5 Weeknight Dinner Recipes That Use Beer

Crack open a cold one, and get cooking! These beer-filled recipes are a perfect way to enjoy the winding-down dog days of summer.
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Monday: Cauliflower Steaks with Bacon, Tomato & Beer Cheese

Cauliflower Steaks with Bacon, Tomato & Beer Cheese

Veggie-forward meals don't have to be basic. Top cauliflower steaks with a beer cheese sauce for a fun, flavorful main. If you're embracing Meatless Mondays, leave the bacon out and serve as an appetizer.

Recipe: Try our Cauliflower Steaks with Bacon, Tomato & Beer Cheese

Tuesday: Beer-Can-Smoked Whole Chicken

beer can smoked whole chicken

You can't have a beer-laden weeknight menu without including the classic chicken-on-a-beer-can. Gather your booze, protein, and four other ingredients to change up weeknight chicken for the better.

Recipe: Try our Beer-Can-Smoked Whole Chicken

Wednesday: Pub Burgers with Hot Beer Cheese on Soft Pretzel Rolls

Pub Burgers with Hot Beer Cheese on Soft Pretzel Rolls

Bring the pub vibe to you with these cheesy, mustardy, beer-y burgers. Served on warmed pretzel buns, they're savory goodness.

Recipe: Try our Pub Burgers with Hot Beer Cheese on Soft Pretzel Rolls

Thursday: Maryland Blue Crab Boil with Beer & Old Bay

Maryland Blue Crab Boil with Beer & Old Bay

There's nothing more summery than a crab boil—especially one that includes beer and Old Bay seasoning. Toss all your meats, veggies, and seafood in a pot and enjoy the delicious combination of yeast, tang, and spice.

Recipe: Try our Maryland Blue Crab Boil with Beer & Old Bay

Friday: Beer-Marinated Steak Fajitas

Beer-Marinated Steak Fajitas

Welcome to your new favorite day of the week: Fajita Friday! Marinate steak in a garlicky beer blend overnight for a flavor-packed dinner everyone will enjoy.

Recipe: Try our Beer-Marinated Steak Fajitas

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For the cauliflower steaks with bacon, tomato & beer cheese:

  • 1 large cauliflower
  • 12 slices meaty bacon (for an entrée)
  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 3 tbsp. flour
  • 1 cup pilsner beer
  • 1 tbsp. grainy Dijon mustard
  • About 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 to 3 dashes Tabasco hot sauce
  • 1 bag (12 oz.) shredded sharp yellow cheddar
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • Salt and pepper
  • 8 slices beef steak tomato (for an entrée)
  • Finely chopped fresh chives, for serving

For the beer-can-smoked whole chicken:

  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • Coarse salt
  • 1 large broiler chicken (4 to 5 lbs.)
  • 3 cups hickory or applewood chips
  • 1 12-ounce can ale or lager beer
  • 1 tbsp. EVOO

For the pub burgers with hot beer cheese on soft pretzel rolls: 

  • 1 1/2 lbs. 80% lean ground beef
  • 3 tbsp. finely grated white onion
  • 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • A drizzle of olive or canola oil
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 2 tbsp. flour
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup lager beer
  • 1 rounded tsp. (about a squirt) Dijon or English mustard
  • 1 tsp. granulated garlic
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne
  • 1 package (8 oz.) shredded sharp yellow cheddar
  • Pretzel hamburger rolls
  • Grainy Dijon mustard
  • Dill or bread-and-butter pickle chips
  • Chopped white onion
  • Watercress sprigs

For the Maryland blue crab boil with beer & Old Bay:

  • 2 12-ounce bottles pale ale, such as IPA (India pale ale)
  • 2 Vidalia onions
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 head garlic
  • 3 tbsp. Old Bay seasoning, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1 kielbasa sausage link (about 2 1/2 lbs.)
  • 2 lb. baby red potatoes
  • 4 dozen live blue or Dungeness crabs
  • 8 ears fresh corn, shucked
  • Sea salt

For the beer-marinated steak fajitas:

  • 1 lb. beef skirt steak
  • 1 12-ounce can light beer
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 red, green or orange bell peppers
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 8 flour tortillas (6-inch)
  • 1 cup jarred salsa
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves