22 Easy Grill Recipes to Spice Up Your Summer

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The grill is your go-to summer cooking tool, but it’s easy to get stuck in a rut of burgers and steaks. When you’re ready to switch up your BBQ menu, you’ll want to check out our roundup of amazing grilled recipes. From grilled fruit and easy foil packet dinners to veggies that even kiddos can’t pass up, these recipes are sure to spice up your spread. Read on to get fired up about all of the delicious possibilities.

Pineapple Shrimp Skewers

Break out the skewers to make this Hawaiian-inspired recipe from Salt & Lavender. You’ll have visions of the islands dancing in your head as you dig into the juicy shrimp and pineapple. To get all the details, click here.

Asian Chicken and Vegetable Foil Packets

We love this versatile recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod, made with a soy sauce–based marinade. Best of all, you can remix it with different proteins, veggies and seasonings all summer long. Click here to get the recipe.

Grilled Tortilla Pizzas

If the idea of making a grilled pizza makes you nervous, this version from Get Inspired Everyday just might be the perfect starting point. Instead of making your own dough, use a tortilla for maximum convenience. Grab the recipe by clicking here.

Grilled Chicken with Pineapple-Cucumber Salsa

There’s nothing easier than throwing some chicken breasts on the grill, but it’s not exactly the most exciting meal. Take a cue from Healthy Fitness Meals and whip up a quick pineapple and cucumber salsa to take your chicken to the next level. To get the recipe, click here.

Chili Cheese Dilly Dogs

You can’t let the summer slip by without having a chili dog—and if you’re going to do it, you might as well do it right, with this recipe from Garlic & Zest. The “dilly” part comes from a pickle, which makes for a crisp and tangy contrast to the hearty chili. Get all the details by clicking here.

Tofu Skewers

Who says grilling is an omnivore’s game? These tofu skewers from The View from Great Island are not only a vegan delight, they’re also colorful, healthy and super easy to whip up. Get the recipe here.

Strawberry Tart on the Grill

Prepare to have your mind blown. Boulder Locavore has taken a delish summer dessert (strawberry tart!) and given it a grilled makeover. (Psst! For grownups, there’s also an awesome recipe for a strawberry ginger vodka cooler.) Get the recipe here.

Lemon Garlic Zucchini

Looking for the perfect BBQ side dish? This recipe from Damn Delicious is so good, it might just steal the show. (If the crisp grilled zucchini doesn’t get you, the lemon butter garlic sauce will!) Get the recipe here.

Yogurt Marinated Grilled Chicken Skewers

For this recipe from What’s Gaby Cooking, the magic word is tzatziki. The marinade has just a hint of spice and makes a huge difference in your chicken satisfaction. Get the recipe here.

Mexican Corn with Avocado Butter

Avocado fans, rejoice! Mexican street corn is all the rage right now and this recipe from Darcy Apparel combines a summer cookout staple with everybody’s fave green superfood. Get the recipe here.

Veggie Kabobs

Who says a BBQ has to have a carnivorous menu? Damn Delicious shares a simple way to diversify your picnic table with these veggie kabobs. Don’t forget to personalize your skewers with the kids’ fave vegetables. Learn more here.

Grilled Peaches and Yogurt Cream

Are your pint-sized foodies hip to the yumminess of grilled fruit? They’ll love this idea from The Foodie Affair for juicy sweet peaches topped with vanilla cream. Click here for the scoop.

Grilled Green Beans

Get ready for grilled green beans! This munch-worthy idea from What’s Gaby Cooking give your fave veggie an awesome char. The result is great as a side or a salad mix-in. Get the recipe here.

Sweet and Smoky Grilled Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a real kid crowd pleaser—and this recipe from Kitchen Treaty only needs fifteen minutes of cook time so the hungry masses won’t have to wait. Feeling a little adventurous? Add cilantro and lime for even more flavor. Get the how-to here.

Grilled Strawberry Shortcake

We’re loving the creativity behind this idea from Handle the Heat. Yep, the grill isn’t just for entrées; desserts like strawberry shortcake deserve their place, too. Click here for the delish recipe.

Grilled Ham and Pineapple Kabobs

Quick to prepare and a great use of leftover ham, these kabobs from She Wears Many Hats will be a sweet and salty addition to your festivities. Click here for more info.

Meatloaf Burgers with Sweet Mustard BBQ Sauce

Hamburgers are pretty much a barbecue essential. Noshing with the Nolands combines two classic dishes with these meatloaf burgers. The best part of this ultimate comfort food pairing is that it’s adaptable. Make mini versions for sliders, use your family’s fave meatloaf ingredients—the sky's the limit. Check out the recipe here.

Grilled Plantains

For banana lovers big and small, why not introduce a plantain dish at your next gathering? Glow Kitchen shares how simple it is to grill these banana cousins. Make this an easy dessert with the addition of a sweet sauce (caramel, anyone?) or keep it savory and enjoy. Check the recipe out here.

Grilled Avocado and Vegetable Tacos

Have you tried grilling an avocado? This recipe, from Two Peas and Their Pod, gives you the perfect opportunity. Add more veggies to your summer feast and keep little hands occupied with tasty tacos. Check out the recipe here.

Grilled Carrot Fries

Fries get a healthy (and tasty!) twist thanks to The Gourmet RD. The kids will love this naturally sweet and crunchy finger food; grownups will get a kick out of The Gourmet RD’s chipotle lime aioli dipping sauce. Get the easy instructions here.

50 Stars BBQ Chicken

What’s a proper summer celebration without barbecue sauce? This finger-licking recipe comes from In Honor of Design and takes advantage of both the oven and the grill. Get the recipe here.

Campfire Cones

Brace yourself—and take s’mores to a whole new level at the family BBQ this year! Haute Apple Pie shares a genius idea for contained s’mores that can be tossed onto the grill or fire pit. All you need is the traditional chocolate and marshmallows, ice cream cones, foil and folks who want s’more. Find out more by clicking here.

—Abigail Matsumoto



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