Top steak kebabs on the grill, bottom left grilled peaches with ice cream on a white plate, bottom right hot dogs topped with condiments on a blue background.

20 Flavorful Grilling Recipes to Make Your Summer Cookout Sizzle

Need some flavorful grilling recipes that’ll make your summer cookout epic? This collection of recipes will give you plenty of ideas when planning your barbecue menu.

So fire up the grill, and get ready to make some steak kabobs, chicken Caprese, grilled watermelon salad, BBQ bacon burgers, and other summer dishes.

Steak Kabobs

Steak Kebabs  on metal skewers on the grill.
Photo Credit: Amanda’s Cookin’

The secret to these flavorful steak kabobs is the marinade made with soy sauce, brown sugar, bourbon, and other ingredients.

Get the Recipe: Steak Kabobs

Jamaican Jerk Chicken

Jerk Chicken on a white plate with lime wedges.
Photo Credit: Princess Pinky Girl

This jerk chicken recipe is packed with flavors of the Caribbean and has the best homemade marinade.

Get the Recipe: Jamaican Jerk Chicken

Grilled Peaches

Grilled Peaches with ice cream and berries on a white plate.
Photo Credit: Dinner at the Zoo

These peaches get perfectly caramelized on the grill and are finished off with some honey and cinnamon.

While you can serve these as a side, they make an amazing dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Peaches

BBQ Bacon Burger

BBQ bacon burger.
Photo Credit: Amanda’s Cookin’

This gourmet burger is seasoned with brown sugar, liquid heat, chili powder, and more.

Get the Recipe: BBQ Bacon Burgers

Chipotle Chicken Skewers

Kebabs with chicken and veggies on skewers on a baking sheet.
Photo Credit: Simply Stacie

These kebabs are made with chicken and chipotle chilis, as well as fresh summer produce like bell peppers and yellow squash.

Get the Recipe: Chipotle Chicken Skewers

Grilled Watermelon Salad

Grilled watermelon with various fruits.
Photo Credit: Budget Delicious

This grilled watermelon salad is loaded with blueberries and feta. It’s quite refreshing on a warm summer day.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Watermelon Salad

Surf and Turf Foil Packets

Surf and turf foil packet.
Photo Credit: xoxoBella

If you love steak and shrimp, you don’t have to pick, just throw some of these surf and turf foil packets on the grill.

Get the Recipe: Surf and Turf Foil Packets

Grilled Steak Strawberry Salad

Grilled Steak Strawberry Salad in a white bowl.
Photo Credit: The Creative Bite

This delicious salad is made with grilled steak and onions, strawberries, pistachios, and more.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Steak Strawberry Salad

Carne Asada Tacos

Carne asada tacos with limes.
Photo Credit: xoxoBella

This heavenly carne asada marinade recipe is a keeper; it’s made with fresh lime and orange juice.

Get the Recipe: Carne Asada Tacos

Sweet & Spicy Chicken Skewers

Grilled chicken skewers.
Photo Credit: Chew Out Loud

Say goodbye to bland chicken, you’ll love these sweet, and sour Asian chicken skewers.

Get the Recipe: Sweet & Spicy Chicken Skewers

Beer Brats

Three beer brats on a white plate.
Photo Credit: Our Love Language Is Food

Made with just four ingredients (one being beer, of course), these beer brats will get rave reviews from everyone.

Get the Recipe: Beer Brats

Hawaiian BBQ Chicken

Hawaiian barbecue chicken with grilled pineapples on a yellow plate.
Photo Credit: xoxoBella

Hawaiian barbecue chicken with grilled pineapples couldn’t be easier to make and is ready in only 25 minutes.

Get the Recipe: Hawaiian Barbecue Chicken

Grilled Corn Zucchini Salad

Grilled Corn Salad on a white plate.
Photo Credit: Amanda’s Cookin’

Charred pieces of corn and zucchini, as well as feta, come together to make this crowd-pleasing salad. Fresh lemon juice gives it even more summer flavor.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Corn Zucchini Salad

Grilled BBQ Chicken Flatbread

Grilled Chicken Flatbread a yellow towel.
Photo Credit: Princess Pinky Girl

If you’re looking for something different to grill instead of hotdogs and burgers, try this BBQ chicken and caramelized onion flatbread pizza.

If you haven’t had pizza cooked on the grill before, you’re missing out!

Get the Recipe: Grilled BBQ Chicken Flatbread

Grilled Watermelon and Balsamic Chicken

Chicken topped with watermelon, garnish, and cheese on a wood background.
Photo Credit: The Creative Bite

This chicken dish features a winning flavor combo of fresh mint, balsamic, and grilled watermelon.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Watermelon and Balsamic Chicken

Veggie Skewers

Grilled veggie skewers on a white background.
Photo Credit: The Forked Spoon

These veggie skewers are grilled to perfection in a garlic herb sauce.

This super popular recipe has been shared over 100,000 times on social media, so you know it will be tasty.

Get the Recipe: Veggie Skewers

Grilled Pineapple Spears

Grilled pineapple on a skewer on a white plate.
Photo Credit: Aleka’s Get-Together

Pineapple on the grill is already delicious and these skewers have a jalapeno honey glaze that makes them even more tasty.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Pineapple Spears

Chicken Caprese

Caprese chicken on a white plate with balsamic drizzle.
Photo Credit: Dinner at the Zoo

Nothing screams summer more than Caprese salad.

This dish takes all the fresh ingredients of Caprese salad such as tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, and balsamic, and combines them with chicken, yum!

Get the Recipe: Chicken Caprese

Cajun Shrimp Foil Packets

cajun shrimp foil packets
Photo Credit: The Forked Spoon

Cajun shrimp and asparagus come together in this healthy foil packet recipe that everyone will love. It’s ready in just 20 minutes.

Get the Recipe: Cajun Shrimp Foil Packets

New York Style Hot Dogs

New York style hot dogs.
Photo Credit: Life, Love, and Good Food

This gourmet hot dog recipe is topped with a mouthwatering homemade red pepper relish and onion sauce.

Get the Recipe: New York Style Hot Dogs

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