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Unusual Foods You Should Try on the Grill

We’re deep in the heart of summer and embarking on the hottest month yet: August. Everyone grills in the summer, but it can get monotonous just serving up hotdogs, hamburgers and BBQ. After all, who says that the grill is just for meat and vegetables? And who says that it is only meant for lunch and dinner? Poppycock! To remedy this, I have found some of the most unusual foods you should grill before the summer ends.

Fruit

photo @ Really Risa

If you have not yet had grilled pineapple, you should get with the times and try it out. Some people like to coat it in honey or brown sugar, others like it with a dash or lemon or lime juice and other like adding some pepper and/or hot sauce. I prefer it sweet, because it makes a fresh and naturally sweet unique dessert.

photo @ Chicago Tribune

Fried banana is common, but grilled banana not so much. It is delicious when grilled though, especially in honey, sugar or cinnamon and when served with yogurt or ice cream. Grilled banana is also killer in a banana split. You just have to get the timing correct when grilling and remember to keep the banana in its peel while grilling.

Grilled peaches are truly one of the joys of summer. This seasonal fruit is delectable when covered in cinnamon, honey, balsamic vinegar or just plain old sugar/brown sugar. It’s also paired well with yogurt, ice cream or blue cheese.

photo @ Extraordinary BBQ

You have probably had baked apples during the winter, but have you tried grilled apples? Just toss apple slices, halves or quarters in lemon juice, cinnamon and/or brown sugar and grill. It’s not my taste, but some people like them with melted cheddar cheese. You can grill apples in tin foil and or put them straight on the grill. Test both ways out and see which you prefer!

photo @ Pinterest

Watermelon when grilled turns from a mildly sweet snack to a savory appetizer. Many people coat it in olive oil and them smother it with a combination of sea salt and pepper and/or balsamic vinegar. You can also add more toppings such as honey, blue cheese, feta, chevre, salad dressings or your choice of meat. Grilled watermelon of this caliber goes great with salads or by itself on a kabob.

photo @ La Receta

Citrus fruits are often ignored on the grill, but I think they offer the biggest taste change of all the fruits when grilled. Grapefruits lose their sourness a bit and taste very sweet when grilled (especially with a bit of brown sugar and/or honey.

photo @ Food Network

Grilled lemons make for a scrumptious lemonade. Try them out for a distinctive flavor that you can’t get any other way. Grilled limes in limeade is mighty delicious as well.

Vegetables

photo @ Meat Wave

Cucumbers can be given a burst of flavor when grilled and seasoned properly. You can try coating them in vinegar, sea salt and red pepper after grilling it or just slice it up and add it into a salad. Be attentive when grilling, though, because cucumbers can dry out quite easily.

photo @ La Domestique

Green onions are already quite flavorful, but they can take on a robust change when grilled. Many people marinate in garlic, black pepper and olive oil before grilling. Try adding this to a salad or omelette for a change of taste.

photo @ Meat Wave

This may sound odd, but you can grill romaine lettuce and it will actually taste good. Grilled romaine lettuce can be chopped up and tossed in a salad or made into its own entree.

photo @ Seventeen and Em

Kale is extremely good for you, but it must be prepared in order to make it palatable. Just coat it the kale olive oil to preserve its moisture and add what you’d like. Some like lemon juice, others salt and/or pepper. Grilled kale makes for an excellent ingredient in a salad or a delicious condiment on hotdogs and hamburgers.

photo @ The Joy of Organics

Artichokes are usually boiled, which is too bad, because they are delicious on their own and have the potential to be even tastier. Coat the artichoke with olive oil and then grill as you wish. Some like to use just lemon juice, others like to add an array of spices and/or dressings. Either way, it is guaranteed to be better than just boiling the artichoke.

photo @ Biscuits and Such

There are so many ways to make potatoes. It may be the most versatile food. You have probably already eaten baked potatoes, but try grilling them without tin foil or using grilled potatoes to make a potato salad. Also try grilled potato scallops and grilled french fries. You will definitely notice a difference in flavor when cooked on the grill.

Grilled avocados are pretty popular right now and there is a reason for it. They are a delicious addition to BBQ meals and easy to make as well. Try using grilled avocados to make a salsa or guacamole. They also make a great burger topper. And, if you’re in a culinary connoisseur mood, you can try making them as their own dish.

photo @ The Dinner Files

You have probably grilled many common vegetables on the grill when making a kabob (onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, squash, zucchini, radishes, carrots, etc), but have you tried beets? Make Dwight proud and try some grilled beets with spices and vinegar or make a beet salad topped with chevre, shallots, sea salt and balsamic vinegar or any toppings of your choice.

