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Easy Grilling Recipes for Summer

Celebrate grilling season with lots of easy grilling recipes for summer including burgers, meats, side dishes, and even desserts! You are sure to find something on this list to get you excited to heat up the grill and get cooking.

The other day we were eating outside and my husband and I kept talking about how soothing it was to dine al fresco. It’s one of the best parts of summer.

Not one of the best parts of summer is being stuck inside cooking while everyone else is outside playing. That is one of my biggest frustrations, which is why I love grilling.

Someday I want an outdoor kitchen so I can do what I love (and need to do) AND still get to be a part of everything.

This list has some incredible recipes that cover the whole gamut. I’m sure you’ll find at least one thing that will suit your family. There are sides, main dishes, and burgers. 

Sadly, I’ve apparently been lax about making dessert on the grill but we will definitely be making this Grilled Peaches and Ice Cream and Grilled Pineapple Sundaes

collage of grilled foods

Easy grilling recipes for summer

Serve these recipes up with tasty no bake desserts for a lovely meal you can enjoy while relaxing outside.


Burgers are the quentissential summer food, and for good reason. Quick to cook and incredibly versatile burgers are wonderful for grilling.

Korean BBQ Burgers
This incredible easy Korean BBQ Burger is packed full of flavor with a grilled burger topped with Korean style coleslaw for an easy Asian inspired summertime dinner recipe.
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A burger on a blue plate and homemade fries

This Korean BBQ Burger is a new favorite in our house. The Korean BBQ marinated burgers are topped with a tangy Korean style coleslaw that are amazing apart but putting them on a bun they are killer.

BBQ Bacon Cowboy Burger
This Cars Inspired Cowboy Burger has all the classic flavors of BBQ sauce, crispy bacon, and crunchy onions for a fun dinner and a movie night.
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A burger with bbq sauce, bacon, and onion ring

Cook the onion rings and bacon on the top toasting rack of your grill and use plenty of BBQ sauce for this quick and easy Cowboy burger that the kids will love!

Teriyaki Veggie Burger Bowls with Grilled Pineapple
Satisfy the cravings of both the meat lovers & vegetarians in your house with Teriyaki Veggie Burger Bowls full of brown rice, sugar snap peas, & pineapple.
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A Teriyaki Veggie Burger Bowl with grilled pineapple and sugar snap peas

Burgers don’t need to be served only on a bun! These teriyaki burgers are perfect with rice, grilled pineapples, and sugar snap peas.

Spicy Jalapeno Black Pepper Turkey Burger
A spicy jalapeno black pepper turkey burger made with fresh jalapenos, lots of cracked black pepper, topped with more jalapenos & an easy spicy mayo spread.
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A spicy jalapeno black pepper turkey burger topped with tomato, lettuce, sliced jalapenos, and a spicy mayo spread on a blue plate with sweet potato fries.

The men always go crazy for this spicy jalapeno and black pepper burgers. The burgers have tons of kick but the chipotle mayo just puts it over the top!

Huevos Rancheros Burger
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A Huevos Rancheros Burger topped with avocado served up with a dish a salsa spread with 2 bottles of Pace Salsa in the background.

For a non traditional burger, these black bean burgers are a fun choice, especially for breakfast! Use a grill mat for these burgers since they can tend to stick to the grill grates.

Apple Bacon Turkey Burgers
Apple Bacon Turkey burgers are a lighter option made with ground turkey and topped with turkey bacon, green apple slices, and a honey mustard spread.
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A hamburger bun with a turkey burger topped with green apple slices, turkey bacon, and honey mustard spread on a black cutting board.

Another non beef burger, this apple bacon turkey burger is another kid friendly choice for summer.


Meats to grill

Although burgers may be iconic, there are plenty of other kinds of meat to grill like chicken and pork!

Israeli Spice Rub Grilled Chicken Pitas
So versatile, this Israeli Spice Rub Grilled Chicken can be used for pitas, in salads, or simply as grilled chicken with couscous or rice.
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The ingredients needed for pitas on a cutting board

Grilled Israeli chicken is a fantastic choice for pitas in the summer or used in salad or with rice.

Easy Lighter Grilled Buffalo Chicken
Easy Lighter Grilled Buffalo Chicken uses hummus and buffalo hot sauce for a lighter version of the classic buffalo chicken. 
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Pieces of buffalo chicken being cooked on a grill.

This grilled buffalo chicken is made with hummus instead of tons of butter for a lighter grilled option that you can use in sandwiches, salads, plus so many other ways. 

Easy Sesame Grilled Chicken Sandwich
Keep things simple on a busy weeknight with this Easy Sesame Grilled Chicken Sandwich topped with a spring lettuce mix on a ciabatta roll.
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Chicken sandwiches are also a good staple choice in summer. Grilled sesame chicken sandwiches are quick and easy and you can top with tons of veggies for a hearty meal.

Grilled Smoked Sausage and Potatoes
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A plate of grilled smoked sausage and potatoes topped with grilled red pepper strips, jalapeno slices and shredded cheese

A good non sandwich option, grilled sausage and potatoes are a fun easy choice for summer. Kids love the grilled potatoes topped with cheese.


Grilled Side Dishes

It’s always amazing when you can cook your entire meal outside! These side dishes make it easy to keep all the focus on enjoying and cooking outside.

Grilled Corn with Cumin Butter and Cotija Cheese
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Grilled cumin corn sprinkled with cotija cheese and cilantro with beautiful char marks

This grilled corn is so simple to make and is packed with flavor. The cumin butter and cotija cheese are perfect compliments to Latin food but we will eat this with any kind of meal.

Here are some other killer grilled side dishes that you can make since I obviously need to come up with more things to make on the grill:


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