Let’s Keep Grilling! Over 50 Appetizers, Side Dishes, Desserts & More

We’ve already featured main courses for grilling including juicy and tender ribs, succulent chicken, and amazing burgers so get ready for some more grilling with appetizers, side dishes, desserts, cocktails and more!

Below are over 50 delicious recipes that will complete your grilling masterpiece meals!

Awesome Appetizers

The Healthy VoyagerFun with Grilled Flatbread (4) recipes in one page

grilled flatbreadsFlatbreads are all the craze these days and I can totally see why. They are portable, versatile, and easy to make. Now stick them on the grill and you have a fun masterpiece everyone will enjoy munching on while they wait for the main course. Try out these 4 great ideas to make the best flatbreads ever. Don’t forget they can also be a meal on their own.

The Healthy VoyagerGarden Vegetable Bruschetta

Garden Veggie BruschettaThis is a great twist on an Italian classic. Now that the weather is warm just about everywhere you go, there are plenty of great garden veggies available. Try out this ultimate veggie bruschetta. The roasting of the veggies gives this old classic a wonderful smoky twist while keeping it fresh with seasonal veggies.

So Very BlessedCarna Asada Nachos

Caran Asada NachosOh nachos, the good-old, fail-safe appetizer everyone always enjoys. These nachos are extra special because Becky includes fabulous marinated steak that comes hot off the grill. Nachos freshly made at home are so much better than any restaurant. Sit in the sun and munch on…

Chocolate MooseyHerbed Cream Cheese Grilled Pepper Boats

Herbed-Cream-Cheese-Grilled-Bell-Pepper-BoatsCheck out these fancy little bell peppers stuffed with a basil and chive cream cheese and toasted nicely on the grill. The fresh tomatoes add to the sweetness of the crunchy bell peppers. These can be put together the day before and then grilled minutes before guests arrive giving you more time to hang out without cooking.

 VianceGrilled Avocados

Grilled AvocadosIf you haven’t grilled avocados you must try this out. The heat makes the avocado a buttery and creamy consistency and the grill marks give it that smoky goodness we crave in the summer. The salsa on top makes this pretty much a portable guacamole with a smoky grilled twist.

oh sweet basil –  Strawberry Cucumber Salad

Strawberry Cucumber SaladI fell in love last year with mixing strawberries and cucumbers in my water after I went to my favorite cafe and they had strawberry-basil infused water on the menu. The flavors go so well together. You get that sweetness from the strawberry with that freshness from the cucumber. The best part is how gorgeous this dish is!

oh sweet basil Berry Salad with Lemon Dressing

Berry Salad with Lemon DressingThis is such a succulent and refreshing start to any meal or can even be a light dinner or lunch. The dressing is nothing short of liquid gold with its mix of lemons, ginger, oil and sugar to bring out the best in those fresh berries. A salad you will be eating all summer long for sure.

MommyHiker.com – Turkish Meatballs (Köfte)

Turkish meatballs KofteTurkish meatballs anyone? Oh yummy! Everyone loves those salty little balls of meat and the author says these are the best she’s ever made (and even better than her husband’s who she states is a Köfte master). I would make a gravy or sauce to serve them with because let’s face it almost, everyone likes to dip.

MommyHiker.com – Crimini Mushroom and Mint Stuffed Zucchini

Crimini Mushroom and Mint Stuffed ZucchiniThis recipe was created by the author just grabbing what she had in her fridge and pantry and putting it all together while writing down the measurements! Filled with great summer veggies and herbs, this dish is light and flavorful.

Moni MealsTomato and Basil Flatbread

Tomato and Basil FlatbreadPitas are so easy to find and tomatoes are in season, meaning you’ll get the best variety and juiciest options out there. Using simple and fresh ingredients always is the easiest way to impress your guests especially for a first course. Keep it light so they are ready to dig in to the main course.

Stonefire Authentic FlatbreadsGrilled Naan with Brie Cheese, by Chef Ted Reader

Grilled Naan with Brie CheeseBrie is one of those cheeses that took me a while to understand or enjoy. The look of it always threw me off. Once I figured out how good it was there was no turning back. The Naan bread is so tasty and when you melt the brie it takes it to a whole new level.

