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Beyond Burgers: Fun Foods You Can Grill

Turn Up the Heat for a Nutritious, Balanced Meal

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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

  • Love that the grill can make healthy, delicious food taste even better. Huge fan of sharing cooking duties and not heating up the kitchen on especially hot days. We grill just about everything, and we grill in large quantities...espe
    cially the protein and veggies. I freeze in smaller portions so I can simply thaw and create meals on hot summer days when I don't feel like cooking! - 5/25/2016 7:29:55 AM
  • It's good to heat up the great outdoors instead of your house in the summer.
    - 5/23/2015 8:27:45 AM
  • Yah, Cella.... Rocky Road! Yummy! LOL I love grilling out and I have done some of the aforementioned! I like putting things on the 'kabob' and grilling them :) - 9/11/2014 10:11:06 AM
    Hmmm... I can't help but wonder how a pint of grilled Ben & Jerry's would turn out ;) - 9/11/2014 8:23:39 AM
  • My dad has a very restricted diet, due to advanced kidney disease. (No chocolate, no pastries, no dairy, no nuts, no cakes.) So for his birthday one year, we split a banana in half and grilled it, then topped it with a non-dairy whipped topping. It was a special sweet treat to celebrate, but was withing his dietary guidelines. - 5/25/2014 2:14:15 PM
  • Doesn't mention beets. Grilled beets are delicious! cut off the top and leave a little stem, wrap in foil and grill until tender, then peel. Great in salad too!
    - 5/25/2014 6:32:52 AM
  • 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
    I just received a big Green Egg and am looking for cooking times on it.
    - 7/18/2013 1:14:37 PM
    I prefer to grill food, its more simple and save for the ingridients - 7/6/2013 11:35:05 AM
    This makes me want to fire up my grill right now! Thanks. - 7/3/2013 11:03:26 AM
    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

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