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50 Grilling Ideas

Recipes to inspire your next BBQ
BY The Daily Meal TIMEMay 30, 2022 PRINT

1. Harissa Grilled Chicken

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The smoky flavors from cooking over wood chips complement spicy heat very, very well — as this harissa-marinated chicken recipe demonstrates. (The Chicago Tribune) For the Harissa Grilled Chicken recipe, click here.

2. Grilled Corn With Chile Butter

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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. (Eberly Film Labs for The Daily Meal; Shannon Kinsella/food styling) For the Grilled Corn With Chile Butter recipe, click here.

3. 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.(Courtesy of Catherine Pappas/Living the Gourmet) For the Grilled Lobster Tails recipe, click here.

4. Green Chile and Avocado Cheeseburger on Brioche

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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. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune; Shannon Kinsella/food styling) For the Green Chile and Avocado Cheeseburger on Brioche recipe, click here.

5. Grilled, Dilled Lemon Chicken With Honey and Dijon

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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. (Michael Tercha / Chicago Tribune) For the Grilled, Dilled Lemon Chicken With Honey and Dijon recipe, click here.

6. Herb-rubbed Baby Back Ribs

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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. (Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune; Shannon Kinsella/food styling) For the Herb-rubbed Baby Back Ribs recipe, click here.

7. Beer-cooked Bratwurst With Sweet Onions and Homemade Condiments

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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. (Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune; Shannon Kinsella/food styling) For the Beer-cooked Bratwurst With Sweet Onions and Homemade Condiments recipe, click here.

8. 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. (Courtesy of McCormick) For the Grilled Salmon With Peppered Soy Glaze recipe, click here.

9. 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. (Jacqui Wedewer/The Daily Meal) For the Easy Grilled Zucchini and Squash Foil Packets recipe, click here.

10. Grilled Marinated Flank Steak

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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. (Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune) For the Grilled Marinated Flank Steak recipe, click here.

11. 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. (Courtesy of Perdue) For the Chipotle-Rubbed Beer Can Chicken recipe, click here.

12. 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. (Courtesy of McCormick) For the Grilled Mahi Mahi Tacos With Spicy Mayo recipe, click here.

13. 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. (Courtesy of Juicy Juice) For the Steak Skewers With Cherry BBQ Sauce recipe, click here.

14. 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. (Courtesy of Perdue) For the Easy Mediterranean Spatchcocked Chicken recipe, click here.

15. Lamb Kebabs

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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. (Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune) For the Lamb Kebabs recipe, click here.

16. 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. (Courtesy of Perdue) For the Lemon Thyme Chicken recipe, click here.

17. 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. (wundervisuals/E+/Getty Images) For the Bold and Spicy Burgers recipe, click here.

18. Red Chili Glazed Eggplant

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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. (Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune) For the Red Chili Glazed Eggplant recipe, click here.

19. Grilled Chicken and Peach Kabobs

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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. (Courtesy of the National Chicken Council) For the Grilled Chicken and Peach Kabobs recipe, click here.

20. Soy Grilled Tuna Steaks

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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. (Courtesy of Catherine Pappas/Living the Gourmet) For the Soy Grilled Tuna Steaks recipe, click here.

21. 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. (Courtesy of Beef – It’s What’s For Dinner) For the Grilled Onion Cheeseburgers recipe, click here.

22. 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. (Courtesy of McCormick) For the Grilled Chicken Gyros recipe, click here.

23. 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. (Courtesy of Catherine Pappas/Living the Gourmet) For the Sweet and Spicy Marinated Steaks recipe, click here.

24. 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). (Courtesy of McCormick) For the Grilled Indian-Spiced Flatbread recipe, click here.

25. Grilled Shrimp With Cilantro-Chili Sauce

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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. (Kristie Collado/The Daily Meal) For the Grilled Shrimp With Cilantro-Chili Sauce recipe, click here.

26. 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. (Courtesy of Perdue) For the Sweet Tea Brined Grilled Chicken With Peach BBQ Sauce recipe, click here.

27. Marinated Grilled Leg of Lamb

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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. (Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune) For the Marinated Grilled Leg of Lamb recipe, click here.

28. 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. (Courtesy of Catherine Pappas/Living the Gourmet) For the Grilled Summer Vegetables recipe, click here.

