9 Mouthwatering Grilling Recipes You Need to Try This Summer

9 Mouthwatering Grilling Recipes You Need to Try This Summer

Ah, summer! That magical time of year when the days are longer, the sun is brighter, and the smell of grilled deliciousness fills the air. As an advisor and outdoor grilling enthusiast, there’s nothing I love more than firing up the ol’ grill and creating mouthwatering meals for my friends and family. In this blog post, I’ll share with you 9 scrumptious grilling recipes that’ll make your taste buds sing and your neighbors jealous.

So, why is grilling such an essential part of summer? Simple. It’s not just about the amazing flavors; it’s also about the experience. Outdoor cooking brings people together, creating memories that last a lifetime, and let’s be honest, it’s way more fun than slaving away in a hot kitchen. Plus, grilling tends to be healthier since it allows excess fat to drip away from the food, leaving you with tender, juicy goodness.

Now that we’ve covered the importance of grilling, let’s dive into the recipes that’ll make you the talk of the town. We’ll be exploring everything from classic grilled burgers to unexpected dishes like grilled fruit salad. Buckle up, dear reader, and let’s dig in with these grilling ideas!

Classic Grilled Burgers

Grilled BurgersA great burger starts with great meat, and when it comes to choosing the right one, there are a few things to consider. For a truly mouthwatering burger, I recommend using a mix of 80% lean ground beef and 20% fat. This ratio ensures a juicy, flavorful patty that’ll have everyone begging for seconds. 

Now, onto seasoning and shaping the patties. When it comes to seasoning, less is more. A generous pinch of salt and pepper on each side of the patty should do the trick. As for shaping, gently form the meat into a patty slightly larger than your burger bun (they’ll shrink as they cook). Pro tip: create a small indentation in the center of each patty to prevent them from puffing up like a balloon while grilling.

Grilling the perfect burger is an art, but with a few tricks up your sleeve, you’ll be a master in no time. First, preheat your grill to medium-high heat and oil the grates to prevent sticking. Next, cook the patties for 3-5 minutes per side (for medium) and only flip them once. Resist the temptation to press down on the patties with your spatula; this squeezes out all the juices, leaving you with a sad, dry burger.

Finally, let’s talk about toppings and condiments. The beauty of burgers is that you can customize them to your heart’s content. Some of my favorites include avocado, bacon, caramelized onions, and a slice of cheddar cheese. As for condiments, I’m a sucker for Sir Kensington’s Classic Ketchup and Heinz Yellow Mustard. The possibilities are endless, so have fun experimenting!

Stay tuned for more mouthwatering grilling recipes, including veggie skewers, bbq recipes, and even grilled pizza! Trust me, your taste buds will thank you. Happy grilling!

Grilled Veggie Skewers

Grilled Veggie SkewersSelecting Vegetables for Skewers

Picking the right vegetables is crucial for creating unforgettable grilled veggie skewers. Look for firm, colorful veggies that can hold up to the heat without turning to mush. Some top contenders are bell peppers, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, red onions, and mushrooms. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and throw in some pineapple or even brussels sprouts for a fun twist!

Marinade Recipe and Preparation

A killer marinade is the secret to taking your skewers from good to great. Here’s a simple yet flavorful marinade recipe to elevate your veggie game:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl and set aside. Easy-peasy!

Assembling and Grilling Skewers

Before assembling your skewers, make sure to soak wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes to prevent them from burning. If you’d rather skip the soaking step, these GRILLMER Reusable Stainless Steel Skewers from Amazon are an excellent alternative.

To assemble, slide your veggies onto the skewers, leaving a bit of space between each piece to ensure even cooking. Once assembled, brush your skewers generously with the marinade and let them sit for 15-20 minutes to soak up all the flavors.

Preheat your grill to medium heat and oil the grates. Grill the skewers for 3-4 minutes per side or until the veggies are tender and nicely charred.

Serving Suggestions

Grilled veggie skewers make a fantastic side dish or a light main course. Serve them alongside your favorite protein, like grilled chicken or fish, or place them atop a bed of rice or quinoa for a satisfying vegetarian meal. Don’t forget a dollop of Stonewall Kitchen Roasted Garlic Aioli for dipping!

BBQ Chicken with Homemade Sauce

BBQ Chicken

Preparing the Chicken

For the juiciest, most tender grill BBQ chicken, I recommend using bone-in, skin-on chicken pieces. The skin helps retain moisture and adds extra flavor. Rinse your chicken pieces, pat them dry with a paper towel, and season with salt and pepper.

Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe

Forget store-bought sauce – this homemade BBQ sauce is where it’s at:

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. The result? A tangy, smoky sauce that’ll make you lick your fingers clean.

Grilling Techniques for Juicy Chicken

To grill your chicken to perfection, preheat your grill to medium heat and oil the grates. Place the chicken pieces skin-side down and grill for 5-7 minutes until nicely browned. Flip the chicken, reduce the heat to medium-low, and continue grilling for another 25-30 minutes, basting with your homemade BBQ sauce every 5 minutes.

