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8 Unlikely Grill Foods

8 Unlikely Grill Foods

Mix-up your usual go-to grilling foods with these unusual and delicious ideas

“Sure, let’s throw it on the grill,” is a phrase often heard around this time of year. While the foods being referred to tend to stay in the realm of burgers, hot dogs, steak, and chicken, there are plenty of grilling options out there. And no, I’m not just talking about grilling asparagus or corn (even though they're both delicious) or cooking fish instead of meat (again, another great option). I’m talking about foods you would never think of laying on those hot grates and branding with beautiful grill marks.

For instance, would you have ever imagined making Sunday brunch outside by grilling up some French toast? Or chowing down on barbecued lettuce? (It tastes better than it sounds.) The grill imparts a nice smoky flavor and char to foods, and more ingredients than you’d think benefit from this addition.

Sure, you could probably throw a griddle or a pan onto the grill and cook just about anything, but what about unusual foods you can just ‘throw on’?

We’ve compiled a few of our favorites and asked two cooking enthusiasts, the Food Network’s Aaron McCargo and Sam the Cooking Guy, for their most surprising items to grill. From grilled watermelon topped with smoky salt to grilled meatballs, we have plenty of new and exciting options for you to wow your friends and family with this cookout season.


15 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Grill

Wondering what to grill this Labor Day weekend when hamburgers and hot dogs have lost their luster? There’s a whole world of unusual alternative proteins to grill, but even beyond meat (no pun intended), you can throw so much more on the BBQ than you might be aware—with delicious results. So make room on your menu.

From all kinds of vegetables and fruit on through to dessert, these are some of our favorite unexpected things to grill all summer:

1. Grilled Avocado

One Chowhound raves about grilled avocado, “If you use a nice ripe one cut in slabs the texture gets kind of crisp on the outside, molten on the inside like foie gras.” That’s why we collected the best grilled avocado recipes around, plus ideas on how else to use them.

2. Grilled Lettuce

John E. Kelly / Photodisc / Getty Images

Leafy greens seem too delicate for the BBQ, but grilled romaine hearts get kissed by the flames and turn tender and silky yet still have some crunch. Not to mention that smoky flavor that pairs so well with whatever dressings and toppings you want to add. See how to make grilled romaine lettuce with plenty of ideas for turning it into the best summer salad you’ll ever eat.

3. Grilled Peas

We’re guessing you’ve never added these to your veggie skewers, but give peas a chance. Skewering the intact pods makes it easy to flip them and they pick up a perfect char, but you can also use a grill basket and tongs. Serve them as a snack, starter, or side with dips (from the usual creamy faves to chunky seasoning blends like Egyptian dukkah), drizzle with a simple vinaigrette or melt compound butter over top, or add them to a chunky summer salad.

4. Grilled Green Beans

Grilled green beans are also amazing, if less surprising if you love wok-charred beans, you can imagine how well they take to the BBQ treatment. We like a locking grill basket to keep these slender veggies secure, and once they’re blistered, dipping them into a Cajun spiced mayo is sublime. But you could also dress them with a dry fried string bean sauce, chili oil, romesco, or really anything else you want.

Nexgrill Flexible Grill Basket, $15.97 from Home Depot

5. Grilled Cucumber

We don’t tend to cook cucumbers—they’re usually eaten raw, and if they’re processed, it’s by pickling. But even these crisp, tender veggies can go on the grill. You can slice them like in this Grilled Strawberry and Cucumber Salad recipe, spear them à la this Shrimp and Cucumber Skewers recipe, or cut them in wedges as in this Grilled Cucumbers with Creamy Pickled Feta Dip recipe.

6. Grilled Potatoes

Baked potatoes, fried potatoes, and now, grilled potatoes. There’s no wrong way to eat a spud, but there is more than one method to BBQ them. In any case, we like to parboil them first since they’d burn before they’d cook all the way through on the grill (even if they’re cut into relatively small chunks for skewers). Check out our Grilled Potato Bacon Kebab recipe for one way to do it, and our Grilled Sweet Potato recipe (shown at the top of this page) for another.

7. Grilled Carrots

You can, if you are so inclined, make yourself an eerily convincing vegan carrot hot dog, but these sweet root vegetables also make a great grilled side dish for anything else you’re eating. If you have slender carrots, you can grill them whole over indirect heat, but if yours are larger, cut them lengthwise into skinnier sections first. Simple dressings with lemon or vinegar, oil, and herbs are all you need, but play around with spices too. Try this Grilled Carrot recipe with harissa and mint for starters.

8. Grilled Cheese

No, not the sandwich (though you could totally try it in a skillet on the grill, or, if you’re camping, wrapped in foil on over the fire), but actual grilled cheese. Firm halloumi is the classic choice for cooking on the grates, but with a little ingenuity, you can even BBQ soft, melting cheeses like brie. See our guide on how to grill cheese for all the details, and recipes of course.

9. Grilled Bread (Flatbread, Grilled Pizza, etc.)

While this might not be such an esoteric option any more, for anyone who hasn’t tried it yet, grilled pizza is too good to miss, so we must spread the word at every opportunity. And just as pizza dough does beautifully on the BBQ, so does flatbread simply follow your recipe up to the rolling out stage, then grill the rounds until golden and as charred as you want on each side (about 3-4 minutes), and serve with whatever dips and spreads and other grilled goodies you like.

But don’t forget about already baked loaves charred slices of baguette make a fab foundation for bruschetta, and grilled sourdough slices can be cut or torn into smoky croutons or turned into panzanella. Advanced grillers can even bake loaves of bread on their BBQ a good intermediate option is skillet cornbread on the grill.


