How to Grill {Tips For Beginners}

Get the most out of your grill this summer with these easy grilling tips and tricks! Find out how to grill chicken, steak and veggies for delicious cookouts

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Summer is in full swing, and no doubt many of us are heading into our backyards and firing up the grill, but do you know how to grill to get the most out of it and get the best results? Follow these top grilling tips to elevate you to pit master status!

Yumna grilling outside in outdoor kitchen patio

Table of Contents

  1. How to grill – tips for prep
  2. How to cook on a grill – during cooking
  3. How to grill – getting ready to serve
  4. Best Grilling gadgets
  5. delicious recipes to try on your grill this summer:
  6. Frequently asked questions
  7. Full list of recipes

There’s nothing quite like the sizzle of a hot grill and the delicious aromas of perfectly grilled meats and veggies. But if you’re new to the grilling game, or just looking to up your BBQ skills, you might be wondering where to start.

Fear not, my friends! In this guide, we’re going to cover all the basics of how to barbecue like a pro, from choosing the right equipment and fuel to mastering the art of temperature control and seasoning.

How to grill – tips for prep

When it comes to grilling, preparation is key. It’ll help you have a smooth cooking experience and get the most delicious results! From seasoning to preparing the grill and all the way through the cooking process, these tips will get you one step closer to some serious good food.

Shrimp skewers on a grill.

Prep your meat or veggies

  • Prep your recipe. What do you need to do to get the food on the grill? Whether you’re making kabobs, grilling veggies, or searing a nice marbled steak, start by preparing your ingredients so they are ready to go on the grill when things start to heat up!
  • Season well. It’s so important to prep your meat well to get the best results on the grill. Be sure to season your food well, whether that’s burgers, ribs, chicken, or vegetables. Seasoning really helps to bring the flavors out, so don’t skip this.
  • Marinade where needed. If your recipe calls for a marinade, leave it as long as the recipe suggests. The chicken will need less time than the ribs, so be sure to plan ahead. And leave some of the marinades to add a couple of minutes before your recipe is complete. This is especially important for sugary marinades, which can flare up when cooked too soon.
  • Let meat come to room temperature. Be sure to take the meat you are cooking out of the fridge for about half an hour before you cook it to allow it to come to room temperature. This will result in tender and juicy meat and ensure even cooking.
Hand seasoning asparagus before grilling

Prep your grill

  • Preheat the grill. Be sure to give your grill plenty of time to pre-heat. This will help cook the meat evenly.
  • Clean the grates. Be sure to clean your grill grates once you’ve pre-heated it, unless you’ve cleaned it after your last grilling session. It’s worth investing in a good grill brush and giving it a good scrub to remove any leftovers from your last cookout. Once you’ve brushed it down, wipe some oil over the grate using tongs, and a piece of kitchen towel dipped in oil.
  • Have all your tools and supplies ready. Make sure you have everything you need within reach, including tongs, spatulas, and an instant-read thermometer. Depending on the type of grill you have, you may also need lighter fluid, charcoal briquettes with a charcoal chimney (or charcoal starter).

How to start a charcoal grill

  1. Prepare the charcoal. Arrange the charcoal in a pyramid shape at the center of the grill. If you’re using lighter fluid, drizzle it over the briquettes. Alternatively, you can use a chimney starter to light the charcoal.
  2. Light the charcoal. If you’re using lighter fluid, wait for a few minutes to let it soak into the charcoal. Then, carefully light the charcoal with a long match or a grill lighter. If you’re using a chimney starter, fill it with charcoal, place crumpled newspaper or a paraffin starter cube underneath, and light it. Allow the charcoal to burn until it’s covered with gray ash.
  3. Distribute the charcoal. Once the charcoal has started to ash over and is glowing red, use long-handled tongs to spread the coals evenly across the bottom of the grill.

Create heat zones

One of the best things to be aware of when you’re learning how to BBQ is to create heat zones on your grill. You’ll have more control over the temperature of your grill and be able to utilize indirect heat to cook a wider range of foods to perfection.