Use a meat thermometer to ensure the chicken is fully cooked (internal temperature should reach 165°F). Once done, transfer the chicken to a platter and let it rest for a few minutes before serving.

Serving and Garnishing

When it’s time to serve your mouth watering BBQ chicken, don’t skimp on the presentation. Arrange the chicken pieces on a platter and drizzle them with a bit more of your homemade BBQ sauce for added flavor. Garnish with a sprinkle of chopped fresh cilantro or parsley and a few lemon wedges for a pop of color and zest. Pair your BBQ chicken with some coleslaw, potato salad, or grilled veggie skewers from earlier, and you’ve got yourself a summer feast fit for royalty!

Grilled Portobello Mushroom Steaks

Grilled Portobello Mushroom Steaks

Choosing and Preparing Mushrooms

Portobello mushrooms are the perfect meat substitute for grilling, thanks to their hearty texture and earthy flavors. When choosing portobellos, look for large, firm caps with a deep, rich color. To prepare them, gently remove the stems and scrape out the gills using a spoon. Give the caps a quick rinse and pat them dry with a paper towel.

Marinade Recipe and Marinating Process

A delicious marinade is key to infusing your portobello steaks with flavor. Here’s a simple yet tasty recipe:

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Whisk all ingredients together in a shallow dish. Place the mushroom caps in the marinade, gill-side down, and let them soak for 15-20 minutes. Flip the caps and marinate for another 15-20 minutes.

Grilling Instructions

Preheat your grill to medium heat and oil the grates. Place the marinated mushroom caps on the grill, gill-side down, and cook for 5-7 minutes. Flip the caps and grill for an additional 5-7 minutes, or until tender and slightly charred. If you’re looking for perfect grill marks, try using a Cuisinart Cast Iron Grill Press to press the mushrooms onto the grates.

Serving and Pairing Ideas

Serve your grilled portobello steaks on a bed of garlic mashed potatoes or alongside a fresh, crunchy salad. For an extra touch of indulgence, top the steaks with a slice of melted smoked gouda or blue cheese. Pair your portobello feast with a glass of red wine, like a bold Cabernet Sauvignon or a smooth Pinot Noir, to complement the earthy flavors of the mushrooms.

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Herb Butter

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Herb Butter

Selecting and Preparing the Corn

When it comes to grilled corn, freshness is key. Look for ears with bright green husks and moist, golden silk. To prepare the corn, gently peel back the husks without detaching them, and remove the silk. Rinse the corn under cold water and pat it dry.

Herb Butter Recipe and Preparation

Herb butter is what transforms grilled corn from good to extraordinary. Here’s an easy recipe:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh herbs (e.g., parsley, cilantro, chives)
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until well incorporated. You can store the herb butter in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use it.

Grilling Techniques for Perfectly Cooked Corn

Preheat your grill to medium heat and oil the grates. Spread a generous amount of herb butter onto each ear of corn, then fold the husks back over the corn. Secure the husks with a piece of kitchen twine, like this Regency Natural Cooking Twine.

Place the corn on the grill and cook for 15-20 minutes, turning occasionally, until the kernels are tender and slightly charred.

Serving and Enjoying

To serve, remove the twine and peel back the husks, using them as a handle. Place the grilled corn on a platter and, if desired, slather on a bit more of that scrumptious herb butter for an extra burst of flavor. Sprinkle with a pinch of coarse sea salt and a squeeze of fresh lime juice for a zesty kick. Your guests will be clamoring for seconds!

Grilled corn on the cob is a versatile side dish that pairs well with a variety of proteins, from BBQ chicken and grilled steaks to veggie burgers and portobello mushroom steaks. For a true summer feast, serve your corn alongside a colorful array of grilled vegetables and a refreshing summer salad.

Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Mango Salsa

Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Mango Salsa - Grilling Recipes

Preparing the Shrimp and Marinade

For succulent grilled shrimp tacos, start by selecting large, fresh, deveined shrimp. Peel the shrimp, leaving the tails intact for easier handling. Next, whip up a zesty marinade to infuse the shrimp with flavor:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and add the shrimp. Marinate for 15-20 minutes while you prepare the mango salsa.

Mango Salsa Recipe and Assembly

This refreshing mango salsa is the perfect topping for your grilled shrimp tacos:

  • 1 ripe mango, diced
  • 1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt to taste

Combine all ingredients in a bowl, mix well, and set aside.

Grilling the Shrimp and Assembling Tacos

Preheat your grill to medium-high heat and oil the grates. Thread the marinated shrimp onto skewers (don’t forget to soak wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes beforehand) and grill for 2-3 minutes per side, or until the shrimp are pink and cooked through. A GRILLART Heavy Duty Grill Basket from Amazon is a great alternative to skewers and makes flipping the shrimp a breeze.

