The Best Things to Cook on the Grill

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There's nothing more primitively satisfying than chowing down on food cooked over an open fire. These go-to grilling recipes are classics and standards for good reason. Whether it's your first time in front of the flame or you're a seasoned veteran, these gold-star recipes will definitely boost your grilling game.

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Rib-Eye Steak

The meandering rivers of marbling on a rib-eye steak make it one of the most flavorful and tender cuts of meat to throw on the grill. Although all that delectable fat infuses this cut with a bolder and richer flavor, you'll have to be careful when it drips onto a flaming grill. Follow this guide to ensure that you and your steak are safe from harm.

The high fat content of a rib-eye makes it one of the juiciest and tastiest cuts of meat.
The high fat content of a rib-eye makes it one of the juiciest and tastiest cuts of meat. (Image: Ron Bennett)

Bison Steak

Grilled bison steak is a leaner alternative to fattier steaks, but that doesn't mean sacrificing any bold flavors. It's an excellent choice for when you want to take a culinary adventure without venturing too far from familiar territory. Just be mindful of grill temperature because bison's lack of fat makes it more sensitive to mishandling.

Cook bison steaks at a lower temperature.
Cook bison steaks at a lower temperature. (Image: Pamela Follett/Demand Media)

Lamb Chops

Make your barbecue a more elegant affair by serving grilled lamb chops to your lucky guests. Rubbed with the classic mixture of rosemary, thyme, garlic, lemon juice and mint, these lamb chops show exactly why some recipes don't need tinkering with.

Lamb chops taste best rare to medium-rare, so watch that flame.
Lamb chops taste best rare to medium-rare, so watch that flame. (Image: Kris Robertson/Demand Media)

Flank or Skirt Steak

Get your steak fix without breaking the bank by grilling up a flank or skirt steak. Choose the skirt steak for a fattier cut or the flank steak for a leaner, beefier mouthful. Whatever you choose, you're sure to come out a winner.

Grilled skirt steak makes delicious tacos or fajitas.
Grilled skirt steak makes delicious tacos or fajitas. (Image: Pamela Follett/Demand Media)

Red Snapper

For those who crave something lighter and brighter, grilled red snapper, either whole or filleted, will make a strong contender for your final menu. Delicate and nutty, red snapper boasts a versatility that lends itself to the the complex flavors imparted by a grill.

Try cooking your red snapper in citrus or white wine for a lovely meal.
Try cooking your red snapper in citrus or white wine for a lovely meal. (Image: Brad Jones)

Top Sirloin

Those hankering for a thick, juicy steak will find their haven in a top sirloin. A dish as meaty as this pairs well with thick, creamy sauces, potatoes and a peppery wine such as a shiraz.

You can't go wrong with meat and potatoes.
You can't go wrong with meat and potatoes. (Image: Pamela Follett/Demand Media)

New York Strip Steak

The ever-popular New York strip steak makes the list for its tender, rich and succulent personality. The gentle marbling of the strip steak guarantees its juiciness without angering the flames below by sweating over it.

Grilled New York strip steak is an all-time favorite.
Grilled New York strip steak is an all-time favorite. (Image: Pamela Follett/Demand Media)

Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast

Countless chicken breast recipes abound, but many don't protect you against a dry bird. Learn how to grill boneless skinless chicken breasts so they stay moist, and never have to suffer through a dry mouthful again! For turkey-lovers, follow this guide.

You'll never run out of recipes to try for endlessly adaptable chicken.
You'll never run out of recipes to try for endlessly adaptable chicken. (Image: Brad Jones/Demand Media)

Steak and Bacon Shish Kebabs

The convenience and simplicity of grilling and eating food on a stick is hard to beat. These steak and bacon kebabs, threaded with your choice of veggies, steak and bacon, are a surefire hit at any picnic, barbecue or camping trip.

Skip the fork and knife, and dive into a steak and bacon shish kebab.
Skip the fork and knife, and dive into a steak and bacon shish kebab. (Image: Yvette Marquez)

Shrimp Fajitas

Perk up your appetite and have some fun with this grilled shrimp fajitas recipe. Sweet and spicy balance atop smoky grilled shrimp drizzled with beer and lime juice. Your taste buds will sit straight up for more.Brick-Grilled Chicken With Chickpea and Spinach Salad

Keep your taste buds guessing with this grilled shrimp fajitas recipe.
Keep your taste buds guessing with this grilled shrimp fajitas recipe. (Image: Amie Valpone)

Brick-Grilled Chicken

Entice your imagination with the bold and aromatic allure of Indian spices. This easy recipe for Tandoori masala spiced chicken will transport your senses from the everyday grind to a colorful and exciting vacation. Using a brick to grill the chicken ensures that it's cooked evenly throughout.

Your senses won't be bored with this Tandoori chicken.
Your senses won't be bored with this Tandoori chicken. (Image: Shaina Olmanson)

Honey Stout Chicken Wings

Honey stout chicken wings delight with sticky and sweet fingers and a satisfying depth of flavor from the char and stout beer. You'll need to marinate the wings for at least one hour for optimal seasoning, so make sure to plan ahead.

Honey stout chicken wings are sticky, sweet and fun to eat.
Honey stout chicken wings are sticky, sweet and fun to eat. (Image: Jackie Dodd)

Hot Dogs

No American barbecue is complete without a grilled hot dog. Reflect on and celebrate all the flavors and personalities that make up this great nation by giving one of these regional hot dog recipes a shot. We've got you covered, from the Los Angeles Danger Dog to the New York Dog and Detroit's Chili Dog to Arizona's Sonoran Dog.

The Danger Dog is smoky and savory.
The Danger Dog is smoky and savory. (Image: Courtney O'Dell)
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