Not many of us think of getting up in the morning, pouring a cup of coffee, and firing up the grill. But hey, why not? A delicious breakfast hot off the grill could turn any lazy, leisurely summer morning into a day to remember.
Getting to the Meat of It
Grilling breakfast meats is an obvious choice. Clearly steak and eggs featuring a freshly grilled steak would be incredible, but other breakfast meats would be great on the grill as well.
Many breakfast sausages—whether links or patties—can benefit from the unique flavors that cooking over smoke and flame imparts. Sausage patties are a natural choice for the grill. When grilling breakfast sausage links, just be sure that your links are wide enough to not fall through the grill grate—our plump Smoky Maple Links are definitely big enough. Or use a grill-top skillet, cast-iron pan, or heavy-duty foil.
Intrigued by the idea of cooking everyone’s favorite breakfast meat on the grill? This is one of Mark Lobel’s favorites to cook. He says, “I love to grill thick bacon. I sear it over hot coals until it has just a hint of brown. Then move it to indirect heat until it reaches your desired doneness. If the bacon isn’t thick enough you will have to use a tin foil tray so it doesn’t fall through the grate on the grill.”
A Good Egg
Even eggs can be enjoyed on the grill if you have the right tools. A cast iron pan can be used on your grill top, just be sure to pre-heat it along with your grill before adding your eggs. Or you can get a grill-top griddle, such as those offered by Weber Grills.
Or you get creative with your cooking vessel and create an all-in-one grilled breakfast dish. Simply hollow out half of a baked potato, bell pepper, or avocado, and fill it with egg and your choice of diced meats, vegetables, and cheese, then grill until the egg is cooked through.
Whether you cook your eggs on the grill or not, you can always add your favorite grilled foods to them. The possibilities are endless for omelet fillings from the grill and will impart your egg dish with the most incredible flavor—grilled tomatoes, bell peppers, jalapenos, asparagus, bacon, sausage, onions, and mushrooms, just to name a few.
Again, with the right tools you can grill anything! A grill-top griddle is your best friend if you want to fry up some flap-jacks while enjoying the weather on your patio. Weber Grills even makes an ebelskiver for the grill—a specialty pan for Danish pancakes that can be stuffed with sweet or savory fillings!
Take breakfast or brunch up a notch by making French crepes or Polish nalesniki—either indoors or out—then fill them with your favorite grilled fillings, such as balsamic-glazed grilled strawberries, brown sugar and honey glazed pineapple, or grilled grapefruit and oranges.
Something special happens when fruit meets grill. That delicious caramelized crust that forms when a steak is perfectly grilled also happens to fruit, but it caramelizes the sugars in the fruit and creates a delectably sweet and crunchy crust. Most fruits can be glazed with a honey-, maple syrup-, or brown sugar-based mixture to enhance this effect.
Pineapple is particularly great on the grill—try our recipe for it. Although that recipe uses the pineapple as an accompaniment to grill-roasted pork, any fruit on the grill would be great for breakfast or brunch, especially served with crème fraîche, freshly whipped cream, yogurt, or Greek yogurt. Other fruits that are especially wonderful when grilled include peaches, strawberries, apricots, grapefruit, apples, and nectarines.
Pinterested in More Ideas?
Check our pinboard on Pinterest for more ideas about grilling for breakfast!
Have you ever made a grilled breakfast or brunch? What’s your favorite breakfast item to grill? Inspired to try any of these ideas now?