58 Seriously Delicious Grilling Recipes to Make All Summer Long

published Jul 2, 2024
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Summer is officially here! It’s that time of year when we spend most of our days outside, enjoying laid-back summer dinners with family and friends, big backyard barbecues, and all-day cookouts (bring on the gooey s’mores!). So fire up your grills because we’ve got the best grilling recipes for you to make all summer long.

You can never go wrong with the classics, like grilled burgers, smoked ribs, and grilled chicken. Pair them with grilled corn on the cob, grilled zucchini, and baked potatoes on the grill — and you’ve got a winning meal that the whole family will love. 

If you love tacos, we’ve got options for everyone, from grilled steak tacos and grilled chicken tacos to grilled shrimp tacos (and don’t forget the classic guacamole and tortilla chips!). As someone who grills all year round, there’s always a place on my grill for Filipino barbecue chicken and galbi (Korean-style short ribs) every time; they’re so quick and super flavorful!

So whether you have a gas grill or charcoal grill, a big or small grill, here are 58 of our favorite grilling recipes that you can make this summer.

Grilled Chicken Recipes

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Chicken Souvlaki

This platter of grilled chicken skewers served inside warm pita, topped with vegetables and creamy tzatziki sauce is simple yet satisfying.

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Gochujang Butter Grilled Wings

Move over, Buffalo sauce: There’s a new wing sauce in town. It’s spicy and sweet with a fresh kick of ginger. With summer upon us, it’s the perfect time to fire up your grill and make these wings.

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Garlicky Grilled Chicken Thighs with Ginger and Lime

Thanks to a soy-lime marinade flacked with punchy bits of garlic and ginger, each piece of crispy-edged, juicy chicken is packed with a ton of flavor. Pair them with tangy cucumber salad and grilled corn on the cob.

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Filipino Barbecue Chicken

This tangy, sweet, and salty marinade makes a delicious, weeknight-friendly chicken dish. Even though the chicken gets baked in the oven for this Filipino recipe, you can also grill it for that delicious char.

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Grilled Chicken Kebabs

Bite-sized pieces of herby yogurt-marinated chicken threaded onto skewers, then grilled to perfection. The kebabs are easy, crowd-pleasing, and you can serve them up any way you like: Simply shower the charred chicken with herbs, slide the pieces onto pasta, or pair with a hearty salad.

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Grilled Chicken Tacos

Our favorite part about this recipe? Its street-taco vibes — achieved by chopping the chicken into small pieces and combining it with finely chopped cilantro and white onion. Serve them with classic guacamole and salsa verde.

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Grilled Chicken Cutlets with Pistachio-Avocado Relish

Paired with a bright, zippy sauce, these juicy, flavorful chicken breasts work well as part of a larger spread or (watch them disappear first!) or as the center of attention at a summer cookout, alongside a simple salad.

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Honey Jerk Grilled Chicken

This honey jerk chicken is packed with flavor and grilled to perfection. It has the perfect amount of heat, thanks to the jerk seasoning, which is a traditional Jamaican blend of herbs and spices such as thyme, allspice, nutmeg, and scotch bonnet peppers.

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The Best Grilled Chicken Salad

Packed with bright, fresh, bold flavors and juicy strips of chicken breast, this is the grilled chicken salad you'll eat on repeat all summer long.

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Chili-Lime Chicken Skewers

Everyone needs a go-to summery chicken dinner, and this is one of the best. Bite-sized pieces of zesty, smoky marinated chicken are threaded onto skewers and grilled to perfection. Serve alongside grilled summer vegetables and a summer salad.

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Spice-Rubbed Grilled Chicken Drumsticks with BBQ Sauce

A simple spice rub perks up these classic grilled chicken drumsticks that are finished in a sweet-tangy barbecue sauce. Served with potato salad and slices of ice-cold watermelon, you couldn’t ask for a more summer-y meal.

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Grilled Spatchcocked Chicken

Spatchocking, seasoning with jerk seasoning, then grilling a whole chicken over an open flame gives it a delicious smoky essence.

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Grilled Buffalo Chicken Wings

Cornstarch makes these grilled wings crispy before they're tossed in a traditional buffalo wing sauce.