  • For a kettle grill: Bank the coals in the middle so that the center is hotter. You can then sear or brown your food in the center and then move to the side of the grill to finish cooking.
  • On a gas grill: Set one or two burners on half of the grill to high heat and another on medium or a lower temperature to create a hot and cool zone.
Lamb chops on an outdoor grill garnished with fresh parsley and lemon wedges with tongs lifting one up.

How to cook on a grill – during cooking

When you’re grilling, it’s important to keep a close eye on your food to make sure it cooks evenly and doesn’t burn. Here are some tips for grilling during cooking:

Leave the protein alone

  1. Don’t flip too often. Resist the urge to flip your meat too often. Flipping once or twice is usually enough to ensure even cooking. If you try to lift the meat before it is ready it will stick to the grates. Let the meat develop a crust before you try to move it.
  2. Keep the lid closed. Keeping the lid closed while grilling helps to trap heat and smoke, which adds flavor and helps to cook the food more evenly. Only open the lid when you need to flip or move your food.
  3. Use a meat thermometer. The best way to know when your food is done is by using a meat thermometer. Different meats and cuts require different internal temperatures, so make sure you know the right temperature for your food.
    • When checking if your meat is done, don’t keep stabbing at it with a fork or prongs. This cause the juices to escape, leaving you with a less flavorful and juicy piece of meat. A thermometer is a great investment, and it’s the best way to guarantee the meat or poultry is cooked through to proper temperatures.
  4. Baste or brush with sauce. If you are adding sauce or extra marinade to the meat, don’t add it too early as the sugars can burn. If you are adding a sauce with sugar, wait until closer to the end of cooking.
  5. Move food around. If you notice that one area of your grill is hotter than another, move your food around to ensure even cooking.
3 Salmon fillets with spatula under one before flipping it

What to do when you have a flare up

Flare-ups are an inevitable part of grilling with charcoal. When this happens, move the meat from the hot zone to the outside of the grill so that it doesn’t scorch, you can move it back once the flames die down. You can also try putting the lid down and closing the vents to restrict the oxygen.

How to grill – getting ready to serve

Getting ready to serve your grilled food is an exciting moment, and there are a few things you can do to ensure that your meal is as delicious as possible.

Remove the meat or vegetables

Timing is crucial when you cook meat on the grill. Meat will continue to cook after you’ve removed it, so it’s best to take it off before it’s reached its preferred level of doneness. Be sure to grab this grilling guide from The Spruce Eats, which has some great timing charts to ensure perfectly cooked food every time.

Large white plate with grilled tomatoes, grilled mushrooms, and grilled potatoes, garnished with parsley.

Let it rest

As tempting as it is to serve the meat straight away, be sure to let it rest so that all those delicious juices don’t escape too quickly. It gives them time to redistribute and keep the food tender. Loosely cover in foil and let it sit for at least 5-10 minutes, depending on the size of the meat. Vegetables can be served immediately, though.

Best Grilling gadgets

I’ve compiled a list of my favorite grilling tools that are essential for getting started and making the most out of your grilling experience.

delicious recipes to try on your grill this summer:

Summer is the perfect time to fire up the grill and try out some delicious recipes. From juicy chicken and beef to fresh seafood and veggies, there are plenty of options to choose from. Check out my this well-round list of grilled recipes. You might discover a new favorite dish that becomes a staple in your summer grilling repertoire!

