12 Quick Grilling Recipes to Try This Summer

Grilled King Salmon with Meyer Lemon Relish Recipe
Photo: Victor Protasio

The best grilling recipes are often easier than you think. Combine the right ingredients for the sauce, seasoning, or marinade and you've got a winning dish to serve during grilling season for years to come. Simple side dishes and vegetable mains can be the star of the show with the perfect sear. We've rounded up plenty of quick and easy recipe options for your grilling pleasure. Read on for some of our favorites.

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Grilled Shrimp with Oregano and Lemon

Grilled Shrimp with Oregano and Lemon. Photo © John Kernick
© John Kernick

The sauce for this shrimp is a simple version of Italy's salmoriglio, typically made with lemon and herbs in a mortar. The sauce is also delicious spooned over grilled swordfish or any other meaty fish.

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Grilled Chicken Breasts with Lemon and Thyme

Grilled Chicken Breasts with Lemon and Thyme
© Ben Dearnley

A bold mixture of red pepper flakes, garlic, thyme, lemon juice, and olive oil serves as a spicy marinade for bone-in chicken breasts. If you want your chicken spicier still, increase the red pepper or leave the breasts in the marinade for an hour or two.

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Sausage Mixed Grill

Sausage Mixed Grill
© Con Poulos

Three types of sausage plus peppers and radicchio make for a fun assortment of flavors to pile on your plate. Be sure to prick fresh sausages all over before grilling to release the excess fat.

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Grilled Red Curry Chicken

Grilled Red Curry Chicken
© Tina Rupp

Roasting a whole chicken takes about an hour, but cut out the backbone and flatten the bird and it will grill perfectly in just 30 minutes. We like to rub the chicken all over with a very simple, Thai-inspired mix of red curry paste, coconut milk, and brown sugar.

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Spicy Apricot Wings

Spicy Apricot Wings
© MARCUS NILSSON

The apricot-based sauce that's brushed on these chicken wings before grilling provides plenty of zingy flavor, and the extra sauce is good for dipping. A refreshing wheat beer or fruity Pinot Gris would be a superb complement to the wings.

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Celery, Grilled Grape, and Mushroom Salad

Celery, Grilled Grape and Mushroom Salad
© Con Poulos

"Celery is a vegetable people either love or hate, and we try to get people to love all their vegetables," says chef Amanda Cohen. She balances out the celery's bitterness and crunch with meaty oyster mushrooms and grapes that have been grilled until almost bursting.

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Grilled King Salmon with Meyer Lemon Relish

Grilled King Salmon with Meyer Lemon Relish Recipe
Victor Protasio

Floral and lightly acidic salsa brings out the buttery, rich flavors of grilled salmon. Salmon is meaty enough to stay intact on a grill and gets meltingly tender as it cooks, and you can save the leftover salsa to serve with grilled lamb, chicken, or pork.

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Grilled Pork Chops with Honey Garlic Glaze

grilled pork chops with honey glaze
Chloe Crespi

A simple glaze, made of sticky-sweet honey, savory soy sauce, and fresh garlic, drenches each perfectly grilled pork chop in this recipe. For the most evenly cooked pork, with delicious char and grill marks, flip the pork frequently over high heat for the first several minutes of cooking, and then finish the meat on lower heat.

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Skillet Brownies on the Grill

Skillet Brownies on the Grill
Victor Protasio

Dessert deserves a place on the grill, too. These brownies take on a deliciously smoky flavor on the grill from "baking" in a skillet set over hot coals. Just remember to butter the skillet generously.

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Grilled Corn on the Cob with Calamansi Mayo

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Calamansi Mayo
Victor Protasio

Chef Sheldon Simeon's recipe for a Hawaiian twist on Mexican elote features grilled corn slathered in a creamy, cheesy calamansi mayonnaise, which gets its acidic twang from a sour citrus fruit native to the South Pacific (you can substitute Key limes in a pinch). Ichimi togarashi (Japanese chile flakes) add heat; and aonori (dried seaweed) flakes add umami oomph and island style.

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BLT Hot Dogs with Caraway Remoulade

BLT Hot Dogs with Caraway Remoulade
© Line Klein

Of course, classic hot dogs are never a bad idea on the grill, but if you're looking for an easy upgrade, this is it. These "BLT" hot dogs are topped with crispy bacon, fresh tomatoes, and crunchy lettuce dressed with creamy caraway-pickle mayonnaise.

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Grilled Shrimp and Lettuces with Charred Green Goddess Dressing

Grilled Shrimp and Lettuces with Charred Green Goddess Dressing Recipe
Eric Wolfinger

In a salad that's anything but boring, this grilled shrimp gets an extra boost from the green goddess dressing. Charring the dressing ingredients before making it lends a smoky depth to the whole dish.

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