Classic Grilling and Barbecue Recipes to Make All Summer Long
From BBQ chicken and pizza to the perfect grilled steak, we're sharing grilling recipes that you'll want to make all summer long.
The fragrant smoke rising from a grill is one of the most evocative signs of summer and happy outdoor living. Use our collection of classic grilling recipes to expand your grilling repertoire—make the neighbors envious as they sniff the delicious cooking cues from your grill.
Successful grilling is about preparation and good ingredients. From a luxurious splurge on an aged porterhouse to economical chicken thighs just right for an everyday meal, there is a delicious option for every budget and appetite. Grilling a whole fish is simple if you have a basket (which makes for easy flipping). Even better, a dramatic side of salmon needs no turning at all. From American classics like cheeseburgers and smoky baby back ribs to iconic jerk chicken, the flavors often enjoyed at restaurants are easy to achieve at home (and can be made even better, since you control the quality of the ingredients).
With grilling, marinades are big. Planning a day or two ahead makes a huge difference in the flavor-penetration of any marinade, such as the yogurt-based one used for the chicken and lamb skewers you see here, and delivers the best results during quick cooking times. For simply-seasoned steaks, remember to salt in advance to draw the juices out. That's how you achieve a perfect crust.
Grilling is also vegetable-friendly, and it's an easy way to celebrate seasonal produce. What tastes better than grilled corn, its husks pulled back and dressed with your own chile-lime salt? Is there anything quite as appetizing as grilled vegetables tossed while hot in an oregano-strong dressing? And let's not forget about those more unexpected foods that are well-suited to cooking on the grill. If you ask us, grilled pizza and garlic bread are summertime staples, too.
Enjoy cooking these classic grilling recipes all summer and beyond.
A few simple moves give a simple backyard hamburger bistro status. Grill thick slices of onion, just enough to take the edge off but maintain some crunch, then drizzle them with Worcestershire. For even more flavor, brush uncooked patties with Dijon mustard, which will help them caramelize, and stash the finished burgers and onions in a covered pan to keep everything warm and juicy. Serve on toasted brioche buns with crisp watercress and radicchio on each plate.
Grilled Chicken Thighs with Charred Corn and Summer Squash
Grilled Skirt Steak and Hearts-of-Palm Salad
This grilled skirt steak has a spicy complexity thanks to the red curry paste it's slathered in before it hits a hot grill. Pair the sliced meat with grilled hearts of palm, which taste like a briny cross between a fresh vegetable and a pickle, then toss with fresh mizuna or other Asian greens, juicy cherry tomatoes, and thin rice noodles (quickly cooked in boiling water) that offer just enough heft to turn this Thai-inspired salad into a complete meal. For a dressing, whisk together lime juice, fish sauce, more red curry paste, sugar, and oil—it's delicious on this salad, but it's one you'll used on repeat all summer long, too.
Chipotle-Shrimp Tacos with Fennel and Beans
Summer Veggie Melts with Caper Salad
Glazed Pork Chops and Blistered Shishitos
Brushed with a simple glaze of hoisin and chili sauce, pork chops caramelize quickly yet finish cooking in minutes, before the sugars have a chance to burn. Rounded out with steamed rice, shredded cabbage, and a sesame-ginger dressing, the result is like juicy pork katsu, sans the breading and frying.
Perfect Grilled Steak
An all-American classic, the secret to this succulent BBQ chicken is an hour-long dry-brining before you put it on the grill.
Classic Burger-Joint Cheeseburger
Smoky Baby Back Ribs
Smoky, sticky, falling-off-the-bone ribs are easier to make than you think.
Grilled Corn with Chile-Lime Salt
The sweetness of market-fresh corn is enhanced by a mouth-watering and homemade chile-lime salt seasoning
Smoked Pork Shoulder
Slow-roasting pork shoulder before smoking it cuts the cooking time a bit. You'll save time and still get all the smoky flavor.
Crisp Grilled Salmon with Fennel-Olive Relish
Hawaiian Turkey Burgers
Mild turkey patties are seasoned with the intense flavors of ginger and soy and topped with lusciously caramelized pineapple slices hot off the grill.
Barbecued Pork Ribs
These pork ribs are rubbed with a blend of earthy spices and brushed with a slowly simmered sauce that has a slight kick. They come off the grill tender yet pleasingly chewy, with just the right hit of smoky goodness.
Brown-Sugar BBQ Chicken Drumettes
A delicious barbecue recipe that's lip-smacking good, these drumettes make for fun finger food, too.
Grilled Whole Fish with Lemon and Thyme
Impeccably fresh fish requires nothing more than olive oil, lemon, and thyme (and a grill basket for easy turning). The result is a meal ready in under 20 minutes.
Grilled Garlic Bread with Herb Butter
Sometimes the sides can upstage the main event: This toasted loaf of bread doused with herby garlic butter is so good it can make a standalone meal—just add salad.
Grilled Balsamic Flank Steak With Peppers and Onions
Combining the complex sweetness of balsamic vinegar with hot mustard and salty Worcestershire sauce make a penetrating marinade for lean flank steak. Marinate this quick-cooking cut for two days for the best flavor.
Grilled Halibut Steaks with Potatoes, Olives, and Onions
Meaty halibut steaks and lightly charred vegetables are transferred straight from the grill to an aromatic oregano vinaigrette, drenching them with flavor.
Pulled BBQ-Chicken Sandwiches
These juicy pulled chicken sandwiches get a sweet and tangy taste from barbecue sauce that will always delight.
Backyard Jerk Chicken
Allspice, thyme, soy, and a lightning bolt of Scotch bonnet pepper make a coating paste for authentic homemade jerk chicken. The longer you marinade the chicken pieces, the more rewarding every mouthful will be.
Grilled Pizza with Cheesy Corn, Fresh Tomatoes, and Basil
BBQ Chicken Tenders
You can barbecue chicken tenders on the grill instead of baking them in the oven—it's a great change of pace. Plus, this recipe comes together in just 20 minutes, which makes it ideal for busy summer days.
Grilled, Marinated Chicken Thighs
A cup of summer herbs combined with lemon and garlic makes these quick-cooking boneless thighs juicy and fragrant. Pop them in a burger bun, shred them for tacos, or accompany them with your favorite grilled vegetables.
Grilled Porterhouse with Brown Butter and Horseradish
A crusty, thick-cut porterhouse is the apex of grilling. Be sure to do it right! A dressing of luscious brown butter combines with the meat's resting juices and a topping of vibrant arugula, crunchy celery, and juicy olives that will make you hum with every mouthful.
Grilled Pork Chops with Rosemary Gremolata
Using fragrant rosemary instead of the more traditional parsley in the zesty gremolata is the secret to the success of these juicy chops. (Feel free to substitute large strawberries, apricots, or peaches for late summer figs.)