27+ Easy Grilled Dinner Ideas

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I understand how difficult it can be to get home from a hectic day at work and try to get something on the dinner table before bedtime. To help make your dinners a bit easier, here are 20+ Easy Grilled Dinner Ideas for busy weeknights when you want a delicious meal, but you don’t have 4 hours to spend in front of your grill.

picture collage of easy grilled dinner ideas, including grilled pork chops, Chicago hot dogs, and the all American grilled hamburger

Easy and Quick Grilled Dinner Ideas

Life, man. It gets busy and overwhelming with a sometimes never-ending to-do list. One of the last things you want to be dealing with is the pain of trying to figure out what to cook for dinner.

Hey Grill Hey to the rescue! In this post you’ll find ideas for a handful of delicious main courses to make for dinner. These are all easy and quick, taking the guesswork out of dinner this week.

grilled halibut on a wooden plate

Grilled Halibut

This Grilled Halibut is the perfect way to enjoy fresh fish any day of the week. It cooks up in less than 30 minutes, making it a great dinner option for busy weekdays.


chicago hot dogs next to pepperoncinis

Chicago Hot Dog

When you want a hot dog with some serious toppings, look no further than my Chicago Hot Dog. It’s cooked on the grill and dragged through the garden for plenty of flavor.


marinated and grilled shrimp on a bed of lettuce

Grilled Shrimp Marinade

If you’re craving shrimp that is light and fresh, this Grilled Shrimp Marinade is the best of the best. With only 1 hour to marinate, it’ll cook in minutes and provide the perfect entree for your dinner.


all american grilled burger on a bun with lettuce and onion and cheese

All American Grilled Burgers

Now, I know you can grill any old regular burger on the grill, but these All American Grilled Burgers are what burger dreams are made of. Bacon, cheese, hot dogs, and honey BBQ sauce are piled high on top of a huge beef patty for the ultimate grilled burger.


steak and asparagus kabobs on the grill

Grilled Steak and Asparagus Kabobs

For a convenient dinner on a stick, try out my Grilled Steak and Asparagus Kabobs. They’re great any day of the week and make for a tasty dinner when you’re looking for some meat and veggies all in one.


pork chops on the grill over a bed of coals

Simple Grilled Pork Chops

If you have 30 minutes to spare after work, you have plenty of time to make these Grilled Pork Chops. They’re seasoned with my signature sweet rub then cooked good and hot to keep them nice and juicy.


Grilled Dinner Ideas

Let’s start with the main course. Simple steak, pork, and seafood are all great options for busy weeknights. Check out a few great recipes from Hey Grill Hey below.

sliced skirt steak on a wooden cutting board

Skirt Steak

This Skirt Steak is prepared with a tasty chipotle seasoning then grilled for 6-8 minutes over high heat to lock flavor and juices into this great steak. Eat it as-is or enjoy it as some carne asada.


bacon wrapped pork tenderloin stuffed with apple pie filling on a white serving platter.

Grilled Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin Stuffed with Apples

Pork goes great with applesauce, and this Grilled Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin is a tasty pork and sweet apple meal all rolled into one! With less than 30 minutes total prep and cook time, this is a winner for a weekday dinner.


stacked cheesy steak fajita rolls next to sliced lemons and tomatoes

Steak Fajita Roll Ups

If you have a few hours to dedicate to marinating some steak, these Steak Fajita Roll Ups will make for an incredibly tasty dinner. Who needs a tortilla when you can wrap cheese and veggies in marinated steak?


grilled salmon with a lemon dill seasoning on a wooden cutting board with sliced lemon halves in the background

Grilled Salmon with Lemon Dill Seasoning

Salmon is the perfect healthy, quick dinner, and this Grilled Salmon with Lemon Dill Seasoning blows all other salmon recipes out of the water. Oh, and it’ll be ready in less than 20 minutes!


sliced grilled flat iron steak with chimichurri drizzled on the top

Grilled Flat Iron Steak with Chimichurri

I’m always up for a good steak after a long day at work, and my recipe for Grilled Flat Iron Steak with Chimichurri is tender, juicy, and topped with an herbaceous chimichurri.


grilled scallops on a white serving plate with lemon wedges.

Grilled Scallops

If you’re a fan of scallops, you’ll go gaga over this recipe for Grilled Scallops. They’re quickly grilled then topped with a fresh lemon herb dressing that’ll have your palate singing.


grilled ham steak on a white plate next to blackberries and string beans

Grilled Ham Steak with Ancho Chile Glaze

For the ultimate quick meal that is bursting with flavor, this Grilled Ham Steak is a winner. The blackberry ancho glaze provides a punch of flavor while still being kid-friendly.


buffalo chicken and pierogies drizzled with homemade ranch dressing in a cast iron skillet

Buffalo Chicken and Pierogy Skillet

This Buffalo Chicken and Pierogy Skillet is a whole meal cooked in a cast iron skillet. Made with a homemade ranch dressing, not only is it a great dinner idea, but dishes are practically non-existent!


grilled shrimp tacos with pineapple salsa on a serving platter

Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Pineapple Salsa

These Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Pineapple Salsa made their debut when I competed on Food Network’s BBQ Brawl. They are beyond good and make a great, fresh dinner for any day of the week.


asian bbq pork kabobs next to vegetable kabobs on a wooden cutting board

Asian BBQ Pork Kabobs

By placing this pork in the marinade before work, you’ll be set to toss these Asian BBQ Pork Kabobs right on the grill when you get home from work. Cook these alongside some veggie kabobs, and you have dinner in the bag!


