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Grilled Watermelon

Grilling watermelon brings out its natural sweetness that's complemented by adding some simple sweet or savory toppings. Try this easy grilled watermelon recipe for a fun and festive summer appetizer or dessert.


10 servings

Prep Time

20 minutes

Total Time

20 minutes


  • 1small seedless watermelon (about 4 pounds)
  • 3tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat a gas or charcoal grill to high (450°F to 500°F).
  2. Trim and discard 1/2 inch from each end of watermelon. Stand the watermelon up on 1 cut end; cut lengthwise into quarters. Cut each quarter into 1-inch slices. Sprinkle the slices evenly on both sides with sugar and salt.
  3. Oil the grill grates (oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack; do not use cooking spray on a hot grill). Place the watermelon slices on the oiled grates; grill, uncovered, until grill marks appear, about 3 minutes per side. Top the grilled watermelon evenly with 1 of the suggested topping combos, if desired.
  4. Toppings: 1 teaspoon ancho chile powder & 1 teaspoon grated lime zest OR 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese & 2 tablespoons balsamic glaze OR 1/4 cup chopped unsalted dry-roasted pistachios & 2 ounces melted white chocolate

Nutrition Facts

Per serving (recipe makes 10 servings)

Calories 43kcal
Carbohydrate Total 11g
Total Sugars 10g
Sodium 119mg
Protein 1g
Vitamin A 537IU

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