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Cookout Recipes

Favorite Recipes for Cookouts


Here are some of my favorite recipes for family cookouts, including delicious vegetable, pasta, and potato salads, grilled meat and poultry, sauces, grilled veggies, and more.

1. Basic Grilled Burgers

Basic Burgers
Basic Burgers Photo: Diana Rattray

These burgers are quick and easy to prepare and cook on the grill. Worcestershire sauce and a little brown sugar give the burgers some great flavor. Try these burgers with this tasty Remoulade Sauce.

More Burgers

Juicy Grilled Burgers
Southwestern-Style Burgers With Black Beans
Green Chile Burgers
Mini Burgers

2. Fingerling Potato Salad

Fingerling Potato Salad
Potato Salad Photo: Diana Rattray

This potato salad may be simple, but it has plenty of flavor with sour cream, mayonnaise, and chunks of cucumber, celery, egg, and firm fingerling potatoes.

More Potato Salads:

Red, White, and Blue Potato Salad
Picnic Potato Salad
Baked Potato Salad
Potato Salad With Peas


3. Grilled Spareribs With Spicy Chipotle Rub

Grilled Ribs With Chipotle Rub
Grilled Ribs Photo: Diana Rattray
Baste these tender spicy ribs with your favorite homemade or purchased barbecue sauce just before serving. Serve the ribs with coleslaw and mashed potatoes for a fabulous summer meal.

More Rib Recipes:

Baby Back Ribs With Peach Barbecue Sauce
Tangy Glazed Grilled Ribs
Apricot Glazed Spareribs


4. Basic Coleslaw

basic colelsaw
Basic Coleslaw Photo: Diana Rattray
Here's a basic coleslaw with a tangy mayonnaise dressing, and it's a great choice for summer meals. Serve this coleslaw with barbecue or sandwiches.

More Coleslaw and Cabbage Salad Recipes:

Carolina Slaw
Red Cabbage Slaw
Cole Slaw With Creamy Tangy Dressing
Sweet and Tangy Party Slaw


5. Grilled Tuna With Honey Mustard Marinade

Grilled Tuna With Honey Mustard Marinade
Grilled Tuna Photo: Diana Rattray
Grill these delicious tuna steaks on the charcoal or gas grill or use a stovetop grill pan. Serve with roasted new potatoes or rice, along with salad greens for a delicious and light summer meal. Use sushi-grade tuna for the very best flavor.

More Fresh Tuna Recipes:

Grilled Salmon Burgers
Grilled Tuna With Green Olive Spread
Pan-Grilled Tuna With Peach Salsa

Grilled Salmon with Lemon and Dill


6. Green Pea Salad With Easy Creamy Dressing

Green Pea Salad With Easy Creamy Dressing
Green Pea Salad Photo: Diana Rattray
This green pea salad is as pretty as it is flavorful, with bright green peas, shredded carrot, bell pepper, red onion, and celery. Serve this salad with any summer meal or cookout, or take it along to a potluck event or picnic. Make this a few hours in advance and chill thoroughly for best flavor.

More Vegetable Salads:

Four Bean Salad
Asparagus With Champagne and Creole Mustard Vinaigrette
Cucumber Salad
Favorite Carrot Salad


7. Spicy Marmalade Glazed Grilled Chicken

Spicy Marmalade Glazed Grilled Chicken
Marmalade Grilled Chicken Photo: Diana Rattray
The marmalade marinade gives these chicken breasts lots of flavor. Feel free to use finely minced jalapeno pepper or a little cayenne pepper in place of the jalapeno salsa.

More Grilled Chicken:

Garlic Chicken on the Grill
Grilled Chicken With Linguine and Cajun Cream Sauce
Easy Grilled Chicken Tenders
Grilled Chicken With Goat Cheese Sauce


8. Pasta Salad With Herbs

Pasta Salad With Herbs
Pasta Salad With Herbs Photo: Diana Rattray
This is a delicious salad to enjoy for lunch with a cup of soup or a sandwich, or serve it with grilled meat or chicken for a quick and easy summer supper.

More Pasta Salads:
Pasta Salad With Ham
Pasta Salad With Chicken and Spinach
Pasta Salad With Peas and Ham
Tuna Pasta Salad With Dill


9. Peppered Coffee Steaks

Peppered Coffee Steaks
Peppered Coffee Steaks Photo: Diana Rattray
Cook these red wine and coffee marinated steaks on the grill or under the broiler.

More Steak Recipes:

Rib Steaks with Garlic Marinade
Flat Iron Steak With Spicy Chipotle Rub
Grilled Flank Steak With Balsamic Marinade


10. Strawberry Shortcakes With Cream Scones

Strawberry Shortcakes With Cream Scones
Strawberry Shortcakes Photo: Diana Rattray
Sweet cream scones are the perfect base for a delicious strawberry shortcake. Sprinkle the tops of the scones with decorative sugar for a beautiful glaze.

More Summer Desserts:

Buttermilk Ice Cream
Joan's Easy Peach Cobbler
Blueberry Cobbler


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