Stop Making Boring Barbecue — 10 Foods You've Never Grilled Before

This Independence Day, step up your barbecue game. From bananas to tofu, here are 10 foods you probably never considered for the grill, but definitely should.

Move over, hamburger patty. Step aside, kebabs. 

There are some new guys in town. By that, I mean on your grill. It's time to take your barbecue to the next level. (And just in time for July 4.)

From a wheel of gooey brie cheese to a banana filled with melted chocolate, here are 10 unique (and delicious) foods to toss on the grill.

1. Clams


Grilled clams and I get on like a house on fire.

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For more surf and less turf, throw some herb-buttered clams on the grill for six to eight minutes. Toss the ones that don't open, and drizzle the rest with lemon.

2. Brie cheese


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With the grill on a lower heat level, wrap an olive oil-drizzled wheel of brie cheese in foil. Let it sit on the grill for five to 10 minutes so it melts inside. Don't forget to grill some bread, too.

3. Quesadillas

Cook two tortillas stuffed with cheesy goodness right on top of the grill until each side has char marks.

4. Avocados


I got a rather fun veggie BBQ recipe for you today. Yeap, let me introduce you to my grilled avocado stuffed with veggie quinoa. Because warm June weekends (which involve mowing the garden, planting new rows of lettuce, spring onion and green beans in the kitchen garden, fixing the broken swing), deserve to end in quick bbq recipes the whole family can eat. TBH it works well for busy weeknights suppers and breakfast moments too. #Justsaying. Recipe on the blog. #recipesfromapantry #veganfoodshare #vegansofig #vegan #grilledavocado #avocadolover #bbqrecipes #quinoasalad #quinoarecipes #summerrecipes #foodblog #foodphotography #recipe #foodbloguk #foodbloger #buzzfeast #feedfeed #foodblogfeed #fbcuk16 #eatcolour #huffposttaste #yahoofood #eeeeeats #saveurmag #beautifulcuisines #epicurious #eatingfortheinsta #eater

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Halved avocados are perfect for grilling. Fill them with whatever topping you desire: bacon bits, salsa, or even just a drizzle of lemon juice.

5. Bacon

Throw some juicy, thick-cut bacon on the grill, just don't set it directly on top of the coals. If you're feeling extra indulgent, glaze your slices with honey or brown sugar. 

6. Bananas

For dessert, slice into a banana's skin lengthwise. Stuff with goodies like marshmallows, chocolate chips, or peanut butter, then toss it on the grill for everything to get all warm and gooey inside. 

7. Meatballs

Cook meatballs on medium heat for about 10 to 15 minutes to avoid burning. Be sure to oil the grill first so that they don't stick and fall apart in a sad mess. 

8. Polenta


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This one requires some extra prep time, but it's well worth it. Cook polenta over the stove as you normally would. Move it into a buttered pan, cover with plastic wrap, and let it sit in the fridge for at least two hours. Heat up and oil the grill, then slice the polenta and grill the slices on each side for three minutes.

9. Watermelon

Upgrade this barbecue staple by grilling up wedges of watermelon on high heat. To amp up the flavor, brush each side with a mixture of lime juice, honey, and cayenne pepper. 

10. Tofu

For the non-meat-eating folks, grill up some tofu. Just be sure to press out any liquid first by putting the tofu between two cutting boards and stacking weights (like cans) on top of that. Marinate as desired and grill for about five minutes.

Now get out there and experiment. Hot dogs are good, but these foods are great.

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