15 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Grill

Wondering what to grill this Labor Day weekend when hamburgers and hot dogs have lost their luster? There’s a whole world of unusual alternative proteins to grill, but even beyond meat (no pun intended), you can throw so much more on the BBQ than you might be aware—with delicious results. So make room on your menu.

From all kinds of vegetables and fruit on through to dessert, these are some of our favorite unexpected things to grill all summer:

1. Grilled Avocado

One Chowhound raves about grilled avocado, “If you use a nice ripe one cut in slabs the texture gets kind of crisp on the outside, molten on the inside like foie gras.” That’s why we collected the best grilled avocado recipes around, plus ideas on how else to use them.

2. Grilled Lettuce

John E. Kelly / Photodisc / Getty Images

Leafy greens seem too delicate for the BBQ, but grilled romaine hearts get kissed by the flames and turn tender and silky yet still have some crunch. Not to mention that smoky flavor that pairs so well with whatever dressings and toppings you want to add. See how to make grilled romaine lettuce with plenty of ideas for turning it into the best summer salad you’ll ever eat.

3. Grilled Peas

We’re guessing you’ve never added these to your veggie skewers, but give peas a chance. Skewering the intact pods makes it easy to flip them and they pick up a perfect char, but you can also use a grill basket and tongs. Serve them as a snack, starter, or side with dips (from the usual creamy faves to chunky seasoning blends like Egyptian dukkah), drizzle with a simple vinaigrette or melt compound butter over top, or add them to a chunky summer salad.

4. Grilled Green Beans

Grilled green beans are also amazing, if less surprising if you love wok-charred beans, you can imagine how well they take to the BBQ treatment. We like a locking grill basket to keep these slender veggies secure, and once they’re blistered, dipping them into a Cajun spiced mayo is sublime. But you could also dress them with a dry fried string bean sauce, chili oil, romesco, or really anything else you want.

Nexgrill Flexible Grill Basket, $15.97 from Home Depot

5. Grilled Cucumber

We don’t tend to cook cucumbers—they’re usually eaten raw, and if they’re processed, it’s by pickling. But even these crisp, tender veggies can go on the grill. You can slice them like in this Grilled Strawberry and Cucumber Salad recipe, spear them à la this Shrimp and Cucumber Skewers recipe, or cut them in wedges as in this Grilled Cucumbers with Creamy Pickled Feta Dip recipe.

6. Grilled Potatoes

Baked potatoes, fried potatoes, and now, grilled potatoes. There’s no wrong way to eat a spud, but there is more than one method to BBQ them. In any case, we like to parboil them first since they’d burn before they’d cook all the way through on the grill (even if they’re cut into relatively small chunks for skewers). Check out our Grilled Potato Bacon Kebab recipe for one way to do it, and our Grilled Sweet Potato recipe (shown at the top of this page) for another.

7. Grilled Carrots

You can, if you are so inclined, make yourself an eerily convincing vegan carrot hot dog, but these sweet root vegetables also make a great grilled side dish for anything else you’re eating. If you have slender carrots, you can grill them whole over indirect heat, but if yours are larger, cut them lengthwise into skinnier sections first. Simple dressings with lemon or vinegar, oil, and herbs are all you need, but play around with spices too. Try this Grilled Carrot recipe with harissa and mint for starters.

8. Grilled Cheese

No, not the sandwich (though you could totally try it in a skillet on the grill, or, if you’re camping, wrapped in foil on over the fire), but actual grilled cheese. Firm halloumi is the classic choice for cooking on the grates, but with a little ingenuity, you can even BBQ soft, melting cheeses like brie. See our guide on how to grill cheese for all the details, and recipes of course.

9. Grilled Bread (Flatbread, Grilled Pizza, etc.)

While this might not be such an esoteric option any more, for anyone who hasn’t tried it yet, grilled pizza is too good to miss, so we must spread the word at every opportunity. And just as pizza dough does beautifully on the BBQ, so does flatbread simply follow your recipe up to the rolling out stage, then grill the rounds until golden and as charred as you want on each side (about 3-4 minutes), and serve with whatever dips and spreads and other grilled goodies you like.

But don’t forget about already baked loaves charred slices of baguette make a fab foundation for bruschetta, and grilled sourdough slices can be cut or torn into smoky croutons or turned into panzanella. Advanced grillers can even bake loaves of bread on their BBQ a good intermediate option is skillet cornbread on the grill.


15 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Grill

Wondering what to grill this Labor Day weekend when hamburgers and hot dogs have lost their luster? There’s a whole world of unusual alternative proteins to grill, but even beyond meat (no pun intended), you can throw so much more on the BBQ than you might be aware—with delicious results. So make room on your menu.

From all kinds of vegetables and fruit on through to dessert, these are some of our favorite unexpected things to grill all summer:

1. Grilled Avocado

One Chowhound raves about grilled avocado, “If you use a nice ripe one cut in slabs the texture gets kind of crisp on the outside, molten on the inside like foie gras.” That’s why we collected the best grilled avocado recipes around, plus ideas on how else to use them.

2. Grilled Lettuce

John E. Kelly / Photodisc / Getty Images

Leafy greens seem too delicate for the BBQ, but grilled romaine hearts get kissed by the flames and turn tender and silky yet still have some crunch. Not to mention that smoky flavor that pairs so well with whatever dressings and toppings you want to add. See how to make grilled romaine lettuce with plenty of ideas for turning it into the best summer salad you’ll ever eat.