Grilled Chicken Recipes

  • Grilled Chicken Shish Kabobs – Kabobs are easily the most fun recipe to learn how to grill. This Mediterranean chicken kabob is easy to make and combines fresh veggies, spices, and marinated chicken for a delicious grilled medley.
  • Grilled Harissa Chicken – Heat up your Summer grilling with the taste of rich chili paste coated chicken. Make sure to check out my grilling tips for perfect grilled chicken every time!
  • Grilled Lemon & Herb Chicken Salad – Once you’ve learned how to use a grill, there’s nothing holding you back from any kind of recipe! Top your salads with juicy marinated chicken for a fresh meal – perfect for warmer weather.
  • Grilled Chicken Gyro – Fire up your outdoor grill to make a unique lunch or dinner recipe with these tasty Greek gyros topped with veggies and a homemade tzatziki sauce!
  • Dijon Mustard Grilled Chicken – Turn your average weeknight meal into a lively BBQ night with delicious mustard chicken grilled to perfection!
  • Chicken Shish Kafta – This is a great grilling recipe for beginners who want to try something different. You just mix the ingredients together and shape into a log with or without a skewer and grill for a few minutes on each side. That’s it!
  • Ground Chicken Burgers – Chicken burgers are a great alternative to beef burgers and perfect for grilling. They’re well seasoned and bursting with flavor for a delightful addition to any summer feast.
  • Grilled Chicken Tenders – Whether you have a propane grill or charcoal grill, chicken tenders are so quick and easy to make and perfect for weeknight meals. You can even swap the ingredients with another chicken marinade for more variety.
  • Shish Tawook – Learn how to grill a delicious Middle Eastern dish – Shish Tawook. Marinated in a blend of spices, yogurt, lemon juice, and garlic, this chicken dish is juicy and full of flavor.
  • Grilled Lemon Chicken – Chicken recipes are perfect for the beginner griller – and with my grilling tips you can have a juicy, tender grilled chicken any day of the week!
  • Grilled Chicken Marinated in Yogurt – Enhance your summer grilling experience with juicy chicken breasts marinated in yogurt, creating a flavorful and perfectly grilled delight. Spice up your barbecue game with yogurt-marinated chicken!
4 image collage of grilled chicken recipes.

Best Grilled Beef Recipes

  • Grilled Beef Kabobs – Featuring marinated sirloin, sweet bell peppers, and crisp onions, these tender and mouthwatering steak kabobs will have you craving more and are effortless to make.
  • Steak Gyros – Crafted with marinated flank steak, grilled to perfection, and nestled in a warm pita alongside fresh veggies and a dollop of tzatziki sauce, this dish is an absolute winner.
  • Avocado Burger – Get ready for the summer with these delicious and fresh avocado burgers. Homemade beef burger patties are topped with a creamy and zingy avocado crema for one delicious bite. Plus there’s avocado in the patty too!
  • Beef Burgers – Embrace the essence of summer with homemade grilled beef hamburgers, a quintessential seasonal recipe with the best smoky-charred flavor.
  • West African Beef Kabobs (Suya) – Some of my favorite grilling recipes are on a stick! These beef skewers are a common street food that’s spicy and topped with a peanut sauce.
  • Beef Kafta – Keep the grill fired up for some Lebanese grilling recipes! They’re seasoned with Middle Eastern flavors for an easy recipe to enjoy all year long!
  • Grilled Steak – Walk through this easy grilling for beginners tutorial for the most delicious steak with all the necessary grilling tips included!
4 image collage of grilled beef recipes.

Grilled Fish & Shrimp Recipes

  • Pesto Grilled Salmon & Pasta – Skewered salmon is grilled and brushed with pesto, then served with a side of parmesan pesto pasta. A must-have dish for this summer!
  • Grilled Salmon – Master the art of grilling salmon with the skin on using this easy, step-by-step guide. Tender, flaky and perfectly cooked!
  • Grilled Mahi Mahi with Avocado Salsa – Seasoned with spices and topped with a delightful mango and avocado salsa, this dish is colorful and vibrant. Perfect for indoor or outdoor cooking!
  • Salmon Burgers – Salmon burgers are a tasty fish alternative to beef burgers. Made with minimal pantry ingredients, these patties can be grilled or cooked on a grill pan. Enjoy more fish in your meals this summer!
  • Grilled Salmon with Citrus Salsa – This citrusy grilled salmon recipe is a healthy, light, and delicious dinner option. High in protein, low in carbs and fats, it’s a perfect summer meal ready in under 20 minutes. Enjoy it in the sun!
  • Grilled Shrimp Skewers – With a zesty lemon and herb marinade, they’re easy to prepare and cook in no time on a grill. These skewers are incredibly juicy and bursting with flavor.
  • Grilled Fish Tacos – Enjoy the ultimate summer recipe with fish tacos! Packed with tender, flaky mahi mahi, these tacos are bursting with freshness and flavor. Topped with creamy coleslaw, avocados, and salsa, they’re a fast and delightful meal option.
  • Grilled Cod – Get ready for deliciously moist grilled cod with a simple seasoning that’s ready in only 15 minutes! Plus, I’ve got helpful tips to prevent your cod from sticking to the grill.
4 image collage of grilled seafood recipes.

