Get ready for some epic grilling adventures this summer with 101 of the best grill recipes all in one place. From bbq meat to veggies and even dessert, we’ve got you covered with over 100 of the best grill recipes and bbq dinner ideas.
We grill at least once a week here in Southern California, and even more in the summer. Along the way I’ve learned a lot of tips and tricks for what to grill, how to grill and what tools to keep on hand. I’ll share those tips below, then we’ll get into the meat of it, literally, with tons of easy grilling recipes.
My favorite thing about having a backyard grill is that I can put pretty much anything on it, from meats to veggies and even fruits! I’ve even put garlic bread on the grill and it came out so hot and crispy with a little bit of smoky char.
Everyone has their favorite grilling recipes – these are mine.
Top 10 Things to Grill:
Corn on the cob
Must Have Tools for Grilling
A quick Google search and you’ll find hundreds of grilling tools and gadgets that claim to be the best, but how do you really know? I’ve compiled a list of my own must-haves for every backyard grill-master.
Gas Grill – I am a diehard Weber loyalist and I’ve got a recommendation for both large and small grills. This small grill is ideal for 2-4 people, it’s portable and easy to clean. This full size gas grill is a beast and it’s got plenty of space to cook for a crowd.
Grilling Basket – This Grill Basket is great for all kinds of smaller cut veggies, shrimp, scallops and more delicate fish.
Grill Mat – A Grill Mat is great for keeping marinated foods or sauces from burning.
Gloves – If you have a larger grill and short arms (like me) you want to keep a pair of Grilling Gloves handy to keep from burning your hands when flipping burgers and chicken.
Utensils – At least have a good pair of long tons on hand for flipping.
Top Grilling Tips and Tools
Always preheat your grill. Just like your oven, your barbecue needs time to come to a safe cooking temperature. The grates get nice and hot and that is what gives you that beautiful sear and char marks we all love to see. This step will also help loosen any stuck on food and helps to keep your food from sticking in the first place.
Keep the lid closed while cooking. Heat escapes when the lid is open and you’ll be amazed at just how fast that temperature drops. Keeping the grill lid down also helps to prevent flare-ups.
Monitor the time and temperature. I always keep a timer handy (usually my phone) and a digital meat thermometer so I can keep a close eye on my food and make sure not to overcook it.
Steak Fajitas are good, but Grilled Steak Fajitas are better! Tender flank steak makes a great fajita protein with charred peppers and onions- this is an easy dinner that's perfect for a summer get-together.
Mini seasoned meatloaves sandwiched in between crisp white onion slices are what makes up these delicious onion bombs. They’re a savory, flavorful dinner option that can be grilled, baked, and even cooked over a warm campfire.
Our BBQ Baby Back Ribs on the Grill will change your grilling game forever! This is the juiciest, most delicious pork rib recipe, that’s fall-off-the-bone tender with barbecue sauce and a homemade dry rub.
These Cast Iron Grilled Lamb Chops are juicy, tender and so flavorful!!! I never thought I could get restaurant quality lamb chops at home. Serve them with tzatziki, Greek salad or any Mediterranean side dishes.
These easy, mouthwatering Sriracha Mayo Marinated Grilled Lamb Chops are one of my favorite recipes for summer entertaining! They look and sound impressive, but they take less than 20 minutes of total work aside from the marinating time.
This Citrus Grilled Chicken is marinated in a delicious combo of orange, lemon, lime and garlic. Throw it on the grill or sear it in a cast iron and finish in the oven. It’s perfect for a weeknight meal and it’s especially good in wraps and salads.
Having a great grilled chicken marinade in your back pocket is essential for summer grilling. This delicious marinade packs a flavor punch without being overpowering, and it’s great with any kind of chicken!
These Chicken Fajitas are so quick and easy to make, with a delicious mix of seasonings. With a flavorful chicken fajita marinade and grilled vegetables, this chicken fajita recipe is a favorite easy meal!
Turn a classic summer side dish into a main course when you serve up a batch of this Grilled Shrimp Pasta Salad! Turmeric-kissed grilled shrimp are tossed in a seasonal pasta salad, complete with asparagus, fresh tomatoes, and summer squash.
These grilled scallops are marinated in a blend of olive oil, lemon, garlic and herbs, then seared to golden brown perfection on the grill. A quick and easy meal option that's simple yet totally satisfying!
Velvety smooth avocados are charred and filled with salsa, then topped with melted cheese to make the perfect summer appetizer or side dish. Or, add them to your favorite guacamole recipe for a smoky dip!
A fast and easy cabbage steak recipe with bacon and garlic! Learn how to make oven roasted cabbage steaks or grilled cabbage steaks with 10 minute prep. They are healthy, low carb, gluten-free, paleo, whole30, and totally delicious.
Cooking broccoli on the grill gives it a smoky flavor and charred edges, and this is the easiest grilled broccoli recipe! Learn how to grill broccoli perfectly — fresh, frozen, direct on the grill, or in foil.
Grilled Halloumi cheese is a firm, white, salted cheese that won't melt on the grill. With its golden brown and crispy exterior and soft, savory center, Halloumi makes a perfect vegetarian main dish or appetizer.
Grilled Baked Potatoes are creamy and fluffy inside, with delicious crispy skin on the outside and a hint of smoky flavor. The perfect side dish for all your BBQs, summer cookouts, entertaining, and more!
Smoky undertones make this Grilled Apple Crisp an unforgettable dessert! This versatile Easy Apple Crisp can be grilled or baked.
Time to Grill!
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Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.