Summer is just around the corner and you really don’t need any other reason to get out the BBQ and start grilling.
Grilling is an easy and satisfying way to create a memorable meal. Whether you are in it for the fast, fun classics like burgers and hot dogs, or if you’re looking for something to impress summer party guests, there’s something for everyone.
We’ve curated a list of scrumptious grill recipes for you to choose from. Choose wisely or try them all!
17 Best Grill Recipes
There’s nothing like the smell of food cooking on the BBQ. You can be a meat-lover or a vegetarian and still enjoy the smoky flavors that come with grilling.
1. Loaded burger patties
The latest trend in burgers is to jazz them up with the works. That means stuffing your meat patties with all sorts of things that will get your mouth watering.
Try chunks of cheddar cheese and bacon. If you like, you can add some diced jalapeno and onion. After grilling, your burger patties will be chock full of flavor even without additional condiments.
2. Grilled Italian Sausages
If you’ve ever had the privilege of going to a Little Italy street fair you’ll know that a hearty helping of sausage and peppers is a staple. Not having one in your hands while you peruse the market is an absolute no-no.
Grilled up some Italian sausages on your BBQ and get some onions and peppers going on your skillet. Served in an Italian loaf, this is a must-have American Italian specialty.
3. Honey soy BBQ chicken wings
Chicken wings are always great to have off the grill. The charred flavors of the meat are exceptional and a great extra for those who are sick and tired of burgers and hot dogs.
There are many ways to marinate wings for the grill but we love this recipe. Give your guests something sweet and savory this summer and try honey-glazed BBQ chicken wings.
4. BBQ Rack of ribs
We said we would include some classics and ribs are one of the most traditional BBQ meats of all. They inspire chefs, culinary experts, and the homemade variety, to test the waters when it comes to getting the best flavor and tenderness out of their ribs.
If you love ribs and just want something simple, try this easy-to-do pork rib recipe. It won’t disappoint.
5. Grilled pork bahn mi burgers
Vietnamese food has its roots in French cuisine and boasts exceptional vegetables and herbs. There’s so much to love about Vietnamese food but one major draw is the use of grilled meats in their most popular dishes.
Pork marinated in spices including lemongrass and ginger are grilled to perfecting and served in French bread in this bahn mi burger recipe. Delicious!
6. Cuban corn on the cob
Brushed with butter and salt, corn on the cob is another summer BBQ classic that can be done on the grill.
But if you’re itching for something a little different and amazingly delicious, try spreading cheese and herbs on your corn and dousing the whole thing with lime. Cuban corn on the cob is to die for.
7. Grilled romaine hearts
If you never thought you could grill salad, think again. Due to their long and sturdy shape, romaine hearts are not only easy to grill, but they’re also delicious when done right.
Simply cut your head of romaine down the middle and brush with olive oil before throwing it on the grill. Or try this delicious recipe with a sweet and sour balsamic dressing.
8. Curried chicken
For something a little different, grab your southeast Asian spices and throw a curried chicken on the grill.
A combination of garlic, onion, pepper, and curry powder, will make for a wonderful dry rub. Take this all to your grill with a side of grilled vegetables and you’ll have quite a meal on your hands.
9. Bulgogi beef
Beef bulgogi is a Korean specialty that is enjoyed by diners all over the world. The sweet and savory marinade that is enhanced with sesame oil gives your meat a succulent flavor that will have your guests asking for seconds.
Traditionally cooked on a small grill, eating while you cook, you can opt to use foil or a tray to cook the meat in bulk on your BBQ to get the same great taste.
10. Grilled Harissa chicken
Harissa seasoning is North African in origin and combines the flavors of hot chili peppers, garlic, caraway, cumin, coriander, and mint. Mixed with olive oil, this marinade will impress your guests with its authentic taste.
Cover your meat, in this case chicken, with the harissa spices and grill as recommended. The marinade will bring out the juices in your chicken make this a go-to BBQ main.
11. Asian pork kebabs
Kebabs of all kinds are a welcome treat at any summer BBQ. If you like Asian flavors in your food, try this recipe for Asian pork kebabs.
The soy, ketchup, garlic, and Thai chili sauce in this marinade are what’s going to make these skewers really stand out when grilled to perfection.
12. Tofu vegetable skewers
Vegetarians watch out! This fantastic grilled skewer recipe will keep you full and satisfied with its savory marinade over hearty tofu.
When you’re making kebabs with tofu, make sure you use firm tofu as it will be the easiest to grill. Follow the recipe below or substitute your favorite vegetables to the skewer to suit your tastes.
13. Grilled flatbread pizza
Who doesn’t love pizza? Its crispy crust and mouth-watering tomato sauce smothered in cheese make for the perfect meal every time. Flatbread pizzas are no different.
This method of grilling your pizza is not only delicious, it’s impressive too! After making your dough, toss it on the grill. Cook, flip, and then start topping it as it cooks on the other side. In the end, you’re going to have a spectacular meal worth talking about.
14. Grilled tilapia salad
Grilling fish brings on a smoky flavor that is irresistible to most light and flaky fishes, such as tilapia. On top of a salad, you have a healthy and delicious meal on your hands.
Try this grilled tilapia recipe for something with a little spice. The addition of chili powder and cayenne as well as a salsa on your salad greens inspires hot Southwestern summer days.
15. Pineapple and strawberry skewers
We couldn’t leave you without adding some sweetness to your summer BBQ. If you love fruit as much as we do, you’ll love this Hawaiian-inspired pineapple and strawberry skewer.
Easy and fun to eat, you’ll want to use fresh pineapple and some seasonal summer strawberries. Skewered and grilled, top these with a special melt-in-your-mouth glaze.
16. Grilled peaches with rosemary and balsamic
Whether you are having a party or not, this is a must-try recipe. Grab the juiciest peaches you can find and get grilling.
The beautiful grill marks on your peaches will be a conversation starter to begin with but add a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream to the center of your grilled peach and you have a masterpiece waiting to be eaten!
17. Grilled S’mores bananas
Every meal should end with a helping of s’mores, at least in my opinion. If you want to do something a little different, try a grilled banana s’more!
A mix between a s’more and a banana split, this chocolate and marshmallow stuffed treat is grilled to perfection wrapped in foil. Melty, warm and just plain delicious!
Working the grill is a fun and enjoyable summer event. Try one of the recipes above and make your next summer BBQ stellar!
Bring on the summer fun! Put together a grilled meal and watch your guests jump out of their seats for seconds. The possibilities are endless when it comes to what you can make on the grill.
There’s nothing like a good ol’ summer BBQ so grab your friends, family, and some grill-worthy meats and vegetables and get cooking!