Easy Grilled Veggie Recipes

  • Grilled Asparagus – Discover the best method for grilling asparagus—the simplest way possible! No need for a special BBQ basket or aluminum foil. Grilling asparagus adds a smoky touch to its naturally sweet and vegetal flavor.
  • Grilled Corn – Master the art of grilling corn with or without husks using this simple, step-by-step tutorial. Grilling corn on the cob brings out its sweetness and imparts a delightful smoky flavor.
  • Grilled Eggplant – Whip up a quick and easy vegan side dish that’s both delicious and healthy. It only takes minutes to make and pairs perfectly with grilled meats at cookouts.
  • Grilled Fruit Kabobs – These delightful BBQ fruit skewers are enjoyable for the entire family, and grilling fruit adds a delicious twist to the flavors!
  • Grilled Eggplant Parmesan – These delicious and oh-so-yummy bites are loaded with tomatoes and Parmesan cheese. Grill them up and add on top of salads or pasta for a fuller meal.
  • Grilled Zucchini – Grilling zucchini is a fantastic way to create an easy and delicious side dish that adds some wholesome vegetables to your BBQ spread!
  • Grilled Romaine – Grilled romaine hearts are a summertime delight! They’re lightly charred and smoky, brushed with a vibrant lemon vinaigrette, and sprinkled with parmesan.
  • Grilled Baby Potatoes – Seasoned to perfection, these potatoes boast a delightful smoky char on the outside while remaining creamy and smooth on the inside. They make the ideal side dish to complement any grilled meal.
  • Grilled Tomatoes – Grilled tomatoes make a juicy, smoky, and delicious addition to any BBQ! The char from the grill takes the flavor to the next level, making it a great side or accompaniment for any dish.
  • Grilled Onions – Grilled Vidalia onions are the perfect addition to any BBQ, especially hamburgers! The char from the grill enhances the sweet and subtle bite of the onion, creating a delicious flavor combination that can’t be beat.
  • Grilled Portabella Mushrooms – Try these mouthwatering balsamic-marinated grilled Portobello mushroom steaks! They’re a fantastic and tasty addition to any BBQ and a great option for vegetarians!
4 image collage of grilled vegetable recipes.

Other Grilled Recipes

  • Grilled Pizza – Grilled pizza is like the ultimate summer meal! You can chow down on some mouthwatering pizza without using your oven for a nice charred crust and melty cheese. Trust me, this homemade goodness beats any boring old delivery!
  • Grilled Halloumi Cheese – Preparing and grilling halloumi is a breeze. You’ll be rewarded with a creamy texture and the perfect balance of saltiness. It’s simply delicious!
  • Quinoa Burger – This quinoa burger satisfies even the most carnivorous cravings! Packed with quinoa, black beans, and grilled to perfection. It’s a meatless marvel that holds its shape and has about 10 grams of protein per patty.
  • Chickpea Burger – This grilled vegetarian burger is bursting with Mediterranean flair, and is a breeze to whip up. Top it off with all your favorite fixings for a delicious bite that’s sure to satisfy!
  • Lamb Burger – These juicy ground lamb burgers are quick to grill and bursting with flavor! Seasoned with mint, cumin, and cinnamon, they’re grilled to perfection and served on buns with tzatziki, pickled onions, and cucumber.
  • Grilled Turkey Burger – Grill up a flavor-packed turkey burger, ideal for summer BBQs! With only a few simple ingredients, this recipe is easy to follow and prepare.
  • Grilled Lamb Kabobs – Summer calls for grilling, and these simple lamb skewers are a must-have for any cookout. Marinated in a zesty blend of lemon, garlic, and spices for a bright and savory dish.
  • Grilled Peaches – These smoky and caramelized peaches make for a delicious grilled dessert and is perfect for topping with ice cream and granola!
4 image collage of more grilled recipes.

