Easter Recipes on the Grill

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Our favorite Easter recipes for your grill or smoker. Why not switch things up this year and host Easter outside on your back deck or patio? Set up is easy: Cover a folding table with a cloth, add a throw blanket to the back of each chair in case it gets chilly, and let nature do the decorating for you! Bonus: You can serve food hot off the grill.

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Mary serving up an Asparagus Frittata for Easter brunch

We are firm believers that anything you can cook inside (on the stove or in the oven) tastes even better when cooked outside on the grill or smoker, even Easter recipes!

What time of day should your Easter meal be?

The best time of day for an outdoor Easter meal is late morning to mid-afternoon. Many people who celebrate Easter attend church or an egg hunt in the morning, and a brunch or luncheon is an appropriate meal to follow. Since the holiday falls on a Sunday, an earlier meal also allows time for people to prepare for school and the work week ahead.


What recipes to serve for Easter?

In our house, ham and potatoes are the quintessential Easter foods. Many people also share hot cross buns as a reminder of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion and enjoy eggs as a sign of new life and rebirth. Lamb, prime rib, and turkey are other popular roast options to feed a holiday crowd.

Since Easter is hosted earlier in the day, help yourself out by preparing as much as you can in advance the day before.

Here is a round-up of our favorite Easter recipes for the grill or smoker. Choose one or two from each category and you’ll be good to go!

Party Appetizers for Easter Dinner

As people mingle and get settled, offer some pre-made appetizers. Turn some of those dyed eggs into Smoked Deviled Eggs, or offer up some homemade pickles.

Deviled Eggs with mixed toppings
5 from 1 vote

Smoked Deviled Eggs Recipe

Recipe for Smoked Deviled Eggs. Smoke deviled eggs and add the perfect combination of crunch, pickle, and flavor. Plus creative topping ideas.
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jars of pickled vegetables
5 from 1 vote

Quick Pickling Recipe

How to make a quick pickle recipe that works with all your favorite vegetables like red onions, sweet peppers, jalapeño, and hot peppers.
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Smoked Cheese Ball with crackers
5 from 1 vote

Smoked Cheese Ball Recipe

Smoked cream cheese combined with seasoning, green onions, Dijon, and Cheddar coated in toasty smoked almonds. The perfect appetizer.
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Grilled Salmon and Crab Cakes with dipping sauce on a platter.
4.60 from 5 votes

Smoked Salmon and Crab Cakes Recipe

A smoky twist to a traditional crab cake. Smoked salmon fillet is mixed with Dungeness crab to create incredible flavor and moisture for the ultimate salmon-crab cakes.
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Baked Brie dip with crostini.
4.49 from 25 votes

Grilled Baked Brie with Wine and Thyme

Grilled brie wheel with white wine and thyme served with grilled crostini.
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Main dishes for Easter

While much of Easter is filled with deeper religious symbolism, it seems ham has become traditional simply because it was historically available during the springtime. Other great feasting options good for a crowd include salmon, lamb, prime rib, and turkey.

4.72 from 35 votes

Smoked Ham Recipe

Smoked Ham is the perfect meal for any holiday, like Christmas or Easter dinner. This brown sugar glaze is absolutely incredible over the top of your smoked ham!
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4.60 from 50 votes

Double Smoked Ham Recipe with Cherry Bourbon Glaze

Recipe for double smoked ham with cherry and bourbon glaze. Slowly smoked and finished with an amazing cherry and bourbon sticky glaze.
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Grilled Rack of Pork with Apricot herb glaze
4.86 from 7 votes

Grilled Rack of Pork with Apricot Herb Glaze

A bone-in pork loin roast served with a sweet and savory apricot herb glaze.
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Smoked Prime Rib with Herb Crust
4.50 from 91 votes

Smoked Prime Rib Recipe

How to cook a prime rib on a smoker. Including recipe and video tutorial on smoking the perfect prime rib for any kind of smoker, including pellet smokers. Comes with wine pairing recommendations. 
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Smoked Lamb Chops cooking on a grill
4.36 from 17 votes

Smoked Lamb Chops Recipe

Smoked Lamb Chops cooked low on the smoker for flavor and then finished grilled hot and fast. Cut into an individual lollipop for an elegant appetizer or serve two for an entrée.
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A smoked leg of lamb on a platter with roasted potatoes
5 from 6 votes

Smoked Leg of Lamb Recipe with Garlic, Wine, Butter Sauce

Bone-In Smoked Leg of Lamb with an herb rub and finished at high heat for a reverse sear, and topped with a rich garlic infused butter sauce.
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Grilled salmon with maple glaze on sheet pan.
4.88 from 8 votes

Grilled Orange Salmon with Maple Glaze

Grilled salmon over direct heat lightly seasoned with a sweet citrus and maple syrup glaze as a finish. Paired with Prosecco.
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4.57 from 132 votes

Smoked Salmon

Perfect Smoked Salmon. Recipe and video for fresh smoked salmon fillet. Secrets to juicy and tender salmon. Comes with wine pairing recommendations.
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4.48 from 118 votes

Smoked Turkey Recipe with Bourbon Brine

Truly the Best Smoked Turkey recipe, packed with flavor, from a bourbon citrus brine, to an herbed butter, to a great turkey seasoning. Rated as the best turkey brines for smoking, this is the juiciest and most flavorful turkey ever.
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Kettle Chip Crusted Grilled Pork Tenderloin
5 from 1 vote

Jalapeño Kettle Chips Crusted Grilled Pork Tenderloin

A great way to use leftover potato chips or use as an impromptu crust if you don’t have breadcrumbs or dry rub. This adds great flavor to pork tenderloin and is also great with chicken. 
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Easter Side Dish Recipes

Easter is all about new life, rejuvenation, and the coming of spring. What better way to celebrate than enjoying nature’s bounty of spring produce?

