"Sure, let's throw it on the grill," is a phrase often heard around this time of year. While the foods being referred to tend to stay in the realm of burgers, hot dogs, steak, and chicken, there are plenty of grilling options out there. And no, I'm not just talking about grilling asparagus or corn (even though they're both delicious) or cooking fish instead of meat (again, another great option). I'm talking about foods you would never think of laying on those hot grates and branding with beautiful grill marks.
For instance, would you have ever imagined making Sunday brunch outside by grilling up some French toast? Or chowing down on barbecued lettuce? (It tastes better than it sounds.) The grill imparts a nice smoky flavor and char to foods, and more ingredients than you'd think benefit from this addition.
Sure, you could probably throw a griddle or a pan onto the grill and cook just about anything, but what about unusual foods you can just 'throw on'?
We've compiled a few of our favorites and asked two cooking enthusiasts, the Food Network's Aaron McCargo and Sam the Cooking Guy, for their most surprising items to grill. From grilled watermelon topped with smoky salt to grilled meatballs, we have plenty of new and exciting options for you to wow your friends and family with this cookout season.
Below, the 8 Unlikely Grill Foods slideshow.
- Yasmin Fahr, The Daily Meal