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Our Best Grilling Recipes

Fire up the grill and try one of our favorite grilling recipes for your next summer cookout or barbecue. Choose from our classic main dishes -- grilled chicken, steak, burgers, salmon, ribs, and more -- or a delicious side, like our grilled asparagus or pineapple. We even have dessert covered -- all fresh off the grill.


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    • Espresso-Rubbed Steak with Green Chile Pesto

      This is no ordinary steak! A combination of chili powder and espresso powder gives it a rich, powerful flavorful. Topped off with zesty green chile pesto, this grilled steak will definitely be a cookout favorite.

    • Chicken Skewers and Grilled Pineapple

      The perfect combo of savory and sweet, this appetizer showcases two delicious grilled favorites. Juicy grilled pineapple and sweet-and-sour chicken skewers are a must-have for any summer cookout.

    • Tri-Tip Roast with Grilled Avocados

      Tri-tip -- a Santa Maria-style sirloin -- gains rich, beefy flavor from a regimen of seasoning, basting, and smoking. Grilled avocados complete the roast with buttery distinction.

      Grilled Recipe Tip: For the most authentic barbecued tri-tip, use red oak wood chips, which impart a signature flavor.

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    • Whiskey Barrel Burgers

      These mouthwatering hamburgers taste even better with the addition of a juicy whiskey-cheddar filling. Prepare them the night before for a 20-minute grilled dinner solution.


    • Grilled Veggie Pasta Salad

      A rainbow of perfectly grilled veggies fills this easy pasta salad. Tossed in a balsamic dressing, the side dish can be easily adapted to fit what's in season at the market.  

      Grilled Recipe Tip: Make sure to rinse pasta with cold water after cooking. This keeps it from absorbing too much dressing and removes excess starch.
    • Texas Cowboy-Style Ribs



      Beef short ribs gain signature Texas barbecue flavor, thanks to the aromatic smoke from mesquite wood chips. Slathered in a spicy-sweet rub, the ribs literally fall off the bone for fork-tender meat.
      Grilled Recipe Tip: For this recipe, choose English-style short ribs, which are 2 to 4 inches long with one rib-bone section.
    • Summer Dogs

      It wouldn't be summer grilling without hot dogs, and this recipe takes classic grilled frankfurters to a whole new level. Lettuce, tomato, and avocado complement the sausage sandwich, along with a simple corn relish. To add a bit of heat, top the loaded dogs with sliced fresh jalapeno peppers.

    • Planked Salmon with Grilled Tomato Salsa



      Grill salmon on a cedar plank for an easy way to cook and smoke the flaky fish. Top the salmon with bright red and yellow cherry tomatoes, a sure sign of summer that help bring out the natural flavors of the fish.
      Grilled Recipe Tip: You'll want to keep salmon's shiny skin on for this planked recipe. It protects the fillet from the wood and comes off easily once the salmon is cooked.
    • How to Grill Salmon on a Cedar Plank

      Learn our best tips and tricks for infusing salmon with a woody, smoked taste -- just by grilling on a cedar plank!

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      Chicken Caesar Burgers

      To lighten up traditional grilled burgers, trade ground beef for ground chicken. Keep the meat extra moist and juicy by adding a bit of grated onion to the patties.


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      Plank-Smoked Peaches and Goat Cheese

      Grilled peach halves gain sweet, smoky flavor from a maple grilling plank. Paired with creamy goat cheese, honey, and walnuts, the grilled fruit makes a perfect low-cal summertime dessert.

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      All-American Barbecued Chicken

      A cookout wouldn't be complete without our signature barbecued chicken recipe. The secret to success? Brush on the barbecue sauce during the last 15 minutes of grilling for a gorgeous glaze that won't have time to burn.


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      Southwestern Stuffed Roasted Peppers

      Great as either a side or main dish, these stuffed sweet peppers are loaded with flavor. Filled with a hearty mix of veggies, shrimp, chicken, and sausage, and topped off with Alfredo sauce, this delicious grilling recipe is sure to be a hit.

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      Grilled Baby Veggies with Arugula-Mint Pesto Sauce

      An arugula, mint, and lime marinade adds bright flavor to this array of colorful baby veggies. Serve them with the remaining sauce for dipping, and they'll be gone in a flash.

