Easy Summer Cookout Menu

Fire up your grill for this collection of impressive outdoor-inspired recipes.

"The Burger Bar."

"The Burger Bar."

Mix and Match

Start your summer cookout with a mix of vegetables and protein. A fruity mango salsa and lime-infused shrimp skewers go particularly well together, and neither take that long to prepare. Or, try grilled veggies as a starter or side.

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Easiest Entree

If you’re looking for a super-easy main course, go with simple grilled clams and oysters. All you have to do is clean them, put them on the grill, wait a couple of minutes for them to open, and you’re done!

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Feasts Fit for the Grill

Ready for a bigger challenge? Feed a crowd with skirt steak fajitas or a couple of grilled vegetable pizzas. Or go with an old favorite (with a new twist) like grilled Tuscan chicken or grilled salmon with salsa verde, which both work nicely. Classic burgers always hit the spot, like a bacon-blue cheese burger or juicy "super" burgers with homemade ranch on top. Or, let guests build their own burgers by firing up basic patties and then laying out bowls of caramelized onions, rosemary-scented bacon and more toppings.

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Sips and Sweets

You’ll need a drink to wash that all down –– go with tequila-spiked lemonade or a simple agua fresca. For dessert, grilled fruit is easy and refreshing: Try grilled bananas topped with maple creme fraiche or grilled peaches drizzled with honey and yogurt. 

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