3. Grilled Peas

We’re guessing you’ve never added these to your veggie skewers, but give peas a chance. Skewering the intact pods makes it easy to flip them and they pick up a perfect char, but you can also use a grill basket and tongs. Serve them as a snack, starter, or side with dips (from the usual creamy faves to chunky seasoning blends like Egyptian dukkah), drizzle with a simple vinaigrette or melt compound butter over top, or add them to a chunky summer salad.

4. Grilled Green Beans

Grilled green beans are also amazing, if less surprising if you love wok-charred beans, you can imagine how well they take to the BBQ treatment. We like a locking grill basket to keep these slender veggies secure, and once they’re blistered, dipping them into a Cajun spiced mayo is sublime. But you could also dress them with a dry fried string bean sauce, chili oil, romesco, or really anything else you want.

Nexgrill Flexible Grill Basket, $15.97 from Home Depot

5. Grilled Cucumber

We don’t tend to cook cucumbers—they’re usually eaten raw, and if they’re processed, it’s by pickling. But even these crisp, tender veggies can go on the grill. You can slice them like in this Grilled Strawberry and Cucumber Salad recipe, spear them à la this Shrimp and Cucumber Skewers recipe, or cut them in wedges as in this Grilled Cucumbers with Creamy Pickled Feta Dip recipe.

6. Grilled Potatoes

Baked potatoes, fried potatoes, and now, grilled potatoes. There’s no wrong way to eat a spud, but there is more than one method to BBQ them. In any case, we like to parboil them first since they’d burn before they’d cook all the way through on the grill (even if they’re cut into relatively small chunks for skewers). Check out our Grilled Potato Bacon Kebab recipe for one way to do it, and our Grilled Sweet Potato recipe (shown at the top of this page) for another.

7. Grilled Carrots

You can, if you are so inclined, make yourself an eerily convincing vegan carrot hot dog, but these sweet root vegetables also make a great grilled side dish for anything else you’re eating. If you have slender carrots, you can grill them whole over indirect heat, but if yours are larger, cut them lengthwise into skinnier sections first. Simple dressings with lemon or vinegar, oil, and herbs are all you need, but play around with spices too. Try this Grilled Carrot recipe with harissa and mint for starters.

8. Grilled Cheese

No, not the sandwich (though you could totally try it in a skillet on the grill, or, if you’re camping, wrapped in foil on over the fire), but actual grilled cheese. Firm halloumi is the classic choice for cooking on the grates, but with a little ingenuity, you can even BBQ soft, melting cheeses like brie. See our guide on how to grill cheese for all the details, and recipes of course.

9. Grilled Bread (Flatbread, Grilled Pizza, etc.)

While this might not be such an esoteric option any more, for anyone who hasn’t tried it yet, grilled pizza is too good to miss, so we must spread the word at every opportunity. And just as pizza dough does beautifully on the BBQ, so does flatbread simply follow your recipe up to the rolling out stage, then grill the rounds until golden and as charred as you want on each side (about 3-4 minutes), and serve with whatever dips and spreads and other grilled goodies you like.

But don’t forget about already baked loaves charred slices of baguette make a fab foundation for bruschetta, and grilled sourdough slices can be cut or torn into smoky croutons or turned into panzanella. Advanced grillers can even bake loaves of bread on their BBQ a good intermediate option is skillet cornbread on the grill.


15 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Grill

Wondering what to grill this Labor Day weekend when hamburgers and hot dogs have lost their luster? There’s a whole world of unusual alternative proteins to grill, but even beyond meat (no pun intended), you can throw so much more on the BBQ than you might be aware—with delicious results. So make room on your menu.

From all kinds of vegetables and fruit on through to dessert, these are some of our favorite unexpected things to grill all summer:

1. Grilled Avocado

One Chowhound raves about grilled avocado, “If you use a nice ripe one cut in slabs the texture gets kind of crisp on the outside, molten on the inside like foie gras.” That’s why we collected the best grilled avocado recipes around, plus ideas on how else to use them.

2. Grilled Lettuce

John E. Kelly / Photodisc / Getty Images

Leafy greens seem too delicate for the BBQ, but grilled romaine hearts get kissed by the flames and turn tender and silky yet still have some crunch. Not to mention that smoky flavor that pairs so well with whatever dressings and toppings you want to add. See how to make grilled romaine lettuce with plenty of ideas for turning it into the best summer salad you’ll ever eat.

3. Grilled Peas

We’re guessing you’ve never added these to your veggie skewers, but give peas a chance. Skewering the intact pods makes it easy to flip them and they pick up a perfect char, but you can also use a grill basket and tongs. Serve them as a snack, starter, or side with dips (from the usual creamy faves to chunky seasoning blends like Egyptian dukkah), drizzle with a simple vinaigrette or melt compound butter over top, or add them to a chunky summer salad.

4. Grilled Green Beans

Grilled green beans are also amazing, if less surprising if you love wok-charred beans, you can imagine how well they take to the BBQ treatment. We like a locking grill basket to keep these slender veggies secure, and once they’re blistered, dipping them into a Cajun spiced mayo is sublime. But you could also dress them with a dry fried string bean sauce, chili oil, romesco, or really anything else you want.

Nexgrill Flexible Grill Basket, $15.97 from Home Depot

5. Grilled Cucumber

We don’t tend to cook cucumbers—they’re usually eaten raw, and if they’re processed, it’s by pickling. But even these crisp, tender veggies can go on the grill. You can slice them like in this Grilled Strawberry and Cucumber Salad recipe, spear them à la this Shrimp and Cucumber Skewers recipe, or cut them in wedges as in this Grilled Cucumbers with Creamy Pickled Feta Dip recipe.