Frequently asked questions

How long should I preheat the grill?

Preheating times vary depending on the type of grill and desired cooking temperature. As a general guideline, preheating a gas grill typically takes 10-15 minutes, while preheating a charcoal grill can take around 20-30 minutes.

How do I know when the grill is hot enough?

For a gas grill, the temperature can be determined using the built-in thermometer or by testing the heat with your hand. Hold your hand about 6 inches above the grill grate and see how long you can comfortably keep it there. High heat is when you can only hold your hand for 1-2 seconds, medium heat is around 3-4 seconds, and low heat is around 5-6 seconds.

Should I oil the grill grates before cooking?

Yes, it’s recommended to oil the grill grates before cooking to prevent food from sticking. Use tongs and a folded paper towel soaked in vegetable oil to lightly oil the grates. Be cautious not to use too much oil as it can cause flare-ups.

How often should I flip the food while grilling?

It depends on the type of food you’re grilling. Generally, it’s best to flip meat and thicker cuts only once or twice to develop a nice sear and allow even cooking. Delicate items like fish or vegetables may require more frequent flipping to prevent burning.

How can I add smoky flavor to my grilled food?

To add smoky flavor, you can use wood chips or chunks on a charcoal grill or a smoker box on a gas grill. Soak the wood chips in water for 30 minutes, then place them directly on the charcoal or in the smoker box to infuse the food with smoky aromas while grilling.

What safety precautions should I take while grilling?

Always follow basic safety guidelines, such as keeping a fire extinguisher nearby, using long-handled utensils to prevent burns, and keeping children and pets away from the grill. Additionally, make sure the grill is placed on a stable surface, away from flammable materials and overhanging structures.

Grilling is such an enjoyable cooking method that allows you to create delicious meals with a unique smoky flavor. By following proper preheating, grilling, and cleaning techniques, you can achieve delicious results on your gas, charcoal, or electric grill.

Remember to consider individual cooking times and temperatures for different foods and always prioritize safety. With a little practice and experimentation, you’ll soon become a master of the grill, impressing your family and friends with mouthwatering grilled creations.

So, fire up the grill, embrace the sizzle, and savor the flavors of outdoor cooking! Happy grilling!

Full list of recipes

Grilled Chicken Kabobs on a white long platter served over Lebanese rice
Main Course

Grilled Chicken Shish Kabobs

These Grilled Chicken Shish Kabobs are flavorful & easy to make! The chicken is marinated with bright Mediterranean spices on a skewer with fresh veggies.
1 hour
5 from 624 votes
Grilled harissa on a platter served with lemon slices
Main Course

Grilled Harissa Chicken

This Mediterranean grilled harissa chicken recipe is quick and easy to prep. Perfectly juicy chicken thighs are coated in a rich chili paste.
35 minutes
5 from 70 votes
Salad bowl with the Mediterranean chicken salad

Grilled Lemon & Herb Chicken Salad

Ready to serve in 30 minutes, this Mediterranean chicken salad is bursting with fresh and vibrant flavors. It's hearty, healthy and delicious!
30 minutes
5 from 335 votes
Chicken gyro after grilling served with pickles and tzatziki
Main Course, Sandwich

Grilled Chicken Gyro

It's so easy to make your own Greek chicken gyros at home! Full of flavor the simple marinated chicken is perfect for easy family lunches and main meals.
20 minutes
5 from 30 votes
Plate of grilled chicken made with dijon marinade and served with lime wedges and cilantro
Main Course

