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27 Genius Recipes for the Grill

May 24, 2017

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 27.

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.

Speedy Romeo's Grilled Pizza with Marinated Tomatoes & Ricotta

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grilled pizza with marinated tomatoes and ricotta


Kevin Gillespie's Barbecue Chicken with Alabama White Barbecue Sauce

Grilled Chicken Legs with Alabama White Barbecue Sauce 


April Bloomfield’s Grilled Vegetable Vinaigrette

April Bloomfield's Grilled Vegetable Vinaigrette


Ian Knauer's Sticky Balsamic Ribs 

Ribs from Food52


Chris Schlesinger & John Willoughby's Grilled Sausage and Cornbread Salad

Grilled Sausage Cornbread Salad with Tomato & Avocados


EmilyC's Grilled Bread Salad with Broccoli Rabe and Summer Squash


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


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

Every week, Food52's Creative Director Kristen Miglore is unearthing recipes that are nothing short of genius. 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].

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I'm an ex-economist, ex-Californian who moved to New York to work in food media in 2007. Dodgy career choices aside, I can't help but apply the rational tendencies of my former life to things like: recipe tweaking, digging up obscure facts about pizza, and deciding how many pastries to put in my purse for "later."


Equator180 May 29, 2017
The fish is NOT on a cedar PLANK!!! It is end grain, prone to chips in your food and cheap, a plank is wood cut with the grain, not across it...
glutwin May 28, 2017
Thank you a thousand times for all of these incredible ideas for the summer outdoor grilling season...As I tend to do the same things over and over again..this assemblage breathes new life into our outdoor eating mode...Much appreciation. I love you Food 52!!
SeaGrey May 29, 2014
Oh my, I'm not sure where I should start. These look so fabulous and interesting. I'll make my way through every recipe, seasonally.
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