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50 Grilling Recipes to Master by Labor Day

With the end of summer looming on the horizon, it's time to kick your grill into over-drive. We'll help you master these fresh and exciting recipes before Labor Day. (No plain 'ol hot dogs here!)

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Grilled Lobster Tails

I had never tried grilling lobster tails at home until I tried this convenient and deliciously different recipe. It turned out amazing, and has left me with little reason to ever order grilled lobster tail at a restaurant again. Here’s how to cook lobster tails on the grill. Katie Rush, Kansas City, Missouri

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Grilled BruschettaTaste of Home

Grilled Bruschetta

This is my go-to appetizer in the summer when tomatoes and basil are fresh from the garden. The balsamic glaze takes this bruschetta recipe over the top. I like to use a Tuscan Herb or basil-infused olive oil for this. But, it's great with just plain olive oil too. Brittany Allyn, Mesa, Arizona

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Taco BurgersTaste of Home

Taco Burgers

My family loves the taste of tacos, but I dislike the mess! So I developed these burgers as a tasty but tidy alternative.Linda Logan, Warren, Ohio

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Grilled Banana Brownie SundaesTaste of Home

Grilled Banana Brownie Sundaes

My niece Amanda Jean and I have a lot of fun in the kitchen creating different dishes. One of us will start with a recipe idea and it just grows from thereand so does the mess. In this case, the happy result was our Grilled Banana Brownie Sundae. Carol Farnsworth, Greenwood, Indiana

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Lemony Grilled Salmon Fillets with Dill SauceTaste of Home

Lemony Grilled Salmon Fillets with Dill Sauce

Grilled lemons add a smoky tartness to a butter sauce made to enjoy with grilled salmon. A touch of dill adds a fresh, clean finish. April Lane, Greeneville, Tennessee

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Grilled Chicken Ranch BurgersTaste of Home

Grilled Chicken Ranch Burgers

This is one of the most fantastic, flavorful burgers I've ever made. Ranch is a favorite in dips and dressings, and believe me, it doesn't disappoint in these burgers, either! Kari Shifflett, Lake Mills, Iowa

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Grilled Red Pepper DipTaste of Home

Grilled Red Pepper Dip

We grill peppers with rosemary and garlic, then blend them with sun-dried tomatoes for a creamy spread to pass with pita chips. Donna Alwine, Bloomington, Indiana

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Flank Steak PinwheelsTaste of Home

Flank Steak Pinwheels

The secret to these pretty flank steak pinwheels lies in their butterfly treatment. Because the steaks are flattened, marinade isnt need. Instead, theyre filled with a colorful stuffing of red pepper and spinach and draped with a flavorful, homemade blue cheese sauce. Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Margarita Chicken QuesadillasTaste of Home

Margarita Chicken Quesadillas

Quesadillas have never tasted so good as when they are filled with slightly sweet onions and peppers and topped with lime butter and salt, the perfect balance of sweet and savory. This version is the perfect recipe for a summer partyor a great way to bring a little bit of summer into the cold winter months. Stephanie Bright, Simpsonville, South Carolina

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Ginger-Glazed Grilled HoneydewTaste of Home

Ginger-Glazed Grilled Honeydew

If you've never grilled fruit like this before, you're in for a real treat! I love the idea of cooking everything from appetizers to desserts on the grill. This grilled honeydew recipe is sweet and really light. Jacqui Correa, Landing, New Jersey

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Grilled Potato Fans with OnionsTaste of Home

Grilled Potato Fans with Onions

Looking for the ultimate grilled potato? These seasoned potato fans are filled with tender onions, roasted garlic cloves and savory Parmesan cheese. Sharon Crabtree, Graham, Washington

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Grilled Pineapple ChickenTaste of Home

Grilled Pineapple Chicken

A trip to Hawaii is easy with this juicy grilled pineapple chicken. Simply give it a quick marinade, fire up the grill and let it sizzle. We love this low-carb recipe! Charlotte Rogers, Virginia Beach, Virginia

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White Balsamic Blueberry, Corn and Feta SaladTaste of Home

White Balsamic Blueberry, Corn and Feta Salad

I'm not typically a huge fan of summer corn, but when it comes to this sweet, salty, refreshing salad, I can't put my fork down. Colleen Delawder, Herndon, Virginia

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Vegetable, Steak and EggsTaste of Home

Vegetable, Steak and Eggs

Low-carb doesn't have to be skimpy with this lighter take on steak and eggs. I love cooking with squash, but feel free to toss in any vegetable combination you like. Robert Deskin, Plantation, Florida

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Pot of S'moresTaste of Home

Pot of S'mores

Moms easy Dutch-oven version of the popular campout treat is so good and gooey. The hardest part is waiting for this to cool so you can devour it. Yum! June Dress, Meridian, Idaho

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Grilled Summer SquashTaste of Home

Grilled Summer Squash

Grilling food in foil packets creates steam so food cooks in its own juices, which makes the contents flavorful and lower in fat. Best of all: no cleanup! Lisa Finnegan, Forked River, New Jersey

