Traci Taylor

The weather is going to be gorgeous this weekend and if you’re thinking of having friends over for a cookout you could serve up the typical hot dogs and hamburgers, but if you want something a little different this weekend, here are five things you didn't know you could cook on the grill.

#1.) Lettuce. Before you make a salad, throw a couple heads of romaine lettuce on the grill for a few minutes. It'll stay crisp but give the salad a smoky taste. Add grilled chicken to the salad to make it more of an entrée.

#2.) Breakfast. If you're having an EARLY cookout, try cooking French toast and breakfast sausage on the grill. It'll be different than usual, but still delicious.

#3.) Green Beans. Maybe you've cooked things like asparagus and corn-on-the-cob on the grill. But it's great for green beans too. Just make sure you have a pan, or a flat surface to put them on so they don't fall through the grate. If you don't snap the ends off before you cook them, they work as a finger-food you can use with dip.

#4.) Clams. If you put them in a pan over the fire, they'll open right up. Then grill some lemons, add some garlic, and you're good to go.

#5.) Pineapple. With serrated knife, cut pineapple half into 4 wedges. Rub cut sides of pineapple with brown sugar. Grill pineapple 10 minutes or until browned on both sides, turning over once.

Source: iVillage