Succulent Side Dishes

Culinary.netCookout Potatoes

Cookout PotatoesI don’t know what goes better with a burger or big, juicy piece of meat than slow roasted potatoes mixed with bell peppers, onion and cheese. Use the low-fat shredded cheddar to keep it light. Only 2.5g of fat per serving if you follow the recipe exactly! Tip: if you have a mandolin you might want to bust it out to get the potatoes uniformly sliced.

Fabulessly FrugalGrilled Garlic Rosemary Potatoes

Grilled Garlic Rosemary PotatoesYou got the meat and now it’s time to spruce up those potatoes! Grab some garlic, rosemary and olive oil and get these babies marinated to really infuse the garlic and herbs. So easy and great to throw together the day before. Tip: If your potatoes look pretty dark on the outside don’t despair; the author states they will still be creamy and perfect in the middle and the blackened exterior actually gives them a great flavor.

Fabulessly FrugalGrilled Southwest Corn with Chipotle Butter

Grilled Southwest CornGive your grilled corn a southwest flair with this super tasty chipotle-lime butter. Your taste buds will not be disappointed and the best part is you can make a good amount of the butter and use it in other recipes, plus have it on hand anytime you have the craving for that sweet corn on the cob.

Fabulessly FrugalGrilled Orange-Glazed Carrots

Grilled Orange Glazed CarrotsI never thought to throw carrots on the grill! These are amazing and I can always get my daughter to eat carrots. The combination of the sweetness from the carrots with that wonderful glaze makes them melt in your mouth.

The Country CookCheddar Bacon Potato Packets

Cheddar Bacon Potato PacketsHere is yet another amazing bacon, potato and cheese recipe. I can’t get enough of these things. They are also portable and perfect for barbeques and camping trips. Throw some fabulous steaks on the grill and serve them up with these amazing potatoes.

The Country CookHobo Packets

Hobo PacketsA recipe for the pure meat and potatoes lover all wrapped up in a perfect little portable package. This is great for those outdoor barbeques, a quick meal between fishing or kayaking or just simply for sitting around the campfire.

Snack GirlVegetable Grilled Satay Salad

Salad SatayThis is a super healthy addition to your grill which normally is full of hamburgers, hot dogs and other cooked meats and heavy potatoes. Grill these up to lighten up your menu.

Snack GirlGrilled Romaine Lettuce

grilled romaineHave you ever thought of grilling Romaine lettuce? Something magical happens when it hits that smoke and gets that nice char on the leaves. You can serve these up simply with a little drizzle of olive oil, salt, pepper and some blue cheese crumbles. Or create a beautiful grilled Caesar salad.

 Hello Newlywed LifeSouthwestern Avocado Salad

Southwestern Avocado SaladThis recipe is nothing short of brilliant. Love the Mexican flare and it can be made in less than 5 minutes. It has a rich creamy chipotle dressing that ties everything together. Perfect snack while sipping on a cold Corona in the back yard.

From Brazil to YouGrilled Corn on the Cobb with Jalapeno Aioli and Parmesan Cheese

Grilled-Corn-with-Jalapeno-Lime-Aioli-and-Parmesan-Cheese2Oh how I love grilled corn on the cob and this one not only grills it but spreads a spicy jalapeno aioli and Parmesan cheese all over those sweet bits of corn. Omit the spice for the kiddos or non spicy food lovers.

Running with WrinklesGrilled French Fries

Grilled French FriesThese are some manly steak fries. You can season them simply with salt, pepper and olive oil or add any type of seasoning you like. Fresh herbs, cumin and cayenne or a good southwest seasoning mix are some ideas to spruce them up.

Gourmande in the Kitchen – Grilled Zucchini and Summer Squash with Yogurt Cumin Sauce

Grilled-Zucchini and Summer Squash-with-Yogurt-SauceGrilled zucchini and summer squash are served with a cumin yogurt sauce in this light summer side. Love the cumin yogurt sauce! I tried this a few weeks ago as a side to go with some grilled ribeyes and it was perfect. The little one loved dipping her zucchini and squash in the yogurt sauce.

