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The Best Grilling Recipes From Every State

Planning a summer cook-out? Gather inspiration with these recipes submitted by home cooks across the country.

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Friends making barbecue and having lunch in the nature.Shutterstock / bbernard

There’s nothing better than grilled food in the summer (these 10 tiny tips will instantly improve it your BBQ). No matter what state you call home, you can get in on the tong-wielding, pit-smoking, burger-flipping action. That’s why we took a look at all of our grilling recipes and found 50 favorites from across the country. These user-submitted and pro-tested dishes are sure to be a success at your next cook-out.

Think your recipe could beat the the winner in your state? Submit it here.

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Alabama: Grilled Eggplant Pita Pizzas	Taste of Home

Alabama: Grilled Eggplant Pita Pizzas

We grow eggplants and love to use them for our special pizza. Grilling adds robust flavor to the crust, veggies and garlic. Waiting for the eggplants to grow is the hardest part! —Judy Barrett, Chelsea, Alabama

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Alaska: Barbecued Alaskan SalmonTaste of Home

Alaska: Barbecued Alaskan Salmon

We eat salmon all summer long, and this is our favorite way to fix it. The mild sauce—brushed on as the fish grills—really enhances the taste. —Janis Smoke, King Salmon, Alaska.

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Arizona: Grilled Steak PinwheelsTaste of Home

Arizona: Grilled Steak Pinwheels

I've been serving this recipe to family and friends for 20 years and very seldom do I have any leftovers. We try to keep the house cool, so we grill out often. —Mary Hills, Scottsdale, Arizona

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Arkansas: Marinated Baby Back RibsTaste of Home

Arkansas: Marinated Baby Back Ribs

I first marinate each rack of ribs, then add a zesty rub before grilling them. They always turn out moist and flavorful. —Iola Egle, Bella Vista, Arkansas

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California: Grilled Huli Huli ChickenTaste of Home

California: Grilled Huli Huli Chicken

I got this grilled huli huli chicken recipe from a friend while living in Hawaii. It sizzles with the flavors of brown sugar, ginger and soy sauce. Huli means "turn" in Hawaiian. This sweet and savory glaze is fantastic on pork chops, too. —Sharon Boling, San Diego, California

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Colorado: Cajun Boil on the Grill	Taste of Home

Colorado: Cajun Boil on the Grill

I came up with these everything-in-one seafood packets for a family reunion, since the recipe can be increased to feed a bunch. The foil steams up inside, so open carefully. —Allison Brooks, Fort Collins, Colorado

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Connecticut:  Chili-Rubbed Steak & Bread SaladTaste of Home

Connecticut: Chili-Rubbed Steak & Bread Salad

We love skirt steak in our house. To make it a meal, I created a ranch-inspired bread salad with the best flavor combinations - creamy, tangy, sweet and fresh. — Devon Delaney, Westport, Connecticut

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Delaware: Skillet-Grilled CatfishTaste of Home

Delaware: Skillet-Grilled Catfish

You can use this recipe with any thick fish fillet, but I suggest catfish or haddock. The Cajun flavor is great! —Traci Wynne, Denver, Pennsylvania

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Florida: Teriyaki Shish KabobsTaste of Home

Florida: Teriyaki Shish Kabobs

When I was a teenager, my father worked for an airline, and my family lived on the island of Guam in the South Pacific. A friend of my mother gave her this tangy-sweet recipe, and we enjoyed it often. Now I make it for my family, and they're big fans as well. —Suzanne Pelegrin, Ocala, Florida

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Georgia:  Creamy Grilled Potato SaladTaste of Home

Georgia: Creamy Grilled Potato Salad

I grill just about everything in the summer to avoid turning on my oven, including this creamy potato salad. My friends have dubbed this ‘The Best Potato Salad You’ll Ever Put in Your Mouth!’—and I love that! —Gayle Robinson, Carrollton, Georgia

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Hawaii: Basil-Mint Chicken ThighsTaste of Home

Hawaii: Basil-Mint Chicken Thighs

You’re going to love plunging fork first into this juicy grilled chicken bursting with the flavors of cilantro, basil, mint and chili pepper. Toss the extras in tacos or salads for quick meals. —Karen Naihe, Ewa Beach, Hawaii

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Idaho: Pot of S'moresTaste of Home

