It’s been a long day, and you certainly don’t have time to make dinner tonight, or do you? Being short on time during the week doesn’t mean you have to relegate yourself to takeout for a great weeknight meal.
These 12 easy weeknight grilled dinners can all be done in about 45 minutes and are guaranteed to be better than takeout. So don’t let the weekday grind get in the way of flavor. Get outside, fire up the grill, and throw down one of these incredible weeknight dinners.
This list also includes a bonus grilled vegetable so delicious you must try it (keep reading for that one!), and I’ve posted plenty of great side dishes you can add to your menu.
Grill Ideas for Dinner That Are Fast, Easy, and Delicious
Just remember to marinade these easy recipes for the grill before you leave for work, and you’re good to go!
First up is this easy grilled NY Strip Steak with Garlic Butter. This is one of the simplest grilling recipes when it comes to steak, and you don’t need a top dollar cut of meat to make it delicious. The garlic herb butter really goes a long way to make this grilled steak on level with a high-end steakhouse.
I would be remiss to not include something for Taco Tuesday in my round-up of quick and easy weeknight grilled dinners. These San Diego Style Street Tacos can be made from grilled flank steak or skirt steak; both are excellent choices. Just toss the meat in the marinade before work and by dinner time you’re ready to roll.
Another of my favorite ways to grill a steak, this Bourbon Molasses Marinated Steak is so flavorful and so easy to grill; it’s perfect for a night when you’re short on time and long on appetite. Just toss it in the marinade before you head out for the day, and grill it in about 15 minutes when you get home.
You can pick up a whole chicken for less than five bucks, and splitting it in half makes it so much easier to grill. This grill roasted chicken recipe is simple, packed with flavor and best of all it’s super juicy. Drop it in a simple salt water brine (trust me, it’s so easy) before work, and give these less than an hour on the grill and you’ll be glad you did.
While this Grilled Broccolini might not be a meal in itself, it’s so easy to make this grilled vegetable as a side to just about any grilled dinner, it would have been a crime to leave it off the list. Between this recipe and Grilled Corn, I don’t know which is my favorite.
Easy Grilling Ideas Worth the Wait
These suggestions of things to grill for dinner take a little longer, but they’re still easy weeknight dinners. Let the grill do the work and relax.
If you’re looking to keep things on the lighter side, these Grilled Turkey Burgers are a great choice. Turkey burgers have the reputation of being dry, and they often are because turkey is such a lean meat. You don’t have to worry about that with these burgers. They’re surprisingly juicy and flavorful.
Grilled chicken is hit or miss. Sometimes the boneless skinless chicken breasts can get dry while on the grill. They are very lean, so some drying is going to happen.
Instead of paying a premium for chicken breasts that dry out, try this whole Spatchcock Rosemary Chicken. This is one of my go-to weeknight meals, and a whole chicken can be purchased for around five bucks.