10 Desserts You Can Make on the Grill

grilled pinapple slice with ice cream and butterscotch sauce in red bowl
Photo: Allrecipes Magazine

If you haven't been using your grill to make desserts, you've been missing out. Aside from imparting a smoky flavor to shortcakes and angel food cake, your grill can also supercharge the natural sweetness found in fruit. Next time you light your grill, don't forget to save room for these grilled desserts. If you don't have a grill, prepare these over the stove with a grill pan. These sweet treats come together easily and will end any outdoor meal on a high note.

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Banana Boats

Banana Boats on foil
Marisa R.

Banana boats are a campfire classic, but they can easily be created on a grill or grill pan. Chocolate and marshmallows are the quintessential fillings, but you can also add graham cracker crumbs, pieces of other fruits, candy, or baking chips.

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Grilled Pineapple Butterscotch Sundae

grilled pinapple slice with ice cream and butterscotch sauce in red bowl
Allrecipes Magazine

We all know vanilla ice cream pairs exceptionally with warm desserts, and juicy grilled pineapple is no exception. Round everything out with some drizzled butterscotch on top.

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Grilled Peaches and Cream

Grilled Peaches and Cream
Grilled Peaches and Cream | Photo by homeschooler3.

Fresh, in-season peaches and whipped cream are a match made in heaven, but if you turn up the temperature, things get even sweeter. This grilled dessert recipe uses soft cream cheese, evoking a crustless (and very juicy) cheesecake.

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Strawberry Shortcake with Balsamic

Strawberry Shortcake with Balsamic

Grilled angel food cake and strawberries are topped with cracked pepper and a splash of balsamic vinegar for a sophisticated dessert that's sweet, smoky, and a bit savory. You can also make a muted version of this grilled dessert with less balsamic vinegar or a balsamic reduction.

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Grilled S'mores Pizza

grilled s'mores pizza

S'mores, meet pizza dough — you're gonna get along well. Grilling pizza dough yields a chewy, crispy crust that's an ideal vessel for the melted chocolate. and marshmallows on top. Be sure to keep a napkin nearby, because things will get messy.

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Grilled Peaches with Gingersnaps

Grilled Peaches with Gingersnaps and ice cream in a bowl

These grilled peaches topped with vanilla frozen yogurt and gingersnaps are like an outdoor version of peach cobbler. Time on the grill gives the peaches a nice smoky flavor, which complements the molasses in the gingersnap cookies.

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Pineapple and Mango Skewers with Coconut Dip

pineapple and coconut skewers with coconut dip topping on white plate
Mackenzie Schieck

Looking for a lighter way to finish off your cookout? Try these grilled pineapple and mango skewers, which come with a refreshing, dairy-free coconut dip.

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A Peanutty S'more

A Peanutty S'more

Pretty much any s'more recipe can be adapted to a grill, and this twist adds even more gooey goodness. And let's be honest: any dessert with a Reese's peanut butter cup is worth making.

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Bananas Foster on the Grill

Bananas Foster on the Grill

This cookout-friendly version of bananas foster is ready in half the time. You could also switch out the coffee liqueur for another flavor if you want a twist.

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Quick Camping Pineapple Cakes

individual toasted sponge cake filled with pineapple bits

This recipe was developed with a campfire in mind, but it easily translates to a grill or grill pan. Packaged shortcake shells and canned crushed pineapple make these quick cakes a great option for an outdoor dessert.

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