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Grilled Chicken Salad with Blueberry VinaigretteTaste of Home

Grilled Chicken Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette

We love adding grilled chicken to our salads in the summer, but the real star here is the vinaigrette made with blueberry preserves and maple syrup. It goes great with a fresh baguette and a frosty glass of minted lemonade. Susan Gauthier, Falmouth, Maine

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Open-Face Chicken Parmesan BurgersTaste of Home

Open-Face Chicken Parmesan Burgers

We love chicken Parmesan and thought, "Why not make it a burger?" I like to use fresh mozzarella on these. I've also made the patties with ground turkey. Charlotte Gehle, Brownstown, Michigan

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Grilled Eggplant SandwichesTaste of Home

Grilled Eggplant Sandwiches

Grill this eggplant, tomato and goat cheese sandwich to perfection...it makes a delicious meatless meal. Jennifer Jaras, Corona, California

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Bacon-Wrapped AsparagusTaste of Home

Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus

My husband and I grill dinner almost every night, and I love grilling veggies for a side dish. I serve this grilled bacon wrapped asparagus recipe with meat and sliced fresh tomatoes for a wonderful meal. Trisha Kitts, Dickinson, Texas

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Grilled Ribeye with Garlic Blue Cheese Mustard SauceTaste of Home

Grilled Ribeye with Garlic Blue Cheese Mustard Sauce

This simple steak gets a big flavor boost from two of my favorites: mustard and blue cheese. My husband and I make this recipe to celebrate our anniversary each year! Ashley Lecker, Green Bay, Wisconsin

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Grilled Watermelon GazpachoTaste of Home

Grilled Watermelon Gazpacho

This is the perfect starter for a summer dinner or a lunch meal. It's cool and tangy with a whole lot of great grilled flavor. If you like a little more spice, just add more jalapenos. George Levinthal, Goleta, California

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Greek Grilled Chicken PitasTaste of Home

Greek Grilled Chicken Pitas

I switched up my moms recipe to create this tasty pita pocket variation. Its delicious and perfect for warm days, with a creamy cucumber sauce that goes great with fresh, crunchy veggies. Blair Lonergan, Rochelle, Virginia

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Zippy Shrimp SkewersTaste of Home

Zippy Shrimp Skewers

These flavorful skewers deliver a mouthwatering kick with minimal effort. Fix them for your next party and watch them disappear. Jalayne Luckett, Marion, Illinois

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Grilled Glazed DrummiesTaste of Home

Grilled Glazed Drummies

My family prefers these mild-tasting chicken wings more than the traditional hot wings. They are great for any gathering. Laura Mahaffey, Annapolis, Maryland

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Grilled Veggie PizzaTaste of Home

Grilled Veggie Pizza

I came up with this recipe one summer as a way to use up vegetables from our garden. Grilling the veggies first brings out their sizzling flavors. Try it with a sprinkling of olives or pine nuts before adding the cheese. Susan Marshall, Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Grilled Figgy PiesTaste of Home

Grilled Figgy Pies

Delicious figs combined with maple, walnuts and creamy mascarpone make a decadent treat that's easy to enjoy at a backyard cookout. These unique hand pies always disappear quickly. Renee Murby, Johnston, Rhode Island

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Key West Flank SteakTaste of Home

Key West Flank Steak

My husband, Jason, is the cook in our family. This is his recipe, inspired by his Colombian roots and our visits to Key West. Sometimes we grill extra lime and onion slices alongside. Serve with sides of rice and fried plantains. Gretchen Ospina, Columbia Heights, Minnesota

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Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed JalapenosTaste of Home

Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Jalapenos

Sunday is grill-out day for my husband, Cliff, and these bacon-wrapped stuffed jalapenos are one of his specialties. We usually feature them at our annual Daytona 500 party. They disappear from the appetizer tray in no time.

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Firecracker Grilled SalmonTaste of Home

Firecracker Grilled Salmon

Let this sensational salmon perk up dinner tonight. With a super flavorful glaze that kicks you right in the taste buds, this weeknight dish is anything but boring. Melissa Rogers, Tuscaloosa, AL

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Jalapeno Popper Mexican Street CornTaste of Home

Jalapeno Popper Mexican Street Corn

One of the best things about summer is fresh sweet corn, and this recipe is a definite standout. We love its creamy dressing, crunchy panko coating and spicy jalapeno kick. If you're really feeling wild, sprinkle these with a bit of cooked and crumbled bacon! Crystal Schlueter, Northglenn, Colorado

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Cake & Berry Campfire CobblerTaste of Home

Cake & Berry Campfire Cobbler

This warm cobbler is one of our favorite ways to end a busy day of fishing, hiking, swimming or rafting. It's yummy with ice creamand so easy to make! June Dress, Boise, Idaho

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Grilled Sausage-Basil PizzasTaste of Home

Grilled Sausage-Basil Pizzas

These easy little pizzas are a wonderful change of pace from the classic cookout menu. Let everybody go crazy with the toppings. —Lisa Speer, Palm Beach, Florida

