There are so many reasons to grill if you're on the keto diet.
First, it's a great method for cooking both meats and vegetables, which are basically the staple foods you eat when you're eating low-carb.
It's also an efficient way to cook lots of food at once and gives you an excuse to get out in the sun!
Plus, most grill recipes call for just a simple marinade or seasoning. So you don't have to worry about added sugars or sneaky carbs!
Here are 12 of the best keto grilling recipes to help get you through the hottest days of summer. These quick and easy low-carb recipes feature meats and veggies that are perfect for supporting your health goals, including losing weight and improving energy.
Why Grilling is HealthyGrilling is a great way to cook food, especially if you're trying to lose weight. Here are some reasons it's healthy for you:
- Unlike some cooking methods like frying or sauteing, grilled meats and veggies only require a small amount of cooking oil. This saves your food from absorbing any unnecessary calories (even though we're huge supporters of a high-fat diet).
- The high heat from the grill helps cook some of the fat out of most meats. Again, we love fat and think it's healthy—but unnecessary fat is just a waste of calories.
- Grilling is a great way to meal prep! You can always grill extra meat or veggies then store it in the fridge so you have healthy food to eat for the next few days.
- Grilling is a great way to get outside and get some vitamin D from the sun. (Vitamin D is a great way to keep your immune system healthy .)
Look into getting yourself a wood pellet or kamado grill!
Grilling Tips and TricksUse these quick tips for cooking meat, seafood, and vegetables to become a grill master!
Meat Grilling Tips
- Consider getting a meat thermometer (infrared ones are great, but pricey) to check the internal temperature of your food. Google the type of meat you're cooking to find the ideal temperature.
- Keep the spices simple. Let the meat and sear speak for itself. A little salt, pepper, oil, and garlic powder is all you need.
- When grilling beef and other types of meat, let it rest for 5 to 10 minutes once you've taken it off the grill.*
Seafood Grilling Tips
- Don't put seafood on the hottest part of the grill. Seafood is more fragile than other types of protein, so the flesh may burn or it could fall apart before it's cooked through.
- Clean the grill grates thoroughly before and after. You don't want anything getting into your fish, and you don't want old fish getting into whatever you grill next week!
- Don't flip fish or seafood as much. Again, because it's fragile, it might start to flake or fall apart.
Veggie Grilling Tips
- Brush with olive oil or coconut oil beforehand, then a few times while you cook. You don't need much, but a brush will help give your veggies a good sear without burning them!
- Season your veggies before grilling. Salt, pepper, and garlic powder are great here, too.
- Keep an eye on your veggies. Some vegetables can burn pretty quickly if left unattended.
- Cook more than you can eat. Grilling extra veggies is a very simple way to meal prep!
12 Delicious Keto Grilling Recipes to Try This Summer
It's summertime and the living's easy! We highly recommend you give one (or all) of these mouthwatering low-carb grilling recipes a try while the weather's nice. There's a recipe for everyone!Nothing says summer like a grilled bratwurst with peppers and onions. It's the perfect outdoor grilling recipe. All the better if there's a big game on! With a tangy marinade and 25 grams of protein per serving, you'll understand why hanger steak used to be called Butcher's steak. (Spoiler: it was because the butchers used to keep it for themselves.) So many other vegetables get love before artichokes on the keto diet. Grill up these burgers, then discover what you're missing with this delicious, unique topping. Healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Lots of protein. And a satisfying, lemony sauce that pops in your mouth. Grill marks really make the difference! Another one to try for the burger lovers. You know you can't go wrong with hearty portobellos or thick-cut pieces of crispy bacon. Only 3g of net carbs per serving! Pancetta and goat cheese make a creamy, salty filling for this stuffed steak. Serve with broccoli or another low-carb veggie. No need to worry about carbs; there's only 2g per serving! Short ribs don't get a lot of love, at least compared to baby back and country style ribs. They're a perfect cut of meat for low-carb dieters, though, and super flavorful. You might just find your new favorite cut of ribs! Chinese Five Spice is a blend of cinnamon, cloves, fennel, star anise, and peppercorns. Loaded with flavor, these keto chicken skewers are perfect for lunch or dinner! Fresh herbs, cold tomatoes, simple ingredients. Serve on a keto-friendly cracker or bread, put it on a salad, or eat it by the spoonful! If you're looking for something simple, you've found it. This chicken recipe only has 4 ingredients and less than a gram of carbs per serving! These keto kabobs sound as amazing as they taste. And they couldn’t be easier to make and grill up for the whole family. If you're in the market for something meat-free, or just want a low-carb veggie pairing for the grilled protein, check out this delicious grilled vegetable recipe. It's made with peppers, zucchini, and mushrooms!
For more delicious low-carb ideas you can make inside or outside, check out these keto recipes!