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June 08, 2023

Boat Grilling: Pontoon Boat Grill Ideas

One thing that people love about Bennington pontoon boats is the way they afford long, luxurious days on the water. You're going to be so comfortable, so relaxed and at ease, you are not going to want to head back to shore for lunch (or dinner!) any time soon. With that in mind, we have compiled a few great grilling recipes that you can prepare on the spacious deck of your pontoon. These popular recipes will please hungry boaters of any age and are easy enough for the neophyte to pull off.


Grilling Recipes for the Boat


Spicy Chicken Kebabs and Cool Cucumber Salad


A long time ago the world's sailors set out across the seas in search of spices. Pay honor to your maritime heritage and pack cumin, cayenne, and paprika to make this recipe from Country Living for Grilled Spiced Chicken Skewers with Cucumber Salad. This savory recipe is a crowd pleasure because the juicy chunks of chicken stay moist when cooked on a hot grill. The cucumber salad is the perfect foil for the picante kebabs. A great combination of hot and cool that will satisfy every member of your crew on a summer afternoon.


Avocado Crostini


Everyone's favorite toast topper is even better when it's been grilled. We like this recipe from Cafe Delights for numerous reasons. It's vegetarian-friendly; it's a twist on a classic; and it's packed with flavor. There is no tomato like an August tomato, and we eat them every day when they are local, ripe, and juicy. We are always in search of new ways to put them to use, and this grilled crostini stacks up. Rub the grilled bread with a clove of cut garlic to look like the consummate foodie.


The Ultimate Hamburger


There is nothing more American than a perfectly grilled burger. And what better place to enjoy it than the deck of your Bennington pontoon boat? This recipe from Country Living advises using a hearty bun brushed with butter and grilled, so that it is soft yet solid enough to hold the 80/20 ground beef. We are getting ravenously hungry just thinking about this ideal outdoor meal.


Sweet Potato Wedges


Sweet potatoes are perfect on the grill when cut into thick wedges and bathed with a sweet, smoky rub. They get charred on the outside and almost melty on the inside and are one of our favorite boat snacks. This recipe from Good Life Eats can serve as an accompaniment or stand on its own, especially when served with a creamy dipping sauce. We love these as appetizers when the sun starts to set and someone pops a bottle of bubbly.


Coconut Pineapple Shrimp


If you aren't eating shrimp on your Bennington Pontoon boat, why are you even bothering? This sweet and spicy recipe from Well Plated by Erin cooks quickly on the grill and will make you feel like you are on a tropical vacation, even if you are boating on your local lake. It's a daytime meal or late night snack, and it pairs nicely with a fruity drink.


Grilled Ribeye on the Water


Try this recipe from D'Artagnan  for perfectly grilled ribeyes with herb butter on your next boating trip:


  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped herbs (such as thyme, rosemary, parsley and tarragon)
  • 1 stick softened, unsalted butter
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • cooking oil
  • 4 bone-in ribeye steaks

Finely mince the garlic. Mix it and the herbs into the softened butter along with some salt and pepper.

Heat up the grill and oil the grates. Season the steaks with salt and pepper. Grill for approximately six minutes on each side (for medium-rare).

Once the steaks are finished, let them rest for 10 minutes. Top with a nice dollop of the herb butter and serve.

Get on the water this year, and grill some amazing meals with your friends and family.