50 Grilling Recipes for Your Summer Cookout

Anything and everything you need for your barbecue eats.

April 18, 2017
Grilled Spice-Rubbed Beef Ribs

Warmer weather has arrived and that means it's finally time to bust out the grilling supplies, plan the parties, and get friends and family together for summer cookouts.  

More: The Best Fruits for Your Grill

Along with your skewers, burgers, and barbecue side dishes, these grilling recipes will be perfect for the whole party: 

Grilled Beef Fajitas
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Grilled Beef Fajitas

Sure, beef fajitas are high in calories. However, beef is also one of the richest sources of iron, which helps promote healthy red blood cells that transport oxygen to muscles.

Get the Grilled Beef Fajitas recipe from The Runner's World Cookbook

Grilled Margarita Pizzas
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Grilled Margarita Pizzas

These Grilled Margarita Pizzas are filled with fresh cheese, vegetables, and herbs, and grilled until crisp. And with eight pizzas in one batch, the whole family can indulge. 

Get the Grilled Margarita Pizzas recipe from Skinny Chicks Eat Real Food

Grilled Chicken Gyros With Yogurt-Cucumber Sauce
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Grilled Chicken Gyros With Yogurt-Cucumber Sauce

Soft pita bread, crisp and crunchy vegetables, and creamy yogurt sauce make this sandwich impossible to resist.

Get the Grilled Chicken Gyros With Yogurt-Cucumber Sauce recipe from Runner's World Meals on the Run

Grilled Vegetable Polenta Casserole
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Grilled Vegetable Polenta Casserole

The vegetarian, low-calorie, and gluten-free casserole puts all those vitamin- and flavor-packed vegetables to good use. 

Get the Grilled Vegetable Polenta Casserole recipe from The Runner's World Cookbook

Grilled Vegetable Wraps With Roasted Garlic Bean Spread
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Grilled Vegetable Wraps With Roasted Garlic Bean Spread

Vegetables hit their peak during the summer months, and when charred, they're all kinds of perfect. 

Get the Grilled Vegetable Wraps With Roasted Garlic Bean Spread recipes from The Healthy You Diet

Grilled Steak With Peperonata Sauce
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Grilled Steak With Peperonata Sauce

Steak is fabulous as-is, but the classic Italian peperonata sauce that goes on top of this dinner favorite is perfection. 

Get the Grilled Steak With Peperonata Sauce recipe from 101 Recipes You Can't Live Without

Grilled Garlic-Studded Pork Loin
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Grilled Garlic-Studded Pork Loin

Brining the pork loin overnight keeps the meat juicy and flavorful, so get even more flavor in this grilling staple. 

Get the Grilled Garlic-Studded Pork Loin recipe from The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook

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Kielbasa, Sweet Onion & Pineapple Sandwiches

Smoky, juicy kielbasa is a secret weapon. It's already cooked, so all you have to do is heat it through. 

Get the Kielbasa, Sweet Onion & Pineapple Sandwiches recipe from Back to the Kitchen

Grilled Turkey and Bok Choy with Chile-Garlic Sauce
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Grilled Turkey and Bok Choy with Chile-Garlic Sauce

Topped with a homemade chile-garlic sauce (that's an important ingredient in many Asian recipes), this recipe will cost you just a fraction of the store-bought version. 

Get the Grilled Turkey and Bok Choy with Chile-Garlic Sauce recipe from Flat Belly Diet! Family Cookbook

Grilled Turkey Sausage with Balsamic Peppers and Onions
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Grilled Turkey Sausage with Balsamic Peppers and Onions

Feel free to use any kind of precooked sausage (even pork or chicken) and any kind of bread for this dish. Spicy sausages pair well with the vinegary peppers, but steer clear of heavily flavored specialty sausages that may overpower the relish. 

Get the Grilled Turkey Sausage with Balsamic Peppers and Onions recipe from The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook

Cajun-Style Grilled Shrimp
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Cajun-Style Grilled Shrimp

If you have a high tolerance for spice heat, add hot pepper sauce to the corn mixture and enjoy these grilled shrimp all day long. 