29. 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. (OksanaKiian / iStock / Getty Images Plus) For the Grilled Tuna Burgers recipe, click here.

30. 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. (Courtesy of Perdue) For the Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken With Corn Salsa recipe, click here.

31. Thai-style Grilled Pork Country Ribs

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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. (Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune; Shannon Kinsella/food styling) For the Thai-style Grilled Pork Country Ribs recipe, click here.

32. Grilled Eggplant With Feta and Cucumber

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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. (Will Budiaman/The Daily Meal) For the Grilled Eggplant With Feta and Cucumber recipe, click here.

33. Apricot Glazed Grilled Chicken Wings

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Sweet apricot preserves and salty soy sauce provide balance in this super flavorful glaze that’s perfect for gameday-ready grilled chicken wing recipe. (Courtesy of the National Chicken Council) For the Apricot Glazed Grilled Chicken Wings recipe, click here.

34. Grilled Steak and Potato Salad

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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. (E. Jason Wambsgans / Chicago Tribune) For the Grilled Steak and Potato Salad recipe, click here

35. Butterflied Herb and Lemon Grilled Chicken

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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. (Courtesy of the National Chicken Council) For the Butterflied Herb and Lemon Grilled Chicken recipe, click here.

36. Grilled Butterflied Pork Tenderloin With Hoisin-Mint Sauce

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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. (E. Jason Wambsgans /Chicago Tribune; Shannon Kinsella/food styling) For the Grilled Butterflied Pork Tenderloin With Hoisin-Mint Sauce recipe, click here.

37. Grilled Citrus Tequila Chicken Tacos

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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. (Courtesy of Esteban Castillo) For the Grilled Citrus Tequila Chicken Tacos recipe, click here.

38. Grilled Artichokes With Citronette Dressing

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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. (Amy Beth Bennett/Sun Sentinel) For the Grilled Artichokes With Citronette Dressing recipe, click here.

39. Curry Lime Chicken Thighs With Tomato and Lima Bean Sauce

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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. (Courtesy of the National Chicken Council) For the Curry Lime Chicken Thighs With Tomato and Lima Bean Sauce recipe, click here.

40. Grilled Steak With Avocado-Lemongrass Sauce

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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. (Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune) For the Grilled Steak With Avocado-Lemongrass Sauce recipe, click here.

41. Thai Grilled Chicken Noodle Salad

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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. (Courtesy of the National Chicken Council) For the Thai Grilled Chicken Noodle Salad recipe, click here.

42. Lemon Garlic Grilled Portobellos With Burrata and Tomatoes

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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. (Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune) For the Lemon Garlic Grilled Portobellos With Burrata and Tomatoes recipe, click here.

43. Chicken Wings With Grilled Ginger Plum Coulis

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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. (Courtesy of the National Chicken Council) For the Chicken Wings With Grilled Ginger Plum Coulis recipe, click here.

44. Cinnamon Sugar Grilled Doughnuts

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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. (Courtesy of McCormick) For the Cinnamon Sugar Grilled Doughnuts recipe, click here.

45. 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 as a burger served with spicy sriracha mayonnaise. (Courtesy of McCormick) For the Vietnamese Banh Mi Burger With Sriracha Mayo recipe, click here.

46. Grilled Watermelon Steaks With Walnut Gremolata

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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. (Courtesy of McCormick) For the Grilled Watermelon Steaks With Walnut Gremolata recipe, click here.

47. White BBQ Sauce With Smoky Chicken

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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. (Courtesy of McCormick) For the White BBQ Sauce With Smoky Chicken recipe, click here.

48. Greek Marinated Flank Steak With Tzatziki Sauce

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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. (Courtesy of Wholesomelicious) For the Greek Marinated Flank Steak With Tzatziki Sauce recipe, click here.

49. Smoky Grilled Pork Chops With Broccoli and Lemon-Garlic Relish

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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. (Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune; Shannon Kinsella/food styling) For the Smoky Grilled Pork Chops With Broccoli and Lemon-Garlic Relish recipe, click here.

50. Morandi’s Grilled Pizza-Style Focaccia

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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. (Jacqui Wedewer/The Daily Meal) For Morandi’s Grilled Pizza-Style Focaccia recipe, click here.
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