With warmer weather and longer days, summer grilling season is just around the corner. And there’s no better charcoal grill than the Gather Grill to help you cook up some killer BBQ and host some epic summer gatherings that your friends and family will remember for a lifetime.
Summer grilling season is exciting — but it can also be intimidating to try and figure out what to cook for your guests. It is no small task finding recipes to cook for large groups that will keep everyone happy.
Luckily, the Gather Grill’s dynamic design and easy-to-use grilling accessories make it easy to cook high-quality, delicious meals for large groups while keeping you in the center of the party.
Keep reading for three of our favorite easy grilling recipes to cook for hungry guests plus some tips to help take your summer cookouts to the next level. If you’re still feeling overwhelmed, watch our short cooking demo with professional Chef, Jarvis Belton, who will walk you through the Gather Grill way!
Watch: 3 Easy Grill Recipes for Your Next Cookout
Cooking for large groups with the Gather Grill is a breeze with the stainless-steel griddle insert and grill. Here are three easy griddle recipes to get you inspired. Follow along with Chef Jarvis in this new video or add your own personal spin on these recipes.
First up is a classic — Smash Burgers! Everyone loves a good burger from the grill, but the Gather Grill griddle design allows you to take your burgers to the next level.
Chef Jarvis recommends starting with some thick-cut bacon. Once the griddle is nice and hot, toss on some bacon and let the fat melt (or render) on the griddle. This is also a good time to caramelize some onions in the bacon fat.
After the bacon is cooked, push it to the side of the griddle where there is less heat. Then, put the burger patties in the center of the griddle and let them sizzle in the delicious bacon fat. If they don’t sizzle, the griddle isn’t hot enough so be sure to add some heat! Not getting the griddle hot enough can cause the burgers to stick, and nobody wants that. Once the bottoms are brown, flip the burgers and toss some cheese on there.
If you really want to smash them down, use a heavy duty spatula or burger press to smash those burgers on the griddle.
Finally, when the burgers are almost done, you can toss the brioche buns down on the griddle to give them nice, golden toasted edges.
Once the burgers are cooked to your liking, it is time to dress them. Chef Jarvis’ personal favorite toppings are bacon (you guessed it), caramelized onions, King Oyster mushrooms, and White Anthem mild cheddar cheese — but feel free to make these your own! Assemble some of your favorite people and gather around for the tastiest burgers ever!
Chorizo Pasta Salad
If you’re looking for some tasty sides, look no further than Chef Jarvis’ Chorizo Pasta Salad. This is a simple but delicious pasta salad that is cooked on the Gather Grill griddle and served warm.
Start with a nice, hot griddle and some grease to cook up some chopped chorizo sausage. Next, toss on a large portion of cooked pasta (your favorite style pasta will do). Add a dash of water to help steam the pasta and give everything a gentle stir for a couple minutes to let it warm up. This is where the Gather Grill Griddle attachment really shines! You simply can’t cook dishes like this with just a traditional bar grate.
Next, add your favorite sauce to taste. Chef Jarvis is a parmesan lover, so he prefers to use a parmesan pesto sauce for this. Top with some chopped green onions and your favorite cheese, and voila! That’s it! Dish up this simple but flavor-packed dish and serve to your hungry guests!
Open Face Pork Tacos
Tacos might not be the first meal you think of when you think of grilling — but these open face pork tacos are a Gather Grill staple!
Tacos are dynamic and you can serve them with any meat and toppings that you prefer. These tacos use delicious pork rib meat, Tillamook cheddar cheese, and fresh salsa.
Start by cooking your preferred ribs recipe to perfection using the Gather Grill smoking hood. Next, prepare to assemble the tacos by setting up the Gather Grill warming tray and using it to warm up some tortillas while you get the rest of the ingredients ready. The best thing about the warming tray is that it gives you the space to keep ingredients warm if you aren’t done cooking yet or if people aren’t ready to eat yet. Once you are ready, easily assemble the tacos right on the warming tray with your preferred fillings.
4 Ways the Gather Grill Can Take Your BBQ to the Next Level
1) Get Grilling in Minutes
The Gather Grill is super easy to use, and you’ll always be prepared for any last-minute BBQ needs. Learn how you can fire up the Gather Grill with less than one minute of work.
2) Superior Heat Control Creates Epic Food
The Gather Grill provides excellent heat control, which makes it easy to perfectly cook large meals with lots of ingredients, or to keep food warm while you’re waiting for your guests. With just a few simple accessories, you can use the Gather Grill to grill, griddle, smoke, bake, warm, and more. Simply swap in the interchangeable griddle insert, bar grate, double-decker warming tray, or smoking/baking hood for different recipes.
Also, the Lazy Susan feature allows you to rotate the cooking surface over the hottest or coolest part of the grill to instantly change the temperature. The baking/smoking hood also has a built-in temperature gauge, so you can rest assured that your food is always cooking at the right temperature.
3) Food Tastes Better with the Gather Grill
Grilling should be fun and delicious! Don’t be afraid to get creative and try new things! Play around with new recipes and secret ingredients, and maybe even infuse your food with the flavors of high-quality woodsmoke instead of charcoal.
4) The Gather Grill Brings the Crowds and Creates Lasting Connections
And of course, it wouldn’t be a proper Gather Grill-cooked meal without friends and family to gather around. Everything about the Gather Grill is designed to foster relationships and connection and to help you build new memories around the traditions of food and fire.
Invite people to gather around while you’re cooking. Easily remove the table sections and spin the grill around to make it easy to serve your guests at their leisure, and rest assured that the grill will always the center of any gathering.
We hope that you’ll gather with us soon! Cheers!