The grill is our favorite summer cooking tool, but it’s easy to get stuck in a rut of burgers and steaks. For those times when you want to switch it up, we’ve rounded up a spread of amazing grilled recipes, from the sweet (grilled strawberry tart) to the savory (yogurt-marinated chicken skewers), all of which are easy to make and totally kid-approved. Read on to get fired up about all of the delicious possibilities.
Pineapple Shrimp Skewers
Break out the skewers to make this Hawaiian-inspired recipe from Salt & Lavender. You’ll have visions of the islands dancing in your head as you dig into the juicy shrimp and pineapple. To get all the details, click here.
Asian Chicken and Vegetable Foil Packets
We love this versatile recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod, made with a soy sauce–based marinade. Best of all, you can remix it with different proteins, veggies and seasonings all summer long. Click here to get the recipe.
Grilled Tortilla Pizzas
If the idea of making a grilled pizza makes you nervous, this version from Get Inspired Everyday just might be the perfect starting point. Instead of making your own dough, use a tortilla for maximum convenience. Grab the recipe by clicking here.
Grilled Chicken with Pineapple-Cucumber Salsa
There’s nothing easier than throwing some chicken breasts on the grill, but it’s not exactly the most exciting meal. Take a cue from Healthy Fitness Meals and whip up a quick pineapple and cucumber salsa to take your chicken to the next level. To get the recipe, click here.
Chili Cheese Dilly Dogs
You can’t let the summer slip by without having a chili dog—and if you’re going to do it, you might as well do it right, with this recipe from Garlic & Zest. The “dilly” part comes from a pickle, which makes for a crisp and tangy contrast to the hearty chili. Get all the details by clicking here.
Who says grilling is an omnivore’s game? These tofu skewers from The View from Great Island are not only a vegan delight, they’re also colorful, healthy and super easy to whip up. Get the recipe here.
Strawberry Tart on the Grill
Prepare to have your mind blown. Boulder Locavore has taken a delish summer dessert (strawberry tart!) and given it a grilled makeover. (Psst! For grownups, there’s also an awesome recipe for a strawberry ginger vodka cooler.) Get the recipe here.
Lemon Garlic Zucchini
Looking for the perfect BBQ side dish? This recipe from Damn Delicious is so good, it might just steal the show. (If the crisp grilled zucchini doesn’t get you, the lemon butter garlic sauce will!) Get the recipe here.
Yogurt Marinated Grilled Chicken Skewers
Mexican Corn with Avocado Butter
Who says a BBQ has to have a carnivorous menu? Damn Delicious shares a simple way to diversify your picnic table with these veggie kabobs. Don’t forget to personalize your skewers with the kids’ fave vegetables. Learn more here.
Grilled Peaches and Yogurt Cream
Grilled Green Beans
Sweet and Smoky Grilled Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are a real kid crowd pleaser—and this recipe from Kitchen Treaty only needs fifteen minutes of cook time so the hungry masses won’t have to wait. Feeling a little adventurous? Add cilantro and lime for even more flavor. Get the how-to here.
Grilled Strawberry Shortcake
We’re loving the creativity behind this idea from Handle the Heat. Yep, the grill isn’t just for entrées; desserts like strawberry shortcake deserve their place, too. Click here for the delish recipe.
Grilled Ham and Pineapple Kabobs
Meatloaf Burgers with Sweet Mustard BBQ Sauce
Hamburgers are pretty much a barbecue essential. Noshing with the Nolands combines two classic dishes with these meatloaf burgers. The best part of this ultimate comfort food pairing is that it’s adaptable. Make mini versions for sliders, use your family’s fave meatloaf ingredients—the sky's the limit. Check out the recipe here.
For banana lovers big and small, why not introduce a plantain dish at your next gathering? Glow Kitchen shares how simple it is to grill these banana cousins. Make this an easy dessert with the addition of a sweet sauce (caramel, anyone?) or keep it savory and enjoy. Check the recipe out here.
Grilled Avocado and Vegetable Tacos
Have you tried grilling an avocado? This recipe, from Two Peas and Their Pod, gives you the perfect opportunity. Add more veggies to your summer feast and keep little hands occupied with tasty tacos. Check out the recipe here.
Grilled Carrot Fries
Fries get a healthy (and tasty!) twist thanks to The Gourmet RD. The kids will love this naturally sweet and crunchy finger food; grownups will get a kick out of The Gourmet RD’s chipotle lime aioli dipping sauce. Get the easy instructions here.
50 Stars BBQ Chicken
Brace yourself—and take s’mores to a whole new level at the family BBQ this year! Haute Apple Pie shares a genius idea for contained s’mores that can be tossed onto the grill or fire pit. All you need is the traditional chocolate and marshmallows, ice cream cones, foil and folks who want s’more. Find out more by clicking here.