Burgers, hot dogs, and brats have been a mainstay of warm weather dining for decades. But it’s time for these summer staples to step aside. We’ve got seven fresh ideas for what to grill at your next backyard barbeque. And once you try these recipes, we suspect you’ll never look at a plain old burger the same way again.
What to Grill for Adventurous Carnivores
Grilled Tuna Burgers with Spicy Mayo
Okay, we realize we’re starting out with a burger. But it’s not beef; it’s tuna – same concept, totally different experience. This recipe from Guy Fieri for the Food Network tops the savory tuna patty with homemade spicy mayo. It’s a one-way ticket to, as Guy says, Flavortown.
Spatchcocked Grilled Chicken
Grilled chicken isn’t new, but cooking a whole chicken on the grill? That just might be a fresh take for many of us. The key to a well-grilled chicken is to “spatchcock” the bird, flattening it so that it cooks more evenly throughout. Rub in some smokey spices à la The Modern Proper, and you’re well on your way to a delicious dinner.
Meat-Free Main Dishes
Grilled Wedge Salad with Yogurt Blue Cheese Dressing
Lettuce….on the grill? Yes! As It’s a Veg World After All explains, “searing iceberg wedges actually makes them super juicy and tender. “Top the wedge with a creamy blue cheese dressing, cherry tomatoes, and a sprinkling of green onions. You’ve got yourself a fresh salad for those warm backyard evenings.
Grilled Portobello Mushrooms
Portobello mushrooms are a plant-based griller’s dream. Rich and savory, they’re equally at home on a bun, in a taco shell, or as a main course all on their own. A quick marinade of balsamic vinegar and fresh rosemary, courtesy of Well Plated, amps up the juiciness and flavor of these stalwart ‘shrooms.
Perfect Grilled Sides for Backyard Dining
Grilled Fruit Skewers with Spicy Maple Cumin Glaze
Jalapeno Bacon-Wrapped Corn on the Cob
What to Grill When It’s Time for Desert
Campfire Grilled S’more Calzone
Campfires are optional with this s’more calzone recipe from Half Baked Harvest. Marshmallows and chocolate are wrapped in pastry dough, grilled, and dusted with graham cracker crumbles. It’s an elevated alternative to the classic gooey treat, perfect for watching fireflies dance in the moonlight.