It finally that time of year once again when the weather is getting warmer, the sun is staying out longer and the air is filled with the most decedent smell of charred goodies. Name something more perfect then getting together with your friends and family and grilling up some damn good food at a summer cookout. Of course, the classic hot dogs and burgers will never ever get old, but this summer lets try mixing it up a little with these BBQ grill recipes.
1. Grilled Steak Fajitas with Avocado Chimichurri
If you’re a steak lover like I am then you absolutely have to try this steak fajita skewer recipe. It’s one this to cook a steak but to lather it in avocado chimichurri and cook it alongside some crunchy veggies, is your watering already because mine is. Not only is this recipe scrumptious but it will essentially allow you to serve more people by cubing a full steak into multiple skewers.
2. Turkey Burgers
As we all know, burgers are life. Sinking your teeth into a juicy burger is next level no matter what kind it is. This summer try something different by using turkey rather than beef to make the burger patties. The lighter flavour of the white meet won’t leave you as full but will still satisfy your craving for a badass burger. Who knows, you might even like it better!
3. Spicy Grilled Shrimp Skewer
If you love shrimp like I do, then you have to try these spicy shrimp skewers. Maybe little unconventional but Grilled shrimp is always a good option for large gatherings. The seafood cooks fast and can be picked up in a grocery store fresh or frozen for pretty cheap. Not to mention, this recipe is super easy and no where near time consuming so sit back, relax and grill some shrimp.
4. Grilled Halloumi and Quinoa Salad
If you have never tried halloumi cheese, then there is literally not better time than the present. If you don’t know what halloumi is, it’s the cheese that doesn’t melt so it makes the perfect side at a BBQ cookout. Throw some slices of the indestructible cheese on the grill and make it as a perfect topper for this flavoursome grilled halloumi and quinoa salad.
5. Mexican Street Corn
What’s a BBQ cookout without some delectable sides anyways? Amp up a traditional BBQ corn and create an even more delicious grilled Mexican street corn. Taste the beautiful Spanish flavours lathered all over a perfectly grilled piece of corn. I have a feeling you might never make corn another way after you try this recipe.
6. Watermelon Feta Mint Salad
Whoever said you can’t make salad with watermelon has clearly never tried this watermelon feta mint salad before and that’s a totally shame because their missing out. Watermelon is a staple on a hot day at a BBQ cookout, so why not amp it up a little bit and create a gorgeous side salad that will pair perfectly with anything you are grilling.
7. Chimichurri BBQ Cauliflower Steaks
This chimichurri BBQ cauliflower steak recipe is definitely not just for the vegans or vegetarians in the crowd. The smoky flavours that fill your mouth with each bite you take is enough to make you question if you’re actually eating cauliflower. Top it off with a fresh chimichurri and squeeze a little lemon and you have yourself a fantastic option as a main or side dish.
8. Grilled Avocado
Who doesn’t love a good avocado dish, am I right people? Let me be the first person to tell you how your life will change the moment you take that precious ripe, bright green, gorgeous fruit and place it on the grill and cover it in hummus, tahini and a few other flavour enhancers. Just promise me you’ll enjoy every single little bit of this grilled avocado recipe.
9. Grilled Cinnamon Pineapple Kabobs
Just because it’s a BBQ cookout, certainly doesn’t mean you can’t grill up some dessert on the Q! Slice up a fresh pineapple, coat it in some delicious flavours and slide each piece onto a kabob. Place these little flavour sticks on the grill and take a deep breath, doesn’t it smell amazing?
10. Honey Grilled Peaches and Ice Cream
An absolute favourite of mine that I had to share because no one should ever miss out on the sweet perfection of this recipe, is honey grilled peaches and ice cream. The natural sugars of the peach caramelize into a smoky explosion of flavours that everyone has to experience at least once in their lifetime. Enjoy them on their own or top them off with some ice cream, honey and granola. Thank me later.