Food & Nutrition

18 unexpected recipes to cook on the grill

Get more out of your barbecue and use it to make guacamole, pasta, and dessert!

Here's something even the greatest grill masters tend to forget: The barbecue isn't just for burgers and hot dogs. Your grill can do a whole lot more than you give it credit for. Desserts? Yup. Pasta? Sure. Soups, dips, and pizza? Oh, yeah! There are so many fun things to grill.

The benefits of going beyond the typical staples are huge. First, getting out of the kitchen usually means less mess to clean up. And in the summertime, what's better than cooking—and dining—in the fresh air? Plus, the method lends a wonderful smoky, rich, charred taste to dishes. In fact, once you try our favorite things to cook on the grill, it may be difficult to go back to the original recipes.

And if weight loss is the goal, grilling more than just patties and franks can do wonders since the cooking method doesn't require a lot of oil or fat. Moreover, clever grilling ideas (gazpacho on the barbecue!) open up the door to delicious meals that can keep you on track.

To inspire your future grilling adventures, we've rounded up some delicious, plan-friendly, and unexpected recipes to cook on the grill. Enjoy them alone or as an accompaniment to your usual BBQ faves (because, hey, we'll never say no to a juicy burger). Want even more inspiration? Snag the Year-Round Grilling cookbook!

Now fire up the barbie and get cooking!

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Leslie Fink, MS, RD has worked on the WW editorial team for more than 20 years. She plays a key role in food, recipe, and program content, as well as product partnerships and experiences.

 

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