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Our Favorite Grilled Dishes for Summer

by Cathy Carr

A large family outside enjoying a barbecue, with grandpa at the grill

Summer is here and that means it’s time to get grilling!

Everyone can appreciate a good summer cookout. Friends, food, fun in the sun—what’s not to love? But for all your get-togethers this summer, you need a menu that lets you make the most of the occasion and show off your grilling skills! These dishes are just the thing for a summer barbecue. So fire up that grill—let’s get cooking!

 

Skewers

Kababs are a classic grill dish. The best part about them is that you can mix and match your favorite meats, seafoods, and veggies! If you want some tried-and-true recipes to fall back on though, these three are sure to delight at your next cookout.

Pro Tip! The key to perfect kababs: invest in the right skewers. Flat, metal skewers keep your meats and veggies from sliding around, and you can reuse them again and again.

 

Burgers

Burgers might be one of the most common cookout meals, but they can be deceptively difficult to get just right. Think back to your last backyard picnic. Were the burgers dry? Crumbly? Burnt to a crisp? Chances are, those homemade burgers lifted straight from your brother-in-law’s grill weren’t as juicy and flavorful as the ones you can get from your favorite burger joint. With these tips though, you’ll have your whole family begging you to start up your own restaurant.

Pro Tip! A touch of olive oil helps your burger retain moisture and lock in the flavors of your salt and pepper seasoning.

 

Chicken

What’s summer without chicken fired on the grill?

What we like best about this recipe is that it gets away from traditional barbecue flavors. You don’t need heavy sauces to create a delectable grilled dish—the fresh, jalapeno yogurt sauce from this recipe perfectly embodies the spirit of summer and makes the basis of an amazing meal for any occasion.

Pro Tip! This dish saves well and tastes delicious cold. Feel free to make plenty and save some for salads and sandwiches throughout the week.

 

All the Rest

There’s no way we could cover all the delicious options you have when it comes to your summer grilling, so get creative! Try some new and unexpected dishes. Grilled pizza? Incredible. Burger bowls? Sign us up! From snacks to sides to main courses, there’s no limit to the deliciousness you can conjure up on your grill. Here are a few genius ideas to get you started:

 

Make sure you have all the right tools to kick off your summer the right way! Do you have the right grill? The perfect outdoor refrigeration? The know-how to put them to use? If the answer to any of those questions is “no,” come on by our store! Our team is ready to help you start your summer culinary adventures on the right foot.