5 Dishes to Grill on Father’s Day

Chicken Father's Day Grilling

It’s Grilling Week at Spoonful! To get you geared up for a long, awesome summer of cookouts and BBQs, we’ve got a bunch of great grilling tips & techniques to share. Father’s Day – arguably one of the most grilling-centric holidays of the year – is upon us, so here are five fantastic recipes to make for dad.

It might be a bit cliche, but who cares? Grilling on Father’s Day just feels right: with the solstice just a few days away, the summer vibes are strong, and who wants to be stuck in a kitchen on a weekend afternoon? So, give dad or another father figure in your life the day off, shake him up a cocktail or crack open a cold one, let him pick the playlist, and don’t complain if it’s (inevitably) full of corny dad rock. Splurge on some good charcoal briquettes, fire up that grill, and get cooking!

When it comes to the food, no one will mind hamburgers or hot dogs, but if you want to score a few more points on the creativity scale, take a step away from the expected classics and try something new. Here are five of our favorites:

Grilled Jerk Chicken

Take dad on a flavor vacation to the sunny shores of the Caribbean with tangy, spicy jerk chicken. Resist the urge to rely on a pre-mixed jerk spice blend – go the extra mile and make your own marinade with spices, chilies, lime juice and soy sauce. No need to be intimidated: you basically throw a bunch of pantry-staple ingredients in the blender and that’s that. Don’t forget to think ahead, as this chicken is best when it’s marinated overnight and re-sauced right before grilling. And for tastiest results, pick up some oakwood charcoal at your market or hardware store. Bonus for frying up a side of plantains!

Grilled Pizza with Kale, Beets, and Pears

Make a major dent in your latest CSA box with a veggie-packed pizza that’s charred to perfection atop the grill. A standard pizza stone works great on the grill, so long as it fits, but you can also just put down some well-oiled tin foil to prevent the dough from sticking. We especially love this recipe for its use of decadent burrata in place of traditional mozzarella.

Parmesan Lime Corn on the Cob

Grilled corn goes with everything; sweet, smoky, and salty, it’s the ideal summer vegetable side. The classic butter and salt combo is all well and good, but with minimal effort, you can take corn on the cob from standard to stellar. This version, which riffs on Mexican street corn, or “elotes”, marinates the grilled cobs with lime zest, paprika, and olive oil, then lets the corn go for a nice long time on a medium hot grill. When it’s finally charred, the corn is showered with salty cheese for a big umami pop. To stay with the street corn theme, these can be served with a little dish of mayo or sour cream for a delicious slather at the table.


Grilled Panzanella Salad

This salad is like a tomato basil bruschetta that’s meant for sharing. Vibrant summer veggies are upgraded with the added savory oomph of grilled bread, and the lively freshness of herbs and salty feta. This would make a hearty vegetarian entree for a dad who has a plant-based diet or is trying to eat clean, but ominvores will love it, too.

Cumin Cilantro Lamb

Lamb is an often overlooked protein for the grill, and is long overdue for its moment in the BBQ spotlight. Lamb chops are tender and juicy when grilled, and impressive when plated and served with a hearty salad and a squeeze of citrus. This recipe is a top choice if you’ve got a busy day planned for Father’s Day; the chops can go in the garlicky, cilantro-flecked marinade hours before grilling time, and the lamb only needs to grill for between four and eight minutes on each side, depending on how you like it.

No matter how you spend it, we hope you enjoy a wonderful Father’s Day surrounded by family!

Chicken photo by Nicholas Gang, corn and lamb photos by Sonali Ghosh

Emily Kovach is the Web Editor at Spoonful Magazine. She’s a fan of oysters, dumplings, nearly every kind of cheese, hoppy beers, and gin cocktails. While she’s intrigued by the incredible food scene in her hometown of Philadelphia, her favorite meals are at home, shared on the back porch with her cozy little family and their dog Jacket.


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