Idaho: Pot of S'mores

Mom’s easy Dutch-oven version of the popular campout treat is so good and gooey. The hardest part is waiting for this to cool so you can devour it. Yum! —June Dress, Meridian, Idaho

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Illinois:  Lemon Grilled SalmonTaste of Home

Illinois: Lemon Grilled Salmon

This tender and flaky fish is wonderful to serve to family and friends. A savory marinade that includes dill gives the salmon mouthwatering flavor and since it can be grilled or broiled, you can enjoy it all year round! —Aelita Kivirist, Glenview, Illinois

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Indiana:  Grilled Three-Cheese PotatoesTaste of Home

Indiana: Grilled Three-Cheese Potatoes

While this is delicious grilled, I've also cooked it in the oven at 350° for an hour. Add cubed ham to it and you can serve it as a full-meal main dish. —Margaret Hanson-Maddox, Montpelier, Indiana

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Iowa: Contest-Winning Grilled MushroomsTaste of Home

Iowa: Contest-Winning Grilled Mushrooms

Mushrooms cooked over hot coals always taste good, but this easy recipe makes the mushrooms taste fantastic. As the mother of two children, I love to cook entire meals on the grill. It's fun spending time outdoors with the kids. —Melanie Knoll, Marshalltown, Iowa

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Kansas: Marinated Steak & Pepper FajitasTaste of Home

Kansas: Marinated Steak & Pepper Fajitas

These are the best fajitas ever, and a much healthier version of the typically pan-fried fajitas you find in restaurants. I also like to serve them in flatbreads instead of tortillas. —Erin Michniacki, Manhattan, Kansas

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Kentucky: Spicy Pork Tenderloin	Taste of Home

Kentucky: Spicy Pork Tenderloin

A friend shared this recipe for marvelously flavorful pork years ago. It really sparks up a barbecue and has been popular whenever I've served it. I guarantee you'll get many requests for the recipe. —Diana Steger, Prospect, Kentucky

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Louisiana: Chicken-Chile Relleno TacosTaste of Home

Louisiana: Chicken-Chile Relleno Tacos

A local restaurant makes awesome charred tacos that are a lot like these. Their marinade recipe’s a secret, so I invented my own. Light the coals and have them anytime. —Denise Klibert, Shreveport, Louisiana

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Maine: Grilled Chicken Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette	Taste of Home

Maine: Grilled Chicken Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette

We love adding grilled chicken to our salads in the summer, but the real star here is the vinaigrette made with blueberry preserves and maple syrup. It goes great with a fresh baguette and a frosty glass of minted lemonade. —Susan Gauthier, Falmouth, Maine

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Maryland: Grilled Potato SkinsTaste of Home

Maryland: Grilled Potato Skins

It's easy to love these delicious appetizers. They're nice to serve outside when you invite friends over for a grilled meal. They remind me of the potato skins I have had in restaurants—only better! —Mitzi Sentiff, Annapolis, Maryland

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Massachusetts: Honey Chipotle Ribs	Taste of Home

Massachusetts: Honey Chipotle Ribs

Nothing's better than having a sauce with the perfect consistency for slathering. Here's one that'll ensure a lip-smacking feast. Make the sauce up to a week ahead. —Caitlin Hawes, Westwood, Massachusetts

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Michigan: Dad's Lemony Grilled Chicken	Taste of Home

Michigan: Dad's Lemony Grilled Chicken

Lemon juice, onions and garlic add tangy flavor to chicken when firing up the grill. —Mike Schulz, Tawas City, Michigan

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Minnesota: Grilled Vegetable Platter	Taste of Home

Minnesota: Grilled Vegetable Platter

The best of summer in one dish! This pretty grilled vegetable recipe is meant for entertaining. Grilling brings out their natural sweetness, and the easy marinade really kicks up the grilled vegetables' flavor. —Heidi Hall, North St. Paul, Minnesota

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Mississippi: Southwestern Catfish	Taste of Home

Mississippi: Southwestern Catfish

Catfish fillets are rubbed with a blend that includes chili powder, cumin, coriander, cayenne and paprika, then topped with homemade salsa. A green salad, garlic bread and baked sweet potatoes round out the meal nicely. —Bruce Crittenden Clinton, Mississippi

