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40 Healthy Grilling Recipes are perfect for a picnic, BBQ, or meal prepping! A ton of Healthy BBQ Ideas and Easy Outdoor Grill Recipes! Skip the boring burgers and hot dogs for these nutritious, yummy recipes! There’s everything from grilled chicken recipes to grilled seafood – these low calorie recipes are perfect for weight loss!

paleo Balsamic grilled chicken on a salad.

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We all know what it’s like to get to a cookout and be utterly disappointed by the lack of healthy or tasty options. I mean, really… who wants a lame hamburger or hot dog that’s been sitting out in the sun for far to long?

These healthy grilling recipes taste amazing and are actually good for you! Impress your guests with one of these healthy grilling recipes that are easy AND delicious!

We’ve got you covered with all the best healthy BBQ ideas.

Best skewers for grilling:

Metal skewers are definitely better for grilling because you don’t have to worry about them burning or catching fire. (Or leaving little flecks of wood in/near your food!)

I think these metal skewers from amazon are the best for grilling. They’re reasonably priced and have held up great for us. We pop them right in the dishwasher after using!

If you need to use wooden skewers, these are a good option.

If you want a full dinner and dessert on the grill – try this One Hour Grilled Dinner & Dessert.

Healthy Grilled Chicken Recipes

Grilled chicken often gets a bad rep for being dry or lacking in flavor. This is not the case for these healthy grilled chicken recipes!

Healthy Maple Mustard Chicken is one of our favorite grilling marinades. Paleo, gluten free & ready in under 30 minutes – it’s great for meal prep or a quick meal!

Caribbean Grilled Chicken with Pineapple Salsa is a yummy, healthy Summer dinner! It’s paleo, gluten free and easy to make. 

Pineapple Chicken Kabobs (Paleo) These Pineapple Chicken Kebabs are delicious. I love the combo of the sweet juicy pineapple with the chicken and veggies!

Pineapple Chicken Kabobs piled high on a white plate

Easy Grilled Chicken Drumsticks from My Everyday Table are a great way to cook drumsticks. Drumsticks often get over looked when grilling, but the grilling bone-in cuts of meat give them even more flavor!

Thai Chicken Wings are the ultimate appetizer. Baked until crispy and tossed in a sweet and savory glaze for maximum flavor! Healthy & yummy!

Balsamic Grilled Chicken (Paleo, Whole30) is a favorite of ours. We love to serve it over a salad and always meal prep a big batch of it!

Spicy BBQ Chicken Thighs from Little Chef Big Appetite look amazing! We love anything with BBQ sauce!

Parmesan Chicken Wings are an easy, delicious keto appetizer! Keep them paleo/Whole30 without the cheese. Either way they’re crispy, healthy and flavorful!

Lemon Rosemary Chicken Thighs is a perfect quick meal! Made with only 10 simple ingredients, it’s absolutely delicious, paleo + whole30. 

Spicy Honey Citrus Chicken is the perfect healthy grilling recipe! Made with simple ingredients and full of flavor, this easy chicken marinade is delicious! 

Healthy Grilled Vegetable Recipes

If you’ve ever thought veggies were boring or flavorless.. you have to try grilling them! Grilling gives such a nice depth of flavor to veggies. We love that you can customize grilled vegetables with pretty much any marinade. Here are some delicious grilled veggie recipes we think you’ll love

Grilled Veggie Fajitas from Cadry’s Kitchen (Paleo, Whole30, Keto depending on veggies) are SO good. We typically just make these fajitas but after trying these, I’m for sure adding more veggies!

Grilled Vegetables in Foil are super versatile! You can use any veggies you like. The marinade is made with simple ingredients and tastes amazing. 

Grilled Bacon Wrapped Asparagus from Just the Woods (Paleo, Whole30, Keto).. I mean.. need we say more? Everything is better wrapped in bacon!

Garlic Parmesan Corn is seriously the BEST grilled corn you will ever eat. It’s loaded with flavor and anything but boring!

Grilled Cabbage Steaks from Eat the Gains (Paleo, Whole30, Keto) are such a fun way to cook cabbage. Cabbage is pretty boring and tasteless on it’s own, but this recipe is SO yummy!

Healthy Grilling Recipes - Cabbage Steaks from Eat The Gains

Grilled Potatoes from Hot Pan Kitchen are perfectly crispy and delicious. Yukon gold potatoes are cut into thin slices then covered in a simple seasoning and grilled. An easy and healthy recipe that’s gluten free and Whole30 compliant.

