40+ Easy Grilling Recipes for Summer

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Easy grilling recipes bring the best flavors to your dinner table. In the summer, there’s nothing better than food cooked over an open flame.  Most of the time we think about grilled steak or chicken or burgers, but you can also grill fruit and veggies. And most of the time, these recipes are gluten free! When you are tired of the same old burgers and hot dogs, you’ll love making some of the delicious ideas in this tasty collection.

Horizontal collage of Easy Grilling Ideas for steak, chicken, burgers, vegetables, and more

One of the best things about summer is cooking dinner on the grill. Of course, one reason I think it’s the best is it means I do less of the actual cooking. When the grill is involved, The Hubby does not like me to intrude on his territory.

So I stick to the side dishes and salad and he is in charge of the flames. I do feel the need to occasionally butt in though. While he makes a mean steak and has perfected grilling zucchini, I do like to get a little more creative sometimes.

If you are also getting tired of your go-to grilling recipes, I’ve got an amazing collection of ideas for you to try, from chicken and steak to burgers and kabobs, even everything from fruits and veggies to pizza and dessert.

What is good for grilling?

  • Chicken – oftentimes the go-to is grilled chicken breasts. Thighs and legs also have a lot of flavor and are even juicier.
  • Beef – you can’t go wrong with a good steak like NY strip, ribeye, or filet mignon. But don’t forget about cutting up your meat for kabobs.
  • Pork – you might think about ribs first, but pork tenderloin and pork chops are also great on the grill.
  • Hamburgers and Hot Dogs – ah, the classic burgers and dogs. But you can make more than beef burgers. There are plenty of recipes for chicken, turkey, seafood, and veggie burgers.

What can I grill besides meat?

You can also grill vegetables as a side dish, or to pile on sandwiches and salads. Pizza can actually be made on the grill. Grilled fruit makes a great dessert, and there are also plenty of other grilled dessert recipes as well.

Is grilled food gluten free?

The meats, fruits, and veggies you cook on the grill are gluten free. You’ll have to watch if you buy pre-made marinades or seasoning mixes, as those may contain gluten. Be sure to read the ingredients. And if you are making a marinade that uses soy sauce or beer, you’ll need to replace it with tamari or hard cider.

Of course, if you want a bun for your hamburgers and hot dogs, you’ll need gluten free ones.

Traditional pizza and dessert recipes may not be gluten free. You can look for specific recipes, or try substituting the flour with Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 All Purpose Gluten  Free Blend. I find that it works well in many recipes.

Easy Grilled Chicken Recipes

Baked or Grilled Tandoori Chicken Legs
A simple marinade filled with exotic flavors brings mild but flavorful Indian-inspired flair to your picnic with Baked or Grilled Tandoori Chicken Legs.
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grilled tandoori chicken drumsticks on a plate with glasses of wine and orange and yellow plates behind it
Grilled Lemon Herb Chicken Breasts
Soaking chicken breasts in a Greek yogurt marinade before grilling keeps them moist and juicy, while infusing them with a ton of fresh flavor.
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Closeup of a piece of grilled chicken laying on a pile of greens, herbs, and lemon slices
Baked or Grilled Orange Saffron Chicken Legs
An easy marinade recipe infuses exotic citrus flavors into juicy drumsticks you can cook on the grill or bake in the oven.
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A plate with grilled chicken legs with an orange saffron marinade
Grilled Chicken Berry Salad with Goat Cheese, Pecans, and Blueberry Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette
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Mixed greens topped with grilled chicken, blueberries, strawberries, goat cheese, pecans, and blueberry balsamic vinaigrette
Sweet and Smoky BBQ Chicken Sausage Grilled Summer Salad
Set up a salad bar filled with toppings from the grill including for easy summer entertaining!
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This grilled chicken sausage salad is topped with avocado, cheese, tomatoes, and corn.
Cheesy Maple Dijon Chicken Foil Packets with Veggies
Chicken foil packets that you can cook on the grill or in the oven filled with veggies and a creamy, tangy sauce and melted cheddar cheese make dinner easy to prepare and even easier to clean up.
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Lemon Chicken Foil Packets with Parmesan Green Beans and Potatoes
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Lemon Chicken Foil Packets

