When we think of summer BBQ food, its all about the burgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, the usual. But grilling season isn't limited to the staples. If you can eat it, you can cook it on a grill, so get creative! To get the wheels turning, here are some next-level grilling ideas to transform your summer cookouts from basic to superior.
1. Sweet Potato
Grilling a sweet potato can be as easy as just slicing into thin strips, brushing with a little oil, and placing on the grill. Play with different seasonings and spices to make a side dish that goes with anything!
If potato wedges are your thing, check out this recipe for smokey grilled sweet potatoes from 'Good Life Eats'
Zucchini is another one that can be flavored any way you like. Here is a recipe for simple grilled zucchini by 'Everyday Dishes', because sometimes simple is best.
Pineapple will never be the same once you put it on the grill. Makes a perfect appetizer, side dish, addition to a burger, or dessert.
Recipe: grilled pineapple from 'Skinny Taste'
4. Flatbread Pizza
Just take your favorite homemade pizza recipe on a flatbread (such as FlatOut brand), and cook it on the grill. This one is a definite crowd pleaser.
Recipe: Tomato basil flatbread pizza from FlatOut
A perfect summertime dessert. Think warm peach pie, minus the pie part. You won't miss it. Try topping your grilled peaches with pecans, a sprinkle of brown sugar, or cinnamon.
Recipe: Grilled peaches & pecans from 'The Pioneer Woman'
Avocados are usually enjoyed cold, but the barbecue adds a beautiful smoky flavor to avocados. Topped with lemon or lime juice, grilled avocado makes a killer side or appetizer.
Recipe: Grilled avocado with tomato basil salsa from 'Food and Style'
Grilled artichokes got NOTHING on marinated artichokes from a can. Steam first, then grill with your favorite seasonings. You can do all the prep work the night before so your artichoke are ready to just throw on the grill.
Recipe: How to grill artichokes by 'Tori Avey'
8. Portobello Mushrooms
Adding spices and seasonings to mushrooms takes them to a new level in terms of taste. Their earthy flavor takes on just about anything you pair them with, so don't be afraid to experiment with your favorite spices, herbs, and other flavors. If you think you hate mushrooms, you might just reconsider.
Recipe: Balsamic garlic grilled portobello mushrooms by 'Sassy Southern Yankee'
9. Romaine Lettuce
We enjoy plenty of other leafy greens cooked, why not romaine? Grilling is the easiest way to transform romaine from "just lettuce' to something new. Simply cut romaine hearts in half, drizzle with olive oil, a little salt and pepper (or whatever seasonings you like), and cook on the grill for a few minutes each side.
Recipe: How to grill lettuce & simple Italian grilled romaine salad from 'Heartbeet Kitchen'