Cheap Grilling Ideas

I completely understand that not everyone can afford a 5-star, fancy meal each night. I’m with you there. That’s why I like to add some cheap grilling recipes into my meal planning so we don’t break the bank each week with expensive cuts of meat. But don’t worry. Even though these won’t cost much, they still pack in plenty of flavor.

hot dog burnt ends in a white serving dish

Hot Dog Burnt Ends

Even though these Hot Dog Burnt Ends started out as a bit of a joke, they’ve become one of our most affordable and tastiest recipes on the site. Think of these as incredibly delicious cocktail wieners that even the pickiest of eaters will enjoy.


sliced marinated and grilled flank steak on a wooden cutting board next to fresh herbs

Marinated and Grilled Flank Steak

This Marinated and Grilled Flank Steak can be marinated for up to 24 hours, so it’s a great steak to marinate the night before or morning of the day you plan to grill it for dinner. Then, once you’re ready to cook, it’ll spend 10 minutes on the grill before it’s gracing your plate with its tasty, beefy goodness.


grilled zucchini boats on a cutting board

Grilled Zucchini Boats

These Grilled Zucchini Boats aren’t your typical grilled vegetable. They’re loaded with Italian sausage, cheese, and pesto for a little meal all in one, making them a great dinner when you’re sick of the same old thing.


sliced grilled flap steak covered in chimichurri on a wooden cutting board

Grilled Flap Steak with Cilantro Chimichurri

If you’re looking for an affordable, yet tasty steak to make for dinner, you’ve gotta try out this Grilled Flap Steak with Cilantro Chimichurri. Even though it’s not as “fancy” as many other steaks, it’s still packed with great beef flavor.


grilled bratwursts in buns topped with mustard and sauerkraut.

Grilled Bratwurst

Bratwursts are a great, affordable sausage that you can easily find in your local grocery store. That’s why I love making this Grilled Bratwurst for dinner when we’re short on cash and time.


grilled stuffed pepper on a cutting board

Grilled Stuffed Peppers

These Grilled Stuffed Peppers are a great way to enjoy your veggies. Not only will you get rice, meat and veggies all in one, but the peppers act as the bowl! Tons of flavor and no extra dishes? Sounds like a winner of a meal!


Grilled Chicken Dinner Ideas

Chicken is an excellent dinner option, and these grilled chicken dinner ideas are perfect for the entire family. For a full collection of amazing chicken recipes, check out my post with 25+ Delicious Grilled Chicken Recipes here on the site.

grilled chicken wings on a platter next to three dipping sauces in white bowls

Grilled Chicken Wings

These Grilled Chicken Wings are easy to make and come with three different dipping sauces so you can keep everyone in the family happy. They’re great as a tasty dinner entree, and they’ll make awesome leftovers the day after too!



grilled chicken salad covered in vegetables and jalapeno ranch dressing

Grilled Chicken Salad

For a healthy dinner option this week, try out my Grilled Chicken Salad. With a homemade jalapeno lime ranch and lots of toppings, you won’t believe you’re eating something so fresh (and good for you, too!).


grilled chicken breasts on grill grates over hot coals

Grilled Chicken Breasts

Nothing is easier than some simple chicken breasts cooked on the grill. By following my step-by-step instructions, you can also cook your own Grilled Chicken Breasts to juicy perfection.


grilled chicken drumsticks in a pile

Grilled Chicken Drumsticks

Not only are chicken drumsticks delicious, they’re also extremely affordable. Check out my recipe for Grilled Chicken Drumsticks, and I bet you’ll find these make a great dinner that the kids will love.


grilled chicken thighs on a wooden serving platter next to lemon wedges and fresh herbs

Grilled Chicken Thighs

I’m a big fan of chicken thighs thanks to their extra flavor and plenty of juiciness. When you’re looking to branch off from chicken breasts, my Grilled Chicken Thighs are sure to satisfy.


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Susie is the BBQ Brain behind the Hey Grill Hey website. Her passion for smoked meats and developing fun, new recipes have landed her on the Food Network, cooking turkeys with Shaq, and on a couple of Guinness World Records. When she’s not grilling, she is hanging out with Todd and their three kids, preferably outdoors!

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