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16 Summer Recipes For When It's Way Too Hot To Grill Outside

Get that summery flavor without the flames.

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Grills are the ultimate summer cooking tool — but sometimes you might not always feel like firing one up. Luckily, you can still get that smoky, grilled flavor without a full-blown grill. Here are 16 ways to do just that:

1. Oven-Roasted Corn on the Cob

A homemade spice mix gives this roasted corn that signature cookout flavor. Get the recipe here.

2. Cheesesteak Skewers

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Everything you love about cheesesteaks threaded onto a single skewer. Get the recipe here.

3. Oven-Barbecued Beef Brisket

This brisket has a flavorful blackened crust that looks like it was cooked over an open fire for several hours. Get the recipe here.

4. Roasted Garlic Ranch Chicken Kebabs

Turns out you don't need a grill to make flavorful kebabs — just a hot oven. Get the recipe here.

5. Oven-Baked Ribs

Proof you don't need a grill to make smoky, fall-off-the-bone ribs. Get the recipe here.

6. Baked Honey Barbecue Chicken

A sweet and tangy BBQ sauce makes the chicken taste like it came right off the grill. Get the recipe here.

7. Lemon Garlic Shrimp Skewers

Shrimp are super fast cooking — a few minutes in the oven is plenty — so this recipe makes the perfect weeknight dinner. Get the recipe here.

8. Sheet Pan Sausage and Pepper Hoagies

Simply roast everything together on one pan and you'll have an indoor cookout (is that a thing?) in no time. Get the recipe here.

9. Three-Ingredient Spicy Barbecue Tofu

This recipe gives directions for how to bake, sear, and grill the tofu so you can customize it to your liking. Get the recipe here.

10. Beetroot and Feta Burgers

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For those days when you're craving a burger, but not meat. Get the recipe here.

11. Roasted Cauliflower Steaks

A simple homemade barbecue sauce gives these hearty cauliflower steaks a pop of summery flavor. Get the recipe here.

12. Oven-Roasted Pulled Pork

The macaroni on top is optional, but highly recommended. Get the recipe here.

13. Chipotle Black Bean Burgers

Cooking these in the oven helps them keep their shape and not fall apart. Get the recipe here.

14. Mexican Street Corn Salad With Avocado

Lightly charring the corn in a hot skillet gives it a subtle smoky flavor that takes this salad to a whole new level. Get the recipe here.

15. Smoked Sausage and Potato Skillet

This simple side (or main!) is made in just 20 minutes and all in one pan. Get the recipe here.

16. BBQ Pulled Chicken Sliders

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Using shredded rotisserie chicken makes these savory BBQ sliders the perfect weeknight meal. Get the recipe here.

Let's get cooking!


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