To assemble the tacos, warm some corn or flour tortillas on the grill for a few seconds per side. Fill each tortilla with grilled shrimp, a generous spoonful of mango salsa, and any other desired toppings, like shredded cabbage, sliced avocado, or crumbled queso fresco.

Serving and Presentation

Arrange the tacos on a colorful platter and garnish with lime wedges and additional cilantro. Serve alongside a bowl of tortilla chips and a pitcher of ice-cold margaritas for the ultimate summer fiesta!

Grilled Fruit Salad

Grilled Fruit Salad - Grilling Recipes

Choosing Fruits for Grilling

Selecting the right fruits for grilling is essential to create a delectable fruit salad. Opt for fruits that are firm and slightly underripe, as they’ll hold up better on the grill. Some excellent choices include pineapple, peaches, nectarines, plums, and watermelon.

Preparing the Fruit and Grill

Wash and cut your chosen fruits into thick slices or wedges, removing any pits or seeds. Preheat your grill to medium heat and clean the grates thoroughly to ensure no savory flavors interfere with your sweet treat.

Grilling Techniques for Fruit

Lightly brush the fruit slices with a neutral oil like canola or vegetable oil to prevent sticking. Place the fruit on the grill and cook for 2-3 minutes per side, or until you achieve beautiful grill marks and the fruit is slightly softened. Be sure to keep a close eye on the fruit, as it can easily become overcooked and mushy.

Assembling the Salad and Dressing Recipe

Once your fruit is grilled to perfection, let it cool slightly before cutting it into bite-sized pieces. Arrange the fruit in a large serving bowl and top with a drizzle of this simple honey-lime dressing:

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Whisk all ingredients together and drizzle over the fruit salad. Gently toss the salad to evenly coat the fruit with the dressing. For an extra burst of flavor and color, add a handful of fresh mint leaves or basil ribbons to the mix.

To serve, dish out the grilled fruit salad into individual bowls or plates. For an added touch of indulgence, top each serving with a dollop of whipped cream, a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or a spoonful of Greek yogurt. Pair your grilled fruit salad with a refreshing iced tea or a crisp white wine, like a Sauvignon Blanc or a Riesling, to complete your summer dining experience.

Grilled Caprese Stuffed Chicken

Preparing and Stuffing the Chicken

To create this Italian-inspired masterpiece, begin by selecting boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Butterfly each breast by slicing horizontally through the thickest part, but not all the way through, creating a pocket. In a bowl, mix together sliced fresh mozzarella, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, and a handful of fresh basil leaves. Stuff each chicken breast with the Caprese mixture and secure the opening with toothpicks.

Seasoning and Grilling Instructions

Season the stuffed chicken breasts with salt, pepper, and a sprinkle of Italian seasoning. Preheat your grill to medium heat and oil the grates. Grill the chicken for 6-8 minutes per side, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F. If you’re looking for a reliable and easy-to-use meat thermometer, consider the ThermoPro TP20 Wireless Meat Thermometer.

Serving and Garnishing

Transfer the grilled Caprese stuffed chicken to a platter and let it rest for a few minutes before serving. To elevate the presentation, drizzle a balsamic glaze over the chicken and garnish with additional fresh basil leaves. Pair with a mixed greens salad and a glass of Chianti for a truly unforgettable meal.

Smoky Grilled Pizza

Preparing the Pizza Dough

Start with a homemade or store-bought pizza dough, allowing it to come to room temperature before working with it. Divide the dough into individual portions and roll each piece into a thin, round crust.

Grilling the Dough and Toppings

Preheat your grill to medium heat and oil the grates. Grill the pizza dough for 1-2 minutes per side, or until it’s slightly charred and puffed. Set the grilled crusts aside. Grill any desired toppings, such as thinly sliced vegetables, sausages, or chicken, until they’re cooked through.

Assembling and Cooking the Pizza

Place the grilled pizza crusts on a flat surface, grilled-side up. Spread a thin layer of pizza sauce, followed by your choice of cheese and grilled toppings. Return the assembled pizzas to the grill and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Serving Suggestions

Slice the grilled pizzas into wedges and serve on individual plates or a large wooden board for a rustic presentation. Pair your smoky grilled pizza with a crisp, refreshing salad and an ice-cold beer or sparkling water.


As we’ve explored in this blog post, there’s a whole world of mouth watering bbq ideas and grilling recipes waiting for you to discover. From classic burgers and veggie skewers to grilled Caprese stuffed chicken and smoky pizza, the possibilities are truly endless. So go ahead and experiment with new flavors, techniques, and combinations to create unforgettable outdoor feasts this summer.

Remember that the joys of outdoor cooking go beyond delicious food – grilling is an opportunity to gather with friends and family, soak up the sunshine, and create lasting memories. We’d love to hear about your grilling adventures, so feel free to share your favorite recipes, grill ideas, tips, and stories in the comments section below. Happy grilling, and bon appétit!

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