Now that grilling season is in full swing, you might well be looking for the best meats to grill.
Some cuts of meat are better suited for grilling hot and fast, while larger tougher cuts of meat are better for smoking slow and low over longer periods of time.
If you would like some ideas on the best meats to smoke slow and low, you might also enjoy our ‘Best Meats to Smoke Guide.’
Otherwise let’s dive straight in.
- Top 7 Best Meats to Grill – Easy BBQ Ideas for 2023
- 1 Best Meat to Grill – Steak
- Best Steaks For Grilling
- 2 Sausages – One of the Most Versatile Meats to Grill
- 3 Easy BBQ Ideas – Grilled Chicken Wings
- 4 BBQ Staple Meats to Grill – Burgers
- 5 Pork Chops – An Underrated Meat to Grill
- 6 Grilled Meat on Skewers – Kabobs (Kebabs)
- 7 Lamb Chops – One of the Best Meats to Grill on your BBQ
Top 7 Best Meats to Grill – Easy BBQ Ideas for 2023
1 Best Meat to Grill – Steak
Let’s face it, steak is probably the best meat to grill for most people.
We all have our individual preferences for different cuts, seasonings and level of doneness, but if you’re a meat-eater chances are steak is your go to grilled meat.
Yet, what cut is best for you? It depends on your budget, and flavour preferences.
We like to grill ribeye steak because of its great fat marbling which produces the perfect balance of flavour, tenderness and juiciness.
There are plenty of other good options too however. For less expensive cuts that are still great for grilling you could try flank or skirt steak.
If you want a showstopper of a grilled steak try the mighty Tomahawk steak (the bone is left in so that it resembles a Tomahawk axe). It’s fantastic for special occasions and gatherings, although admittedly expensive.
Porterhouse and and T-Bone steaks are also impressive, big bone-in pieces of meat to grill but again expensive and best left for special occassions for most of us.
Steak cuts that have the bones left in will take a little longer to cook, but bones definitely add flavour and extra moisture to the meat.
Although the filet mignon (fillet steak) is highly prized because of its tenderness, it doesn’t have as bold a flavour as other steak cuts because there isn’t a lot of fat in it. Although that may be an advantage to some people, it’s worth keeping in mind.
Sirloin is a good steak for grilling as it isn’t too expensive and contains enough fat to be flavoursome. It’s worth considering that this fat isn’t really edible and too chewy and tough, but it helps the overall flavour of the sirloin.
Best Steaks For Grilling
Individual steak cuts are perfect for grilling and only take a few minutes a side at high heat. Here are some of the most popular and best steaks to grill.
- Ribeye Steak
- T-Bone Steak
- Porterhouse Steak
- Tomahawk Steak (Bone-In Ribeye)
- Rump Steak
- Sirloin Steak
- Fillet Steak (Filet Mignon)
You might enjoy our Instagram video for Ribeye Steak and Compound Butter below.
2 Sausages – One of the Most Versatile Meats to Grill
We aren’t just talking about the humble hot dog here (although they have their place), we’re thinking about the huge variety of different sausages and their flavours from all across the world.
Sausages are so versatile and can be grilled quickly and easily and served in so many different ways.
Not only are sausages various in terms of spices and flavour, but you can use just about any ground meat to make them, adding to their versatility.
From the obvious choices of pork and beef to game meats such as venison, wild boar, wild turkey, even ostrich or kangaroo you have so many possibilities.
3 Easy BBQ Ideas – Grilled Chicken Wings
It’s hard to beat grilled chicken wings – they are quick to grill and inexpensive to buy.
You have so many choices of sauces and seasonings; you could easily consider them the perfect appetiser.
Here are some of our favourite easy BBQ ideas for grilling chicken wings.
- Classic Buffalo Hot Wings Recipe
- Honey Hot Sauce Chicken Wings
- Homemade Ranch Dip
- Korean BBQ Sauce for Chicken Wings
4 BBQ Staple Meats to Grill – Burgers
Burgers are always a great meat to grill and they can adapted in so many different ways.
You can even produce some pretty awesome vegan burgers using oyster mushrooms as a base if you want to go meat-free or feed vegetarian/vegan guests.
You might enjoy our mushroom burger video if you are a vegan or wanting to cut down on meat consumption.
Here are some of our favourite ways to approach grilling burgers.
5 Pork Chops – An Underrated Meat to Grill
Pork chops are cheap and quick to grill, but people often overlook them as a great meat to grill.
Done correctly, they can be a really good midweek meal.
Try this grilled recipe for pork chops and you won’t be disappointed.
Pork was made for sweetness, spice and grilling at high heat.
6 Grilled Meat on Skewers – Kabobs (Kebabs)
Grilled skewers recipes for various different meat kebabs are a wonderful and diverse way to grill meats.
For a Middle Eastern style grilling recipe use ground lamb (lamb mince) with spices and herbs such as cumin, garlic, turmeric, mint and Ras El Hanout for lamb koftas.
Gorund beef (beef mince) works really well too for koftas.
If you would like to really impress try beef koftas and flatbreads from scratch with a spicy yoghurt dip.
7 Lamb Chops – One of the Best Meats to Grill on your BBQ
Much like pork chops, lamb chops are such an underrated meat to grill.
However the taste of grilled lamb chops, especially with lemon, garlic and rosemary (or fresh mint) is just knockout.
This citrus marinade is perfect for lamb and the garlic and rosemary contributes to the ‘No Fail’ aspect of this delicious meat for the grill.