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      How to Grill Asparagus

      Craving a side of asparagus? We'll show you four different methods for grilling this tasty veggie, each one more delicious than the last.

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      Grilled Herb Scallops with Balsamic Syrup

      Most foods only get better when wrapped in prosciutto, and these grilled scallops are no exception. Marinate the mild seafood in a blend of balsamic vinegar, fresh mint, parsley, lemon peel, and garlic for a guaranteed flavor boost.


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      Plank-Smoked Portobello Mushrooms

      Stuffed mushrooms never tasted so good. Fill portobello mushroom caps with a blend of spicy mustard, baby spinach, bread crumbs, cheddar cheese, and chopped pecans for a seriously addicting grilled appetizer.


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      Salmon Kabobs with Cucumber-Feta Salsa

      Marinated in a white balsamic vinegar, this salmon's sweet-tart flavor pairs perfectly with cool cucumbers and crumbly feta. Give your kabobs added citrus flavor by soaking the skewers in lemon juice instead of water.


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      Beer Can Chicken

      Stuff a whole broiler-fryer chicken with your favorite can of beer and a mouthwatering spice mixture for poultry that is brimming with flavor. To make the recipe nonalcoholic, just substitute apple juice or even water for similar results.


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      Grilled Banana Bites

      For a sweet summer treat, grill bananas 4 to 6 minutes, then sandwich the fruit with chocolate-hazelnut spread and butter cookies. Not a banana fan? Swap in your favorite fruit and adjust the cooking time accordingly.



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      Cumin-Crusted Veggie Burgers with Pineapple Salsa

      Sweet and spicy, this vegetarian burger packs delicious summer flavor. Grilled pineapple provides sweetness while the cumin-crusted burgers bring the heat, making this the perfect sandwich for a summer cookout.

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      Pesto Veggie Gyro

      Make the most of colorful summer veggies, such as yellow summer squash, zucchini, and red sweet peppers, in this easy grilled flatbread sandwich. Fresh homemade pesto gives the veggie gyro bright flavor that includes grilled Halloumi cheese.

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      Grilled Doughnuts

      For a gooey grilled dessert, just pop packaged glazed doughnuts onto the grill for 1 to 2 minutes. Dust the doughtnuts with cinnamon, nutmeg, or cardamom and pair with our strawberry-basil dip for an extra-special summer treat.


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      Red-White-and-Blue Doughnut Shortcakes

      Grilled doughnuts are delicious on their own, but adding mixed berries, homemade blueberry sauce, and whipped topping takes this grilled dessert to the next level.

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      Grilled Corn with Smoky Lime Butter

      Butter, lime, fresh cilantro, and a dash of paprika are all you need for tender stalks of sweet corn. The summertime side dish requires little prep and takes just 20 minutes on the grill to perfect.


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      Drunken Shrimp and Scallop Skewers

      These party-ready skewers kick it up a notch with a tequila-infused lime-and-garlic marinade. The bright, flavorful sauce also dresses the accompanying jicama-and-avocado slaw.

      Grilled Recipe Tip: If you're using wooden skewers, soak them in water for at least 30 minutes before using.


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      Grilled Chicken Finger Fajitas with Peppers and Onions

      Everything for these easy chicken fajitas goes on the grill with just 15 minutes of prep. A mixture of Mexican crema and taco seasoning adds authentic South-of-the-border flavor to the fajita toppings.

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      Lamb Chops with Blackberry-Pear Chutney

      For an elevated version of summer barbecue, try these delicious grilled lamb chops instead of the standard pork chop. Paired with a sweet blackberry-pear chutney, this easy dish is sure to impress friends and family.

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      Baby Potato Kabobs

      Rosemary sprigs provide the skewers for these scrumptious grilled potatoes. This grilled dish can be pulled together in a snap -- it's ready to go in just 25 minutes, providing the perfect side for a cookout.

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      Baby Beet and Flank Steak Salad Dijon

      Grilled flank steak and roasted baby beets top toasted French bread in this tasty grilled salad. Topped with a simple, zippy dressing, this dish is perfect at the end of a hot summer day.

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      Our Best-Ever Better Homes and Gardens Summer Recipes

      Summer brings with it bold and bright seasonal ingredients. From grilled burgers, to barbecue recipes, to homemade ice cream, we've collected the best of the best when it comes to summer recipes - so sit back, relax, and enjoy our favorite tastes and textures.
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