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Grilled Pineapple with Lime DipTaste of Home

Grilled Pineapple with Lime Dip

Serve this dish as an appetizer or a dessertthe choice is yours! If desired, the pineapple spears can be rolled in flaked coconut before grilling. Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Chicken Alfredo with Grilled ApplesTaste of Home

Chicken Alfredo with Grilled Apples

If you've never grilled apples before, here's your excuse to start. I created this Alfredo-style chicken for a party. By the number of recipe requests, I knew it was a hit. Richard Robinson, Park Forest, Illinois

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Saucy Grilled Pork ChopsTaste of Home

Saucy Grilled Pork Chops

My mamaw in Kentucky used this "dip," as she called it, on many grilled meats including chicken and steak. Misty Schneider, Bayport, Minnesota

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Bacon-Corn Stuffed PeppersTaste of Home

Bacon-Corn Stuffed Peppers

Filled with corn, salsa, green onions, mozzarella cheese and bacon, these grilled pepper halves are sure to liven up your next cookout. They have a wonderful taste and give a fun twist to the usual corn on the cob. Mitzi Sentiff, Annapolis, Maryland

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Grilled Bean BurgersTaste of Home

Grilled Bean Burgers

These juicy veggie patties have major flavor with cumin, garlic and a little chili powder. They hold their own against any veggie burger youd buy at the supermarket. Marguerite Shaeffer, Sewell, New Jersey

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Grilled Huli Huli Turkey DrumsticksTaste of Home

Grilled Huli Huli Turkey Drumsticks

I'm never one to do things traditionally, so when it came time to hosting Thanksgiving, I went in a completely tropical direction. Borrowing my favorite Hawaiian chicken recipe, I substituted turkey legs and have never looked back. Jacyn Siebert, San Francisco, California

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Grilled Apple Tossed SaladTaste of Home

Grilled Apple Tossed Salad

The grilled apples in this salad combine so well with the blue cheese, walnuts and balsamic dressing. I like to serve it on pink Depression glass dessert plates from my great-grandmother. Paul Soska, Toledo, Ohio

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Peach-Glazed RibsTaste of Home

Peach-Glazed Ribs

For a fruity alternative to the usual barbecue sauce for ribs, try this slightly spicy recipe at your next picnic. The peaches add just the right touch of sweetness and a lovely color to this special sauce. Sharon Taylor, Columbia, South Carolina

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Easy Grilled Corn with Chipotle-Lime ButterTaste of Home

Easy Grilled Corn with Chipotle-Lime Butter

Grilling corn in the husks is so easy. There's no need to remove the silk and tie the husk closed before grilling. Just soak, grill and add your favorite flavored butter. Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Fruit 'n' Cake KabobsTaste of Home

Fruit 'n' Cake Kabobs

A neighbor served these kabobs at a family picnic and brought some over for us to sample. I was pleasantly surprised at the tasty toasted cake and juicy grilled fruit. Mary Ann Dell, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

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Steak Sandwich KabobsTaste of Home

Steak Sandwich Kabobs

Skewers with seasoned steak, bread and veggies are grilled and topped with provolone cheese for a fantastic meal. Coleslaw, spruced up with chopped walnuts, is a great side for the kabobs. Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Grilled PattypansTaste of Home

Grilled Pattypans

Just a few minutes and a handful of ingredients are all youll need for this scrumptious side dish. Hoisin sauce and rice wine vinegar give grilled pattypans Asian flair. Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Sugar Cookie S'moresTaste of Home

Sugar Cookie S'mores

Change up traditional s'mores with the use of sugar cookies and candy bars. The sweetness cannot be beat!Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Skewered Ginger Shrimp with PlumsTaste of Home

Skewered Ginger Shrimp with Plums

Sweet, simple and sensational, these shrimp skewers boast loads of flavor with just four ingredients. Throw them on the grill for a quick dinner or tasty potluck dish. Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Spiced Grilled Chicken with Cilantro ButterTaste of Home

Spiced Grilled Chicken with Cilantro Butter

The spicy heat of the chicken pairs beautifully with the flavorful cilantro butter in this original recipe from Diane Halferty of Corpus Christi, Texas. We added spicy chocolate cinnamon cane sugar to the chicken, which complemented the other spices that are brushed over the chicken before grilling. Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Grilled CabbageTaste of Home

Grilled Cabbage

The first time I made this, I couldnt believe how good it was! We served it with grilled burgers and our dinner was complete. I never thought Id skip dessert because I was full from too much cabbage! Elizabeth Wheeler, Thornville, Ohio

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Grilled Apple-Brined TurkeyTaste of Home

Grilled Apple-Brined Turkey

Producing a juicy, amber-colored turkey infused with flavor is possible with this apple juice-based brine. You won't regret planning for the long marinating time. This uncommonly tasty turkey is worth every minute. Trudy Williams, Shannonville, Ontario

Katie Bandurski
Katie is an Associate Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in writing and email newsletters. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and combing through antique shops.