Get fired up for summer potlucks!
If you're the kind of summer cook who likes to take it outside—specifically, to the grill—and just stay put, we have exactly what you need: from mains to desserts (yes, grilled desserts!), these 20 recipes will put you in contention for grill master of the universe. And since it's potluck season, these recipes were chosen because they are great for a group. So fire up the grill. And get fired up! Things are about to get delicious.
Fresh seasonal fruits, vegetables, fancy cheese, and more delicious ingredients make appearances in this selection of grilled appetizers.
"WOW! I love, love, love this salsa," says Cherokee Lady. "I have not made it myself but tasted it at a potluck." Based on what happened next, you may want to double this six-serving recipe: "I noticed it didn't last long and almost no one got seconds, it was so popular." Good to know!
Chicken is marinated in Thai spices, grilled, and dipped in a savory peanut sauce in this tasty appetizer. "I made this for a large group of people," says spilary. "Everyone loved it! It was so yummy!"
"Great tasting eggplant!" says Diana S. "I followed other reviewers' suggestions and grilled each eggplant slice, then topped with fresh basil, goat cheese, and finally a tomato slice. I left them open-faced and just closed the grill for a few minutes to melt the cheese."
"Don't change one single thing. Absolutely delicious," says Tracey Waid. "I just served it to my book club pals. Huge hit!" Well, maybe you'll want to change one thing: double the recipe to make 12 servings. Sounds like it's going to go fast!
"Wow, I made these for Father's Day and my husband loved them as did I," says fitmama. But if you have little ones, she has one tip: "If you aren't a spicy food fan leave out the jalepenos like I did for my kids." (Serves six. Consider doubling this recipe for a large group.)
Grilled Main Dishes
From colorful kabobs to chicken with a bit of a kick, these recipes are all crowd-pleasers.
Related: Get tips to make the best grilled meals.
"Awesome recipe. I used it for a Greek-themed dinner and everyone raved about it," says MIKIPACZEK. "I did double the marinade. SOOOO easy."
"I made this recipe for guests last night and it turned out great," says Veggie Girl. "The lemon, garlic, and dill were the perfect flavoring for the salmon. I had never heard of using a cedar plank to grill meat, but I absolutely recommend it—especially if you have a gas grill, which does not give the meat as much flavor as a charcoal grill. The cedar plank gave it a slightly smoky flavor. I will definitely make it again."
Related: Learn how to plank-grill.
"Packed full of flavor—it's nice to make a simple, old fashioned recipe! Absolutely consider this for your next BBQ." —Mabel (Serves six. Consider doubling this recipe for a large group.)
"This was a hit at a recent dinner party," says leslie30. "It had just enough heat! I doubled the recipe, and people who don't normally like wings loved it!" leslie30.
"My husband and I have made these burgers quite a few times now and they are AMAZING," says rachmarie. "We are burger snobs, so to run across a recipe we like and don't end up altering is a rare thing. This is by far my favorite burger."
You'll find all the usual suspects here: artichokes, asparagus, eggplant and more—but all with flavors that make them special.
Sandra Fredericks Slack found this to be a delicious substitute for the typical potato salad. "Awesome! Made this for the 4th for my hubs (he doesn't like mayo) everyone LOVED it! It will be a standard for our house for BBQs."
"This recipe is excellent," says crys7422. "The char marks on the artichokes make it so tasty! I made a dipping sauce similar to the one we get at Cheesecake Factory: two big tablespoons of mayo, one teaspoon of balsamic vinaigrette, one clove of garlic smashed, and one teaspoon of chopped cilantro. Sooooo good!!" (Serves four. Consider doubling this recipe for a large group.)
"I took this recipe to a party and it was a huge hit," says Shanelle Donaldson West. "Everyone loved the combination of the warm asparagus and the cold veggies." (Serves six. Consider doubling this recipe for a large group.)
"This is the best marinade I've found for roasted or grilled veggies," says LILPIGGY. "The suggested veggies can easily be substituted with your own favorites: we tried it with zucchini, yellow squash, bell pepper, crimini mushrooms, and tomato. Yum!" (Serves six. Consider doubling this recipe for a large group.)
"Oh how I love this recipe," says Love2CookMommy. "I used a resealable plastic bag and threw everything in to marinate. I don't know if I can ever tell my taste buds that it's time to try a different grilled vegetable recipe!"
From healthy grilled fruit to decadent bread pudding, there are lots of ways to serve up smoky/sweet treats from the grill.
Recipe submitter susi310 says, "Grilled pineapple is one of my favorite desserts on a warm summer night when we are throwing a barbecue. I serve it with homemade mint sugar and sweetened Greek yogurt." (Serves six. Consider doubling this recipe for a large group.)
Very tasty and easy summer dessert," says Emily. And she had a tip that's key to a great final result: "Be sure to use ripe peaches to get the sweetest flavor. Will definitely make again!"
As if this recipe didn't sound delicious enough, Karen Smith takes it up a notch: "These are wonderful! A nice change from s'mores. We do sometimes add peanut butter for an extra gooey treat." Yes, please! (Serves six. Consider doubling this recipe for a large group.)
"So, so freaking awesome. Why didn't I ever do this before," Kerry wonders. "Made it the first time as written...yum. Made it again with raspberries...super yum. Oops, I did it again, but with blueberries and lemon cream cheese sauce...OMG. So. Good."
"These were so good," says Kati Stroh. "Not too overpowered from the cheese and they had that extra bite from the hot sauce. I just cooked mine slowly on the BBQ with the lid down and they were done perfectly after 15 minutes."