Dijon Grilled Chicken

Made with four ingredients, this simple dijon grilled chicken is quick to cook and full on flavor. Perfect for an easy weeknight dinner.
20 minutes
5 from 237 votes
Chicken kafta on a plate with rice and salad along with garlic sauce on the side
Main Course

Chicken Kafta

Traditional Lebanese Chicken Kafta is so quick and easy to make with simple ingredients. Serve alongside rice, salad or in a pita with some garlic sauce!
15 minutes
5 from 131 votes
Ground chicken burger served with potato chips
Main Course

Ground Chicken Burgers

These delicious ground chicken burgers are loaded with flavor and are quick and easy to make. Perfect for a weeknight meal and a great alternative to beef.
20 minutes
5 from 2675 votes
Final grilled chicken tenders served with lemon slices and garnished with parsley
Dinner, Entree

Grilled Chicken Tenders

Grilled Chicken Tenders are made with a simple lemony marinade and cooked on a grill or grill pan. They're juicy, flavorful and very easy to batch meal prep
48 minutes
5 from 320 votes
Shish tawook recipe on a platter with garlic sauce
Main Course

Shish Tawook

Try this Authentic Shish Tawook recipe – a popular Lebanese grilled chicken skewers recipe. It's tender juicy chicken marinated in yogurt, lemon and garlic.
28 minutes
5 from 2038 votes
Grilled Lemon Chicken breasts on a plate with lemons and parsley

Grilled Lemon Chicken

Grilled lemon chicken is a tender, juicy and savory grilling recipe that is perfect for summer. It's light, healthy and beaming with Mediterranean flavor!
55 minutes
5 from 952 votes
Over head shot showing 4 grilled chicken breasts on plate garnished with lemon wedges and parsley.

Yogurt Marinated Chicken

Juicy yogurt marinated chicken! You can grill, bake or air fry this yogurt marinated chicken breast it is a great recipe to make year round!
1 hour
5 from 246 votes
overhead shot of grilled beef kabobs on metal skewers on top of yellow rice and a side of vegetables
Main Dish

Grilled Beef Kabobs

These grilled beef kabobs combine marinated sirloin, sweet bell peppers, and crisp onions for a tender, delicious "fall off the skewer" grilled steak kabob.
2 hours 18 minutes
5 from 58 votes
Two steak gyros on a plate with toppings
Main Course

Steak Gyros

Quick and easy to make, these marinated steak gyros are one delicious dish! Served in pita with fresh vegetables and homemade tzatziki sauce
1 hour 20 minutes
5 from 61 votes
Two avocado burgers with avocado crema on the side

Avocado Burger

Quick and easy to make, this grilled avocado burger is juicy and full of flavor. Top it with avocado crema and add it to your summer barbecue!
18 minutes
5 from 82 votes
Homemade Hamburgers with condiments
Main Course

Beef Burgers

These really are the best homemade beef hamburgers! Wonderfully juicy and perfectly seasoned, they take minutes to make and are quick to grill,
20 minutes
5 from 72 votes
Large plate of the West African Beef Kabobs served on top of pita with lemon slices and herbs
Dinner, Entree

West African Beef Kabobs

West African Beef Kabobs are a popular Nigerian street food recipe also known as Suya. They are skewered juicy spicy meat made with a peanut butter sauce!
45 minutes
5 from 77 votes
Lebanese style beef kafta served over rice
Main Course

Beef Kafta

This is a Lebanese style Beef Kafta recipe that's made with ground beef, parsley, onions and a blend of Middle Eastern spices- perfect on the grill or stove
30 minutes
5 from 1470 votes
Close up of grilled steak with two slices cut from it topped with melted butter on a large white plate with grilled romaine lettuce, parmesan, and fork.
Dinner, Main Dish, Tutorial

Grilled Steak

Learn how to grill steak perfectly on an indoor grill pan or outdoor grill with this easy to follow step-by-step tutorial that makes juicy tender grilled steak!
45 minutes
5 from 10 votes
Pesto grilled salmon skewers with pasta
Main Course

