May 19, 2024

78 Best Weeknight Grilled Dinners

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Grilled Shrimp Piccata Skewers

PHOTO: JULIA GARTLAND; FOOD STYLING: BARRETT WASHBURNE

Chicken piccata is an Italian American staple we love so much, we had to transform it into a summertime staple. These grilled shrimp piccata skewers are the perfect combination of juicy, charred shrimp, bright lemon zest, briny capers, and white wine butter sauce that will make your friends beg you for the recipe. Since it only takes 45 minutes from start to finish, it’s ideal for everything from a backyard bash to a quick weeknight dinner.

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Grilled Stuffed Peppers

grilled bell peppers stuffed with meat and cheese
PHOTO: JULIA GARTLAND; FOOD STYLING: BARRETT WASHBURNE

This untraditional method for cooking stuffed peppers will become a new tradition in your house once you fire up the grill and get a batch going. Why grill your stuffed peppers? Because it’s summer and we want to be outside! Don’t stay indoors and turn on the hot oven. Instead, step outside to the grill and take advantage of the great weather and the nice smoky charred flavor grilling brings to this classic comfort dish.

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Steak Kebab Bowls

steak kebabs with peppers on top of orzo with a spinach cucumber salad
PHOTO: RACHEL VANNI; FOOD STYLING: ADRIENNE ANDERSON

Nothing screams summer quite like rainbow veggie kebabs dotted with succulent cubes of marinated steak, charred to perfection over the grill. We complete this dish by resting the kebabs over a bed of crunchy spinach and cucumber salad tossed in a garlicky tahini dressing, plus a pile of herby orzo, which is toasted until golden before being gently simmered in savory chicken stock. More tahini dressing is drizzled over the whole bowl, tying everything together in a vibrant array of colors, flavors, textures, and temperatures.

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Grilled Teriyaki Cauliflower Steaks

grilled teriyaki cauliflower steaks on a platter with more teriyaki sauce and scallions
PHOTO: RACHEL VANNI; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON
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Grilled Romaine Caesar Wedge

grilled romaine lettuce wedge topped with caesar dressing and croutons on a white platter
PHOTO: JOSEPH DE LEO; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Grilling romaine for this wedge salad gives them just a slight char that goes perfectly with Caesar dressing. Serve whole as is, or chop your romaine hearts and toss them for easier eating.

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Grilled Beer Brats

grilled beer brats
Andrew bui

Tailgating and backyard BBQs are life and these beer brats are the easiest way to chow down come game time. They take almost zero cooking skills (you do have to know how to turn the grill on) to get perfectly charred brats topped with flavor-packed caramelized onions and peppers. First, the brats get burnish on the grill. Then they finish off in a simmering beer bath alongside the veg. Use whatever beer you like to drink, but not IPAs (India Pale Ales), which are brewed to be hoppy (i.e., bitter).

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Grilled Portobello Tacos

grilled portobello tacos topped with cabbage slaw, avocado, and queso fresco
PHOTO: BRYAN GARDNER; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON
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Grilled Zucchini With Ricotta & Walnuts

skewered and grilled zucchini planks topped with herby whipped ricotta and crunchy toasted walnuts
PHOTO: RACHEL VANNI; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Grilled zucchini is already plenty delicious on its own, but adding a few dollops of herby whipped ricotta and crunchy toasted walnuts will transform how you look at the humble squash. Instead of leaving the zucchini in their traditional slices, we threaded them onto skewers to lessen the amount of direct contact the zucchini had with the grill and create contrasting textures. The ribboning also creates plenty of nooks and crannies for the creamy ricotta and walnuts to settle.

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Grilled Honey-Chipotle Salmon Foil Packets With Summer Squash

grilled honey chipotle salmon foil packets with summer squash
RACHEL VANNI

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Grilled Cabbage “Steaks”

grilled cabbage steaks topped with bacon, sour cream and chives
PHOTO: RACHEL VANNI; FOOD STYLING: MAKINZE GORE
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Grilled Persian Chicken

grilled chicken with grilled lemon wedges, tomatoes topped with parsley and mint
PHOTO: BRYAN GARDNER; FOOD STYLING: MAKINZE GORE

When it comes to marinades, yogurt-based sauces are pretty classic. Proteins are tenderized without becoming tough, even after longer marinating times. When the meat is cooked, the remaining yogurt caramelizes and creates a prize-worthy crust. In short, we’re big fans. We’ve marinated tons of proteins with it, but we’re always thinking, “What’s next?” In this case, it’s Persian-spiced grilled chicken with tomatoes and lemons, served with tons of fresh herbs over fluffy jasmine rice. Trust us, this dish has flavors and textures for days.

