Fast-and-Easy Grilling Recipes
Spiced Chicken with Cucumber-Mint Sauce
Garlic, garam masala and fresh ginger season the chicken in this Indian-inspired recipe from The Spice House shop in Milwaukee. The refreshing yogurt-based sauce is similar to traditional cucumber raita.
Mango-Barbecue Fish Tacos
Fresh fruit and bottled barbecue sauce lend sassy sweetness to low-cal, vitamin-rich grilled fish tacos.
Grilled Sirloin Kabobs with Zesty Top City Sauce
Joann Gough-Stallbaumer of Topeka uses Kansas top sirloin steak and a horseradish-mayo dipping sauce in her recipe, one of the finalists at Midwest Living's first Best of the Midwest cook-off.
Spring Revival Couscous Salad with Filet Mignon
Lean and tender steaks crown a bright, lemony salad made with asparagus, peas and couscous. The recipe comes from chef Michael Ollier, of Certified Angus Beef in Wooster, Ohio. He calls for generous 8-ounce steaks; for budget or dietary reasons, you may want to use a more modest 4-ounce steak. Just reduce the grilling time accordingly.
Chinese Five-Spice Marinated Pork Satay
Although it sounds like it would be burn-your-mouth-hot, the five-spice powder in this fall comfort food is actually a mild blend that commonly consists of star anise, anise seed, cloves, cinnamon and ginger.
Ribs made easy
Grilled Fish with Moroccan Vinaigrette
This recipe comes from Bill Dugan, who runs the popular FishGuy Market in Chicago. He grills fish over coals or tucks it into a foil packet to grill. (You'll get more grilled flavor with the direct method, but the foil packet makes for easy cleanup.) We like the fish with a good squeeze of lemon, served over greens and couscous.
After searing a burger on cast iron (and tasting the crust that develops), you may never grill burgers outside again. We topped ours with herby veggies and feta cheese.
Grilled Steak Sandwich with Herbed Tomato Sauce
Move over, burgers! There's a new sandwich in town. Rosemary and oregano season a rustic, open-face pileup that's ready in just 35 minutes.
Steakhouse Salad with Ribeye and Blue Cheese
Marinated Pork Tenderloin
Marinated pork tenderloin makes a perfect company-special grilled meat. It's lean, cooks fast and tastes great.
This simple, flavorful recipe comes from reader Doug Heiken of Grand Rapids, Minnesota. It's a quick, easy recipe to throw together if you have a vegetarian at a cookout.
Grilled Banana Split Sundae
If you've never had dessert off the grill, this recipe from Chicago grilling expert Elizabeth Karmel is a great place to start. Grilling softens the sweet bananas that are absolutely irresistible when topped with hot fudge sauce. Cook the bananas on the grill over low coals left after making the main dish.
Sesame Grilled Chicken
A lively ginger marinade flavors chicken pieces on their way to the grill. The recipe is a backyard favorite from Linda Taylor of West Des Moines.
Garlic and fennel flavor this dish with northern Minnesota heritage.
Boston Lettuce Stacks with Grilled Peaches, Feta and Pecans
This easy summer salad pairs the textures and flavors of buttery, slightly sweet and crisp Boston lettuce with grilled warm peaches and crunchy nuts.
Grilled Salmon with Pistachio-Basil Butter
A mixture of fresh basil, pistachios, lime juice, garlic and butter tops easy grilled salmon. Store leftover pistachio-basil butter in your refrigerator for up to a week; toss with hot pasta or spread on toasted French bread.
Pork Patties with Tangy-Sweet Barbecue Sauce
Brush sweet homemade barbecue sauce on meats while grilling, or serve it as a condiment. The sauce recipe comes from Paul Bernhard of Bancroft, Iowa, who served grilled pork chops for years to hungry bicyclists crossing Iowa on the annual RAGBRAI bicycle ride.
Grilled Sweet Onions
Onions wrapped in foil steam to juicy perfection when cooked on your grill. The recipe comes from a Naperville, Illinois reader, who says the onions "turn out very tender and sweet."
