When the sun is up and the skies are blue, it can only mean one thing: grilling season is here!
Looking for fresh new grill recipes for your next barbecue? I have you covered.
Today, I am sharing a collection of my favorite grill recipes – tender steaks, juicy burgers, flavorful shrimp skewers – you name it!
These dishes are not only packed with flavor, but are also easy to prepare.
You won’t only get savory suggestions here, but desserts as well. While grilling is mostly all about meats, grilled fruits and veggies are just as mouthwatering.
These grill recipes are certified crowd-pleasers, so if you want to impress your friends, you know what to do.
20+ Easy Grilling Recipes for the Summer
1. Lemongrass Beef Skewers
These lemongrass beef skewers are tender, juicy, and perfectly seasoned.
The marinade is made with sugar, lemongrass, ginger, soy sauce, fish sauce, chili garlic sauce, and salt. It’s a simple mixture, but the flavors are amazing!
It’s a mix of wSweet, salty, savory, and citrusy – all in one bite!
There’s one more thing that makes this dish excellent: it’s insanely easy to make.
You just stir all the ingredients together, marinate the steak for 30 minutes, and then the skewers are ready to grill!
2. Grilled Veggie Skewers
Zucchini, red onion, and bell peppers are healthy, colorful, and ridiculously delicious.
They’re even better when flavored with balsamic vinegar and a garlic herb sauce, and grilled to perfection.
True, vegetables are sometimes bland and boring, which is exactly why we’re grilling them. It brings out their flavors, making them taste 10 times better.
The flavors are bright, the texture crisp. It’s the epitome of summer sides! Pair these skewers with your favorite meat and voila! You’ll have a hearty meal.
3. Easy Grilled Steak
Meat lovers, this one’s for you! You can’t have a backyard party without steak.
This steak has a simple marinade that gives it maximum goodness. Olive oil, soy sauce, lemon juice, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, chili powder, and pepper flakes.
Just imagine your steak soaking up all those incredible flavors!
It’s so easy to make, too. Just stir all the ingredients together. Since this marinade is super tasty, you’ll want to immerse your steak in it for hours.
I’m talking about one full day! Sure, it takes a while, but it’s absolutely worth it.
4. Easy Grilled Salmon
If you want a lighter option that’s still loaded with flavor, this grilled salmon is for you.
What I love about fish is that you need not soak it for hours to absorb the flavors of the marinade. It comes together in just 15 minutes.
Salmon is already tasty as it is, but with a simple mixture of salt, garlic powder, parsley, basil, and onion, it will taste nothing like ever before.
5. Grilled Mushroom Burgers
Vegan folks, rejoice! With these scrumptious grilled mushroom burgers, you won’t miss the meat at all.
Portobello mushrooms are a popular meat substitute, and for good reason. With the marinade, you’ll get all the lovely flavors of a regular patty, without having to eat actual meat.
Topped with grilled red onion, tomatoes, avocado, spinach, and Swiss cheese, this burger is the ultimate dream. It’s so good, even meat lovers won’t say no!
6. Grilled Chicken and Pineapple Skewers
Chicken and pineapple pair up in these bright, colorful skewers.
Don’t you just love the combo of sweet and savory? I can’t get enough of it, which is why I’m head over heels in love with these skewers.
Marinated for 6 hours in a sauce of honey, lime juice, and chili garlic, the chicken has a wonderful sweet, spicy, savory, and smoky thing going on.
Pair that with sweet and juicy pineapple chunks, and you’ll have a winner! These are so tasty, you won’t even realize they’re healthy.
8. Grilled Shrimp Skewers
Sweet, plump, and savory, shrimp is a gift from the sea. You won’t want this treasure to go to waste, so make sure you cook it right. Give it the best treatment by using this recipe.
Marinated in lemon, herbs, and garlic, and grilled to perfection, these shrimp skewers are lip-smackingly delicious.
It doesn’t take long to cook this dish. Just 20 minutes, and it’s ready to serve. So, if you’re looking for a quick and easy glorious meal, this is the one for you.
9. Grilled Bananas
These grilled bananas are the perfect way to end a meal. It’s the elevated version of the classic bananas foster.
Bananas are already pretty fantastic as it is. But grilling takes them to a whole other level of amazing.
Seasoned with nutmeg, cinnamon, and maple, and topped with a huge dollop of ice cream, it’s impossible not to go bananas for this dessert.
Apart from the flavor combination, the contrast of hot bananas and cold ice cream is to die for.
10. Grilled Eggplant Salad
Grilled eggplant, fresh tomatoes, lemon zest, green onions, capers, fresh herbs, and balsamic vinegar. Mmm!
This grilled eggplant salad is loaded with color, flavor, texture, and nutrition.
It’s the ultimate summer appetizer! No backyard party will be complete without it. Not only is it delicious, but it’s also a breeze to make.
It’s so easy, you don’t even need to peel or seed the eggplant! The eggplant will be super tender after grilling, so all you need to do is slice it.
11. Grilled Green Beans
Looking for a crisp side dish to go with your barbecue? Grilled green beans, it is.
These beans are crisp on the outside, tender on the inside, and loaded with smoky and salty flavors all over. This is the best way to cook green beans!
I was never a fan of green beans – I found them boring. But when I tried this dish, it completely changed my perspective.
The beans are bursting with sweet, salty, tangy, and smoky flavors all in one bite. It doesn’t even take a lot to flavor them! Just some salt, olive oil, and lemon and you’re all set.
12. Mongolian Grilled Lamb Chops
Mongolian grilled lamb chops, oh, how I love thee.
Coated in a sweet and smoky Mongolian sauce, these lamb chops are in a league of their own.
