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Summer Recipes to Try on the Grill

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dishes you need to grill before summer is over
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One of the best parts of the summer is gathering together with family and friends for a cookout in your backyard. But no cookout is complete without delicious food, from burgers and steaks to less expected grilled dishes, like watermelon, halloumi sandwiches and more. Here all of those foods — and more — that you need to grill before summer is over.

Grilled Curry Lime Chicken Thighs With Tomato and Lima Bean Salsa

Grilled Curry Lime Chicken Thighs With Tomato and Lima Bean Salsa

Grilling chicken doesn’t have to be boring. This grilled chicken recipe is marinated in curry powder, yogurt, ginger and lime juice. Prepare a flavorful salsa with tomato, lima beans, onions and cilantro to go alongside it.

For the Grilled Curry Lime Chicken Thighs With Tomato and Lima Bean Salsa recipe, click here.

Steak Skewers With Cherry BBQ Sauce

Steak Skewers With Cherry BBQ Sauce

These steak skewers will make your day. Create your own sweet and tangy barbecue sauce using cherries, tomato paste, vinegar, sugar and more. If you have any leftover cherries from the sauce, you can use them to make one of these tasty cherry desserts.

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

Butterflied Herb and Lemon Grilled Chicken

Butterflied Herb and Lemon Grilled Chicken

You can make more than just lemonade when you have lemons. In this grilled chicken recipe, you can create an herb and lemon sauce to glaze over the chicken, then garnish it with lemon slices and parsley sprigs.

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

Grilled Mahi Mahi Tacos With Spicy Mayo

Grilled Mahi Mahi Tacos With Spicy Mayo
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Chicken and steaks aren’t the only things you can grill. Wrap some mahi-mahi" class="keyword" target="_blank">mahi-mahi fillets inside corn tortillas with salsa and avocado slices then drizzle with a spicy mayo sauce.

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

Chicken Wings With Grilled Ginger Plum Coulis

Chicken Wings With Grilled Ginger Plum Coulis

Why not take advantage of summertime fruit and create a dish that the whole family will love? This grilled chicken wing uses a sauce featuring blended plums, vinegar, hoisin sauce, ginger and more.

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

Cinnamon Sugar Grilled Doughnuts

Cinnamon Sugar Grilled Doughnuts
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Here’s a recipe that may change your view on grilling. Instead of  learning how to fry food at home, this cinnamon sugar donut recipe calls for you to place the dough on the grill. In four to six minutes, your doughnuts are ready to eat with whipped cream or fresh fruit on top.

For the Cinnamon Sugar Grilled Doughnuts recipe, click here.

Apricot Glazed Grilled Chicken Wings

Apricot Glazed Grilled Chicken Wings

This grilled chicken recipe has the right amount of sweetness and saltiness. Chicken wings are glazed with an apricot, ginger and lime sauce. While you’re grilling chicken, make sure you avoid making these mistakes.

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

Grilled Indian-Spiced Flatbread

Grilled Indian-Spiced Flatbread

Courtesy of McCormick

You can make food from around the world right at home. For this grilled Indian-spiced flatbread, throw some naan bread on the grill and top it off with onions, tomatoes, goat cheese and a bunch of spices, such as cumin, turmeric and red pepper.

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

Grilled Chicken and Peach Kabobs

Grilled Chicken and Peach Kabobs

If you’re looking for an easy chicken recipe for a busy weeknight, thread some chicken, zucchini, mushrooms and peach slices on a skewer and throw it on the grill for these fresh and fruity kabobs.

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

Candied Grilled Bacon

Candied Grilled Bacon
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Grilling isn’t only for making dinner. Use the grill to help make the ultimate breakfast or brunch recipe. This candied grilled bacon recipe uses the grill to give your bacon an extra smoky flavor.

For the Candied Grilled Bacon recipe, click here.

Asian Grilled Chicken Sandwich

Asian Grilled Chicken Sandwich

This Asian grilled chicken sandwich recipe makes a great simple weeknight dinner idea. Marinate the chicken in soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, hot pepper flakes and lime juice before griling.

For the Asian Grilled Chicken Sandwich recipe, click here.

Mesquite Chickpea Burger With Grilled Corn Topping

Mesquite Chickpea Burger With Grilled Corn Topping
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This mesquite chickpea is one of the best-ever burger recipes, especially if you're looking for a vegan-friendly option. Mix together sweet potato, chickpea, zucchini and more to form patties to place on the grill. Serve inside pita bread with grilled kale, a tomato slice and a mixture of grilled corn, mayonnaise and lime.

