It's official now: We've hit the season where all we want to do is cook and eat (and swim and cannonball) outside. And — nothing against burgers and steaks — but with the whole hot yawn of summer stretched out ahead, we could use a few more genius ways to work our grills. Here are 20.

Because, on your grill, you can cook entire dinners, and anything from whole beasts (within reason) to quick skewered bits. Your grill will make stars of the parts of vegetables you'd normally throw out. And don't forget, the charcoal sort will give you not just smoke and a hot grate, but coals to cook in down below.

Suzanne Goin's grilled pork burgers

Ignacio Mattos' grilled favas

Melissav's grilled (or broiled) oysters with Sriracha-lime butter

Lisina's grilled corn with basil butter

Steven Raichlen's salt-crusted beef tenderloin grilled in cloth (Lomo al Trapo)

Inpatskitchen's Alabama-style chicken kebabs

Fiveandspice's grilled bread with thyme pesto and preserved lemon cream

Amanda Hesser's sugar steak with bourbon

Anna Klinger's grilled Swiss chard stems with anchovy vinaigrette

Amanda Hesser's grilled squid salad with lemon, capers, and parsley

Ian Knauer's sticky balsamic ribs

Aargersi's cedar plank grilled loup de mer (Sea Bass)

Beth Kirby | {local milk}'s grilled figs with homemade lavender crème fraîche

Jamie Oliver's smoked beets

Creamtea's chicken cutlets grilled in charmoula with quick-cured lemon confit

Enbe's grilled peanut tofu

Lisina's salt & pepper babyback ribs

Beth Kirby | {local milk}'s grilled okra with Sriracha-lime salt

Thirschfeld's grilled salsa

Waverly's chicken al mattone with thyme pesto

Gena Hamshaw's black bean and corn burgers

Thirschfeld's grilled bananas with buttered maple sauce and English almond toffee

This article originally appeared on Genius recipes for the grill

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