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Healthy Grilling Recipes That Will Delight Dad This Father's Day

Teriyaki-Glazed Grilled Chicken Credit: Kate Sears

Are you celebrating a health-conscious dad this year? These 22 recipes are sure to delight him, and each will prove that the grill is one of your greatest allies when it comes to smart eating.

Start Slideshow grilled pork loin with lemongrass Credit: Christopher Testani

Healthy eating is such a large category that it’s best to break it down into more—ahem—digestible sections. In this gallery, we take the focus outside to the grill and highlight dishes that should appeal to Dad on Father’s Day and beyond. Ahead, you’ll find lighter recipe alternatives to the heavier barbecue classics like ribs and burgers he’s probably fond of, starting with the Grilled Pork Loin with Lemongrass you see right here. It’s a leaner cut of pork that’s been marinated overnight and tastes delicious hot off the grill.

To be clear, we wouldn’t dare disparage the occasional cheeseburger, but we do know that Dad (and the rest of the family) should not be eating one every day. In fact, the ticket to his—and your—being able to enjoy that cheeseburger occasionally without suffering health consequences down the road is to eat whole, minimally processed foods most of the time. If eating healthy most days is the gold standard we’re encouraged to meet, then let’s make it as delicious as possible. No need to hold your nose and eat boiled Brussels sprouts—it’s entirely feasible to enjoy healthier eating when there are smart recipes and clever techniques to follow.

The recipes ahead are a collection of some of the more nutritious—yet equally delicious—choices for the grill. We have recipes for everything from quick-cooking teriyaki chicken cutlets that are perfect for a busy weeknight to leaner beef burgers with a secret ingredient no one will be able to guess. If sides are where you struggle, try our grilled zucchini dish that’s packed with so much flavor it will compete with any entrée for first place.

Whether the aim is to get Dad to eat more vegetables this summer, help him his lower LDL cholesterol, or get to or maintain a healthy weight, this gallery is packed with healthy recipe inspiration for the grill that will help him and you meet any or all of those goals.

Teriyaki-Glazed Grilled Chicken

Teriyaki-Glazed Grilled Chicken Credit: Kate Sears View Recipe this link opens in a new tab

With the sweet-salty-umami flavors coming from these quick-cooking cutlets, no one will miss the added fat and grease that comes with skin-on chicken pieces.

Grilled Vegetable Pizzas

grilled vegetable pizzas Credit: Christopher Testani View Recipe this link opens in a new tab

Remind Dad that being a grown up means he gets to eat his vegetables any way he sees fit—piled onto these quick and easy grilled pizzas might just be his favorite way.

Hawaiian Turkey Burgers

hawaiian turkey burgers Credit: Christopher Testani View Recipe this link opens in a new tab

The best thing you can do when preparing turkey burgers is to stop expecting them to act like a beef patty. Instead, embrace turkey’s mild flavor profile with big, bold ingredients like ginger and soy sauce, and see how great this lighter (yet equally delicious) option can taste.

Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Orange Glaze

grilled shrimp skewers with orange glaze Credit: Christopher Testani View Recipe this link opens in a new tab

Instead of reaching for the butter to baste these beauties, this recipe has you whip up an easy orange-onion glaze that tastes rich in flavor but is actually quite low in calories.

Grilled Zucchini with Miso

grilled zucchini with miso Credit: Dana Gallagher View Recipe this link opens in a new tab

If you’ve ever thrown plain zucchini on the grill and been disappointed with the outcome, it’s probably because there wasn’t any miso involved. Give this favorite summer vegetable another try, this time with a rich and tasty glaze that will compel even the pickiest of dads to go back for seconds.

Grilled Pork Chops and Onions

Grilled Pork Chops and Onions View Recipe this link opens in a new tab

Pork chops cook up quickly on the grill, making them a great protein option for when time is tight. What’s especially nice about this Italian-inspired recipe is the onions that cook alongside the chops—they later become a tasty relish when it is time to eat.

Grilled Salt-Rubbed Fish Sandwich

grilled salt-rubbed fish sandwich served with chips Credit: Chris Simpson View Recipe this link opens in a new tab

Fish and Chips is a classic pub dish, but why should the deep fryer get to have all the fun? Make this light and easy fish sandwich using your grill and a firm fish like mahi-mahi or grouper. Dad will go crazy for the finished result.

