For every health-conscious dad who loves food from the grill, here are 20 Low-Carb and Gluten-Free Dad-Friendly Grilling Ideas for Father's Day! Most of these recipes are also Keto and South Beach Diet friendly as well, and some are Paleo and Whole 30 approved. Use the Recipes-by-Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.
Holidays are important, partly because of the way they remind us about what we have and don't have in our lives. When I was a kid, I took for granted having the world's greatest dad, and I just assumed we'd be honoring him on Father's Day every year.
Then I got older and realized there are dads who abandon their kids, are abusive, or don't set a good example, and I became even more thankful about the way I'd hit the jackpot in the parents department. (My mother who died in 1998 was also an amazing person.) Now I'm in a different phase of my life, and this year on Father's Day I know I'll be thinking about how much I miss my Dad.
In recent years I've often had a big extended family barbecue the night before Father's Day, something Dad always enjoyed even when it got hard for him to leave the assisted living center where he spent the last few years of his life. The menu varied every time, but there was never any doubt it would include Shrimp and Macaroni Salad, my dad's very favorite food, and something I always enjoyed making for him.
If you're lucky enough to be spending Father's Day honoring your dad, I hope you'll have fun making it a special occasion for him. These grilling recipes are things I recommend for "Dad-Friendly" ideas that are special enough for a party honoring Dad on his special day.
Grilled Salmon with Maple-Sriracha-Lime Glaze.
Cuban Flank Steak, something I've made many times.
Ultra Easy Pesto Lemon Chicken Kabobs.
Very Greek Grilled Chicken has been a huge hit on the blog, and any dad who likes Greek flavors will like this chicken.
One of my Lake Powell clients once called these The World's Best Pork Chops, and any dad who eats pork will enjoy this recipe!
Grilled Halibut with Cumin and Lime is perfect to cook on the grill!
Marinated Beef Kabobs are definitely a dad-friendly dish.
Or if the budget can handle buying fresh tuna for the grill, I highly recommend this Grilled Spicy Tuna, with flavors that remind me of the Spicy Tuna Rolls that are one of my favorite sushi rolls.
I think any beef-loving Dad would be happy with this Marinated Flank Steak for Father's Day.
Grilled Pork Chops with Lemon, Garlic, and Sage.
For dads who like Middle Eastern food, this Kubideh or Grilled Ground Meat on Skewers is something I love to make for parties. This recipe has a lot of suggestions from readers and other bloggers for seasoning the meat if you can't find the ground kabob seasoning I use.Dads who like fresh basil will love this Grilled Halibut with Basil Vinaigrette.
Sriracha-Glazed Chicken Kabobs.
Sriracha-Glazed Chicken Kabobs.
Dads who like something more interesting than just a hunk of meat might enjoy these Grilled Portobello Mushrooms Stuffed with Sausage, Spinach, and Cheese.
I think Steak and Mushrooms Kabobs are perfect for Father's Day for any mushroom-loving dads.
If your dad likes sausage, maybe he'd enjoy the World's Easiest Zucchini and Sausage Kabobs. (If you're camping for Father's Day, this recipe is a great one to cook outdoors in the wild.)
This recipe for Grilled Pork Kabobs with Spicy Peanut Butter, Sesame, and Soy Marinade came from an idea on Cooking for Dads, so there you go!
Another option for red-meat-loving dads is this Grilled Tri-Tip marinated with Carol's Completely Fabulous Steak Marinade. When my former neighbor Carol made this for me a few years ago I begged her for the recipe for the blog!
Grilled Flat Iron Steak with Chimichurri Sauce will probably be a hit with dad!
And finally, these Easy Grilled Mushrooms are a side dish I made many times for my own dad and something that any dad who likes mushrooms is going to love.
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See lots more low-carb grilling ideas on the photo-index page for Low-Carb Recipes.
Are you grilling something tasty for the Father's Day festivities at your house? If so, we'd love to hear in the comments about what's going to be on the grill.