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20 Best BBQ and Grilling Recipes

    This list of the 20 best BBQ and grilling recipes will have you chilling in the backyard all season long.

    Grilling Chicken and Eggplant

    Is there any season better than grilling season? As a busy mom, I love the inherent “mess-free” nature of cooking the entire meal out on the grill, and then eating outside as well! Whether it’s grilled chicken, a juicy burger, veggies or seafood, I am all in for any meal prepared outdoors. For beef lovers or for those who need an easy, veggie dish, look no further. I’ve put together a compilation of my 20 Best BBQ and Grilling Recipes for your next gathering.

    Grilling Chicken

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    How far in advance should I marinate my meat before grilling?

    Depending on the cut of meat, you should marinate it for at least 30 minutes or as long as 8 hours. I like to marinate in the fridge overnight. Typically speaking, the tougher the cut of meat (such as a flank steak), the longer the ideal marinate time. On the other hand, if you’re working with a tender boneless piece of chicken, you don’t need more than 30 minutes or so.

    Should I use direct or indirect heat for grilling?

    I’d recommend direct heat (which is when the food is directly on top of the fire) for relatively small pieces of food that are more tender. This would include anything that cooks in 20 minutes or less. But if you are grilling a tougher cut of meat that requires more than 20 minutes, I’d suggest indirect heat which is when the fire is on either side of the food but not directly under it.

    What temperature should I pre-heat my grill to before cooking?

    It’s best to pre-heat your grill for 10-15 minutes before you plan to cook your food, or until it reaches a temperature of 500F degrees. But the ideal temp varies depending on what you’re cooking, so always check the recipe.

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    20 Best BBQ and Grilling Recipes

    Slow Cooked BBQ Pulled Chicken

    5 stars average
    8 hours 15 minutes
    This sweet and tangy Slow Cooked BBQ Pulled Chicken is coated with flavorful seasonings and slowly cooked in light beer until it's juicy and fall-apart tender.  It's incredibly versatile and perfect for an easy weeknight dinner option!
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    A Plate of Three Sandwiches with Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken

    Best BBQ Grilled Chicken

    4.67 stars average
    35 minutes
    Sharing my secrets to the best grilled BBQ chicken – tender and juicy every single time!
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    Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Cabbage Slaw

    4.84 stars average
    21 minutes
    These quick and easy grilled shrimp tacos with cabbage slaw are ready in 15 minutes! Perfect for a busy weeknight dinner!
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    Greek Turkey Burgers with Creamy Tzatziki Sauce

    4.29 stars average
    23 minutes
    Greek-style turkey burgers are grilled to perfection and topped with a creamy garlic and dill tzatziki sauce. Protein packed and exploding with flavor, these Greek burgers are a healthy addition to any BBQ.
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    Homemade Turkey Burgers

    Grilled Asparagus with Lemon and Za’atar

    4 stars average
    15 minutes
    A fast and easy side dish recipe, asparagus is coated with lemon and za'atar and grilled until slightly charred.
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    Grilled Lebanese Chicken Tawook

    4.50 stars average
    20 minutes
    This lemony, garlicky Lebanese chicken marinade results in tender, juicy chicken every single time. Serve chicken tawook on salads, over rice or in a pita.
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    Grilled Chicken Tawook Recipe

    5 Step Grilled Vegetable Pasta

    5 stars average
    25 minutes
    This quick and easy vegetarian pasta recipe is made with grilled peppers, eggplant and onions tossed in olive oil, oregano, garlic, and Parmesan cheese.
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    Grilled Veggie Pasta with Parmesan

    Lamb Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce

    5 stars average
    20 minutes
    These juicy Greek spiced lamb burgers are topped with a cool and creamy tzatziki sauce. Perfect for summer entertaining!
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    Grilled Corn and Zucchini Salad with Feta and Basil

    5 stars average
    20 minutes
    This summery salad is made with grilled corn and zucchini tossed with creamy feta and fresh basil. The ideal side dish for backyard cookouts and barbecues!
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    Grilled Corn and Zucchini Salad

    Smoky Grilled Pork Chops

    4.50 stars average
    25 minutes
    A quick and easy weeknight dinner recipe, these smoky grilled pork chops are ready in just 15 minutes! 
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    Grilled Pork Chops Healthy Dinner Recipe

    Grilled Salmon with Lemon Garlic Sauce

    4.34 stars average
    25 minutes
    Loaded with Omega 3's and ready in under 30 minutes, this grilled salmon with lemon garlic sauce is sure to please any palette.
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    Grilled Corn with Barbecue Sauce

    4.50 stars average
    8 minutes
    The ultimate 10-minute side dish, your family will love this fast and easy grilled corn with barbecue sauce recipe.
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    Barbecue Grilled Corn

    Bunless Cheeseburgers with Sriracha Ketchup

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    30 minutes
    These low carb, gluten free cheeseburgers are served in a lettuce wrap with sweet and spicy ketchup.
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    Low Carb Gluten Free Cheeseburgers

    Grilled Eggplant Parmesan

    5 stars average
    30 minutes
    A healthy, fresh spin on the Italian food classic, you’re going to love this hearty and delicious grilled eggplant Parmesan. The ultimate vegetarian comfort food recipe!
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    Grilled Pizza with Pesto and Mozzarella

    4.75 stars average
    16 minutes
    This fast and easy grilled pizza recipe is made with bright pesto, fresh mozzarella and topped with a lemony arugula salad.
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    Grilled Pesto Pizza with Fresh Mozzarella - A fast and easy summer pizza recipe

    Rosemary Chicken Breasts

    4.08 stars average
    20 minutes
    Garlic and lemon not only make this rosemary chicken breast recipe tasty but also packs 30 g of protein per 218 calorie serving.
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    Grilled Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

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    20 minutes
    Grilled flank steak is marinated and finished with a fresh and fragrant chimichurri sauce packed with cilantro, garlic and oregano.
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    Grilled Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce - a flavorful dinner recipe

    Greek Marinated Grilled Vegetables

    3.87 stars average
    20 minutes
    Grilled vegetables are marinated with fresh herbs, lemon juice, garlic and olive oil to create a simple and delicious side dish. Great roasted or broiled.
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    Greek Marinated Grilled Eggplant and Summer Squash - The Lemon Bowl

    Chipotle Grilled Chicken Breasts

    4.77 stars average
    21 minutes
    Easy to prepare, chicken breasts are marinated in a sweet and smoky honey chipotle sauce and then grilled to juicy and tender perfection. 
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    Grilled Eggplant with Tahini Sauce

    4.80 stars average
    20 minutes
    Eggplant is grilled until tender and smoky then drizzled with a creamy, tahini-lemon sauce.
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    Liz DellaCroce

    Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families. Click Here To Subscribe to my newsletter:

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