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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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.

Rib-Eye Steak

Plate of grilled rib-eye steak, salad and toast.

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.

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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.

Bison Steak

Cutting board and plate with grilled bison steak and side spinach salad.

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.

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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.

Lamb Chops

Plate of grilled lamb chops with grilled mushroom cap, orange, and red cabbage coleslaw.

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.

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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.

Flank or Skirt Steak

Plate with skirt steak tacos with lettuce and cheese.

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.

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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.

Red Snapper

Dish of grilled red snapper with lemon wedge.

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.

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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.

Top Sirloin

Dish with grilled top sirloin and potato salad.

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.

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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.

New York Strip Steak

Plate of grilled 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.

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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.

Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast

Plate of stuffed chicken breast with side salad.

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.

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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.

Steak and Bacon Shish Kebabs

Grilled steak and bacon shish kebabs with peppers and onion on baking sheet.

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.

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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.

Shrimp Fajitas

Plate with shrimp fajitas and honey-roasted peanuts on a tortilla.

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.

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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.

Brick-Grilled Chicken

Dish with grilled chicken and a chickpea and spinach side salad.

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.

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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.

Honey Stout Chicken Wings

Dish with honey stout chicken wings with a glass of beer.

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.

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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.

Hot Dogs

A Los Angeles Danger Dog, piled with toppings.

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.

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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.

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