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Our 6 Grilling Blockbusters (Plus 11 Sleeper Hits)

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Burgers, hot dogs, chicken, ribs, kebabs: Everyone loves summer's grilling blockbusters. These are the foods we’ve been dreaming about for months; the ones we inhale seconds and thirds of with relish. They’re the E.T.s, Harry Potters, and Toy Story 3s of the food world.

And while we’re always hungry for the hits, there’s also something exciting about the less-expected winners—the Napoleon Dynamites and My Big Fat Greek Weddings. Like burgers stuffed with vegetables or grilled avocado, they're the ones we didn’t even know we needed.

To celebrate the season, we’ve gathered a bit of both for you to try at your next get-together. For even more ideas, check out Any Night Grilling, our hot-off-the-presses ode to all things charred and crispy. We promise your audience, er, guests won't stop talking about these.

The Big, Bold Favorites

Finger-Lickin' Finger Lakes Chicken
Finger-Lickin' Finger Lakes Chicken
Grilled Corn with Basil Butter
Grilled Corn with Basil Butter
The Ultimate Bratwurst
The Ultimate Bratwurst
Ian Knauer's Sticky Balsamic Ribs

Ian Knauer's Sticky Balsamic Ribs by Genius Recipes

Campfire Potatoes

Campfire Potatoes by Adam Rapoport

The Food Lab's Ultra-Smashed Cheeseburgers
The Food Lab's Ultra-Smashed Cheeseburgers

The Word-of-mouths You Can Trust

Grilled Bread Salad With Broccoli Rabe & Summer Squash

Grilled Bread Salad With Broccoli Rabe & Summer Squash by EmilyC

Rosé Can Chicken

Rosé Can Chicken by Grant Melton

Grilled Fennel Flatbread with Olives and Sultanas
Grilled Fennel Flatbread with Olives and Sultanas
Grilled Avocado "Guacamole" with Parmesan and Basil
Grilled Avocado "Guacamole" with Parmesan and Basil
Grilled Romaine with Corn and Creamy Anchovy Garlic Vinaigrette

Grilled Romaine with Corn and Creamy Anchovy Garlic Vinai... by Phyllis Grant

Salmon Kebabs with Radish Raita

Salmon Kebabs with Radish Raita by EmilyC

Beef & Kimchi Burgers
Beef & Kimchi Burgers
Spiralized Firecracker Hot Dogs

Spiralized Firecracker Hot Dogs by Grant Melton

Grilled Avocado with Ponzu Sauce

Grilled Avocado with Ponzu Sauce by Robbie Wilson

Grilled Banana with Chocolate and Crushed Peanut Brittle
Grilled Banana with Chocolate and Crushed Peanut Brittle
Grilled Watermelon with Tequila
Grilled Watermelon with Tequila

Looking for another hit? Check this out

We originally shared this list last month, but are bringing it back for the Fourth! What's your favorite unexpected dish to throw on the grill? Share recipes and menus in the comments below!


Tags: Grill/Barbecue