For the Mesquite Chickpea Burger With Grilled Corn Topping recipe, click here.

Caribbean Cheeseburgers With Grilled Pineapple

Caribbean Cheeseburgers With Grilled Pineapple
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If you love pineapple on your homemade pizza, you’ll probably fall in love with this pineapple burger recipe. Also flavored with jerk seasoning, this burger is the perfect combination of the tastes of the tropics.

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

Burgers With Grilled Onions

Burgers With Grilled Onions
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Sometimes the best burgers are the classic ones. This simple burger recipe is topped with lettuce and tomatoes as well as grilled onions.

For the Burgers With Grilled Onions recipe, click here.

Grilled Eggplant With Feta and Cucumber

Grilled Eggplant With Feta and Cucumber
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This grilled eggplant recipe will have a smoky taste and a soft, tender center. After your eggplant slices are done grilling, top them off with feta, cucumber and olive oil for a great vegetarian dinner recipe.

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

 

Grilled Onion Cheeseburgers

Grilled Onion Cheeseburgers
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Look to the grill to get some smoky, caramelized onions perfect to top off your cheeseburger. It’s easy enough that even a grilling beginner can do it.

For the Grilled Onion Cheeseburgers recipe, click here.

Grilled Shrimp with Cilantro-Chili Sauce

Grilled Shrimp with Cilantro-Chili Sauce
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There are a bunch of great ways to cook shrimp, including on the grill. But how can you take your grilled shrimp recipe to the next level? By adding a dipping sauce made with chili garlic sauce, cilantro and lime juice. If that doesn’t bring enough heat for you, you can always top the dish with some of the world’s spiciest hot sauces.

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

Grilled Mediterranean Chickpea Burgers With Creamy Harissa

Grilled Mediterranean Chickpea Burgers With Creamy Harissa
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Keep the delicious smoky taste of a burger while subbing meat for a healthy food you should eat every day. This chickpea burger recipe is the perfect vegetarian alternative with tangy and creamy harissa sauce. Chickpeas are also one of the many foods that can boost your immune system.

For the Grilled Mediterranean Chickpea Burgers With Creamy Harissa recipe, click here.

Grilled Mesquite Beer Brats

Grilled Mesquite Beer Brats
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How to grill bratwurst is one of the most popular grilling questions in the country. This beer brats recipe is the perfect answer to that question. You can boil the brats with beer in a cast-iron skillet directly over the grill and add onions and bell peppers for more flavor.

For the Grilled Mesquite Beer Brats recipe, click here.

Southwestern Smoky Ranchero Burger With Grilled Avocado

Southwestern Smoky Ranchero Burger With Grilled Avocado
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This burger recipe is jam-packed with flavor. After using smoky ranchero to marinate the meat, add a dollop of lime mayo and grilled avocado with diced tomatoes then sprinkle with Mexican cotija cheese.

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

Grilled Lobster Tails

Grilled Lobster Tails

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No need to travel to America's best seafood shacks when you can grill delicious seafood at home. Marinate your lobster tail in a bold paste made from cilantro, sweet paprika and red pepper flakes.

For the Grilled Lobster Tails recipe, click here.

Grilled Veggie Melts

Grilled Veggie Melts

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These Grilled Veggie Melts are the perfect sandwich for lunchtime. Ready in less than 30 minutes, you just cook bell peppers, zucchini and onions on the grill. Then, add some mozzarella cheese and a black bean spread between the sandwich rolls.

For the Grilled Veggie Melts recipe, click here.

Smoked Tea-Rubbed Steaks with Grilled Corn and Tomato Salsa

Smoked Tea-Rubbed Steaks with Grilled Corn and Tomato Salsa
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There are amazing kinds of teas around the world, but did you know that you can use them to give your steaks some flavor? Rub your steaks with a mixture of loose tea leaves, sea salt and sugar before grilling. Chop up some tomatoes and corn with lime juice for salsa on the side.

For the Smoked Tea-Rubbed Steaks with Grilled Corn and Tomato Salsa recipe, click here.

Grilled Summer Vegetables

Grilled Summer Vegetables

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Need something to eat on the side of your steak or chicken? This easy grilled vegetable recipe is the perfect addition to a delicious meal in the summer. 

For the Grilled Summer Vegetables recipe, click here.

Soy Grilled Tuna Steaks

Soy Grilled Tuna Steaks

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This tuna steak recipe takes less time to cook than a beef steak, so you can enjoy more time eating your home-cooked meal. Marinate the tuna steak with soy sauce, ginger, garlic, lemon juice and more. Then cook it on the grill for just three to five minutes on each side.

