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Healthy Grill Recipes: A New Look At the Old Cookout

By: Erin Coleman, B.S. - Nutritional Science, R.D., L.D.,

Writer at The Fit Father Project

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If you're ready to take control of your health, follow a nutritious meal plan, and look and feel your best, try some healthy grill recipes!

Having a list of healthy foods for grilling means you can enjoy the taste of grilled food you desire without the risk of weight gain and chronic disease.

With these healthy grill recipes in hand, you'll take your cookouts to the next level — and stay on a nutritious eating plan!

Don't forget the veggies! Try these grilled vegetable recipes!

Healthy Grilling Options vs. Not-So-Healthy Choices

You can grill just about any protein food, vegetable, or fiber-rich starch that fits perfectly into a healthy eating plan for men. Examples include:

  • Chicken breast, turkey, or duck
  • Very lean red meats
  • Shrimp, scallops, and other seafood
  • Salmon, tuna, mahi-mahi, and other fish
  • Veggie burgers or very lean turkey burgers
  • Corn on the cob
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Bell peppers, asparagus, zucchini, and broccoli
  • Other nutrient-dense veggies
  • Some fruits

Use your favorite herbs or other seasonings and a heart-healthy marinade (such as olive oil) in healthy grill recipes.

Try the nutritious recipes below in place of unhealthy grilled foods popular at social events – such as hot dogs, hamburgers, and brats.

Studies show that these and other processed meats increase your risk of developing colorectal, prostate, and other cancers – so steer clear of them when you can!

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Delicious, Family-Friendly Healthy Grill Recipes

The grill recipes below taste as delicious as they are nutritious!

Give them a try or add your own unique twist if you'd like.

Vegetable and Side Dish Recipes for the Grill

Grilled Corn on the Cob

Corn on the cob is loaded with fiber, vitamins, minerals.

You’ll be surprised at how delicious a simple grilled corn-on-the-cob recipe can be!


  • 10 ears of corn
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons of salt


  • Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
  • Remove the outer corn husks and pull back the inner husks.
  • Discard the silks of the corn, rinse it, and dry it with paper towels.
  • Tie the inner husks together.
  • Brush the corn cobs lightly with olive oil, and sprinkle them with salt.
  • Grill the corn (covered) over medium-high heat for 20 minutes, turning it every 5 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy this healthy grill recipe!

Servings: 10

Grilled Asparagus

Asparagus is a non-starchy vegetable that’s loaded with nutrients but not calories.

With this grilled asparagus recipe, all your friends and family will beg for seconds!

Serve it with your favorite protein food and fiber-rich starch.


  • 2 pounds of asparagus
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Ground black pepper


  • Preheat your grill to high heat.
  • Cut off the tough, woody ends of the asparagus.
  • Toss the asparagus in olive oil and season it with salt and pepper.
  • Place it on the grill and turn it occasionally until it’s tender (about 3-4 minutes).
  • Grilled asparagus is ready when you can pierce it easily with a fork!

Servings: 4

Grilled Mushrooms

Serve this award-winning grilled mushroom recipe with any grilled meat or main dish.

It’s simple but mouth-watering nonetheless.


  • 1/2 pound of fresh mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup of melted butter (use heart-healthy olive oil instead if you'd like)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dill seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic salt


  • Heat the grill to medium-high heat.
  • Thread the mushrooms through four metal skewers.
  • Combine the butter (or olive oil) with garlic salt and dill in a small dish.
  • Brush the mixture over your mushrooms.
  • Grill them over medium-high heat for 10-15 minutes; baste and turn them every 5 minutes.

Servings: 4

Grilled Garlic Broccoli

Put a new twist on broccoli with this flavorful grilled garlic broccoli recipe.


  • 4 cups of broccoli florets
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes


  • Heat your grill to medium heat.
  • Toss the broccoli with olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder until it’s well coated.
  • Put a large piece of foil on your grill.
  • Grill the broccoli on top of it on medium heat for 8-10 minutes until it's tender yet crisp.

