Easy Grilling Recipes—And 10 Tips for Grilling Success

What's Good on a Grill!

June 27, 2019
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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!

  1. 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.

  2. Bring ingredients to room temperature before you cook; they will then cook more evenly and quickly.

  3. 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.

  4. For even browning of meat and poultry, pat the surface with a paper towel to remove moisture before grilling.

  5. To prevent your steaks from curling on the grill, score the outer layer of fat at 1-inch intervals.

  6. 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.

  7. If you prefer skinless chicken, be sure to marinate the meat first; then baste frequently with leftover marinade during grilling.

  8. 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.

  9. Let meats rest at least 5 (if not 10) minutes before slicing them. The meat will reabsorb the juices it lost from cooking.

  10. 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. 

1. Super Summer Burgers 

This is a gourmet burger recipe for a special feast! (If you just want a good basic burger recipe, scroll down further.)

Photo credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner

2. Grilled Salmon Kabobs

Not only are these salmon kabobs healthy and easy, but also they are full of flavor from the simple marinade.

Photo: Vankad/shutterstock

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. 

Photo: Sam Jones/Quinn Brein

4. Maple Barbecue Ribs

Liven up your next barbecue with these Maple Barbecue Ribs. A reader of ours said it best: “EASY and LOVED by all my guests!”


5. Souvlaki Sandwich

While you can make our souvlaki sandwich with chicken or beef, but we highly recommend using lamb. 

Photo credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner

6. Grilled Summer Tomato Pizza with Tuna, Cannellini, and Fennel 

This pizza recipe won an Honorable Mention in the 2011 Almanac Garden-Fresh Recipe Contest.


7. Grilled Salmon With Maple Mustard Glaze 

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.

Photo credit: Anna Hoychuk/Shutterstock

8. Grilled Baby Vegetables With Garlic-Saffron Butter 

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!)

Photo credit: Vezzani Photography/Shutterstock

9. Grilled Flank Steak With Thyme (or Rosemary)

This is our go-to Grilled Flank Steak recipe—so mouthwatering and easy to prepare! 

Photo: hlphoto/shutterstock

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. 

Photo: Sam Jones/Quinn Brein

15 More Recipes for the Grill!

See our Guide to Grilling Vegetables

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!

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Your Grilling recipes

Many of the items you have on you list of ten, we do here on the Fruita Funny Farm, as we call our little 1/4 ac prop, in the little town of Fruita, CO We Grill, Smoke, and Cook often, outdoors 12 months a year. I do much salmon, as well as rotisserie chicken and rib roast. You need and use the thermometer, on the grill like you would in the oven. Salmon Fillets on or off ceder boards, at 425 degrees for 18 to 20 minutes. Perfect. Marinate or season to taste prior to grilling though.