Gourmande in the Kitchen – Greek Inspired Zucchini, Halloumi and Artichoke Vegetable Skewers

Greek-Inspired-Zucchini-Halloumi-and-Artichoke-SkewersZucchini, artichokes and halloumi team up with a zesty lemon oregano marinade and hit the grill in these easy Greek inspired vegetable skewers. A side dish everyone will be talking about all summer.

Empowered SustenanceButternut Squash Pizza Crusts

Butternut Squash Pizza CrustsLooking for a healthy pizza crust? Butternut squash creates a one-ingredient, individual-size crust. Bake the crusts as directed, then top with your choice of favorite toppings. Grilled onions and crumbled goat cheese on these are phenomenal.

 Syrup & BiscuitsCountry Baked Beans

Country-Baked-BeansThere is nothing better than homemade baked beans. Sure the cans are easy and readily available but when you take the time to do it yourself you can control all the flavors and seasoning. It’s not even that hard, but does take a long time to cook so be sure to prepare ahead of time.

Syrup & Biscuits Grilled Rosemary Garlic Skewed Potatoes

Grilled-Garlic-rosemary-potatoesThe use of rosemary stems instead of a typical skewers infuses the potatoes with that beautiful earthiness of the rosemary that goes so well with garlic. It also keeps them from falling between the grates and easy to flip! Sometimes it’s the simplest recipes that are the best.

 From Valerie’s KitchenBalsamic Grilled Zucchini

Balsamic Grilled ZucchiniGrilling and roasting tend to be the most kid-friendly way to prepare veggies the kiddos will actually eat. So here is some beautifully grilled zucchini with a balsamic glaze that adds a special touch of sweetness the family will go nuts over.

 MommyHiker.comRoasted Balsamic Beets and Goat Cheese

Roasted Balsamic Beets w_ Goat CheeseI rediscovered beets a few months ago and couldn’t have been more happy. Like most veggies something magical happens when you roast them. The tangy goat cheese is the perfect compliment to the sweet and smoky beets. Love this recipe!  

Recipe by PhotosGrilled Sweet Potatoes

grilled-sweet-potatoesSweet potatoes have been popping up just about everywhere so why not start grilling them! I’m sure people have been grilling them for years but I just started seeing more recipes and I love it. These keep them on the savory side but feel free to make them sweet as well by adding cinnamon, brown sugar and butter.

Decadent Desserts & Refreshing Drinks

So Very BlessedToasted S’mores Brownies

Toasted SmoresWant s’mores without all the mess? Well, here you get all the yummy s’mores flavors, but in a bite size, easy to eat brownie. I would toast the marshmallows by using the broiler or a small chef’s torch if you have happen to have one.

 So Very BlessedStrawberry Cake

Strawberry CakeStrawberries are at their peak in the summer so throwing together a tasty cake using them just makes sense. It’s topped with a most delicious cream cheese frosting that has been requested from the author many times. I can’t wait to try this!

 Fabulessly FrugalPound Cake

Pound CakePound cake is a wonderful base for so many desserts and it can also be enjoyed with a nice dollop of whipped cream. It freezes well so you can always have it on hand to throw together a decadent dessert in minutes. Check out the author’s recipe for strawberry-lime short cakes below the pound cake recipe.

 The Country CookApple Pie Packets

Apple Pie PacketsEveryone will light up when they receive their own little packet and open it up to dig into these sugary, delightful little apple slices. Since they come in their own foil pack they are great for the outdoor BBQ’s or camping trips. Add pecans, walnuts, cranberries, raisins or other things you love with baked apples to make it your own or switch it up all summer long.

Empowered Sustenance Paleo Berry Shortcake

Paleo berry-shortcakeEnjoy these gluten free orange-scented shortcakes topped with your choice of grilled fruits. Grilled peaches or strawberries are excellent options. A healthy dessert that still satisfies your sweet tooth. 

