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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.
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.
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.
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.
Chicken and steaks aren’t the only things you can grill. Wrap some mahi-mahi fillets inside corn tortillas with salsa and avocado slices then drizzle with a spicy mayo sauce.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sometimes the best burgers are the classic ones. This simple burger recipe is topped with lettuce and tomatoes as well as grilled onions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Are tacos your favorite Mexican food? If so, you will surely love this wing recipe that uses taco seasoning to marinate the chicken.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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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.
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.
How can you make your grilled fish taste even better? Season it with flavors inspired by your favorite cocktail, the mojito.
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.
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.
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