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Missouri: Mushroom Bacon BitesTaste of Home

Missouri: Mushroom Bacon Bites

This is the perfect appetizer for most any occasion. The tasty bites are easy to assemble and brush with prepared barbecue sauce. When we have a big cookout, they're always a hit...but they make a nice little "extra" for a family dinner, too. —Gina Roesner, Ashland, Missouri

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Montana:  Grilled Bourbon ChopsTaste of Home

Montana: Grilled Bourbon Chops

My husband is a grill master and loves a good bourbon, making this recipe the perfect combination of both! Sometimes we use thicker chops. If you do, too, remember to cook them long enough to reach 145. —Donna Bryan, Columbia Falls, Montana

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Nebraska: Can-Can Chicken	Taste of Home

Nebraska: Can-Can Chicken

Here's a tasty take on the popular beer-can chicken. Once the bird is on the grill, the work's basically done. And cleanup is a cinch—a must for a guy like me. —Steve Bath, Lincoln, Nebraska

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Nevada: Spicy Lemon Chicken KabobsTaste of Home

Nevada: Spicy Lemon Chicken Kabobs

When I see Meyer lemons in the store, it must be spring. I like using them for these easy chicken kabobs, but regular grilled lemons still add the signature smoky tang. —Terri Crandall, Gardnerville, Nevada

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New Hampshire: Grilled Basil Chicken	Taste of Home

New Hampshire: Grilled Basil Chicken

This cinch of a marinade gives the chicken lots of Italian flavor. Serve the chicken with a tossed green salad and garlic breadsticks, or put slices on a ciabatta roll along with lettuce, tomato and mozzarella cheese for a zesty handheld meal. —Lisa Moriarty, Wilton, New Hampshire

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New Jersey: Grilled Bean Burgers	Taste of Home

New Jersey: Grilled Bean Burgers

These juicy veggie patties have major flavor with cumin, garlic and a little chili powder. They hold their own against any veggie burger you‘d buy at the supermarket. —Marguerite Shaeffer, Sewell, New Jersey

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New Mexico: Buttery Grilled Shrimp	Taste of Home

New Mexico: Buttery Grilled Shrimp

This is easy and delicious! These shrimp are great with steak, but for a special occasion, brush the sauce on lobster tails and grill. —Sheryl Shenberger, Albuquerque, New Mexico

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New York: Potluck Spareribs	Taste of Home

New York: Potluck Spareribs

When I want to bring home an empty pan from a potluck, I turn to this recipe. The ribs disappear in minutes! —Sheri Kirkman, Lancaster, New York

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North Carolina: Honey Grilled Shrimp	Taste of Home

North Carolina: Honey Grilled Shrimp

My husband was given this super-simple recipe by a man who sold shrimp at the fish market. It's now become our family's absolute favorite easy shrimp recipe. We've even served it to company often, with great success. Enjoy! —Lisa Blackwell, Henderson, North Carolina

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North Dakota: Teriyaki Steak Skewers	Taste of Home

North Dakota: Teriyaki Steak Skewers

When these flavorful skewered steaks are sizzling on the grill, the aroma makes everyone around stop what they're doing and come see what's cooking. The tasty marinade is easy to make, and these little steaks are quick to cook and fun to eat. —Jeri Dobrowski, Beach, North Dakota

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Ohio: Barbecued Burgers	Taste of Home

Ohio: Barbecued Burgers

I can't take all the credit for these winning burgers. My husband's uncle passed down the special barbecue sauce recipe. We love it on everything...it was only natural to try it on, and in, burgers. Add cheese and bacon to take them over the top. —Rhoda Troyer, Glenford, Ohio

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Oklahoma: Strawberry-Chicken Pasta Salad	Taste of Home

Oklahoma: Strawberry-Chicken Pasta Salad

When I figured out how to re-create this restaurant dish at home, my family was so excited. For a different spin, use raspberries or peaches instead of strawberries. —Jane Ozment, Purcell, Oklahoma

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Oregon: Savory Grilled Potatoes	Taste of Home

Oregon: Savory Grilled Potatoes

These potato packets are so easy to prepare ahead of time, then pack in the cooler for camping trips or picnics and toss on the grill when needed. The mayonnaise, seasonings and cheese really coat the potatoes and turn them into something special. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon

