I don’t know about you, but as soon as I start getting my garden ready for tomato seedlings, I get itchy for a meal cooked on the grill. While we used to stick with tried-and-true burgers, bratwurst and corn on the cob, in recent years my family has branched out to grilling whole chickens, halved peaches and basket after basket of small, flavorful peppers. This summer, who knows what I’ll decide needs a turn on the flames!
Part of what makes grilling so fun is how endless the possibilities are.
If you’re stuck in a grilling rut or need some beginner recipes to get started on the path toward grillmaster greatness, check out my suggestions.
Get the basics down with our Learn to Cook: Grilled Summer Vegetables opens in a new tab and Learn to Cook: Whole Grilled Chicken opens in a new tab recipes.
Food on sticks is automatically more fun. Grab Spicy Grilled Peach and Chicken Kabobs opens in a new tab, Grilled Caprese Salad opens in a new tab or Grilled Veggie Kabobs opens in a new tab.
Did you know lettuce can be grilled? Try it with our Grilled Tomato and Romaine Salad opens in a new tab.
Grilled fruits make for extra-special desserts. Tempt your family with Grilled Bananas with Sweet Toppings opens in a new tab, Grilled Pineapple and Mango with Balsamic Glaze opens in a new tab or Grilled Fruit with Caramelized Orange Sauce opens in a new tab.
Grilled Shrimp and Eggplant Summer Noodle Bowls opens in a new tab and Grilled Swordfish Steaks with Tomatoes and Pine Nuts opens in a new tab are flavorful options for the seafood lover.
Are you looking for something with zing? Grilled Pork Chops with Chimichurri opens in a new tab, Chicken with Grilled Peach and Chipotle Salsa opens in a new tab and Grilled Eggplant with Cilantro Salsa Verde opens in a new tab will put a spring in your step.
Grilled pizzas are fun and easy to put together when using prebaked naan. Try our Grilled Veggie Naan Pizzas with Goat Cheese opens in a new tab.
Want even more veggies? Cook up Grilled Summer Vegetable Salad with Chickpeas and Basil opens in a new tab, Spiced Grilled Sweet Potatoes opens in a new tab, Grilled Veggie Caesar Salad with Sourdough Croutons opens in a new tab or Grilled Summer Veggie Fajitas opens in a new tab.
Be sure to visit our Grilling Guide opens in a new tab for tips on getting the best out of your grill this summer. What’s your favorite food to throw on the grill? Let me know in the comments!