18 Cheap and Easy Grilling Recipes

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grilling recipesWhen the sun is out and you want to enjoy some time outside, try out these cheap and easy grilling recipes.

They’re deliciously flavorful and they don’t take long to make.

The list below includes chicken, beef, pork, seafood, and vegetables so you can choose which one you want to make on any given day.

The best thing about them is that after you finish your meal, you don’t have to worry about the cost because they’re all budget-friendly.

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Grilled Chicken Recipes

Chicken Avocado Burgers

Beef burgers are probably the most popular things people grill. But, if you’re looking for something cheaper and healthier, try this chicken avocado burger.

Besides being healthier, it’s just as tasty. And, you get a mixture of flavors thanks to the avocado. I also love that the recipe skips all the mayo and other calorie-laden condiments. Instead, it uses garlic and peppers to get the job done.

Grilled Chili Cilantro Lime Chicken

If you only have 15 minutes to grill up dinner on a weeknight, this is the perfect solution.

It’s simple, light on calories, and budget-friendly. Yet, it packs a good punch thanks to the chili, honey, lime juice, and cilantro. This gives you a lovely balance of spice, herbs, sweetness, and tanginess all in one.

Honey Sriracha Chicken

This grilled chicken recipe is for when you’re craving for sweet and spicy. It makes use of sriracha sauce which is an Asian blend known for being hot and spicy.

This is yet another quick and simple meal you can make in 20 minutes. And, depending on what you feel like doing, you can grill it outside on over the stovetop on a grill pan. Either way lets you get those light crispy ends thanks to the honey.

3-Ingredient Grilled Chicken Wings Recipe

These 3-ingredient grilling chicken wings are perfect If you’re looking for appetizers that will get your guests talking. They’re quick to make so nobody was to wait long.

And, as the chef, all you need are 3 ingredients:

  • Chicken wings
  • BBQ sauce
  • Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing

Make sure to marinate the chicken with the dressing beforehand for at least 30 minutes. Although, the longer you leave it refrigerated, the more the flavors can blend into the chicken.

Beef Grilled Recipes

Copycat Red Robin Whiskey River BBQ Burger

if you’ve always wanted to make your very own Whiskey River BBQ burger like the ones you’ve had at Red Robin, give this a try.

You’ll want to prep all the ingredients beforehand because there are a few things on the list. Among them, the bourbon whiskey BBQ sauce is what stands out. You’ll need to make this yourself and it requires about 12-14 hours for the flavors to blend together. The good news is, once you make the BBQ sauce, you can actually keep using it for all sorts of dishes.

Low-Carb Marinated Beef Kabobs

I love skewers because they let you eat as much or as little as you want. This isn’t always the case with large slabs of meat or burger patties. If you serve guests a lot, you know how convenient it is.

These kebabs are easy to grill because you do a lot of the work beforehand. So, all you need to do is to make sure they don’t get burnt.

Of course, there’s the amazing flavor, most of which is delivered by the

Steak And Potato Packets (Hobo Packets)

This cool recipe brings a nice twist to your regular steak and potatoes. Instead of cooking them separately, you’ll put grilling them in a packet. This allows the flavors to develop amongst the ingredients. You can use a grill or your oven depending on what you feel like it.

Yes, grilling them in a packet means you’re not going to get the nice char lines that you do with a full steak on the grill. But, this allows you to infuse more flavor into both the meat and potatoes. Plus, you’re sure that the meat will come out tender (with no risk of burning). Just as importantly, it allows you to use cheaper cuts of meat.

Habanero Bacon Cheddar Stuffed Sliders

These habanero sliders are perfect for any afternoon BBQ. Their size makes them easy for everyone to take around and eat. Plus, they’ll be pleasantly surprised by the cheddar cheese and bacon when they bite into their burgers.

Needless to say, these are crowd-pleasers.

Grilled Pork Recipes

Bacon-Wrapped Cheese Hot Dogs

Everything’s better with bacon, right? And, I’m sure you’ll agree with this hotdog receipt as well.

Bacon and cheese on your hotdog isn’t something new. But, I do like having the bacon wrapped around the dog. For one, it lets you taste the bacon right along with the dog. And, you get a lot of bacon doing it this way as well.

