By Carl Hanson

Summer goes better with bacon! These top-rated summer recipes boast bacon in big ways. You'll love these recipes for your next picnic, cookout, or simple weeknight dinner.

1. BLT Dogs

The BLT goes to the dogs! This simple recipe is two summer favorites in one.

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2. Grilled Chicken with Rosemary and Bacon

So easy! Wrap chicken breasts in bacon and grill with fresh aromatic sprigs of rosemary.

Photo by Milly Suazo-Martinez

3. Cheddar Bacon Hamburgers with Horseradish

Horseradish adds zing to basic bacon cheeseburgers. Add crumbled bacon, shredded cheese, prepared horseradish, and garlic powder right into the ground beef mixture!

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4. BLT Pizza

Another reincarnation of the classic BLT sandwich. You'll bake the bacon and tomato pizza before topping with seasoned shredded lettuce. Or cook your pizza on the grill.

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5. Bacon-Wrapped Bourbon-Marinated Salmon

This one gets it done with bourbon and bacon! You'll soak the salmon in a bourbon-based marinade before wrapping it in bacon and grilling.

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6. Penne Pasta with Spinach and Bacon

Here's a quick, light summer meal. Toss cooked penne pasta with spinach, crispy bacon, and tomatoes. Fast and fresh!

7. Aloha Chicken Burgers

Teriyaki chicken breasts are grilled and topped with slices of bacon, pineapple, and Swiss cheese -- it's a luau on a bun!

Aloha Chicken Burgers | Photo by DIZ

8. Grilled Sausages with Prunes and Bacon

Prunes add sweet counterpoint to savory bratwurst sausages and smoky bacon.

Photo by Linda T

9. Chef John's BLT Pasta

Sweet ripe tomatoes combine with cooked bacon and baby arugula in Chef John's playful twist on the classic sandwich.

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10. Grilled Salmon with Bacon and Corn Relish

Grilled salmon pairs up with a warm corn relish starring crisp bacon, red bell peppers, and green onions dressed up with a splash of rice vinegar and a nice drizzle of olive oil.

11. Chipotle Shrimp Tacos

Fill warm corn tortillas with spicy chipotle shrimp garnished with cilantro, onion, and a splash of fresh lime.

Photo by Allrecipes Magazine

12. Killer Bacon-Cheese Dogs

Layer hot dog buns with Swiss cheese and strips of cooked bacon, then top with BBQ'd or broiled hot dogs, BBQ sauce, and red onion.

For more bacon-friendly dinners, check out our collection of Bacon Main Dish Recipes.