Citrus Pesto Tuna with Fennel-Tangerine Salad
How do you improve on grilled marinated tuna? At Weber Grill Restaurant in Chicago, warm tuna might be served with a fresh citrus salad.
Spice-Rubbed Grilled Pork Chops on a Stick
A mix of paprika, brown sugar, onion salt, garlic powder, ginger, cinnamon, cumin, dry mustard and pepper creates a pork chop rub that's sweet and a little spicy. The recipe was inspired by Paul Bernhard of Bancroft, Iowa, known on RAGBRAI as Mr. Pork Chop.
Although this recipe takes very little hands-on cooking time, be sure to allow an hour to marinate the salmon so it absorbs all the flavors of the sweet-and-salty marinade.
A wrapping of bacon gives special flair to this beer-soaked brat. A quick stop on the grill crisps the bacon and browns the brat.
Chicken Sausage Sandwiches with Watermelon Salsa
Basil and lime juice flavor the fruity salsa on this ready-in-minutes, low-cal grilled sausage sandwich.
Chicken Shish Kabobs
This easy sauce spices up hot dogs, sandwiches or any grilled meat.
Peppery T-Bones and Chili Corn
Serve this grilled steak-and-corn-on-the-cob duo with your favorite warm or cold potato salad.
Spicy Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese Dressing
These succulent chicken wings might disappear as fast as you can grill them. The recipe comes from Danny Edwards Famous Kansas City BBQ, formerly Li'l Jake's Eat It and Beat It. The tiny, no-frills eatery has served weekday lunch crowds in Kansas City for more than two decades.
Short Ribs with Molasses-Beer Barbecue Sauce
Molasses and mustard perk up bottled barbecue sauce for this beef main dish from former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack.
Sweet and Spicy Caribbean BBQ Sauce
Cookbook author Nina Swan-Kohler created this sauce recipe to remind her of the Caribbean flavors she enjoyed while living in Trinidad and Tobago after college. Brush the sauce on beef, chicken or pork.
Ginger Tuna Kabobs
Make a quick marinade for tuna with soy sauce, fresh ginger and snipped green onions. Cook with pineapple, red or green sweet peppers, and green onion pieces for a colorful presentation.
Hot-Off-The-Grill Tropical Treat
Looking for an informal yet special summer dish? Surprise your guests with this sweet fruit hot-off-the grill. Fresh pineapple slices get brushed with a nicely-spiced lime and honey sauce.
Grilled Pork with Cranberry Chutney
Serve on grilled hot dogs, brats or hamburgers garnished with sliced green onion, if you like.
The recipe for this thick, herb-infused sirloin steak comes from a Hutchinson, Kansas, reader. She won a prize in Wichita's Kansas Beef Cook-off with this meal.
Lemony-Soy Herbed Pork Tenderloins with Rice Pilaf
Wayne Santi of LaGrange, Illinois, cooks gourmet food on the go for cyclists on RAGBRAI, the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. He's made these two recipes for the ride. "The lemon-oregano flavor with the meat's juices cannot be beat," Wayne says. He uses the rub and soy-sauce marinade on chicken, too
Vegetables and seasonings give the rice side dish a boost of flavor. "I was once told that rice has no rules, except 'Don't overcook,'" Wayne says.
Pineapple with Watermelon Salsa
Grill pineapple, then top with vanilla-seasoned fruit salsa to make a sweet and simple dessert for summer meals.
Honey-Lime Lamb and Melon Skewers
Combine cubes of lamb, cantaloupe and honeydew for this Mediterranean-inspired kabob recipe. Serve with yogurt seasoned with lime peel and tarragon.
Caramel Apple-Pie Grilled Pizza
We used frozen puff pastry for this sweet pizza. The dessert has a flaky, buttery crust topped with apples and cinnamon. Try serving it warm with caramel sauce and ice cream.
Cajun Turkey Steaks
Cajun seasoning, taco seasoning and red pepper add zest to marinated turkey tenderloin steaks.
Grilled Squash and More
Brush Italian dressing on squash, onion and mushrooms for a zesty herbed-vinegar coating.