Grilling Recipes to Get You Outside

Many Americans have been stuck inside for months. Even as the country reopens, many of us are still keeping our distance. For older folks, and people with health concerns, staying away from company is still important. But, so is getting outside. Being outside is relatively safe and important for your mood and health. With the weather becoming warm, or downright hot in some areas, we think grilling is a great way of eating healthy and being outdoors.

Supermarkets are quieter than they were and better stocked in many places. We have four recipes with different types of animal protein, so you should be able to make at least one of these with what’s available in your store. None of these recipes have more than four grams of carbs, and they should be easy for you to work into your meal rotation!

Grilled Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs

Image: Kalyn’s Kitchen

Cheeseburgers are a favorite American food, especially during BBQ season. But, for many of us with blood sugar concerns, the traditional bun makes them off-limits. You can use a recipe to make a low-carb bun, or you can just skip it altogether. These tasty meatballs have cheese, bacon and dill pickles cooked into them so you can have the delicious taste from the grill without the extra carbs. A serving has 261 calories and two grams of carbs. Get the recipe.

Fajita Stuffed Grilled Flank Steak

Image: All Day I Dream About Food

If you’re a fajita fan, you’re sure to love this recipe. Peppers, onions and cheese are rolled into the steak, making it easy to cook the components of the dish on the grill. This American version of the Mexican dish will become one of your favorites! The recipe calls for avocado oil, but you can use whatever you have on hand, we don’t think it makes much of a difference when it comes to flavor. A serving has 341 calories and 3.51 grams of carbs. Get the recipe.

Chicken Pesto Kabobs


This recipe has just four ingredients. One of them is pesto, be sure to read the label of whatever brand you buy. Or, you can make it yourself, but that requires buying pine nuts, which can be hard to find in many stores. We like using store-bought, but we always read the labels. A long marinating period makes the chicken tasty and using skewers makes this a recipe that’s a cinch to cook on the grill. A serving has 357.5 calories and 6.2 grams of carbs if you use homemade pesto, a jarred version may be different. Get the recipe.

Grilled Salmon Kebobs

Image: Skinny Taste

If you like the idea of skewers for dinner but aren’t in the mood for chicken, this might be more to your taste. You get a ton of healthy omega 3s, and cooking the fish with lemon gives it a little edge of sharpness with a bit of sweetness. This is a lighter option, and we really appreciate it. It can be easy to fall into a rut when grilling of just doing chicken or beef. A serving has 267 calories and seven grams of carbs. Get the recipe.  

It feels so nice to cook and eat outside. It’s a way of reconnecting to the world when many of us feel cut off. We hope that these recipes help you get out and experience something different from your regular routine when many of our days are monotonous and wearing! We’ll get through this together by staying healthy and reminding ourselves that we can have fun while feeling cut off!

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