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20 Genius Recipes for the Grill

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Every week—often with your help—Food52's Executive Editor Kristen Miglore is unearthing recipes that are nothing short of genius.

Today: Twenty genius recipes for the grill—to last you all summer long.





It's official now: we've hit the season where all we want to do is cook and eat (and swim and cannonball) outside. And -- nothing against burgers and steaks -- but with the whole hot yawn of summer stretched out ahead, we could use a few more genius ways to work our grills. Here are 20.

More: How to grill any steak in 5 steps.

Because, on your grill, you can cook entire dinners, and anything from whole beasts (within reason) to quick skewered bits. Your grill will make stars of the parts of vegetables you'd normally throw out. And don't forget, the charcoal sort will give you not just smoke and a hot grate, but coals to cook in down below.

P.S. If you're wondering why we've run two genius round-ups in the past month or so, it's because I'm finishing up the Genius Recipes book manuscript! Wish me luck, and I'll see you back here next week. But, in the meantime, I want to know your favorite, genius recipes for the grill (and any other summer saviors, while we're at it). 

Suzanne Goin's Grilled Pork Burgers

Pork burgers from Food52


Ignacio Mattos' Grilled Favas 

Grilled Favas from Food52


melissav's Grilled (or Broiled) Oysters with Sriracha-Lime Butter

Grilled oysters from Food52


lisina's Grilled Corn with Basil Butter

Grilled corn from Food52 


Steven Raichlen's Salt-Crusted Beef Tenderloin Grilled in Cloth (Lomo al Trapo) 

Salt-crusted tenderloin from Food52


inpatskitchen's Alabama-Style Chicken Kebabs

Alabama kebabs from Food52


fiveandspice's Grilled Bread with Thyme Pesto and Preserved Lemon Cream 

Grilled bread from Food52


Amanda Hesser's Sugar Steak with Bourbon  

Sugar Steak with Bourbon from Food52


Anna Klinger's Grilled Swiss Chard Stems with Anchovy Vinaigrette

Chard stems from Food52


Amanda Hesser's Grilled Squid Salad with Lemon, Capers, and Parsley

Squid salad from Food52


Ian Knauer's Sticky Balsamic Ribs 

Ribs from Food52


aargersi's Cedar Plank Grilled Loup de Mer (Sea Bass)

Sea bass from Food52


Beth Kirby | {local milk}'s Grilled Figs with Homemade Lavender Crème Fraîche

Grilled figs from Food52


Jamie Oliver's Smoked Beets 

Smoked beets from Food52


creamtea's Chicken Cutlets Grilled in Charmoula with Quick-Cured Lemon Confit

Chicken cutlets from Food52 


enbe's Grilled Peanut Tofu

Grilled peanut tofu from Food52


lisina's Salt & Pepper Babyback Ribs

Babyback ribs from Food52


Beth Kirby | {local milk}'s Grilled Okra with Sriracha Lime Salt

Grilled okra from Food52 


thirschfeld's Grilled Salsa

Grilled salsa from Food52


Waverly's Chicken al Mattone with Thyme Pesto

Chicken al Mattone from Food52


Gena Hamshaw's Black Bean and Corn Burgers

Black bean and corn burgers from Food52


thirschfeld's Grilled Bananas with Buttered Maple Sauce and English Almond Toffee 

Grilled bananas from Food52

Got a genius recipe to share -- from a classic cookbook, an online source, or anywhere, really? Please send it my way (and tell me what's so smart about it) at [email protected].

The Genius Recipes cookbook is here! (Well, almost.) The book is a mix of greatest hits from the column and unpublished new favorites -- all told, over 100 recipes that will change the way you think about cooking. It'll be on shelves in April, but you can pre-order your copy now.

Tags: genius, how-to & diy, grilling, summer