Grilled to perfection and finished off with a red pepper sauce and cilantro, they truly deserve a standing ovation.
Mongolian barbecue may sound complex, but it’s actually just a marinade of soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, honey, black bean paste, red chili paste, ginger, and sesame oil.
These ingredients together create a lovely, unique Asian flavor.
It’s already delicious as is, but the roasted red bell pepper topping takes it one step further.
13. Grilled Pork Chops
Hungry and have no time to marinate meat for hours? I hear ya, and I have just the solution.
Believe it or not, these grilled pork chops are delicious and are done in just 15 minutes.
When grilled to perfection, these pork chops are incredibly tender and juicy. And the flavor? Seasoned with a blend of salt, parsley, basil, onion, and garlic powder, they’re outstanding.
Pair these chops with mashed potatoes and roasted veggies, and you’ll have a hearty, irresistible meal.
14. Grilled Chilean Beef Skewers
Chilean beef skewers flavored with a sweet and zesty chimichurri sauce and served on a bed of cilantro rice? Wow. These kabobs are the kabomb!
All you need is to drizzle beef with olive oil and flavor it with lime zest and garlic. Let it sit for a few minutes, and it’s ready for grilling.
The chimichurri sauce is a blend of cilantro, olive oil, lime juice, jalapenos, onions, coriander, paprika, salt, and garlic.
As for the rice, just mix it with cilantro, scallions, and lime.
Put them all together, and voila! Dinner is served.
While it sounds so complicated, this dish is actually a cinch to make. There are 3 components, but they’re all really simple.
15. Grilled Watermelon Salad
Sweet, juicy, savory, and smoky: you’ll get all these flavors in one spectacular salad. Even salad-haters can’t say no to this.
The star of the dish, as you may have guessed, is grilled watermelon. If you haven’t tried it yet, boy, you are missing out!
Grilling watermelon not only gives it that beautiful char but also intensifies its flavor.
I never thought fruit could be this addictive. And then you load it with basil, mint, onion, and feta cheese. There’s only one word to describe it: heaven.
16. Grilled Cauliflower Steaks
Here’s another one for all you vegetarians! Grilled cauliflower steaks may not give you the same flavor of a regular steak, but it’s the next best thing.
It doesn’t take much to transform a simple cauliflower into a stunning dish. All you need is to flavor it with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and grill it to perfection.
It’s simple, yet effective.
Top it with a sweet, savory, and tangy chimichurri for a delectable dish that’s secretly good for you.
17. Grilled Steak Tacos
What’s better than grilled steak? Grilled steak tacos!
The steak is seasoned with orange, chipotle, cilantro, cinnamon, cumin, and garlic. Its bright and bold flavors are already stunning by itself!
But we’re not stopping there. Place the melt-in-your-mouth steak on a soft tortilla and top it with guacamole, cheese, salsa, and sour cream. That’s what I call taco-rific.
18. Grilled Halibut
Craving a delicious, smoky dish, but don’t want all the calories? Grilled halibut is for you.
Drizzled with honey and lemon and grilled to perfection? Now that’s how you cook a halibut! It’s the only way.
Even non-fish fans will want seconds of this dish.
And since halibut doesn’t take long to cook, you get to savor in its goodness in no time.
19. Grilled Zucchini
Grilled zucchini seasoned with za’atar, garlic, lemon, and topped with a dollop of yogurt. Yes, please!
This dish is insanely delicious, nutritious, and easy to make. It’s the ultimate summer side!
This recipe takes a Middle Eastern approach to cooking zucchini. Za’atar is a seasoning made with cumin, coriander, herbs, sesame seeds, and other middle eastern spices.
You can find this in gourmet grocery stores. Trust me, it’s worth buying.
Pair this unique side dish with kebabs or shawarma for a fantastic Middle Eastern feast!
20. Grilled Bacon Jalapeno Wraps
These grilled bacon jalapeno wraps breathe new life to the classic poppers.
Here’s a breakdown of what goes on in this dish: jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese and seasonings, wrapped in bacon, and grilled to perfection.
I mean. It’s cheesy, savory, smoky, spicy all in one! How can you not fall in love?
They’re so ridiculously addictive, even those who can’t tolerate spicy food will ask for seconds.
21. Grilled Fish Tacos
Perfectly seasoned fish grilled and stuffed in tacos is then topped with pico de gallo, white sauce, and cabbage. Taco Tuesday couldn’t get any better than this.
Since we’re dealing with fish, this dish comes together in just 30 minutes. It’s perfect for busy weeknights!
22. Grilled Pork Banh Mi
Tender and juicy pork tenderloin marinated in brown sugar, fish sauce, rice vinegar, sriracha, and garlic powder, and grilled to perfection. Sweet, salty, spicy, smoky, spectacular.
Now, take that lovely meat and place it in a French baguette along with pickled veggies and mayo. That’s the perfect Vietnamese Banh Mi right there!
It’s hearty, flavorful, and healthy, to boot. It is Asian cooking at its finest.
23. Grilled Peaches With Ice Cream
This one’s for all you sweet tooths out there! Ultra-sweet grilled peaches are topped with vanilla ice cream. It’s the epitome of summer sweets.
Peaches are already packed with flavor, but grilling them makes them even sweeter than before.
Drizzled with honey and finished off with ice cream, it’s the perfect way to end your backyard party.
24. Grilled Apple Crisp
Sweet apples with smoky undertones? Sounds terrific.
Coat apple slices with sugar and spices and cook until caramelized. Top with streusel and grill until golden. These simple steps will give apples absolute flavor.
You can serve them as is, or take things up a notch by topping them with vanilla ice cream.
The ice cream adds not only sweetness but a wonderful temperature contrast as well. It’s the perfect ending to any meal.
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