Using Instant Pot For Grilling Recipes

Grilling season is in full swing, which means more al fresco cooking from burgers and ribs to juicy corn and vegetarian patties. In this post, we will share a few ideas for how to use the Instant Pot for grilling recipes. 

Using Instant Pot For Grilling Recipes

We get excited about firing up the grill and getting that smoky smell, the taste, and the textures of grill marks into our summer meals. While some foods are quick and easy to cook on the grill (even if they have to be marinated ahead of time), some can benefit from precooking. This is where your Instant Pot can come in handy!

Whether you’re preparing a summer lunch or dinner for friends and family or you’re heading to a summer barbecue and need to bring a potluck dish or foods for the grill, this roundup will give you ideas for how to use the Instant Pot for your favorite grilled foods. They are sure to keep your grill loaded all summer long.


Here are some foods you would often cook on a grill in the summer (or other times of the year). The Instant Pot can be used to pre-cook many of these, which will speed up the grilling time and can be useful if you’re making a lot of food or the grill needs to be used by many guests.

BBQ Ribs

Instant Pot Pork Ribs With BBQ Sauce

Precook the ribs in the Instant Pot to get moist tender meat. The final cooking step is great on the barbecue grill/smoker to get that crispy outer layer. Finish with brushing a little extra BBQ sauce before serving.

Instant Pot BBQ Pork Ribs

Smoky Instant Pot Barbecue Rib

BBQ Beef Short Ribs

Chicken Wings or Chicken Thighs


The secret is out, many IP recipes will pressure cook wings or thighs first, then finish them under broil or in the oven. But finishing them off on the barbecue is even better with some glaze to add extra punch of flavor. 

Mustard Maple Chicken Wings

Chicken Wings With Hot Buffalo Sauce

More Finger Lickin’ Wings

Chicken Thighs With Honey Lemon Glaze


BBQ Beef brisket Instant Pot recipe

It takes a long time to cook perfectly tender brisket, so Instant Pot is great for this task. Get that lovely barbecue, smokey flavor, and aromas from grilling outdoors at the end. It’s the best of both worlds.

BBQ Brisket

BBQ Beef Brisket from Real Simple Good

Pork Tenderloin  

Instant Pot Pork Loin Recipes

Precook in the IP and give it a quick grill before serving so you get that charred edge and infuse the natural fatty flavorings into the meat. Serve it up with some potatoes and a garden salad.

Pork Tenderloin and Potatoes With Creamy Mushroom Sauce

Balsamic Pork Tenderloin from Le Creme De La Crumb

More Pork Tenderloin Recipes

Chicken Breasts

Chicken Breasts In Instant Pot With Gravy

Since chicken breast can easily get dried out, lock in some of that juiciness by precooking in the IP. Then get those grill marks to finish it off. You can also make a delicious gravy from the IP drippings.

Chicken Breasts and Gravy

Mediterranean Spiced Chicken Breast from Unicorns In The Kitchen

Barbeque Chicken from It Is A Keeper

Bean Burgers


Create a tasty base ingredient using the IP to precook chickpeas, beans, or lentils to make vegetarian burgers that are perfect for a vegetarian grilling option. It’s better than buying those premade frozen patties from the store.

Vegan Bean Burgers

Lentil-Veggie Burgers with Slaw from Food Network

Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes

Instant Pot Salt Potatoes With Herb Butter

Use the IP to pre-cook the potatoes and sweet potatoes, then brush with butter, herbs and garlic and finish on the barbecue to get some chargrilled flavor into them that really tastes like summer. 

Salt Potatoes With Herb Butter

Perfect Instant Pot Baked Potatoes from Kristine’s Kitchen

Perfect Sweet Potatoes from Sweet Peas And Saffron


Instant Pot Corn On The Cob With Cajun Butter & Lime

IP is great for pre-cooking corn ahead of time, then a quick trip to the grill to get some smokey flavor as if you were on the streets of Mexico. Enhance that kick of flavor with savory seasonings. 

Corn On The Cob With Cajun Butter & Lime

Mexican Street Corn from Eating Instantly

Pork Chops 

Make a batch of IP-cooked pork chops and grill them briefly on the barbecue just before serving. You can finish them off with a maple mustard glaze to give them some shine next to a side of green veggies.

Pork Chops With Maple Mustard Glaze

Pork Chops from Dinner Then Dessert

Boneless Pork Chops from Recipe Teacher


If you’re craving brick-oven crispy pizza crust, you can get similar results right at home with grilled pizza. It’s all about the heat to get that perfect crust and melty cheese. Instead of buying sauce from a can or jar, you can have homemade in a few minutes with your IP.

How to Grill Pizza from The Pioneer Woman

10-Vegetable Instant Pot Tomato Sauce

Marinara Sauce With Fresh Tomatoes from Yellow Thyme

NO-Tomato Sauce (nightshade-free Nomato, AIP, GAPS, Paleo) from Eat Beautiful


How to Grill Pie

That grill is not just for steaks and burgers. Did you know you can make a pie on the grill? Pie for dessert with no oven needed. You can make a mixed berry pie or whatever filling you would like in your IP that gets the job done faster.

How to Grill Pie from Crazy For Crust

Cinnamon Apple Pie Filling from Flour On My Face


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