6. Grilled Potatoes

Baked potatoes, fried potatoes, and now, grilled potatoes. There’s no wrong way to eat a spud, but there is more than one method to BBQ them. In any case, we like to parboil them first since they’d burn before they’d cook all the way through on the grill (even if they’re cut into relatively small chunks for skewers). Check out our Grilled Potato Bacon Kebab recipe for one way to do it, and our Grilled Sweet Potato recipe (shown at the top of this page) for another.

7. Grilled Carrots

You can, if you are so inclined, make yourself an eerily convincing vegan carrot hot dog, but these sweet root vegetables also make a great grilled side dish for anything else you’re eating. If you have slender carrots, you can grill them whole over indirect heat, but if yours are larger, cut them lengthwise into skinnier sections first. Simple dressings with lemon or vinegar, oil, and herbs are all you need, but play around with spices too. Try this Grilled Carrot recipe with harissa and mint for starters.

8. Grilled Cheese

No, not the sandwich (though you could totally try it in a skillet on the grill, or, if you’re camping, wrapped in foil on over the fire), but actual grilled cheese. Firm halloumi is the classic choice for cooking on the grates, but with a little ingenuity, you can even BBQ soft, melting cheeses like brie. See our guide on how to grill cheese for all the details, and recipes of course.

9. Grilled Bread (Flatbread, Grilled Pizza, etc.)

While this might not be such an esoteric option any more, for anyone who hasn’t tried it yet, grilled pizza is too good to miss, so we must spread the word at every opportunity. And just as pizza dough does beautifully on the BBQ, so does flatbread simply follow your recipe up to the rolling out stage, then grill the rounds until golden and as charred as you want on each side (about 3-4 minutes), and serve with whatever dips and spreads and other grilled goodies you like.

But don’t forget about already baked loaves charred slices of baguette make a fab foundation for bruschetta, and grilled sourdough slices can be cut or torn into smoky croutons or turned into panzanella. Advanced grillers can even bake loaves of bread on their BBQ a good intermediate option is skillet cornbread on the grill.


15 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Grill

Wondering what to grill this Labor Day weekend when hamburgers and hot dogs have lost their luster? There’s a whole world of unusual alternative proteins to grill, but even beyond meat (no pun intended), you can throw so much more on the BBQ than you might be aware—with delicious results. So make room on your menu.

From all kinds of vegetables and fruit on through to dessert, these are some of our favorite unexpected things to grill all summer:

1. Grilled Avocado

One Chowhound raves about grilled avocado, “If you use a nice ripe one cut in slabs the texture gets kind of crisp on the outside, molten on the inside like foie gras.” That’s why we collected the best grilled avocado recipes around, plus ideas on how else to use them.

2. Grilled Lettuce

John E. Kelly / Photodisc / Getty Images

Leafy greens seem too delicate for the BBQ, but grilled romaine hearts get kissed by the flames and turn tender and silky yet still have some crunch. Not to mention that smoky flavor that pairs so well with whatever dressings and toppings you want to add. See how to make grilled romaine lettuce with plenty of ideas for turning it into the best summer salad you’ll ever eat.

3. Grilled Peas

We’re guessing you’ve never added these to your veggie skewers, but give peas a chance. Skewering the intact pods makes it easy to flip them and they pick up a perfect char, but you can also use a grill basket and tongs. Serve them as a snack, starter, or side with dips (from the usual creamy faves to chunky seasoning blends like Egyptian dukkah), drizzle with a simple vinaigrette or melt compound butter over top, or add them to a chunky summer salad.

4. Grilled Green Beans

Grilled green beans are also amazing, if less surprising if you love wok-charred beans, you can imagine how well they take to the BBQ treatment. We like a locking grill basket to keep these slender veggies secure, and once they’re blistered, dipping them into a Cajun spiced mayo is sublime. But you could also dress them with a dry fried string bean sauce, chili oil, romesco, or really anything else you want.

Nexgrill Flexible Grill Basket, $15.97 from Home Depot

5. Grilled Cucumber

We don’t tend to cook cucumbers—they’re usually eaten raw, and if they’re processed, it’s by pickling. But even these crisp, tender veggies can go on the grill. You can slice them like in this Grilled Strawberry and Cucumber Salad recipe, spear them à la this Shrimp and Cucumber Skewers recipe, or cut them in wedges as in this Grilled Cucumbers with Creamy Pickled Feta Dip recipe.

6. Grilled Potatoes

Baked potatoes, fried potatoes, and now, grilled potatoes. There’s no wrong way to eat a spud, but there is more than one method to BBQ them. In any case, we like to parboil them first since they’d burn before they’d cook all the way through on the grill (even if they’re cut into relatively small chunks for skewers). Check out our Grilled Potato Bacon Kebab recipe for one way to do it, and our Grilled Sweet Potato recipe (shown at the top of this page) for another.

7. Grilled Carrots

You can, if you are so inclined, make yourself an eerily convincing vegan carrot hot dog, but these sweet root vegetables also make a great grilled side dish for anything else you’re eating. If you have slender carrots, you can grill them whole over indirect heat, but if yours are larger, cut them lengthwise into skinnier sections first. Simple dressings with lemon or vinegar, oil, and herbs are all you need, but play around with spices too. Try this Grilled Carrot recipe with harissa and mint for starters.

8. Grilled Cheese

No, not the sandwich (though you could totally try it in a skillet on the grill, or, if you’re camping, wrapped in foil on over the fire), but actual grilled cheese. Firm halloumi is the classic choice for cooking on the grates, but with a little ingenuity, you can even BBQ soft, melting cheeses like brie. See our guide on how to grill cheese for all the details, and recipes of course.