Grilled asparagus on a plate covered in BBQ hollandaise sauce.
5 from 1 vote

Grilled Asparagus Recipe with BBQ Hollandaise

An easy grilled asparagus recipe finished with a buttery BBQ inspired hollandaise sauce. Grill the asparagus over direct heat and serve with the BBQ hollandaise sauce.
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4.37 from 38 votes

Grilled and Glazed Carrots Recipe

Grilled Carrots with a Honey Brown Sugar Glaze are a fantastic side dish to any holiday or casual meal. Perfect side dish for Easter or Christmas dinner or summer grilling season.  
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Grilled Hasselback Potatoes au Gratin
4.67 from 3 votes

Grilled Hasselback Potatoes au Gratin Recipe

Thinly sliced potatoes, stacked with a creamy, cheesy, and spice filled potatoes au gratin recipe topped with melted cheese.
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Grilled Smashed Potatoes on a white plate
5 from 4 votes

Grilled Smashed Potatoes Recipe with Tarragon Herb Sauce

Crispy Smashed Potatoes with soft interior then doused with a tarragon herb sauce for a French fry like experience.
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Grilled Broccolini with Grilled Lemon and Parmesan
4.75 from 4 votes

Grilled Broccolini Recipe with Grilled Lemon and Parmesan

Grilled Broccolini is tender and delicious and grills fast and easy. Broccolini is so much better than broccoli on the grill and may just become your new go-to side dish for summer cookouts or holiday dinners!
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Spring Drinks + Cocktails

Mimosas are the perfect cocktail for a mid-day brunch. Make a serve-yourself drink bar by laying out different juices and fruits and let your guests become their own mixologist! Swapping out champagne for mineral water is a great way to involve the kids and those who don’t drink alcohol.

If you’re looking for the perfect wines to serve with your holiday meal, check out the Vindulge Wine Shop. We’ve already done the work making sure they are high quality and pair beautifully with food.

Toasting glasses with mimosas
4.91 from 10 votes

Mimosa Bar Recipe Ideas

Recipe for a classic mimosa part plus variations on the fruits and decor ideas.
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rhubarb fizz cocktail
4.63 from 8 votes

Rhubarb Lemon Fizz Cocktail

Rhubarb Lemon Fizz is a fun, festive, and refreshing summer cocktail containing 4 simple ingredients (and can also be made alcohol-free)
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Bourbon Cocktails with Lemon Simple Syrup
5 from 2 votes

Bourbon Cocktail Recipe with Grilled Lemon Simple Syrup

Grilled lemons infused into a simple syrup and mixed with bourbon and bitters. A great summer cocktail.
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Desserts

Now for my favorite part–dessert! Anything chocolate is always a hit, or try something new with our Rum-Soaked Grilled Pineapple.

Pouring rum glaze over ice cream and grilled pineapple.
5 from 1 vote

Grilled Rum Soaked Pineapple with Caramel Glaze

An easy and decadent grilled pineapple dessert. Soaked in rum and finished with a caramel sauce, this Grilled Rum Soaked Pineapple is incredible!
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Smoked Chocolate Pot de Creme in ramekins
5 from 1 vote

Smoked Chocolate Pot de Crème Recipe (no bake)

How to make a chocolate pot de crème with a smoky undertone. Smoke milk and cream to create a rich smokiness, then combine with the remaining ingredients for an easy, silky, and indulgent no-bake Chocolate Pot de Crème
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Olive Oil Cookies in loaf pan
4.79 from 14 votes

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies

A delicious alternative to traditional chocolate chip cookies, made with extra virgin olive oil instead of butter. Recipe provided by Libby Crow, Olive Oil Program Ambassador at the Oregon Olive Mill (adapted from Cook’s Illustrated Thick & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe).
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top view of skillet brownies
5 from 1 vote

Skillet Brownies on the Grill

Made to be dense and rich in chocolate, these Skillet Brownies are cooked on the grill and then topped with a chocolate drizzle and vanilla bean ice cream. Gluten free.
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Easter Brunch Recipes

If you prefer a more low-key brunch on Easter, here are our favorite breakfast options that are every bit as delicious as a full meal.

Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict
5 from 3 votes

Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict

Eggs Benedict made with Smoked Salmon. A delicious salmon filet slow smoked until tender and delicious, topped with a perfect poached egg and a flavorful and easy blender hollandaise sauce.
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Smoked Ham Breakfast Hash
5 from 2 votes

Smoked Ham Breakfast Hash

Ham and Potato Breakfast Hash made with smoked ham leftover from your holiday dinner. Learn how to make an incredible breakfast hash with any leftover meats and vegetables you have. 
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Roasted Potatoes on a Sheet Pan
4.73 from 11 votes

Perfect Oven Roasted Potatoes

Learn the secret to restaurant quality roasted potatoes. From which potatoes to use, to how to par boil them to get them creamy, and finish in a hot oven. 
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Carajillo coffee drink
4.89 from 9 votes

Carajillo (Spanish Coffee Drink)

How to make a Carajillo, Spanish coffee drink, along with several variations. 
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We hope this list inspires you for some Easter Dinner recipe ideas for your grill or smoker.

And from us at Vindulge we wish you the most amazing Easter. We’d love to hear what your favorite dishes are for the day. And if you made any of these recipes don’t forget to drop a comment and rating. Cheers!



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I'm Mary, a wine/food/travel writer, Certified Sommelier, mom of twins, former vegetarian turned BBQ fanatic, runner, founder of Vindulge, and author of Fire + Wine cookbook. Thanks for stopping by!

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