Lemon-Garlic Wings on the Grill

There are a multitude of flavors that work well with chicken, but lemon is one that truly stands out.  These grilled Lemon-Garlic Wings are perfect for any cookout or game day gathering. The best part is that you can serve these as is or with a creamy ranch or blue cheese dip. I recommend a good wing brine before grilling these wings. Use the simple brine recipe below or one of your choosing.

Lemon-Garlic Wings on the Grill

Lemon-Garlic Wings on the Grill

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Course: Appetizer
Keyword: chicken wings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Author: Derrick Riches and Sabrina Baksh


  • 3 pounds chicken wings flats and drummettes
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

Simple brine:

  • 1 quart cold water
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt


  • In a large enough container, combine brine ingredients. Let stand for 5 minutes and stir. The salt and sugar should be dissolved. Add wings to the container. Cover, and place into the refrigerator for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  • Preheat grill for a medium-high indirect cook.
  • Remove chicken from chicken and place into a large colander. Gently rinse with cold water, for 10-15 seconds. Remember, this is a light rinse. You want to keep some of that salt flavor.
  • Pat wings dry with paper towels season with black pepper, onion powder, and marjoram.
  • Place onto grill and cook for 30-35 minutes, or until wings reach 165 degrees F.
  • Combine lemon juice with minced garlic and melted butter. Place into a large plastic or glass bowl (or large glass baking dish)
  • Remove wings from grill and place it into one of the specified containers above. Pour lemon mixture on top and toss to coat.
  • Return wings to grill and cook for another 10 minutes or so, turning as needed. When the internal temperature reaches 180 degrees F., remove from grill and serve.


Photo by: Sabrina Baksh

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