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6 Meals You Can Cook Entirely on the Grill

Don't heat up the house! Cook your entire meal outside on the grill—including appetizers, side dishes, the main event and a dessert. These four-course menus are easy enough to pull off for a family dinner.

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Grilled GuacamoleTaste of Home

Taco Night: Grilled Appetizer

Grilled Guacamole is a fun spin on a classic appetizer we all know and love. It contains all the flavors of your favorite recipe, but grilling the avocados gives the dish extra depth. It’s the perfect way to start a taco-themed dinner.

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Grilled Pork TacosTaste of Home

Taco Night: Grilled Main

These grilled pork tacos have it all: juicy bites of tender pork, savory black beans and sweet pieces of pineapple. Cook it all on the grill and top it off with chopped red onion and cilantro for an easy and delicious meal.

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Easy Grilled Corn with Chipotle-Lime ButterTaste of Home

Taco Night: Grilled Vegetable Side

It doesn’t get much easier than grilled corn. The corn takes longer than the tacos, so you’ll want to toss them on the grill first, but they’re grilled in the husks to make cleanup a breeze.

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Grilled Pineapple with Lime DipTaste of Home

Taco Night: Grilled Dessert

This grilled pineapple dessert can be fully prepped before you start dinner. When you’re finished eating, toss the pineapple onto the grill and it will be ready to serve in about four minutes.

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Stuffed Grilled ZucchiniTaste of Home

Make Ahead: Grilled Appetizer

This grilled zucchini recipe could easily serve as a side dish, but we love starting this menu with these cheesy bites. They’re easy to prep in advance and store in the refrigerator until your guests get hungry. After about 10 minutes on the grill, they’ll be tender and ready to eat.

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Honey Glazed Chicken KabobsTaste of Home

Make Ahead: Grilled Main

We love these grilled honey-glazed chicken kabobs! You can season and skewer them ahead of time, and they cook up super quickly on the grill. Plus, the skewers contain meat and vegetables, so you don’t have to go crazy with the side dishes.

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Farmers Market Orzo SaladTaste of Home

Make Ahead: Grilled Vegetable Side

The kabobs are already packed full of vegetables, so a veggie-rich farmers market orzo salad makes the perfect complement to this menu. It can be made several days ahead of time, so you won’t have to worry about timing out the main and side dish components.

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Cake & Berry Campfire CobblerTaste of Home

Make Ahead: Grilled Dessert

Pretend you’re camping with this warm campfire cobbler. It does take 30 to 40 minutes to bake. But simply toss it on the grill as soon as dinner is served, and it will be ready by the time everyone is finished eating.

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Tomato, Avocado and Grilled Corn SaladTaste of Home

Light & Fresh: Grilled Appetizer

Keep this grilled salad recipe in your back pocket, because we think you’ll use it again and again. Prepare it as a light appetizer for a menu like this, or use it as a vegetable side dish. You could even top it with a piece of grilled fish or salmon for a filling main.

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grilled lemon-garlic salmonTaste of Home

Light & Fresh: Grilled Main

This easy grilled salmon recipe celebrates the flavor of rich salmon by complementing it with garlic and lemon. It’s flavorful enough that it doesn’t need a sauce, but you could also serve it with a creamy dill sauce. The sauce would be pretty tasty with the veggie side on this menu, too.

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Grilled vegetable platterTaste of Home

Light & Fresh: Grilled Vegetable Side

This grilled vegetable platter not only looks gorgeous, but its flavors pair perfectly with delicate fish. The veggies cook in about the same amount of time, too! Just be sure to plan ahead and marinate the vegetables for about an hour for best flavor.

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Grilled Stone Fruits with Balsamic SyrupTaste of Home

Light & Fresh: Grilled Dessert

When peaches and nectarines are in season, grilled stone fruits are the dessert to make. After four minutes on the grill, the fruit will be marked with photo-worthy grill marks and ready to serve.

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Zucchini & Cheese RouladesTaste of Home

Dinner Party: Grilled Appetizer

These colorful zucchini roulades look incredible, and they’ll also activate your taste buds for a filling steak dinner. It’s as easy as grilling a few zucchini slices and stuffing them with a flavor-packed ricotta mixture. Yum!

