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Cold, crisp, juicy watermelon is a treat (infused with booze or neat), but grilled watermelon is a must-try summer snack.

You’ve probably already been eating your fair share of watermelon (a.k.a, summer’s greatest gift to fresh produce) this year, but have you grilled it yet? If not, what are you waiting for—Labor Day? Don’t do that. Get to the grocery store immediately (or queue up that online order), buy yourself a big, ripe watermelon, and get slicing. Then toss a few of those triangles on a hot grill for a caramelized treat that rivals most candy.

Grilled watermelon may not be anything novel, but with veggies, meat, and corn on the cob in the mix, we forget there is a world of possibilities with charred fruits. Chop grilled watermelon into a salad, mix it with something savory, or eat it straight from the rind. No matter what you do, you’re certainly in for one of the best summertime treats. (You’ll need to act quickly, though. It’s only a matter of time until you begin to smell the pumpkin spice, which comes back earlier every year.)

Grilled Watermelon Recipes

Grilling watermelon slices is the easiest option, but you can also skewer cubes for the BBQ. Either way, the first step is learning the best way to cut a watermelon. Then, get cooking!

Grilled Watermelon, Feta, and Mint Salad


Nearly every grilled watermelon recipe on the web is paired with salty feta (because #obviously), but this mint-heavy option is both refreshing and beautiful. The red and green will gave you thinking it’s Christmas, but treats like this are exclusive to the warmer months. Get our Grilled Watermelon, Feta, and Mint Salad recipe.

Related Reading: Everything You Need to Know About Grilling & BBQ

Cilantro-Lime Grilled Watermelon

The addition of cilantro and lime make watermelon an even more summer-y side dish. Get the Cilantro-Lime Grilled Watermelon recipe.

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Grilled Watermelon Salad

JJ Johnson grilled watermelon salad recipe

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This dish from chef JJ Johnson makes the grilling part easy by cutting whole slices of watermelon right through the rind; the slabs are a cinch to flip and there’s no danger of the fruit falling apart. Creamy ricotta, sweet dates, a tart lime mango dressing, and crumbled cornbread also go a long way toward making this one you won’t forget. Get the Grilled Watermelon Salad recipe.

Hot-Sweet Grilled Watermelon

It’s sweet, spice, and everything nice when it comes to this perfectly balanced recipe of sugary watermelon, lemon, and chile powder heat. Bet you can’t just nosh on one. Get the Hot-Sweet Grilled Watermelon recipe.

Grilled Watermelon Margarita

Yes, you can even use your grilled watermelon for a sweet and smoky watermelon cocktail—this one is spicy too, thanks to serrano-infused tequila. Get the Grilled Watermelon Margarita recipe.

Related Reading: How to Make a Vodka Watermelon

Grilled Watermelon Pizza with Honey and Lime

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This Grilled Watermelon Pizza is ready in minutes and perfect for your summer BBQ! Topped with honey, fresh lime, pickled red onions, queso fresco, and a sprinkle of cilantro, you can bring the party to your mouth. ➖〰️➖〰️➖〰️➖〰️➖〰️➖ Ingredients: ▪️1 20-25 lb seedless watermelon ▪️2 cups cilantro leaves ▪️6 oz queso fresco ▪️1/4 cup honey ▪️fresh lime wedges as garnish 🔸Pickled Red Onions ▪️1 medium red onion thinly sliced ▪️1/2 cup white vinegar ▪️2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice ▪️1 Tablespoon honey ▪️1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt ➖〰️➖〰️➖〰️➖〰️➖〰️➖ Instructions: 1️⃣About an hour before you’re ready to grill the watermelon, combine the sliced red onion, white vinegar, lime juice, honey, and salt in a small glass bowl. Cover and refrigerate for an hour. 2️⃣When you’re ready to cook, preheat your grill to High (about 500 degrees F). Slice your watermelon into 1.5 inch rounds using a large, sharp knife. 3️⃣Brush each side of the watermelon slice with the liquid from the pickled onions. Place the watermelon rounds on the grill and cook for 3-4 minutes per side, or until there are some light char marks on each side of the watermelon. You might need to work in a few batches at a time to get all of the watermelon grilled if your watermelon rounds are large and your grill grate is small. 4️⃣Place each grilled watermelon round on a large cutting board, drizzle with some of the honey, then top with a few slices of the pickled red onion, some of the queso fresco and cilantro. Serve with a fresh lime wedge to squeeze over the top. 5️⃣Serve while still warm. #heygrillheyrecipe #heygrillhey #hghrecipe #recipe #grilledwatermelon #grilling #bbq #barbecue #watermelon #limes #honey #foodie #instafood #foodie #fruit

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Ditch the Digiorno’s for a pie that isn’t necessarily filling, but a hell of a lot more hydrating. And don’t skimp on the queso fresco—it tastes equally as delicious with some crunchy grill marks. Get the Grilled Watermelon Pizza with Honey and Lime recipe.

Grilled Watermelon and Avocado Salad

We all know that avocado makes anything taste better, so it’s no surprise that watermelon with avocado and red onion is a flavor and texture trifecta. Serve this on summer taco night and apologize to guacamole in advance. Get the Grilled Watermelon and Avocado Salad recipe.

Related Reading: Grilled Avocado Is a Game-Changer

Grilled Watermelon Salad with Steak and Tomatoes

Since you’re going to be grilling the steak anyway, why not just chop them both up and serve together? Throw in some seasonal cherry tomatoes for a dish as beautiful as it is mouthwatering. Get the Grilled Watermelon Salad with Steak and Tomatoes recipe.

Grilled Peach and Watermelon Burrata Salad

Combining watermelon with an ever sweeter fruit can really enhance a summer side, especially if it’s all bound together with creamy burrata cheese. Get the Grilled Watermelon and Peach Burrata Salad recipe (and grill the watermelon too, obviously).

See even more watermelon recipes, and thirst-quenching watermelon drinks too.

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Joey is a NYC-based writer/editor, TV/radio personality, editor-at-large for Chowhound, author of "Basic Bitchen," and host of "Dish This." His work has been featured in outlets like Food & Wine, People, InStyle, Travel+Leisure, and BuzzFeed. Prior to a career in editorial, he served as the lead publicist for hit TLC shows like "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," "My Strange Addiction," and "My Crazy Obsession." In his spare time, he enjoys volleyball, visiting the beaches of Naples, Fla. (his hometown), worshipping Beyoncé, eating sour candy, writing depressing poetry, interior design, and perfecting his stand-up comedy routine. He's also been struck by lightning—quite the shocking experience.
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