Our Best-Ever Better Homes & Gardens Summer Recipes

Four-Layer Caramel-Crunch Nougat Brownies
Summer brings with it bold and bright seasonal ingredients. Including grilled burgers, barbecue recipes, and 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.

All-American Barbecued Chicken

Find out why this recipe is a reader favorite—and why you'll want to host a neighborhood barbecue every week.

Noodles and "Zoodles" with Saffron and Cream

Dress up your spaghetti cravings by adding zucchini noodles (or zoodles, as we like to call them) to the mix. A light and creamy sauce makes this double-noodle dish perfect for slurping down on a hot summer night.

Peach and Tomato Salad

We love ripe summer peaches and tomatoes, so why not combine the two? The result is a sweet and tangy summer salad with red onion, feta cheese, and basil that will fit right in at your summer picnic or potluck.

Cheesecake-Filled Watermelon

This cheesecake may look like a cute slice of watermelon, but it's actually filled with fresh strawberries! Start with a crunchy graham cracker crust on the bottom, then use a watermelon shell to help hold in the sweet, fluffy cheesecake goodness.

Watermelon-Berry Limeade

We all love cooling off with a juicy slice of watermelon, so we turned this favorite summer fruit into a refreshing drink! Blend in strawberries and coconut water to really make this summer drink sparkle.

Grilled Fruit Pizza

Turn a plain fruit salad into a summer wonder by grilling cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon. Serve on top of grilled flatbread with prosciutto, honey, and ricotta cheese for a sweet-and-savory summer treat.

Pasta with No-Cook Tomato Sauce and Mozzarella

Put away that jar of tomato sauce—you can make an even more delicious pasta sauce with tomatoes from your garden! Even better, to help keep your home cool in the sweltering summer heat, there's no cooking required for this garden-fresh sauce.

Skillet Zucchini

Make extra zucchini into a side dish you'll want to eat all summer long by searing slices in a skillet with a few other ingredients. Between your pantry and your garden, we bet you already have everything you need to make this veggie side dish.

Raspberry Sorbet

Get your spoon ready! You won't even need an ice cream maker to turn your favorite summer berries into a cool and refreshing treat. To make a tropical treat worthy of a day at the beach, try using fresh mango in place of summer raspberries.

Greek Salmon Burgers

Perfect for your backyard get-togethers, these juicy salmon burgers are packed with flavor and fresh summery ingredients, then topped with Greek yogurt. The best part? They're healthy!

Southwestern Stuffed Roasted Peppers

Spice up fiesta night with veggie-stuffed sweet peppers! Overflowing with Southwestern flavor and topped with creamy Alfredo sauce, these chicken-and-shrimp peppers are packed with flavor and a fun variation on traditional chiles rellenos.

Grilled Doughnuts

We didn't think it was possible, but doughnuts just got even better. They're sweet, crispy, and totally dippable. Fire up the grill and bring dessert outside for a delish twist on your summer evening.

5 Crazy-Good Corn Toppers

Nothing beats corn on the cob during the in-season summer months, but don't settle for just butter on your corn! Try these uber-tasty corn on the cob topper ideas for the best corn you've ever tasted.

Carrot Lemonade

Freshen up summer by grabbing a chilly bottle of this poppy-orange drink featuring fresh carrots, pineapple juice, and a bit of lemon. Squeeze a lemon wedge into the lemonade for extra citrus flavor.

Farro and Fruit Salad

This grain salad is bursting with fresh blueberries and a lemony vinaigrette. Eat it fresh or make it ahead for an easy packed lunch or later dinner.

Chicken and Peach Pesto Pizza

This pizza brings summer to the table. It's the flavor combination you never expected but tastes oh, so right.

Cherry-Berry Sangria

It's the perfect summer sipper: Cherries, strawberries, and blueberries infuse this drink with a fresh and fruity spark. 

Fresh Corn Salad

Create a colorful kaleidoscope of fresh, in-season produce for your next dinner on the deck. Enjoy corn off the cob, arugula, and jalapeno, all tossed in a sweet-and-tangy pepper dressing.

Rosemary-Strawberry Shortcake Pizza

Strawberry shortcake is a classic summer staple—give it extra oomph with rosemary and the freshest strawberries you can get your hands on.

Bucatini with Shrimp and Spicy Cherry Tomato Pan Sauce

Twirl a forkful of delicious summertime pasta at your next dinner party. Succulent shrimp is a savory toss-in, while quick-cooked garlic and tomatoes form a bubbly sauce. It's simple enough to make for weeknight supper but special enough to serve to company.

Indian Cauliflower Fried Rice

Pack this light and flavor-punched dish for a picnic, or serve it up on the patio. Surround fresh, versatile veggies with creamy cauliflower fried rice for a healthy and filling meal. Oh, not to mention delicious.

Banana-Butter Pecan Ice Cream

Treat yourself and cool down with a bowl of this cheery banana dessert. Homemade pecan-studded ice cream is made with real fruit, sweet brown sugar, and a hint of vanilla. 

Burrito Bowls

Handmade burrito bowls are as easy as 1-2-3. Mix up veggies, chicken, and fillers for a quick, easy, and healthy summer dinner.

Blueberry Ice Cream Pie

Stun your summertime crowd with a berry-covered ice cream pie, complete with soft vanilla ice cream and an almond-brown sugar crust. Nutmeg and fresh lemon zest give an extra kick to this pie's hidden sliver of rich blueberry sauce.

Chicken-Chorizo Meatballs

Start any summer shindig with zesty Chicken-Chorizo Meatballs. Slow-cook these appetizer-perfect bites in a special homemade sauce featuring garlic, poblano pepper, and zippy salsa.

Tri-Tip Roast with Grilled Avocados

The tri-tip, cut from the bottom sirloin, is prized for its rich flavor. Grill up this juicy roast next to avocado and freshly chopped veggies for a blue-ribbon winner.

Summer Spaghetti Salad

Spaghetti, string cheese, and squash noodles get the freshest tomato topping in this perfect summer dish.

Grilled Veggie Pasta Salad

Nothing screams summer more than a bowl of pasta salad loaded with lots of fresh, seasonal veggies. Light and savory, this pasta salad will please any potluckgoer.

Classic Vanilla Ice Cream

Scoop up sweet childhood memories with classic ice cream made with whole vanilla beans and pure vanilla extract.

Bonus: Dress up your ice cream with combos like lavender and cinnamon or strawberries and chocolate. Look at our Test Kitchen variations for directions and tips.

Fennel Salad with Arugula, Dill, and Walnuts

Summer salads know how to lighten the mood—and your diet. This fan favorite has just the right combination of sweet and savory.

Radish and Cucumber Salad

Use fresh and summery cukes and radishes for the perfect outdoor healthy treat. Drizzling a quick vinaigrette of olive oil, lime juice, and vinegar on top doesn't hurt either.

Smoky Slider Skewers

Slider, meet skewer. Grill up these cool kabobs for perfect outdoor eats.

Turkey Burger with Peaches and Blueberries

Refine your burger with this sweet recipe. Healthy turkey burgers meet summer fruit for an in-season dinner that tastes more like a treat.

Four-Layer Caramel Crunch Brownies

The only one wearing layers this summer is this decadent dessert. With brownie, crunchy caramel, peanut butter nougat, and velvety melted chocolate, each bite is sure to be better than the last.

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