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12 Surprising Things You Should Be Cooking On The Grill

Time to fire up the grill!

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1. Make avocado infinitely better.

Move over pineapple, avocados are the new go-to fruit for grilling. Serve them on a burger, fill 'em with a summer grain salad, or eat them as is! Get the recipe here.
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Move over pineapple, avocados are the new go-to fruit for grilling. Serve them on a burger, fill 'em with a summer grain salad, or eat them as is! Get the recipe here.

2. Make actual grilled cheese.

Create the ultimate outdoor appetizer by grilling thick-rined cheeses like brie and camembert that get charred and melty without falling apart. Get the recipe here.
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Create the ultimate outdoor appetizer by grilling thick-rined cheeses like brie and camembert that get charred and melty without falling apart. Get the recipe here.

3. Turn your salad into something worth eating.

Quickly searing romaine on a hot grill results in crispy, charred edges that transform salad from sad to sizzling. Get the recipe here.
heartbeetkitchen.com

Quickly searing romaine on a hot grill results in crispy, charred edges that transform salad from sad to sizzling. Get the recipe here.

4. Make fruit the star of the barbecue.

Caramelizing fruit on the grill intensifies the natural sweetness while infusing an unexpected smoke flavor. Get the recipe for grilled peaches here and grilled watermelon here.

5. Make bacon on a stick.

Yes, even bacon gets better on the grill. Make sure to use thick-cut bacon and grill the slices over a medium flame to slowly crisp them up without burning. Get the recipe here.
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Yes, even bacon gets better on the grill. Make sure to use thick-cut bacon and grill the slices over a medium flame to slowly crisp them up without burning. Get the recipe here.

6. Infuse the flavor of the grill into buttery bread slices.

http://wholeandheavenlyoven.com/2015/07/20/grilled-cornbread-with-jalapeno-honey-butter/
http://wholeandheavenlyoven.com/2015/07/20/grilled-cornbread-with-jalapeno-honey-butter/

Turn cornbread into a sweet and smokey snack with a slathering of butter and by charring it on the grill. Get the recipe here.

7. Grill edamame for the ultimate salty-smokey snack.

This flavor-packed snack proves that smoke and salt are two peas in an (edamame) pod. Get the recipe here.
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This flavor-packed snack proves that smoke and salt are two peas in an (edamame) pod. Get the recipe here.

8. Make grilled potatoes a summertime staple.

Cutting potatoes into long planks makes grilling them a breeze. Just toss them in olive oil and salt and let the grill do the rest. Get the recipe here.
cookingandbeer.com

Cutting potatoes into long planks makes grilling them a breeze. Just toss them in olive oil and salt and let the grill do the rest. Get the recipe here.

9. Give cauliflower the heat treatment.

http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-chipotle-lime-grilled-cauliflower-steaks-recipes-from-the-kitchn-204490
http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-chipotle-lime-grilled-cauliflower-steaks-recipes-from-the-kitchn-204490

Season and grill cauliflower the same way you would a steak to take the humble cruciferous vegetable into prime steak territory. Get the recipe here.

10. Grill mushroom skewers for a meatless option.

Grilling small mushroom varieties on a skewer prevents them from falling through the grates. Try it with button, cremini, or diced portobello mushrooms for the ultimate veggie skewer. Get the recipe here.
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Grilling small mushroom varieties on a skewer prevents them from falling through the grates. Try it with button, cremini, or diced portobello mushrooms for the ultimate veggie skewer. Get the recipe here.

11. Go crazy and grill doughnuts (yes, doughnuts).

https://www.mccormick.com/recipes/dessert/cinnamon-sugar-grilled-donuts?utm_medium=social-media&utm_source=pinterest&utm_term=a-z&utm_content=recipe_grilling&utm_campaign=evergreen
https://www.mccormick.com/recipes/dessert/cinnamon-sugar-grilled-donuts?utm_medium=social-media&utm_source=pinterest&utm_term=a-z&utm_content=recipe_grilling&utm_campaign=evergreen

Serve these untraditional pastries with whipped cream and fresh berries for the perfect summertime dessert. Get the recipe here.

12. End with a smokey surprise.

http://thechicsite.com/2014/06/06/grilled-pound-cake-strawberry-shortcake/
http://thechicsite.com/2014/06/06/grilled-pound-cake-strawberry-shortcake/

Grilling store-bought pound cake turns the humble dessert into something extraordinary. Just make sure to liberally spray your grates with oil and keep an eye on them while grilling (they burn quickly). Get the recipe here.

The grill isn't just for burgers! So, embrace the season, grab some charcoal, and fire up the grill!

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