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Top 21 savory grilling recipes

Grilling: A classic summer pastime

The sun is shining and summer is in full swing. Turn up the heat (on your grill) and set flame to these 21 beef, poultry, vegetarian and seafood recipes.

It's time to dust off your grill and put it to good use this season. We are here to prove that you can add variety and flavor with simple sauces, a skewer or even a beer can.

1. Grilled flat iron steak with chimichurri sauce and grilled bread

Grilled flat iron steak with chimichurri sauce and grilled bread

Want to add color and flavor to a simple cut of meat? Dress up your steak with a taste of Argentina. A chimichurri sauce made of parsley, olive oil, lemon and spices will do the trick.

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2. Spicy grilled skirt steak with Thai red chili sauce

Grilled skirt steak with Thai red chili sauce and Thai basil

Here's a marinade with some Asian persuasion. A skirt steak is ideal for soaking up juices — and the final result will be tender meat with a pop of international spice.

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3. Grilled honey-balsamic chicken with red onion plum sauce

Grilled honey-balsamic chicken with red onion plum sauce

Talk about rustic and savory. The heat of the red onion mixed with cool, sweet plums is an undeniably mouthwatering sauce to pair with marinated grilled chicken.

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4. Beer can chicken

Beer can chicken recipe

Here's a beer you can eat. You've seen this done before, and now you can master it yourself. For best results, serve with ice cold ale.

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5. Honey chipotle and lime grilled chicken kabobs

Honey chipotle lime grilled chicken kabobs recipe

Let's be honest, anything on a stick is always more scrumptious. The contrasting flavors of chipotle peppers against the lightness of citrus fruits and honey create the ultimate spicy sweet combo that will leave you drooling.

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6. Lemongrass shrimp skewers

lemongrass shrimp

Don't be afraid if you have never used lemongrass. The stalks of this herb produce a light lemony flavor. The mixture of those, soy sauce, chili paste and garlic is Thai tasty!

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7. Tuna, salmon and swordfish skewers

tuna, salmon and swordfish skewers

Tuna, salmon and swordfish — oh my! Go "under the sea" with this grilling recipe. The combo of these three is a fisherman's dream.

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8. Grilled salmon with caramelized onions

Grilled salmon

A classic piece of salmon is dressed up with rich, flavorful caramelized onions. The fish can be finished in less than 30 minutes and is perfect for a busy mom.

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9. Grilled chipotle shrimp and roasted pepper pizza

Grilled chipotle shrimp and roasted pepper pizza

Pizza on a grill?! Who knew? Take an American classic and add some Mexican flair with red peppers and adobo sauce. Toss in some goat cheese and chipotle shrimp and call it a day.

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10. Aussie burger with beets and fried egg

Aussie burger (with beets and fried egg)

Let's throw some burgers on the barbie! Beets and fried eggs are a favorite Down Under with the locals. If you're feeling adventurous this summer, give this unique pairing of flavors a try.

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11. Green chile burgers with chile-lime mayo

Green chile burgers with chile-lime mayo

Beat the summer heat and serve up some yummy green chile burgers. The coolness of the chile-lime mayo against a freshly grilled burger, piled high with avocado on a soft, doughy roll is a picturesque meal for this season.

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Up next: 10 More unique recipes for the grill, including grilled veggies >>

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