Empowered Sustenance – 3-Ingredient Ginger Strawberry Sorbet

Ginger strawberry-sorbetA perfect dessert to end an amazing meal! Only uses 3 ingredients yet these 3 ingredients go together so well. Ginger adds a great kick and your guests and family will be asking for it again and again.

oh sweet basilCheesecake Fuit Salad

Cheesecake-fruit-saladThis is the essential dish to sit outside with family and enjoy or take to your next barbeque. The secret to the creaminess is a cheesecake pudding. I didn’t even know that existed so am dying to try this out.

oh sweet basil Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

Fruit-Salsa w_ cinnamon chipsThis easy dessert takes 20 minutes from start to finish. You’ll feel good about you and the kids snacking on fresh fruit and get that sweet satisfaction from those crunchy cinnamon chips.

oh sweet basil Brown Sugar Grilled Pineapple

Brown Sugar Grilled PineappleOur expert author came up with this recipe because she and her husband loved it at one of their favorite restaurants. She figured she could easily fire up the grill and make it even better and she did just that. Three simple ingredients and a ton of wonderful flavor and you will be hooked.

 oh sweet basilNo Bake Mini Cheesecakes with Raspberry Sauce

No Bake Mini-Cheesecakes-with-Raspberry-SauceThese are gorgeous! I want to have a party just so I can serve them up see people’s reactions. Who says you need a party for such an elegant dessert? These only take 40 minutes to make so they are great for any night of the week and freeze the left overs so you can enjoy them anytime in a pinch.

 The Yellow TableWatermelon, Grapefruit and Mint Coolers (non-alcoholic)

Watermelon, Grapefruit and Mint CoolersJust the title of this recipe sounds refreshing and that is exactly what this drink is… REFRESHING. The mint adds cool freshness and watermelon has such a subtle sweetness to it which compliments the tartness in the grapefruit perfectly.

 Gourmande in the KitchenRefreshing Watermelon Raspberry Lemonade

Watermelon-Raspberry-LemonadeHydrating watermelon and coconut water meet up with tangy lemons and tart raspberries in this refreshing and thirst-quenching watermelon, raspberry lemonade. Another great recipe for the kiddos on those hot summer days to keep them hydrated and the flavors will keep them coming back for more!

Urban NaturalLow Calorie Tropical Rum Cocktail

Low Calorie Tropical Run CocktailSince it’s summer and we are all showing a bit more skin, these fun and fruity summer cocktails will keep your diet low-cal. You won’t even know it is low cal but you will feel better about having a few with your friends. This is my favorite new drink to have with my besties and I know it will become one of yours.

maypurrLimoncello-Gin Cocktail with Grilled Thyme

Limoncello-Gin CocktailHere is a nice and light summer cocktail with a twist of thyme. Yes, that is thyme, not lime! Throw the thyme still on their stems on the grill to bring out the best of their flavor. The aroma of thyme will open the senses and the smooth gin and tangy Limoncello will open up that warm fuzzy summer feeling.

 treehugger.comRaspberry and Serrano Sangri­a

Raspberry Serrano SangriaSangria is definitely the essential summer cocktail but why serve up the “same old” all the time. Add some spice to your sangria using this recipe. Seems intimidating but if you haven’t tried spicy chilies in chocolate or serrano in your sangria you are so missing out. It creates a whole new depth of flavor you and everyone are going to love.

 The Slow Roasted ItalianBlueberry Vanilla Yogurt Ice Pop Popsicles

blueberry-vanilla-yogurt-ice-pop-popsiclesNice and cold, and filled with creamy yogurt and fresh sweet blueberries for a tasty summer treat. You’ll love making them and the kids (and adults) will love eating them. So cool and refreshing for the hot summer days.

The Slow Roasted ItalianClassic Frozen Margarita

Classic Frozen MargaritaEvery barbeque deserves a cold classic margarita. It just brings back memories of when I went to Cancun with my friends back in my 20’s. I found this recipe to be the best one I’ve tried since my days in Mexico. Make some memories and mix up some margaritas.

Overtime CookChocolate and Caramel Ice Cream Parfaits

Chocolate-Caramel-Ice-Cream-parfaitAnother absolutely gorgeous dessert yet a total contrast to the strawberry cheesecake recipe listed above. This one involves decadent chocolate and caramel which are my favorite flavor profiles. I never can turn down anything that involves chocolate and caramel. I love how they are served in stemless wine glasses. Perfect touch.

