With football season in full swing and crisp fall weather ahead of us for a while yet, fall is no time to give up on your grill. Whether you're tailgating at the game, camping with family or just in the mood for some outdoor cooking, these grilling ideas will keep everybody full and happy (although we make no promises about healthiness). Grab the tongs!
- Juicy Lucys: Invented in Minneapolis, these cheese-stuffed burgers are a mouthwatering treat. When forming the patties, simply fill the middle with cheese, so that the cheese melts inside while the burgers cook. Careful — the first bite can be hot!
- BLT Burgers: Wrap burger patties in bacon (as much or as little as you want!) before you put them on the grill for an extra-succulent meat experience. Serve with lettuce and tomato.
- Chicago-style hot dogs: Tired of plain old ketchup and mustard on your dogs? In Chicago, hot dogs are traditionally served with whole slices of tomato and pickle, chopped onions and pickled peppers, adding a lot more crisp vegetable flavor to this old standby. According to many Chicagoans, ketchup is a no-go on this type of hot dog, but we won't tell anyone if you want to add some anyway.
- Cast-iron skillet cornbread: Cook cornbread in a skillet on the grill next to the meat — that way, it will absorb the smoky grill flavor and be ready around the same time as the main course.
- Pizza: Yes, grilled pizza is possible! Make the dough first, shape it and slightly char it on the grill, before adding toppings and covering the grill until it's done. It'll have that fire-grilled pizza flavor.
- Grilled s'mores: If anyone has any room left after these main dishes, you can roast marshmallows over the grill and make s'mores for dessert.