Pesto Grilled Salmon & Pasta

Easy and simple to make, pesto grilled salmon is cooked on the grill and then served on a bed of creamy pasta for a delicious summer time meal
30 minutes
5 from 33 votes
Plate of 4 salmon fillets grilled served with lemon wedges
Main Course

Grilled Salmon

Learn how to grill salmon with skin on using this step-by-step tutorial. Grilling salmon this method creates moist fillets that won't stick!
15 minutes
5 from 286 votes
Cutting off mahi mahi fillet with mango avocado salsa on top
Main Course

Grilled Mahi Mahi with Avocado Salsa

Grilled mahi mahi is a quick and easy recipe that is loaded with flavor. Served with a fresh mango and avocado salsa, it's a great healthy family meal!
20 minutes
5 from 237 votes
Salmon burgers made with a few ingredients and served with tartar sauce and lettuce

Salmon Burgers

Salmon burgers make a great alternative to beef burgers. Made with only a few ingredients, they're nutrient-dense, protein-packed & fun for summer grilling!
5 from 21 votes
Grilled salmon plated with the citrus salsa
Main Course

Grilled Salmon with Citrus Salsa

This easy and quick grilled salmon recipe is a great low carb dinner. Topped with a citrus salsa it comes together in less than 20 minutes and is easy to prep.
17 minutes
5 from 5 votes
Grilled shrimp skewers on a white plate with grilled lemon slices
Appetizer, Main Course

Grilled Shrimp Skewers

These grilled shrimp skewers are so quick and easy to make and wonderfully flavored with a lemon and herb marinade.
10 minutes
5 from 1099 votes
Large plate of grilled fish tacos topped with coleslaw, avocado and pico de gallo

Grilled fish tacos with coleslaw

Grilled Fish Tacos are a fresh, flavorful and fast summer recipe – they're filled with tender flaky mahi mahi, topped with a creamy coleslaw, avocados and salsa
18 minutes
5 from 14 votes
Plater of 4 grilled cod filets garnished with lemon wedges and chopped parsley.
Dinner, Entree, Main Dish

Grilled Cod

Deliciously moist grilled cod with a simple seasoning ready in just 15 minutes! Plus, helpful tips for keeping your cod from sticking to the grill!
15 minutes
5 from 271 votes
Asparagus on the grill

Grilled Asparagus

Learn how to grill asparagus on an outdoor grill with this easy step-by-step tutorial. Grilling asparagus is easy and maximizes its flavor!
10 minutes
5 from 8 votes
Pan of grilled corn with husks
Side Dish

Grilled Corn

Learn how to grill corn with husks and without husks with this easy step-by-step tutorial. Grilling corn on the cob makes it sweet and smokey!
25 minutes
5 from 119 votes
Grilled eggplant on a plate topped with pinenuts
Side Dish

Grilled Eggplant

Quick and easy grilled eggplant is a delicious and healthy side that takes minutes to make. This vegan side is the perfect accompaniment to grilled meats at cookouts.
13 minutes
5 from 16 votes
3 grilled fruit kabobs of cantaloupe, pineapples, and strawberries, with a side of yogurt for dipping.
Dessert, Snack

Grilled Fruit Kabobs

This summer, add grilled fruit kabobs to your bbq spread. These bbq fruit skewers are fun for the whole family and fruit on the grill is delicious too!
12 minutes
5 from 102 votes
Grilled eggplant parmesan topped with grilled tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and parmesan breadcrumbs

Grilled Eggplant Parmesan

Low-Carb Grilled Eggplant Parmesan made with tomatoes and Parmesan cheese. Delicious yummy bites that you can add on top of salad or pasta.
25 minutes
5 from 67 votes
Grilled zucchini slices on a plate with lemon wedges
Side Dish

Grilled Zucchini

Learn how to grill zucchini with this easy step-by-step tutorial. Grilling zucchini makes for an easy side dish that adds vegetables to a bbq!
10 minutes
5 from 22 votes
Large white oval platter with 3 halved grilled romaine lettuces sprinkled with shredded parmesan and garnished with lemon wedges.
Side, Side Dish

