26 Must-Have Summer Grilling Recipes

Looking for the best grilling recipes to make this summer? Here are 26 must-have summer grilling recipes for your next family cookout.

Grilled Chicken, Hamburgers and Kabob Recipes

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Summer is almost here and with it comes warmer days and backyard BBQs. Last week, we pulled our grill out for the first time this year and I started thinking about all the delicious grilling recipes, summer salads, and bbq side dishes I wanted to make this summer.

After compiling a list of my must-try summer grilling recipes, I thought it would be fun to share some of the best grilling ideas with you. I’ve rounded up grilled chicken, burgers, steak, pork, and grilled veggie recipes that you can enjoy all summer long. I know that I can’t wait to give these delicious recipes a try.

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What are the best foods to grill?

Some of the best foods to barbecue are chicken, steaks, burgers, hot dogs, sausage, and fish. As well, as vegetables such as zucchini, squash, peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, and corn on the cob.

Besides, the meats and veggies listed above, another way we like to use our grill during the summer is to cook foil-pack dinners.  They are the perfect summer meal because of the minimal prep and easy clean-up.

So, if you are ready to start your grill up, these delicious and easy summer grilling recipes are perfect for weeknight dinners as well as big cookouts with friends and family.

26 Must-Have Summer Grilling Recipes

Enjoy bbq chicken drumsticks, grilled chicken thighs, flavorful burger recipes, grilled pork chops, veggie skewers and so much more.

Grilled Kabob Recipes

Grilled Greek Chicken Kabobs with Grilled Vegetables on White Plate

Greek Chicken Kabobs– The Clean Eating Couple

This Easy Greek Chicken Kabobs Recipe is delicious and healthy. Learn how to make the best greek chicken marinade for grilling.

Grilled Shrimp and Chicken on Skewers with a Lemon Slice on Plate

Grilled Shrimp and Chicken Kabobs-Sugar and Snap Peas

Grilled Shrimp and Chicken Kabobs are flavored with a lemon Greek marinade and cooked in under 20 minutes on an outdoor grill! These tasty kabobs are the ultimate grilling season easy dinner recipe!

Pineapples and Shrimp on Skewers on White Platter

Pineapple Shrimp Skewers– The Toasty Kitchen

Pineapple shrimp skewers are made with cubed fresh pineapple, shrimp, and red onion brushed with honey balsamic dressing. An easy summer grilling recipe to add to your dinner rotation.

Grilled Chicken Recipes

Grilled Chicken Drumsticks on White Plate

Grilled Chicken Drumsticks-Lemon and Zest

Nothing beats this simple Grilled Chicken Drumsticks recipe. Classic flavor, crispy skin, and tender, fall-of-the-bone chicken drumsticks that will steal the show. Only 5 minutes to prep and is easy to cook, with all the delicious flavors everyone at the BBQ will love!

Grilled BBQ Chicken Drumstick on White Plate

Grilled BBQ Chicken Drumsticks-Cook At Home Mom

These grilled BBQ chicken drumsticks are out of this world! They’re easy to make and jam-packed with bbq flavor, plus super juicy and perfectly sticky.

Whole Grilled Chicken on a Cedar Plank

Cedar Planked Chicken– Two Kooks in the Kitchen

You don’t need a special smoker to add wonderful smoky flavor to your chicken. By using simple wood planks, you can achieve a beautifully golden juicy cedar plank chicken infused with a mild woody smoked flavor.

Grilled Mediterranean Chicken Thighs on White Plate

Grilled Mediterranean Chicken Thighs– Real Food With Sarah

These Grilled Mediterranean Chicken Thighs are flavorful, juicy, and easy to make. Pair them with your favorite side dishes for a delicious meal every time.

Barbecue Chicken Thighs on White Plate

Grilled BBQ Chicken Thighs– Peel with Zeal

Savor the best of summer with these mouthwatering BBQ chicken thighs, which are not only delicious but also incredibly easy to prepare for dinner.

Grilled Stuffed Chicken with Cheese and Roasted Peppers on a White Plate

Marinated Stuffed Grilled Chicken- Enza’s Quail Hollow Kitchen

Stuffing marinated chicken breast with provolone, spinach, and roasted red pepper is a sure way to transform an ordinary grilled chicken breast into everyone’s favorite main course.

Grilled Chicken Leg with Cilantro Lime Dressing on a White Plate with Lemon Wedges

Grilled Chicken with Cilantro Lime Marinade-Dishes with Dad

This grilled chicken recipe is loaded with flavor from the simple, fresh cilantro lime marinade and smoky char of the grill. It results in moist, juicy chicken that’s perfect for an easy dinner all summer long.