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Tsukune (Grilled Japanese Chicken Meatballs)

Yakitori, which you can get from street vendors in Japan, is one of our favorite summer meals. Another popular street food, tsukune, are chicken meatballs that are threaded on skewers, grilled, and brushed with a sweet and salty syrup-like sauce.

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Tandoori Chicken

The key to the best tandoori chicken? Marinate it twice. Serve it with naan, thinly sliced rings of red onion, and lime wedges.

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Buttermilk Grilled Chicken

Juicy grilled chicken with the help of the Southern favorite: tangy buttermilk!

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Spicy Korean Grilled Chicken

Kick back, grab a cold one, and fire up that grill. If you like chicken, you’ll love this spicy gochujang Korean grilled chicken recipe.

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Grilled Steak Recipes

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Grilled Steak

Grilled steak is truly one of the easiest things you can cook on the grill; there’s no need for a complicated recipe. Just buy a good New York strip steak, season it generously with salt, and let the hot grill do all the work.

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Cowboy Steak

Salt, pepper, meat, and heat. That’s all you need for one of the most impressive meals of the grilling season. If you want to feel like a cowboy, this recipe is certain to get you one step closer. Serve this showstopping steak with cowboy butter and cowboy beans.

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Coffee-Rubbed Steak

Ground coffee, brown sugar, and ground coriander combine to make a robust steak seasoning blend. When the steak hits the high heat of the grill, the aroma of the beans awakens, deepening their robust roasted flavor and creating a crave-worthy caramelized crust.

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Grilled Tri-Tip

When tri-tip is grilled to medium-rare and sliced against the grain, it has all the flavor and juiciness of a pricier single-serve steak at less than half the price. As with any steak meal, a grill-baked potato, Caesar salad, and a glass of wine rounds out the meal perfectly.

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Galbi (Korean-Style Short Ribs)

This popular Korean comfort food has an amazing sweet-and-salty marinade with a secret ingredient. Throw them on the grill and serve with crunchy cucumber kimchi and steamed rice.

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Tender Grilled Flank Steak

Learn the basics of a classic marinade to get the most out of your flank steaks this summer.

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Chopped Greek Salad with Grilled Steak

Grilled skirt steak turns a regular Greek salad into a hearty main dish that's full of crunchy veggies and feta cheese in a lemon-oregano vinaigrette.

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Grilled Short Rib Chimichurri Party Sandwich

A whole loaf of bread is filled with tender grilled short ribs, chimichurri sauce, arugula, and pickled red onions before being sliced into individual sandwiches to feed a crowd.

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Grilled Steak Tacos

Flank steak marinated with spicy chipotle, citrus, cilantro and onions.

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Mayo-Rubbed Grilled Steak

Stirring your spice rub into the mayo will seal the spices to the steak and keep them from burning.

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Grilled Steakhouse Kebabs with Garlic Butter

Juicy steak bites, tender red onion, and baby potatoes are grilled on skewers and brushed with garlic butter.

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Grilled Burgers, Sausages, Pork, and More

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Juicy Lucy Burgers

A Juicy Lucy is a simple but ingenious twist on a cheeseburger (with a super-cute name). Instead of cheese melting on top of a hamburger patty, it’s stuffed inside of it, creating an oozy, cheesy center.

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Beer Brats

Fire up the grill and make the crowning jewel of any good Wisconsin tailgate party.

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Smoked Ribs

Folks, don’t fear backyard grill smoking! You don’t need any special equipment. With just a bag of wood chips and your gas grill or charcoal grill, you can easily make the best smoked ribs you’ve ever eaten.

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Grilled Pork Chops

A quick soak in an easy brine makes for perfect grilled pork chops every single time.

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The Juiciest Burger Patties

Just one ingredient will make your burgers infinitely juicier this summer, and it's already in your kitchen: butter!

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Baby Back Ribs on the Grill

These baby back ribs are meaty and lean while still being delightfully tender.

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Easy Turkey Burgers

The secret to juicy, flavorful turkey burgers? Greek yogurt! Serve with cucumber salad, oven-baked potato wedges, or creamy cilantro-lime slaw for the ultimate summer meal.

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Arayes (Lebanese Crispy Meat-Stuffed Pita)

Stuffing a pita with an even layer of spiced beef or lamb before grilling makes the whole thing crisp and juicy. While the arayes cook, combine Greek yogurt, tahini, garlic, and lemon to make a sauce for serving. Top with a sprinkle of lemony sumac.

