21 Best Father's Day Recipes for The Grill

Surprise Day With a Delicious Cookout

Slow Grilled Beef Ribs

The Spruce Eats

Nothing says happy Father's Day like a homemade meal prepared on the grill! If the dad in your house is a barbecue fan, Father's Day is the perfect occasion to try out a new recipe and give dad a break from grilling duty. From hearty cuts of meat to lighter seasonal seafood, find the right dish to make for your favorite guide below.

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    Grilled Espresso Tri-Tip Roast

    Grilled Espresso Tri-Tips
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    Ground coffee beans add their robust, earthy flavor to the meat marinade for this grilled meat recipe, enhancing the naturally beefiness of tri-tip. Brown sugar, garlic powder, black pepper, and chili powder are also included, for a meat dish that packs a punch.

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    Spicy Orange and Jalapeno Grilled Shrimp

    Spicy Orange and Jalapeno Grilled Shrimp

    Diana Rattray

    Jalapeno peppers, sweet orange marmalade, lime juice, balsamic vinegar, cilantro, garlic, and your favorite hot sauce combine to create a spicy and delicious marinade for this grilled shrimp. Serve with hot cooked rice and lime wedges on the side for a tasty seafood dinner.

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    Beer Can Chicken

    Beer Can Chicken

    Classic "beer can" chicken starts with a spice rub made with dried pantry staples. Then simply set the chicken over dad's favorite beer to add the hoppy aroma steamed out of the can to the bird.

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    Grilled Shrimp Tacos

    Grilled Shrimp Tacos

    Leah Maroney

    Fresh shrimp tacos prepared entirely on the grill make a fantastic, Mexican-style dinner idea for dad. Juicy, sweet grilled shrimp are topped with a spicy, garlicky aioli and a little crumbled Mexican cotija cheese, then served on soft corn tortillas with lime wedges for squeezing.

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    Grilled Italian Sausage Po' Boy

    Grilled Italian Sausage Po' Boy

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    Whip up a Louisiana-style po' boy sandwich on the grill for Father's Day. Hot Italian sausages are tucked into fluffy sandwich buns with sliced tomato, red onions, and shredded lettuce. It's all topped with a tasty, spicy mustard-mayonnaise dressing.

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    Spatchcocked Barbecue Chicken

    Spatchcocked Barbecue Chicken

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    Spatchcocking splits a whole chicken down the back so the two halves can be spread out flat to produce juicy meat and crispy skin. The three-step flavoring technique in this recipe—featuring a marinade, dry rub, and barbecue sauce—adds up to a super moist and tasty bird.

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    Grilled Mediterranean-Spiced Lamb Chops

    Grilled Mediterranean-Spiced Lamb Chops

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    Succulent lamb chops are marinated for several hours in a savory, Mediterranean spice and herb mix that includes cumin, coriander, rosemary, thyme, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper, before quickly cooking on the grill. Serve with rice and lemon wedges for squeezing over everything.

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    Blackened Red Snapper

    Blackened red snapper recipe

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    A super-hot grill and a great spice rub are the secrets to this Cajun-style blackened red snapper. It makes a great Father's Day dinner with fresh grilled vegetables, hot cooked rice, and the featured lemon-butter sauce for pouring over the cooked fish.

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    Slow Grilled Beef Ribs

    Slow Grilled Beef Ribs

    The Spruce Eats

    Beef ribs become fall-apart tender when cooked low and slow on the grill. Amped up with a simple red wine and soy sauce marinade (plus an optional barbecue sauce added at the end of cooking), they're sure to put a satisfied smile on dad's face.

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    Bulgogi Chicken

    charcoal grilled bulgogi marinated chicken with sliced scallions, kim chi, sesame seeds and lettuce

    Pete Scherer 

    While it's admittedly not quite as easy as ordering takeout barbecue from the Korean restaurant, this backyard replica Bulgogi Chicken makes a convincing stand-in without too much effort. Serve it with rice, kimchi, and your favorite Korean condiments.

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    To-Die-for Burgers

    Beef burger with avocado dip
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    Ask your butcher for 80/20 ground chuck to make these burgers that are destined to become dad's new favorite. The meat mixture is tweaked with chopped garlic and onion, before cooking on the grill and loading onto buns, along with spicy red peppers, red onion, and avocado.

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    Beer Brined Pork Chops

    Beer Brined Pork Chops
    Regarding BBQ Inc.

    A rich, molasses and brown sugar-spiked beer brine is used to tenderize juicy pork chops, yielding moist and delicious results when they are cooked on the grill. Use a dark beer, such as Guinness or a porterhouse ale, for maximum flavor.

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    Basil Butter Smothered Lobster Tails

    settings Oven Baked Lobster Tail with Herb Butter Sauce

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    Spoil your dad on Father's Day with basil buttered lobster tails. The meaty ends are bathed in a simple basil-butter sauce and cooked over a hot grill to seal in flavor and moisture. Serve over hot cooked rice with some grilled asparagus on the side.

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    Grilled Prime Rib Roast

    Prime Rib Roast
    The Spruce

    Use your outdoor grill to prepare a classic prime rib roast for dad. The secret to achieving a tender, medium-rare roast is indirect grilling (don't worry, there are tips provided in the recipe). Allow at least a few hours for cooking and use an accurate meat thermometer to test for doneness.

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    Hot and Spicy Buffalo Wings

    Hot and Spicy Buffalo Wings

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    Chicken wings are briefly boiled on the stovetop, then slathered with a sticky homemade Buffalo sauce for cooking on a hot grill. Top with more sauce and serve with raw veggie sticks and Ranch dressing on the side for a classic dad-friendly meal.

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    Grilled Cowboy Steak

    Grilled Cowboy Steak

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    Serve dad a porterhouse steak with plenty of flavor for Father's Day. Southwestern-style cowboy steak is prepared with a thick chipotle paste and marinated for several hours in the fridge before they're seared and cooked quickly on the grill.

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    Grilled Whiskey Salmon

    Grilled Whiskey Salmon

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    Salmon fillets are prepared with a sweet whiskey, orange juice, and soy sauce marinade that adds incredible flavor notes—not to mention a satisfyingly crispy exterior glaze—to healthy grilled fish. Serve on a bed of grilled vegetables or with a side of white or brown rice.

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    Grilled Maple-Bourbon Chicken

    Grilled Maple-Bourbon Chicken

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    An insanely delicious bourbon and maple syrup marinade adds dad-approved flavor to tender grilled chicken breast. Allow a couple of hours for marinating, so the chicken can soak up the great tastes and top the cooked meat with extra sauce.

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    Grilled Corned Beef Burgers With Stout Mustard and Fried Egg

    Grilled Corned Beef Burgers With Stout Mustard and Fried Egg

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    Corned beef and ground beef are mixed with chopped onions and garlic, then formed into patties to create outrageously delicious burgers. Serve on buns with the included stout beer and honey-mustard sauce, a fried egg, and other favorite toppings.

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    Grilled Onion-Butter Cod

    Grilled Onion-Butter Cod

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    Grilled cod with a delectable onion, butter, and white wine sauce has a fantastically firm texture and buttery flavor that will satisfy hungry dads. It cooks in under 10 minutes on the grill and makes a great dinner idea with grilled or roasted potatoes.

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    Grilled Shrimp and Scallops Skewers

    Grilled Shrimp and Scallops Skewers

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    Shrimp and scallop skewers are super easy to make and this version is nicely spiced with a wallop of heat. Serve the seafood skewers over a bed of steamed couscous or quinoa, or a flavorful rice pilaf.