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Win Summer’s Best Grilling Basket

THE CONTEST HAS CLOSED. CONGRATS TO HEIDI FROM COLORADO.  THANK YOU FOR ALL THE COMMENTS! Grab your tongs, don your apron and light your grills – it’s time to fire up for summer! At Whole Foods Market, we are excited to bring you Summer’s Best – a summer-long online and in-store roadmap to the freshest and seasonally best foods at peak perfection, strategies for making the most of the season both indoors and out, and solutions for enjoying summer full tilt. Gear up for backyard grilling and Memorial Day (May 30) celebrations by entering to win our Summer’s Best Grilling Basket. You’ll become the master of the grill in no time with this basket stuffed with marinades, grilling tools, spices, condiments and more – all the essentials to help get your grill on! Ready to start the season ripe? Tell us your favorite ways to make summer sizzle on the grill in the comments section below by May 22nd. One winner will be randomly selected to receive the Summer’s Best Grilling Gift Basket, a $100 value, plus a $50 gift card so you can pick up your favorite grilling necessities like charcoal, burgers, sausages, veggies, buns and more. Here’s what you’ll find in the basket. And even if you don’t win, this list will give you a great starting point for must-haves to kick off the season of grilling greatness!
  • 365 Everyday Value Caribbean BBQ Seasoning and Southwestern Grille Seasoning
  • 365 Everyday Value Mayonnaise, Organic Yellow Mustard and Organic Tomato Ketchup
  • 365 Everyday Value Organic Kosher Pickles and Sweet Relish
  • 365 Everyday Value Organic Ranch Dressing
  • Nature’s Rancher Theo’s Steakhouse and Ginger Teriyaki Cooking & Grilling Sauce
  • Laurel Hill Tortilla Chips (Multi Grain)
  • Food Should Taste Good Chips (Sweet Potato and Cheddar)
  • 365 Everyday Value Organic Unsweetened Black Tea
  • Good Grips 16” Tongs
  • 100 Bamboo Skewers
  • Good Grips Large Wooden Spoons
  • Good Grips Metal Spatula
  • No Mo’ Skeeters Bug Spray
So tell us how you make summer sizzle on the grill! Add your comment by May 22nd for a chance to win a grilling gift basket. Ready, set, summer! THE CONTEST HAS CLOSED. CONGRATS TO HEIDI FROM COLORADO. THANK YOU FOR ALL THE COMMENTS!

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Carla Laney says …

If I win, I'll have to buy a grill!

Kenneth Royston says …

Baby back ribs on the big green egg is a sure fire way to get my summer sizzling. But really any excuse to fire up the grill is a great excuse.

nina says …

OOPS, typed wrong email address in last post, must have eaten too many burgers :) above is the correct one

Jody says …

Once the temperature reaches 90 here in Austin (happened a little sooner than I was expecting this year!), our grill becomes our outdoor kitchen. We cook everything we possibly can outside! I even do a grilled oatmeal on there for breakfast the next day. A little grillin', some tasty beer, a baby pool for the kids, and we're set!

Joan M. says …

Since we have a charcoal grill, when we grill we make it worth our time; we buy 5 lbs. of the grassfed burger and make patties. We also buy several chicken breasts (usually marinated overnight in either BBQ spices or Jamican Jerk spices or Greek Lemon Herb spices). We cook the chicken first as it takes longer (and the first is hotter), then we'll do the burgers while the chicken cools. After everthing cools, we wrap each in either plastic wrap or put into individual sandwich zipbags and put those into freezer zipbags for freezer storage. A lot of work! But our main entrees are ready to eat spread out over several months.

Lynn R says …

My favorite is a good old fashioned hot dogs and hamburgers party. My parents always grilled hot dogs split down the middle -- more surface area for the great grill char taste to happen! And I'm just like my Dad -- the only thing I want on a burger is tons of grilled onions (and maybe a little salt and pepper). Fantastic! I love all sorts of other things grilled (veggies, salmon, fruit, etc.) but the dogs and burgers will always be tops --memories of childhood!

Michael Schimelpfenig says …

MMMMM Grilling fresh veggies all summer long...

Bethany Sigler says …

I love you use the natural hardwood charcoal verses the other stuff. I just recently gained a propane grill so I will be learning how to cook with that. still love the smell of wood and smoke and the way the food absorbs the flavor from hardwood charcoal

Sharada Skidmore says …

We raise Beefalo and the steaks & hamburgers grilled outside are the best. Nothing better than home grown. :-) Luv to grill zucchini and also quartered potatoes coated in olive oil and seasonings. Happy Summer Everyone!

Jill says …

Love to put the premade pizza crusts from Whole Foods on the grill - brush with a little olive oil and top with red peppers, cheese and arugula.