For the Soy Grilled Tuna Steaks recipe, click here.

Grilled Watermelon Steaks With Walnut Gremolata

Grilled Watermelon Steaks With Walnut Gremolata
Courtesy of McCormick

Eating a juicy watermelon is always nice and refreshing during a hot day at the beach. This grilled watermelon recipe is marinated in balsamic vinegar, lemon juice and rosemary then topped with parsley and walnuts.

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

Sour Cream and Onion Spiced Grilled Tornado Potatoes

Sour Cream and Onion Spiced Grilled Tornado Potatoes
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Put a bamboo skewer through the center of a potato, cut it in a spiral pattern, set it on the grill and cover it in onion powder, Parmesan, chives and more for a state-fair inspired side, the Sour Cream and Onion Spiced Grilled Tornado Potato.

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

Gluten-Free Grilled Shrimp Mango Slaw

Gluten-Free Grilled Shrimp Mango Slaw
Courtesy of McCormick

Looking for a light but refreshing meal to enjoy on a hot summer day? Make this grilled shrimp recipe at your next cookout, which features a coleslaw made with mango, bell pepper and cilantro. Try using this viral mango cutting hack while making this recipe.

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

Grilled Halloumi and Veggie Sandwiches

Grilled Halloumi and Veggie Sandwiches
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Vegetarians should have options at a barbecue too. This sandwich recipe uses grilled vegetables and halloumi brushed with oil, vinegar and more to form a delicious sandwich that’s probably better than what your mom used to make.

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

Grilled Corn with Cheesy Taco-Spiced Butter

Grilled Corn with Cheesy Taco-Spiced Butter
Courtesy of McCormick

It’s not a proper barbecue without grilled corn. Rather than just simply grilling this popular vegetable, add extra flavor using pecorino cheese, taco seasoning, lime zest and more.

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

Cedar Plank Grilled Egg in Toast

Cedar Plank Grilled Egg in Toast
Courtesy of McCormick

Take advantage of the nice weather by whipping up brunch outside in your backyard. For this recipe, you will need to put a cedar plank on the grill to cook your slice of bread with an egg placed in the center of the slice. This is just one of the 101 ways to cook an egg.

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

Grilled Vegetable Antipasto Bruschetta

Grilled Vegetable Antipasto Bruschetta
Courtesy of McCormick

You can still eat healthily and enjoy the flavors of a barbecue. This grilled vegetable recipe requires you to marinade your vegetable medley in olive oil, vinegar and seasonings. This recipe is also full of foods that are healthy for your brain.

For the Grilled Vegetable Antipasto Bruschetta recipe, click here.

Gluten-Free Grilled Taco Wings

Gluten-Free Grilled Taco Wings
Courtesy of McCormick

Are tacos your favorite Mexican food? If so, you will surely love this wing recipe that uses taco seasoning to marinate the chicken.

For the Gluten-Free Grilled Taco Wings recipe, click here.

Zesty BBQ Drumsticks

Zesty BBQ Drumsticks

If you don’t feel like going all-out for dinner, try this simple barbecue drumstick recipe. Coat the chicken in olive oil, seasoning rub, garlic, lime zest and juice, then toss it on the grill until it’s fully cooked. It’s simple, but it’s the kind of dish that can make dinner at home feel like you’re out at a restaurant.

For the Zesty BBQ Drumsticks recipe, click here.

Barbecue Chipotle Burgers

Barbecue Chipotle Burgers
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No matter what style of regional barbecue you prefer, barbecue sauce is a crowd-pleasing condiment. Take your simple burger recipe to the next level by replacing ordinary buns with Texas toast and preparing your own barbecue sauce using beer, brown sugar, ketchup, chipotle peppers and Worcestershire sauce.

For the Barbecue Chipotle Burgers recipe, click here.

Carolina Barbecue Burgers

Carolina Barbecue Burgers
Courtesy Beef - It's What's For Dinner

While you’re camping in your backyard, why not have a barbecue as well? This burger is coated in barbecue sauce made up of beer, brown sugar, mustard and vinegar, and then topped with thinly sliced cabbage.

For the Carolina Barbecue Burgers recipe, click here.

Grilled Ribs With Homemade Sriracha BBQ Sauce

Grilled Ribs With Homemade Sriracha BBQ Sauce

Don’t be that person to put out canned food, deviled eggs or other foods you should never serve at a cookout. Your guests will appreciate this grilled pork rib recipe a lot more. Add an extra kick by making your own spicy barbecue sauce using Sriracha, tomato sauce, Fresno chile peppers, brown sugar and more.

