Friday, May 28, 2010

Ten Grilling Recipe Ideas for Memorial Day Weekend Grilling!

Ten Favorite Grilling Ideas
10 of my Favorite Grilling Ideas for Memorial Day Weekend. 

It's Friday, so I believe that's the official start of Memorial Day Weekend, even if some people have to finish work today before they can begin celebrating the arrival of summer. A few of my teacher friends are having their last day of school today, which any student or teacher knows is simply the best day of the year! I'll be doing a little entertaining and a lot of kicking back over the weekend, but first I thought I'd share a few ideas for things you might like to put on the grill if you'd like to kick it up a bit from basic burgers. I haven't decided what's going to be on my own grill this weekend, but all these grilling ideas are favorite recipes I love to cook, whether I'm grilling for guests or just throwing something on the grill for dinner. 

Ten Grilling Recipe Ideas for Memorial Day Weekend Grilling
Let's start with the Very Greek Grilled Chicken shown above, chicken breasts marinated in olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, Greek seasoning, poultry seasoning, and dried oregano, and then grilled until it's lightly browned and delicious.

These Grilled Middle Eastern Turkey Burgers are seasoned with chopped mint, chopped parsley, paprika, cumin, coriander, and hot red pepper, the patties are grilled and they're served inside pita bread with a yogurt sauce. The first time I made these I ate them for three meals in a row, that's how good they are!

Salmon is always great to throw on the grill, and what makes Grilled Salmon with Asian Dipping Sauce a memorable recipe is the flavorful sauce with soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, agave nectar, garlic, green onions, and hot red pepper. I've also used this same recipe with Mahi Mahi, if you'd rather try it that way.

When I first made this recipe for Kubideh or Grilled Ground Meat on Skewers with Middle Eastern Spices I used a purchased spice mix, but now the recipe has plenty of suggestions for other options, and even a recipe for Kubideh from a reader. There are some interesting comments here from readers who have suggestions as well.

These Grilled Portobello Mushrooms Stuffed with Sausage, Spinach, and Cheese are unusual and delicious, if you're looking for something to wow your guests. The giant mushrooms are stuffed with a mixture of turkey Italian sausage, tomato sauce, spinach, onion, garlic, red pepper flakes, chopped basil, and chopped parsley, then they're topped with grated mozzarella when they're grilled.

If you're lucky enough to find some nice halibut, might I suggest this recipe for Grilled Halibut with Southwestern Rub and Tomatillo Salsa. If you don't have every single ingredient I used in the rub for this halibut, use the ones you have, then serve with Tomatillo Salsa made from tomatillos, roasted green chilis, garlic, red onion, hot sauce, lime juice, and chopped cilantro.

You might not have thought about cooking eggplant on the grill, but when I made this recipe for Spicy Grilled Eggplant with Red Pepper, Parsley, and Mint, I became completely hooked on grilled eggplant and I've been growing eggplant in my garden and grilling it ever since!

If you have some nice lean pork chops, the recipe for Greek-Seasoned Pork Chops with Lemon and Oregano will keep them juicy with a marinade that includes olive oil, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, lemon zest, Greek oregano, garlic, and black pepper.

These Grilled Chicken Sanpete Kabobs are named for Sanpete County in Utah. You can also use pieces of turkey breast in this recipe where the meat is marinated in an interesting and flavorful mixture of diet lemon-lime soda, sesame oil, horseradish, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and black pepper.

Finally, for easy and delicious, you can hardly beat these Grilled Salmon Packets with Tomatoes, Olives, Garlic, Thyme, and Saffron. I've made these many times for guests, and they've always been a hit.

There you have it, ten of my favorite grilling recipes, all of which I think would be a big hit for a Memorial Day Barbecue, or anytime you want something a little more interesting than burgers on the grill. Are you planning to cook on the grill this weekend, and if so, what's going to be cooking at your house?
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  1. Another great round-up of recipes and you included one of my favorites - the salmon packets. I really must try the Middle Eastern turkey burgers.

  2. I'm drooling. I'd forgotten about some of those recipes -- but they all look great. Going to try one (or two!) very soon. Tonight I am grilling some Rosemary Chicken. YUM.

  3. Perfect timing!

    I am saving this collection for the weekend...

  4. Thanks for some terrific ideas! I get stuck in a grilling rut every summer with the same handful of recipes, but these give me some great new ideas that look very company-worthy but simple too!

  5. So glad to have some new ideas. I'd bookmarked most of them when they first ran, so I'm all set to start cooking. Happy Memorial Day grilling!

  6. Great grilling ideas, Kalyn! My favorite is lamb. When it goes on sale I like to buy a semi-boneless leg of lamb. At home I de-bone it, remove almost all the fat and connective tissues, cut it up into 5-6 pieces. If the pieces are very thick I'll butterfly them. This way some are thicker and some are thinner because I love my lamb pretty rare but not everyone does.
    Before I put it on the grill I brush on a combination of soy sauce, dried rosemary that I've cut into small bits, and granulated garlic. No marinating in advance necessary!
    I find this mixture to be flavorful and it creates a wonderful crust yet allows the flavor of the lamb to shine through.
    Only caveat: not too high a flame or the soy sauce will burn. I've been known to make this indoors in a large frying pan, too. ;-)
    Happy grilling everyone,
    Maura in Charlotte, NC

  7. Gosh...all of your recipes look yummy. Will you be linking your page to Face Book any time soon? I really hope so....

    Thanks for the great ideas!

  8. So glad people are liking this. I love hearing what people are grilling too!

    Maria, not quite sure what you mean? I do have a Kalyn's Kitchen facebook page where I leave an update every time there's a new post on the blog.

  9. Wowie!
    What a fantastic grilling roundup for the weekend!

  10. My word. I want every one of those dishes, Kalyn!

    Thanks for all the goodness you share. :-) Have a great weekend!


  11. CJ and Shirley, thanks, and happy weekend to you both!

  12. Happy grilling season, Kalyn! I think I'll just feast on everything you've got here!

  13. We are having a bbq on Monday. Great ideas. I think we will do a mix-sausages, chicken, and portobello mushrooms. Happy Memorial Day!

  14. Great collection, Kalyn!

    We're going to be grilling some big fat Porterhouse steaks! My son is home from college and I thought he could use a steak night.

  15. I'll be celebrating Memorial Day in Mexico this year, and will be making tacos arracheras on the grill for the first time. If it turns out well, I will post a recipe on our blog.

    But all these grilling ideas are great, and I will be coming bag again--it's too hot down here to cook indoors! Thanks for posting!

  16. Happy Memorial Day! It's raining here and not a long weekend so I don't think grilling is happening for me today. Have a great weekend though!


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