Mouth watering marinades, rustic rubs, homemade condiments and much more!

Chocolate MooseyHomemade Ketchup and Mustard (No Corn Syrup)

Homemade-Ketchup-and-Yellow-MustardThis is something I’ve been wanting to try for a very long time. I always thought it would require a ton of ingredients and take a long time. That is not the case. Homemade ketchup and mustard takes about 30 minutes to make but the ketchup needs to develops its flavors so try and make it ahead of time.

Empowered Sustenance Ginger Salt

diy-ginger-saltEnjoy this simple seasoning salt sprinkled on grilled meats or veggies. The recipe uses unrefined salt, such as Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt, which boast numerous health benefits. If you can’t find that type of salt use sea salt or whatever you can find. Either way this is a great way to give your dishes a very whimsical finish.

 Empowered Sustenance – Cauliflower Wraps

Paleo Cauliflower WrapsThese grain and dairy free wraps rely on an unexpected ingredient to replace flour: cauliflower! Enjoy as a side with your favorite grilled meats and veggies. Use these over flour or corn wraps for a much healthier spin. Kids will probably like them better as long as you don’t tell them they are good for them. Sshhh…. I won’t tell if you don’t.

From Valerie’s Kitchen Pretty Chicken Marinade

Pretty Chicken MarinadeMarinating chicken especially when it is going to be grilled is a must and you have to find the best mix of flavors that will soak into the meat. For chicken I like bold flavors which this one has. She also lists alternative ingredients if you can’t find what’s in the standard recipe. Marinades not only keep the chicken juicy but they infuse so much flavor. 

From Valerie’s Kitchen Grilled Steak Marinade

Grilled Steak MarinadeSteak is another meat that will be so much better with the perfect marinade. It helps tenderize the meat while infusing flavors that will only enhance that wonderful beef flavor. Worcestershire sauce is something I use in almost every beef marinade. It’s amazing!

The Yummy Life3 Barbeque Sauces; Sweet & Tangy, Smoky and Spicy

3 Barbeque Sauce RecipesHere are 3 barbeque sauces that will satisfy anyone’s taste buds. You can go with sweet, spicy or smoky. If I had the time I would make all three and give my family and guests an option. You can even have fun with it and buy sticker paper to name and decorate your squeeze bottles or jars.

oh  sweet basilHomemade Ranch Dressing

Homemade-ranch-dressingI’ve always been somewhat of a fan of ranch dressing and then I had my friend’s homemade version of the stuff. Wow. There is no comparison. Our author, Carrian, has given me so many amazing recipes I had to try this one out as soon as I saw it – and let me tell you it is awesome! I use it as a marinade and also to season other dishes. It’s more than just a dressing.

Saving with ShellieBest Homemade Steak Seasoning

BestSteakSeasoningThis is the best because Shellie and her husband have done the work finding the perfect blend and you get to reap the benefits. Feel free to mix it up to your liking as well. Also makes a great gift or fun party favor giveaway. She even has a cute free printable tag you can use.

Stone GableMagic BBQ Rub

Magic BBQThis rub is definitely magical. Once again the chef has done all the work figuring out the best mix of ingredients and seasoning so you don’t have to. It’s a spicy one so feel free to use less cayenne for the little ones. Otherwise, let the magic make your meat magical! 

MissHomemade.comAvocado Mayonnaise

avocado mayonnaiseMayonnaise is another one of those condiments we buy all the time and yet it is so easy to make at home and the difference in flavor can’t be beat. Here we are not only making a homemade mayo but adding creamy avocado to the mix. That’s what makes this mayo extra special. It will go great with some of those succulent turkey burgers or grilled chicken sandwiches. 

Now that you have tons of main course and burger ideas along with all the sides, appetizers, desserts, condiments and cocktails to complete each barbeque masterpiece, get out there and get grilling! Time to enjoy those beautiful sunny days with family and friends and nothing brings people together like a great meal.

Happy Grilling My Friends!

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