Enjoy your Day in the Sun with These Beach Grilling Ideas

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Last Updated on April 14, 2021
Doug Stephen

A long-time contributor to SeriouslySmoked. Jim has had a lifelong relationship with the art of grilling, passed on from his father and grandfather to him.  

Doug is a hardcore barbeque enthusiast and connoisseur. While he spends most of his time on editing and research, he sometimes moonlights as a product tester for particularly interesting things he comes across.


With sunny blue skies and warm evenings, there is nothing better than the aroma of BBQ sizzling while watching the waves hit the shore. Prepare a beach BBQ kit grab bag that includes everything from your portable grill to hand sanitizer, so you don't forget the essentials.

After a day of watersports, surfing, or frolicking on the beach, it’s time to fire up the grill. For inspiration, here are some beach grilling ideas to get your taste buds tingling.

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1. Refreshing Hawaiian Chicken Kebabs

These refreshing chicken kebabs are like a beach party in your mouth with colorful bell peppers, savory red onion, and juicy pineapple.


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1” cubes
  • 1 large red onion cut into wedges
  • 2 cups canned pineapple chunks
  • 3-4 red, green, or yellow bell peppers cut into 1” pieces

Marinade Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup pineapple juice
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp. honey
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp. cornstarch
  • ¼ cup of cold water

STEP 1 - Whisk the soy sauce, honey, sesame oil, pineapple juice, ground ginger, garlic powder, salt and pepper together in a small saucepan. Combine the cold water and cornstarch to make a slurry, and slowly add to the marinade mixture, continually stirring for 3-4 minutes until it thickens. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool

STEP 2 - Toss half the marinade with the chicken in a large Ziploc bag. Seal and refrigerator for up to 4 hours. Reserve the rest of the marinade for basting.

STEP 3 - Soak your wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes before threading the chicken. This prevents them from burning. Alternately thread the chicken, vegetables, and fruit on the skewers and place them in a tinfoil tray for transportation.

STEP 4 - At the beach, preheat your grill to medium heat and oil the grates. Grill the kebabs, turning every 4-5 minutes and basting with the reserved marinade until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. 

2. Decadent Chocolate Banana Boats

This banana version of s’mores is best eaten with a spoon. The banana peel turns black when heated, but the dessert still tastes incredible

Ingredients Per Person:

  • 1 unpeeled banana
  • 2 tbsp. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp. miniature marshmallows
  • 2 tbsp. crushed Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal or crushed pecans
Chocolate flavor

Preheat the grill to medium heat. Slice the banana lengthwise along the inside curve, being careful not to cut all the way through. Place on tinfoil. Open the slit and insert the chocolate chips and marshmallows before wrapping the banana in the foil. Grill for 8-10 minutes at 350°F or until the marshmallows soften. Once cool, add the crunchy toppings and enjoy!

3. Cheesy Pigs in a Blanket

Making classic finger foods on the beach is ideal for kids of any age! This simple recipe will leave your family wanting more.   


  • 8 hot dogs
  • 4 slices American cheese
  • 1 8oz. can Pillsbury™ crescent dinner rolls

STEP 1 - Slice the hot dogs down the middle within ½” of the ends. Insert strips of cheese into each hot dog slit. Separate the crescent dough into 8 triangles, wrap 1 triangle around each hot dog.

STEP 2 - Cook them on foil-lined grill grates to prevent sticking. They should cook on medium heat for 12-15 minutes until the outside is a golden brown. Remove from the grill and serve with your favorite dipping sauces.

4. Creamy Fruit Salad

The hint of smoky flavor in this grilled fruit salad pairs well with this creamy lime dressing. It gives a refreshing taste of juicy sweetness for hot days at the beach.

Dressing Ingredients:

  • ½ cup plain whole milk yogurt
  • 3 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp. lime juice

Fruit Salad Ingredients:

  • ½ mini seedless watermelon
  • 1 mango
  • 4 kiwis
  • ½ whole fresh pineapple
  • 3 ripe peaches
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries
  • ½ cup fresh raspberries
  • ½ cup fresh blueberries
Drying lettuce

STEP 1 - Slice the watermelon and pineapple into wedges about ¾” thick. Cut the kiwi into 1” rounds, and each peach into 6 wedges, and remove the pits. Cut the mango in half along the pit, then cut each half into ¾” pieces.

STEP 2 - Grill the prepared fruit in batches for one minute each side on high heat. As the fruit comes off the grill, place it on a large platter, then place fresh strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries on top.

STEP 3 - In a small bowl, combine the honey, vanilla, lime juice, and yogurt, then drizzle the dressing over the fruit. Serve immediately and enjoy the blend of flavors!

5. Easy Prosciutto Wrapped String Cheese

The combination of meat and cheese is a favorite for many people; this finger food is extraordinary when grilled for beach trips!


  • 4 string cheese sticks (provolone, mozzarella, or a variety of your choice)
  • 8 thin slices prosciutto
  • Optional: slivered fresh basil

STEP 1 - Cut each cheese stick in half and wrap each piece in a prosciutto slice, covering the cheese completely. If the prosciutto doesn’t stick to the cheese, a toothpick can hold it in place. A small amount of basil can be placed between the cheese and prosciutto if desired.

STEP 2 - Place each prepared cheese stick on a grill over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Turn them frequently until the outside becomes slightly crispy and the cheese becomes gooey.

STEP 3 - Allow them to cool slightly before serving.

6. Delicious Grilled Tomato Crostini

Similar to bruschetta, this grilled appetizer will bring your taste buds joy! The refreshing flavors of the tomato are lovely after a long day in the sun.


  • 4 ¾”-thick slices of ciabatta bread
  • 1 halved garlic clove
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • ½ cup grape tomatoes cut in half
  • 3 tsp. olive oil
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • Small basil leaves

STEP 1 - Preheat the grill to medium heat.

STEP 2 - Brush the grill grates with olive oil to prevent sticking. Place the tomatoes flesh side down for 2-4 minutes in a covered grill. Put on a plate for later.

STEP 3 - Next, grill the ciabatta until toasted to your liking; this will take about one minute on each side. Transfer the bread to plates and rub with garlic halves. Place the tomatoes and spoon their juices over the bread, then drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle basil and salt on top before serving.

Doug Stephen

Doug Stephen

Tantalize Your Taste Buds This Summer

Going on a family vacation and having cookouts at the beach are the perfect way to soak up the sun and enjoy the company of family and friends, but you don’t need to settle for standard sandwiches and burgers. These beach grilling ideas will make your fun summer days extra flavorful. After a full day on the beach, mouthwatering recipes for everyone is a great way to end your day.

Bring along plenty of water, homemade iced tea, lemonade, and strawberry wine to enjoy while the sun sets on your adventure.