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By Lia Blanchard

Wahoo, it’s grilling season! Few things conjure up the pleasant sensations of summer than the smell of a barbecue, and we’ve got some of the greatest gourmet grillin’ grinds you can find.

Beef

Get beyond the burgers with marinated steak or a grilled beef tenderloin.  If you just can’t give up the old standby, visit Epicurious.com’s “Burger Recipes and Tips” for pointers on how to ensure the best burger ever, and lots of recipes with different twists on this favorite, including gourmet, kid-friendly, and international versions.

Don’t let budgetary restraints keep you from gobbling great grilled goodies… Delish.com has assembled a collection of recipes for “Gourmet Grilling on a Budget” guaranteed not to skimp on flavor.

Seafood

Go beyond the basics and really impress your barbecue guests with grilled fillets, shellfish, or other seafood. We recommend oyster shooters or lobster tails to really set the festive mood.

Successful “shrimp on the barbie” – or any other grilled seafood – is easier than you may think. Learn more about how to grill seafood.

Veggie

A grilled veggie kabob makes a tasty appetizer or even a satisfying meal. Try this panzanella salad from the Galley Gourmet for a delicious summer meal “bursting with peak summer freshness and flavor with a grilled twist.”

View more recipes for grilling vegetables.

Summertime, and the grillin’ is easy

Can’t make the family Memorial Day barbecue this weekend? You can be there in spirit by sending a grilling-themed gift basket! Hurry – today is the last day to place your 2-day shipping order for arrival by this weekend!

With Father’s Day, graduations, Fourth of July, and a whole summer of get-togethers in the near future, there are lots of reasons to check out Art of Appreciation’s entire line of grilling and summer-themed gift baskets. Tasty, fun, and beautiful!

Next:  The Unofficial Start of Summer