Get the Cajun-Style Grilled Shrimp recipe from The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook

Grilled Salmon with Herbs, Dijon, and Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
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Grilled Salmon with Herbs, Dijon, and Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

Herbs, mustard, and oil give the salmon glaze a hearty topping. Just round the meal out with your favorite vegetables and you're all set. 

Get the Grilled Salmon with Herbs, Dijon, and Extra-Virgin Olive Oil recipe from Flat Belly Diet! For Men

Grilled Pork with Garlic Oil and a Little Salad
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Grilled Pork with Garlic Oil and a Little Salad

Chopped salad is a colorful accompaniment to this lean and lovely dish. Fold the leftovers into a whole grain wrap for a quick and easy lunch. 

Get the Grilled Pork with Garlic Oil and a Little Salad recipe from Flat Belly Diet! Cookbook

Grilled Chicken Breasts with Pan-Roasted Tomatoes and Olives
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Grilled Chicken Breasts with Pan-Roasted Tomatoes and Olives

Here's a quick and easy way to use your grill to make a perfect pasta sauce to go with your chicken. If you happen to have some precooked chicken on hand, you can whip up this dish indoors in no time flat.

Get the Grilled Chicken Breasts with Pan-Roasted Tomatoes and Olives recipe from Flat Belly Diet! Family Cookbook

Mexican Grilled Corn on the Cob
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Mexican Grilled Corn on the Cob

This is such an easy dish to put together and throw on the grill. In fact, it might become one of your favorite ways to enjoy this summertime treat.

Get the Mexican Grilled Corn on the Cob recipe from Flat Belly Diet! Family Cookbook

chicken yogurt sauce
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Grilled Tandoori Chicken with Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce

The spices of the chicken are perfectly cooled thanks to the light and simple cucumber-yogurt sauce. It just tastes like summer. 

Get the Grilled Tandoori Chicken with Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce recipe from The Diabetes D-Tour Diet Cookbook

Grilled Pork Tacos with Mango Salsa
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Grilled Pork Tacos with Mango Salsa

Shredded lettuce is key in a good taco, but the mango salsa really boosts the fiber this time.

Get the Grilled Pork Tacos with Mango Salsa recipe from The Diabetes Comfort Food Diet Cookbook

Grilled Spice-Rubbed Beef Ribs
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Grilled Spice-Rubbed Beef Ribs

This is an ideal dish for a barbecue or tailgate picnic, because you cook the ribs part way and then finish them on the grill at the barbecue. 

Get the Grilled Spice-Rubbed Beef Ribs from The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook

Grilled Japanese Eggplant with Miso Glaze
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Grilled Japanese Eggplant with Miso Glaze

Japanese eggplant is slender and smaller than the more common Italian variety. While both types taste similar, the Japanese one cooks quickly, making it ideal for grilling. 

Get the Grilled Japanese Eggplant with Miso Glaze recipe from 101 Recipes You Can't Live Without

Sweet-n-Spicy Grilled Shrimp
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Sweet-n-Spicy Grilled Shrimp

Shrimp is a marine source of DHa, and using olive oil and olive oil–based mayonnaise gives this recipe a heart-healthy flair.

Get the Sweet-n-Spicy Grilled Shrimp recipe from The Diabetes Comfort Food Diet Cookbook

Marinated Grilled Boneless Pork Ribs
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Marinated Grilled Boneless Pork Ribs

This dish, while hearty, is naturally low in fiber, so be sure to pair it with a salad of greens, or steamed veggies drizzled with lemon juice.

Get the Marinated Grilled Boneless Pork Ribs recipe from The Diabetes Comfort Food Diet Cookbook

Grilled Pork Tenderloin
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Grilled Pork Tenderloin and Vidalias

Serve the grilled pork with your favorite store-bought barbecue sauce, or try one of these: spicy mango BBQ sauce, healthy barbecue sauce, or apple-wasabi barbecue sauce.

Get the Grilled Pork Tenderloin and Vidalias recipe from The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook

Grilled Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce
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Grilled Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

These tasty skewers draw their MUFA power from the easy-to-make peanut sauce. They're great for a party-just make a double batch.