Pork and Steak on the Grill

Caprese Grilled Filet Mignon
Add summer flair to grilled steak by topping those filets with the classic salad of tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil.
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Caprese Filet Mignon
Greek Beef Kabobs (aka Greek Souvlaki)
Travel to Greece without going any further than the grill in your backyard.
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Greek Beef Kabobs with tzatziki, pita, rice, and zoodles Greek salad
Grilled Steak Mango Salad with Avocado Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
A hearty salad that makes a satisfying meal for even the biggest appetites. This recipe uses leftover cooked steak, but you can use any type of protein you want, or grill up a steak just for this recipe.
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Avocado Ranch Steak Salad with Mango on white rectangular plates
Grilled Flank Steak with Balsamic Marinade
A simple marinade with only five ingredients adds incredible flavor to your grilled flank steak. Plus it is gluten free, low carb, paleo, and Whole 30 friendly.
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Sundried Tomato Rosemary Balsamic Marinated Flank Steak

Grilled Hamburgers and Hot Dogs

Meatball Parmesan Burgers {with a low carb option}
Transform the classic Italian comfort food recipe into a juicy hamburger topped with tomato sauce and cheese. Serve it on a portobella mushroom "bun" to make them low carb and gluten free.
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French Onion Stuffed Burgers au Gratin
Epic beef burgers stuffed with caramelized onions and topped with more onions and plenty of cheese. 
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French Onion Stuffed Burgers
Peruvian Turkey Burgers with Aji Sauce
Add a little South American flair plus a bit of spice to make sure these burgers stay moist and have tons of flavor.
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Buffalo, Blue Cheese, and Bacon Hot Dogs
Add a little kick and a ton of flavor to the classic hot dog. Your barbecue will never be the same!
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Two hot dogs in buns topped with buffalo ketchup, bacon, and crumbled blue cheese
Mexican Black Bean & Quinoa Burgers with Homemade Guacamole are packed with fiber, protein, and tons of flavor, with a bit of spice.
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Black bean quinoa burgers are a great gluten free Cinco de Mayo food option, or a quick and easy vegetarian dinner any time of the year. | CupcakesAndKaleChips.com
Baby, That's a Good Merlot Onion Burger
Juicy hamburgers so moist and flavorful from the addition of sautéed onions and red wine, topped with sharp cheddar cheese and homemade Worcestershire ketchup, then piled on a soft, slightly toasted bun.
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Worcestershire Blue Cheese Volcano Burgers
Steakhouse flavor in a burger, oozing with a gooey blue cheese center.
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Simple Grilled Vegetables and Fruit

Grilled Asparagus with Lemon and Manchego Cheese
You only need a few simple ingredients for an easy summer vegetable side dish recipe that explodes with flavor.
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Grilled Asparagus with Lemon and Manchego Cheese laying horizontal on a plate
Blueberry and Grilled Peach Quinoa Parfaits
A healthy snack that is also nutritious enough for breakfast, but still sweet and satisfying for a dessert.
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Peruvian-Style Grilled Street Corn
Corn on the cob slathered with fresh and spicy Aji sauce and cheese is an easy summer side dish recipe.
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Campfire Potatoes
An easy side dish recipe you can cook on the campfire, on the grill, or in the oven, And since everything is cooked in a foil pack, there is minimal prep work and clean up.
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White bowl of Foil Pack Potatoes
Whipped Feta & Grilled Peach Salad with Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette
Late summer flavors in a sweet & savory appetizer, side, or light meal.
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Vertical collage of Easy Grilling Recipes for Summer with chicken, steak, burgers, and more

3 Comments
  1. I was scrolling through trying to figure out which recipe to even begin with and then I saw the Smoky Margaritas! (however, the link takes me to the Spicy Za’atar Grilled Chicken recipe. Can you provide me with that smoke margarita recipe? Then I’ll try the Spicy Za’atar Grilled Chicken. 😛

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