For the Grilled Ribs With Homemade Sriracha BBQ Sauce recipe, click here.

Korean BBQ Wings

Korean BBQ Wings

You can try making this easy chicken recipe for the summer. The marinade features delicious Korean flavors thanks to gochujang, soy sauce, sesame oil and ginger.

For the Korean BBQ Wings recipe, click here.

Grilled Chicken Gyros

Grilled Chicken Gyros

Make this iconic street food at home on your grill. Use lemon juice, oil, oregano, mint and thyme to marinade the chicken for this Greek-inspired chicken gyro recipe.

For the Grilled Chicken Gyros recipe, click here.

Sizzling Steak Fajitas

Sizzling Steak Fajitas
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Make your favorite Tex-Mex dish at home with this recipe. Serve marinated skirt steaks along with onions, peppers and mushrooms on a warm tortilla. Then top with sour cream, pico de gallo and guacamole.

For the Sizzling Steak Fajitas recipe, click here.

Chili Shrimp & Peach Skewers

Chili Shrimp & Peach Skewers
Courtesy of McCormick

This grilled shrimp recipe is a combination of spicy and sweet. The shrimp and peaches are marinated in chili seasoning, oil, vinegar and agave nectar. You can use leftover rice or vegetables to eat alongside the skewers.

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

Caribbean Jerk Burger With Mango Slaw

Caribbean Jerk Burger With Mango Slaw
Courtesy of McCormick

This burger recipe swaps your typical ground beef for ground turkey meat. It is topped with grilled bell peppers and a coleslaw made of mango and lime juice. After chowing down on burgers, cool down with one of these frozen fruit desserts.

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

Cuban Style Marinated Steak

Cuban Style Marinated Steak
Courtesy of McCormick

For this Cuban-inspired steak recipe, the meat is marinated in orange and lime juice as well as oregano, cumin and other seasonings. Before cooking, make sure you know all the steps to grilling the perfect steak every time.

For the Cuban Style Marinated Steak recipe, click here.

Steak and Wild Mushrooms in Red Wine Sauce

 Steak and Wild Mushrooms in Red Wine Sauce
Courtesy of McCormick

There are ways to cook steak as delicious as any restaurant. This strip steak recipe uses red wine, thyme, Worcestershire sauce and more to add flavor to the meat.

For the Steak and Wild Mushrooms in Red Wine Sauce recipe, click here.

Parrillada Mixta with Garlic and Sweet Chipotle Marinades

 Parrillada Mixta with Garlic and Sweet Chipotle Marinades

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You’ll grill many different kinds of food for this “Parrillada mixta,” which means “mixed grill.” This easy steak recipe uses a marinade of garlic chipotle sauce, while the shrimp and chicken are marinated in a sweet chipotle sauce. Everything is then typically served with a side of guacamole, pico de gallo, grilled onions, limes and corn tortillas.

For the Parrillada Mixta with Garlic and Sweet Chipotle Marinades recipe, click here.

Sesame Steak

Sesame Steak
Courtesy of McCormick

You don’t have to go to a high-end steakhouse to eat great steak. This steak recipe is marinated with soy sauce, ginger, sesame seed and more.

For the Sesame Steak recipe, click here.

Vietnamese Banh Mi Burger With Sriracha Mayo

Vietnamese Banh Mi Burger With Sriracha Mayo
Courtesy of McCormick

On your next grocery store run, make sure to pick up the ingredients to make this delicious Vietnamese-inspired burger. The burger is topped with an Asian slaw made of fish sauce, lime juice and sliced jalapeño peppers as well as a Sriracha mayo.

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

Mojito Lime Striped Bass

Mojito Lime Striped Bass

How can you make your grilled fish taste even better? Season it with flavors inspired by your favorite cocktail, the mojito.

For the Mojito Lime Striped Bass recipe, click here.

Grilled Salmon With Peppered Soy Glaze

Grilled Salmon With Peppered Soy Glaze

Tickle your taste buds with this grilled salmon recipe. Glaze the salmon before and after it is on the grill with a mixture of ginger, soy sauce and lime juice. And after dinner, cool off with a bowl of one of America's favorite flavors of ice cream.

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

Grilled Teriyaki Mango Skewers

Grilled Teriyaki Mango Skewers

Looking for a delicious appetizer that your guests will love at your summer cookout? This simple mango skewer recipe will do the trick. Thread mango slices, peppers, zucchini and red onion through a skewer and glaze them with a homemade teriyaki sauce. While you’re preparing the food for your barbecue, make some of these cold dishes perfect for hot days.

For the Grilled Teriyaki Mango Skewers recipe, click here.

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