Can You Grill It? 9 Foods Beyond Burgers to Throw on the BBQ

This season, try putting some char on everything you serve, whether it's appetizers, sides, desserts or even cocktails.

When you fire up the grill for summer barbecues, it's easy to stick to tried-and-true grilling recipes like steaks, ribs and vegetables, but why not mix things up? This season, try putting some char on  everything you serve, whether it's appetizers, sides, desserts or even cocktails. There are infinite possibilities for new fiery flavor combinations, and we've rounded up nine new and innovative grilled recipes to wow your guests.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Michael Symon's genius grilled breakfast is sweet and savory with rosemary-and-strawberry-topped French toast. Feel free to grill up some bacon on the side.

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Take grilled cheese to the next level with Michael Chiarello's marinated Provolone. Instead of sandwiching cheese between slices of bread, throw it straight on the grill for melty goodness.




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Matt Armendariz, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Charring the lettuce gives  grilled romaine salad a deep, hearty flavor, and an anchovy-spiked vinaigrette makes the dressing a hybrid of blue cheese and Caesar.

Kelsey Nixon's super-savory Beet, Bacon and Herbed Goat Cheese Flatbread sounds fancy, but it's a cinch to make. If that trio of ingredients doesn't strike your fancy, you can top the flatbread with anything your heart (or stomach) desires. Kelsey used the same dough to make a Chopped Caesar Salad Pizza with chicken, too.

Goodbye, Buffalo chicken wings; hello grilled turkey wings. These beer-brined beauties will be the hit at your next barbecue.

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Bobby Flay's guilt-free grilled sweet potato fries get a quick parboil on the stove before hitting the grill. Warning: You may scare off vampires and your friends with all this garlic flavor.

Fruit and Dessert: Grilled Fruit Cobbler

Combine peaches, apricots and plums, or pineapple and berries on the grill before topping the fruit with batter and throwing it in the oven. After you try  Grilled Fruit Cobbler, you'll never use canned peaches again.

You don't actually grill the ice cream in this recipe, but the homemade banana bread gets some time on the flames. You could even grill your bananas for extra flavor before making the bread.

This peach cocktail packs a peachy punch with a double dose of the fruit: grilled and pureed peaches, plus peach liqueur. Bourbon and brown sugar syrup round out the flavors to make it taste like pie in a glass.

For more great grilling recipes and ideas, check out our 101 Ways to Love Summer.

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