Your Perfect Mother's Day Cookout Starts with These Grilled Recipes

Mother’s Day doesn’t have to be strictly associated with a day of relaxing at the spa or chit-chatting over manicures. Especially this year when a lot of us will be celebrating with our moms over Zoom instead of in-person. If you are hunkering down with your mom during or you’re both vaccinated and celebrating together and want to treat her to an extra special surprise this year,  we suggest dressing up the backyard, firing up the grill and blending a batch of frozen margs. We honestly couldn’t think of a better way to spend the afternoon than with a Mother’s Day cookout.

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Whether your mom is a health nut or a carnivore to the core, we’ve pulled together grilling recipes that run the gamut, from a vibrant veggie platter that looks almost too pretty to eat to the juiciest, most flavorful turkey burger she’ll probably ever bite into. We’ve even thrown in a few grilled cocktails we, personally, can’t wait to try for ourselves, as well as a couple of grilled desserts you will both gobble up in a flash.

Let’s start with the cocktails, naturally.

Grilled watermelon habanero cocktail

We tried to think of something more delicious than crispy bread soaked in the juices of perfectly ripe summer tomatoes and then we realized there simply is nothing more delicious. And in case you need even more convincing, this is the perfect way to use up any leftover bread!

Get the recipe from Leite’s Culinaria

Grilled salmon with lemon dill seasoning

As Hey Grill Hey proves, lemon dill is the perfect counterpart to salmon. It’s light, acidic and enhances its flavor. Hey Grill Hey even lists helpful tips to perfectly grilling your salmon, and you’d be wise to follow them.

Grilled vegetable platter

This grilled veggie platter is too beautiful to eat.

Make a day of this preparing dish by spending the morning with your mom at the farmer’s market picking out cherry tomatoes, yellow squash, asparagus, carrots, zucchini and more. Bonus points if you pick up locally sourced honey, mustard and herbs for this platter’s vinaigrette.

Get the recipe from Damn Delicious.

Grilled Hawaiian stuffed chicken

Image: Destination Delish.

If calorie counting is thrown out the window on Mother’s Day for you and Mom, add this grilled Hawaiian stuffed chicken to the menu. With large, juicy chicken breasts stuffed with salty slices of ham, thin slices of provolone cheese and chunks of pineapple, you’ll be going in for seconds before you know it.

Get the recipe from Destination Delish.

Grilled fish tacos

Image: Tastes Better from Scratch.

We’re suckers for fish tacos, especially when the fish is grilled. And these fish tacos from Tastes Better from Scratch are loaded with all the toppings you could ever want: cabbage, pico de Gallo, homemade crema, avocado, cotija Mexican cheese and fresh lime juice.

Get the recipe from Tastes Better from Scratch.

Jalapeño curry turkey burgers

Image: Ambitious Kitchen.

Moist, incredibly flavorful and, best of all, a healthier burger option: Skip the traditional beef patties for these jalapeño curry turkey burgers. Ketchup won’t even cut it for these burgers; instead, Ambitious Kitchen has a curry tahini sauce that doubles as a dip for both the burger and your side of fries, should you opt for that side dish.

Get the recipe from Ambitious Kitchen.

Grilled peaches with vanilla ice cream

Image: What’s Gaby Cooking.

The smoky, warm finish on the peaches paired with cold, creamy vanilla ice cream? Game over; this is the only dessert you need on Mother’s Day.

Get the recipe from What’s Gaby Cooking.

Grilled pineapple with coconut rum sauce

Image: House of Yumm.

Just kidding; you’ll want this dessert, too.

We can’t describe this mouthwatering dessert-meets-cocktail better than House of Yumm does: “Sweet, juicy, caramelized grilled pineapple drizzled with a creamy coconut rum sauce. Tropical paradise!”

The coconut rum sauce alone is too good to pass up; it’s made with coconut milk, cream of coconut, coconut rum and butter — and does it get any better than that?

Get the recipe from House of Yumm.

Need more recipe ideas? Try one of these 56 delicious vegetarian meals. 

A version of this article was originally published April 2019. 

 

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