Servings: 4

Grilled Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are loaded with satiating fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

This flavorful grilled Brussels sprouts recipe is sure to be a hit with the entire family – even your kids!

Combine it with your favorite protein food and fiber-rich starch.


  • 1 pound of Brussels sprouts, halved
  • 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of grainy mustard
  • 2 teaspoons of red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup of grated parmesan


  • Heat your grill to high heat.
  • Combine Brussels sprouts, olive oil, mustard, vinegar, honey, red pepper flakes, and salt in a large bowl and mix well.
  • Place the Brussels sprouts on metal skewers.
  • Grill them on high heat for about 10 minutes, turning frequently until they are tender and cooked through.
  • Garnish with parmesan if you desire.

Servings: 6

Grilled Sweet Potatoes

Pair this grilled sweet potato recipe with protein and vegetables to round out a nutritious meal.

Sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamin A, fiber, and other essential nutrients.

Keep the skin on when grilling the potatoes to maintain a high fiber content.

Potato Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds of sweet potatoes
  • 3-4 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Salt to taste

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons of lime or lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of lime or lemon zest
  • A pinch of salt


  • Heat the grill to high heat.
  • Slice the potatoes lengthwise into 1/4-inch thick pieces.
  • Coat the sweet potatoes with 3-4 tablespoons of olive oil and sprinkle them with salt.
  • Prepare the dressing by combining all of the dressing ingredients in a small bowl; mix well.
  • Grill the sweet potatoes on high heat (covered) for about 3-6 minutes on each side.
  • Toss the potatoes with your dressing, serve, and enjoy!

Servings: 4

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Meat and Main Dish Healthy Grill Recipes

Steak Fajita Skewers

Try this grilled steak fajita skewers recipe as a meal or appetizer.

It's the perfect blend of protein, non-starchy vegetables, and starch.


  • 1 pound of sirloin steak, cut into cubes
  • 1 pack of small flour tortillas, torn into pieces (use whole-grain tortillas)
  • 1 bunch of scallions
  • 4 large bell peppers, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • Olive oil for drizzling
  • Salt
  • Ground pepper


  • Heat your grill to medium-high heat.
  • Place the steak, folded tortilla pieces, scallions, and peppers on 8 skewers.
  • Grill the skewers over medium-high heat for about 7 minutes, turning them occasionally until the steak is medium-rare and the veggies are tender (and slightly charred).

Servings: 8

Mediterranean Grilled Chicken

Grilled chicken is loaded with lean protein and part of just about every healthy eating plan for men.

This Mediterranean grilled chicken recipe adds a burst of flavor to traditional grilled chicken.

Your wife and children will love it!


  • 4 skinless chicken breast halves
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons of chopped parsley
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano


  • Heat your grill to medium-high heat.
  • Combine olive oil, lemon juice, parsley, oregano, garlic, and paprika in a large food storage bag.
  • Peirce the chicken several times with a fork.
  • Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper.
  • Place the chicken in the bag to coat it with dressing, and marinate it for 20 minutes up to 1-2 days in the refrigerator.
  • When you’re ready, grill the chicken for 5-6 minutes on each side over medium-high heat.
  • Serve it with vegetables and wild rice or quinoa, and enjoy!

Servings: 4

15-Minute Grilled Salmon

Salmon is loaded with protein, vitamins, minerals, and heart-healthy fats.

This 15-minute grilled salmon recipe is simple yet bursting with flavor.


  • 1 1/2 pounds of salmon
  • Olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of salt
  • 1/4 cup of garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup of dried minced onion
  • 1/4 cup dried parsley
  • 1/4 cup of dried basil


  • Heat your grill to medium heat.
  • Mix the dry seasoning ingredients together.
  • Rub each piece of salmon with about 1 teaspoon of olive oil and sprinkle it with seasoning (store the remaining seasoning in an airtight container for up to 6 months).
  • Grill the salmon (covered) over medium heat for about 5 minutes on each side or until it flakes with a fork.
  • Serve it hot and enjoy!