Grilled Romaine Lettuce

Got some Romaine hearts? Throw them on the grill! This grilled romaine lettuce recipe has a vibrant lemon vinaigrette & topped with parmesan cheese!
11 minutes
5 from 5 votes
Platter with grilled potatoes garnished with parsley and spoon on side.
Side, Side Dish

Grilled Baby Potatoes

Grilled baby potatoes are seasoned to perfection with a smoky finish. Crispy outside with a smooth and creamy inside these grilled potatoes make a great side!
30 minutes
5 from 103 votes
Large white rectangle plate with halved grilled tomatoes and serving fork, garnished with fresh chopped parsley.
Side, Side Dish

Grilled Tomatoes

Grilled tomatoes are a juicy, smoky, and delicious add-on to any BBQ! The char from the grill elevates the tomatoes making a great side or accompaniment!
13 minutes
5 from 17 votes
Grilled onion slices and grilled onion chunks on skewers served on a white plate with parley garnish.

Grilled Onions

Learn how to make perfectly grilled onions every time with this easy-to-follow recipe! Grilled Vidalia onions go great on burgers, and taste amazing!
22 minutes
5 from 3 votes
4 grilled mushrooms on a plate garnished with chopped parsley.
Dinner, Entree, Main Dish

Grilled Portobello Mushrooms

Balsamic marinated grilled Portobello mushroom steaks! Delicious grilled Portobellos make for a great addition to any BBQ!
22 minutes
5 from 8 votes
Close up of grilled pizzas on wooden cutting board

Grilled Pizza

Easy, homemade grilled Margherita pizza with store-bought pizza dough, marinara sauce (jar or homemade), basil, and mozzarella cheese on a grill or grill pan!
18 minutes
5 from 32 votes
Grilled halloumi on platter with mint and olive oil

Grilled Halloumi

Grilled halloumi is a simple and delicious Mediterranean appetizer that's ready in minutes. Cook on an indoor or outdoor grill and serve with a fresh salad.
10 minutes
5 from 38 votes
One quinoa burger topped with tomatoes and onions with sweet potato fries in background
Main Course

Quinoa Burger

This vegan quinoa burger recipe is easy, healthy and packed with protein. There's no food processor required and it comes together in one bowl
20 minutes
5 from 393 votes
Chickpea burger - vegetarian and served with fries
Main Course

Chickpea Burger

This healthy veggie chickpea burger recipe is so simple to make and packed with Mediterranean ingredients like sun-dried tomatoes and feta.
20 minutes
5 from 499 votes
Opened lamb burgers on cutting board
Main Course

Lamb Burger

Juicy and full of flavor, these easy grilled lamb burgers are quick and easy to make. Served with tzatziki, every bite is extra delicious!
20 minutes
5 from 82 votes
Assembled grilled turkey burger with lettuce, tomato, onion, and mayo.
Entree, Sandwich, Sandwiches

Grilled Turkey Burgers

Perfectly seasoned these grilled turkey burgers are juicy, full of flavor, and perfect for BBQs! The grill adds a smoky flavor to the turkey – yum!
15 minutes
5 from 19 votes
Grilled lamb kabobs served with tzatziki sauce
Main Course

Grilled Lamb Kabobs

These Grilled Lamb Kabobs are a must for summer grilling. Lamb chunks are tossed in a Mediterranean marinade so they're tasty, tender & juicy!
4 hours 25 minutes
5 from 43 votes
3 grilled peach halves in a bowl topped with ice cream, granola and fresh mint

Grilled Peaches

This simple summertime dessert is so effortless to make. Cinnamon and brown sugar grilled peaches served with ice cream, granola & fresh mint
13 minutes
5 from 50 votes

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  1. Thanks for sharing these useful tips. Recently I bought a grill and i was looking for some tips related to grilling. I have read many articles but your article explained to me very well.