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Best Grill Recipes

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Outdoor grilling is, without a doubt, the most popular way of preparing food in cottage country, especially during warm-weather months. Whether you’re planning a simple grilled meal for two or a barbecue extravaganza for your weekend crowd, OUR 33 BEST GRILL RECIPES are sure to please. How do we know? Because our family and friends ask for them again and again!

Two rack of tender pork ribs cooking slowly on the smoker
The ribs fresh off the grill served with a bottle of WATC BBQ Sauce
The perfect pairing, ribs with WATC BBQ Sauce.

Before we present our list of favorites, don’t forget that every exceptional grill recipe deserves an equally stellar condiment to go with it. Our famous BBQ SAUCE is just the thing; it’s tangy with a hint of sweetness and just the right amount of heat. Click HERE to order our barbecue sauce online, or click HERE to find a retailer close to you selling WATC PRODUCTS.

We’ve crafted OUR 33 BEST GRILL RECIPES round-up to be easy to use and reference, again and again.

You can scroll through the entire list or click the GROUP HEADINGS to jump to a particular section of interest:

  • BURGERS & HOT DOGS – Lots to choose from in this list of go-to, kid-approved burgers, and dog recipes. Remember to have extra cheese, toppings, and condiments at-the-ready.
  • MEATS – A variety of main course meat options that work for either lunch or dinner. We’ve included our surefire grill recipes for beef, lamb, and pork.
  • POULTRY – These easy grill ideas take chicken recipes to a whole new level of deliciousness. No burns or flares ups, we promise.
  • FISH & SEAFOOD – From grilled whole fish and seared fillets to jumbo shrimp and scallops, add some fresh fish and seafood to your next weekend meal plan.
  • VEGETABLES – No surprise, we’re big on grilling vegetables too! These easy side dish recipes pair perfectly with all of our grilled mains.

We know you’ll look at these essential recipes as we do; they’re keepers. Make sure to PIN the recipes on a favourite Pinterest board and SHARE it with friends. We’d also appreciate seeing pics when you make them. Use #weekendatthecottage when you post on Facebook and Instagram. Thanks for sharing with the world! If you enjoyed this recipe round-up, you may also enjoy 32 of our BEST SALAD RECIPES too. 

As you scroll down through this listdon’t forget to click those LINK BUTTONS under each listing to go straight to the recipe or video.

Here then are OUR 33 BEST GRILL RECIPES!


Easy Smash Burgers with Secret Sauce

All-beef patties smashed on a searingly hot griddle. The burgers are then topped with cheese and our secret sauce. Serve with potato chips and our BUTTER & MILK-BOILED CORN.

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Perfect Turkey Burgers

Tender, moist and juicy handmade turkey burgers, seasoned and blended with a few colourful veggies. Top with Emmental cheese and serve with this CREAMY COLESLAW.

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Best Hot Dog Recipes

Grilling hot dogs is easy, but then we dress them up with four delicious flavour pairings that always get rave reviews. Pro tip: these toppings also taste great with grilled sausages.

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Juicy Hamburgers

Two ground meats are gathered with flavor enhancements, spices, and a secret ingredient to keep these burgers moist and tender. Once grilled, top with cheese, lettuce, tomato, and WATC BBQ SAUCE. So perfect!

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Ultimate Burger Toppings

Five exceptionally tasty ways to dress up your grilled burger patties. You can grill our handmade burgers, but store-bought burgers can go from simple to amazing with these flavour combos. Serve with potato or tortilla chips, or a SIMPLE SALAD.

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Grilled Salmon Burgers

These burgers are famous for good reason; they’re really, really tasty. Fresh salmon is chopped to create these handmade burgers flavoured with ginger, green onion and jalapeño. Serve them topped with wasabi mayonnaise.

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Easy Grilled Pork Chops

Tender, juicy grilled pork chops brushed with a chive and lemon vinaigrette, served with a zippy mango salsa. Enjoy them with our LEMONY ORZO WITH ASPARAGUS.

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Pork Ribs With BBQ Sauce

Seasoned pork back ribs are slowly cooked with Weekend at the Cottage’s incredible BBQ SAUCE. They pair well with this COLESLAW and our GARLIC SMASHED POTATOES.

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Grilled Beef Tenderloin

This is our #1 guest favourite. A premium cut of beef rubbed with dry seasoning and a touch of brown sugar then grilled to your liking. Serve with our BLT SALAD and this SUMMER COUSCOUS dish.