Elizabeth says …

I just learned about grilling fruit from the above Whole Foods friends...who knew? I guess I will try that first followed by salmon and veggies! Yum!

Anita Childress says …

Our family loves to grill all year round. Some of our favorites are Tri Tip, Salmon Burgers and Corn on the Cob. We hope to try grilled pizza this summer.

Kathy D. says …

Nothing beats grilled corn on the cob, burgers, and a beer on a nice spring evening! Too bad we just haven't had any of those yet...

Kaitlyn S says …

Grilled corn cobs with old bay! Nothing is better.

Katie Russell says …

While my family loves burgers on the grill (so do I, with your 85% pasture raised beef!) my personal favorite thing is grilled veggies! I love zucchini, asparagus, mushrooms and potatoes put right on the grill, no plank or foil :)

Leah says …

I'm so excited to try making my own veggie burgers this summer!

Kim says …

Mustard and sea salt crusted tri-tip. It's the most unbelievable culinary experience and SO easy anyone can do it! I really wish there were a whole foods closer to me so I could go more often!

M. M. Cassidy says …

An ample amount of sugar, blackstrap molasses, or agave nectar will ensure that any grilled food has perfectly charred grilled marks--around this neck of the woods it's drained and pressed grilled extra firm tofu. Paired with anything avocado and an oragne wine (especially Paolo Bea's Coenobium) or chilled Lambrusco, an instant success is guaranteed.

Joe Martin says …

I cook meat and fish(exclusively from whole foods), and my wife is a wizard on the grill with vegetables. Summer is grilling, and this summer I plan on buying a smoker, and learning how to use it.Sunshine, food on the grill, and Oberon, make me one happy grill master.

Julie Stevenson says …

Our favorite summer grilling item is lamb kabobs. Nice fresh leg of lamb cut into chunks with baby bella mushrooms, red and yellow bell pepper chunks, onion chunks marinated in italian dressing before grilling! Yum! Now we just need grilling weather!

Nancy says …

Mmmm. Chunks of vegetables tossed lightly in olive oil, grilled and then drizzled with a little balsamic vinegar. Mmmm.

Starla Nelson says …

We love using our pizza stones on the grill to make homemade pizzas with summer squash & zucchini..

Jenny says …

That basket would be great for fathers day!

helenlam says …

Grilling is about the only time I cook steaks, so I'll go all out and grill up vegetables too!

lydia says …

I love that our whole meal can cook on the grill while I sip a tastey beverage of choice while relaxing under the mister, watching the kids burn off all their energy!

Sara W says …

I love a variety of grilled veges (something about the charred flavor they get only on a grill) with grilled salmon- perfect for that hot summer evening. Plus left over grilled veges added with feta/goat cheese make for a great pasta salad for lunch the next day.

Bennie Wallace says …

Grilling! Fresh corn on the cob! Soak corn in cold water with the husk on for 1 hour. Pull down the husk but do not remove it, remove the hair, rub butter and sprinkle with herbs and garlic salt. Pull the husk back in place and take one piece of husk to tie the end of the replaced husk in place. Grill over hot coals for about 1/2 hour, turning to keep from burning. Pair this with anything you want, but it doesn't get much better than this! Enjoy!

Amy Nelson says …

For the past several years, each Sunday during the Summer my husband and I host "Sun Day Fun Day" in our back yard, pool side. At the beginning of the summer, I create a calendar and send it out our family and friends who we love spending time with. Each week is a different "theme". We typically provide the main course and a "speciality drink" and ask who ever is coming to bring a side dish or dessert. Some examples of our Fun Day Sun Day Theme's are: *Summer Garden Party (grilled salmon salad - Sweet Tea Vodka with sun tea & a splash of lemonade) *Christmas in July (traditional sides, grilled turkey tenderloin & cranberry cocktails) *Hair of the Dog Sunday (Hot dogs & beer!) *4th of July Luau (pineapple and brown sugar chicken legs - my infamous mai-tai's) *Wish We Were in Cabo (Cabo Chicken - google Le Ann Rimes Cabo Chicken - it's to die for & Cabo Wabo Margaritas) *Let's Thai one on (grilled shrimp & veggies in a panang curry sauce & Zen-tinis) This is a great way to spend a relaxing day with friends and family and it's how WE make OUR Summer Sizzle!!

Cathleen O'Connor says …

My favorite ways to make summer sizzle on the grill are loading it up with swordfish and fresh local veggies!

Melissa says …

There is nothing more delightful than grilled pineapple, vanilla bean ice cream and warm caramel sauce!

alex says …

As soon as the temperature hits 90 degrees, I do not cook in my kitchen. It's too hot!!!! Everything is done on the grill till mid-September. One of my favorites to grill is fish. I love the harpoon caught swordfish. It melts in your mouth like butter after being grilled. Grilled bok choy makes a wonderful side dish.