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Grilled Basil Chicken and TomatoesTaste of Home

Pennsylvania: Grilled Basil Chicken and Tomatoes

Relax after work with a cold drink while this savory chicken marinates in an herby tomato blend for an hour, then toss it on the grill. It tastes just like summer. —Laura Lunardi, West Chester, Pennsylvania

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Rhode Island: Grilled Figgy Pies	Taste of Home

Rhode Island: Grilled Figgy Pies

Delicious figs combined with maple, walnuts and creamy mascarpone make a decadent treat that's easy to enjoy at a backyard cookout. These unique hand pies always disappear quickly. —Renee Murby, Johnston, Rhode Island

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Honey glazed chicken kabobsTaste of Home

South Carolina: Honey-Glazed Chicken Kabobs

This is one of my husband’s favorite meals. I serve it with rice pilaf, salad and grilled garlic bread. —Tracey Miller, Aiken, South Carolina

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South Dakota: Bacon-Wrapped Hamburgers	Taste of Home

South Dakota: Bacon-Wrapped Hamburgers

Since South Dakota summers are so short, we grill out as often as we can when the weather is warm. By mixing the cheese into the burger, I know I'll get a little cheese in every bite. —Dana Matthies, Parker, South Dakota

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Tennessee: Tropical Island Chicken	Taste of Home

Tennessee: Tropical Island Chicken

The marinade makes a savory statement in this all-time-favorite chicken recipe that I served at our son's pirate-themed birthday party. It smelled so good on the grill that guests could hardly wait to try a piece! —Sharon Hanson, Franklin, Tennessee

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Texas: Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus	Taste of Home

Texas: Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus

My husband and I grill dinner almost every night, and I love grilling veggies for a side dish. I serve this grilled bacon wrapped asparagus recipe with meat and sliced fresh tomatoes for a wonderful meal. —Trisha Kitts, Dickinson, Texas

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Utah: Steak Fajitas	Taste of Home

Utah: Steak Fajitas

Zesty salsa and tender strips of steak make these traditional fajitas extra special. —Rebecca Baird, Salt Lake City, Utah

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Vermont: Maple-Glazed Chicken Wings	Taste of Home

Vermont: Maple-Glazed Chicken Wings

Some wonderful maple syrup I brought back from my last trip to Vermont inspired my recipe. These wings have been a hit with family and friends. They're very versatile—use them for TV snacks, hors d'oeuvres for parties or showers, or appetizers—or double or triple the recipe and make the wings a main dish you can serve with a salad or corn on the cob on the side. —Janice Henck, Clarkston, Georgia

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Virginia: Basil Burgers with Sun-Dried Tomato Mayonnaise	Taste of Home

Virginia: Basil Burgers with Sun-Dried Tomato Mayonnaise

I often end up with a bumper crop of basil—here's a favorite way to use some of it. These burgers feature great Italian flavor. The gooey, cheesy centers and scrumptious topping are irresistible. —Virginia Kochis, Springfield, Virginia

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Washington: All-American Bacon CheeseburgersTaste of Home

Washington: All-American Bacon Cheeseburgers

Where can you get a juicy bacon burger that is so superior to drive-thru fare? Right in you backyard with this delicious cheeseburger recipe. —Jackie Burns, Silverdale, Washington

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West Virginia:  Marinated Veggie Beef Kabobs	Taste of Home

West Virginia: Marinated Veggie Beef Kabobs

These colorful kabobs are a wonderful way to showcase fresh veggies from your garden. Each bite is tender and flavorful, and the aroma is amazing. —Lori Daniels, Beverly, West Virginia

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Wisconsin: Favorite Grilled Pork Chops	Taste of Home

Wisconsin: Favorite Grilled Pork Chops

This recipe is my favorite out of all my grilled pork chop recipes. I start preparing this entree the night before I plan to grill it.—Erica Svejda, Janesville, Wisconsin

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Wyoming: Flank Steak Crostini	Taste of Home

Wyoming: Flank Steak Crostini

This recipe is perfect for gatherings, holidays, or as a special Sunday football snack. My kids love it and so do my friends and family. You can substitute butter for the olive oil, or any kind of steak for the flank steak. —Donna Evaro, Casper, Wyoming

Katie Bandurski
Katie is an Associate Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in writing and email newsletters. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and combing through antique shops.

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