermelon Steaks With Walnut Gremolata
Courtesy of McCormick

You can do a lot once you’ve picked out the perfect watermelon — including grilling. Marinate your watermelon “steaks” with a mix of oil, vinegar, lemon juice, rosemary, salt and pepper. 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.

White BBQ Sauce With Smoky Chicken

White BBQ Sauce With Smoky Chicken
Courtesy of McCormick

Barbecue enthusiasts can choose from many regional styles to choose from. This smoky chicken recipe takes inspiration from Alabama with a mayonnaise and vinegar-based barbecue sauce.

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

Greek Marinated Flank Steak With Tzatziki Sauce

Greek Marinated Flank Steak With Tzatziki Sauce
Courtesy of Wholesomelicious

Greek yogurt-based sauces pair well with beef, as the light, cooling flavor complements the charred red meat and help to make the meat tender and delicious. Nothing proves that better than this flank steak, which is served with a homemade tzatziki sauce.

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

Smoky Grilled Pork Chops With Broccoli and Lemon-Garlic Relish

Smoky Grilled Pork Chops With Broccoli and Lemon-Garlic Relish
Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune; Shannon Kinsella/food styling

Pork chops are a weeknight staple, but skip the oven on those hot summer evenings and cook them on the grill. A lemon-garlic relish and steamed broccoli lighten this dish up, so you don’t feel too heavy during those long nights.

For the Smoky Grilled Pork Chops With Broccoli and Lemon-Garlic Relish recipe, click here.

Morandi's Grilled Pizza-Style Focaccia

Morandi's Grilled Pizza-Style Focaccia
Jacqui Wedewer/The Daily Meal

This basic flatbread is amped up with prosciutto, arugula and Stracchino cheese for an elegant appetizer, but you can use this recipe as a base and top it with whatever you like. That's why even though it sounds intimidating, homemade pizza is one of our all-time favorite easy weeknight dinner recipes.

For Morandi's Grilled Pizza-Style Focaccia recipe, click here.

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