If you're the type of family who gathers around the grill to celebrate Memorial Day weekend, you likely have some tried-and-true grilling favorites you make every year. Sure, hamburgers, hot dogs, and grilled chicken are quick and easy dinners that are perfect after a day spent in the sun, but you can also switch up the summer classics with unique grilling recipes and ideas that introduce healthy vegetables, flavorful spices, and creative toppings. So, whether you're planning a backyard party or picnic to kick off grilling season, or you're just looking for a summer dinner idea that doesn't take too much time or effort to whip up for the whole fam, we've gathered the best grilling recipes sure to satisfy any crowd.
Before you choose a recipe and make a trip to the grocery store for the ingredients, it's probably a good idea to dust off the grill and get it ready for summer. If you don't have a grill yet, or you're in the market for a new one, check out our list of the best charcoal grills for every budget and skill level — from first-time grillers to expert grill masters.
The best part of grilling a meal (besides eating it!) is that you can enjoy the warm weather with your family while you wait for dinner to be ready. Here are 100 easy grilling recipe ideas to try out this summer and make it one your stomach will definitely remember.
Smoky Chicken with Charred-Corn Salad
Although this recipe asks you to place the chicken breasts on a cast-iron skillet, you can easily make this recipe on your grill.
Chicken Fajita Salad with Lime-Cilantro Vinaigrette
If you want a lighter meal to make on the grill, try this fajita salad that combines chicken, peppers, avocado, jalapeño, and cilantro for a healthy and protein-packed dinner.
Grilled Buffalo Chicken with Cucumber Salad
If drumsticks on are on the menu, then this recipe's ingredients need to be on your grocery list.
Spiced Mini Burgers with Spinach and Couscous
We don't know what's better: That this recipe takes just 10 minutes to cook on the grill, or that you can make a double batch and freeze the mini patties for up to three months, ensuring plenty of easy weeknight dinners.
Blue Cheese, Bacon, and Balsamic Onion Burger
This elevated burger recipe will impress even the most expert griller thanks to fancy blue cheese and onions that are soaked in balsamic.
Greek Turkey Burgers
If you are trying to eat less red meat for health or environmental reasons, try making these burgers that use ground turkey instead.
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Redeye Rubbed Burgers with Worcestershire-Glazed Onions
We bet you can't guess the secret ingredient in this burger recipe. Want a hint? Busy parents pour a cup every morning.
Black Bean Veggie Burger With Couscous
If there are some vegetarians in the family or plant-based friends joining your cookout, then they will love seeing these veggie burgers on the dinner menu.
Salmon Burgers and Five-Spice Sweet Potato Fries
Making burger patties from fish rather than meat may not be the first idea that comes to mind, but these salmon burgers seasoned with soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, and sliced scallions promise to delight a group of fish fans.
There's something so summer about the perfect burger. And this recipe is not only quick to prepare (ready in just 10 minutes!), but calls for a mix of ground sirloin and chuck to ensure a flavorful, juicy patty.
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Corn and Zucchini Fritters
Spiced Carrot Fritters
This low-carb side dish may not be something you conventionally put on a grill, but the grill lines will fool the kiddos into thinking this vegetable-focused patty is meaty.
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Grilled Squash Garlic Bread
Garlic bread may scream "winter" when paired with a bowl of spaghetti and meatballs, but this recipe introduces yellow and green veggies for a delightful summertime twist.
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Elizabeth Berry (she/her) is the Updates Editor at the Good Housekeeping Institute where she optimizes lifestyle content across verticals. Prior to this role, she was an Editorial Assistant for Woman’s Day where she covered everything from gift guides to recipes. She also has experience fact checking commerce articles and holds a B.A. in English and Italian Studies from Connecticut College.
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