As we write this, Valentine’s Day has just finished (we hope you had a good one!), so the next big occasion is coming up: summer! And aside from the usual summer outings, we all know what we’re looking forward to: delicious grilled summer foods!
But with many possibilities, are you confused about what to cook on the grill? Well, don’t worry. We compiled a lot of our favorite grilled summer foods – they’re perfect for any occasion as well, not just summer, so you don’t have to consider these as strict summer grilling recipes or food.
And no, we’re not talking about just hot dogs here. Let’s level up your BBQ grilling ideas!
Wait… are grilled summer foods healthy?
Of course, we understand that aside from serving good-tasting food, you’d also want your summer barbecue menus to be as healthy as possible. Well, here’s some good news for you: grilling is a healthier cooking method compared to frying or sautéing.
According to Beaumont.org, grilling is a great way to cook healthier meals while you enjoy the outdoors. This cooking method causes excess fat from the meat you’re cooking to melt and drip off the racks. Plus, grilling helps food keep more of its vitamins and minerals while sealing in moisture, giving you very juicy meat!
And since we usually add condiments like ketchup and BBQ sauce which are high in sugar and excess calories, grilling will help you have a lower calorie intake. But it’s probably better to not use those condiments on your grilled summer foods. The grilling flavor is usually delicious enough that you can just enjoy the food as it is!
Now, grab your tongs, fire up the grill, and let’s head over to our list of grilled summer foods!
Our grilled summer foods list
So a little disclaimer: we’re not saying these are the best of the best foods. But in our opinion, these are some of the best foods to cook for a crowd – they’re universally liked! I’m sure you’ll agree once you go through this list.
Hamburger – one of the popular grilled summer foods staples!
Burgers may be an American classic food, but we Pinoys have grown to appreciate them as well. After all, they’re generally easy to make and cook. That makes them convenient to bring for outings and for outdoor cooking.
What’s great about burgers as well is that you don’t have to eat them as sandwiches. You can eat them with patty only, as well as add different toppings to make a variety of flavor combinations. It’s an easy recipe to modify for sure!
And since most people are familiar and LOVE burgers, it’s probably also the best food to cook for beginners, especially if it’s your first time to ever grill anything. You’re likely to have a happy outing with burgers!
Of course, if you’re looking for some of the best burgers to make from scratch, don’t forget to check out The Bailiwick Academy’s Burger Obsession class!
Kebabs – one of the best summer foods to grill
Why do we say kebabs are one of the best to grill? Well, for one thing, these summer skewers can be made with a variety of meat! That helps to keep everyone happy and makes kebabs easy cookout food for a crowd.
Kebabs are also pretty delicious since they’re marinated in a variety of spices and seasonings that add flavor and tenderness to the meat. Plus, the grill adds a smoky flavor. And if you don’t want to get your hands dirty, kebabs are usually served on a stick anyway – problem solved!
If you want to make kebabs, try out our Easy Persian Style Kebabs class!
Baby Back Ribs
If you’re wondering about the best food to cook for a date (i.e. you’re going to have an outing with your partner), baby back ribs are one of them. This popular cut of pork ribs is tender and meaty, meaning it cooks quickly and evenly without becoming tough or dry. They also have a natural sweetness which is enhanced thanks to the grill.
And since baby back ribs are smaller than other cuts, it’s easy to handle them over the flame. Serve with chimichurri sauce, BBQ sauce, and even tangy sauces.
In short, baby back ribs are a good choice for date food – especially when served with fine wine!
We also have a ribs class here at TBA. It’s oven baked, but the You Have Died and Gone to Heaven Barbecue Baby Back Ribs class is one of the best you’ll ever take!
Who says you can only grill meat? You don’t have to leave out your non-meat-eating friends and family members! You can actually grill vegetables too!
Some delicious grilled vegetables include green beans, bell peppers, black beans, zucchini, squash, and corn on the cob, to name a few. For added flavor, smear them over with garlic butter – although we’re sure that’s gonna cut down on their healthiness. But at least they taste really good!
Grilled lobster tail – one of the best grill recipes for summer!
If ever you’re forming a summer bbq party menu, lobsters will definitely be a hit. Lobsters are expensive but for a very good reason: they taste really good! The meat has a naturally sweet and delicate flavor, with a firm but still delicate texture.