As always, don’t forget to toast the buns.

Spiral Grilled Hot Dogs

Bet you’ve never seen hotdogs look like this before. I know I had to take a closer look the first time I saw them. But, I’m also sure that your kids will really like the look.

These are super fun because you can serve them on the stick that you use or put them in a bun. I’m guessing that your kids will love running around with them on a stick.

Fall Off the Bone BBQ Ribs Recipe

When it comes to grilled pork recipes, hotdogs and ribs always come in at #1 and #2. Then, you’ve probably got pork chops a far third. But, we’ll cover pork chops in the next recipe.

For now, we’ll be focusing on BBQ ribs.

The key to these ribs is they are fall-of-the-bone. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to achieve that with a grill, at least not unless you smoke the meat for at least a few hours. To save time, can put it in a slow cooker. Better yet, pull out the Instant Pot.

From there, its time to get the ribs on the grill to get the lovely char on.

Apple Cider Glazed Pork Chops

I remember enjoying my first apple glazed pork chops at a local Friday’s a long time ago when I was a kid. And that unique blend of savory and sweet has always stuck with me.

If you’re like me, you’ll love this recipe. It does use apple cider. So, you’re going to get a more intense flavor. Nevertheless, it’s easy to make and delicious to eat.

Grilled Seafood Recipes

Grilled Shrimp Boil Packets

Seafood is not always the cheapest ingredient to use. But, if you know how to prepare and cook them, you’ll be able to keep the costs of your meals affordably low (while enjoying them).

That’s the case with these shrimp boil packets.

This is an amazing way to enjoy shrimp boil on a grill. Plus, you’ll be able to make one serving for everyone. I know that this is one of my kids’ favorite ways of enjoying shrimp.

Grilled Tilapia and Asparagus

Like shrimps, fish can get costly. But, with fish, a lot of it will depend on the kind you get. Some species like salmon come with a heftier price tag, while others are much more affordable. And with grilling, it’s key to choose the kinds of fish that don’t break apart on you. Otherwise, you’ll have a flaky mess.

That’s why I love this grilled tilapia recipe. The tilapia, when fresh, is soft and tender when grilled. And, it’s firm enough to withstand that kind of cooking without breaking apart.

Coconut Lime Grilled Shrimp & Summer Veggies in Foil Packs

Here’s another shrimp foil pack recipe. What’s great about this kind of cooking is that you can vary the ingredients to get all sorts of flavor. Plus, it is light and healthier as well.

This dish is perfect for the summer. You get the lovely flavors of sweetened coconut, onions, and lime altogether. Plus, there’s the cherry tomatoes and sweet corn alongside the shrimp.

You can enjoy this right from the packet or put them in a fajita.

Vegetables for the Grill

Grilled Eggplant Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette

This is a flavorful, light summer recipe you can enjoy as your main or side dish. All you need are a couple of medium-sized eggplants and some herbs. You’ll also want to get good whole grain mustard for making the vinaigrette.

Grilled Mushrooms on Skewers

Love mushrooms? Then these are the perfect grilled recipes for you.

Mushrooms are amazing because they have a flavor that’s unique to other foods. Plus, depending on the variety you choose, you’ll get different taste and texture.

When it comes to grilling, you can enjoy large portobello over the flame. But, a more fun way is to get them on skewers. You can serve them on their own like in this recipe or alternate them with other veggies on the stick.

Grilled Blooming Onion

I can still remember the first time I saw a blooming onion at an Outback Steakhouse. Like almost everyone, the first thing that crossed my mind was, “how did they do that?”

What’s amazing about the blooming onion is that it’s not only fascinating to look at but also delicious. It’s kind of like French fries but made with onions. Or is it like onion rings make in the shape that looks like fries?

Anyways, you get the point.

If you’ve wanted to make your own healthier version of the blooming onion at home, this is the perfect recipe for you. Instead of frying it, you grill it which reduces the fat.


These cheap and easy grilling recipes are perfect for when you want to enjoy a meal or afternoon outdoors. They take less than 30 minutes to make and they’re full of flavor.

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