Grilled Marinated Chicken Thighs

Grilled Marinated Chicken Thighs Credit: Marcus Nilsson View Recipe this link opens in a new tab

Boneless, skinless chicken thighs only contain a couple of extra grams of fat compared to breasts, but that little extra cushion makes them a much better choice for cooking on the grill (read: they’re more forgiving about being overcooked with the grill’s high heat).

Grilled Potatoes with Rosemary

Grilled Potatoes with Rosemary Credit: Petrina Tinslay View Recipe this link opens in a new tab

Briefly kissing the sliced par-cooked potatoes on the grill will impart a sublimely smoky flavor to an otherwise simple side.

Charred-Eggplant and Beef Burgers

Charred-Eggplant and Beef Burgers Credit: andrew parcell View Recipe this link opens in a new tab

When Dad is yearning for a beefy burger, try this version that mixes cooked eggplant into lean ground beef. Don’t tell him—the eggplant flavor is undetectable and contributes juiciness in what would otherwise be a lean perhaps dry-tasting patty.

Barbecued Baby-Back Ribs

Barbecued Baby-Back Ribs View Recipe this link opens in a new tab

When it comes to choosing the healthiest ribs to grill, baby backs win because they have the lowest amount of fat and calories. That said, it would still be wise to serve these up as a special-occasion appetizer, so the portion sizes can stay modest.

Grilled Balsamic Flank Steak with Pepper and Onions

Grilled Balsamic Flank Steak With Peppers and Onions Credit: Petrina Tinslay View Recipe this link opens in a new tab

Flank steak is our go-to when we’re looking for a lean cut of beef with an excellent meaty flavor. This recipe includes a marinade that you can start two days before you plan to cook, making it a great make-ahead dish for an easy Father’s Day cookout.

Swordfish with Sicilian Oregano-Caper Sauce

swordfish with sicilian oregano-caper sauce served on a blue speckled plate Credit: Elizabeth Cecil View Recipe this link opens in a new tab

With its firm, meaty, and buttery texture, this recipe for grilled swordfish will make following the Mediterranean diet an absolute pleasure.

Grilled Lamb Loins

grilled lamb loins Credit: Paola + Murray View Recipe this link opens in a new tab

Tender and naturally lean, lamb loins are a great choice for when you want to cook a special occasion meal on the grill.

Grilled Whole Fish with Lemon and Thyme

grilled whole fish lemon thyme Credit: Paola + Murray View Recipe this link opens in a new tab

As impressive as it looks, cooking a whole fish at home is surprisingly easy—especially when you have the grill do most of the work for you.

Grilled Pork and Pineapple Tacos

grilled pork and pineapple tacos Credit: Sidney Bensimon View Recipe this link opens in a new tab

Whether it’s Taco Tuesday or Father’s Day, this taco recipe hits the spot. Lean and juicy tenderloin grills up beautifully in this dish that takes inspiration from the classic Mexican dish tacos al pastor.

Smoky Grilled Chicken with Sweet Vinegar Sauce

Spice-Rubbed Grilled Chicken with Sweet Vinegar Sauce Credit: Armando Rafael View Recipe this link opens in a new tab

A flavorful dry rub and a vinegar sauce made with just a little honey creates delicious chicken magic on the grill without any need for high-sugar ingredients like store-bought barbecue sauce.

Tuna Burgers

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A strategically placed anchovy in the patty mixture amps up the flavor of these tuna burgers in a delightfully briny way. And when eaten in a bun with toppings like pickled ginger, wasabi mayo, and mizuna lettuce, we’re guessing Dad won’t wish for greasy fast food burger ever again.

Grilled Corn with Fish Sauce and Scallions

grilled corn with fish sauce and scallions served with lime wedges Credit: Kate Sears View Recipe this link opens in a new tab

When the corn is slathered with so much butter that its status as a vegetable is called into question, then it may be time to re-think the approach. Here, butter is used judiciously on grilled corn in conjunction with punchy fish sauce and lime juice, creating a deeply flavorful and downright addictive side dish.

Grilled Buttermilk Chicken Tenders with Dipping Sauces

Grilled Buttermilk Chicken Tenders with Dipping Sauces Credit: David Malosh View Recipe this link opens in a new tab

A little bacon never hurt—and in this case, it definitely helps these chicken tenders cook to perfection by insulating them from the flames of the grill.

Grilled Skirt-Steak Salad

grilled skirt-steak salad topped with feta Credit: Con Poulos View Recipe this link opens in a new tab

Skirt steak is one of the most flavorful cuts of beef you can buy and, like flank steak, it is also one of the leanest. This means that a hot and fast trip to the grill is one of the best ways to prepare it.

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