And despite what you might think, lobster tails are actually easy to prepare for grilling. You just need to brush them with butter or oil and grill them for a few minutes on each side until the meat is cooked. The result will be immaculately delicious!
And if it helps, lobster meat is a good source of not just protein but also omega-3 fatty acids, making it one of the healthiest foods to eat.
Grilled chicken breasts (or any other part) – another of the best summer meals to grill!
Of course, we can’t have a summer outing or occasion without chicken, right? Whatever part you want will do, although chicken breast cooks faster over the grill. And aside from the fact that both kids and adults love the taste of chicken, they’re also pretty versatile – season and prepare them in many ways!
While Pinoys particularly love chicken inasal, you can go about grilling chicken in plenty of ways, like BBQ chicken. Chicken goes great with rice, veggies, or inside a sandwich. What’s not to love, right?
Grilled salmon is just a simple dinner recipe (or lunch) that’s simple, easy to do, and very flavorful. Salmon especially has a distinctly delicate taste that everyone will just love. It’s easy to cook, especially for beginners, since it’s a very forgiving fish – it remains moist even if you overcook it.
It also helps that it has a variety of health benefits, making it a great alternative for people who want to cut down on meat but still enjoy eating grilled things.
If you don’t have lobsters, they don’t fit the budget, or you’re serving plenty of people in your outing, then definitely go for shrimps. They’re sweeter and fit the general budget more.
When grilling them, you can also choose to leave the shell on. It won’t affect the flavor and is definitely added work, but it will make you slow down and relish the taste. Besides, no Pinoy summer outing is complete without doing some peeling of these grilled summer foods, agree?
Eat them with rice or veggies! Butter will also go great with them – and so will chugging down some beers while snacking on them.
Steak – one of THE best summer meals to grill
What can we say about steak, except that if you’re going to pick things to grill in summer, it might as well be steak? Our advice is to make sure you get the best cuts for grilling to make the experience worth it. And those marks on the steak look SO GOOD!
Eat it with rice, mashed potato, and other veggies to make it a really good meal. You can even pair it with lobster tails for your own surf and turf meal. It’s definitely some date night food for sure – great if you’re just grilling for two in the summer.
Grilled pizza – one of the best grilled summer recipes we’ve ever heard of!
You probably weren’t expecting pizza to be part of a list of grilled summer foods, but yes, grilled pizza is totally possible! You no longer have to order pizzas to bring to your outing – just make it when you arrive at your site! It’s still basically the process of cooking pizza but using a grill instead of an oven.
The best part is you can put your own toppings. Whether you want tomato sauce, cheese, meats, veggies, herbs, or anything else, it’s entirely in your control. Plus, you can get your friends or family members to make it with you – have a great and fun summer pizza party!
Want to achieve the best summer grilling ever?
We hope the list above gave you some ideas about what food to grill during the summer. Now the next question is, what easy recipes can you look at when it comes to grilled food?
Well, if you’re looking for some of the best bbq food recipes, we have them here at The Bailiwick Academy, especially with the entrance of our latest chef instructor, Chef Anthony Ang!
Check out his first class ever at The Bailiwick Academy: Sinugba Specialties!
In this class, you’ll learn Chef Anthony’s methods for making grilled chicken recipes as well as pork and seafood. Specifically, you’ll be making some of the following best bbq options:
- Chicken Inasal
- Asian Pork Barbecue
- Grilled Squid
- Grilled Butterfly Bangus
Not only will you learn his recipes for grilling these, but you’ll also find out how to use Chef Anthony’s methods for portioning the meat for grilling, marinating, and basting. He’ll even show you the spices and secret ingredients he uses for juicy and delicious grilled meat!
And of course, what’s a Filipino barbecue without rice, right? That’s why Chef Anthony also includes bonus recipes for special fried rice! He doesn’t stop there: you’ll also get bonus recipes for chicken oil and crispy chicken skin!
In short, you’ve got a complete line-up for an awesome summer grill party menu! You can even open your own grill or sinugba food business if you feel like it – this class is that complete!
So what are you waiting for? Sign up at The Bailiwick Academy today and get to making these bbq summer meals. That way, when summer does finally roll around, you’ll have them perfected – and you’ll have some of the best grilled summer meals ever!
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