Recipes

Fire up the Grill This Memorial Day With 13 Magnificent Main Courses

by Jeanine Asencio + Lisa Lozano 3:00 AM, May 28, 2018

Aired May 28, 2018

Memorial Day is this weekend, which marks the unofficial start of summer grilling season! Read on for 13 delicious grilling recipes, from steak to hot dogs to ribs, and even a vegetarian option.

No. 1: Jake Smollett's Honey-Sriracha Chicken Skewers

Fun fact: Jake Smollett was born on July 29th -- aka National Chicken Wing Day!

"I'm not making that up -- buffalo wings are my favorite thing to eat! Not kidding," says Jake.

Jake makes these spicy chicken skewers with juicy chicken thighs, smothered in a honey-sriracha sauce and topped with a little blue cheese crumble. YUM!

No. 2: Carla Hall's Spicy Brick Chicken with Grilled Radicchio and Oranges

This is a super healthy and flavorful way to enjoy chicken on the grill all summer long! Carla starts off with a simple, citrusy and spicy marinade that you can make right in the food processor. She makes this dish using boneless, skinless thighs because they're affordable, moist, cook quickly and you CANNOT overcook them!

"I mean, why would you use a breast?!" asks Carla.

And also, by cooking the chicken under a brick, the chicken will get a nice, golden crust! Are you excited for summer yet?

No. 3: Katie Lee’s Best Barbecue Ribs Ever

Katie makes her own spicy-sweet dry rub and lets her ribs cure in the fridge for at least four hours before cooking in the oven and finishing on the grill.

No. 4: Mario Batali’s Grilled Skirt Steak with Cherry Barbecue Sauce

Mario marinates his skirt steak with rosemary, juniper berries, oregano, garlic and olive oil, then grills it and serves with a homemade smoky cherry BBQ sauce.

No. 5: Nacho Burgers

For these delightful burgers, Rach puts chipotle in adobo right into her patties and tops them with cheesy nachos, which she bakes in the oven ahead of time.

No. 6: Portobello Mushroom Burger with Melted Gruyère on a Multigrain Bun

For a vegetarian option, try Maria Menounos’ Portobello veggie burger.

No. 7: Mexican Hot Dogs

Put a Mexican spin on an American favorite with Rachael’s hot dog recipe. She garnishes her bacon-wrapped dogs with pico de gallo, refried beans, crispy tortilla chips and an avocado crema.

No. 8: Turkey and Green Chili Burgers with Guacamole

This hugely flavorful burger is one you don’t have to feel guilty about, since it’s made with turkey and also features nutrient-dense avocado!

No. 9: Curtis Stone’s Ginger Beef Sirloin Satay with Charred Asian Vegetables

Chef Curtis Stone and his brother Luke show you an inexpensive way to cook steak on a budget. By turning sirloin steak into satays and tenderizing the meat, it'll be full of flavor.

No. 10: Curtis Stone’s Grilled Chili-Rubbed Flank Steak Tacos

For this middle-priced flank steak, Curtis starts with a dry rub that features chili powder, cumin and garlic powder. He cooks it low and slow and makes sure to let the steak rest before slicing it across the grain. He serves fajita-style with avocado, lime and a cabbage slaw.

Tip: Oil your steak, rather than your grill, for less smoke when cooking.

No. 11: Katie Lee’s West Virginia-Style Hot Dogs

When you think of regional hot dog recipes, usually New York or Chicago-style comes to mind. But Katie Lee is bringing you West Virginia-style dogs! Her dogs are slathered with a delicious homemade chili sauce, yellow mustard, onions and cole slaw -- delish! Katie says, “If you make this for your neighborhood block party, you will be the hero of the neighborhood.”

No. 12: Skirt Steak with Mean, Green Romesco

Rachael pairs a grilled skirt steak with a nutty green tomatillo romesco sauce. As a bonus, this meal is completely gluten-free.

No. 13: Katie Lee’s BLT Ranch Burgers

Katie’s simple, summery BLT burger will be the hit of any BBQ. Katie accessorizes her beef patty with bacon, homemade ranch dressing and a toasted bun.

Tip: Add Worcestershire sauce to your ground beef when you make your burger patties, because as Katie says, it will make your meat taste “meatier.”