Grilling Secrets: These Cuts Will Make Your Summer Sizzle

Summer days are nostalgic and perfect for creating lasting memories with family and friends. The warm weather and mouthwatering aromas of favorite foods sizzling on the grill add to the joy of these gatherings. We want to help you celebrate the season with great recipes and cuts of meat that will make your cookouts legendary.

While some believe that only the most expensive cuts of meat are worthy of the grill, the savvy cookout connoisseur knows that affordable options can be just as satisfying. With a little culinary creativity, you can transform these budget-friendly cuts into unforgettable dinners that will leave your guests in awe and hankering to get their hands on your secret recipes.

Top round steak is a budget-friendly cut perfect for the London broil method—a technique of marinating, broiling or grilling, and then thinly slicing the steak against the grain to maximize tenderness. This Simple Grilled London Broil Marinade from Hey Grill, Hey is the perfect enhancement to a flavorful top round.

The humble flank steak is a mid-priced cut great for grilling. It’s a lean, mean flavor machine that can rival even the most expensive cuts in taste and tenderness when marinated and grilled with finesse. Crème de la Crumb’s Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce bursts with bold flavors and will melt in your mouth. Or try our Soy-Honey Grilled Flank Steak. Soy sauce enhances the flavor of steak and adds juiciness. Flank steak becomes better with a marinade because the salt and acidity can help tenderize the meat and give it extra flavor. You’ll love how fast these steaks grill up.

And let’s not forget the quintessential grill classic - the burger. A juicy, char-grilled patty is the stuff of summer dreams and a testament to the enduring power of simplicity. Brit+Co’s 26 Burgers To Drool Over For 4th Of July And Beyond will get you fired up for summer grilling. The Bacon Double Cheddar Cheeseburger with Caramelized Onions is a layered masterpiece with a scrumptious ketchup-mayo sauce, bacon-and-cheese-studded burgers, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and caramelized onion. Craving salmon? Grill up the mouthwatering Hawaiian Salmon Burgers with Grilled Pineapple.

Light up everyone’s taste buds on Independence Day and special occasions with the prized two-steaks-in-one T-bone. The distinct ‘T-shaped’ bone divides the T-bone into a tenderloin half and a large strip steak half. Because the two steaks that make up a T-bone cook at different rates, some people are intimidated by this cut. Check out this Perfectly Grilled T-Bone Steak from Serious Eats for great grilling advice. Food Network’s Grilled Pepper Crusted T-Bone Steaks with Worcestershire-Chive Butter offer incredible textures and tastes that will have everyone raving. The steaks are perfectly peppered, and the compound butter is a delicious enhancement.

For the budget-conscious grill master, chicken leg quarters offer a deliciously economical solution. They can be dressed up in many ways, from zesty spice rubs to mouthwatering marinades, and then grilled to golden perfection. They’re a surefire way to stretch your dollar without compromising on taste. You will want to put this BBQ Grilled Chicken Leg Quarters recipe from The Crumby Kitchen on your list of must-grill recipes. It’s a perfectly sticky, smoky, and delicious summer dinner.

So, as you plan your summer get-togethers, remember that creating a memorable and delicious cookout isn’t about breaking the bank; it’s about embracing the art of affordable cuts and unleashing your inner grill genius.