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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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3 Comments

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. <br />Celina in Alberta, Canada (Where BBQ is a religion)