Grilling: Beyond Burgers
It's official - grilling season is finally here! As we fire up our grills again, it's time to rethink what we're putting over the flame and start to enjoy a variety of different grilled foods, beyond just burgers.SEE THE RECIPE
by Land O'Lakes Test Kitchen
by Land O'Lakes Test Kitchen
It’s definitely that time of year again. Pull out the patio furniture, feel the sun on our faces and eat a meal outside. After a long, drawn-out winter, there are few things better than the smell of food cooking on a grill. We're not just talking about the grilling classics, like burgers, chicken or steak though. Let's re-imagine grilling as a whole!
How about a whole new meal occasion, like breakfast? Our Sausage, Egg & Cheese Breakfast Sandwich is the perfect recipe. Toast the English muffins, grill the sausage, melt the cheese and cook the eggs – all outside on the grill. Wait, eggs? On the grill? Yep, that’s right. Just use a grill-safe pan or a disposable aluminum pan (for super easy clean up) with a quick spray of oil and cook away. We can’t think of a better way to start a beautiful Saturday than with a meal al fresco.
We might not be firing up the grill every day, but when we do, we like to take advantage of it. Sometimes that means cooking some extra salmon or chicken to top lunchtime salads. Another great way to grill once and eat twice is to prepare a double recipe of Grill Roasted Corn-on-the-Cob. With just a few ingredients, this is the perfect easy side dish for grilled chicken, steaks or fish. The same corn can be cooled and cut off the cob to make a delicious Mexican Street Corn Salad – a tasty side dish to serve with tacos or fajitas the next day.
Grilled vegetables are one of our favorite ways to capture the freshness of the season. Whether skewered or cut into hearty pieces, grilled veggies are a natural accompaniment to an outdoor meal.
Another easy way to grill vegetables is in a foil packet. This method steams the vegetables and really infuses them with whatever flavors you add. Two of our favorite recipes right now are Italian Grilled Cauliflower Packets and Grilled Mushrooms for Steak (though, truth be told, we don’t even need the steak – the mushrooms alone are that good!).
The foil packet is not just for vegetables. Load up your favorite French bread with cheese to create an easy appetizer or side dish. Just three ingredients, wrapped in foil and grilled until perfectly cheesy. Our Cheesy Grilled Garlic & Herb Bread is an excellent complement to any summer meal.
Let’s not forget about dessert. Grilling fruit caramelizes the natural sugars for a decadent, yet healthy, treat. Much like vegetables, you can grill fruit in a packet or skewered like Cinnamon-Spiced Fruit Kabobs and place directly onto the grates. Or try Grilled Pound Cake for a great twist on shortcake, and top with your favorite berries.
What are some of your favorite things to grill beyond burgers?
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