Ready to grill? (Always!) We offer 10 tips on how to grill for maximum taste—plus 10 easy grilling recipes. We’ve grilled flank steak with herbs, juicy burgers, salmon kabobs, corn and vegetables, and even pizza!
Most everything tastes better when grilled over an open fire—if done right.
Top 10 Tips for the Grill
Before we dive into the recipes, let’s go over some important grilling tips. Some of these you may know already—others, you may not!
Dust your grill grates with oil or cooking spray to keep food from sticking. Be sure to let the grates come to temperature before you begin cooking.
Bring ingredients to room temperature before you cook; they will then cook more evenly and quickly.
Remember the 4-by-4 rule to determine how hot your grill is: If you can keep your palm 4 inches over the coals for 4 seconds, it’s at medium heat.
For even browning of meat and poultry, pat the surface with a paper towel to remove moisture before grilling.
To prevent your steaks from curling on the grill, score the outer layer of fat at 1-inch intervals.
Refrain from pressing hamburger patties on the grill with a spatula or piercing meat with a fork; you’ll lose the juices. Use a spatula or tongs to move the meat around.
If you prefer skinless chicken, be sure to marinate the meat first; then baste frequently with leftover marinade during grilling.
Use fresh lemon juice in your marinades. It tenderizes meat, blends well with many flavors (from soy sauce and ginger to BBQ sauce), and accents other tastes.
Let meats rest at least 5 (if not 10) minutes before slicing them. The meat will reabsorb the juices it lost from cooking.
The best time to clean your grill is when the grates are still warm. With the back of a spatula, scrape anything on the grates into the fire, then use a wire brush to scrub the grates clean.
Bonus: Invest in an instant-read thermometer, which makes grilling easier and safer. You will insert this thermometer into the center of the steak to see if it’s done to your liking. For example, medium is 145 degrees. Well-done is 160 degrees. See our minimum temperatures for cooking meat.
10 Great Recipes for the Grill
Now that you’re a grilling expert, try these easy and delicious recipes! We’ve rounded up a selection of main dishes, sides, and desserts that all can be cooked on the grill.
This is a gourmet burger recipe for a special feast! (If you just want a good basic burger recipe, scroll down further.)
Not only are these salmon kabobs healthy and easy, but also they are full of flavor from the simple marinade.
3. Beef Kabobs
This is one of our favorite steak recipes! These Beef Kabobs soak in an easy, homemade marinade that adds flavor and zest.
Liven up your next barbecue with these Maple Barbecue Ribs. A reader of ours said it best: “EASY and LOVED by all my guests!”
While you can make our souvlaki sandwich with chicken or beef, but we highly recommend using lamb.
This pizza recipe won an Honorable Mention in the 2011 Almanac Garden-Fresh Recipe Contest.
Next time you think of grilling salmon, add this maple mustard glaze in minutes! The fragrance of sweet maple, tangy mustard, and lively ginger comes together for a great meal.
Baby zucchini squash are becoming more popular at summer farmers’ markets, and they make a gorgeous presentation. (You can also make this recipe with regular zucchini and summer squash!)
9. Grilled Flank Steak With Thyme (or Rosemary)
This is our go-to Grilled Flank Steak recipe—so mouthwatering and easy to prepare!
10. Chicken Satay
Skewered chicken flavored with peanuts and spices, this Chicken Satay is exotic enough to thrill the grownups, but mild enough for kids.
15 More Recipes for the Grill!
- Basic Hamburgers
- Grilled Eggplant
- Grilled Striped Bass With Grilled Corn and Watermelon Relish
- Swordfish Kabobs
- Grilled Pork Kabobs
- Grilled Lamb Kabobs
- Chicken Satay
- Island Beef Teriyaki
- Simple Steak
- Grilled Peach Glazed Chicken
- Campfire Smelt
- Hobo Packs
- Farmers’ Market Grilled Vegetable Platter
- Latin-Style Grilled Corn
- Grilled Radicchio
Browse our Picnic Recipes for side dishes to go with grilled food!
Anything here spark your interest? What do you like to BBQ and grill? Tell us in the comments!