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Fast-and-Easy Grilling Recipes

Browse our best recipes for grilled steak, chicken, fish, hamburgers, vegetables, even dessert.
Ginger Tuna Kabobs

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. 

Ginger Tuna Kabobs

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. 

Spiced Chicken with Cucumber-Mint Sauce

Barbecue-Sauced Burgers

Horseradish mustard adds a kick to grilled burgers, while barbecue sauce and white Cheddar cheese create a flavorful topping combo.

Barbecue-Sauced Burgers

Chimichurri

This classic Argentinian sauce with fresh parsley and cilantro is made for spooning over grilled meats (especially steak), but we also love it with scrambled eggs or roasted potatoes. The recipe comes from chef Michael Ollier of Certified Angus Beef in Wooster, Ohio.

Chimichurri

Mango-Barbecue Fish Tacos

Fresh fruit and bottled barbecue sauce lend sassy sweetness to low-cal, vitamin-rich grilled fish tacos.

Mango-Barbecue 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.

Grilled Sirloin Kabobs with Zesty Top City Sauce

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.

Spring Revival Couscous Salad with Filet Mignon

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.

Chinese Five-Spice Marinated Pork Satay

Ribs made easy

When we say easy, we mean it! With our foolproof technique, you don't need fancy gear or secret spices. See our "Ribs Made Easy" story for step-by-step instructions, and check out our recipes for All-Purpose Rib Rub and Chipotle BBQ Sauce.

Ribs Made Easy

All-Purpose Rib Rub

Chipotle BBQ Sauce

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.

Grilled Fish with Moroccan Vinaigrette

Greek Burgers

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.

Greek Burgers

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.

Grilled Steak Sandwich with Herbed Tomato Sauce 

Steakhouse Salad with Ribeye and Blue Cheese

Simple and perfect are the only way to describe this fabulous salad from chef Michael Ollier of Certified Angus Beef in Wooster, Ohio. The steak, blue cheese and garden-fresh veggies meld beautifully with the honey-sweetened balsamic dressing.

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.

Marinated Pork Tenderloin

Grilled Portobellos

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 Portobellos

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.

Grilled Banana Split Sundae

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.

Sesame Grilled Chicken

Porketta Roast

Garlic and fennel flavor this dish with northern Minnesota heritage.

Porketta Roast

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.

Boston Lettuce Stacks with Grilled Peaches, Feta and Pecans

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.

Grilled Salmon with Pistachio-Basil Butter

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.

Pork Patties with Tangy-Sweet Barbecue Sauce

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."

Grilled Sweet Onions

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.

Citrus Pesto Tuna

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.

Spice-Rubbed Grilled Pork Chops on a Stick

Honey-Bourbon Salmon

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.

Honey-Bourbon Salmon

Baconista Brats

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.

Baconista Brats

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 Sausage Sandwiches with Watermelon Salsa

Chicken Shish Kabobs

An easy marinade gives this grilled entree a pleasant lemon-pepper flavor. The recipe was inspired by the kabobs served at Al-Ameer restaurant in Dearborn, Michigan. Try serving with tabbouleh, a traditional Middle Eastern grain side-dish.

Chicken Shish Kabobs

Tabbouleh

Horseradish-Mustard Mayonnaise

This easy sauce spices up hot dogs, sandwiches or any grilled meat.

Horseradish-Mustard Mayonnaise

Peppery T-Bones and Chili Corn

Serve this grilled steak-and-corn-on-the-cob duo with your favorite warm or cold potato salad.

Peppery T-Bones and Chili Corn

Bourbon Brie

This boozy appetizer warms right on the grill, making it perfect for casual backyard parties. The recipe comes from America's Best BBQ Homestyle, a cookbook featuring recipes from 'cue masters across the country.

Bourbon Brie

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.

Spicy Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese Dressing

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.

Short Ribs with Molasses-Beer Barbecue Sauce

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.

Sweet and Spicy Caribbean BBQ Sauce

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. 

Ginger Tuna Kabobs

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.

Hot-Off-The-Grill Tropical Treat

Grilled Pork with Cranberry Chutney

This sweet-and-savory recipe features a Circle B Ranch product called Marina's Cranberry Chutney. Buy it at circlebranch.com or just substitute another chutney.

Grilled Pork with Cranberry Chutney

Sriracha-Soy Ketchup

Serve on grilled hot dogs, brats or hamburgers garnished with sliced green onion, if you like.

Sriracha-Soy Ketchup

Basil-Stuffed Steak

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.

Basil-Stuffed Steak

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.

Lemony-Soy Herbed Pork Tenderloins with Rice Pilaf

Pineapple with Watermelon Salsa

Grill pineapple, then top with vanilla-seasoned fruit salsa to make a sweet and simple dessert for summer meals.

Pineapple with Watermelon Salsa

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. 

Honey-Lime Lamb and Melon Skewers

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.

Caramel Apple-Pie Grilled Pizza

Cajun Turkey Steaks

Cajun seasoning, taco seasoning and red pepper add zest to marinated turkey tenderloin steaks.

Cajun Turkey Steaks

Grilled Squash and More

Brush Italian dressing on squash, onion and mushrooms for a zesty herbed-vinegar coating.

Grilled Squash and More

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