Fire up the grill, it’s BBQ season! This ultimate guide to healthy grilling includes over 100 easy recipes and grilling ideas for dinner. With yummy recipes for grilled chicken, salmon, shrimp, ribs, burgers, vegetables, classic sides, and more you’ll have easy dinners all summer long.
From a backyard grill to an open campfire, nothing tastes better than food cooked over a fire. We grill year-round (even when we have to dig the grill out of a snowbank). But in the summer, I like to close the kitchen and cook everything outside.
For daily use, you can’t beat the convenience of a gas grill. It heats up quickly and you can control the heat easily. If you have more time, a wood fire or charcoal adds a great smoky flavor to your BBQ.
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Whether you use a gas grill or charcoal, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Always start with a clean grill. This will help keep food from sticking.
- Preheat the grill. Be sure to get it hot before you start cooking for a good sear.
- Use a meat thermometer to make sure your meat or poultry is done – not overdone – and it will come out juicy, tender, and perfect every time.
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Healthy Grilling Recipes
These easy grilling recipes are all healthy and gluten-free with many options that are low carb, keto, paleo and Whole30 friendly.
Chicken & Turkey Recipes
Grilled chicken is a classic. Whether you prefer chicken breasts or chicken thighs on the grill, this list gives you plenty of options. And don’t forget to try grilling turkey when you want to switch things up!
Beef & Pork Recipes
From juicy hamburgers to grass-fed steaks, sausages to lamb, there are plenty of delicious meaty recipe ideas to try here.
Fish & Shrimp Recipes
These fish on the grill recipes are perfect for quick and easy dinners. Whether you grill shrimp, lobster, or salmon, seafood is one of the fastest things to cook on the grill. Plus it keeps the mess outside and makes for easy cleanup.
Vegetables & Sides
So many vegetables are great on the grill. In fact, I can’t think of any that aren’t enhanced by the smoky grill flavor. Try your favorites with olive oil, salt and pepper for a simple side. Or try one of these tasty recipes.
Grilled Appetizers & Snacks
If you’re heating up the grill for dinner, why not throw the appetizers on first? These starters will give everyone something to munch on while you BBQ the main course.
Classic BBQ Sides & Sauces
Half the fun of a BBQ is the side dishes! These options cover all the classics from (sweet) potato salad to coleslaw to old school broccoli salad – all made healthy, paleo and gluten-free!
Make Ahead Desserts
Make-ahead desserts make dinner no-stress. Just put them out family-style and let everyone help themselves. There’s something here for everyone from vegan to keto. And all are gluten-free and paleo-friendly.
Desserts on the Grill
When you want to grill dessert too, here are some delicious grilled dessert recipes to try!
With all of these easy and healthy summer grilling recipes, you’ll never run out of dinner ideas!