Get the Grilled Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce recipe from Flat Belly Diet! Cookbook

Grilled Chicken Breasts with Pan-Roasted Tomatoes and Olives
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Grilled Chicken Breasts with Pan-Roasted Tomatoes and Olives

Here's a quick and easy way to use your grill to make a perfect pasta sauce to go with your chicken. If you happen to have some precooked chicken on hand, you can whip up this dish indoors in no time flat.

Get the Grilled Chicken Breasts with Pan-Roasted Tomatoes and Olives recipe from Flat Belly Diet! Family Cookbook

Grilled Chicken and Poblano Tacos
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Grilled Chicken and Poblano Tacos

Poblano peppers add a nice, mild heat to these tacos. If you like, use a green bell pepper in place of the poblanos and serve with hot sauce. Place the prepared taco ingredients on a large platter for a self-serve meal. 

Get the Grilled Chicken and Poblano Tacos recipe from 2-Week Turnaround Diet Cookbook

grilled vegetables
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Grilled Vegetables with Ginger-Lime Marinade

Not only is this marinade great for vegetables, it is also perfect for shrimp or scallops (it makes enough to coat about 2 pounds). 

Get the Grilled Vegetables with Ginger-Lime Marinade recipe from The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook

Grilled Scallops with Noodle Salad
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Grilled Scallops with Noodle Salad

To make it easier to turn them on the grill, thread two wooden skewers horizontally through the scallops.

Get the Grilled Scallops with Noodle Salad recipe from The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook

Hearty Chicken Panzanella
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Hearty Chicken Panzanella

This hearty lunch salad brings together summer vegetables, a bright Dijon-caper vinaigrette, juicy grilled chicken, and chunks of toasted multigrain bread.

Get the Hearty Chicken Panzanella recipe from Eat Clean, Stay Lean: The Diet

Grilled Quail
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Grilled Quail

This is a great way to cook quail, and a nice alternative to more expected cookout fare. 

Get the Grilled Quail recipe from Salt to Taste

Grilled Thyme Chicken with Quinoa-Peach Salad
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Grilled Thyme Chicken with Quinoa-Peach Salad

Superfood quinoa makes for a nice bed for the grilled thyme chicken in this summer-ready dish.

Get the Grilled Thyme Chicken with Quinoa-Peach Salad recipe from Eat Clean. Stay Lean.

Grilled Chicken and Pineapple Sandwiches
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Grilled Chicken and Pineapple Sandwiches

Fired on the grill, pineapple tastes even sweeter, teaming up with the charbroiled flavor of grilled chicken in this satisfying lunch or dinner sandwich.

Get the Grilled Chicken and Pineapple Sandwiches recipe from Guy Gourmet

Grilled Chicken with Parsley Pesto
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Grilled Chicken with Parsley Pesto

The chicken is rubbed with a wet marinade of soy, honey, garlic, and a collection of "warm" spices (ginger, cinnamon, red pepper flakes) before grilling.

Get the Grilled Chicken with Parsley Pesto recipe from The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook

Walk-the-Plank Salmon with Grilled Pineapple and Asparagus
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Walk-the-Plank Salmon with Grilled Pineapple and Asparagus

Grab your cedar planks and get ready for a grilled salmon that will be positively memorable.

Get the Walk-the-Plank Salmon with Grilled Pineapple and Asparagus recipe from The New Abs Diet Cookbook

Korean BBQ Wings
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Korean BBQ Wings

Marinate the wings for at least four hours, or overnight, and get even more flavor in these small pieces of meat. 

Get the Korean BBQ Wings recipe from Guy Gourmet

Seville-Style Grilled Pork Chops
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Seville-Style Grilled Pork Chops

If you're a fan of sweet-and-salty combinations, this dish is for you. Fleshy orange sections cut from the membrane are called supremes, and they nicely balance the saltiness of firm green olives.

Get the Seville-Style Grilled Pork Chops recipe from Flat Belly Diet! Cookbook

BBQ Chicken with Watermelon Salad
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BBQ Chicken with Watermelon Salad

If you have fresh corn ready, grill two ears of it, cut the kernels off, and add to the salad. 