Lemon Pepper Grilled Chicken on White Plate with Lemon Slices

Grilled Lemon Pepper Chicken– Make it Skinny Please

Moist, juicy lemon pepper chicken breast is perfect for a light main dish and meal prepping. An easy recipe with a big flavor.

Huli Huli Chicken with Pineapples on White Platter

Huli Huli Chicken– Love From the Oven

Huli Huli Chicken is a mouthwatering chicken dish soaked in a heavenly marinade that gives it a delicious flavor and a beautiful golden brown color. The sweet and savory Huli Huli sauce has met its perfect match with this easy chicken recipe.

Grilled Caprese Chicken with Cheese and Tomato Slice on White Plate

Grilled Chicken Caprese-Chef Savvy

This Grilled Chicken Caprese recipe features juicy chicken breast topped with mozzarella cheese, tomato, basil, and a homemade balsamic reduction.

Grilled Chicken Tacos with Avocados

Grilled Chicken Tacos with Guacamole– Modern Honey

Marinated grilled chicken with fresh lime and Mexican spices topped with pico de gallo and fresh guacamole.

Grilled Beef Recipes

Grilled Burger with Lettuce, Cheese, Tomato and Onion on Bun near water

Best Burger Recipe-Happy Honey Kitchen

The Secret Ingredient for the Best Burger recipe will change the way you grill burgers at home.

Teriyaki burger with onions cheese and lettuce on bun

Grilled Hawaiian Teriyaki Burgers– Cooking with Curls

Perfectly grilled cheeseburger topped with grilled pineapple and red onion rings, shredded cabbage, lots of teriyaki sauce, and of course a squishy bun brings the flavors of Hawaii to your own backyard.

Sriracha Mayo Burger with Lettuce, Tomato, Cheese on a Bun

Sriracha Mayo Burgers– Cinnamon and Sage Co.

These Sriracha Mayo Burgers are the perfect way to add a little something special to an already delicious burger. With a juicy burger, spicy jalapeños, fresh tomatoes, and a mouth-watering Sriracha Mayo sauce, you won’t want to eat a burger any other way.

Burnt Ends in Barbecue Sauce

Burnt Ends– Simply Stacie

Tender, smoked chuck roast is grilled to perfection with a flavorful rub and sweet BBQ sauce. Enjoy this mouthwatering recipe as a main course, side, or appetizer.

Jerked Beef on White Platter

Jerked Beef– Platter Talk

Jerked Beef is a classic upstate New York recipe that uses just three ingredients, besides the beef. This easy and delicious grilled recipe is a rite of passage for the summer season

Strip Steak with Green Sauce on White Plate with Grilled Squash and Potatoes

Grilled New York Strip with Chimichurri Sauce-Mary’s Whole Life

This Grilled New York Strip with Chimichurri Sauce is a delicious summer meal. This recipe is Whole30, Paleo, Keto, and Gluten Free.

Grilled Pork Recipes

Grilled Pork Chops on White Plate

Grilled Pork Chops– Dinner at the Zoo

These grilled pork chops are soaked in a flavorful marinade, then cooked to golden brown perfection. A quick and easy recipe that’s perfect for any BBQ or summer gathering.

Italian Sausage and Vegetables on Skewers

Italian Sausage Skewers- Christina’s Cucina

Add some Italian sausages to your summer grilling routine with these delicious Italian sausage skewers.

Grilled Vegetables

Grilled Zucchini, Squash, Onions, Asparagus and Red Peppers on White Platter

Grilled Vegetable Platter– Fresh Apron

This Grilled Vegetable Platter is a quick and easy summer side or appetizer. It’s the perfect way to enjoy all those fresh summer vegetables. 

Zucchini, Peppers and Onions on Skewer on White Plate

Easy Grilled Veggie Skewers-The Forked Spoon

Veggie Skewers made with zucchini, red onion, and bell peppers are grilled to perfection and drizzled with tangy balsamic vinegar, and brushed with a fresh garlic herb sauce.

Grilled Yellow Squash on White Plate

Grilled Yellow Squash– Bake it with Love

This grilled yellow squash is a quick and simple way to make a delicious and nutritious vegetable side dish. It is seasoned with a simple combination of garlic salt and pepper to really let the natural flavors shine.

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Butter on White Plate

Grilled Corn on the Cob-Amanda’s Cookin’

My favorite way to make grilled corn on the cob is with the husks on. Keeping the husks on helps steam the corn, making tender crisp juicy kernels.

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