7 Reasons to Break Out the Grill on a Weeknight

Because grilling is a *grate* way to celebrate on the 4th.

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Summer is officially here and with it, grilling! If you're anything like us you're planning a season filled with the smoky, char-marked deliciousness of all your favorites. Make the most of your summer and fire up the grill on weeknights too; it's a quick and easy way to make an entire meal in a matter of minutes — and with less clean-up. Whether you're cooking dinner for your family after work or hosting a casual, Wednesday night 4th of July cookout, these recipes make it easy to grill any night of the week.

Feed your whole family in less than a half an hour with juicy, bone-in pork chops and colorful summer succotash. This version gets an extra smoky kick from the char-grilled corn and onions — and the cumin-spiced sour cream that’s served alongside.

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Christopher Testani

Kebabs are a summertime staple. And it’s no wonder; they’re versatile, easy to prep in advance, and great for feeding a crowd. We love these hearty skewers because they feature a classic combination (steak and potatoes) and a super simple dipping sauce that really amps up the flavor.

Ultimate Burger Build, as seen on Chinet "Best Ever", Season 2.

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Felix Williams

This genius recipe makes it easy to grill — and chill — with family and friends anytime. Keep your burger toppings (did someone say bacon, mushrooms, onions and peppers?!) warm on a sheet pan while you cook the patties and toast the buns. Then, just assemble to order.

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Antonis Achilleos

The hotter the oven, the better the pizza crust. But why heat up your kitchen for homemade pizza when you can cook it on the grill instead? And, with its Mediterranean-inspired flavors of shrimp, feta and oregano, this gourmet pizza is the perfect choice for an al fresco weeknight dinner. Make a few pizzas (with a variety of toppings) and you've got dinner for a crowd.

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You won’t believe the depth of flavor you’ll achieve in under an hour — and with just a handful of ingredients. Put these salmon fillets in the refrigerator to marinate for 20 minutes while you grill a mix of your favorite vegetables. Then, cook the fillets for 10 minutes and dinner is served.

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Antonis Achilleos

Give your burgers an instant upgrade by seasoning them with paprika and brushing them with a kicked-up ketchup while they cook. The patties will be saucy, savory and full of flavor. Then, pile them high with crisp raw onions, lettuce, tomato and pickles for a burger that's guaranteed to become one of your summertime go-tos.

Skip the barbecue sauce and top grilled chicken with melted brie, thinly shaved prosciutto and baby arugula instead. These chicken breasts may look like they came from a 5-star restaurant but they're deceptively simple to make at home — and taste great sandwiched inside a toasted bun for a casual backyard barbecue.

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