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40 Recipes to Kick Off Your Grilling Season

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The sun is shining! The birds are singing! You're gazing down a stretch of days towards Memorial Day weekend, and you're itching to do nothing except lay in a hammock with a lemonade or a gin and tonic or both. It's also the unofficial, trumpeting beginning to a summer full of lazy grilling—and to celebrate, we've rounded up 40 of our favorite grilling recipes—chicken, seafood, beefy, porky, vegetables, burgers, and lots of fun extras—to start you off. (That means, if you wanted to, you could crank the grill tonight and keep going, one recipe a day, until almost July. Go for it!)

Chicken

Tamarind Chicken
Tamarind Chicken
Negima Yakitori
Negima Yakitori
Thai Grilled Chicken with Hot and Sweet Dipping Sauce
Thai Grilled Chicken with Hot and Sweet Dipping Sauce
Beer Can Chicken
Beer Can Chicken
Kevin Gillespie's Barbecue Chicken with Alabama White Barbecue Sauce
Kevin Gillespie's Barbecue Chicken with Alabama White Barbecue Sauce
Shish Taouk with Toum (Chicken Kebabs with Garlic Sauce)
Shish Taouk with Toum (Chicken Kebabs with Garlic Sauce)
Aromatic Grilled Chicken Thighs
Aromatic Grilled Chicken Thighs

Seafood

Grilled Swordfish with Lemon and Caper Sauce
Grilled Swordfish with Lemon and Caper Sauce
Grilled Whole Branzino with "Greek Fish Sauce"
Grilled Whole Branzino with "Greek Fish Sauce"
Grilled (or Broiled) Oysters with a Sriracha Lime Butter
Grilled (or Broiled) Oysters with a Sriracha Lime Butter
Grilled Fish Hoagies with Za’atar, Harissa Aioli, and Carrot Cilantro Pickle
Grilled Fish Hoagies with Za’atar, Harissa Aioli, and Carrot Cilantro Pickle
Spicy Shrimp
Spicy Shrimp

The Beefy

Simple Sicilian-Style Grilled Steak
Simple Sicilian-Style Grilled Steak
Bloody Mary Steak Salad
Bloody Mary Steak Salad
Sugar Steak with Bourbon
Sugar Steak with Bourbon

The Porky

Ian Knauer's Sticky Balsamic Ribs
Ian Knauer's Sticky Balsamic Ribs
Chris Schlesinger & John Willoughby's Grilled Sausage and Cornbread Salad
Chris Schlesinger & John Willoughby's Grilled Sausage and Cornbread Salad
Salt & Pepper Babyback Ribs
Salt & Pepper Babyback Ribs
Simple Summer Pork Chops with Balsamic-Pepper Plum Reduction and Fresh Thyme
Simple Summer Pork Chops with Balsamic-Pepper Plum Reduction and Fresh Thyme
Ribs with Black Currant Barbecue Sauce
Ribs with Black Currant Barbecue Sauce

Vegetables Galore

Grilled Corn with Basil Butter
Grilled Corn with Basil Butter
Grilled Avocado Halves with Cumin-Spiced Quinoa and Black Bean Salad
Grilled Avocado Halves with Cumin-Spiced Quinoa and Black Bean Salad
Ignacio Mattos’ Grilled Favas
Ignacio Mattos’ Grilled Favas
Fully Grilled Caesar Salad
Fully Grilled Caesar Salad
Anna Klinger's Grilled Swiss Chard Stems with Anchovy Vinaigrette
Anna Klinger's Grilled Swiss Chard Stems with Anchovy Vinaigrette
Grilled English Peas
Grilled English Peas

Burgers of All Stripes

Banh Burgers
Banh Burgers
Texas Tailgate Burger
Texas Tailgate Burger
Shrimp Burgers with Roasted Garlic-Orange Aioli
Shrimp Burgers with Roasted Garlic-Orange Aioli
Black Bean and Corn Burgers
Black Bean and Corn Burgers
Larb Burgers
Larb Burgers
Bacon-Stuffed Burgers with Pimento Cheese and Avocado
Bacon-Stuffed Burgers with Pimento Cheese and Avocado
Salmon Burgers with Avocado Aioli
Salmon Burgers with Avocado Aioli
Fiendishly Tasty Bacon Turkey Burgers
Fiendishly Tasty Bacon Turkey Burgers
Pistachio Lamb Burger with Tzatziki
Pistachio Lamb Burger with Tzatziki
Herbed Chicken Burgers with Spicy Aioli
Herbed Chicken Burgers with Spicy Aioli

The Wonderful Rest

Grilled Flatbread
Grilled Flatbread
Grilled Peanut Tofu
Grilled Peanut Tofu
Tempeh Kebabs with Homemade Barbecue Sauce
Tempeh Kebabs with Homemade Barbecue Sauce
Grilled Lemon Halloumi
Grilled Lemon Halloumi

What's the first thing you christen the grill with at the start of the grilling season? Tell us in the comments below.

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