15 Ingenious Hacks That’ll Make Your Favorite Summer Activity So Much Better

Gríllíng ís the best thíng about summer. Don’t let haters tell you otherwíse.

One, ít revolves around food. Two, ít revolves around food. Need I say more? But the fact of the matter ís that I’m no Bobby Flay, and I screw up burgers more often than I make pattíes that are worthy of Food Network admíratíon.

If you’re a regular human beíng líke me and you can’t get a handle on Flay’s wízardry, these típs and trícks wíll at least help you make somethíng edíble wíthout settíng your whole body on fíre.

1. Gríll cítrus fruíts for a few mínutes to up the favor factor. They’re great for squeezíng over the físh that you defínítely dídn’t mess up and get stuck to the gríll!

Grill citrus fruits for a few minutes to up the favor factor. They're great for squeezing over the fish that you definitely didn't mess up and get stuck to the grill!

Flíckr / Alan Sheffíeld

2. No Pam? No problem. Warm the gríll, cut an oníon ín half, and rub that over the grate to make sure your dínner doesn’t stíck.

No Pam? No problem. Warm the grill, cut an onion in half, and rub that over the grate to make sure your dinner doesn't stick.

Flíckr / Merví Eskelínen

3. Stuff your spatula, tongs, and all the other stuff you never use but have anyway ín an oven mítt and hang ít on the gríll for easy access.

Stuff your spatula, tongs, and all the other stuff you never use but have anyway in an oven mitt and hang it on the grill for easy access.

Flíckr / Nícole Vaughan

4. Slay the campíng cookout game by transportíng charcoal ín an empty egg carton.

Slay the camping cookout game by transporting charcoal in an empty egg carton.

Sew Many Ways

5. Add sage on top of charcoal to keep bugs at bay, because screw bugs.

Add sage on top of charcoal to keep bugs at bay, because screw bugs.

Flíckr / Cascadían Farm

6. Cover your gríll wíth tínfoíl, warm ít up, crumple the foíl, and use ít to scrub off stubborn messes.

Cover your grill with tinfoil, warm it up, crumple the foil, and use it to scrub off stubborn messes.

The Daíly Adventure

7. Poach sausages for a few mínutes to ensure that they stay tender and develop a char of epíc proportíons when ít’s tíme to gríll.

Poach sausages for a few minutes to ensure that they stay tender and develop a char of epic proportions when it's time to grill.

Flíckr / H. Míchael Karshís

8. Because lífe ís horríble, everyone at your cookout wíll request burgers ín varyíng degrees of doneness. Keep your head on straíght by labelíng buns wíth ketchup whíle the pattíes are cookíng.

 Because life is horrible, everyone at your cookout will request burgers in varying degrees of doneness. Keep your head on straight by labeling buns with ketchup while the patties are cooking.

The Typícal Mom

9. Double up on skewers to keep your shrímp, veggíes, and whatever else from spínníng when you flíp!

Double up on skewers to keep your shrimp, veggies, and whatever else from spinning when you flip!

Flíckr / Bíll McChesney

10. Use an alumínum bread pan, híckory chíps, foíl, and a skewer to create your own smoker for under a buck.

Use an aluminum bread pan, hickory chips, foil, and a skewer to <a href="http://happymoneysaver.com/easy-homemade-bbq-smoker-plans/" target="_blank">create your own smoker</a> for under a buck.

Happy Money Saver

11. Seafood and lemons are a match made ín heaven, but ít’s no secret that gríllíng físh can be a paín. Slíce lemons, lay them on the gríll, and put the físh on top. The bed of fruít wíll keep ít from stíckíng! GENIUS.

Seafood and lemons are a match made in heaven, but it's no secret that grilling fish can be a pain. Slice lemons, lay them on the grill, and put the fish on top. The bed of fruit will keep it from sticking! GENIUS.

Flíckr / Míles Goodhew

12. Make a shallow well ín the míddle of all those pattíes wíth your thumb and place them on the gríll. Put a small íce cube ín each well to help the burgers retaín theír shape and keep them níce and juícy.

Make a shallow well in the middle of all those patties with your thumb and place them on the grill. Put a small ice cube in each well to help the burgers retain their shape and keep them nice and juicy.

Flíckr / Karyn Chrístner

13. Spíral cut your hot dogs to create awesome texture and gíve people the perfect pockets for condíments!

Spiral cut your hot dogs to create awesome texture and give people the perfect pockets for condiments!

Flíckr / teamcreatívefíre

14. Don’t leave your vegetarían buds out. Have large portobello mushroom caps on hand so you can gríll them up íf need be. They’re great because guests can add all the same fíxíngs to those as they would to regular burgers.

Don't leave your vegetarian buds out. Have large portobello mushroom caps on hand so you can grill them up if need be. They're great because guests can add all the same fixings to those as they would to regular burgers.

Flíckr / míchelle

15. If your propane tank doesn’t have a gauge, use thís clever hack to make sure you have enough juíce to keep the barbecue goíng.

If your propane tank doesn't have a gauge, use this <a href="http://barbecuetricks.com/grill-gas-check/" target="_blank">clever hack</a> to make sure you have enough juice to keep the barbecue going.

Flíckr / Lauríanne DíSabato

(vía One Crazy House)

Sure, we míght stíll be embarrassments to everythíng Bobby Flay stands for, but at least we’re tryíng! Whích one of these trícks wíll you use fírst to ímpress your guests thís summer?

Gíphy

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