9. Grilled Bread (Flatbread, Grilled Pizza, etc.)

While this might not be such an esoteric option any more, for anyone who hasn’t tried it yet, grilled pizza is too good to miss, so we must spread the word at every opportunity. And just as pizza dough does beautifully on the BBQ, so does flatbread simply follow your recipe up to the rolling out stage, then grill the rounds until golden and as charred as you want on each side (about 3-4 minutes), and serve with whatever dips and spreads and other grilled goodies you like.

But don’t forget about already baked loaves charred slices of baguette make a fab foundation for bruschetta, and grilled sourdough slices can be cut or torn into smoky croutons or turned into panzanella. Advanced grillers can even bake loaves of bread on their BBQ a good intermediate option is skillet cornbread on the grill.


15 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Grill

Wondering what to grill this Labor Day weekend when hamburgers and hot dogs have lost their luster? There’s a whole world of unusual alternative proteins to grill, but even beyond meat (no pun intended), you can throw so much more on the BBQ than you might be aware—with delicious results. So make room on your menu.

From all kinds of vegetables and fruit on through to dessert, these are some of our favorite unexpected things to grill all summer:

1. Grilled Avocado

One Chowhound raves about grilled avocado, “If you use a nice ripe one cut in slabs the texture gets kind of crisp on the outside, molten on the inside like foie gras.” That’s why we collected the best grilled avocado recipes around, plus ideas on how else to use them.

2. Grilled Lettuce

John E. Kelly / Photodisc / Getty Images

Leafy greens seem too delicate for the BBQ, but grilled romaine hearts get kissed by the flames and turn tender and silky yet still have some crunch. Not to mention that smoky flavor that pairs so well with whatever dressings and toppings you want to add. See how to make grilled romaine lettuce with plenty of ideas for turning it into the best summer salad you’ll ever eat.

3. Grilled Peas

We’re guessing you’ve never added these to your veggie skewers, but give peas a chance. Skewering the intact pods makes it easy to flip them and they pick up a perfect char, but you can also use a grill basket and tongs. Serve them as a snack, starter, or side with dips (from the usual creamy faves to chunky seasoning blends like Egyptian dukkah), drizzle with a simple vinaigrette or melt compound butter over top, or add them to a chunky summer salad.

4. Grilled Green Beans

Grilled green beans are also amazing, if less surprising if you love wok-charred beans, you can imagine how well they take to the BBQ treatment. We like a locking grill basket to keep these slender veggies secure, and once they’re blistered, dipping them into a Cajun spiced mayo is sublime. But you could also dress them with a dry fried string bean sauce, chili oil, romesco, or really anything else you want.

Nexgrill Flexible Grill Basket, $15.97 from Home Depot

5. Grilled Cucumber

We don’t tend to cook cucumbers—they’re usually eaten raw, and if they’re processed, it’s by pickling. But even these crisp, tender veggies can go on the grill. You can slice them like in this Grilled Strawberry and Cucumber Salad recipe, spear them à la this Shrimp and Cucumber Skewers recipe, or cut them in wedges as in this Grilled Cucumbers with Creamy Pickled Feta Dip recipe.

6. Grilled Potatoes

Baked potatoes, fried potatoes, and now, grilled potatoes. There’s no wrong way to eat a spud, but there is more than one method to BBQ them. In any case, we like to parboil them first since they’d burn before they’d cook all the way through on the grill (even if they’re cut into relatively small chunks for skewers). Check out our Grilled Potato Bacon Kebab recipe for one way to do it, and our Grilled Sweet Potato recipe (shown at the top of this page) for another.

7. Grilled Carrots

You can, if you are so inclined, make yourself an eerily convincing vegan carrot hot dog, but these sweet root vegetables also make a great grilled side dish for anything else you’re eating. If you have slender carrots, you can grill them whole over indirect heat, but if yours are larger, cut them lengthwise into skinnier sections first. Simple dressings with lemon or vinegar, oil, and herbs are all you need, but play around with spices too. Try this Grilled Carrot recipe with harissa and mint for starters.

8. Grilled Cheese

No, not the sandwich (though you could totally try it in a skillet on the grill, or, if you’re camping, wrapped in foil on over the fire), but actual grilled cheese. Firm halloumi is the classic choice for cooking on the grates, but with a little ingenuity, you can even BBQ soft, melting cheeses like brie. See our guide on how to grill cheese for all the details, and recipes of course.

9. Grilled Bread (Flatbread, Grilled Pizza, etc.)

While this might not be such an esoteric option any more, for anyone who hasn’t tried it yet, grilled pizza is too good to miss, so we must spread the word at every opportunity. And just as pizza dough does beautifully on the BBQ, so does flatbread simply follow your recipe up to the rolling out stage, then grill the rounds until golden and as charred as you want on each side (about 3-4 minutes), and serve with whatever dips and spreads and other grilled goodies you like.

But don’t forget about already baked loaves charred slices of baguette make a fab foundation for bruschetta, and grilled sourdough slices can be cut or torn into smoky croutons or turned into panzanella. Advanced grillers can even bake loaves of bread on their BBQ a good intermediate option is skillet cornbread on the grill.


15 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Grill

Wondering what to grill this Labor Day weekend when hamburgers and hot dogs have lost their luster? There’s a whole world of unusual alternative proteins to grill, but even beyond meat (no pun intended), you can throw so much more on the BBQ than you might be aware—with delicious results. So make room on your menu.

From all kinds of vegetables and fruit on through to dessert, these are some of our favorite unexpected things to grill all summer:

1. Grilled Avocado

One Chowhound raves about grilled avocado, “If you use a nice ripe one cut in slabs the texture gets kind of crisp on the outside, molten on the inside like foie gras.” That’s why we collected the best grilled avocado recipes around, plus ideas on how else to use them.

