8 Delicious Desserts You Can Make on the Grill

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Making dessert on the grill is not only possible, it’s recommended. One of the best foods to throw on the grill for dessert is fruit since summertime is both when many fruits are harvested and when cooks choose to fire up their grills. Grilling fruit caramelizes its sugars, complexifying its flavor and allowing you to complement it with a wider variety of pairings. Apart from grilled fruit, there are pies, sauces, and even dessert pizzas to be had. All make for tasty, simple grilled dessert ideas and once you nail the techniques for the more tried and true grilling recipes, you can really get creative (like learning to bake on the grill). These desserts are for everyone, so whether or not you've mastered the grill, you can enjoy grilling your meals from beginning to end.

  • 01 of 08

    Grilled Pineapple

    Grilled Pineapple


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    This simple recipe for grilled pineapple amps up this fruit’s natural sweetness, caramelizing its sugars and giving it a more complex flavor. If you’d like to dress this dish up a bit, whip up a caramel sauce and drizzle it over top. 

  • 02 of 08

    Grilled S'more Flatbread

    S'mores Flatbread on the Grill
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    S'mores are the go-to treat when sitting around the campfire, but if you don't have the means to build a fire, you can still light up your grill and throw on this s'more flatbread. This recipe uses pizza dough and if you don’t go with store-bought, make your dough on the leaner side so it holds up on the grill. 

  • 03 of 08

    Honey Basted Nectarines

    Grilled Honey Basted Nectarines
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    Honey-basted nectarines, need we say more? The stone fruit is in season from April to August, so they’re a natural choice for summertime cookouts. Serve them up with homemade ricotta cheese and you’re in for a treat. 

  • 04 of 08

    Grilled Apple Pie

    Grilled apple pie
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    Once you’re comfortable making this grilled apple pie with charcoal or gas, you can experiment by using different types of wood, too—just keep in mind that mellower woods like those used for seafood and vegetables will fare better for this dessert. 

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  • 05 of 08

    White Wine Grilled Pears

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    These grilled pears use a touch of white wine to impart greater depth in flavor and aroma. It also calls for cinnamon and nutmeg, two warming spices that pair especially well with the buttery flavor of chardonnay

  • 06 of 08

    Grilled Brown Sugar Bananas

    Grilled Brown Sugar Bananas
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    To grill bananas, choose those that are a tad underripe and grill them with half their peel intact so that they’re easy to handle and hold together well. Once your bananas are ready, serve them with butter pecan ice cream or whiskey caramel sauce.

  • 07 of 08

    Smoked Chocolate Ganache

    Chocolate Cake with Ganache Frosting
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    Ganache is usually made with about equal parts cream and chocolate, then used in a variety of mouthwatering ways, like for filling pastries or rolling truffles. This recipe uses either cherry, apple, or persimmon wood chips to impart a subtle smoky flavor. You can experiment with your proportions of cream to chocolate and use more cream to make a smoother ganache, perfect as a dipping sauce for brioche doughnuts, or more chocolate for a thicker one so you can make these truffles.

  • 08 of 08

    Grilled Peaches With Brown Sugar

    Grilled peaches
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    Peaches are certainly delicious but they're almost always picked before they're ripe, leaving many dissatisfied with their flavor. In the case of grilled peaches, this actually works in your favor since slightly underripe peaches hold-up well on the grill. Though if you're curious to learn about how to control when your peaches ripen so you can use them in a number of recipes, that's just peachy, too.