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Grilled Rack of Lamb with Garlic-Herb Vinaigrette

Racks of lamb rubbed with a blend of smoked salt and black pepper, brushed with a garlic and herb vinaigrette, then grilled to a perfect medium. Enjoy with GRILLED CARROTS and WARM POTATO SALAD.

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The Best Grilled Ribeye Steaks

Just a simple seasoning on these flavourful steaks and our step-by-step guide on how to cook them perfectly. Serve with our BBQ SAUCE.

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Grilled Pork Kebabs with Honey-Dijon Marinade

Tender, juicy pork skewers grilled with a honey-Dijon marinade flavoured with lime juice and jalapeño. Enjoy with our BEAN, CORN & TOMATO.

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Grilled Korean Short Ribs

Thinly sliced beef short ribs marinated in a blend of garlicginger, brown sugar, mirin and soy sauce. Try serving it as an afternoon snack with our NUTTY COCONUT RICE.

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Grilled Filet Mignon with Lobster and Béarnaise

Tender grilled filet mignon topped with lobster and a rich BÉARNAISE SAUCE. Click the link to watch the video where we make the béarnaise from scratch!

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Grilled Lamb Loin Chops

Seasoned and grilled to perfection, these lamb chops are topped with a spoonful of fragrant MINT CHIMICHURRI. If you love lamb, you’ll love the simplicity of this dish.

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The Best Mixed Grill

A favourite selection of lamb, chicken, beef and sausage grilled to perfection and completed with accompaniments.

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Perfect Beer Can Chicken

A plump chicken seasoned with a favourite spice rub, then barbecue-roasted over a can of fragrant fruit cider. Enjoy with this CLASSIC POTATO SALAD.

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Easy Grilled Chicken

A whole chicken marinated in garlic, basil, Dijon, and capers, then grilled tender and juicy. Often served as a casual weeknight meal, try it with our COTTAGE SALAD.

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Grilled Chicken Salad

Grilled chicken breasts resting on a bed of greens and assorted vegetables served in an edible tortilla bowl. Click HERE to watch the tortilla bowl-making video.

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Grilled Whole Rainbow Trout

Stuffed with fresh chives, dill, parsley, onion, and lemon, this whole rainbow trout is grilled perfectly and finished with an herbed beurre blanc. Click HERE for a crash course on how to de-bone whole, cooked fish.

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Seared Arctic Char with Fresh Peach Salsa

salt-and-pepper-rubbed fillet of Arctic char seared crispy on the grill and served with a zesty, freshly made salsa. To learn our homemade MANGO SALSA recipe, watch the video HERE.

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Super Quick Grilled Scallops with Pesto Pasta

Grilled scallops served with spaghetti, tossed with baby spinach, tomatoes, black olives and basil pesto. This is a complete meal perfect for either lunch or dinner.

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Barbecued Salmon

A large salmon fillet barbecued in a hot grill pan, then topped with a sauce of melted butter, fresh herbs, Dijon and lemon juice. We love serving this with our BUTTER & MILK-BOILED CORN and THIS IS NOT POTATO SALAD.

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Grilled Jumbo Shrimp

Jumbo shrimp brushed with a tangy lemon sauce made with fresh herbs and garlic. Enjoy it as a main course or appetizer, and try it with this FLOR DE SEVILLA SPRITZER.

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Grilled Carrots With Zesty Lime Glaze

Grilled carrots brushed with a zippy, buttery glaze of honey, garlic and lime.

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Grilled Garlic Scapes

Garlic scapes are available for a short period of time right before summer. Tossing them in oil is all that’s required to grill something unique and delicious.

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Elote Corn Recipe

Grilled corn slathered with garlicky mayo and rolled in Mexican cheese. Garnish with chopped cilantro and lime.

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Grilled Okra

Here’s your okra game-changer. Fresh okra split and drizzled with EVOO, then grilled until slightly brown. Served with a smoked paprika dip.

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Grilled Eggplant Side Dish

Tender grilled baby eggplants topped with chopped tomatoesfresh herbs and garlic.

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Grilled Vegetable Medley

An assortment of seasonal fresh vegetables including red pepperscorn on the cobonion, mushrooms and zucchini. Finish with a simple balsamic glaze.

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Grilled Mini Sweet Peppers

Small sweet peppers blistered on a hot grill, then sprinkled with chopped garlic and capers and drizzled with olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar.

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Grilled Avocado Salad with Smoky Caesar Dressing

Romaine and cherry tomatoes tossed in a chipotle pepper-flavoured Caesar dressing topped with grilled avocado and corn.

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Grilled Shishito Peppers

Bite-sized grilled shishito peppers served with sweet and tangy wasabi mayonnaise.

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