40 Top-Rated Grill Recipes

These grilled go-to recipes earned perfect marks from our readers.

This dish can be dressed up for a holiday dinner, or served as a casual summer meal.

Randy Mayor 

Curry- and Ginger-Rubbed Lamb Chops with Apricot-Lime Sauce

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 left over!"

Randy Mayor 

Flank Steak with Cilantro-Almond Pesto

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 left over!"

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!"

Karry Hosford

Grilled Beef Salad with Lemongrass Dressing

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.

Becky Luigart-Stayner

Grilled Blue Cheese Burgers

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!"

Becky Luigart-Stayner 

Grilled Chicken Thighs with Roasted Grape Tomatoes

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

Grilled Eggplant with Caramelized Onion and Fennel

Randy Mayor 

Grilled Eggplant with Caramelized Onion and Fennel

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

Grilled Halibut and Fresh Mango Salsa

Becky Luigart-Stayner 

Grilled Halibut and Fresh Mango Salsa

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

Grilled Italian Vegetables with Pasta

Grilled Italian Vegetables with Pasta

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."

Becky Luigart-Stayner 

Grilled Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

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!"

 Randy Mayor

Grilled Teriyaki Shrimp Kebabs

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

Grilled Vegetable, Arugula, and Yellow Tomato Salad

Jeff Kauck 

Grilled Vegetable, Arugula, and Yellow Tomato Salad

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 mix."

View Recipe: Grilled Vegetable, Arugula, and Yellow Tomato Salad

Indian-Spiced Chicken with Tomato Chutney

Randy Mayor 

Indian-Spiced Chicken with Tomato Chutney

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

Pompano with Tropical Barbecue Glaze

Karry Hosford 

Pompano with Tropical Barbecue Glaze

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

Pork and Grilled Vegetable Salad

 Randy Mayor

Pork and Grilled Vegetable Salad

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

Roadhouse Steaks with Ancho Chile Rub

Randy Mayor

Roadhouse Steaks with Ancho Chile Rub

"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

Smoky Tomato Salsa

Becky Luigart-Stayner 

Smoky Tomato Salsa

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."

Dennis Gottlieb

Soft Chicken Tacos

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

Spice-Rubbed Pork Skewers with Tomatoes

Randy Mayor 

Spice-Rubbed Pork Skewers with Tomatoes

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

Tenderloin with Grilled Antipasto Vegetables

Randy Mayor

Tenderloin with Grilled Antipasto Vegetables

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

Tex-Mex Flank Steak and Vegetables

Becky Luigart-Stayner 

Tex-Mex Flank Steak and 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

Grill-Braised Clams and Chorizo in Tomato-Saffron Broth Recipe

Anna Williams 

Grill-Braised Clams and Chorizo in Tomato-Saffron Broth

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

Grilled Farmers' Market Sandwiches Recipe

John Autry 

Grilled Farmers' Market Sandwiches

The stack of grilled eggplant, red onion, and zucchini are quite a mouthful but still tasty to eat.

View Recipe: Grilled Farmers' Market Sandwiches

Coffee-Rubbed Texas-Style Brisket Recipe

John Autry 

Coffee-Rubbed Texas-Style Brisket

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

Cajun-Spiced Smoked Shrimp with Remoulade Recipe

Charles Masters 

Cajun-Spiced Smoked Shrimp with Remoulade

Hickory wood and a robust rub give grilled shrimp a smoky and enticing flavor. The rémoulade cools down the dish with its creamy texture.

View Recipe: Cajun-Spiced Smoked Shrimp with Remoulade

 

Grilled Stuffed Jalapeños Recipe

John Autry 

Grilled Stuffed Jalapeños

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.

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Grilled Pizza with Prosciutto, Arugula, and Lemon Recipe

Anna Williams 

Grilled Pizza with Prosciutto, Arugula, and Lemon

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 Tacos Recipe

Levi Brown 

Flank Steak Tacos

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

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Roasted Jalapeño Butter Recipe

Anna Williams 

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Roasted Jalapeño Butter

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

Grilled King Salmon with Tomato-Peach Salsa Recipe

John Autry 

Grilled King Salmon with Tomato-Peach Salsa

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

Burgers with Blue Cheese Mayo and Sherry Vidalia Onions Recipe

Anna Williams 

Burgers with Blue Cheese Mayo and Sherry Vidalia Onions

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

Eggplant Crostini Recipe

John Autry 

Eggplant Crostini

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

Barbecue Chicken Sliders with Pickled Onions Recipe

  

Barbecue Chicken Sliders with Pickled Onions

Shredded, grilled chicken thighs are dipped in Carolina-style barbecue sauce, a vinegar-based mix with mustard, a little honey, seasonings, and butter.

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Turkey Burgers with Roasted Eggplant Recipe

Charles Masters 

Turkey Burgers with Roasted Eggplant

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 buns.

View Recipe: Turkey Burgers with Roasted Eggplant

Mahimahi with Bacon-Tomato Butter Recipe

John Autry 

Mahimahi with Bacon-Tomato Butter

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

Greek-Style Skewers Recipe

Randy Mayor 

Greek-Style Skewers

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

Grilled Lamb Chops with Roasted Summer Squash and Chimichurri Recipe

John Autry 

Grilled Lamb Chops with Roasted Summer Squash and Chimichurri

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

 

Charred Vegetable Salad Recipe

Becky Luigart-Stayner 

Charred Vegetable Salad

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.

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Cuban Sandwiches Recipe

Becky Luigart-Stayner 

Cuban Sandwiches

Citrus-laced mojo and tangy relish add big flavor to this Latin classic.

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Grilled Pizza with Asparagus and Caramelized Onion Recipe

Becky Luigart-Stayner 

Grilled Pizza with Asparagus and Caramelized Onion

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

 

Halibut with Grilled Tomato and Olive Relish Recipe

Becky Luigart-Stayner 

Halibut with Grilled Tomato and Olive Relish

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

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