15 Favorite Summer Dinners for Bacon Lovers
Like so much in life, summer goes better with bacon! These top-rated summer recipes boast bacon in big ways. We have BLT hotdogs and pizza, and bacon-wrapped grilled chicken, grilled salmon with bacon and corn relish, and much more. You'll love these recipes for your next picnic, cookout, or simple weeknight dinner.
The BLT goes to the dogs! This simple recipe is two summer favorites in one. Top your grilled dogs with a mixture of tomato, bacon, pickles, mayonnaise, and sour cream. "So fresh and a great combination of hot and cold for a hot dog night after a hot day in the sun!" says Kari Edwards.
Grilled Chicken with Rosemary and Bacon
So easy! Wrap chicken breasts in bacon and grill with fresh aromatic sprigs of rosemary. "This recipe goes together so easy with minimal prep," says Skoo. "What could be better? Great with grilled vegetables and rice."
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! "A great and easy way to add some flavor to your hamburgers!" says LISASNOW.
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.
Pork Chops Stuffed with Smoked Gouda and Bacon
Cut a pocket into your boneless pork chops and stuff with a mixture of smoked Gouda, crumbled bacon, and chopped parsley. "Be sure, when filling the chops, not to stuff it too full, or the meat will be done cooking before the cheese has had a chance to melt," recommends DARLA.
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!
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!
Grilled Sausages with Prunes and Bacon
Prunes add sweet counterpoint to savory bratwurst sausages and smoky bacon.
Chicken and Bacon Shish Kabobs
Kabobs are better with bacon threaded onto the skewers. "I never knew shish kabobs could taste this good!" raves AEDGEL. "My whole family loved it. While making it, we found it was easiest to put the chicken into a plastic bag and pour the marinade over it."
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.
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.
Chipotle Shrimp Tacos
Fill warm corn tortillas with a spicy shrimp, bacon, onion, and chipotle chile mixture and garnish with cilantro and a splash of fresh lime.
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.
Jalapeno Chicken II
While pounded chicken breasts marinate in Italian dressing, you'll stuff jalapeno halves with cream cheese. Fold your marinated chicken breasts around the stuffed peppers, wrap with a slice of bacon, and grill over high heat. "Not your everyday chicken breast... this one stands WAY out amongst the crowd," raves Renee. "The flavor of the bacon with the chicken jalapeno & cheese blends together AMAZINGLY!"