Whether you're grilling outside or breaking out a grill pan, these recipes are a must for your next cookout.

By Matthew A. Moore
July 02, 2020
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Photo: Jennifer Causey

Summer temperatures are sizzling around the country, meaning folks are breaking out their grills and grill pans for cookouts. And while the coronavirus has impacted the amount of people you may invite to the cookout, it doesn't mean you can't safely enjoy delicious grilled foods. You may just have to be more selective with your guest list, which means...more food for you!

But the question is: What are you going to grill? If you're like me, hamburgers, hot dogs, and plain chicken wings are too—dare I say—basic. If If I'm going to be grilling meats or veggies in a global pandemic, then I want a restaurant-worthy meal, dang it! That's why we reached out to Cooking Light Diet members via their Facebook Community to find out what they'd recommend. After all, people have been using the meal-planning service to satiate their grilled desires for over six years now, so they definitely have some favorite recipes earmarked that are worth making yourself. 

Below we've provided you with 16 of their favorite grilled recipes, whether they utilize an actual grill or a grill pan. All of these recipes can be easily scheduled into your Cooking Light Diet meal plans when you subscribe. And for even more delicious recipe suggestions, make sure and join the Facebook Community.

Grilled Chicken Breasts with Satay Sauce

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Satay sauce is a peanut-based sauce that gives this grilled chicken a nutty creaminess and some nice heat via Sriracha. This recipe also comes together in less than 30 minutes. (Avoid this recipe if you're feeding anyone with a peanut allergy.) 

The Ultimate Vegetarian Club Sandwich

Caitlin Bensel

For the vegetarian griller, this decadent club boasts 7 different kinds of veggies and can also help clear your sinuses thanks to a tablespoon of horseradish.

Honey-Brined Grilled Shrimp

Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez

This pescatarian pleaser is the perfect reason to use that local honey you purchased at the farmers market. 

Grilled Chicken with Honey-Chipotle BBQ Sauce

Photo: Squire Fox

Another great recipe to use that honey with, this main could be a great alternative to that same ole grilled chicken you've had in your wheelhouse.

Jerk Chicken with Grilled Pineapple Salsa

Photo: Hector Sanchez

Travel restrictions may prohibit your ability to vacation on a tropical island, so let this jerk chicken and flavorful marinade at least make your taste buds feel like they're on a sun-kissed beach.

Flank Steak with Tomato Bruschetta

Photo: Randy Mayor

Bring a taste of Italy into your home with delicious bruschetta. If you've grown your own tomatoes (which are likely thriving if you used this secret weapon), this recipe is a great incentive to share your harvest with the ones you love. 

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs

Photo: John Autry

This is one of the most popular Cooking Light chicken recipes of all time, which is reason enough to make it ASAP.

Roasted BBQ Drumsticks with Cowboy Beans

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Having personally made these drumsticks for friends, this author will attest to both the ease and deliciousness of this recipe.

Grilled Lemon Chicken Salad

Photo: Jennifer Causey

This zesty salad is high in protein (40g) but low in calories (342)—perfect for anyone who wants to grill but doesn't want to get too full.

Grilled Chicken Thighs with Pineapple, Corn, and Bell Pepper Relish

Photo: John Autry

The sweet-and-savory relish on these thighs combined with the 20-minute cook time makes this a recipe you'll want to cook again and again.

Grilled Flash-Marinated Skirt Steak

Photo: Jennifer Causey

The superfast garlic, soy sauce, and balsamic vinegar marinade for this skirt steak will have you tossing any other steak marinade recipes you know in the trash.

Beef and Bell Pepper Kebabs

Photo: Stephen Devries

When's the last time you had a kebab? Can't remember? That's reason enough to give this main a go.

Grilled Vegetable and Flank Steak Salad with Blue Cheese Vinaigrette

Photo: Jennifer Causey

If you're not a fan of blue cheese, you can easily substitute crumbled feta or grated Parmesan.

Teriyaki Chicken Drumsticks with Tropical Fruit Salad

Photo: Jennifer Causey

As the description reads on this recipe, "You'll find everything but the tiki torch in this updated retro classic."

Grilled Steak with Baby Arugula and Parmesan Salad

Photo: John Autry

This super-simple salad is a great go-to when time is of the essence and you don't want to get overly complicated in the kitchen.

Glazed Chicken and Szechuan Noodle Salad

Johnny Autry & Randy Mayor

Whip this up for the pasta-and-chicken-loving person in your family. They will love you forever (more so, anyway).

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