Sure, the BBQ is a summer must for cooking memorable mains, but don’t overlook its ability to elevate the sweetest course of the day. You’d be surprised to learn how many desserts you can pull together on your grill. Here, we’ve rounded up our top that are the perfect end to outdoor get-togethers. Even better? You don’t need to leave the party to prepare them!
Grilled Peach and Caramel Crostata
Whip up this fancy-looking dessert, but don’t tell your friends how easy it is to make! Grill your peaches before wrapping them in buttery pastry and drizzling with caramel for an outstanding summer dessert that’s really no fuss to make!
Grilled bread is an excellent blank canvas for just about any topping – both savoury and sweet! Here, strawberries are the star of the show, making for a perfect starter, side or dessert. You can also easily make this recipe plant-based by using coconut oil or vegan butter instead of regular butter.
Grilled Peaches With Cinnamon Sugar Butter
Grilled peaches are a simple and elegant summer dessert that only takes a little time and five ingredients or less. Throw the fruit on the BBQ after you’ve cooked your main course, and pair them – hot off the grill – with simple vanilla ice cream at your next backyard barbecue.
Grilled Strawberry Kebabs
Fruits like strawberries work well on skewers and are an easy side dish to pair with your other grilled foods. Coupled with this refreshingly sweet and simple lemon-mint sauce, it’s a fabulous vegan side dish to accompany your veggie burger, but is also perfectly paired with ice cream for dessert.
Brownie Ribs and Rice Crispy Treat Corn on the Cob With Drunk Cherry BBQ Sauce
Carry your BBQ right through to the dessert with this playful twist on ribs and corn on the cob. Brownies and crispy rice treats are cleverly disguised as their main course counterparts, and a cherry “BBQ sauce” will keep guests guessing as they take their first bite.
Grilled Bananas With Maple Creme Fraiche
While you have the grill fired up for dinner, why not use it to create this easy dessert? Grilled bananas can be served with a generous dollop of maple infused creme fraiche and an assortment of fresh berries for a simple (yet impressive) end to your BBQ meal.
Bobby Flay's Dessert Pizza
Dessert can be simple and sweet with this recipe from Bobby Flay. Store-bought pizza dough is grilled to golden perfection then topped with a mix of honey and mascarpone, fresh plums, raspberries and blackberries in this easy, yet impressive summer dessert.
Panini, meet grill! These gooey chocolate, marshmallow and strawberry sandwiches are sprinkled with sugar and sliced almonds and grilled to perfection.
Grilled French Toast Kebabs
A brunch favourite gets a fresh twist with these sweet-meets-savoury kebobs served with grilled bacon and warm maple syrup. Don’t forget to line the grill with foil to ensure that the French toast cooks through without burning, and cover the grill so the toast gets a nice touch of smoky flavour.
Red wine-simmered blackberries are paired with ricotta and orange zest in this easy dessert pizza. The deep colour of the blackberries contrast the creamy ricotta filling and make for a stunning looking (and tasting) dessert.
Grilled Peaches and Pineapple
We all know that burgers and BBQs are a match made in heaven — but have you considered grilling your summer fruit, too? Pineapple and peaches are a great place to start, producing juicy, caramelized flavour that is best enjoyed with vanilla ice cream. They make simple, sensational summer sweets!
Grilled Stone Fruit With Farmer's Cheese and Spiced Honey Almonds
Fresh, seasonal and so yummy, this summery medley of grilled stone fruit features simple toppings like farmer’s cheese and spiced honey almonds. Even better, it comes together in no time, leaving you free to enjoy your backyard gatherings!
Pineapple, Banana, Strawberry Skewers With Salted Chocolate Drizzle
Fruit is a natural choice for dessert in the summer, and it’s certainly not the “boring” option when it’s skewered and topped with melted chocolate and shredded coconut. Yes, please!
Get the recipe for Pineapple, Banana, Strawberry Skewers With Salted Chocolate Drizzle