Summer is here and it’s time to fire up the grill! Get inspired with these 15 simple and flavorful barbecue recipes to impress your guests. A collection of chicken, fish, pork, beef and vegetable ideas for cooking al fresco.
Grab these summer grilling recipes anytime you are in need for a quick and flavorful dinner idea, or feeding a crowd! I’ve got to admit, whenever I get the chance to cook outdoors I take full advantage of my barbecue. It’s a convenient way to cook all of your ingredients on one source, keeps the mess to a minimum, and the flavor to a maximum! I love the infusion of smoky notes and hints of charred bites from grilled food.
I’ve rounded up my essential grilling guide so that you can have delicious BBQ friendly meals at your fun summer gatherings, any day of the week. Whether you are looking for a juicy steak, succulent chicken, fresh corn salad or a seafood twist to your typical burger, it’s all right here. Take a peak, get inspired and get ready for outdoor dining any meal of the day! The weather is heating up and it’s time to get your sizzle on.
Summer Grilling Recipes
Juicy, tender and lean flat iron steak is just what you need to feed a crowd. The spice-rubbed beef adds a boost of flavor immediately to the dish with little effort. You don’t want to skip the herbaceous, tangy and subtly spicy sauce to serve with the meat, it’s addicting!
A light and healthy meal you can cook any day of the week! The salmon provides added nutrition with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and lean protein for a satisfying entree salad. Crunchy fresh lettuce and a tangy lemon basil dressing make each bowl disappear.
Since you already have the grill heated, make these flavorful and lean pork chops with a hearty corn salad to accompany your feast! The charred corn adds loads of flavors to crunchy cucumbers and bells peppers for a healthy and complete grilled meal.
If you are a fan of Japanese cuisine, you aren’t going to want to miss this easy grilled sesame chicken. Lean chicken breast in cooked on the barbecue while the sweet and savory sauce cooks and is ready within minutes. Warning! The sauce is irresistible, and you’re going to want to drizzle it on seafood, beef, and vegetables too.
Nothing makes vegetables shine more than a quick cook on the grill. A colorful blend of zucchini, summer squash, eggplant, corn, and spinach are tossed together for a nutritious salad. Drizzled with a tangy citrus dressing to complement the smoky grilled vegetables.
Have you ever tried grilling pizza? You won’t believe how a piping hot grate could create a crispy crust pie in just 10 minutes! I use a premade fresh dough for the base, then top with red sauce and savory chicken, bacon, and vegetable topping for a tasty barbecued pizza. Trust me, this will change your pizza game forever!
When you’re in need of a tropically inspired meal this chicken recipe is your solution. Each piece of chicken in marinated in a tequila lime to infuse the flavors and tenderize the meat. The fresh mango salsa is a refreshing homemade condiment that goes perfectly with chips too!
The classic combination if pork with honey mustard sauce will leave your guests asking for more! Thick cut pork chops are tossed in spices then grilled to add smokiness to the juicy meat. The glaze gives another layer of flavor for a sweet and tangy topping.
These sweet and sticky pork ribs will have you licking your fingers clean! Slow grilled on on the barbecue and basted with sauce, each rib is packed with flavor and falls off the bone.
A family favorite from my college days on the Central Coast of California, this beef recipe is essential for summer cookouts. If you local grocery sells this unique cut of beef, make sure to try this savory and spicy tender steak recipe.
11. Italian Chicken Bruschetta Sandwich
Up the ante with these grilled chicken sandwiches! The ripe tomato topping is tossed in a tangy balsamic vinegar with fresh basil. Thick slices of fresh mozzarella cheese gently melt together with the chicken and bruschetta mixture.
The ultimate way to infuse cedar aromatics into fish is cooking the seafood directly on a pre-charred plank on the grill. A sweet herb spice rub is generously sprinkled on the fish before cooking. This will be the most flavorful and flaky salmon you will ever taste!
Succulent shrimp are ready in under 10 minutes for a healthy appetizer or dinner. The spiced seafood is glazed with a tropical pineapple sauce for a caramelized flavor. Take your taste buds on a mini vacation with this island-inspired recipe!
Elotes is a popular grilled corn on the cob snack in Mexico. I’ve taken the key flavors of the corn recipe and transformed it into a healthy grilled side dish. The crunchy salad is drizzled with a chipotle yogurt dressing a little heat to compliment the sweetness of the corn.
This homemade fish burger will rival any beef patty, and it’s just as satisfying a delicious! The flavorful grilled seafood patties are served with a citrus herb sauce. Add your favorite toppings like lettuce, tomatoes, onion, and tomato for a mile high stacked burger!
Bonus) Homemade Barbecue Sauce
As you dive right into grilling this summer, make sure to always have a barbecue sauce on hand as an extra condiment to serve on the side with the main dish! This sweet and tangy blend with a hint of heat will be your go-to sauce. It’s ready in 30 minutes, so you can quickly have it prepared just in time for the feast! It can also be made a few days ahead and refrigerated so it’s ready at a moments notice.
With so many grilling recipes to chose from, I hope these ideas keep your culinary juices flowing and get some rotation on that blazing hot barbecue. Oh yeah, one more thing! Because I’m a nerdy food scientist I created a list of barbecue food safety tips, one can never be too careful when cooking outdoors. I can’t wait to hear what you cook this summer. Leave me some feedback or any questions you have in the comments section below.