Nhung says …

Best grilling food ever is my mom's vietnamese pork slice or beef cube. She uses a combination of asian spices and so far everyone loves it. Either she thinly slice pork and marinated it with soy sauce and lemongrass or her famous beef cubes marinated in soy sauce and oyster sauce then put on a skewer and thrown on the grill. The best part is the burnt edges. Yum!

Lily Kwan says …

I make summer sizzle on the grill with ribs and burgers.

Jessica McKelden says …

Kabobs are the best - especially for family get-togethers! Create a group of foods - meats (pork, chicken, salmon, tofu, scallops, shrimp), veggies (asparagus, zucchini, peppers, onions, mushrooms), fruits (pineapple, tomato), and sauces (pesto, BBQ, teriyaki, olive oil, jerk), and then let the kabob building begin! It's so delicious, healthy, and easy to make! There's something for everyone!

Sheila B says …

Sure is easy here in Florida to make your summer sizzle since it's already 90+ degrees! So... what do we do? We bar-b-que at the beach!

Tana DeWitt says …

veggies! I love veggies grill. it was so good and healthy foods. my favorite is Whole foods Grill recipes. i mean all of them like salmon, shrimp, chicken, and veggies grill. i was so impress about their recipes. I almost cook of them everyday. i mean 7 days. I am very motive to cook Whole foods recipes everyday. it so amazing foods. hope i win.

Marcie says …

I make grilled veggie lasagna!

Noel says …

We love to grill fruit for dessert and serve with cold ice cream!

Patty McCabe says …

perfect for a grill party

kristie Belding says …

Nothing beats sitting out in the yard listening to the radio, enjoying a warm summer night with a cool drink and a master griller at the helm. I can't resist a well grilled steak. Season that bad boy up and let let it sizzle until the inside is juicy and the outside a light toasty brown. Granted most grill nights consist of whatever we have on hand, so the results are a mix bag of concoctions, but always delicious! A well seasoned grill and a dedicated grillmaster makes just about anything taste divine!

Shelly L in NC says …

I love to grill kabobs of any type on the grill! I simply grab a meat of my choice and some onions, peppers, mushrooms, potatoes or any other veggie I'm hankering for!!

Donna says …

Chicken and corn on the cob! I love the sweet white organic corn, so fresh from the fields! YUM!!!

HAYDEE says …

I HAVE BEEN GRILLING ALL KINDS OF FISH SINCE I CAN REMEMBER. NOW THAT WE SHOP AT WHOLE FOODS MARKET, WE HAVE INTRODUCED A HEALTHY DIET BY EATING ORGANIC TO OUR COMMUNITY. I HOPE I WIN THIS CONTEST BECAUSE IF I DO, I COULD HELP A LOT OF PEOPLE BY SHARING WITH THEM SOME HEALTHY FOODS AND THEY CAN SHARE TOO WITH THEIR FRIENDS AND FAMILIES!

Beebs says …

Sloppy Joes on brightly colored plates! An easy way to bring childhood summers home for dinner.

Shelly Harris says …

We love the smell of organic steaks and vegetables on the good 'ol grill! Add some friends and family, some chairs on the lawn, and an ice chest full of cold brew... What more could you want!

Stacie Palmer says …

We love to smoke and grill on our Big Green Egg. Everything from appetizer to desert...nothing like grilled fruit on top of icecream!!! Of course we buy all of our goodies from Whole Foods...the best quality and variety around!!!

Angela says …

This will be my 1st summer with outdoor space since I left my parents' home 14 years ago! The patio comes with a Weber grill and I can wait to cook all kinds of burgers, steaks, kebabs and most importantly, ribs!

Jennifer says …

We grill year round and in all kinds of weather. It is worth every effort to BBQ. Foods take on a whole different taste when grilled, we have made it a family affair and one of the four of us is helping make dinner at least once a week.

Brit @ Landlocked Bride says …

We use our grill whenever possible in the Summer - mostly for vegetables. We love the taste and flavor the grill ads to some of our favorites - corn, zuccini, and even fruit!

Taysa says …

I love grilling all year round.....Grass-fed Beef..Organic Chicken..Portobello Mushrooms....but especially Fish..wild-caught Sockeye Salmon ..Catfish..Amberjack..Florida Pink Shrimp...I buy all my grilling ingrediants at Whole Foods no exceptions....Even my natural Charcoal for my Green Egg I buy at Whole Foods...We grill artichokes and corn ....Its a family affair that we love to celebrate every weekend and weekdays work permitting. Thank You Whole Foods for making available quality foods!!!!

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