2. Grilled Lettuce

John E. Kelly / Photodisc / Getty Images

Leafy greens seem too delicate for the BBQ, but grilled romaine hearts get kissed by the flames and turn tender and silky yet still have some crunch. Not to mention that smoky flavor that pairs so well with whatever dressings and toppings you want to add. See how to make grilled romaine lettuce with plenty of ideas for turning it into the best summer salad you’ll ever eat.

3. Grilled Peas

We’re guessing you’ve never added these to your veggie skewers, but give peas a chance. Skewering the intact pods makes it easy to flip them and they pick up a perfect char, but you can also use a grill basket and tongs. Serve them as a snack, starter, or side with dips (from the usual creamy faves to chunky seasoning blends like Egyptian dukkah), drizzle with a simple vinaigrette or melt compound butter over top, or add them to a chunky summer salad.

4. Grilled Green Beans

Grilled green beans are also amazing, if less surprising if you love wok-charred beans, you can imagine how well they take to the BBQ treatment. We like a locking grill basket to keep these slender veggies secure, and once they’re blistered, dipping them into a Cajun spiced mayo is sublime. But you could also dress them with a dry fried string bean sauce, chili oil, romesco, or really anything else you want.

Nexgrill Flexible Grill Basket, $15.97 from Home Depot

5. Grilled Cucumber

We don’t tend to cook cucumbers—they’re usually eaten raw, and if they’re processed, it’s by pickling. But even these crisp, tender veggies can go on the grill. You can slice them like in this Grilled Strawberry and Cucumber Salad recipe, spear them à la this Shrimp and Cucumber Skewers recipe, or cut them in wedges as in this Grilled Cucumbers with Creamy Pickled Feta Dip recipe.

6. Grilled Potatoes

Baked potatoes, fried potatoes, and now, grilled potatoes. There’s no wrong way to eat a spud, but there is more than one method to BBQ them. In any case, we like to parboil them first since they’d burn before they’d cook all the way through on the grill (even if they’re cut into relatively small chunks for skewers). Check out our Grilled Potato Bacon Kebab recipe for one way to do it, and our Grilled Sweet Potato recipe (shown at the top of this page) for another.

7. Grilled Carrots

You can, if you are so inclined, make yourself an eerily convincing vegan carrot hot dog, but these sweet root vegetables also make a great grilled side dish for anything else you’re eating. If you have slender carrots, you can grill them whole over indirect heat, but if yours are larger, cut them lengthwise into skinnier sections first. Simple dressings with lemon or vinegar, oil, and herbs are all you need, but play around with spices too. Try this Grilled Carrot recipe with harissa and mint for starters.

8. Grilled Cheese

No, not the sandwich (though you could totally try it in a skillet on the grill, or, if you’re camping, wrapped in foil on over the fire), but actual grilled cheese. Firm halloumi is the classic choice for cooking on the grates, but with a little ingenuity, you can even BBQ soft, melting cheeses like brie. See our guide on how to grill cheese for all the details, and recipes of course.

9. Grilled Bread (Flatbread, Grilled Pizza, etc.)

While this might not be such an esoteric option any more, for anyone who hasn’t tried it yet, grilled pizza is too good to miss, so we must spread the word at every opportunity. And just as pizza dough does beautifully on the BBQ, so does flatbread simply follow your recipe up to the rolling out stage, then grill the rounds until golden and as charred as you want on each side (about 3-4 minutes), and serve with whatever dips and spreads and other grilled goodies you like.

But don’t forget about already baked loaves charred slices of baguette make a fab foundation for bruschetta, and grilled sourdough slices can be cut or torn into smoky croutons or turned into panzanella. Advanced grillers can even bake loaves of bread on their BBQ a good intermediate option is skillet cornbread on the grill.


15 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Grill

Wondering what to grill this Labor Day weekend when hamburgers and hot dogs have lost their luster? There’s a whole world of unusual alternative proteins to grill, but even beyond meat (no pun intended), you can throw so much more on the BBQ than you might be aware—with delicious results. So make room on your menu.

From all kinds of vegetables and fruit on through to dessert, these are some of our favorite unexpected things to grill all summer:

1. Grilled Avocado

One Chowhound raves about grilled avocado, “If you use a nice ripe one cut in slabs the texture gets kind of crisp on the outside, molten on the inside like foie gras.” That’s why we collected the best grilled avocado recipes around, plus ideas on how else to use them.

2. Grilled Lettuce

John E. Kelly / Photodisc / Getty Images

Leafy greens seem too delicate for the BBQ, but grilled romaine hearts get kissed by the flames and turn tender and silky yet still have some crunch. Not to mention that smoky flavor that pairs so well with whatever dressings and toppings you want to add. See how to make grilled romaine lettuce with plenty of ideas for turning it into the best summer salad you’ll ever eat.

3. Grilled Peas

We’re guessing you’ve never added these to your veggie skewers, but give peas a chance. Skewering the intact pods makes it easy to flip them and they pick up a perfect char, but you can also use a grill basket and tongs. Serve them as a snack, starter, or side with dips (from the usual creamy faves to chunky seasoning blends like Egyptian dukkah), drizzle with a simple vinaigrette or melt compound butter over top, or add them to a chunky summer salad.

4. Grilled Green Beans

Grilled green beans are also amazing, if less surprising if you love wok-charred beans, you can imagine how well they take to the BBQ treatment. We like a locking grill basket to keep these slender veggies secure, and once they’re blistered, dipping them into a Cajun spiced mayo is sublime. But you could also dress them with a dry fried string bean sauce, chili oil, romesco, or really anything else you want.

