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10 Easy & Unexpected Grilling Recipes for Summer

I love a good grilled meal on summer evenings. There is nothing quite like lighting up the charcoals and giving your food a nice smokey flavor! When it comes to making grilled foods I often turn to burgers, steak, or kebobs. They are the classic tried and true grilling recipes that everyone expects and loves. However, in recent years I’ve opted for more unique grilling recipes like pizza, lettuces, and more. It is amazing how much food can be grilled!

Click through for 10 easy and unexpected grilling recipes for summer!

  • 10 Unexpected & Easy Grilling Recipes for Summer 1 of 11
    10 Unexpected and Easy Grilling Recipes for Summer
  • Grilled Pesto Pizza 2 of 11
    Grilled Pesto Pizza

    Grilled pesto pizza is usually not what people expect when you fire up the grill. But it is SO easy to make and you will love the delicious pesto and herb topping. Give it a try this weekend!

    Photo: Paula Jones

     

  • Baby Back Ribs with Spicy Dry Rub 3 of 11
    Grilled Baby Back Ribs

    Baby back ribs are something you might expect to find at a restaurant, but they are actually a cinch to grill at home. Give this awesome spicy dry rub a try. Then, serve them with lettuce to offset the heat!

    Photo: Angie McGowan

  • Glazed Grilled Ham 4 of 11
    Glazed Grilled Ham

    Ham is traditionally baked, but grilling it lends the meat a deep smokey flavor that is to die for. While it might not be the traditional Memorial Day grilling recipe I highly recommend giving it a try if you are feeding a crowd!

    Photo: John Lee Pictures

  • Grilled Fish Tacos 5 of 11
    Grilled Fish Tacos

    We are long past Cinco de Mayo, but that doesn't mean you can't still be enjoying tacos. These awesome grilled tacos are perfect for enjoying this summer! Serve them up with fresh chips and guacamole, and a cold margarita and enjoy your summer eats!

    Photo: Angie McGowan

  • Meatloaf (grilled) 6 of 11
    Grilled Meatloaf

    Meatloaf is usually made in the oven but it tastes great when grilled. Surprise your guests with some delicious grilled meatloaf this summer and pair it with fresh vegetables and gravy!

    Photo: Fields of Cake

  • Grilled Pineapple 7 of 11
    Grilled Pineapple

    Grilled fruit makes an excellent, healthy dessert. Seriously - your friends and children will love it! The grill caramelizes the pineapple juice and sugars to make the best fruit bars you've ever tasted.

    Photo: Jennifer Leal

  • Grilled Tandoori Chicken 8 of 11
    Grilled Tandoori Chicken

    You might not think of making Indian cuisine on the grill, but this tandoori chicken will change your mind. You will love the sweet spices. Serve it with green beans to make the ultimate summer grilling meal!

    Photo: Shaina Olmanson

  • Grilled Marinated Tofu 9 of 11
    Grilled Marinated Tofu

    Tofu is usually sauteed, but when it is marinated and grilled it gets an amazing smokey flavor and chewy texture. This is also ideal for serving your vegan friends for dinner!
    Photo: Kathy Patalsky

  • Grilled Peaches & Cream 10 of 11
    Grilled Peaches and Cream

    Don't forget to grill dessert! This traditional southern dessert gets an awesome twist when it is grilled to perfection and given a dollop of cream.

    Photo: Paula Jones

  • Tasty Grilled Sweet Potato Salad 11 of 11
    Grilled Sweet Potato Salad

    Traditional sweet potato salad gets an awesome twist when it is grilled and served with a light glaze. This vegetarian side will easily be the hit of your summer parties!

    Photo: Aggie Goodman

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