Get the BBQ Chicken with Watermelon Salad recipe from The Salt Solution Cookbook

Chicago-Style Hot Dog
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Chicago-Style Hot Dog

From the mustard, onions, sweet relish, tomato wedge, and celery salt, this authentic hot dog will bring Chicago flavor wherever your cookout is. 

Get the Chicago-Style Hot Dog recipe from Flat Belly Diet!

Grilled Vegetable and Mozzarella Sandwiches
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Grilled Vegetable and Mozzarella Sandwiches

The spiciness of these sandwiches depends on the type of barbecue sauce you use, so make them to order for your guests.

Get the Grilled Vegetable and Mozzarella Sandwiches recipe from The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook

New Mex Carne Asada Tacos With Sliced Cucumbers
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New Mex Carne Asada Tacos with Sliced Cucumbers

Serve this with easy black beans and Spanish rice and top with your favorite salsa. You can make these with corn tortillas if you like, but they'll need to be eaten right away.

Get the New Mex Carne Asada Tacos with Sliced Cucumbers recipe from Back to the Kitchen

Grilled Shrimp Rolls
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Grilled Shrimp Rolls

Taking a cue from the must-have summer sandwich in New England, the classic lobster roll, these grilled creations are easy to put together and just as delicious. 

Get the Grilled Shrimp Rolls recipe from Flat Belly Diet! Family Cookbook

Buffalo Chicken Sandwich
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Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

If you're craving spicy chicken for lunch, dodge the fast-food joint and opt for this homemade sandwich instead. Its heat comes from hot sauce instead of a spicy fried batter.

Get the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich recipe from Guy Gourmet

Caprese Panini
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Caprese Panini

Perfect in the summertime, ripe tomatoes are even better when paired with fresh mozzarella. And as if the flavors aren't great enough, the flatbread, made with garbanzo flour and fresh basil, provides a nice amount of fiber per serving on its own: 7 grams. 

Get the Caprese Panini recipe from The South Beach Diet Gluten Solution Cookbook

backyard baby back ribs
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Backyard Baby Backs

It may have a lot of steps, and it may seem like it'll take forever. The good news? The work is very well worth it—trust us. 

Get the Backyard Baby Backs recipe from Guy Gourmet

grilled romaine
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Grilled Romaine Recipe

Chances are you've never thought about grilling lettuce. Sturdy romaine is the perfect candidate for it, and it turns soft, tender, and sweet in the process. 

Get the Grilled Romaine Recipe recipe from The South Beach Diet Gluten Solution Cookbook

Grilled Spice-Rubbed Flank Steak
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Grilled Spice-Rubbed Flank Steak

Flank steak has a tendency to get dry when cooked much beyond medium-rare, but if you keep an eye on it and cook just to medium-rare, it will be tender and juicy.

Get the Grilled Spice-Rubbed Flank Steak recipe from The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook

Grilled Tilapia with Balsamic Vinaigrette
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Grilled Tilapia with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Tilapia, a firm whitefish that is quite versatile in the kitchen, is usually farm-raised, making it a very sustainable seafood choice.

Get the Grilled Tilapia with Balsamic Vinaigrette recipe from Flat Belly Diet! Family Cookbook

Lemon-Grilled Portobellos
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Lemon-Grilled Portobellos

Removing the gills from the portobellos reduces the amount of gritty black liquid the mushrooms exude as they cook, so cook them rounded-side up for a quick vegetarian option. 

Get the Lemon-Grilled Portobellos recipe from The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook

Grilled Tuna Nicoise
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Grilled Tuna Nicoise

This elegant salad draws its inspiration and fresh flavor from the south of France. For maximum authenticity, use Nicoise olives in the tapenade.

Get the Grilled Tuna Nicoise recipe from Flat Belly Diet! Cookbook

Grilled Zucchini Boats
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Grilled Zucchini Boats

This rustic vegetable dish has only a fraction of the saturated fat of a version made with pork sausage, thanks to the Italian soy sausage in the stuffing.

Get the Grilled Zucchini Boats recipe from Flat Belly Diet! Family Cookbook

Grilled Three-Bean Burritos
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Grilled Three-Bean Burritos

If you have barbecue guests who don't eat meat, this is the perfect dish.

Get the Grilled Three-Bean Burritos recipe from The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook

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