These grilled go-to recipes earned perfect marks from our readers.
A Cook in San Mateo, CA raved about this Indian-flavored dish. "We made this for Easter dinner and it was a big hit. The Apricot-Lime Sauce (which ends up being more like a chutney) is ambrosial and the curry-and-ginger rub makes the lamb chops taste divine just
by themselves, too. Everyone was picking up the chops to gnaw the last bits off the bones."
View Recipe: Curry- and Ginger-Rubbed Lamb Chops with Apricot-Lime Sauce
Doy92064 really loves the sauce for this simple grilled steak, saying, "Wow―the best pesto without all the oil that packs a nice spicy
taste. The pesto really complimented the grilled flatiron steak. Next time will double the recipe in hopes there will be some
View Recipe: Flank Steak with Cilantro-Almond Pesto
Even in a meal filled with great Cooking Light recipes, this recipe impressed shehockey: "Delicious! We made this for a progressive dinner that we had where we made all the appetizers, all from Cooking Light, and all Thai. Warning: the dressing is HOT!"
View Recipe: Grilled Beef Salad with Lemongrass Dressing
Though burgers are the epitome of casual grilling, these blue-cheese-filled patties add a touch of elegance. Reviewer liscali said, "These might just be the best burgers we've ever eaten. Although we followed the burger recipe faithfully, we like
our burgers on English muffins instead of buns with whole grain Dijon mustard. These burgers are as moist and flavorful as
they can be. Can't wait to serve them to company."
View Recipe: Grilled Blue Cheese Burgers
This full-flavored recipe impressed reviewer SuzyQ. "Made this last week for dinner with tabbouleh as a side dish―husband raved about it. The lemon flavor comes through well
and the chicken was very moist. Excellent!"
View Recipe: Grilled Chicken Thighs with Roasted Grape Tomatoes
This simple and fast grilled salad inspired hellnhevin to write, "REALLY GOOD! A highly enjoyable meal! I made it as a general salad, not an appetizer. I would definitely make
it for guests!"
View Recipe: Grilled Eggplant with Caramelized Onion and Fennel
The warm grill-charred fish and cool sweet-sour salsa combined to really inspire reviewer sewhappy91. "This was as good as you could find in any restaurant! I wouldn't change a thing."
View Recipe: Grilled Halibut and Fresh Mango Salsa
Mj312b is a novice griller, but that didn't make this dish any less easy or delicious. "This recipe was fantastic for me to put
together with ease. It will be one of my favorites and is great for quick and easy dinners. Great when company comes for dinner."
View Recipe: Grilled Italian Vegetables with Pasta
Reviewer Tommy the Italian knows just what to pair with this dish (though it could work as a main course, too). "Very good; followed recipe to the letter.
Recommend this very highly. Went well with a New York strip and a glass of Syrah wine."
View Recipe: Grilled Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
This simple dinner caught bmrobertson63's eye. "This dish was so easy and delicious. Always a crowd pleaser. Served with sweet potatoes and asparagus on the grill.
One kebab was more than enough to fill me up!"
View Recipe: Grilled Teriyaki Shrimp Kebabs
This summery recipe inspired reptileenthusiast to try something new. "The flavors of this salad match so well―smoky grilled red onions and red peppers, peppery arugula,
and sweet dressing. This was the first time that I had tried yellow tomatoes and they definitely added to the overall flavor
View Recipe: Grilled Vegetable, Arugula, and Yellow Tomato Salad
Not only does it take less than 30 minutes to prepare, this dish made reviewer emilykettering's night. "This dish was easy, fresh tasting, a perfect combination of sweet and spicy. I made it on a George Foreman grill,
served it with rice and steamed green beans and so it was a really easy dinner. My boyfriend said he'd rather eat this than
go out and pay for 'real' Indian food. Make it! You will love it!"
View Recipe: Indian-Spiced Chicken with Tomato Chutney
A little fish substitution didn't faze Maidajohn with this recipe. "This dish was excellent. I used swordfish because I couldn't get pompano. The sauce had a great flavor,
with a bit of a kick. I served basmati rice with it; a perfect combination to blend the flavors."
View Recipe: Pompano with Tropical Barbecue Glaze
Evans61169 had a great experience with this entrée-in-a-salad. "The flavors were wonderful and the presentation was beautiful. The pork
had gotten cool, so right before serving I heated up the pork slices on the grill with the onions. The pork was so juicy that
even this last minute heat-up didn't dry it out in the least. This is simple, but so tasty and beautiful that I will serve
it for company in the future."
View Recipe: Pork and Grilled Vegetable Salad
"If you like blackened-style steaks, this recipe is for you," says DaneanfromOregon. "It's definitely spicy and definitely good. I couldn't find ancho chile powder so just used regular chile powder. Wow―have
lots of water on hand. I served this with roasted red potatoes with garlic, sautéed mushrooms and asparagus."
View Recipe: Roadhouse Steaks with Ancho Chile Rub
Of this grill-smoked salsa, reviewer Jen says, "I've made this a few times and always receive rave reviews. It's my new favorite. I also add a little bit of this
salsa to the Roasted Garlic, Poblano, and Red Pepper Guacamole recipe for an extra kick."
View Recipe: Smoky Tomato Salsa
There are a lot of reasons to love this dish, says cathy: "Delicious!! Quick and easy. My husband usually prefers beef tacos and I was able to change his eating habits. I would make
them again and also they would work for a huge crowd."
