Fire Up The Grill: Our Favorite Grilling Recipes

If you live in a city and don’t have access to a backyard like a lot of us, you probably share my love of being able to cook (or just eat) near an actual grill. It’s illegal for us to put a tiny grill on our fire escape, so I relish any chance to visit our families outside of Brooklyn who have room for outdoor cooking. Julia and I are spending time with my family in Virginia this week to celebrate my mom’s birthday (Happy Birthday, Mom!), so we’re preparing a special all-grilled menu for her party. In honor of cooking outside and making something under the stars, I rounded up my all-time favorite grilling recipes. From Yotam Ottolenghi’s grilled bread with spinach to an incredible chai tea s’more recipe, there’s something in here for every meal and taste bud. Happy grilling! xo, grace

*Image above: This is my favorite grilling recipe we’ve ever posted. It’s Green Kitchen Stories’ delicious take on a grilled Portobello burger (with peaches!). Vegetarian, fresh and super tasty, it’s my go-to for summer grilling when I visit my family in Virginia.

Click through for all of our favorite recipes after the jump!

Grilled Pizzas: Did you know you can create a delicious pizza right on your backyard BBQ? This recipe from food photographer, writer and radio host Michael Harlan Turkell is one of my favorites.

Whole Roasted Fish with Fresh Herb Sauce: Dan George of Smoke & Pickles catering breaks down a great way to roast a whole fish over the coals in this detailed post. If you’ve never tried cooking a whole fish, this is a great way to jump in. His recipe for an easy herb sauce is a must-try, too.

Grilled Scallops with Rhubarb Relish: Dan also created this delicious recipe for grilling scallops with a delicious (and not too sweet) relish made of fresh rhubarb, ginger and jalapeño.

Grilled Bread with Spinach with sumac, pine nuts, and fresh cheese: Yotam Ottolenghi is legendary for his incredible vegetable-focused recipes and this meal is no exception. I love grilling bread almost as much as I love bread itself, so this healthy meal is a nice way to create something hearty and tasty for friends who prefer not to eat meat during their BBQ.

Grilled Fish with Rosemary and Fennel: Nancy Neil’s recipe calls for a delicious mix of fresh veggies like fennel fronds and rosemary to fill the inside of fresh fish. If you have a fisherman in your family, this is a great way to create something wonderful from their catch of the day.

Spicy Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Thai Basil Jalapeños: Most people assume you can only make “grilled” cheese on a skillet, but you can definitely grill your sandwiches on a regular charcoal or gas grill to give it some extra smoky flavor. I prefer to weigh mine down a bit with a heavy pot or cast iron skillet on top.

Chai Tea S’mores: I will eat a s’more in any possible form, but I love the chance to actually assemble and make them over an open fire or grill. This recipe includes a graham recipe made from scratch to make your dessert extra special.


That top sandwich looks absolutely amazing, but there is no way you can bite into that without tearing up the roof of your mouth. It might be worth it in the end though.