Easy Grilling Tips for Families

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There's something special about a meal cooked on the grill! Summer is the perfect time to get fired up with creative ways to get your grill on. 

From lean meats and veggies to pizzas and even fruits, that smoky flavor will make all of your meals taste amazing and our tips will give your grill new flare!

Benefits of grilling

Give your oven a break and get outside. Your backyard grill is a great way to make a quick, healthy meal everyone will love.

The grilling process itself intensifies the flavors of meats, vegetables and even fruit—giving everything a taste that makes meals memorable. Busy weekday? No problem! The grill cooks veggies faster, preserving important vitamins and minerals. Not only does the grill add that delicious smoky flavor to meats, but the excess fat drips off, leaving a leaner piece of protein.

What to grill

Lean meats: The grill is perfect for chicken, lean hamburger, turkey burgers, steaks, pork chops or fish. Just be sure to trim off visible fat before grilling and turn down the heat to seal in juiciness. Try marinating your meats—you won't need any sauces.

Veggies: Grilling brings out the wonderful sweetness of so many vegetables—asparagus, peppers, onions, mushrooms, zucchini, summer squash, eggplant, tomatoes and corn are just a few. For an extra flavor boost, marinate veggies in vinaigrette or just drizzle with olive oil.

Fruits: Grilled fruits can be a delicious part of the meal or a healthy dessert. Pineapples and peaches are a real treat on the grill. 

Grilling shortcuts

Becoming a grill master is easier than you might think. The grill gives your meals a delicious smoky flavor, making everything taste great. With these grilling tips, your meals will be the envy of the neighborhood.

  • When cooking meat, line your grill with foil and poke holes in it to let fat drip through.
  • Use fresh herbs in your marinades or sprinkle on meats and veggies for added flavor.
  • Visit your local farmers market and add fresh, flavorful produce to your meals.
  • Be safe! Keep grill at least three feet away from everything—walls, bushes, kids and pets.

Grilling recipe #1: easy summer meal

Summer is synonymous with burgers on the grill. This balanced meal featuring turkey burger sliders is kid friendly!

Grilling recipe #2: easy weeknight meal

Busy weeknight? Chicken is a quick and easy dinner fix (you can even prepare the kabobs the night before)!