Nexgrill Flexible Grill Basket, $15.97 from Home Depot

5. Grilled Cucumber

We don’t tend to cook cucumbers—they’re usually eaten raw, and if they’re processed, it’s by pickling. But even these crisp, tender veggies can go on the grill. You can slice them like in this Grilled Strawberry and Cucumber Salad recipe, spear them à la this Shrimp and Cucumber Skewers recipe, or cut them in wedges as in this Grilled Cucumbers with Creamy Pickled Feta Dip recipe.

6. Grilled Potatoes

Baked potatoes, fried potatoes, and now, grilled potatoes. There’s no wrong way to eat a spud, but there is more than one method to BBQ them. In any case, we like to parboil them first since they’d burn before they’d cook all the way through on the grill (even if they’re cut into relatively small chunks for skewers). Check out our Grilled Potato Bacon Kebab recipe for one way to do it, and our Grilled Sweet Potato recipe (shown at the top of this page) for another.

7. Grilled Carrots

You can, if you are so inclined, make yourself an eerily convincing vegan carrot hot dog, but these sweet root vegetables also make a great grilled side dish for anything else you’re eating. If you have slender carrots, you can grill them whole over indirect heat, but if yours are larger, cut them lengthwise into skinnier sections first. Simple dressings with lemon or vinegar, oil, and herbs are all you need, but play around with spices too. Try this Grilled Carrot recipe with harissa and mint for starters.

8. Grilled Cheese

No, not the sandwich (though you could totally try it in a skillet on the grill, or, if you’re camping, wrapped in foil on over the fire), but actual grilled cheese. Firm halloumi is the classic choice for cooking on the grates, but with a little ingenuity, you can even BBQ soft, melting cheeses like brie. See our guide on how to grill cheese for all the details, and recipes of course.

9. Grilled Bread (Flatbread, Grilled Pizza, etc.)

While this might not be such an esoteric option any more, for anyone who hasn’t tried it yet, grilled pizza is too good to miss, so we must spread the word at every opportunity. And just as pizza dough does beautifully on the BBQ, so does flatbread simply follow your recipe up to the rolling out stage, then grill the rounds until golden and as charred as you want on each side (about 3-4 minutes), and serve with whatever dips and spreads and other grilled goodies you like.

But don’t forget about already baked loaves charred slices of baguette make a fab foundation for bruschetta, and grilled sourdough slices can be cut or torn into smoky croutons or turned into panzanella. Advanced grillers can even bake loaves of bread on their BBQ a good intermediate option is skillet cornbread on the grill.


15 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Grill

Wondering what to grill this Labor Day weekend when hamburgers and hot dogs have lost their luster? There’s a whole world of unusual alternative proteins to grill, but even beyond meat (no pun intended), you can throw so much more on the BBQ than you might be aware—with delicious results. So make room on your menu.

From all kinds of vegetables and fruit on through to dessert, these are some of our favorite unexpected things to grill all summer:

1. Grilled Avocado

One Chowhound raves about grilled avocado, “If you use a nice ripe one cut in slabs the texture gets kind of crisp on the outside, molten on the inside like foie gras.” That’s why we collected the best grilled avocado recipes around, plus ideas on how else to use them.

2. Grilled Lettuce

John E. Kelly / Photodisc / Getty Images

Leafy greens seem too delicate for the BBQ, but grilled romaine hearts get kissed by the flames and turn tender and silky yet still have some crunch. Not to mention that smoky flavor that pairs so well with whatever dressings and toppings you want to add. See how to make grilled romaine lettuce with plenty of ideas for turning it into the best summer salad you’ll ever eat.

3. Grilled Peas

We’re guessing you’ve never added these to your veggie skewers, but give peas a chance. Skewering the intact pods makes it easy to flip them and they pick up a perfect char, but you can also use a grill basket and tongs. Serve them as a snack, starter, or side with dips (from the usual creamy faves to chunky seasoning blends like Egyptian dukkah), drizzle with a simple vinaigrette or melt compound butter over top, or add them to a chunky summer salad.

4. Grilled Green Beans

Grilled green beans are also amazing, if less surprising if you love wok-charred beans, you can imagine how well they take to the BBQ treatment. We like a locking grill basket to keep these slender veggies secure, and once they’re blistered, dipping them into a Cajun spiced mayo is sublime. But you could also dress them with a dry fried string bean sauce, chili oil, romesco, or really anything else you want.

Nexgrill Flexible Grill Basket, $15.97 from Home Depot

5. Grilled Cucumber

We don’t tend to cook cucumbers—they’re usually eaten raw, and if they’re processed, it’s by pickling. But even these crisp, tender veggies can go on the grill. You can slice them like in this Grilled Strawberry and Cucumber Salad recipe, spear them à la this Shrimp and Cucumber Skewers recipe, or cut them in wedges as in this Grilled Cucumbers with Creamy Pickled Feta Dip recipe.

6. Grilled Potatoes

Baked potatoes, fried potatoes, and now, grilled potatoes. There’s no wrong way to eat a spud, but there is more than one method to BBQ them. In any case, we like to parboil them first since they’d burn before they’d cook all the way through on the grill (even if they’re cut into relatively small chunks for skewers). Check out our Grilled Potato Bacon Kebab recipe for one way to do it, and our Grilled Sweet Potato recipe (shown at the top of this page) for another.

7. Grilled Carrots

You can, if you are so inclined, make yourself an eerily convincing vegan carrot hot dog, but these sweet root vegetables also make a great grilled side dish for anything else you’re eating. If you have slender carrots, you can grill them whole over indirect heat, but if yours are larger, cut them lengthwise into skinnier sections first. Simple dressings with lemon or vinegar, oil, and herbs are all you need, but play around with spices too. Try this Grilled Carrot recipe with harissa and mint for starters.

