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10 Summer Grilling Recipes

The grill is certainly not just for the summer, but some foods simply taste better when you're standing around, cooking outside. We've rounded up a list of 10 grilling recipes that you can knock off, one weekend at a time, over the next 10 weeks. Invite the neighbors or call up the family, as each of these recipes is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. It's been awhile, but No. 6 is going to be hitting my grill at least a couple of weeks in a row!

  1. Most of the ingredients for these Mexican turkey burgers with guacamole and spicy chipotle slaw are at their peak in summer, which makes this recipe even better.
  2. Grilled balsamic garlic steak -- I would suggest a nice, thick, grass-fed ribeye and the rosemary from your herb garden.
  3. Use ripe but firm avocados for these grilled avocados with tomato basil salsa.
  4. When grilled, swordfish takes on a steak-like texture, and grilled swordfish with orange fennel salad sounds like the perfect alfresco dinner on a Saturday night.
  5. Serve this grilled lobster with garlic-parsley butter with a glass of 2013 Agate & Elm Arroyo Seco Chardonnay.
  6. Make this the summer where you finally get around to beer can chicken.
  7. For me as a kid, it wasn't summer until watermelon juice was running down your arms and dripping off your elbow. While preparing this spicy grilled watermelon with crème fraîche, sneak a slice and relive that memory. I won't say anything.
  8. Grilled green beans with Marcona almonds -- the green beans take on a smoky, charred flavor, and the Marcona almonds from Spain bring this simple dish together.
  9. You can't have a summer grilling roundup without an amazingly juicy burger!
  10. Passed around as an appetizer while standing around the grill or served as a main course over rice, these spicy shrimp and sausage skewers will make your summer.

Cheers to the grilling season!