Better Than Burgers: 28 Unique Grilling Recipes
Ah, summer. Fire up the grill and invite everyone over for a BBQ party! But don’t break out the frozen burger patties and hot dogs just yet. Try these 28 delicious and unique grilling recipes instead!
Stay home and serve yourself this popular appetizer by cooking your own onion blossoms on the grill! These are much healthier than the restaurant version. You’ll need a cedar plank, but you could easily use foil in a pinch.
2. Jalapeno and Cheese Grilled Chicken
There’s also bacon involved in this unique grilling recipe! A brine is part of the recipe to make the chicken juicy, but you could skip this step if you’re short on time.
You’ll look like the coolest person on the planet when you nonchalantly toss a pizza dough on the grill and create this amazing grilled shrimp pizza with salsa verde. So much fun (and so delicious). For more pizza recipes, click here.
4. Grilled Portobello Mushroom Tacos
This is a great vegetarian dish that might fool you into thinking you’re eating meat in your grilled tacos! Slowly grill portobello mushrooms and slice them up. Put them in your grilled tortillas, add some colorful and flavorful condiments, and eat up! Find more taco recipes here.
5. Jamaican Street Corn
Similar to the ubiquitous Mexican street corn, this amazing grilled corn recipe is covered with a mayo mixture that includes curry and jerk seasoning and then the whole thing is dipped in flaked coconut. Sweet, savory, and spicy all in one!
6. Bruschetta Grilled Stuffed Mushrooms
In this unique grilling recipe, marinated mushrooms are grilled and then stuffed with tomatoes, panko bread crumbs, and parmesan cheese… and then grilled AGAIN. Yum.
Steak isn’t exactly an unique choice for the grill, but this marinade is! It includes whiskey and will add a kick to your favorite cut of steak.
8. Simple Grilled Tuscan Pork Chops
Maybe you don’t immediately think of pork chops when you’re deciding on a meat to grill, but this grilled pork chop recipe proves that you should. Italian dressing, balsamic vinegar, honey, and rosemary all combine to make this great grilled meat dish.
9. Chunky Pineapple Glazed Jerk Dry Rubbed Baby Back Ribs
The pineapple in this baby back ribs recipe cools down the spicy jerk spice rub. Be generous with the spice rub and enjoy the combination of spicy and sweet while you chomp on your ribs!
Add a Mediterranean flavor to your next BBQ party with this Greek grilled pork dish!
11. Grilled Potato Salad with Scallion Vinaigrette
Skip the typical potato salad loaded with mayo and make this delicious and healthy grilled potato salad! If jalapeno is too spicy for you, you can just leave it out.
If you’re not a fan of brussels sprouts, try this grilled recipe and see if it changes your perspective on the vegetable!
13. Smoked Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings
This grilled appetizer is so simple and so decadent! Brush onion rings with hot sauce and then wrap bacon around them. That’s it!
14. Grilled Avocado with Shrimp Salad
Here’s a healthier grilled recipe that is full of nutritional powerhouses. Avocado and shrimp are both so delicious and so healthy; combine both on the grill for a tasty and light dish.
15. Grilled Peach Salad and Mint Pesto
Try this grilled peach salad for your next dinner party! It looks and tastes fancy, but is pretty simple to put together.
16. Grilled Veggie Sandwich with Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce
The rhubarb barbecue sauce is the star here, but this recipe is a good reminder that grilled vegetables make a wonderful sandwich!
17. Memphis-Style Dry-Rub BBQ Tofu
Tofu on the grill? You bet! Add a Memphis-style dry rub to take it to the next level and stick your tofu pieces on a skewer.
18. Honey Balsamic Glazed Carrots
Peeled and halved carrots do really well on the grill, especially when glazed with honey and balsamic vinegar.
19. Grilled Cabbage Wedges with Spicy Lime Dressing
This amazing grilled cabbage side dish will go awesome with any main dish. Be generous with the Thai-inspired dressing!
20. Sweet and Spicy Shrimp, Pineapple, and Bacon Skewers
These grilled shrimp skewers with bacon and pineapple are lavish enough for a special party, yet so simple to make that you can just as easily serve them at a poker game.
21. Grilled Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic, and Parmesan
Try this great little vegetarian side dish that’s easy and quick to cook on the grill. You can’t go wrong with tomatoes, basil, and garlic!
22. Italian Eggplant, Pepper, and Mozzarella Stacks
You’ll have fun assembling these eggplant, red pepper, and mozzarella stacks after grilling the vegetables to perfection. Let the cheese melt between the slices of the vegetables and dig in!
23. Grilled Halloumi Cheese Skewers
Halloumi is a tasty firm cheese that can be cooked on the grill. Put it on skewers along with onions and mushrooms for a fab grilling entree!
24. Steak and Pineapple Skewers
It’s evident that skewers are so versatile on the grill when you look at this list of unique grilling recipes! Here’s another skewer recipe, this time with pineapples and marinated steak.
25. BBQ Bacon Meatball Skewers
Wrap chicken meatballs with bacon and stick a skewer in each to hold everything together. Heat them up on the grill and enjoy these little bites of meat deliciousness.
Boil red potatoes before smashing them and cooking them over the grill. You’ll enjoy these much more than boring old french fries or potato chips!
Watermelon is a staple at BBQ parties, but did you know that they also taste great off the grill? This grilled watermelon recipe includes honey, chopped mint, and lime. Great for dessert!
28. Grilled Pineapple with Nutella and Macadamia Nuts
Pineapple is another fruit that does great on the grill. You could simply cut up pieces of pineapple and throw them on the grill, but this unique grilling recipe involves nutella and macadamia nuts. Now, that’s a dessert that’s worthy of the grill!
Get your grill ready for lots of cooking this summer with these delicious recipes! Which one will you try first? I’ve got my eye on the grilled cabbage wedges!
“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”