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The 7 Hottest Grilling Trends

These are the cookout upgrades you'll be making this summer, thanks to innovative chefs.

Summer grilling used to be synonymous with suburban dads in jorts, but now some of the coolest chefs across the country are heating up the cookout scene with creative approaches to outdoor cookouts (read: no more medium-well burgers). “Grilling reveals new flavors in all sorts of food, whether it’s by caramelizing the natural sugars in fruits and vegetables or adding a smoky element to meats or greens,” says Ryder Zetts, the executive chef at Archetype in Napa, who boasts a well-used wood-fired grill at his restaurant. To that end, we’ve rounded up some of the grill trends they’re firing up this summer.