11 Unexpected Foods That Are Great for Grilling

By Dallan Wortham


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Article at a Glance:

  • Burgers and hot dogs are just the tip of the grilling iceberg.
  • Grilled fruit like pineapple and watermelon make delicious and healthy desserts.
  • Grilling pizza gives it a crispy crust and smoky flavor.
  • Putting salad ingredients, like lettuce and cherry tomatoes, on the grill adds a smoky depth.
  • Grilled avocado, tofu, octopus, cheese, bread, meatballs, and cauliflower are other tasty and unconventional choices in a truly endless list of grilling options!

As summer approaches, grillmasters everywhere are firing up the grill, sharpening their knives, and pulling out the… French toast?

Although burgers and hot dogs are delicious, they are just the tip of the grilling iceberg. Limiting the endless possibilities of the grill to only American pastimes is the equivalent of driving around in a sports car without shifting out of first gear.

Grilling is a great way to add a unique and smoky flavor to a wide variety of foods. Need a few ideas to give your imagination a jump start? Try some of these unusual, yet mouthwatering, grilled foods that will grab the attention of your guests:

1. Fruit

Grilled fruit is a delicious and healthy dessert option. Try grilling slices of pineapple, peaches, grapes, or watermelon for a sweet and juicy treat. The grilled fruit slices are also a great way to add smokiness to lemonades, piña coladas, and mojitos!

2. Pizza

Grilling pizza gives it a crispy crust and a delicious smoky flavor. Just add your favorite toppings and grill for a few minutes until the cheese is melted.

3. Salad

Grilling salad ingredients like romaine lettuce or cherry tomatoes can add a smoky depth of flavor to your favorite salad recipes.

4. Avocado

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Grilled avocado halves make a great side dish or topping for grilled meats. Just cut an avocado in half, remove the pit, and grill face-down for a few minutes.

5. Tofu

Grilled tofu can be a tasty vegetarian protein option. Marinate the tofu in your favorite flavors before grilling for added taste.

6. Octopus

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Grilled octopus is a popular dish in many Mediterranean cuisines. The charred edges and tender texture make it a delicious seafood option for grilling.

7. Cheese

Grilling cheese like halloumi or queso fresco can create a crispy crust on the outside while keeping the inside gooey and delicious.

8. Bread

Grilling bread can add a smoky flavor to sandwiches or bruschetta. Just brush slices of bread with olive oil and grill for a few minutes on each side.

9. Meatballs

Grilled meatballs can be a great addition to a BBQ spread. Just skewer them and grill until browned on the outside and cooked through on the inside.

10. Cauliflower

Grilled cauliflower can be a tasty vegetarian main dish or side. Just brush the cauliflower with olive oil and grill until tender and charred on the outside.

11. Bell pepper with a fried egg

Nothing says “Tex-Mex breakfast” like a pepper with a fried egg inside! Just cut the pepper in half, place it on the grill, and crack an egg into your pepper bowl until cooked just the way you like it.

If a smoky flavor is what you’re looking for, try Redmond Life’s Smoked Salt. It’s a great way to bring a delicious taste and aroma to these unique, grilled treats.

Have other ideas? Submit them in the comments below or comment on our social media pages with pictures and links to your grill masterpieces!

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Karen Frashier

I am getting my first order today from Redmond! I am really exited about finding you and getting started with these products! I have looked at all your products and purchased the ones I will use as soon as I get them! Also plan to share some so you may have more cutomers! I have signed up and received your newsletter – absolutely love it! Lots of great information! Looking forward to trying various things on the grill1 Great to know you have a Grill Chef! Very valuable man to have on your team!
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Hey Karen, That is so exciting! We appreciate you so much and we agree! Chef Shawn is the best:)