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Beyond Burgers: Fun Foods You Can Grill

Turn Up the Heat for a Nutritious, Balanced Meal

-- By Sarah Haan, Registered Dietitian
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An outdoor grill lets you cook up a tasty, healthful meal while creating a great atmosphere for chatting with friends and family on a warm summer evening. But after months of grilling out, you may grow tired of the same old chicken breasts and turkey burgers.

Lucky for you, grilling isn’t just for burgers, steaks and chicken! You can use this fantastic backyard appliance to cook up many other foods that you may not have considered grilling!

With so many exciting grilling options, your microwave and oven are going to gather dust during the warmer months. Below are some favorites sure to please a crowd! Get ready to fire up your propane-fueled friend to put a new spin on some of your favorite foods.

Pizza doesn't have to be baked in an oven. Grilling your next homemade pizza will get you out of the hot kitchen. And when you choose the right toppings, your homemade pie will be both healthful and delicious! Grab a premade whole-wheat crust from your local grocer and start piling away! Use your choice of sauce, such as tomato, pesto, barbeque, or plain olive oil, and top with copious amounts of sliced veggies. To keep fat and calories in check, use a small amount of lean meat (or no meat) and watch your cheese portions. Part-skim mozzarella is an excellent choice. Here are some crowd-tested favorites:
  • Olive oil, minced garlic, diced chicken, fresh basil and sun-dried tomatoes
  • Barbecue sauce, canned chunk chicken, sliced onions and diced pineapple
  • Pesto sauce, canned artichokes, mushrooms and low-fat feta cheese
  • Tomato sauce, chopped broccoli, sliced zucchini, banana peppers and sliced tomatoes
Once you’ve chosen your toppings, place the pizza directly onto the grill, close the lid and cover until the cheese is melted and slightly browned. Remove using a large spatula and an oven mitt. Slice and enjoy!
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Sarah is a registered dietitian with a bachelor's degree in dietetics. She helps individuals adopt healthy lifestyles and manage their weight. An avid exerciser and cook, Sarah likes to run, lift weights and eat good food. See all of Sarah's articles.

Member Comments

  • Yum! I'm hungry now! - 8/22/2013 10:37:25 AM
  • Excellent article! I cook potatoes in pockets on the grill often, but never thought to add a bit of water. I can imagine that will help a lot!

    I'm looking forward to trying fruit on the grill now! : ) - 7/31/2013 3:50:17 PM
  • BBARKER9
    I just received a big Green Egg and am looking for cooking times on it.
    - 7/18/2013 1:14:37 PM
  • DEDYDEWANTHO
    I prefer to grill food, its more simple and save for the ingridients - 7/6/2013 11:35:05 AM
  • PEACENCARROTS
    This makes me want to fire up my grill right now! Thanks. - 7/3/2013 11:03:26 AM
  • CORALRELKOV
    My favorite is green,yellow,oran
    ge and red sweet peppers with some olive oil but the ones you shared aregreat too - 7/2/2013 1:26:09 PM
  • I will have my hubby grilling some of our fresh veggies out the garden on Saturday. I know they going to taste really good because they are fresh. - 7/2/2013 9:03:10 AM
  • I love grilling. yummy stuff definitely going to have grill some veggies after reading this :) - 6/28/2013 10:15:45 PM
  • Everytime I BBQ I REMEMBER doing so with my parents. Good times ! - 6/28/2013 2:43:58 PM
  • I have a charcoal grill that I LOVE! I use it several times a week!! I like to grill peppers, onions, corn, asparagus, and zuccini along with my chicken, chops, or steak. Sweetpotato and pineapple are also great on a grill. - 6/20/2013 1:09:39 AM
  • We grilled three times this week. First night was flatiron steak with portobello caps, sliced peppers, squash and zucchini with herbs de provence, all splashed with olive oil and balsamic. Next, bison medallions with simple salt and pepper, more portobello and grilled corn. Finally (my favorite): salmon in balsamic maple marinade with more summer veggies and grilled corn. So satisfying and healthy! So glad I let the husband talk me into the gas grill...well worth the cost. - 6/15/2013 11:23:57 AM
  • For my fellow vegans out there who are looking for a tasty alternative I highly recommend the Seitan BBQ Riblets recipe that I found in the SparkPeople Recipes. I baked some up yesterday and today I'm going to throw some more BBQ sauce on them and reheat them on the grill along with some sweet corn! - 9/2/2012 1:22:04 PM
  • KRULAK
    Grilling a pizza is great...on charcoal. You get so much extra flavor. If you use a gas grill you might as well use the oven. Since it does not make a difference in flavor but does keep the heat out of the kitchen. When I cook pizza on the grill I will turn the pizza every 5-7 minutes due to hot spots in charcoal to avoid burning. - 8/29/2012 4:52:34 PM
  • Try fish and prosciutto together on the grill. Amazing, and delicious and easy! http://www.chefmo
    rgan.com/lott
    e-cigare-monk
    fish-cigars this blogger/ chef has other great grilling recipes as well! - 8/28/2012 2:03:21 PM
  • Do your fish on the grill. I love salmon. Put on foil sprayed with oil. Add either pineapple chunks or mango chunks on top, close and grill. Good taste. - 8/13/2012 9:32:33 AM