Summer Grilling Ideas

Does anything say summer quite as well as grilling? We don’t think so! There’s nothing quite like having friends and family over, firing up the grill, and eating until every just about everyone bursts. But with so many options and grill recipes out there, it can be difficult to curate a menu to fit everyone’s tastes. Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered. Check out some of our favorite grilling ideas below and enjoy!

Burgers

There is truly nothing better than a burger in the summertime. Juicy, flavorful, and easy to make, there’s a reason they are the quintessential cookout food. But why settle for plain burgers when you can make them incredible? Stuffed burgers are one of the best ways to step up your burger game. Simple to make, and yet brimming with flavor, prep these in advance for a true summer treat. You can put a variety of ingredients in the center, but we prefer caramelized onions, bacon, and smoked gouda.

  • Cut 2 large white onions into thin strips and caramelize them in a saucepan on medium-low heat with about a tablespoon of butter for about an hour or until soft and golden brown. It may look like a lot but don’t worry, it’ll cook down.
  • Cook the bacon until crispy
  • Shred the gouda, and combine all three elements together in a bowl. 
  • Take your ground beef and form a ball, with a large divot in the middle. 
  • Gently add a spoonful of the onion mixture, and form the patty around it
  • Grill to perfection, and serve on a bed of baby spinach on a toasted brioche bun

Kebabs

Kebabs are another summer favorite that can be instantly improved with minimal effort. This perfect combination of veggies and proteins is essentially all the food groups in a single serving. But why just stick some meat on a skewer when you can make it so much better? Try these Asian inspired kebabs are sure to blow you away. 

Glaze

  • ⅓ cup honey 
  • ⅓ cup soy sauce 
  • 2 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 chopped shallot
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • Blend all ingredients and refrigerate for up to 3 days ahead of time

Kebab

  • 2 dozen large peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 1 ½ boneless chicken breasts, cubed into 1 ½ inch pieces
  • 24 zucchini slices
  • 24 bell pepper slices
  • 24 fresh pineapple cubes
  • 24 red onion wedges

Build & cook your ‘bab!

  • Thread your skewers with equal amounts of each ingredient, then place on a baking sheet
  • Take half your sauce and gently pour over the skewers
  • Roast them on your grill for about 4 minutes per side or until the chicken is cooked and the shrimp are opaque in the center
  • Enjoy! 

Elotes, or Grilled Mexican Street Corn

If you’ve never had Elotes, or it’s boneless equivalent, Equities, you’re missing out! Elotes is a very common Mexican street food, consisting of grilled corn on the cob covered with a mix of spicy sour cream, mayo, spices, and cotija cheese. (Equities is basically the same thing, but cut off the cob and served in a cup.) Trust us, it’s the perfect way to complete any summer bbq. 

  • Shuck your corn (however many ears you want, but we did 8)
  • Season your corn with a dash of vegetable oil, salt, and pepper
  • In a small bowl, combine:
  • ⅔ cup of cotija cheese
  • ½ cup mayo
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup minced cilantro
  • 2 tsp lime zest
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • Grill your corn oh high until cooked and beginning to char
  • Remove from heat, spread liberally with the mayo mixture
  • Sprinkle additional cotija cheese, cilantro and serve with lime wedges

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