Grilled Ice Cream Sandwiches and More Unexpected Recipes for the Barbecue

Grilled Pound Cake With Berries

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Grilled Pound Cake With Berries
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Adding a touch of char to the vegetables and avocados before mixing them together creates a layer of deep flavor. The unexpected pop of richness is a little twist to the classic summer favorite dip.

Recipe: Taste of Home

Grilled Salsa


Grilling the vegetable base of this salsa imparts a smoky flavor completely naturally. The smokiness pairs well with other grilled items, like taco fillings, and the salsa keeps well for a few days so you can extend the grilled flavor on leftovers.

Recipe: Mexican Food Journal

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Grilled Pizza
Grilling: Mexican Elotes

Mexican Corn on the Cob

This popular street food snack, called elotes, is a hearty snack that combines smoky grilled corn with tangy cheese, chili and lime, all stuck together with mayonnaise. It's a delicious combination of sweet, salty, and rich flavors that goes well with outdoor fun.

Recipe: Serious Eats

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Grilled Lettuce


The key to successfully grilling lettuce is to use a chunky cut so that it stays together after it wilts and loses a lot of its volume. It's best to start with whole heads so the attached core keeps each piece in tact. A simple dressing is all you need to compliment the grilled flavor.

Recipe: iFoodreal

Grilled Watermelon Salad

Watermelon Salad

Watermelon is so juicy and sweet that charing it on the grill heightens the flavors by contrast. When paired with something salty, like cheese, and peppery arugula, the flavors come together to create something simple but impressively unique.

Recipe: Claire Robinson

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Grilled Oysters
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Grilled oysters are a true delight, enjoyed even by those who don't love to eat them raw. The garlic butter sauce takes it over the top, creating an indulgent and slightly smoky bite from each oyster. You could also remove the meat and toss the oysters into a salad or pile them onto grilled bread.

Recipe: Simply Recipes

Grilled Cobbler

Berry Cobbler

Using a cast iron pan and different heat spots on a grill, this summer fruit treat can be made entirely on the grill. This recipe would also work well with other summer fruits like peaches, nectarines, and plums.

Recipe: Clean Eating

Grilled Ice Cream Sandwich
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Ice Cream Sandwich

This literal sandwich is a twist on a tried and true favorite. Grilled bread is used to sandwich ice cream for a new, and perhaps even more delicious, version of this frozen summer treat. Building the sandwiches allows for even more customization, like adding a layer of chocolate sauce.

Recipe: Food52

Grilled S'mores


A little bit of tin foil goes a long way in this grilled adaptation of the iconic campfire snack. The neat little packages even stay warm for a while so they can be made in a batch making it easy to prepare them for the whole household in one go.

Recipe: My Food And Family

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Hand Pies
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Hand Pies

These hand pies get double grilled, once in the filling and once on the outside. Stick to unglazed for a less sugary version. Consider other fruits, like apples and pears, for alternative sweet fillings, and grilled proteins for savory pies.

Recipe: Lil' Miss Cakes

Related: 19 Savory Pies From Around The World

Grilled Pound Cake With Berries
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Pound Cake

Thick slices of pound cake get a boost from a few turns on the grill. Topped with whipped cream and fruit, it's a seasonal dessert that ties in well after enjoying savory grilled foods. Using store-bought pound cake also makes this impressive dish a breeze to put together without any fussing around.

Recipe: Serious Eats

Grilled Peaches

Summer Fruit

Stone fruit like peaches and nectarines, as well as juicy melons are delicious on the grill. Brushed with a little bit of neutral oil and placed fleshy side down, the hot grill caramelizes the sugars and creates depth of flavor. Eat as is, or jazz it up more with balsamic glaze, honey, ricotta, or ice cream for a special treat.