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Easy Marinated Grilled Flank SteakTaste of Home

Dinner Party: Grilled Main

Flank steak is one of our favorite cuts of meat for the grill. This marinated grilled flank steak recipe calls for marinating the steak for at least four hours (or as long as overnight) to break down the tough muscle fibers. When it’s finished, serve it with your favorite steak sauce or whip up a chimichurri.

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Easy Grilled SquashTaste of Home

Dinner Party: Grilled Vegetable Side

This easy grilled squash makes a stunning accompaniment to any grilled meal. The hardest part is peeling and slicing the squash. From there, they cook in the time it takes to rest the steak!

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Tarragon AsparagusTaste of Home

Dinner Party: Grilled Vegetable Side

The flavors of this simple grilled tarragon asparagus pair perfectly with the rich flavors of steak. Plus, adding a green component to the plate will look perfect alongside the vibrant orange squash.

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Grilled Angel Food Cake with StrawberriesTaste of Home

Dinner Party: Grilled Dessert

Did you know you can grill cake? This recipe for grilled angel food cake with strawberries adds flavor to cake by giving it a kiss of char from the grill. Grill the sliced cake for about two minutes a side and plate it up with marinated strawberries for a decadent treat.

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Grilled Nectarine & Cheese CrostiniTaste of Home

Classic Cookout: Grilled Appetizer

This classic barbecue menu is a heavier meal, so we’re going to start out nice and light with grilled crostini. The combination of tangy goat cheese and sweet balsamic vinegar is perfect with flame-kissed nectarines.

If you can’t find nectarines, feel free to use peaches. (It turns out the two are pretty similar.)

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Grilled Seasoned BratwurstTaste of Home

Classic Cookout: Grilled Main

There are few dishes as barbecue-worthy as grilled bratwurst! The sausages are boiled, then grilled, to keep them juicy on the inside and snappy on the outside. Check out our complete guide to grilling bratwurst if you want more pointers.

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Quick Barbecued BeansTaste of Home

Classic Cookout: Grilled Vegetable Side

These tasty barbecued beans are so easy to make. Using canned beans, the dish only takes 20 minutes on the grill. Prepare the tray in advance and pop it onto the grill when you start grilling the sausages.

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Classic Cookout: Grilled Vegetable Side

Potatoes take a while to cook, so make sure these potato packets are the first thing to hit the grill. The foil traps the steam inside, but it also seals in all the flavor, infusing the potatoes with bacon and green onion goodness.

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Banana Butter Pecan KabobsTaste of Home

Classic Cookout: Grilled Dessert

Finishing a rich barbecue meal with dessert kabobs just feels right! The grilled pound cake and bananas in these banana butter pecan kabobs taste even better when drizzled with butterscotch. Finish it with pecans and ice cream, and you’ll sleep happy!

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Bruschetta from the GrillTaste of Home

Vegetarian: Grilled Appetizer

Start this vegetarian-friendly meal with a bang with farm-fresh tomatoes and bruschetta from the grill. The topping mix can be made in advance, and the bread toasts up quickly, so your guests will be happily munching while dinner cooks.

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Grilled Eggplant with Feta relishTaste of Home

Vegetarian: Grilled Main

Meaty eggplant steaks are the perfect centerpiece for this vegetarian meal. Feel free to turn this grilled eggplant with feta relish into sandwiches if you want to make the meal more filling.

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Grilled Mushroom KabobsTaste of Home

Vegetarian: Grilled Vegetable Side

Mushroom and eggplant are a match made in heaven! Skewering the mushroom caps for these kabobs makes them so much easier to grill, and you won’t have to worry about any of them accidentally falling through the grates.

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Corn and Green Bean SaladTaste of Home

Vegetarian: Grilled Vegetable Side

This make-ahead corn and green bean salad is crunchy and light, and the flavors remind us of a Caesar salad. It pairs well with any number of main dishes, but we love the way the colors blend with the other components of this menu.

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grilled figgy piesTaste of Home

Vegetarian: Grilled Dessert

This rich, decadent treat is the perfect way to end a light meal. These grilled figgy pies do require some advance preparation, but they cook quickly on the grill.

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Lindsay D. Mattison
After years of working in professional kitchens, Lindsay traded her knives in for the pen. While she spends most of her time writing these days, she still exercises her culinary muscles on the regular, taking any opportunity to turn local, seasonal ingredients into beautiful meals for her family.

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