Servings: 4

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Grilled Shrimp

Shrimp is low in calories and loaded with protein, making it one of the healthiest foods you’ll find.

This grilled shrimp recipe is simple, nutritious, and delicious!


  • 16 jumbo shrimp, de-veined in their shells
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 2 lemons, halved
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  • Preheat your grill to high heat.
  • Slice the shrimp almost through lengthwise, but leave the shells on.
  • Brush the shrimp with olive oil and season it with salt and pepper.
  • Grill it for 2 minutes on each side until the shrimp is opaque and the shells are hot pink.
  • Put lemons on the grill for the last minute.
  • Remove the shrimp from the grill.
  • Squeeze lemon wedges over the shrimp, serve, and enjoy this healthy grill recipe!

Servings: 4

Grilled Mahi-Mahi with Squash Salsa

Pair this refreshing grilled mahi-mahi with squash salsa recipe with a vegetable and wild rice, sweet potatoes, or quinoa.


  • 8 (6-ounce) skinless mahi-mahi
  • 1 yellow squash or yellow zucchini
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper, minced
  • Olive oil for brushing
  • 2/3 cup of fresh cilantro
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of ground coriander
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of ground cumin
  • Salt
  • Ground pepper


  • Heat your grill to medium-high heat.
  • Thinly slice the zucchini and transfer it to a colander over a bowl.
  • Toss the zucchini with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and let it drain for 15 minutes.
  • Combine the tomatoes, zucchini, jalapeno, red onion, 1/3 cup of cilantro, and lime juice in a bowl. Let it sit for 1 hour.
  • Mix the coriander and cumin in a small bowl.
  • Brush the mahi-mahi with olive oil, rub it with the seasonings, and sprinkle it with salt and pepper.
  • Grill the fish over medium-high heat for about 4 minutes.
  • Flip over the fish and continue cooking it for 2-4 more minutes.
  • Transfer the fish to a platter.
  • Stir the rest of the cilantro into the zucchini mixture, season it with salt, spoon it over the mahi-mahi, serve, and enjoy!

Servings: 6-8

Grilled Turkey Cutlets with Plum Salad

Change things up a bit with this grilled turkey cutlet & plum salad recipe.

Your entire family will love the mixture of savory and sweet.


  • 1 1/2 pounds of turkey cutlets
  • 8 cups of baby arugula
  • 3 firm plums, cut into 1-inch wedges
  • 5 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons of ground coriander
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


  • Preheat the grill to medium-high.
  • Place the cutlets between 2 sheets of plastic wrap and pound them with a mallet until they are 1/4-inch thick.
  • Place the turkey in a bowl and toss it with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of coriander, a pinch of cayenne pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper; set aside.
  • Toss the plums with 1/4 teaspoon of coriander, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and a pinch of salt.
  • Grill the plums for 3-4 minutes (turning once) until they soften; set aside.
  • Grill the turkey for about 2 minutes on each side until it's cooked through.
  • Chop a few of the plums and put them in a large bowl. Stir in the lemon juice, 3 tablespoons of olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper.
  • Add the arugula and toss it together.
  • Top the grilled turkey with the remaining grilled plums and salad, serve, and enjoy!

Servings: 4

Choosing the Right Healthy Grill Recipes

Whether you’re seeking weight loss, healthy weight management, improved health, or more energy, choosing healthy grill recipes over burgers and hot dogs helps you meet your goals.

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Erin Coleman B.S. - Nutritional Science, R.D., L.D.

Writer at The Fit Father Project

Erin Coleman is a registered and licensed dietitian with over 15 years of freelance writing experience.

She graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in nutritional science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and completed her dietetic internship at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Prior to beginning her career in medical content writing, Erin worked as Health Educator for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Internal Medicine.

Her published work appears on hundreds of health and fitness websites, and she’s currently working on publishing her first book! Erin is a wife, and a Mom to two beautiful children.

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