Healthy Summer Grilling Recipes

Be it charcoal or propane, the grill is one of the best and most popular tools for cooking summer meals. The sear and smoke injects food with explosive flavor while cooking it in a flash. Whether you’re looking to throw together a quick weeknight dinner, or prep a hangout with family and friends on a lazy Sunday afternoon, these healthy summer grilling recipes will give you all the spectacular flavor you want without packing on the pounds.

  1. Unbelievable Grilled Chicken

    There are hundreds of thousands of recipes for grilled chicken online, most of them pretty healthy. Unless it is smothered in a butter- or cream-based marinade or sauce, grilled chicken is generally considered one of the leanest proteins around. This particular grilled chicken marinade recipe uses an unusual combination of common ingredients, which promises to deliver the most unbelievably good chicken you’ve ever tasted.

  2. Scrumptious Marinated Steaks

    Steak can absolutely be part of a healthy meal; just be sure to choose a leaner cut like strip steak, filet mignon, sirloin, top round, flank (great for carne asada!), or t-bone. Despite their lower fat content, these cuts still stay nice and juicy when sizzling on the grill. While some people swear by only using sea salt and pepper to flavor their steaks, others prefer a marinade. If you belong to the latter group, be sure to try out “the best steak marinade in existence” on your favorite cut of beef!

  3. Better-For-You Burgers

    Throughout the summer, many folks crave juicy, cheesy burgers at their BBQs. After all, it’s an American tradition! But it’s not necessarily one that’s kind to your waistline or your arteries. This list of 35 Better-For-You Burgers features healthier alternatives to your favorite “heavyweight” burgers — including those made from beef, turkey, lamb, salmon, and veggies.

  4. The Ultimate Veggie Burger

    This is far from your typical frozen store-bought veggie burger. Loaded with healthy, lean protein from tofu, tempeh, brown rice, and kidney beans — with a little Cotija cheese for an extra kick — you’ll quickly understand why nearly 1,000 NYT readers believe this to be the ultimate grilled veggie burger.

  5. The Best Grilled Indian Food

    Indian food is some of the most delicious, flavorful food on the planet. But, like all foods, if it is prepared with fattening ingredients, it can lose its healthy status. With these easy and healthy Indian grilling recipes, you keep all of the flavor while nixing the extra saturated fat. Try the roasted eggplant with crispy kale, grilled mustard broccoli, or chile-and-yogurt marinated grilled chicken and turn your backyard into your favorite take-out place!

  6. Kickin’ Kebabs

    A Mediterranean and Middle Eastern staple, the kebab is a mouth-watering and versatile option for any lunch or dinner. And because kebabs often incorporate vegetables by default, they are a fantastic way to sneak some extra veggies into your meals alongside quality lean proteins. Grab some skewers and try out these awesome kebab recipes, like spicy grilled shrimp, charred okra and thyme, chicken souvlaki, or beef with zucchini and mint.

  7. Giada’s Grilled Vegetables

    Whether you want to eat your veggies as a side dish or as the main course, this simple recipe from Food Network’s Giada De Laurentiis has got you covered. Combine all your favorites like squash, mushrooms, eggplant, peppers, and asparagus, then top with chopped fresh herbs for a wildly flavorful meal bursting with nutrients and antioxidants.

  8. Fantastic Fish

    If you shy away from grilling fish because it seems too difficult, you’re not alone. Many people worry about fish falling apart on the grill, overcooking it, or serving it underdone. But contrary to popular belief, cooking fish can actually be quite easy and satisfying once you know how to do it correctly. And you’ll reap the numerous healthy benefits!

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