8. Grilled Cheese

No, not the sandwich (though you could totally try it in a skillet on the grill, or, if you’re camping, wrapped in foil on over the fire), but actual grilled cheese. Firm halloumi is the classic choice for cooking on the grates, but with a little ingenuity, you can even BBQ soft, melting cheeses like brie. See our guide on how to grill cheese for all the details, and recipes of course.

9. Grilled Bread (Flatbread, Grilled Pizza, etc.)

While this might not be such an esoteric option any more, for anyone who hasn’t tried it yet, grilled pizza is too good to miss, so we must spread the word at every opportunity. And just as pizza dough does beautifully on the BBQ, so does flatbread simply follow your recipe up to the rolling out stage, then grill the rounds until golden and as charred as you want on each side (about 3-4 minutes), and serve with whatever dips and spreads and other grilled goodies you like.

But don’t forget about already baked loaves charred slices of baguette make a fab foundation for bruschetta, and grilled sourdough slices can be cut or torn into smoky croutons or turned into panzanella. Advanced grillers can even bake loaves of bread on their BBQ a good intermediate option is skillet cornbread on the grill.


15 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Grill

Wondering what to grill this Labor Day weekend when hamburgers and hot dogs have lost their luster? There’s a whole world of unusual alternative proteins to grill, but even beyond meat (no pun intended), you can throw so much more on the BBQ than you might be aware—with delicious results. So make room on your menu.

From all kinds of vegetables and fruit on through to dessert, these are some of our favorite unexpected things to grill all summer:

1. Grilled Avocado

One Chowhound raves about grilled avocado, “If you use a nice ripe one cut in slabs the texture gets kind of crisp on the outside, molten on the inside like foie gras.” That’s why we collected the best grilled avocado recipes around, plus ideas on how else to use them.

2. Grilled Lettuce

John E. Kelly / Photodisc / Getty Images

Leafy greens seem too delicate for the BBQ, but grilled romaine hearts get kissed by the flames and turn tender and silky yet still have some crunch. Not to mention that smoky flavor that pairs so well with whatever dressings and toppings you want to add. See how to make grilled romaine lettuce with plenty of ideas for turning it into the best summer salad you’ll ever eat.

3. Grilled Peas

We’re guessing you’ve never added these to your veggie skewers, but give peas a chance. Skewering the intact pods makes it easy to flip them and they pick up a perfect char, but you can also use a grill basket and tongs. Serve them as a snack, starter, or side with dips (from the usual creamy faves to chunky seasoning blends like Egyptian dukkah), drizzle with a simple vinaigrette or melt compound butter over top, or add them to a chunky summer salad.

4. Grilled Green Beans

Grilled green beans are also amazing, if less surprising if you love wok-charred beans, you can imagine how well they take to the BBQ treatment. We like a locking grill basket to keep these slender veggies secure, and once they’re blistered, dipping them into a Cajun spiced mayo is sublime. But you could also dress them with a dry fried string bean sauce, chili oil, romesco, or really anything else you want.

Nexgrill Flexible Grill Basket, $15.97 from Home Depot

5. Grilled Cucumber

We don’t tend to cook cucumbers—they’re usually eaten raw, and if they’re processed, it’s by pickling. But even these crisp, tender veggies can go on the grill. You can slice them like in this Grilled Strawberry and Cucumber Salad recipe, spear them à la this Shrimp and Cucumber Skewers recipe, or cut them in wedges as in this Grilled Cucumbers with Creamy Pickled Feta Dip recipe.

6. Grilled Potatoes

Baked potatoes, fried potatoes, and now, grilled potatoes. There’s no wrong way to eat a spud, but there is more than one method to BBQ them. In any case, we like to parboil them first since they’d burn before they’d cook all the way through on the grill (even if they’re cut into relatively small chunks for skewers). Check out our Grilled Potato Bacon Kebab recipe for one way to do it, and our Grilled Sweet Potato recipe (shown at the top of this page) for another.

7. Grilled Carrots

You can, if you are so inclined, make yourself an eerily convincing vegan carrot hot dog, but these sweet root vegetables also make a great grilled side dish for anything else you’re eating. If you have slender carrots, you can grill them whole over indirect heat, but if yours are larger, cut them lengthwise into skinnier sections first. Simple dressings with lemon or vinegar, oil, and herbs are all you need, but play around with spices too. Try this Grilled Carrot recipe with harissa and mint for starters.

8. Grilled Cheese

No, not the sandwich (though you could totally try it in a skillet on the grill, or, if you’re camping, wrapped in foil on over the fire), but actual grilled cheese. Firm halloumi is the classic choice for cooking on the grates, but with a little ingenuity, you can even BBQ soft, melting cheeses like brie. See our guide on how to grill cheese for all the details, and recipes of course.

9. Grilled Bread (Flatbread, Grilled Pizza, etc.)

While this might not be such an esoteric option any more, for anyone who hasn’t tried it yet, grilled pizza is too good to miss, so we must spread the word at every opportunity. And just as pizza dough does beautifully on the BBQ, so does flatbread simply follow your recipe up to the rolling out stage, then grill the rounds until golden and as charred as you want on each side (about 3-4 minutes), and serve with whatever dips and spreads and other grilled goodies you like.

But don’t forget about already baked loaves charred slices of baguette make a fab foundation for bruschetta, and grilled sourdough slices can be cut or torn into smoky croutons or turned into panzanella. Advanced grillers can even bake loaves of bread on their BBQ a good intermediate option is skillet cornbread on the grill.


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