Peaches Aren’t the Only Fruit You Can Grill — and These 5 Desserts Prove It

Give everything from berries to mango a major flavor upgrade.

July 10, 2020

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Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Summer is here and for me, that means one thing: cooking outdoors as much as possible. Pizzas, salad greens, wheels of cheese, avocados for guacamole, oysters — there are so many dishes that get a major flavor upgrade once you throw them on the grill. Dessert included! I’ve been known to toss everything from thick slices of cantaloupe to halved grapefruit onto those screamin’ hot (and well-oiled) grates.

And yet, despite the wide variety of foods that can be cooked on the grill, there’s one that seems to get all the glory: peaches.

Don’t get me wrong, I love grilled peaches (so sweet and juicy!) as much as everybody else — but there is a bounty of other things (fruits, especially) that are unbelievably delicious with a little bit of smoky char. Need convincing? These recipes will have you grilling up pineapple, bananas, plums, strawberries, watermelon and mango too!

Bobby gives this dessert double the sweet-and-smoky flavor by charring pineapple and slices of pound cake on the grill. Just be sure to brush the pineapple with oil before you lay it on the hot grates. If you don’t, it could stick.

Bananas are easy to grill when you leave them in their peels. To make them extra sweet (and perfect for tucking into an ooey, gooey s’more) Aida cuts a slit into the peel and stuffs some brown sugar inside before grilling. When the bananas come off the grill and are cool enough to handle, peel them open to reveal all their sugary goodness.

These plums prove that peaches aren’t the only stone fruit that’s great with a little bit of char. Drizzle your plums with just a touch of honey before they hit the grill and they’ll be lightly caramelized after cooking.

Grilled strawberry shortcake, as seen on The Kitchen, Season 22.

Grilled strawberry shortcake, as seen on The Kitchen, Season 22.

Photo by: Scott Gries

Scott Gries

Strawberries may seem too delicate for the grill but Katie has a handy trick; thread them onto skewers. This keeps them from falling through the grates and saves time — when you need to flip the strawberries over you can turn five at once!


Photo by: David Malosh

David Malosh

Why have just one grilled fruit when you can have three? These super-simple skewers feature watermelon, pineapple and mango. As much as we love the grilled fruit, it’s the topping that takes these skewers to the next level: a zippy blend of lime zest, chili powder and coarse salt.

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