A list of amazing summer dinner recipes that include favorites like grilled pork chops, grilled chicken kabobs, fried corn and strawberry lemonade.
These recipes have everything you need for summer like grilled meats, kabobs, foil packet recipes, side dishes, drinks and more.
It’s about that time of year when you start planning for BBQ weekends with amazing friends and family. Summer dinner recipes are ones that make memories. People refer to your gathering by the dish you made or ‘remember when you brought that one salad,‘ so give them something to remember this summer.
Summer is also the time when all different fruits and vegetables are in season, so these recipes are heavy on summer favorites like tomatoes, corn and berries. Plus there are fantastic grilled recipes because our grill is going nonstop in the summer. Grilling is even more fun when cooking up succulent morsels on skewers or in foil packets.
Along with summer salads and main dishes, don’t forget to serve up a refreshing drink to cool off with on a hot night!
I have gathered up 38 of my favorite summer dinner recipes to share with you. You can also make life a little easier by checking out my list of 35 freezer meal recipes. See if you can find a new memory maker from this great list!
38 Summer Dinner Recipes
On the Grill
A selection of grilled chicken, pork chops and fish that are perfect for a casual weekday dinner or a meal fit for entertaining. Fire up the grill and give these a try!
Grilled Chicken Salad
This grilled chicken salad is tender marinated chicken that's grilled to perfection then served over lettuce with bacon, avocado, corn, blue cheese and tomatoes. A hearty salad that's packed with flavor and also happens to be full of nutrition.
These grilled chicken wings are coated in a flavorful garlic, lemon and herb marinade, then grilled to golden brown perfection. A simple yet satisfying appetizer or main course that's easy to make and always a crowd pleaser!
This grilled chicken breast recipe is boneless skinless chicken breasts soaked in a flavorful garlic and herb marinade, then grilled to golden brown perfection. A staple recipe that's perfect for summer entertaining!
This marinated salmon is fresh salmon fillets flavored with olive oil, garlic and herbs, then grilled or baked to perfection. You’ll want to grill salmon all summer long after you taste this easy marinade!
This beer can chicken is a whole chicken that is coated in homemade BBQ spice rub, then placed on top of a beer can and grilled to smoky and tender perfection. A unique way to eat chicken that always gets rave reviews!
This BBQ chicken is chicken pieces that are grilled or baked until juicy and tender, then coated in BBQ sauce and cooked until caramelized. An easy dinner option with minimal ingredients that is always a big hit!
Simplify grilling with kabobs and foil packet recipes. Grilling kabobs makes it easy to cook shrimp, chicken and veggies and they are so fun to eat! Foil packet recipes are complete meals with minimal cleanup. Many of the foil packet recipes can be either grilled or baked, depending on your preference.
Steak Kabobs with Garlic Butter
These steak kabobs are pieces of sirloin beef skewers with mushrooms, peppers and onions, then grilled to perfection and finished off with garlic butter. An easy and hearty dinner option.
These chicken fajita foil packets are filled with cheesy Mexican spiced chicken, black beans, peppers and onions. Throw them on the grill or in the oven to cook, then add your favorite fajita toppings and serve with tortillas!
These grilled shrimp skewers are shrimp marinated in garlic, lemon and herbs, then threaded onto sticks and cooked to perfection. Shrimp kabobs can be on your table in just 20 minutes, which makes them perfect for a busy night!
This recipe for Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs is juicy chicken breast, pineapple and vegetables in a sweet and tangy sauce, threaded onto skewers and grilled to perfection. Serve with coconut rice for a taste of the tropics at home!
These bacon ranch chicken foil packets are a super easy dinner option with minimal cleanup! Chicken breasts are cooked with potatoes and ranch flavored butter, then topped with melted cheese and bacon for a meal that’s sure to please any crowd.
Summer side dishes are the perfect way to show off all that fabulous in-season produce. From tender, grilled veggies to flavorful salads, there are plenty of fresh and healthy options to please any crowd.
Tomato Avocado Salad
This tomato avocado salad is a zesty blend of avocado, tomato, cilantro, jalapeno and red onion, all tossed in a lime dressing. A simple yet satisfying dish that is great for picnics and potlucks.
This fried corn is cooked with bacon and chives until golden brown and caramelized. The ultimate easy summer side dish that pairs well with grilled meats, fish and hamburgers. A Southern classic that never goes out of style!
This strawberry spinach salad is a blend of baby spinach leaves, fresh strawberries, red onion, almonds, feta cheese and avocado, all tossed in a poppy seed dressing. A fresh and colorful salad that's fit for any occasion!
These grilled Brussels sprouts are coated in olive oil, garlic and herbs, then threaded onto skewers and cooked until caramelized. A unique and unexpected summer side dish that pairs perfectly with chicken, beef and seafood.
These grilled vegetables are an assortment of colorful veggies bathed in a flavorful garlic and herb marinade, then cooked to perfection on the grill. An easy dish that’s quick to make and always gets rave reviews! Grilled veggies pair well with almost any protein such as beef, fish or chicken.
Don’t forget about a cool, refreshing drink for those long summer days. Here are some fabulous drinks featuring lemonade, punch and agua fresca.
Agua Fresca Recipe
This agua fresca recipe is a basic formula to produce a perfect Mexican style fruit drink every time! Use watermelon, strawberries, pineapple, peaches, kiwis or even cucumber for a light and refreshing beverage that's great for parties.