Breakfast

photo @ Vancouver Observer

French toast is great. Grilled french toast is a whole new kind of delicious. There are so many different ways to do this. Just be sure to use a thick slab of bread when grilling. Challah is a great choice, but french bread works as well.

photo @ Half Baked Harvest

The only thing better than a donut is a hot donut. A when grilled, caramelization occurs on a sugar donut and it is delectable in a way that no other donut can be. Plus, warm bread is always good. You can bake or fry your own donuts and then grill them. Or, you can buy plain donuts from the store and jazz them up anyway you like. You can also take the lazy route and just get a ready-made donut from and simply grill it to get it nice and hot.

photo @ Home is Where the Cookies Are

There are many good reasons to cook bacon on the grill. Grilling allows the fat to drip off, the aroma of bacon not to linger in the house, there is no grease popping out of the pan (and no grease to clean up) and you get a more charred taste to your bacon. Try grilling bacon for breakfast or for a burger topper.

Sweets

photo @ Noble Pig

Pound cake is one of the those desserts that tastes better when warm. You can either make your own or simply buy it at the store, but try grilling it and adding a few berries or summery fruits on top for a twist of taste.

When you don’t want to fire up the grill and the oven at the same time, try cooking cookies on the grill. Just cook them on a cookie sheet or tin foil and be sure to put the grill cover on.

photo @ Delish

Candy bars are delicious when frozen, but they are also scrumptious when grilled. Wrap a candy bar of your choice and a few marshmallows in tortilla and you’re ready to grill. Some cover the candy bar concoction in tin foil to avoid dripping, but you can put the tortilla straight on the grill as well. Now, this is a something that can blow smores out of the water.

photo @ The Cheesy Kitchen

I don’t how to explain why it’s better, but grilled peanut butter and jelly is just plain better than regular peanut butter and jelly. You have to try it at least once.

And once you try a grilled PB&J, you’ll want to try out all of the other sweet sandwiches from your childhood such as bananas and peanut butter and peanut butter and honey.

Main Dishes

photo @ The Fresh Princess of Bon Air

I find burrito tortillas to be better when grilled. Grilling gives it a different texture and taste, which affects the taste of the rest of the burrito. This is best achieved when you grill the entire burrito as opposed to simply the tortilla.

photo @ Sea Salt with Food

For the exact same reason as above, try grilling your quesadilla. The difference in texture alone makes it worth a try.

photo @ The Cook Book Chronicles

Grilled pizza is becoming more and more popular. Try it out to avoid using the oven in the summer and for a change in taste in the bread.

photo @ Kalamazoo Gourmet

We’ve all had grilled cheese, but have you actually had grilled cheese? It blows other “grilled” cheeses out of the water. Grilled cheese on an actual grill makes a childhood favorite more grown up and you’ll find yourself trying new cheeses and breads after your first try.

photo @ Meat Wave

There are many recipes to make a meatball, but few ways to cook one. Try grilling them for a twist on your favorite recipe.

photo @ Sippity Sup

I advocate grilling seafood whenever possible. Summer is the best time for seafood, so grill all that you can. Try mussels and oysters on the grill for an easy meal. If you’d really like to taste summer, try grilled octopus. Takes me back to Greece every single time.

photo @ Cooking Channel

Truly, any sandwich is better when grilled. A focaccia sandwich is infinitely better when grilled, because focaccia is just made that way. So, try making your lunch tastier just by putting it on some focaccia bread and throwing it on the grill.

Sides

You can make cornbread in the oven or you can make it in a skillet. So, when you are grilling and want to avoid using the oven, cooking your cornbread in a skillet on the grill.

 

photo @ Fiddle Dee Me

It seems counter-intuitive to grill cheese, but it is possible. Caprese can be grilled and doing so gives it a charred taste that can’t be beat. Usually, this is done on a kabob with vegetables and possibly bread. Just be vigilant when grilling, because it is a cheese after all and it can easily melt.

photo @ Food Network

Grilled provolone offers a smoky taste of the otherwise mild cheese. It’s a common appetizer in South America and comes seasoned with many spices.

photo @ Awesome Cuisine

Halloumi is a Greek cheese, and if you have not heard of it yet, you must try it. Grilled Halloumi is easy to make and once you try it, you’ll understand why it has been eaten for centuries.

photo @ DVO

You can season nuts just the way you want by grilling them. Just throw peanuts, walnuts, pecans, pine nuts, almonds or any other nuts you’d like to use in tin foil, add your spices and cook on the grill. There are many great recipes just a click away on the internet for both sweet and salty grilled nuts. You can also add some berries to sweet nuts for a dessert.

photo @ Primal Palate

Like the nuts above, choose your favorite olives and toss them in tin foil with seasoning and cook on the grill. It’s a delicious twist on an ordinary food that’s eaten everyday.

Do you have any unusual foods you should grill that are not on this list? Let us know below!


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