Our Top 5 Tricks for Lighter Grilling

From produce-packed side dishes to grilled fruit for dessert, here’s how to brighten up your cookout.

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Nothing says summer like a backyard barbecue, but firing up the grill is also an easy way to enjoy a colorful, produce-forward meal. Imagine veggie kabobs, ears of sweet corn and juicy burgers topped with a garden of produce. From mains to side dishes to dessert, here’s how to load up your grill with better ingredients.

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Grill veggies — all the veggies.

From smoky summer corn to charred onions, grilling brings out vegetables’ subtle sweetness and makes them extra juicy. Check out our guide to grilled vegetables for our top picks and recipes to get you started. Grill ’em all. You won’t be sorry.

Build a better-for-you burger.

Grilling burgers? Here’s how to up-level your meat:

  • Go lean: Choose ground beef that’s at least 90% lean. You’ll still get plenty of delicious beefy flavor in a leaner cut.

  • Choose produce-packed toppings: We’re talking crisp romaine lettuce, sliced heirloom tomatoes, sliced avocado, caramelized onions, crunchy pickles and grilled pineapple. Bonus points for peak-season produce.

  • Quality matters: Feeling good about the meat you’re buying (and eating) is important. That’s why our ground beef is from cows raised with no antibiotics, ever, and no added hormones opens in a new tab. As always, all beef in our Meat department is Animal Welfare Certified and we’re committed to transparency and traceability to farm or ranch.

Not into burgers? Try grilling whole chicken opens in a new tab with warm spices and a harissa yogurt sauce.

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Pack in produce with kabobs.

Juicy, grilled beef or chicken kabobs opens in a new tab are cookout favorites with a golden opportunity to get your veggies in. Load up skewers with sweet Vidalia onions, multicolored bell peppers and cherry tomatoes alongside marinated meat. Pair with homemade tzatziki sauce and fluffy quinoa for a perfectly satisfying meal.

Pro tip: Save time this summer by picking up marinated kabobs from our Meat department opens in a new tab, which are fully prepped and ready to be grilled. We recommend one to two kabobs per person.

Serve produce-packed side dishes.

Balance hearty grilled mains like burgers and ribs with refreshing, produce-forward side dishes. Whether it’s a big, bright salad or a tangy rainbow slaw, the more color and textures, the better. Try these recipes:

Recipe: Grilled Peaches and Arugula

Grill fruit for something different.

Make your cookout pop with grilled fruit. From pineapples to watermelon, grilled fruit brings forth a caramelized sweetness and looks great, too. Top with a scoop of frozen yogurt (or favorite nondairy alternative) for a lighter alternative to classic cookout desserts like pie and cobbler. Grilled fruit isn't just for dessert either — toss grilled peaches with crisp arugula opens in a new tab for a refreshing side dish.

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