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Hawaiian Chicken Skewers

chicken, pineapple, and peppers on a skewer basted with teriyaki
PHOTO: ANDREW BUI; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Whether we’re looking for a creative BBQ main, an easy weeknight dinner or party side, grilled skewers are one of our go-to’s all season long. While we have plenty of favorite protein + veggie combinations, these Hawaiian chicken skewers just might be one of our favorites. With sweet pineapple, chicken, red bell peppers, and onion all basted in a sweet teriyaki-style sauce, these skewers are the ultimate summer dinner.

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Grilled Steak Salad

grilled steak salad with avocado, blue cheese, cherry tomatoes and red onions
PHOTO: ERIK BERNSTEIN; FOOD STYLING: BARRETT WASHBURNE

This salad is simple enough for a weeknight but worthy of planning a get-together around, thanks to its star ingredient—ribeye steak. You’ll grill it (and red onions), then combine it with cherry tomatoes, blue cheese, basil, and a drizzle of tangy balsamic dressing, turning it into the kind of impressive-but-secretly-easy dish you’ll be making all the time.

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14

Best Ever Burger

burger
Parker feierbach

There are about a 100 ways to top a hamburger, and we’re not here to tell you what goes into yours. But it is our duty to make sure that you’re cooking your burgers as deliciously as possible. With a few super-simple techniques and shopping tips, you’ll be a burger master in no time.

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15

California Grilled Chicken

california grilled chicken topped with avocado, tomato, mozzarella and balsamic
PHOTO: ROCKY LUTEN; FOOD STYLING: MAKINZE GORE

♫ California looove …♫ Balsamic vinegar, garlic powder, honey, oil, and Italian seasoning come together here for a lovely marinade that goes perfectly with in-season tomatoes and creamy avocado.

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Pesto Shrimp Skewers

shrimp skewers with pesto
PHOTO: RACHEL VANNI; FOOD STYLING: MAKINZE GORE
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Cowboy Steak With Grilled Red Onion Salad

cowboy steak
PHOTO: ERIK BERNSTEIN; FOOD STYLING: MARY RUPP

Unleash your inner Bill Pickett and feed your whole posse with this hearty, flavorful cut of beef. Ribeye is already praised for its fattiness, but leaving the bone in takes it to a new level. As the meat cooks, the rich, deeply beefy flavors of the bone’s marrow seep into the meat, creating an unbeatable steak-eating experience.

Get the Cowboy Steak With Grilled Red Onion Salad recipe.

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Thai-Inspired Grilled Cauliflower Steaks

thai grilled cauliflower steaks
Andrew bui

We found the perfect funky balance of sweet, sour, salty, and spicy in this Thai-inspired sauce to blanket your cauliflower steaks. Try the sauce, and if needed, balance it out to your taste with brown sugar for more sweetness, red pepper flakes for more heat, lime juice for more pucker, and salt.

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Grilled Cod With Romesco Sauce

grilled cod on top of a spread of romesco sauce on a white plate topped with herbs
PHOTO: BRYAN GARDNER; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Inspiration for this quick and easy recipe comes from the Catalan province of Tarragona in Spain. Nutty, smoky romesco sauce was originally created to serve alongside the region’s abundant seafood, so it goes together with this grilled cod like peanut butter goes with jelly but, you know, fancier.

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20

Summer Panzanella

grilled panzanella salad
Andrew bui

Panzanella salad is one of those recipes that truly tastes like summer. It’s one that you want to make in peak season—when the tomatoes are extra juicy, the squash slightly sweet, and the basil extra cheap. To give this classic dish more flavor, we grill the bread, zucchini, and onion until charred, then toss those with the remaining ingredients.

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