There’s nothing more quintessential to summer cooking than firing up the grill. When done right, this top technique results in easy dinners that can be on the table in minutes, with minimal cleanup — ideal for busy weeknights. The almighty grill can also turn out show-stopping main dishes for holidays (4th of July, anyone?) and special occasions, all while keeping your oven off and your house cool. And once you perfect how to grill, it’s easy to rely on for serving up everything from pizza and chicken to salads and even desserts.
Because grilling is key to every summer celebration, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the experts at Good Housekeeping curated this in-depth grilling guide which collects all the info you’d ever need to ace cooking on the barbecue. Whether you’re planning to prep simple and delicious burgers or an elaborate (but easy!) butterflied and grilled chicken, you’ll never be second-guessing your timings or worrying about charring your dinners ever again. From the top tips to delicious and flavor-packed recipes, our knowledgeable editors have tested and tasted hundreds of products to bring you the absolute best.
No matter your level of expertise at the grill, it’s always important to start with the right equipment. The market is saturated with companies touting the best grills, from gas to pellet, charcoal to kamados, and each provides the user with a unique experience and delicious results. Our Kitchen Appliances and Culinary Innovation Lab experts tested dozens of barbecues to bring you the absolute best you can buy, along with the most helpful accessories to support you along the way. Also key: learning how to clean your grill to start the season off right and ensure easy cooking every time.
Once you’re equipped with the right tools, dive into our top recipes and flavor boosters that turn an average meal into an extraordinary one. From burgers and dogs to grilled veggies and sides, the Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen gathered their favorite barbecue recipes, marinades, store-bought sauces and more so you can serve up dinner with flavor and flair, any night of the week.
So whether you’re a beginner griller looking to buy the perfect grill and hoping to learn how to grill everything, from burgers to veggies, or a seasoned pitmaster determined to step up your flavor game one spice rub at a time, we have the tips, tools and recipes you need to make the most of the season.