Vegetable Kebabs (Paleo, Whole30, Keto) are probably my all time favorite healthy grilling recipe. In the summer we make these at least once a week. SO good!

balsamic grilled vegetable kebabs on a white plate

Grilled Sweet Potato Fries from Eat The Gains look absolutely amazing. Such a creative alternative to regular fries!

Balsamic Mushrooms can be made in foil packets, skewers, in the oven or on the stove. They’re delicious!

Healthy Grilled Beef Recipes

I don’t know about you, but when I think about grilling.. my mind automatically goes to burgers and steaks! Here are some creative recipes beyond just the regular BBQ favorites.

Marinated Beef Kebabs from Blackberry Babe are the perfect BBQ recipe. 

Garlic Lime Flank Steak is quick, easy and delicious! You can serve it on a salad, in fajitas – however you like!

Burger Salad with Dill Pickle Vinaigrette (Paleo, Whole30, Keto) is one of our fav ways to enjoy a burger. If you’re not paleo/whole30 – melted peppe rjack cheese on top is the best!

A low carb, whole30 burger salad in a white bowl.

Carne Asada from Lemon Blossoms looks absolutely amazing and easy!

Garlic Lime Flank Steak is a must try grilling recipe! The flank steak marinade is loaded with flavor, easy to make & healthy! Paleo & Whole30 friendly too!

5 Ingredient Flank Steak from Spices in my DNA is so flavorful. Paired with grilled veggies or on a salad.. it’s so delicious!

Healthy Grilling Recipes - Flank Steak from Spices in my DNA

Easy Chimichurri Steak from Real Simple Good (Paleo, Whole30, Keto) looks like the perfect way to cook steak! We love chimichurri sauce on all the things!

Healthy Grilled Pork Recipes

Pork can be a little more challenging to grill because it does tend to try out. The key is cooking it lower and slower! Any of these recipes will come out perfect.

Basil Lemon Grilled Pork Chops from Tastes of Lizzy T (Paleo, Whole30, Keto) are the best way to cook pork chops on the grill. I absolutely LOVE the marinade on these!

Citrus Grilled Pork Tenderloin (Paleo, Keto) is super flavorful. Fresh citrus juices, zests and a little bit of honey give it such a nice flavor and help the pork really get caramelized on the outside!

Healthy Grilling Recipes - Pork with peach salsa

Grilled Pork Chops with Peach Salsa from Stylish Cravings (Paleo, Whole30, Keto) look so light and fresh. We love fruit salsas!

Grilled Pork Chops & Peaches from A Healthy Life for Me (Paleo, Whole30) is the perfect way to use up summer peaches!

Grilled Pork Tenderloin from Isabel Eats is rubbed with a blend of smoky spices like chipotle powder, ground cumin and smoked paprika, this recipe makes unbelievably juicy pork every single time.

One Hour Grilled Pork Chops is a delicious, healthy meal. Perfect for summer – this simple grilling recipe has protein, veggies, potatoes + fruit! 

Healthy Grilled Seafood Recipes

The grill isn’t just for chicken and meat.. seafood is great grilled too! Here are some of our favorite seafood recipes to grill.

Citrus Marinated Shrimp Skewers from Shrimp Salad Circus (Paleo, Whole30, Keto) have such a nice light, bright marinade on them!

Asian Salmon (Paleo, Whole30, Keto) is super quick and easy to make. We love to grill it or even bake it in the oven for a quick meal.

Chili Lime Shrimp (Paleo, Whole30, Keto) are SO easy. They only take about 15 minutes start to finish. Great for tacos, salads or as an appetizer.

Close up of chili lime shrimp on a white square plate

Grilled Salmon with Tomato Caper Vinaigrette from Sidewalk Shoes (Paleo, Whole30, Keto) looks amazing. We can’t wait to try that tomato caper vinaigrette!

Tandoori Salmon Kebabs from Little Sunny Kitchen are such a fun twist on the regular standard salmon. The tandoori sauce is filled with flavor!

Shrimp Foil Packets from Just the Woods (Paleo, Whole30) are super quick and simple. We love the foil packets for easy clean up!

Healthy Grilling FAQ

What is the healthiest way to grill?

Grilling is a great way to make healthy meals! We opt for lean protein, light marinades and lots of veggies wherever possible!

What are the good things to cook on the grill?

The best things to cook on the grill are meats and vegetables. Potatoes also grill well when wrapped in foil!

Is a charcoal grill bad for your health?

Charcoal grills aren’t bad for your health but they’re not good for your health. The smoke from a charcoal grill can create PAH which is a known carcinogen. We prefer a wood smoker.



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