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Vietnamese Grilled Lemongrass Pork Chops

Lemongrass-marinated pork chops get grilled until deeply caramelized. Best served with all the good stuff: broken jasmine rice, cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, lime, nuoc cham, and scallion oil.

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Old Arthur’s Pork Belly Burnt Ends

Our candied & smoked Pork Belly burnt ends are a riff off the traditional burnt ends made from beef brisket. This recipe calls for a three-step process that candies the pork belly by smoking, then rendering, and adding barbecue sauce at the end of the smoking process to create crispy, smoky, glazed bits of delicious pork.

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Grilled Lamb Chops with Herb Sauce

These flavorful grilled lamb chops come together in less than an hour, but are elegant enough for a special occasion. You’ll prepare a marinade of parsley stems, fresh mint, rosemary, lemon zest, and garlic.

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Peach-Banana Glazed Tocino Skewers with Daikon Atchara

Homemade Filipino tocino is skewered, grilled and served with a banana-peach bbq glaze and shredded pickled vegetable condiment called atchara. Serve it kamayan-style with steamed rice or garlic fried rice.

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Grilled Merguez Sausages and Veggies with Crispy Chickpeas

A delicious platter of grilled mixed vegetables, merguez sausage, halloumi cheese, and crispy chickpeas.

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Grilled Fish and Seafood Recipes

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Grilled Lobster Tails with Garlic Butter

Tender, sweet lobster tail is grilled to perfection and finished with a herby garlic butter.

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Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Tomatillo Salsa

Spicy, smoky shrimp and a homemade tomatillo salsa combine in these flavor-packed summer tacos.

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Grilled Swordfish

Grill meaty swordfish to perfection and top with an easy, fresh lemon-herb sauce made with lemon zest, lemon juice, fresh mint and parsley, garlic, some red pepper flakes for a little heat, and olive oil.

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Grilled Scallops with Lemon-Garlic Brown Butter

A step-by-step guide to grilling scallops. The easy lemon-garlic brown butter sauce cooks directly on the grill, too. If you have the option between purchasing wet or dry scallops, always opt for dry.

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Cajun Grilled Red Snapper

Grilling red snapper is a great way to cook the fish, especially if the fillets still have skin on them for easier release. Serve them with any kind of grilled vegetable for the perfect light summer dinner.

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Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Chimichurri

An herby, garlicky chimichurri sauce doubles as both the marinade and a dipping sauce for these easy shrimp skewers.

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Rosemary Salmon Skewers with Mustard-Maple Glaze

The woody herb does double duty in this recipe: it flavors the marinade and stands in for the skewers.

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Grilled Veggies

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Grilled Corn on the Cob

Learn how to grill corn on the cob two ways – with husks and without husks – for all your summer cookouts.

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Grilled Potatoes

It’s no secret that potatoes are one of the most versatile sides around, but instead of cranking up the oven, we’re showing you how to grill Russet potatoes so they’re lightly charred and crispy on the outside, tender and creamy on the inside, and perfectly seasoned all over.

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Cheesy Grilled Parmesan Broccoli

Marinated broccoli gets tossed with Parmesan cheese and grilled to tender, smoky perfection.

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Grilled Zucchini

Easy step-by-step to grilling zucchini, summer's most abundant vegetable. Grilled zucchini pairs well with just about anything else you’re serving — be it grilled chicken breast or steaks.

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Baked Potatoes on the Grill

In the same amount of time it takes to bake a potato in the oven, you can bake a potato on the grill for savory, smoky, impossibly fluffy spuds.

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Grilled Eggplant Caprese

To tuck in more seasonality in between the red, white, and green layers of a caprese salad, look towards grilled eggplant.

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Grilled Portobello Mushrooms

A quick marinade gives these hearty mushroom caps tons of flavor. Cucumber yogurt sauce, chimichurri, pesto, avocado dressing, or marinara are great ways to add additional flavor after grilling.

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Grilled Corn with Vietnamese Scallion Oil

A sweet, umami-rich oil made with scallions, sugar, and fish sauce bathes grilled corn in this summery side dish.

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Grilled Green Beans with Lemon Vinaigrette

Grilled green beans are a fantastic side dish for grilled steak or grilled fish.

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