View Recipe: Soft Chicken Tacos
The sweet-spicy rub on this dish is a favorite of diddywy2. "I thought this dish was fantastic. The spice mixture was a good balance of sweet and hot. I have put this in my tried and
proven recipe file and will be making it again for sure."
View Recipe: Spice-Rubbed Pork Skewers with Tomatoes
Daves1953 didn't want to make any changes to this grilled meal, saying "WOW! Even my 13-year-old son loved this! So did my 18-year-old
daughter! My wife thought it was just a bit too spicy, so next time I'll cut down on the heat a LITTLE BIT."
View Recipe: Tenderloin with Grilled Antipasto Vegetables
Singformi has made this recipe for years, and still loves it: "My husband and I have been using this recipe since it came out in Cooking
Light. It's easy and tasty and even better if you let it marinate for several days! It has become one of our staple dishes!
We serve it to friends and family and we eat it ourselves all the time. You can't miss with this one."
View Recipe: Tex-Mex Flank Steak and Vegetables
Spanish flavors inspire this simple but intense summery braise. Saffron gives the tomato broth a nutty complexity, while the
spice and heat of chorizo liven up the clams.
View Recipe: Grill-Braised Clams and Chorizo in Tomato-Saffron Broth
The stack of grilled eggplant, red onion, and zucchini are quite a mouthful but still tasty to eat.
View Recipe: Grilled Farmers' Market Sandwiches
Grilling alone gives meat a smoky flavor, and adding coffee to the concoction only makes this tender, melt-in-your-mouth brisket
that much better.
View Recipe: Coffee-Rubbed Texas-Style Brisket
Hickory wood and a robust rub give grilled shrimp a smoky and enticing flavor. The rémoulade cools down the dish with its
View Recipe: Cajun-Spiced Smoked Shrimp with Remoulade
The rich and creamy combination of bacon, cream cheese, and cheddar is a nice foil for the muted spice of grilled jalapeño
peppers. This recipe is a healthy, fresh alternative to the popular breaded and fried version. If making these poppers for
a party, you can stuff the peppers, cover, and chill. Then grill just before your guests arrive.
View Recipe: Grilled Stuffed Jalapeños
The dough develops a yeastier, more complex flavor from a 24-hour resting period in the refrigerator. You can also use store-bought
dough and begin with step 3.
View Recipe: Grilled Pizza with Prosciutto, Arugula, and Lemon
Flank steak gets some south-of-the-border flair when it's grilled and combined with paprika, cumin, and vegetables, then wrapped
up in a corn tortilla. For a winning combination, serve with a side of pico de gallo and chips.
View Recipe: Flank Steak Tacos
Wake up the typical butter topping to corn on the cob with a kick of jalapeño flavor.
View Recipe: Grilled Corn on the Cob with Roasted Jalapeño Butter
Use a peach that's just ripe so it's juicy but still holds its shape. King (also called chinook) salmon is the best quality
and works well in this dish, though sockeye works.
View Recipe: Grilled King Salmon with Tomato-Peach Salsa
Swap cheddar cheese for blue cheese mayo, then top with sweet vidalias for a burger that is sure to becoming a grilling hit.
View Recipe: Burgers with Blue Cheese Mayo and Sherry Vidalia Onions
Although this recipe calls for a regular globe eggplant, if you see baby eggplants or other fresh seasonal varieties, they
will work just as well in this tangy appetizer.
View Recipe: Eggplant Crostini
Shredded, grilled chicken thighs are dipped in Carolina-style barbecue sauce, a vinegar-based mix with mustard, a little honey,
seasonings, and butter.
View Recipe: Barbecue Chicken Sliders with Pickled Onions
Leftover eggplant puree from this recipe is perfect as a dip for toasted pita wedges. Marmite is a concentrated yeast paste
that helps give this burger meaty flavor—find it in supermarket baking aisles and health-food stores. Use sesame-poppy seed
View Recipe: Turkey Burgers with Roasted Eggplant
Mahimahi is simple and easy to prepare, as is the bacon-tomato butter. It's rich and sweet, and the dish is great served with
a salad, pasta, or fresh vegetables.
View Recipe: Mahimahi with Bacon-Tomato Butter
For a dish that's straight from the Mediterranean, serve with orzo tossed with crumbled feta cheese and pitted kalamata olives.
View Recipe: Greek-Style Skewers
With juicy lamb and the freshest squash, this is a perfect summer grilling recipe. Also, a quick blanching in boiling water
mellows the garlic slightly.
View Recipe: Grilled Lamb Chops with Roasted Summer Squash and Chimichurri
Although you can successfully prepare this colorful end-of-summer salad on a gas grill, charcoal will imbue the vegetables
with extra flavor. You can easily substitute white wine vinegar for the champagne vinegar without compromising the flavor
of the dish.
View Recipe: Charred Vegetable Salad
Citrus-laced mojo and tangy relish add big flavor to this Latin classic.
View Recipe: Cuban Sandwiches
For an out-of-the-ordinary first course, offer guests a wedge of this veggie-topped pizza with smoky flavor from the grill.
Start with purchased fresh pizza dough; many supermarkets now offer fresh dough in their delis or bakeries.
View Recipe: Grilled Pizza with Asparagus and Caramelized Onion
Mild halibut pairs nicely with this tangy relish, starring tasty late-summer tomatoes. Any other meaty, firm fish, such as
wild salmon or striped bass, will also work.
View Recipe: Halibut with Grilled Tomato and Olive Relish