Nothing says summer like grilling outdoors! If you're looking for some good food to put on the grill this summer, or to make you think of summer in the winter, try some of these ideas:
Hot dogs and hamburgers. I know, it's such an obvious choice; it almost seems lame, but they're not lame because everyone loves them! So if you really can't think of something unique for your backyard barbecue and you want to make a safe choice, go with hot dogs and hamburgers. Nothing says all-American summertime cook-out like hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill!
Chicken. Chicken on the grill is a healthy choice, especially if you use boneless, skinless chicken breasts. There are so many marinades and dry rubs that you can do just about anything you want with grilled chicken. Some delicious ideas are Mexican chicken, Jamaican jerk chicken, or barbecue chicken. You can also make bone-in chicken on the grill. It takes a little longer, but it's worth it! Click here for how to grill bone-in chicken.
Italian sausage. Italian sausage on the grill always reminds me of a carnival. If you have a side burner, grill up some onions and peppers to go with it. If not, put the sliced onions and peppers in aluminum foil with some butter, and seal it tightly. Put the package away from direct heat on the grill, and when everything's done, load it all into a nice, soft bun.
Pizza. Everyone's heard of wood-fired pizza, but you can actually make pizza on the grill, too. Use pre-cooked crust, sauce, and toppings of your choice. Put the grill on low heat, brush one side of the crust with oil, and put that side down on the grill. As soon as it browns flip it over and load it up with sauce, cheese, pepperoni, mushrooms - whatever you want! Close the lid. The pizza is done when the cheese is melted and bubbly.
Veggies. If you're not a vegetarian, grilled vegetables are probably not your first choice, but they're something to think about. Vegetables are healthy, in-season, and a delicious change form traditional grill foods. Try vegetable shishkabobs using chunks of tomatoes, onion, green peppers, and mushrooms. Or slice zucchini or eggplant the long way, about half an inch thick, and marinate with Italian dressing or fresh garlic and rosemary, then grill to your liking.