Quick Summer Grilling Recipes For Busy Weekends

Summer is here, and that means it’s time to fire up the grill and enjoy some mouthwatering meals in the great outdoors. Whether you’re at a campsite or parked in your RV, grilling can be the perfect way to make delicious, quick meals without spending too much time in the kitchen. I’m Steph, and I’m here to share some of my favorite quick summer grilling recipes for those busy weekends. In this ultimate guide, I’ll provide you with practical tips and tasty recipes that you can easily whip up, so you can spend more time savoring the season.

Grill Prep 101

Before we dive into the recipes, let’s start with some essential grilling tips:

  1. Clean Your Grill: A clean grill is crucial for great flavor. Make sure to brush off any leftover debris from previous grilling sessions.
  2. Preheat Like a Pro: Preheat your grill for at least 15 minutes. This ensures even cooking and prevents your food from sticking.
  3. Oil the Grates: Use a paper towel or a grill brush dipped in oil to coat the grates. This reduces sticking and adds a nice flavor to your food.
  4. Choose the Right Tools: Invest in long-handled tongs and a spatula for easy flipping and handling of food.
  5. Temperature Control: Learn to control your grill’s temperature. High heat for searing, medium for cooking, and low for keeping warm.

Now, let’s get to the good stuff – the recipes!

1. Grilled Lemon Herb Chicken


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 lemons
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • In a bowl, mix the juice of one lemon, minced garlic, and rosemary.
  • Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper and brush with the lemon mixture.
  • Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  • Grill the chicken for 6-8 minutes per side or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F.
  • Squeeze the juice of the second lemon over the chicken before serving.

2. Veggie Skewers with Chimichurri Sauce


  • Assorted vegetables (bell peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes)
  • Wooden skewers, soaked in water
  • 1 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Thread the vegetables onto the soaked skewers.
  • In a bowl, mix parsley, garlic, red wine vinegar, and olive oil to make the chimichurri sauce. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Preheat the grill to medium heat.
  • Grill the veggie skewers for 10-12 minutes, turning occasionally.
  • Serve the skewers with a drizzle of chimichurri sauce.

3. Grilled Pineapple Dessert


  • Fresh pineapple slices
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Vanilla ice cream (optional)


  • In a small bowl, mix brown sugar and cinnamon.
  • Sprinkle the sugar mixture over the pineapple slices.
  • Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  • Grill the pineapple for 2-3 minutes per side until caramelized.
  • Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a delightful summer treat.

FAQuick Summer Grilling Recipes

Can I use a gas grill for these recipes?

Absolutely! You can use either a charcoal or gas grill for these recipes. Just follow the temperature guidelines mentioned.

What other vegetables can I use for the skewers?

You can get creative with your veggie skewers. Try adding red onions, eggplant, or any of your favorite vegetables.

Can I marinate the chicken in advance?

Yes, marinating the chicken for a few hours or even overnight can enhance the flavor. Just be sure to keep it in the refrigerator.

Do I need to remove the pineapple core before grilling?

You can leave the core in for grilling and remove it when serving. It’s edible and adds a unique flavor.

Can I substitute the chicken with tofu for a vegetarian option?

Of course! Tofu works great with the lemon herb marinade, and it’s a fantastic vegetarian alternative.

There you have it – your ultimate guide to quick summer grilling recipes for those busy weekends. With these recipes and tips, you’ll be grilling like a pro in no time. Enjoy your summer adventures and delicious meals!

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