August Grilling Guide
Grill better every day with a month's worth of great recipes and grilling tips.
Grilling restaurant-style burgers at home is easier than you think. Just follow a few basic rules, like choosing the right meat and knowing when to flip, and soon you'll be grilling up burgers like a pro.
How to Grill Burgers
For an easy side dish, throw zucchini, yellow squash, asparagus, mushrooms and onions onto the grill. Season with a simple herbed dressing and serve warm or at room temperature.
Giada's Grilled Vegetables
Everyone can make a watermelon salad, but try tossing the melon on the grill for a salty-sweet, smoky salad that's as delightful as it is unexpected.
Yes, You Can Grill It
You don't need to commit to a day of outdoor smoking to make tender, juicy ribs. Roasting them low and slow in the oven does the job just as well without the hassle of true smoke-pit BBQ.
Oven-Roasted Sweet-Tea Ribs
#1. Befriend your butcher. Buy from a good butcher shop or from the butcher at your supermarket's meat counter. Avoid prepackaged steaks: plastic wrap traps in moisture.
9 More of Bobby's Tips
Take your grilling to the next level with simple recipes and tips from Giada De Laurentiis. Start with easy mini-pizza appetizers, cook up meat and veggies slathered in compound butter and end it all with sweet, caramelized fruit on the grill.
Get Grilling With Giada
What's Sunny's secret to standout sweet tea? Make simple syrup, simmering sugar and water until the sugar is dissolved, and throw in some fresh mint for a cool and refreshing flavor twist. Add the cooled syrup to iced tea for the perfect summer sipper.
Sweet Minted Tea
This classic, quick and easy salad makes a great weeknight side, but is equally appropriate for weekend picnics and potlucks.
Make Broccoli Salad Tonight
Portobello mushrooms have a hearty, meaty texture and grill up beautifully, making them the ideal grilled main for vegetarians. Giada's grilled portobellos, filled with in-season tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil, can do double duty as an amazing side dish.
Portobello Mushrooms on the Grill
You'll need to visit the home improvement store to get what you need for Bobby Flay's special grilling technique. Wood planks — maple, hickory or cedar — impart a smoky, unique flavor to grilled fish, pork, beef and chicken.
Bobby Shows You How
The superstars of summer, corn and tomatoes, are at their peak right now; build a menu around the bounty overflowing from backyard gardens and farmers' markets.
Get the Menu
To impress guests and pack a huge flavor punch, follow Guy's lead and throw your salad on the grill. Crunchy romaine goes tender and smoky when it hits the heat. Top with blue cheese and bacon, and you have a winning side no one will forget.
Guy's Grilled Romaine
You can never eat too many berries in the summer, and Alton's classic shortcake is the perfect way to serve them up. Just bake his simple sweet biscuits and serve with lightly sweetened whipped cream and your favorite mix of berries.
Alton's Easy Shortcake Recipe
Make sure to have an easy appetizer on hand to keep hungry guests from hovering over your shoulder while you cook. Try starting your next party with Giada's irresistible beef and pineapple pops, served with frosty drinks of course.
Grilling may be a quintessential American pastime, but you can easily grill up dishes with international appeal. With just a few herbs, spices and a cool yogurt sauce, regular flank steak is transformed into a Mediterranean classic.
Get the Grilled Gyros Recipe
Gardens are exploding with zucchini this time of year, and with Ina's decadent Zucchini Gratin, you'll want to keep eating more and more of it. This is can't-miss summer comfort food at its best.
Meet the Star of Your Next Party
Mushrooms are the key to this juicy patty: They add moisture and flavor to the lean ground turkey. See if your family can guess the secret ingredient!
Finally, the Perfect Turkey Burger Recipe
Cook like a restaurant chef with Bobby's spicy, creamy potato salad recipe from his restaurant, Mesa Grill. Flavors and textures explode with this mixture of potatoes, tomatoes, cilantro, garlic and just the right amount of cayenne pepper.
Serve a Restaurant Side at Home
Start with bone-in chicken pieces, to maximize flavor. Then, follow these steps to grill up juicy chicken, cooked all the way through with perfectly crispy skin.
Grilling Chicken, Step-by-Step
Even if you don't own a tart pan, you can still bake a tart. Sunny's easy, freeform version is made with store-bought pie dough folded and pleated to hold the sweet filling. Plums are in season now and, unlike peaches, they don't need to be peeled before baking.
Bake a Plum Tart
For a thirsty crowd, serve a drink that can be mixed up in large batches, like this fruity Rose Sangria.
Make-Ahead Pink Sangria
See how Pat and Gina cook fall-off-the-bone barbecue, from their basic grill set-up to their #1 grilling secret (hint: low and slow).
Top 3 Tips for Great BBQ
Grilling corn on the cob is easy; the husks protect the tender kernels from direct heat. Remove the silky threads first, then fold the husks back over and lay the corn directly on the grill grates.
Try Grilling Your Cobs Tonight
The best-tasting peaches are tree-ripened and with their tender, easily bruised flesh, they don't ship well. That's why it's worth a trip to your local pick-your-own orchard or farmers' market to find the best peaches of the summer.
Pick Some Peaches, Make a Pie
Add a taste of the Caribbean to your grill-out, with Jamaican jerk seasoning, a combo of chiles and pungent spices, like allspice and cinnamon. Follow Tyler's lead and add fresh ginger and garlic for the ultimate Jerk Chicken.
Spice Up Your Cookout
You don't need a smoker to get smoke-kissed flavor. Paula adds a touch of liquid smoke to her Dutch oven before cooking her pork shoulder in gentle heat for four hours. When it comes out, it's fork-tender and sandwich-ready.
Get Paula's Pulled Pork Recipe
Paula's easy crab dip is a Southern staple. Start with jumbo lump crab meat, mix in pepper jack cheese and a little hot sauce for a kick, add creamy mayo, lemon juice and garlic, and then bake until bubbly.
Get the Recipe Party Guests Will Beg You For
Guy removes the corn's husks and silks before throwing it onto the grill, so the kernels get lightly charred. This recipe is also great for using up leftover corn on the cob.
Black Bean and Corn Salad
Try making Tyler's old-time peach cobbler, spiked with bourbon and baked in the oven in a cast iron skillet. Top it with vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream for the ultimate summer treat.
Tyler's Old-Fashioned Peach Cobbler
Instead of reaching for pasta, try making your next summer salad with couscous, a staple of Middle Eastern and African cooking. Just add grilled veggies and a tangy vinaigrette for Bobby's grill-master version.
Try a Pasta Alternative
How do you turn salmon into burger patties? Food Network Magazine came up with a solution: Chop 3/4 of the salmon into 1/4-inch pieces, and use the food processor to make a paste with the rest, mixing it with a few liquid ingredients and some seasonings.
The Perfect Salmon Burger
Summer Grilling Central
Top Hot Dogs
Standout Sides & Salads
All-Star Barbecue Menu
Grilled Chicken Feast
Cookout Classics Made Healthier
All-Star Burger Menu
Outdoor-Friendly Drinks Menu